Designed to meet the needs of business and industry, the MSc in Management offers unique insights on contemporary issues in the global economy. Through its varied modules that cover the most relevant and current issues relating to management, it equips graduates for transition into doctoral studies or a career in business and management.
A good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from the UK or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.
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.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Applicants who are required to meet an English language condition may be able to study a pre-sessional course in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
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 ‘elective’ 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.
Each module is designed to meet the overall aims of the Programme, building your management skills in the context of global business. The Brussels trip is linked to the compulsory Global Business Analysis module which itself builds upon the Corporate Strategy and Performance Management module (see below for full details).
In addition to this, the compulsory Management Consultancy Report links the learning achieved through the taught programme with the industrial placement/industry case study.
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.
Indicative topics are:
• 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
• Marketing channels
• Contemporary issues in marketing
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.
• Contemporary issues in change management.
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
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.
The module content includes business consultancy skills that are transferable into the business consulting profession, internal consultancy positions within organisations, and senior management roles.
Indicative topics are:
* Approaches to management consulting.
* Negotiating a scope of work.
* Developing a client proposal.
* Data collection and analysis.
* Preparing and presenting a consulting report.
* Working as an effective team member in a consulting team.
* Managing client relationships and expectations.
* Consulting project management.
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).
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
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.
Indicative topics are::
• 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.
• 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.
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
• Social responsibilities of sectors and industries
• Ethical issues in the interaction with stakeholders
• Implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives
This module will use contemporary and practically relevant resources to provide an understanding of the health economics approach towards the individual behaviour with respect to health and the workings of the health care markets, as well as explore the theoretical and methodological challenges associated with the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions. Students will be provided the opportunity to explore critical research questions using real evaluations and theoretical texts in order to make informed decisions regarding the appropriateness of different methods.
The module will include teaching on:
• Why Health Economics?
• Demand for Health Care Services
• The physician. Physicians in the marketplace
• Healthcare financing
• Valuing the benefit and cost of health care services
• Promoting health equity and the role of government
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.
Indicative topics are:
• 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
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.
Indicative topics are:
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
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.
Indicative topics are:
• 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.
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.
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.
Our MSc Management includes 2 days a week of teaching, which is very beneficial for those in employment or with other commitments.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
You will gain the following intellectual skills:
You gain subject-specific skills in:
You will gain the following transferrable skills:
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
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In The Complete University Guide 2020, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.
Please see the University League Tables 2020 for more information.
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.
Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas
Our research extends business knowledge and produces innovative and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges. As a forward-looking school, we are always working to ensure that our research has a positive impact, not just within business but in the wider world.
Our staff are recognised as being at the forefront of their fields and their expertise has been sought by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, the FT Trading Room, Kent County Council and Medway Council.
For more information, see our Research page.
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.
Strategic management, performance measurement, leadership/followership and intellectual capital in tourism and hospitality, hospitals and religious organisations.View Profile
Strategy and international business specifically business failures and technology in emerging markets.View Profile
Organisational learning, knowledge management, dynamic capabilities, corporate rigidity, global talent management, innovation, and power and decision-making.View Profile
Users and New Forms of Innovation. Professor Flowers has undertaken projects for the OECD, Tekes, the European Commission and the Institutet for Tllvaxtpolitiska Studier, Stockholm.View Profile
The human side of work and organisations, organisational behaviour, the role of sensemaking in systemic approaches to leadership (as well as strategy).View Profile
Benefits management, entrepreneurship, governmentailty and governance in change management and organisational agility, institutional logics, neo-institutional theory, organisational ambidexterity, programme management, project management.View Profile
Open Innovation, Crowdsourcing and Online Communities, Social Media for Innovation and User Collaboration, Diversity of R&D teams.View Profile
Market-Based Accounting Research, financial reporting following the implementation of IFRS, asset valuation and capital structure under Islamic finance.View Profile
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.
"I chose to study at KBS because I felt the MSc Management course would allow me to differentiate myself; offering the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in my undergraduate to a business setting. KBS showed a strong offering for the degree, extra-curricular activity and the chance to network. I am most proud of being offered a full-time job during my 14-week placement at the National Physical Laboratory." - Thomas Rowe, Product Analyst, NPL (National Physical Laboratory)
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, City Sprint, J.P Morgan & Chase and BP.
MSc Management at Kent Business School 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 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 has accredited programmes with the following professional bodies:
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.
Kent Business School at Medway benefits from a range of new facilities. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. The Sibson Building at Canterbury is a vibrant new campus destination. The state-of-the-art building includes dedicated postgraduate and IT suites, academic and research workspaces, three lecture theatres and social learning spaces.
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.
Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, as well as subject-specific librarians to help you find the information you need. We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources and access to a range of software packages used in quantitative analysis and finance.
Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.
Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.
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.