MSc

Business and Management

Fast-track your career to a wide range of business or management roles

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This dynamic programme will prepare you for a wide variety of different careers in all kinds of organisations, It will provide you with the knowledge and skills in order to ‘hit the ground running’ once you graduate and move into a business or management role. It will particularly suit those of you who wish to pursue a broad-based postgraduate management Master’s. Should you be interested in undertaking this programme on a part-time basis, please contact the Programme Director.

Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use case studies to analyse complex problems, explore the uncertainties involved, evaluate possible solutions and plan their implementation
  • Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and internationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings, both in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • publicity
  • financial and risk analysis
Phoebe Allman, MSc Business and Management student

There has been a good mix of lecture and seminar-based teaching with enthusiastic tutors on-hand to provide further help where needed.

Phoebe Allman, MSc Business and Management student

Key Facts

Duration
1 year full-time
Entry
A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £6,400 part time: £2,130 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,700 part time: £4,230 p/a*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
pbs-studentrecruitment@port.ac.uk
+44 (0) 23 9284 2991
Department
Portsmouth Business School
Programme specification

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Autumn

This first period develops key aspects of management subjects that support you in your development.

Four core units are:

  • Marketing

    Which focuses on:

    • Marketing Planning
    • Segmentation, targeting, differentiation and positioning
    • Marketing communications tools and media
  • Human Resource Management

    Which focuses on:

    • Human Resources Management
    • Labour Supply and Demand
    • Resource Based Strategic HRM
    • Training and Development
  • Economics

    Which focuses on:

    • Markets, Competition and Strategy
    • Uncertainty, Risk and Return
  • Operations Management

    Which focuses on:

    • Supply Chain Management
    • Quality, Project Management
    • Uncertainty, Risk and Return

Spring

Develops your strategic understanding of management building on the preceding core units. Also tailors your development through our range of options.

Two core units are:

  • Corporate Strategy

    Which focuses on:

    • Competitive Positioning and RBV
    • Intervention, Implementation and Managing Change
    • International Strategy
    • Blue Ocean Strategy, M&As
    • Internal Improvement and Turnaround
  • Financial Management

    Which focuses on:

    • Interpreting Accounting Reports
    • Costing and Decision Making
    • Investment Appraisal
    • Planning and Control

Specialist options to choose from include:

  • Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Tourism Management
  • Business Systems

Summer

Specialise further in your chosen option which will also be the topic area of your business research project.

Dissertation unit options include:

    • Management
    • Critical Marketing/Sales
    • Innovation and New Product Development
    • International Human Resource Management
    • Tourism Management
    • Business Systems
    • Work-based Research Project (subject to availability)
    • International/Independent Learning Project (subject to availability)

Which focusses on your specialist area and:

    • Research methods skills
    • Management skills
    • Employability and recruitment

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of key business and management subjects that are highly relevant for any management career.

There are designated units for those who do not wish to specialise but would rather have a generalist postgraduate management experience.

The specialist option unit: this will develop a deeper understanding of management in an area of your choice. Choices are subject to availability.

The research-based specialist option unit: is a double-sized unit and relates to your chosen specialism. It requires you to undertake a substantial management research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with primary or secondary data collection and analysis.


Teaching and Assessment

Our friendly and supportive environment uses formal lectures and seminars to provide the basis for the development of relevant knowledge, further enhanced by activity-based case studies.

How are you assessed?

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • practical exercises
  • your choice of independent research

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Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Support

We aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.

Computing

We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories (satellite image and geophysical processing). Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

This course enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector and is ideally suited as an early career step into a wide range of business or management roles and responsibilities. You may find careers as management graduate trainees, financial analysts, commercial managers, trainee traders and technical business consultants. You may even want to start your own business or consider further study towards an MBA.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • market researcher
  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • sales and marketing coordinator
  • account manager

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Your application will be received by the University's Admissions Team before being transferred to individual departments for consideration and processing.

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Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2016 entry have now finished.

If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus. Find out more information about our self-guided walking tours.

If you are unable to visit us, why not contact the admissions team for your course of interest via our course pages.

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan for 2016 entry plus scholarships and bursaries available visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.