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Prepare to be a leader in business with a Master’s designed for the business innovators of tomorrow.

Good management means being able to see problems from every perspective, and understanding that there might not always be a single right answer. On this course you’ll study a range of business disciplines and learn to handle such complexities.

You will study the science of management from an evidence-based perspective and discover what works in the field of management and why. You’ll learn to critically analyse existing theories, and develop and propose solutions of your own.

This is a research-based Master’s so a background in business is essential. You might be coming straight from undergraduate study, or you may have worked in industry for a time since graduating. Many of our students have worked in, or aspire to go on to work in, their family businesses.

Overview

If you are a business graduate and you want to take your studies, and career, to the next level, this is the course for you. You’ll be someone who’s open-minded, intellectually curious, and a creative thinker. You’ll be ambitious about finding innovative solutions to complex business problems.

To understand how to manage people, you need to understand their point of view and the context within which they are working. For that reason you won’t just study management theory and practice, you’ll explore all the key business disciplines, including management, marketing, accounting, finance, operations, logistics, human resources, organisational behaviour, entrepreneurship, business creation and branding. You’ll gain a broad understanding of markets and how and why they work the way they do. You’ll learn from leading academics and practitioners in each field, immersing yourself in all aspects of business, learning something about everything and developing awareness of a diverse range of business issues.

Alongside this you’ll study a broad range of management topics, learning how to critically analyse key theories and techniques.

The broad focus of the course means you’ll graduate with the ability to see challenges from many perspectives. You’ll be able to generalise insights and techniques from one sector to another, as well as across regions, cultures and disciplines. You’ll also be able to see problems from the point of view of the different areas of business. As a result you’ll be well placed to be a leader in your field.

Throughout your studies you’ll be encouraged to approach your subject from a global perspective. You’ll benefit from internationally-focused course content, and you’ll study with lecturers, researchers and fellow students from all over the world. This means you’ll graduate ready to thrive in multinational companies and lead international teams.

Once you’ve built a firm foundation during your taught modules, you’ll begin your dissertation. Here you’ll be able to explore a problem of your choosing, with the guidance of an academic advisor. This is a chance not only to tackle an issue you think is important, but also to develop the research and analytical skills you’ll need to keep innovating throughout your career. You’ll learn how to approach issues from a rigorous, scientific perspective and how to analyse complex challenges. You’ll also discover how to make decisions based on evidence and how to use literature and research to solve problems. All of which will be essential in your career.

You might be coming to the course with a particular idea or problem you’d like to investigate. This could be something you’ve identified in your previous studies, or during your time working in industry. Alternatively you might be excited about the new areas for inquiry you’ll discover during your taught modules and independent study.

Course Structure

On this Master’s you will be challenged to come up with innovative solutions to some of the most complex issues faced by businesses today.

You’ll begin with an intensive induction to all Norwich Business School’s research-based Master’s programmes, including Banking and Finance, Brand Leadership, Management, and Operations and Logistics.

In your first semester you’ll take the compulsory modules Financial Management, Responsible Business, and Marketing Theory and Practice. Through these modules you’ll explore the most important theories and practices in business and management.

You can’t lead a business if you don’t understand all aspects of it. So you won’t just study management and organisational behaviour, you’ll also explore financial, accounting, marketing, operations, logistics and human resources, drawing on the many specialisms of Norwich Business School.

In your second semester you’ll add further depth and breadth to your studies with the modules Delivering High Performance, and Innovation and Technology Management.

Over your first and second semesters you’ll also take the Business Research Methods module. Here you’ll learn what research is and discover different techniques for using evidence to drive innovation in management. You’ll explore different qualitative and quantitative techniques, as well as different sources and resources. You’ll learn when best to use which techniques and sources, and how to combine them to create rich, multidimensional research.

In your third and final semester you’ll complete your dissertation, under the guidance of your academic advisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research, exploring a question you are passionate about, and contributing to the latest thinking in the field. Your dissertation is also great preparation for PhD study, as well as being a valuable indication of your potential to employers.

Teaching and Learning

Over this 12 month intensive course you’ll be constantly challenged to build your knowledge and hone your skills. You’ll develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills.

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, analysing case studies, and independent study. You’ll learn from lecturers, guest speakers and researchers, from Norwich Business School and the wider university. You’ll also learn from your fellow students, through sharing and debating your ideas and critically analysing the ideas of others.

You’ll become practiced at giving presentations, working effectively in a group, leading groups and working alone. In group work you’ll learn how to solve issues together and how to present findings as a team. By studying alongside other business disciplines you’ll become practiced in the sort of multidisciplinary collaboration that is essential to a successful career.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. You’ll be studying with lecturers with international reputations in their fields, and who are recognised worldwide for the quality of their research. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.

