Management MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£15,250 (total)
International fees
£27,500 (total)

Course overview

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This Masters provides a comprehensive introduction to business and management, ideal for those who have not previously studied these subjects.

Based in the triple-accredited Leeds University Business School, you will learn from researchers and professional practitioners, giving you a wide range of insight into how organisations operate. You will also develop the essential management skills that are valued by employers, including critical thinking, analytical skills, problem-solving and collaborative working.

Thanks to our strong links with businesses worldwide, you’ll have opportunities to connect with leaders from a range of organisations as we support you to prepare for a career in business. You will learn from our academic and industry experts, as well as benefit from course content influenced by our Industry Advisory Board. This means you’re gaining industry relevant, applied learning that considers contemporary business challenges.

You will learn with students from a range of backgrounds, creating a stimulating learning environment and multicultural experience. You’ll graduate with a global business perspective and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world.

Course highlights

Find out more about studying your Masters at Leeds University Business School.


Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Course details

You’ll study a range of core modules that build the business knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed as a manager. You will be introduced to topics such as operations and supply chain management, organisational behaviour, strategic management, gathering and understanding data for decision making, corporate social responsibility, and ethical and sustainable business.

The Management in Practice module is the core module of the course and is studied across two semesters. Designed to equip you with the professional skills you need to be an effective manager, you’ll cover team working, leadership, self-development and employability. The module draws on input from a variety of sources including the Business School’s corporate partners.

Alongside these core areas, you will also be offered the opportunity to select a themed study stream that will allow you to pursue your interests. For example, you may choose to explore digital business, marketing and human influence, management decision making, organisational behaviour or enterprise and entrepreneurship.

In addition, a module in research design and analysis will prepare you to complete your dissertation in the final semester. The dissertation is an independent research project on a topic of your choice, which can be tailored to meet your individual career goals.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Management MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Strategic Management 15
Management in Practice 15
Operations and Supply Chain Management 15
Behaviour in Organisations 15
Dissertation 45
Research Design and Analysis 15
CSR, Ethics and Sustainability 15
Understanding Data for Decision Making 15

Optional modules

Optional modules are themed into pathways. You will select two modules (30 credits total) from one pathway. You will take one 15 credit module in semester one, and one 15 credit module in semester two.

Pathway: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation (15 credits)
  • Critical Entrepreneurship Studies (15 credits)
  • Problem Hacking for the Ministry of Defence (15 credits)

Pathway: Organisational Behaviour

  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice (15 credits)
  • Organisational Development and Change (15 credits)
  • Managing Performance and Developing Careers (15 credits)

Pathway: Management Decision Making

  • Effective Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Risk Perception and Communication (15 credits)

Pathway: Digital

  • Digital Transformation Management (15 credits)
  • Human Centered AI (15 credits)
  • Social Media Management (15 credits)
  • Digital Technologies for a Sustainable Future (15 credits)

Pathway: Human Influence

  • Marketing for Management (15 credits)
  • Techniques of Influence (15 credits)

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadline:

We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.

If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.

Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Contact details for two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for a Masters course prior to taking a test.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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UK: £15,250 (total)

International: £27,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

We’re offering 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2023. These scholarships offer a 50% fee reduction and will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants who demonstrate excellent academic, professional and personal achievements.

You do not have to submit a separate application for our Excellence Scholarships - you will be automatically considered when your course application is reviewed.

International Excellence Scholarships (International applicants)

Masters Excellence Scholarships (UK applicants)

Read more about Masters Funding and Scholarships

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are valued by employers in both the public and private sectors and can contribute effectively to a wide range of roles in business thanks to their broad range of knowledge and skills. Recent graduates are now working in a range of organisations including PwC, Marks & Spencer, IBM, Deloitte and Goldman Sachs.

Graduates go into a range of roles, from graduate schemes to specific functional roles within organisations. Some graduates will go on to pursue management roles in an area related to their undergraduate degree. For example, some of our recent graduates with backgrounds in engineering are now working as managers in companies such as Tata and Mott MacDonald. Others may enter sectors that are new to them, start their own businesses or take on the management of family firms.

If you are considering further study, this Masters also provides a sound basis for a research degree.

Links with industry

Students on this course have the opportunity to engage with senior leaders from the world of business as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative. Successful and established business people will share their experience at events and lectures, to help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice.

Careers support

As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions.

You can expect expert advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, support to boost your employability, as well as one-to-one coaching on developing the professional skills you will need to start a successful career, and how to evidence these to prospective employers.

You’ll also benefit from the University’s award-winning Careers Centre, where you can access range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

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