Business and management student in boardroom
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022


Do you see yourself in management? Are you ready to sharpen your leadership skills and learn how to get the best out of your team? On this MSc Business and Management degree course, you'll gain the skills and confidence to get your career off to a flying start.

The MSc Business and Management degree is ideal if you want to pursue a postgraduate course in management. You'll study key themes including internationalisation and corporate engagement, so when you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career in all kinds of organisations, whether in the UK or further afield.

You'll have the tools you need to enter the world of business, or to work in the public or private sectors in industries such as banking, commerce, finance and recruitment.


Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This accreditation shows that your learning will have an international outlook, that you'll engage with employers and that you'll learn about ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Entry requirements​

MSc Business and Management Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Use case studies to analyse complex problems, explore the uncertain nature of business, evaluate possible solutions and plan their implementation
  • Study business topics, including marketing, HR, economics, operations management, corporate strategy and financial management
  • Complete a business research project, with the option to specialise in a management area of your choice
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and complete a work-based project
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which are available 24/7 and include access to thousands of e-journals

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in business or management roles.

What jobs can you do with a Business and Management degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Management graduate trainee
  • Trainee trader
  • Business development and consultancy
  • Recruitment
  • E-marketing
  • Publicity
  • Financial and risk analysis
  • Sales and marketing co-ordinator
  • Market researcher

Alternatively, you may choose to start your own business, or enter further academic study. Whatever you decide to do, you'll get advice and support from our Careers and Employability Service.

I realised I wanted to be very dynamic in the business field. In order to do this I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Business and Management. Portsmouth uni is highly rated and the tuition is affordable.

Nana Adwoa Afriyie Osei Kyeretwie, MSc Business and Management

What you'll study on this MSc Business and Management degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

To achieve a Master's degree, you need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.



Core modules in this teaching block include:

  • International Marketing – 15 credits
  • Human Resource Management – 15 credits
  • Economics – 15 credits
  • Operations Management – 15 credits
  • Management Development – 15 credits

Core modules in this teaching block include:

  • Corporate Strategy – 15 credits
  • Financial Management – 15 credits
  • Research Methods – 15 credits

Optional modules on this course include:

  • Management – 30 credits
  • Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship – 30 credits
  • Managing Human Resources – 30 credits
  • Business Systems – 30 credits
  • Core modules in this teaching block include:

    • Research Project – 30 credits

    Changes to course content

    We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

    Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

    Optional work placement 

    On this course, you can do a 15-day work placement in the second teaching block. 

    You’ll get support with researching placement opportunities, promoting yourself to employers and planning your career.

    Note that securing a placement is a competitive process, so it’s not guaranteed.

    Work experience and career planning

    We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

    When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the world of business.

    After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    Learning support

    As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

    ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

    • academic writing
    • note taking
    • time management
    • critical thinking
    • presentation skills
    • referencing
    • working in groups
    • revision, memory and exam techniques


    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • lectures
    • workshops
    • seminars
    • one-on-one tutorials

    How you'll spend your time

    Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

    • September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
    • January/February to May – teaching block 2

    How you're assessed

    You'll be assessed through:

    • preparation of web pages
    • poster and oral presentations
    • project reports
    • literature reviews
    • book chapters
    • essays

    You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    ​Course costs and funding

    Tuition fees (2022 start)

    UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:

    • Full time - £10,900 (subject to annual increase)
    • EU students - £10,900 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
    • Part time - £3,630 a year (subject to annual increase)

    International students:

    • Full time - £17,000 (subject to annual increase)
    • Part time - £5,670 a year (subject to annual increase)

    Funding your studies

    Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

    Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

    Additional course costs

    These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

    Additional costs

    Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

    You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

    You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

    We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

    If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


    Start your application by following the link below:

    Starting in September 2022

    International students

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

    If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

    Admissions terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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