In your dissertation module you’ll conduct your own original piece of research. This allows you to investigate an area of interest, whilst honing your research skills. Developing these skills now means you won’t just graduate with knowledge in your area, you’ll have the ability to investigate and research new areas of interest. And that means you can grow and adapt with the changing business world, now and throughout your career.

Assessment

We’ll assess your knowledge, understanding and skills through a variety of different methods (including exams, coursework, group projects and presentations) to reflect each module’s objectives and teaching methods.

You’ll hand in both formative and summative work for assessment, giving you invaluable feedback to help you identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.

 

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS

You'll examine the business research process from start to finish and gain an understanding of how to undertake research to investigate for instance organisational working context, markets, products and services. Dealing with business research questions, research design and data interpretation, both systematically and creatively, is the module's core aim. You'll be provided with the necessary training to pursue your MSc Dissertation. Further, you'll have the opportunity to understand how established techniques of research are used to create knowledge in the discipline. You'll engage in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis during classes to enhance your understanding of the research process. The module intends to support you in your summer dissertation work with your research active supervisors towards conducting an independent research project.

NBS-7064Y

20

DELIVERING HIGH PERFORMANCE

You'll be provided with the knowledge and practical activities that will equip you with a robust understanding of the interplay between organisational and individual level factors that impact on the performance of employees in the work environment. This module uses a multidisciplinary lens drawing from the fields of personnel economics, comparative HRM, and occupational psychology to understand how high-performance practices are identified and measured; the processes underpinning high performance; and barriers and conflict that may impact upon high performance.

NBS-7053B

20

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This module aims to develop your critical understanding and appreciation of key finance theories as they apply to financial management decisions and to understand the implications for practical problem solving. The topics you'll cover include Corporate Investment Policy, Financing of Corporations, Payout Policy, and MandAs. This module is taken in conjunction with a module called Responsible Business.

NBS-7050A

20

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

Research indicates that innovative firms, those that are able to exploit and use innovation to improve their processes or to differentiate their products and services, outperform their competitors, measured in terms of market share, profitability, growth and market capitalisation. However, the management of innovation is inherently complex and risky. In many cases, new technologies fail to be converted into products and services. In fact, most new products and services are not commercial successes. In sum, innovation can enhance competitiveness, but it also requires a different set of management skills from those doing the everyday business administration within the firms. The first half of the module will cover both economic and managerial aspects of innovation. Students. You will develop 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. Their practical applications and implications will be pointed out. The module will also discuss the issue of how to appropriate the returns from innovation, with special focus on patents and markets for technology. This second half of the module will examine how to introduce technology into organisations, and the associated opportunities and problems. You will be introduced to Information Systems and their socio-technical nature and the process of developing and commissioning information systems and the essential inherent human and managerial issues. You will also be introduced to critical contemporary issues such as Big Data, e-commerce, Knowledge Management, Control and Productivity.

NBS-7055B

20

MARKETING THEORY AND PRACTICE

This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of the theoretical assumptions, debates and practices that constitute the body of knowledge we recognise as marketing within the profit as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors. Current developments in the marketing discipline will be discussed alongside methodological advances, as well as social and technical changes which may impact the future development of marketing theory and practice. Discrepancies in the theory and practice of marketing will be identified and their interplay appreciated.

NBS-7052A

20

POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION

The dissertation will allow you to explore in-depth a research question related to your studies. You'll draw upon relevant concepts and techniques introduced during the taught part of the course, and will seek to combine the theory and practice of management through the completion of a substantial and relevant in-depth piece of work.

NBS-7063X

60

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS

This module provides you with the knowledge required to understand issues in corporate governance. Exploring corporate governance developments in different countries will enable you to understand the importance of different institutional settings, the influence of legal, regulatory and political environments, and why differences in ownership structure have arisen and how this impacts on companies. Corporate governance is examined in detail together with topical issues including directors' remuneration, board diversity, and succession planning. You will also examine topical issues such as corporate restructuring, corporate social responsibility, and competition policy.

NBS-7051A

20

Disclaimer

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 A first degree, including business degrees. NB: There is numerical content in a range of modules on the course, students need a competent level of numeracy to complete the course.
  • Degree Classification Good 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Exceptional applicants who do not meet the standard admission criteria of a 2.1 honours degree will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to provide further materials in support of their application.

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 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 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 master's 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 intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,750
  • International Students: £16,500

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

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International 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 and to be kept up to date with news and 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
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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

    Next Steps

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