Management - MSc


The MSc in Management has been designed to meet the needs of business and industry, offering unique insights on contemporary issues in the global economy. It equips graduates for transition into doctoral studies or a career in business and management.



Develop your leadership skills in relation to decision making, problem solving, team working, negotiation and employee performance management. You gain the skills and knowledge essential for managing key areas of organisations, including accounting, human resources, quantitative methods, marketing, strategy and operations.

Study innovation and entrepreneurship, and learn how to create and manage businesses from a sustainability perspective. This MSc equips you with the necessary tools, techniques and concepts to understand how business is conducted and the various challenges facing managers from an operational and strategic perspective.

Throughout the programme you develop an international perspective on management by applying the skills and knowledge you learn to real-world situations. As part of your studies, you can spend a week in Brussels, home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations. This gives you first-hand experience of business on a global scale.

CMI HE Partner

Our Management MSc is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting and the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership upon completion of your Master’s.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 20 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.


Student accommodation, at Liberty Quays, is available for Stage 1 of your programme. Should you wish to remain in the Medway area during your placement, and for Stage 2 of your studies, the University will work with you to arrange such accommodation. There are a limited number of student rooms available for the full 15 months.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You take compulsory modules and then choose three from the optional modules below. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage one compulsory modules include: Marketing Management and Communication; Leadership and Change Management; Professional Skills and Employability Development; Accounting and Financial Management; Corporate Strategy and Performance Measurement; Global Business Analysis; Management Consultancy Report.

Optional modules include: Programme and Project Management; Socially Responsible Management; Strategic Operations and Supply Chain Excellence; Digital Innovation and New Media Management; Business Analytics.

Stage 2 compulsory module: Management Consultancy Report.

Modules may include Credits

This module examines recent developments in marketing thinking and market strategy development. Students will acquire a theoretical foundation through the lectures and discussions on marketing management and communications concepts and frameworks. The use of case studies will allow the student to explore the process of marketing decision-making and strategy development as well as enhancing the ability to apply marketing theory to a wide range of problems.

The module content will include:

• Marketing planning

• The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment

• Segmentation, targeting and positioning

• Marketing research

• Understanding customers and buyer behaviour

• The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics

• The marketing mix (goods and services)

• New product development

• Marketing communications

• Pricing

• Marketing channels

• Contemporary issues in marketing

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This module will utilise domestic and international companies to shed light on change management issues, and models of change and therefore allows students to gain understanding of leadership and change in organisations and subjects covered will typically include understanding change management; the role of change agents including management consultants; examine the core issues involved in leading change; organisations and key stakeholders to deliver change and organisational success and contemporary issues in change management.

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This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability. Subjects covered will typically include: employability skills; personal skills analysis; management skills development; insights into Business Management Career opportunities; navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations; finding your consultancy project/internship.

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The module aims to cover key accounting and financial management aspects of a business. The module begins by learning about the use of accounting principles in measuring and reporting financial position of a business for external stakeholders. It then moves on to analysing and interpreting financial reports for decision making. Under the financial management aspect, the module covers key capital investment decision making techniques such as NPV and IRR. Finally, the major aspects related to long term financing decisions such as sources of long term finance, capital structure, and costs of debt, equity and capital are covered.

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This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations. Indicative topics are: defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

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This module will focus on domestic and international companies and therefore allows students to gain understanding of contemporary global business issues and subjects covered will typically include

• Introduction to global business and global strategy

• Globalisation, regionalisation and economic development

• Industry dynamics and competition

• Institution-based view

• Global business failures: determinants of international success and failure of companies

• Internationalisation and strategising for global markets

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This module will provide students with a good understanding of key concepts and theories in the field of Programme and Project Management. Students will learn about key practices and techniques and gain a good understanding of how they might be applied in real business contexts.

Key topics will include:

• Project, programme and portfolio management concepts.

• Bodies of knowledge and methodologies (APM, PRINCE2, P2M, PMP, MSP, MoP).

• Role of the project / programme support office/ Project Management Office (PMO)

• Project and programme organisation structures and roles.

