MSc Business and Management

Our Business and Management Masters will give you the best start to your leadership career. We're ranked top 5 in Scotland and top 20 in the UK for Business and Management Studies (The Complete Uni Guide 2022).

Business and Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Overview

Our MSc Business and Management course gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be an inspiring, effective and resilient manager. We combine management theory with development of practical skills, and our course is taught by internationally recognised subject experts.

The course focuses on operations and strategic management, and explores the need for managing limited resources effectively, with maximum business impact. This is the ideal Masters if you're looking to take your first steps into management. We cover the major functions of organisations – accounting, marketing, operations, people and talent management. Finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation. 

We aim to create industry leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, who're confident in the use of business analytics tools and critical thinking abilities. This allows for better and informed decision making in your management career. There’s an emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management. You’ll also develop an appreciation of corporate social responsibility, ethical decision making and managing change.

Degree pathways

As part of our commitment to flexible learning this postgraduate course in Business and Management also offers two pathways, , and . To graduate with one of these degrees, students choose from a selection of tailored modules.

Enhance your employability

You’ll have the chance to take part in industry visits, as well as undertaking consultancy projects with businesses across the public, private and non-profit sectors. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your Masters degree to solve a real business challenge. Your best-practice knowledge will put you in the perfect position to help a business looking for a solution to a problem or a new perspective on a strategy. Places on these projects are competitive and involve interviews with the host company. At the end of the project you’ll be able to present your recommendations and a high-quality piece of research or consultancy.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised subject experts, who also teach Stirling’s prestigious MBA. Throughout the course you’ll also be able to engage with senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs. This provides you with a practical perspective on contemporary business topics. We have a series of guest lectures and workshops, giving you many networking opportunities with potential employers.

 


Hear from our students

We know your time at Stirling will be a dynamic and vibrant experience where you’ll be able to engage with a wide range of business leaders and experts as they share their secrets of success. Hear from one of our students:

 


Developing business leaders of the future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture. We understand the importance of your postgraduate degree to help you with your career choices. We know the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual so we focus on your personal and professional development to foster your group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict.

Find out more about Flying Start.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

The course provides you with key skills and experience through:

  • examining the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations
  • exploring topical issues in management and comparing different management techniques to understand work issues
  • cultivating expertise in the use of key management tools, such as techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis
  • developing personal skills and capabilities relevant to management, such as critical thinking, report writing, presentation, negotiation, networking, problem-solving and group working skills
  • an emphasis on personal and professional development to help you with group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

Research overview

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Other routes of entry

If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course, INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

English language requirements

Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass overall with minimum 25 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 20 December 2021

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

The MSc Business and Management consists of two 11-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period.

When you successfully complete the taught element of the course you’ll be awarded a Diploma. You can then continue for the award of the MSc by completing a dissertation or undertaking a consultancy project with a business.

Degree pathways

As part of our commitment to flexible learning this postgraduate course in Business and Management also offers two pathways, MSc Management and Marketing, and MSc Management with New Venture Creation and Innovation. To graduate with one of these degree students choose from a selection of modules, detailed below.

MSc Management and Marketing

What do marketing professionals really do? How can you use marketing in non-commercial contexts for social good? What new challenges and opportunities arising from the online and global stage? In this specialist MSc pathway you will develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the management of business organisations while building specialised knowledge and skills in marketing. You will undertake modules in Personal and Professional Development, Economics, Accountancy and Finance, Global Perspectives in People Management, Responsible Business and Marketing, Brand Marketing, Digital Marketing and Advertising, Multi-Channel Marketing and Retail and Social Marketing. Following completion of the taught modules you will have the opportunity to work with business undertaking a consultancy project. When you graduate you will have the knowledge and skills to strategically analyse and evaluate organisations, and to develop and implement competitive marketing strategies. This opens up the opportunity to develop a career in marketing at the end of the course.    

