Management MSc

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Full-time (with placement): 15 months

Why choose this course

This is a masters course that will excite your competitive nature and feed your ambition.

Designed with a close eye on the international graduate job market, our MSc Management course allows you to convert to this subject area from another field and start an exciting career.

You’ll be exposed to the world of business practice and learn from real examples – and our excellent teaching and links with industry will give you an edge with employers. Sourced from prominent organisations, practitioners and scholars, our academic content reflects the latest internationally-renowned research being conducted at Surrey Business School.

A week in the life of a postgraduate Surrey Business School student

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What you will study

This course is defined by its focus on developing you as a forward-looking, creative and business-savvy professional.

The first half will give you thorough knowledge of management practice and theory. You’ll cover a variety of fascinating areas such as organisational theory, behaviour and practice, strategy, marketing, operations, and accounting and finance.

The second half of the course will equip you with practical business knowledge that will appeal to prospective employers. You will learn about cutting edge developments and trends in business and management. You’ll take part in projects designed to enable you to demonstrate your academic and professional potential in collaboration with industry professionals, work on consulting assignments, and gain international exposure.


As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, where you can apply what you’ve learnt in a relevant organisation and gain practical experience for your CV.

We provide support and guidance to help you secure a placement alongside access to vacancy portals, which include thousands of placement opportunities every year and let you discover companies we’re connected with. We can also vet and support you for a placement at a new company that you approach. We don’t usually place students directly.

If you choose not to complete a placement, or do not secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend three months working on a dissertation. This means you’ll complete this course in 12 months.

If you choose and secure a placement, you’ll complete nine months of teaching and then spend three to six months working on placement. This means you’ll complete the course in 15 months instead of 12.

International study trip

You can choose to apply your knowledge and skills from across this course internationally by choosing the ‘International Study Project’ module. This module gives you the opportunity to experience a different business, cultural and economic environment. It also lets you study an in-depth aspect of business and management that is particularly relevant to the country you travel to.

We choose locations for the ‘International Study Project’ for their particularly relevant business, economic or cultural characteristics: for example, it might be that a city, region or an entire country stands out for its innovative clusters, social entrepreneurship, specific industries or economic conditions.

Working in teams of between three and five, you’ll consolidate and deepen your understanding of the relevant areas of study through a live challenge set by the client organisation. You’ll conduct background research, engage with the client organisation, and collect, analyse and interpret relevant data to develop novel, evidence-based solutions to the problems set out in the client brief. You’ll then prepare a consulting report and present it to the client organisation and for assessment by the module team.

As a result, in addition to developing your cultural awareness and international business acumen, you’ll also be developing your professional and consulting skills.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Academic year structure

The course starts with an induction which takes place in the last week of September. This is dedicated to introducing you to the academic and social life at the University of Surrey, the support infrastructure, academic standards and resources, and the programme itself.

The course will take 12 months to complete without a placement and 15 months to complete if you choose the ‘Capstone Project with Placement’ module.

Semester 1

The first semester is dedicated to giving you a solid background in management knowledge through four compulsory modules, worth 15 credits each: people, markets, organising and money. Together, these foundation modules cover the core concepts, theories, and practice of management across the relevant subject areas.

Semester 2

The second semester is dedicated to advanced study of the most current and relevant areas of business and management theory and practice. These advanced modules are future-focused and research-led through the involvement of our research centres, offering in-depth insight into the current issues and anticipated trends in the areas of the digital economy, leadership and decision making, sustainability and social innovation, and international business management.

At the same time, these modules are designed on the principle of learning in action and combine academic content with applied learning through project work. They are all optional modules worth 15 credits each, and you’ll choose three out of four of these modules to study.

Also in Semester 2, you’ll be offered a choice of one out of two optional integrative modules, worth 15 credits each: either the ‘Consulting Project’ or the ‘International Study Project’. These are designed to integrate the knowledge from across the course and focus on developing your consulting expertise through applied learning on live projects – either in the UK or internationally.

Year-long modules

Throughout the academic year, you’ll also take one of two year-long optional integrative modules, worth 60 credits each: the ‘Capstone Project’ (12 months) or the ‘Capstone Project with Placement’ (15 months). Both these modules require the completion of a major applied research project and include a taught element in Semester 1, one-to-one supervision in Semester 2 and through to the completion of the research project.

In addition, the ‘Capstone Project with Placement’ module includes a period of work experience in an area relevant to the programme of study, i.e. a student work placement.

With the exception of the ‘Capstone Project’ modules, all modules are block-taught to enable a more immersive learning experience and increase the flexibility of study, including the opportunity to study abroad.

Overall, this course consists of:

  • Four compulsory foundation modules in Semester 1, worth 15 credits each (you must take all four)
  • Four optional advanced modules in Semester 2, worth 15 credits each (you’ll choose three of these)
  • Two optional integrative modules in Semester 2, worth 15 credits each (you’ll choose one of these)
  • Two optional integrative year-long modules, worth 60 credits each (you’ll choose one of these).


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 1: four compulsory foundation modules worth 15 credits.
Semester 2: students choose three out of five optional advanced modules worth 15 credits each, including:
Leadership and Decision Making Project
Global Project
Sustainability and Social Innovation Project
Digital Economy Project
Entrepreneurship and Creativity Project
Students choose one out of two optional integrative modules worth 15 credits each, including:
International Study Project
Consulting Project
Students NOT on the Placement pathway must take the compulsory Capstone Project (12 months) module worth 60 credits.

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time with placement - 15 months) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 1: four compulsory foundation modules worth 15 credits.
Semester 2: students choose three out of four optional advanced modules worth 15 credits each, including:
Leadership and Decision Making Project
Global Project
Sustainability and Social Innovation Project
Digital Economy Project
Students choose one out of two optional integrative modules worth 15 credits each, including:
International Study Project
Consulting Project
Students choose one of two compulsory integrative modules worth 60 credits each:
Capstone Project with Placement (15 months) or Study Abroad (15 months).


New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Start date: October 2020


UK/EU £12,700

Overseas £19,600

Full-time (with placement)

UK/EU £13,400

Overseas £21,100

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH