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Business and Management MSc

Make your move into management and discover the dynamic factors that drive business success on this Masters conversion course for graduates from other subject areas. Develop leadership skills in strategy, research and operations management.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: October 2024
October 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Business Management
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Business School
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What makes a good leader? Find out as you develop an invaluable business toolkit and build an impressive foundation of knowledge. This MSc Business and Management conversion course is designed for graduates from a subject other than business and management.

During this conversion course, you’ll discover how to make good business decisions based on sound analysis and gain a solid grasp of business essentials. Examine the factors that affect a company’s success and master modern business theory.

Innovative businesses need effective operations management. You’ll study valuable tools and techniques like marketing and product development. You’ll conduct business research and look at financial data ready to champion new ideas at work.

People skills are integral to good management too. We’ll help you explore key issues in leading, managing and developing people as you find your leadership style.

Focus on your interests with an optional module and an independent research project. Choose from international finance, brand management, innovation or human resources.

Course features

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

We’ll introduce you to the fundamentals of business on our business and management Masters. You’ll study the complete business environment taking a deep look into the conditions that affect how an organisation behaves.

What does the future of work look like? You’ll debate the impact of our digital society on human resources and operations.

Which jobs will disappear? How should leaders plan for changes in their workforce? You’ll look at the importance of developing people as part of your business strategy and debate the effect of good leadership on staff retention and profitability.

You’ll also explore the digital revolution’s effect on operations and project management. Where should business leaders look for exciting growth opportunities?

Alongside core business theory, you’ll develop essential tools and techniques for strategic management and gain professional research skills as you create your supervised independent project.

You can develop new specialist knowledge with one of our optional modules. Study global financial markets, strategic brand management, human resources, or entrepreneurship and innovation.

Compulsory modules:

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Creating and Managing the Global Value Chain
Fundamentals of the Business Environment
International Strategic Management
Leading, Managing and Developing People
Organisational Research

One of:

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Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources
International Finance and Investment
Strategic Brand Management
The Innovation Process: Creation to Implementation

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

You will study the MSc across the autumn, spring and summer semesters in one academic year as a full-time student or two academic years as a part-time student.

The programme will be delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, alongside extensive online activities and guided independent study.

Face-to-face classes will typically take place in three-hour blocks in the afternoon and/or evening for nine hours per week for full-time students. You will be encouraged to apply your theoretical learning to real-life organisations.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. 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 or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

The programme combines several different forms of assessment to test intellectual development, vocational capability, and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based tasks. Case studies and problem-solving exercises are used, requiring the completion of a variety of written tasks, reports and project work.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

All our staff are passionate about student learning and development. The degree is delivered by specialists in economics, marketing, human resource management, e-commerce and small and medium sized enterprises, among others. The team includes active researchers who publish in academic journals, as well as academically and professionally qualified staff. All team members are people with an energy and enthusiasm for their subject areas.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a subject other than business and management.

You may also be able to join the programme without a degree, subject to an interview, if you have appropriate professional qualifications or experience.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Business School


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


for the course

UK Part-Time

£50 per credit

for 180 credits



for the course

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll leave us with the leadership and management skills to progress your career in your chosen field or move to a new industry. Your MSc Business and Management degree can open doors to commercial, third sector and public-sector management.

Your new skills and knowledge will enable you to apply for general management or organisational development roles. Or you could establish yourself as a business consultant.

If you discover you particularly enjoy the academic side of the course, your Masters is well-placed to prepare you for further academic study and a PhD.

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