Teaching and learning in 2020/21

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Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £10,500 *
International Fees £13,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Successful managers need to know how people behave, the nature of leadership and sources of power and influence within the workplace. They must also plan, prioritise, develop new processes and identify new opportunities. That’s why our MA provides a broad understanding of business – from finance and people management to operations, communications and marketing. You’ll graduate with the all-round expertise and decision-making capabilities required to lead modern organisations.

Whether you aim to be self-employed, head your own company or work for private businesses, not-for-profits or government agencies, this course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment.

Blending theory and practice, our teaching is designed to equip you with the knowledge, competencies, analytical and problem-solving skills around the management of organisations and how to apply this to management problems and situations. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational and tactical to a more strategic approach. 

You’ll study other organisations’ processes and practices through a variety of real-life case study analysis, which helps you understand why companies have been successful or have experienced turmoil over the years. You’ll have access to a wide range of electronic and online media resources, as well as traditional face-to-face teaching and opportunities to learn from each other.

A highlight for many students is the Management Residential – a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network, get to know your fellow students and learn from each other’s experiences. You’ll be given a series of tasks designed to develop essential skills, such as team building, leadership, delegation and communications.

When you graduate you’ll have the core management skills needed to give you flexibility to pursue a career in general management or specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter and Gamble and Unilever, as well as the NHS and local councils, while others have set up their own companies.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Eligible for Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership on graduation, with access to the CMI professional network, events and latest leadership and management news
  • Taught by staff with expertise in strategic management, entrepreneurship, design, innovation, operations and supply
  • Residential weekend when studying Managers and Organisations where you’ll take part in team exercises and challenges to explore and develop communication, negotiation and team-working skills
  • Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry, including NVivo and SPSS

Course structure

The course is designed to provide you with up-to-date theories, tools, systems and techniques across the management function, together with an understanding of contemporary management issues in an ever-changing business environment. 

Semester 1

We examine how organisations operate in today’s global marketplace and consider how the different functions of management (such as strategy and operations) link together. You’ll develop a greater appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems within different types of organisations.

Semester 2

We move on to business structure and modern strategies in a changing world, and the traits, behaviours and management processes needed for resilient, flexible organisations. You’ll consider some of the contemporary challenges facing business, from the merits of sustainable global growth to the global perspective of business development and need for sensitive, collaborative working in multicultural project environments.

The project gives you the chance to demonstrate your ability to critically analyse, research and report independently on a specific management area and apply your learning to a real-life management challenge. Past students have considered, for example, how retail companies have made the shift from physical stores to online, sometimes looking at a specific sector or certain companies within a country. One, who was already working as an executive in a London-based company, resolved a long-standing HR issue, while another worked with an SME to develop a more focused, competitive strategy for the products they market.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Modules

This module uses economic and quantitative analysis to understand the external influences on business on both a micro and macroeconomic level. The module explores the working of markets at various levels and how this affects business operations.

In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

You will develop the skills and competencies to carry out the Human Resource Management (HRM) element of your role and work effectively with HRM specialists. You will explore different approaches to the management of human resources and the implications of HRM decision making for organisational success.

This module will give you an understanding of how organisations work, and how to use that knowledge as an effective manager.

This module is all about running the organisation more effectively and efficiently, by exploiting internal and external information. It develops your critical understanding of the sources and application of information from a managerial perspective, and examines specific issues of managing operations.

This module provides you with a grounding in the knowledge, theory and practice of marketing as applied by managers in organisational situations. It is focused on the development of effective market-oriented managerial thinking. Marketing-related tools, frameworks, strategies and tactics are introduced, developed and applied.

This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of strategic management.

The module aims to develop your knowledge of and competence in the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management. It covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice. It focuses on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

This module involves extensive research in a chosen topic. It will enable you to demonstrate your ability to work autonomously, and to apply the theory learnt during the course to a substantial real-life problem.

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is a 6-12 week accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, are normally taken part-time (14-20 hours per week) or on a full-time basis during the summer period. Interns are expected to be paid at least National Minimum Wage or if unpaid, travel and lunch expenses are covered.

To register their interest, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team.

Ultimately students secure their own internships through the support of the Business Experience Team and module. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers, and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Accreditation

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Core management skills are in demand from a wide range of employers across private, public and not-for-profit sectors. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to pursue a general management career or choose to specialise in specific areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. 

Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises, employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter and Gamble and Unilever, as well as the NHS and local councils.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Develop your network

Build connections with peers and future business leaders.

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Kickstart your career

Learn how to use social media in your job hunt or LinkedIn to kickstart your career.

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Develop your CQ

Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities.

Industry links

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene. 

Staff who currently teach on this course have an extensive and diverse range of professional experience in the private sector. For example, in project management for a large German car manufacturer and as managing director of a small communications agency, as well as in the field of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in health care provision, competitor analysis and insurance.

