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MSc Business and Management

Course Overview

The MSc in Business and Management helps you become a knowledgeable and effective manager in a knowledge-based global economy. The course has been designed to enable you to gain a better understanding of Business and Management. Business and Management as a study area is distinctive in that it is interdisciplinary and draws upon a wide range of soft and hard sciences. Thus, at postgraduate level the study is integrative, blending human behaviour with analytical approaches to solve problems and implement solutions through, and with, people. A further dimension is that Business and Management is international in context, this course ensures relevance in the global economy.

The course introduces non-specialists to a range of business functional areas so that you become knowledgeable and effective managers. You develop a deep understanding of organisations and their external context. You also learn how to manage yourself, and others, in a supportive and academic environment.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Business and Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree from a recognised University. To apply for this course, a Business degree or any other degree indicating basic quantitative skills is required. Otherwise, applicants from different subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their relevant professional experience or qualification.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The course uses a range of assessment methods. You are required to undertake a variety of individually based assessments. These assessments include individual essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, examinations, and a Dissertation.

The assessments are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to allow you to demonstrate the range of management skills. The assessment strategy underlines the programmes emphasis on research and independent thinking, critical knowledge of theory and practice, the ability to make information decisions and communicate these under time pressure and, finally, the all-important skills of teamwork and oral communication of ideas.

The written assignments and reports contribute to the learning outcomes focusing on your ability to research and critically evaluate elements of the curriculum in depth. All assessments are rigorous and academic in nature, and as such require you to use a blend of formal academic sources.

The end-of-unit examinations focus primarily on critical discussion of theory and current practice and provide the reassurance of guaranteed student authorship, and a true measure of your own ability and understanding.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this course you are likely to progress into the following areas: Junior management in a range of possible functional areas or become an entrepreneur.


Semester one:

  • Financial Analysis – 15 credits
  • Business Data Analysis – 15 credits
  • Intercultural Business Contexts – 15 credits
  • Marketing – 15 credits


Semester two:

Core -

  • Digital Business Management – 15 credits
  • Managing People – 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance – 15 credits

Option –

  • Issues in Financial Reporting – 15 credits
  • Strategic Management of Information Systems – 15 credits
  • Web Analytics – 15 credits
  • Brand Management and Research – 15 credits
  • International Marketing – 15 credits


Semester three:

  • Business and Management Dissertation – 60 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Become effective and efficient junior managers, able to synthesise information and produce meaningful written and verbal outcomes
  • Evaluate critically a range of inputs to an effective standard, either in a report, research dissertation, or presenting a variety of facts and ideas publically and effectively
  • Conceptualise and appraise data into an appropriate format for a range of businesses. Demonstrate imagination and originality when solving problems, rigour when researching, and create new opportunities in the chosen area of Business Management


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of relevant knowledge about organisations, their external context and how they are managed
  • Assess and integrate relevant knowledge to a range of situations taking account of the relationship and interaction within the areas of business and management of an organisation
  • Develop a critical awareness of current issues in business and management which is informed by research and practice in the field
  • Develop, defend and justify a critical understanding of appropriate techniques sufficient to allow investigation into relevant business and management issues that requires familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies, and as such to inform the overall learning process
  • Integrate creative judgement into the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business and management
  • Acquire and analyse complex data and information, to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise information in the context of new situations
  • Develop a high level of conceptual understanding to: evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations; extrapolate from existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to practice regarding business and management solutions offered
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using a range of media. In addition, this course draws additional learning outcomes from the economic, social and environmental section of the UK QAA benchmark for this area
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately
  • The ability to make general evaluations of commercial risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks.


Choose Business and Management MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study via a dynamic mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and also work in smaller groups as you discuss case studies, prepare for assessments and give presentations
  • Explore the latest thinking in business education, research and practice, and increase your professional value by acquiring an understanding of global, national and local pressures on business, and the ability to respond professionally and effectively to these pressures
  • Develop a critical awareness and creativity in terms of analysis, synthesis and appraisal
  • Gain a multi-disciplinary education that focuses on the fundamentals of business management and critical leadership skills in the context of a global economy
  • Benefit from an experience which is characterised by a strong emphasis on the key issues of problem solving and decision making.