Management MSc

This programme provides an advanced grounding in core management principles, benefiting from Surrey Business School’s emphasis on enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Why Surrey?

At Surrey Business School, we take pride in the quality of our research and teaching. Our excellent standards are reflected in the findings of the last Research Assessment Exercise, our accreditations from the AACSB and the AMBA, and our close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.

Programme overview

In a world of hyper-competition, the forces of globalisation have spread their tentacles across the globe. Arguably this is most evident in business which, in the current era, is not just international but truly global. This requires contemporary business managers to possess an ever-widening variety of skills to be a prospective candidate for recruitment and, subsequently, an effective manager. Surrey Business School’s Masters programme in Management is designed with this in mind.

The programme provides a high-quality education that is intellectually stimulating, up-to-date and relevant to the needs of future managers working in both the private and public sectors. It provides the theoretical frameworks and practical skills that managers at any organisational level need to cope successfully with the challenges of an increasingly complex and global environment. The programme content is highly international, reflecting the research and teaching activities of our academics. A balanced mixture of compulsory and optional modules allows you to tailor the programme according to your needs.

You will join a cohort of international students, further adding to your international experience. Both the programme and your fellow participants will make your year with us highly beneficial in becoming a valuable manager in today’s competitive business arena.

Programme structure

This programme consists of six compulsory modules, two elective modules from a range of choices, and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Accounting and Finance for Business
  • Strategy

Elective modules:

  • E-Business
  • Innovation Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Project Appraisal
  • Project Management

Example module content

Accounting and Finance for Business

This module provides the conceptual foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting accounting and cost management information. Students learn how to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making in modern business organisations. Module content includes the financial environment, corporate governance and analysis of the prime financial statements.

Management of Human Resources

This module provides a firm basic grounding in the ‘people management’ aspects of managerial roles. The module draws on literature and theory from the fields of psychology, sociology, economics and political science.


This module provides you with a comprehensive framework for understanding marketing. Theory and case studies are used to analyse environmental conditions, marketplace trends, market characteristics, consumer behaviour, marketing strategy, marketing planning, tactics and operations, and the growing influence of technology.

Operations Management

Operations management relates to the scoping, planning, direction and control of the facilities, processes and people required to transform resources into products and services. The principles of operations management are used in every industry and every environment.

Research Methods

Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare you to design and execute your research study for your dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.


This module provides you with a holistic understanding of the most relevant theoretical approaches to strategy formulation, implementation and control, in the context of either a single-business or a multi-business organisation.


This module identifies contextual influences and industry developments in e-business, as well as mapping various business models and analysing how the electronic platform can transform businesses, exploring current status, recent transformations and predicted developments through the study of both theory and application.

Innovation Management

This module provides you with the knowledge to understand and the skills to manage innovation at the operational and strategic levels within the context of the firm’s internal and external business environments.

Project Appraisal

Cost–benefit analysis (CBA) is a multidisciplinary subject linked with both economics and finance. CBA is a valuable tool in decision-making and has experienced rapid development since the 1970s, especially in its wide implications for trade and investment, agriculture, environmental and health programmes.

Project Management

This module helps develop a practical understanding and ability to plan and manage a small to medium-sized project to its successful conclusion. It encourages the ability to think across management disciplines and to appreciate the significance or impact of their application on the success of a project.

International Human Resource Management

This module provides participants with an understanding of the management of human resources in an international context, to examine the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organisations and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Programme director

Professor Christoph Teller

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2014

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university in a related subject (including accountancy, business administration, economics, engineering, finance, management, mathematics, physics or science).

If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2014 £10,130 £17,130

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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