MSc Business Management


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“My Master’s included the academic disciplines, practical knowledge, professional field of study, key business issues and creative thinking that I particularly wanted to achieve.”

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For those graduates who haven’t previously specialised in management, or have studied the subject in a non-UK context, this course will lay an effective foundation for general management responsibility on which participants can build successful, rewarding, long-term managerial careers.


Designed to provide a grounding in general managerial responsibility, the MSc Business Management will outline the theories, concepts and techniques relevant to the practice of management. It focuses on intellectual and practical skills and furnishes students with the analytical tools and perspectives that provide a sound basis for managerial decisions.

Special Features

There are a number of features that make this degree programme attractive to both prospective students, and employers looking to recruit their next generation of managers:

  • £1,000 cash prize for the best student on the MSc programme, plus opportunities for funded PhD studies in the School. 
  • MSc Business Forum supported by the UEA Alumni Fund offers the opportunity to hear guest speakers from industry share their experience and expertise.
  • Recruitment opportunities through direct interaction with businesses and access to various career services.


Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Do you want to be fluent in business? Accounting is the language of business and financial management is critical to the survival of businesses. If you want to become knowledgeable in two of the core areas in business such as accounting and financial management, then this module is for you. Throughout the module you will discover why accounting is considered a management information system and why managing the financial aspects of the business will contribute to business success. This is a semester long introductory module and no previous study of accounting or finance is required. The module will be divided in two parts: in the first part you will study accounting and in the second part of the module you will study financial management. In this module, individual study coupled with a series of lectures and seminars will give you a very good overview of the accounting and finance methods and concepts. In accounting you will learn how to read and interpret financial statements, you will acknowledge the importance of understanding and managing costs and the importance of liquidity. In financial management you will learn how investment appraisal and valuation works as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using different forms of equity and debt. All the knowledge gained by taking this module will put you at an advantage in any business meeting, benefiting your future career.




How do organisations change and develop, and how do the workers respond to change? Why do projects fail to deliver the intended results, or come in over-budget or late? These questions are essential to the study of organisations' growth and survival. Organisations are not static, and you are likely to find yourselves in organisations that are undergoing change. Throughout this module you will discover a wealth of different approaches to achieving change. You'll gain a firm understanding of both the practice and theory of leading and managing change in contemporary organisations. You'll also learn how to communicate ideas, principles and theories, by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin with an overview of how organisations are managed and lead. Then you'll delve deeper, uncovering core concepts such as planned and emergent change. You'll be exploring the leadership of change as a collective activity that can be shared among different people, and you'll be finding out ways in which the leader, the followers, and the practice of leadership can become one in 'co-creation'. By using different tools to analyse the organisation within its environment, you'll become expert in finding what needs to be changed, and deciding how change can be achieved. You'll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and self-directed study. As you study you'll put your new knowledge into practice, gaining experience in communicating your ideas in small group work, as well as through written work and presentations. You'll be assessed through a group presentation (40%) and an essay (60%). On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to take leadership studies to the next level, drilling down into specialist areas of your choosing. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills. And you'll be able to communicate your ideas more effectively, putting your thinking to the test by sharing it with others.




This is a module with a twist - building on core skills such as team-working, marketing, accounting and strategy, you'll apply your knowledge and work in teams to win different 'games' - the military has previously used such games to teach strategy and tactics. Updated to reflect the international business environment, you'll be using each game as a way to embed your knowledge and see if your team emerges as the winner! THIS MODULE IS AVAILABLE TO NBS MSc STUDENTS ONLY.




This module is designed to give you a solid set of management skills through which your learning from across all modules develops into a coherent whole. The focus will be on developing management skills recognised as important for securing meaningful employment in the global marketplace appropriate to the Master's level of qualification. This is an applied vision and skill development module, focusing on the development of the new skill sets for managers of the 21st century. It is designed as a learning environment and a management trainee program that focuses on the development of knowledge and skills for global leaders. A core belief underlying our approach, demonstrated in interactive sessions, stems from the Chinese proverb, "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." A variety of methods will be used to simulate a real-world business environment such as collaborative learning, lectures, management training videos, presentations, films, discussions, role plays, and workshops. This module is one of the few management courses in the UK that builds on unique features, such as individual customization, creative skill development, project based learning, and positive change. We will have intensive brainstorming sessions, problem based learning plus facilitated and self-directed action learning to help you and your colleagues develop and apply management skills for your career in the 21st century. In today's global, rapidly changing knowledge-based economy, learning and experimenting with management skills and personal development is one of the smartest investments you can make for your career. This module is only available to Norwich Business School MSc students.




The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of people management - including topics from both Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management - and permit you to explore the question of; if people are your business, why is managing people in an organisational context so difficult? In the module you will learn about the process and development of the so-called 'soft' management competencies as well as hard management. You will focus on the development of these skills in order to increase productivity and performance as well as develop and manage people in different business contexts. You will begin with an overview of different organisational behaviours and how these can be managed within the organisation. You will learn key frameworks from organisational behaviour and human resource management and how these concepts that for instance can include leadership, team working, motivation and diversity can be applied to business scenarios. You will realise both soft and hard aspects of management in managing individual people, as well as acquiring knowledge about key HRM function and the role of line managers in managing staff. On successfully completing this module you will have gained experience of discussing differing key organisational and HRM concepts and how they can apply in different settings resulting in different outcomes. You will have gained a sensitivity to the diversity of people and organisations. You will be able to analyse organisational contexts and how people are managed to understand how you yourself would like as an individual to be managed and how this knowledge can be applied to others in a variety of different business settings.




The main objective of this module is to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the strategic marketing planning process. You will be able to apply marketing principles in a strategic context and develop both a theoretical and practical knowledge of strategic marketing. A key feature is that you'll consider approaches to strategic marketing from an international perspective. Please note this module is only available to NBS MSc students.



Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Please Note - Modules selected from this option range will be treated as COMPULSORY modules.

Name Code Credits


Developing future leaders is about talent management in organisations who focus on management recruitment, selection and succession for the next generation. It is about growing your leaders through recruitment to succession, but this is an endeavour that many organisations struggle with in a competitive global labour market. Through uniting your individual perspectives of a career with organisational perspectives of career models you will gain insight not only in how talent management works in global contexts but how you could engage with this process in your future career. In this module you will learn about talent management and the differing perspectives on career management. You will learn theoretical tools that organisations can use to help develop future leaders. You will also individually assess and evaluate for yourself different career models and approaches that organisations can use. On successfully completing this module you will have gained a greater insight into what you value and appreciate in relation to your future career. But you will have skills and knowledge that help you understand how talent management programmes are used to help develop future leaders and communicate that knowledge to others in different business contexts.




You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the nature of e-Business and e-Commerce as well as the Internet infrastructure and the variety of firms competing in e-Business markets. This module also aims to demonstrate the current successes and failures of e-Business ventures in different industries and markets. You will further explore current developments in Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B) e-Commerce. In this way, electronic business methods enable companies to link their internal and external data processing systems more efficiently and flexibly, to work more closely with suppliers and partners, to better satisfy the needs of their customers. Lastly, lectures will be supplemented by case studies of e-Business practice, group exercises and exploration of relevant Internet based companies and sites.




This module aspires to provide you with knowledge on the significance of entrepreneurship within the economy, research-led understanding of factors that affect the entrepreneurial process and small business management functions respectively.




The module aims to develop your overall understanding of how a company's success depends on its innovation strategy and management. Results of both theoretical and empirical research will enable you to understand the central terms and mechanisms in this area and to analyse companies' innovation strategies in a holistic way. Analysing innovations at the intersection between market needs and technological possibilities, you should be able to develop suggestions for innovation strategies and their implementation. You'll cover both the economic and managerial aspects of innovation. You will get an in-depth understanding of key aspects of innovation processes and their institutional and strategic implications. Learning that innovation is a cross-functional task involving all corporate functions like RandD, marketing, production and finance is a central objective of the module. Using exemplary innovation case studies students will first acquire knowledge of key terms and definitions of innovation research. The emergence of systematic innovation in the corporate environment will be discussed by studying the history of certain industries. At the organizational level, ways to leverage innovation internally and with external partners will be analysed. You will learn about different sources of innovation as well as roles and functions in the innovation process. Key concepts like open innovation and user innovation will be discussed thoroughly. Your practical applications and implications will be pointed out. Finally, the module will discuss the issue of how to appropriate the returns from innovation, with special focus on patents and markets for technology.




This module is designed to sensitise you to the context specific nature of the discipline of management and help you to uncover the diversity among managerial values and practices across the world. It seeks to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will give you the confidence to be members of organisations anywhere on the globe.




The aims of this module are: - to provide students with a critical insight on key aspects concerned with retail management; - to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of retail management and strategies pursued by leading retail organisations; - to develop skills in obtaining, analysing and applying information from a variety of sources, including publicly available material; - to develop the ability to learn and to manage one's own self-learning. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NORWICH BUSINESS SCHOOL MSC STUDENTS.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject All subjects* (excluding UK degrees in a business-related subject, for which our Academic & Professional Courses are more suitable) *Degrees in dance, drama, music, sport, art, and art and design will be considered on a case by case basis and are reviewed closely for their academic content.
  • Degree Classification Good 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas in disciplines other than business or management. Applicants from overseas may hold a non-UK degree in any discipline.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all components
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 with a minimum of 55 in all components

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Business

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,750
  • International Students: £15,900

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships may be offered to Home/EU and Overseas students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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