Business Management MSc

Business Management MSc

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    September (January starts may be available by discussion with the course leader Dr David Hanley:

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Why study this programme?

MSc Business Management is designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in business and management and is particularly suited to those with little or no work experience since graduation.

This course aims to provide a rigorous postgraduate business and management education, which will help you become an effective professional or manager, giving you a thorough understanding of management techniques, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, the business environment and cultural and ethical issues.

As part of MSc Business and Management you will also undertake your own postgraduate research work on a business and management topic, relevant to your interests or future career plans.  

Entry Requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a Lower Second Class classification, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Business Environment
  • Critical Perspectives on Management
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Personal Development
  • Contemporary Marketing
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management

Semester 2

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Teamwork, Leadership and Personal Development (module runs all year)
  • Designing a Research Project
  • Business and Management Ethics


Semester 3
  • Dissertation

This programme assumes a September start and may be different for a January start.

Further Information

Why wait until September? Courses starting throughout the year.

This is a full-time Master’s degree that prepares you for a very wide range of careers in business and management.

This intensive 12 month programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in a business management context:

  • Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses
  • Possess a thorough understanding of management, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, business environment, change management, cross-cultural management and business and management ethics
  • Sharpen your team-working and leadership skills
  • Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning
  • Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your future career

Finally, during Semesters 2 and 3 you have the opportunity to complete a Masters dissertation which will involve you in planning and implementing a research study on an approved topic within the area of business management. This provides an ideal opportunity to personalise your study programme reflecting your own interests and career aspirations.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: N/A

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

View further information

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme reflects the University's commitment to active education and involves you in a challenging and participative range of learning processes right from day one.

Whilst each module has its own particular flavour and approach, all modules within the programme operate within a number of general principles - each will use an approach designed to support and sustain the acquisition, analysis and consideration of Business Management concepts and theories through lectures and seminars; the application of such concepts and theories to personal and organisational settings through case studies and projects; the analysis of live issues and problems using up-to-date materials from the media and research studies, and finally, to learn from the experiences of the students on the Programme itself, who may come from a wide range of countries and cultures.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.


A distinctive feature of the Business Management course is that you can participate in an exciting residential programme. This takes place mid-week at the start of your time with us and involves outdoor management development activities.