• Life cycle, principles and processes.

• Business case and investment appraisal.

• Scheduling.

• Budgeting and cash flow.

• Earned value management.

• The use of MIS in project management

• Measurement, control and risk management in projects.

• International Project Management: Multi-cultural management.

• Agile project management versus traditional project management.

• Researching Projects.

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The module focusses on managing organisations in a responsible way by looking at the ethical issues that emerge in the interactions of a business with its stakeholder groups. Subjects covered will typically include: corporate social responsibility; sustainability; social responsibilities of sectors and industries; ethical issues in the interaction with stakeholders; implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives.

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This module aims to equip students with a global view of the strategic and operational processes that transform inputs into value-added finished products and services across a range of industries, across the globe. Advanced theory teaching with practical skills training using case studies from global organisations provides students with an understanding of the contemporary issues and programs used in global supply chain management. Topics will include:

• Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management

• Strategic role and Operations Strategy

• Design of Products & Services

• Process Type and Layout

• Planning and Control

• Sequencing and Capacity Planning

• Supply/Demand Management

• Lean and agile supply chains

• Quality Management and Business Improvement

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This module introduces students to the concepts of digital innovation and digital media. The module covers relevant theories and concepts to analyse the strategic value of emerging technologies.

Topics covered include:

Digital Innovation: Cloud computing, social media, big data, sensor web technologies, language technology and analytics

Digital Media: Mobile business; e-commerce; m-commerce, social media marketing; digital innovation in business.

Creativity and communication: creative thinking, communication skills, start-ups

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This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of business and management modelling in practice and hand-on experience to apply current quantitative techniques and tools to a variety of problems encountered in business and management. Special emphasis will be given to the analysis of international case studies related to real-world business and management problems.

Topics covered include:

• Introduction to Business Analytics

• Descriptive statistics and statistical inference.

• Probability theory and decision making under uncertainty.

• Sensitivity analysis.

• Markov processes.

• The use of statistical models in practice, such as regression, time series analysis and forecasting.

• Optimization and simulation techniques.

• Analysing complex decisions: How to determine optimal strategies in situations involving several decision alternatives.

• The applications of suitable techniques for analysing and solving business/management problems.

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This module will focus on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to business and management research and would allow students to gain knowledge of the various research techniques and research design issues, such as ethics and dealing with informants. Subjects covered will typically include: formulating and clarifying the management consultancy topic; theoretical approaches and literature review; philosophy of social science research; research design; research ethics; secondary and primary research methods; quantitative method and data analysis; qualitative method and data analysis; writing a consultancy proposal; library resources: online sources and searching journal databases; writing and presenting a management consultancy report.

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Teaching and Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, you work full time on the Dissertation.


You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including, Deloitte, Fujitsu Services Ltd, Pace Capital, Ciry Sprint, J.P Morgan & Chase and BP.

Professional recognition

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School currently occupies a purpose-designed building consisting of executive learning facilities with wireless provision throughout. Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

On the Canterbury Campus, Kent Business School will soon be moving into a new academic building, known as The Sibson Building, a vibrant new campus destination.New academic facilities and social spaces for Kent Business School at Medway have also recently opened. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet study areas, student social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.

We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources. Postgraduate students can access a range of specialist software packages used in quantitative analysis and in finance. Most academic schools have specific study areas for postgraduates and there is also a general postgraduate common room with work area.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; International Journal of Finance & Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asset Management; International Review of Financial Analysis.

Global skills

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non-business-related discipline. Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good second class honours degree.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

English language requirements

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country. 

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;

Research in our People, Management and Organisation group examines themes in the areas of employment relations, human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership. The group covers a wide range of research, including employment relationships, the role of social partners, the effects of skills, technology and culture on the world of work, employee engagement, and the role of leadership.

Research in our Strategy and International Business group focuses on strategic alliances, non-market strategies, performance management, business in emerging economies, international strategy, management of multinational enterprises and corporate social responsibility.

For more information, see our Applied Research Centres:

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Management - MSc at Medway:
UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £11230 £19150

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact

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