MSc Business and Management

Studying our Business and Management Masters course will give you the best start to your leadership career. You'll learn about operations and strategic management, and maximising business impact with limited resources.

Business and Management

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, 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

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:


The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

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.
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.

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.

What our students said

James Whiteford
James Whiteford
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
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
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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