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MSc Business & Management

You are about to engage in an intensive MSc Business and Management programme that will accelerate your personal and professional growth and provide with the knowledge and skills to help pursue your career goals. We strongly recommend you engage in additional reading in preparation for the programme.

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest:

  • Biggam, J., 2021. Succeeding With Your Master’s Dissertation A Step-by-Step Handbook. Fifth edition. McGraw-Hill. Open University Press (UK).
  • Buckley, P.J., Enderwick, P. and Cross, A.R. eds., 2018. International business. Oxford University Press. (UK).
  • Iszatt-White, M. and Saunders, C., 2017. Leadership. Oxford University Press.
  • Otter, D. and Wetherly, P., 2018. The Business Environment: Themes and Issues in a Globalizing World, Oxford University Press (UK).
  • Rumelt R., 2011. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: the Difference and Why it Matters. Random House (USA).
  • Wallace, M. and Wray, A., 2021 Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (Student Success). Fourth edition. Sage (UK).

Things to do now

To help you prepare for your studies, you may find it useful to try the following activities:

  • Get ahead with reading (see suggested reading list above)
  • Immerse yourself in your subject
  • Build your CV
  • Set goals for your PG study
  • Learn time management

And for part-time students:

  • Negotiate with employer and family on your availability
  • Read the mature students’ resources in the reading list
  • Block out study and revision time each week
  • Be realistic with your time

Meet your programme lead: