Management - MSc

Do you aspire to lead in enterprise and drive a business to success, from the top?

Our CMI accredited MSc Management provides students with a solid foundation of management theory and practical managerial experience enabling them to take the lead in business around the globe.

Overview

In a post-pandemic world, now more than ever, the world is crying out for high-calibre leaders to pull us out of the darkness.

As a Kent Business School student studying Management, you will learn what it takes to work and succeed in leadership across many sectors of business and industry, anywhere in the world.

On this flexible course, you are guided by our exceptional international teaching staff, many of whom are leading experts in their field of study, to secure a robust understanding of current and emerging international management concepts and theories across a plethora of business areas.

Our MSc Management degree course

Studying an MSc in Management, you will develop fine-tuned insight and vision in general management through a mixed study of business subjects and general management.

Get to grips with business strategy and performance measurement, accounting and finance, leadership and change management, marketing and communications as well as employability skills and consultancy practice.

On our flexible programme, you can also select from a variety of optional modules to suit your career goals, available from the Spring term onwards.

Through this postgraduate course, you will have incredible opportunities to experience the world of business through hands-on experience via in-class live case studies from our visiting industry experts, enterprise challenges and company visits.

You will also have access to our ASPIRE centre, a purpose built entrepreneurial lab where you can develop, plan and launch your own start up business.

Throughout the course, 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.

Being able to link theories and ideas between modules helped with my understanding of business concepts and ideas.

~Gabriella Carboneri, MSc Management

Gain a competitive edge: industrial placement

Industrial placements are the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your opportunity to put taught skills into practise and develop a network of industry professionals.

With the option to undertake the programme with an industrial placement this course offers you the opportunity to gain work experience in the UK or overseas. Placements are self-sought and can range from an additional 12 to 50 weeks. This would extend the normal 12 month Masters programme to a maximum of 24 months.

The School offers support to those students seeking an industrial placement, through extra-curricular engagement with our dedicated placements team. Our dedicated placement team can help you gain a suitable paid position and provide support throughout your placement.

Students considering this option should be aware that they will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules and that there may be additional costs for students in terms of visa extensions, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and accommodation, for example.

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 and 2 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

What’s next?

If you want to learn more visit the Kent website where you can register for open events, take a virtual tour and explore our world.

If you have any further questions regarding the course or the application process please contact kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply please check our information on how to apply and the documentation required to process your application.

About Kent Business School

Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent.

Entry requirements

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You are more than your grades

For 2021, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in any area will be accepted on this course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and those 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.

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. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

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.

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All students are guaranteed an en-suite room in Pier Quays when applying before 31 July. When booking directly through us you'll also receive a premium sports membership (worth up to £479).

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

This course is studied over one year full-time and consists of seven  compulsory and three optional modules in Stage 1.  Stage 2 consists of a piece of management related research.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of management in contemporary organisations, covering topics such corporate strategy, marketing and communications, accounting and financial management and leadership and change management.

Stage 2 consists of one compulsory module; the Management Consultancy Report. This allows you to further develop your research skills whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

The MSc Management programme is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.

Modules

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.  Students can chose three optional modules from Level 7 Management modules delivered at Medway during the Spring term.

Compulsory modules currently include

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

• Pricing

• Marketing channels

• Contemporary issues in marketing

Find out more about BUSN9104

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

Find out more about BUSN9111

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.

Find out more about BUSN9122

This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability for postgraduate students. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Employability skills and career theory

• Personal skills analysis

• Management skills development

• Insights into Career opportunities relevant to course of study

• Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations

• Finding your consultancy project/internship/industrial placement opportunity

Find out more about BUSN9123

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.

Find out more about BUSN9124

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.

Find out more about BUSN9125

This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations in different business contexts. Through studying this module students develop critical awareness of current developments and new insights in strategic management and performance measurement.

Indicative topics may include:

Defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

Find out more about BUSN9128

Optional modules may include

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

Find out more about BUSN9102

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

Find out more about BUSN9105

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.

• 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.

Find out more about BUSN9113

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

Find out more about BUSN9130

Compulsory modules currently include

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.

Find out more about BUSN9112

Teaching and assessment

Our enthusiastic team of international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, bringing their subject to life and drawing you into the conversation.

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

Your progress on this course is assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations.

Coursework takes a variety of forms and includes;

  • reports
  • essays
  • presentations
  • short podcasts.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees have not yet been set. As a guide only the 2021/2022 fees for this course were:

  • Home full-time £12100
  • EU full-time £16200
  • International full-time £21500
  • Home part-time £6050
  • EU part-time N/A
  • International part-time N/A

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

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 information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

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Funding

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We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2021, 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 2021 for more information.

Complete University Guide Research Intensity

Independent rankings

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

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history 

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Management;  

Technological Forecasting & Social ChangeHuman Resource Management Journal

Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Business Ethics and The British Journal of Management.

Careers

Of Kent postgraduate students who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 97% were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE 2017)

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Graduates may choose to start their own business, or work in any area of industry, national and international governmental organisations, charities or other non-governmental organisations

Graduates have have gone on to work for companies including:

  • Deloitte, 
  • Fujitsu Services Ltd, 
  • Pace Capital, 
  • City Sprint, 
  • J.P Morgan
  • Chase and BP.

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

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.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by: Chartered Management Institute (CMI. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the Chartered Body for Management and Leadership. For over 70 years, they have worked with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

This is the only organisation that awards Chartered Manager status, the highest accolade for managers and leaders.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, bought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities 

The Sail and Colour Loft is Kent Business School's home on our Medway campus. This historic 18th-century building was renovated and adapted to create a unique learning and teaching space.

The Loft features new digital classrooms, a Bloomberg suite, seminar rooms, group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core textbooks.

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.

Worldwide partnerships

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.

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.  

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