Plymouth Business School

MSc Business and Management

This programme enables graduates from any discipline to engage with current business processes and techniques, while teaching you how to implement this knowledge within contemporary organisations. You learn key management, strategy and analytical skills, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career, which helps you to stand out from the crowd.

Careers with this subject

Graduate with a wealth of experience. 

Our graduates have gone on to work in human resource and talent management, operations and global supply chain management, financial management, project management, marketing and strategic management. Graduates have been successful in securing management level jobs with Ernst and Young GmbH, DHL International Ltd., Deloitte LLP, Novell Worldwide, and HP Enterprise Services. 

Words from past student, Justus Kannenberg.

"The University of Plymouth will give you the competitive edge which is necessary to get the job you want and to start a successful career."

Find out why Justus Kannenberg decided to study MSc Business and Management at the University of Plymouth.

Key features

This course is a conversion course, allowing students from outside of a degree in business to seamlessly enter into business management whilst offering business students the opportunity to delve deeper into specialties.

The MSc Business and Management offers you the flexibility and choice at masters level. You can choose to pursue the following award titles:

  • MSc Business and Management
  • MSc Business and Management (International Business)
  • MSc Business and Management (Finance)
  • MSc Business and Management (Marketing)
  • MSc Business and Management (Operations and Global Supply Chains)
Graduate with a wealth of experience. Our graduates have gone on to work in human resource and talent management, operations and global supply chain management, financial management, project management, marketing and strategic management. Graduates have been successful in securing management level jobs with Ernst and Young GmbH, DHL International Ltd., Deloitte LLP, Novell Worldwide, and HP Enterprise Services.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • During the first semester you will attend lectures and tutorials for core modules that have been selected to provide you with a fundamental underpinning in the subject area of Business and Management. Core modules studied in semester 1: International Business Context and Finance, Leadership and Management Essentials, and Marketing and Strategy. The second semester of the programme commences with an intensive introduction to the 60 credit project, and associated research methods training. You will also pursue your choice of elective module, and complete the remaining 40 credits of the Business and Management ‘core’: Knowledge Management and Decision Making, and Operations and Project Management. During the summer term, you will work independently to carry out your research project. You will receive guidance from a member of academic staff, appointed as your supervisor.

    Core modules
    • HRL710AC Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • MKT700A Marketing and Strategy

      The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the role of marketing and strategy in a range of contemporary organisations. It examines the major themes within the marketing arena and equips participants with the ability to evaluate and recommend appropriate actions to fulfil their objectives. Further to this, the module introduces key concepts and frameworks of strategy and develops students¿ abilities to apply appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making. The relationship between marketing and strategy and other business functions is explored. The module uses case studies to provide an integrative perspective on aspects of marketing and strategy within organisations.

    • STO701C Knowledge Management and Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions underpinned by the effective management of knowledge. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of integrated knowledge management and decision making (core concepts, processes, models), describing the key challenges of knowledge management and decision making under current business environment. It further develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements which need to meet the key challenges, and the important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance decision makers' confidence in rational, evidence-based decision making to solve complex business decision problems.

    • STO704 Operations and Project Management

      This module will focus on the key challenges facing Operations and Project Managers. It will examine key topics such as the management of processes, quality improvement, capacity and demand management, project planning, resource scheduling and risk management, along with communication, organisation and leadership practices.

    • STO708 International Business Context and Finance

      This module provides students with a broad overview of the environment in which the modern business manager will operate. It introduces available data sources and methods of analysis that can be applied to any specified industry and part of the world. In addition, the module aims to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of the principles of accounting; examining published accounting information from a user's perspective.

    • STO711 Project

      The module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research in which they demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities appropriate to the award of the MSC Business and Management degree, namely the QAA subject benchmarks and SEEC level descriptors.

    Optional modules
    • ACF703 International Finance

      This module provides a wide perspective on international finance and how this relates to foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and international parity theories. It also offers a thorough treatment of managing currency risks with modern instruments of hedging.

    • ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis

      This module provides the student with a broad overview of the financial reporting environment in which companies operate. It introduces the analytical tools which can be used to assess and compare companies within specific sectors. It also introduces the concept of corporate governance and its impact on companies, results and reputation.

    • ACF721 Real Estate Investments

      This module is designed for those who wish to pursue a progressive career in the real estate profession or the investment market. It aims to provide the participants with challenging opportunities in the real estate profession, and to equip the participant with a systematic and coherent understanding of the processes, vehicles and performance of real estate investments, in the context of modern investment science of dynamic decision-making under uncertainty.

    • HRL711 Human Resources and Talent Management

      The module provides an understanding of human resource management. It takes a critical approach to exploring issues and challenges in identifying, utilising and managing employees within organisations. In particular, it critically assesses the concept and application of talent management at both national and international levels.

    • MAR708 International Procurement Management

      Analyse the principles underlying procurement processes and strategies and explore the development and centrality of procurement as an integrated business function in supply chains, as well as its interaction with other functions and organisations.

    • MKT703 Innovation and New Product Development

      This module introduces students to a contemporary view of managing innovation, the development of new products and services. It is concerned with the study of the innovation and NPD process. It considers different theoretical and practical perspectives on effective innovation and NPD. It will examine the relationship between the innovation process and the use and management of technology, together with links to the development of marketing strategies and plans.

    • STO702 Global Supply Chain Management

      One of the sweeping changes in the current global economy is global supply chain management (SCM). Effective management of global supply chains can take the advantages of not only global market but also global resources, to provide supply chains with formidable competitiveness. However, global SCM faces unprecedented challenges and can be more vulnerable because of their geographically long distance, high uncertainty and more sources of risks. This module will provide students with comprehensive knowledge in managing global supply chains, develop students, skills in analysing decisions related to global issues in SCM, and equip students with state-of-the-art technologies to move towards modern, professional and forward thinking supply chain specialists.

    • STO703 International Strategic Management

      This module focuses on the organisational structures and strategies appropriate to successful business management in a variety of different sectors and countries. It provides student with the opportunity to compare and contrast the practice of international strategic management in different business sectors, and within different cultural and economic contexts. The focus is on the managerial implications of a changing global business environment, the opportunities and threats of emerging economies and the impact this is having on dominant business management paradigms, structures and strategies.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Business and Management programme specification 1433

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Normal minimum entry requirements are a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Candidates who do not possess a first degree or who have been awarded a third class honours or pass degree may be considered for the programme on the basis of previous work experience or relevant training.

If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent exams.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,500 £8,800
International £14,400 £14,800
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Ben Rhodes, MSc Business and Management graduate 

Ben Rhodes has spent the past five years as Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Business Council working as an advocate regional business building partnerships and driving the organisation forward. 

Find out more about Ben in our video

Business and management with the University of Plymouth

The MSc Business and Management programme is part of a suite of business and management programmes offered by Plymouth Business School these programmes cover marketing strategy, global supply chain management, leadership and the complex international business environment, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career.

This video provides an overview of the learning environment and what it is like to study postgraduate business and management with the University of Plymouth. Programmes in this suite include MSc Business and Management, MA Human Resource Management, MSc International Business, and MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

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Staff insight

The MSc Business and Management with the University of Plymouth will provide you with what you need to stand out from the crowd.

David Owen, Programme Leader

The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER)

iSPER is a leading research Institute at the University of Plymouth and is home to a number of themed areas relevant to the MSc Business and Management programme. Postgraduate students can take part in iSPER events and activities joining seminars from local and guest speakers from academic and business sectors.

Find out more about iSPER's groups, their projects, publications and dynamic seminar and events series that you will be welcome to join.


Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in Plymouth Business School can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC

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