MSc Management with New Venture Creation and Innovation

New businesses are essential to both developed and developing economies. Innovation is key to the growth and development of business and whether you want to launch your own business or change an existing organisation, the MSc in Management with New Venture Creation will immerse you in the world of creative business to prepare for employment. The MSc Management with New Venture Creation and Innovation provides an innovative gateway to understanding how a new business is started while providing a grounding in core business and management principles.  You will undertake modules in Personal and Professional Development, Economics, Accountancy and Finance, Global Perspectives in People Management, Responsible Business and Marketing, New Venture Creation, Business Growth and Managing Entrepreneurship and Family Business. Following completion of the taught modules you will have the opportunity to work with business undertaking a consultancy project. The course will develop your understanding of the business environment and the challenges experienced in different entrepreneurial contexts including family and social enterprises.

   

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, guest speakers, article discussion groups, and presentations. You’ll go on insightful industry visits as well as having the change to work on consultancy projects developed in collaboration with businesses across the public, private and non-profit sector.

Senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, engage throughout the year with our postgraduate students. There’s also a series of guest lectures and workshops which provide many networking opportunities.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by combination of exams and coursework, including written assignments and presentations.

Classroom hours

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

The MSc Business and Management is taught on a block-teaching basis to allow deep immersion in the academic subject.

 

Monday

Tuesday-Friday

0900-1000

Lecture

SP

1000-1100

Lecture

SP

1100-1200

Lecture

Lecture

1200-1300

Lunch

Lunch

1300-1400

GW

GW

1400-1500

GW

GW

1500-1600

GW

GW 

1600-1700

GW

GW

*SP: Student presentations and academic feedback
*GW: Academic guided group work

Key staff

Dr Tom Forbes spent six years working in the NHS as a radiographer before entering academia. He has over 20 years teaching strategic management to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also delivered strategic management and change management courses and acted as a consultant to Local Authorities and the National Health service. His current research interests include the integration of health and social care services and managing change in complex organisational settings.

Other staff involved with the course are:

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£9,350£9,850
Students from the Republic of Ireland£9,350£9,850
Overseas (non-EU) students£18,645£19,145
European Union students£18,645£19,145

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

Building your employable skills is a key focus of our Business and Management course:

  • Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA)

Since the introduction of the course in 2008, our graduates have forged careers across many sectors such as management, marketing and advertising, government administration, banking and finance. Their job roles have included:

  • research analyst
  • relationship manager
  • salesforce developer
  • strategic planning manager
  • commercial account manager

Our graduates are working in a range of organisations including central government offices, public sector bodies such as the NHS and universities, IKEA Trading, Parabola Ltd (Consultancy), and BDO International.

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you'll have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

Employability skills

 


Advance your career with work experience

On our Business and Management course you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by taking part in work based projects, designed to prepare you for your first steps into management.

Before you start your Masters, you'll also have the opportunity to take part in our Flying Start leadership Programme. Throughout our one-week programme, we'll challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.


Consultancy projects

If you’re seeking to enhance your employability and add value to a business client you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month consultancy project over the summer, as an alternative to the traditional dissertation.

Consultancy projects allow you to work with an organisation to investigate a ‘real-world’ issue, enhance your transferable business skills and make professional connections that may lead to a job offer in the future. Current clients range from start-up businesses to international organisations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Watch our video to find out more about how taking part in a project with a local business can help increase your employability skills.

 

What our students said

James Whiteford
James Whiteford
England
The MSc Business and Management has helped me to gain industry experience and I've developed the relevant skills needed for the work place - from communication, to team work and gaining relevant contacts. I've been involved in many extra-curricular activities during my time at Stirling, predominantly working as a student ambassador
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Lucina Li
Lucina Li
China
Studying at INTO has really helped me to build my confidence for speaking English in public, read articles and even write my dissertation in English.
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Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar
India
MSc Business and Management
The global reputation of the University of Stirling Management School attracted me to this course. The infrastructure, as well as the knowledge and resources provided by the University, are fabulous for your overall development.
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