Job roles

Graduates of this course may go on to such roles such as:

  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Data analyst
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Risk manager
  • Sales executive
  • Supply chain manager

Graduate employers

Graduates from the Business School have found employment at organisations including:

  • Accenture
  • NHS
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Unilever

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to develop the capabilities needed by the graduate labour market, integrating practice-based learning and projects alongside academic learning and business theory.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools.

How you’ll be taught

Through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to live case study analysis, business projects, an international consultancy project and internship – we aim to bring study to life by incorporating real-world experience. A focus on group work and ideas generation will help to develop the strong interpersonal skills expected of top managers.

The emphasis in the classroom is on problem-based learning, blending theory and practice, problem diagnosis and the selection of managerial tools to provide the best fit with the situation. You’ll learn by doing, given scenarios based on real-life case studies, where you put yourself in the position of manager, propose and justify your management response. For example, we might examine the ethical implications and treatment of its employees by the highly competitive Walmart Group in its desire to drive cost efficiency strategies. 

There is a requirement for ‘self-guided’ learning and you will be expected to develop your own opinions and approaches to problems. Group work is a core component of the programme, which allows you to deepen relationships with classmates, get a more thorough understanding of subjects by interacting with people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, and mimic the office environment in which projects are often conducted in small teams across different departments. You’ll be given multiple opportunities to put forth real-life solutions to problems, present business cases or introduce plans for service optimisation.

The teaching team has strengths across multiple subject disciplines, including academic scholarship and practitioner business experience, in strategic management, entrepreneurship, design, innovation, marketing, social media, operations, digital business, psychology, human resources, organisation behaviour, economics, finance, management accounting and leadership. 

In the following graph you'll find examples of how study time has been distributed in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you’ll be assessed

We use a wide range of engaging assessment methods, including simulations, business challenges, investigating briefs, group pitches and video presentations.

The course involves a variety of assessment methods which call on the student to propose solutions to real case studies both in groups, alone and under short time limits.

Presentations and essays are also included in the course content, but it is the focus on practical resolution to real problems and the encouragement of analytical skills and creativity that make this an attractive course. 

In the following graph you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to assessment weights may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Written exams Practical Coursework

Why study this course?

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Outstanding facilities

State-of-the-art Bloomberg-powered Financial Markets Suite (FMS) featuring industry-leading technology and software.

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, problem-solving and live business projects.

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Get business insight

Strengthen business insight through interaction with businesses and discussions about current market challenges.

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Find out more about the University by visiting us at one of our open evenings.

 

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). We do not specify a required degree subject with cohorts ranging across the degree disciplines. Previous cohorts have seen a range of degree subjects ranging from philosophy and history through business studies to computing or engineering. The primary requirement is the aptitude and motivation to engage with subject areas that are new, allied to an appreciation that some subject areas may require greater engagement than others in order to successfully complete the course.

We will also consider applicants with alternative professional qualifications and Continuing Professional Development records. And similarly, we would those with at least three to five years’ relevant professional experience; to qualify on this basis, you will need to be able to demonstrate clear career progression with an upward trajectory. This should include increasing responsibilities, particularly the control of resources, people, and finance. Applicants relying on work experience for admission will be interviewed to determine their suitability, motivation and aptitude for study on the courses within the programme. For non-standard entry, the course leadership team may interview applicants who may be required to complete a written piece of work.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

 

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). We do not specify a required degree subject with cohorts ranging across the degree disciplines. Previous cohorts have seen a range of degree subjects ranging from philosophy and history through business studies to computing or engineering. The primary requirement is the aptitude and motivation to engage with subject areas that are new, allied to an appreciation that some subject areas may require greater engagement than others in order to successfully complete the course.

We will also consider applicants with alternative professional qualifications and Continuing Professional Development records. And similarly, we would those with at least three to five years’ relevant professional experience; to qualify on this basis, you will need to be able to demonstrate clear career progression with an upward trajectory. This should include increasing responsibilities, particularly the control of resources, people, and finance. Applicants relying on work experience for admission will be interviewed to determine their suitability, motivation and aptitude for study on the courses within the programme. For non-standard entry, the course leadership team may interview applicants who may be required to complete a written piece of work.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.

Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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Student work

As part of the Managers and Organisations module, the Management Residential weekend is designed to reinforce the concepts of team building, group awareness and interpersonal skills. Students participate in varied team exercises and challenges to explore and develop communication, negotiation and team-working skills. For example, one previous task involved creating a board game based on any sport. Mixing with different cohorts of students, you’ll experience a greater number of global perspectives and begin to build a network of international contacts. 

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Learn new skills

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Responsible business leader

Understand the importance of ethics, shared value, sustainability and collaboration as a responsible business leader.

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Enhance your digital literacy

Enhance your digital literacy, learning how to collect and use data from Bloomberg, DataStream and Fame.

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Improve your problem-solving skills

Improve your problem-solving and business diagnostic skills to better understand and tackle business issues.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £10,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £13,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Facilities

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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