MSc Management

The world’s best organisations need people like you at the top, and our MSc Management can get you there.

In an age where there are so many specialists of different kinds, there is a need for graduates who see the whole picture, not just from one functional perspective. Every organisation needs generalists, whether as managers of multi-disciplinary teams, as directors of business operations, or working at board level as chief executives or presidents.

Key facts

Study mode: Full time
Duration: 12 months
Next available start date: September 2020


Our MSc Management will take you out of your comfort zone. General management isn’t easy, but our graduates leave work-ready and prepared for leading teams on an international stage. Your dream job, in any discipline, can be achieved with a year spent on this ambitious, highly regarded Masters programme. Challenge yourself to work hard, and we will provide you with all the knowledge necessary for a fruitful career in management, with knowledge and skills which are portable across different business sectors.

Taught full-time over two semesters, followed by a dissertation, students are educated through a series of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. Assessment is through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a dissertation.

You also have two opportunities to undertake an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company. Firstly, the Company Project module involves working in teams on a real client’s problem. Secondly, Sheffield University Management School makes available, during the dissertation period and on a competitive basis, company-based projects (usually for individual students).

Our MSc Management course has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). These prestigious accolades means that you can be confident you will receive a qualification with international recognition and value. The programme is backed by world-class research and taught to the highest academic standards, with an emphasis on real-world skills for real-world situations – it is dedicated to producing individuals who will make an impact.


Managing People in Organisations

Led by Dr Diane Burns

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination

This module aims to introduce students to key aspects of human behaviour in organisations underpinning the developments of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB) disciplines. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, different theories relating to dimensions of workplace human behaviour are explored. In the context of this understanding of human behaviour in organisations, core aspects of HRM/OB are introduced, using research-informed teaching to critically assess relevant models, tools and techniques. Students are encouraged to engage with current debates and provide a reflective analysis of HRM/OB today. Supporting aims of the module are to enable participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of HRM/OB issues, to develop insights into the changing role of practitioners in the context of ongoing organisational change, and to think about the issues involved in managing people in organisational contexts.

Accounting and Financial Management

Led by Mr Barry Pierce

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and group based coursework

Whether you’re contemplating self-employment or any career in the field of management, an ability to interpret accounting reports and exercise financial judgement is essential. The aim of the module is to equip non-financial students with an appropriate level of financial competence – and confidence – and hence views finance from the perspective of general management: that is, as users of financial information. This means that learning does not take the form of a series of technical exercises but grasping concepts and applying them to the real world, as demonstrated by the module tutors. The accounting element of the module is concerned primarily with the uses and limitations of published financial statements and internal accounting reports & controls. The financial management element of the module examines the role of accounting and market data to support decisions on funding, investment, organisational control and performance monitoring.


Led by Dr Julie Alevizou

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Group production of a short film and an individual case study analysis

This module introduces the subject of Marketing and seeks to place marketing and consumption practices in their political, economic, technological, social and cultural context.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Led by Dr Mike Simpson

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination

Operations Management (OM) is concerned with the production of goods and services and it relates closely to all the other business functions. OM is concerned with the effective and efficient marshalling of the organisation’s resources to meet its objectives. The concepts and techniques apply to manufacturing and service industries in both private and public sectors. Operations Management is the only business function that generates income for the organisation and is therefore central to all commercial businesses. The subject of Operational Research (OR) is also introduced. This is a systematic and logical approach to the solution of management problems, often involving the construction and manipulation of mathematical models. It is used extensively in OM as well as in other functional areas of an organisation as an aid in decision making.

Management and Organisational Theory

Led by Mrs Andrea Ward

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Asessment: 1,500 word group assignment and 1,800 word individual assignment

This module explores the fundamentals of various theories of organisation, and how organisational management influences functioning. It brings together theory and practice in encouraging students to view organisations from different perspectives to develop a more comprehensive understanding of organisational theory and approaches to managing organisations. By analysing the usefulness and drawbacks of different approaches, both classical and strategic, it enables students to reach their own conclusions as to which approach might be suitable in a particular circumstance. The approaches are set in the context of understanding organisational structures and management, together with the behaviours of those who populate organisations. The aim of the module is to develop students’ ability to critically assess organisations by encouraging them to consider different perspectives or ways in which to study and analyse an organisation’s activities. It will aim to enable students to critically understand and assess organisational theory and research and the factors involved in the functioning and analysis of complex organisations.

Strategic Management

Led by Dr Alex Wright

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual written report

This unit introduces key theories of Strategic Management and more specifically those concerned with strategy design and development, techniques and frameworks for crafting strategic options, competitive challenges of a global market environment, and implementation of strategy and change. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies have designed and executed their strategies. Particular attention will be devoted to introducing students to the multiple facets of strategy formulation/analysis and strategy implementation issues. Moreover, this module aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of the strategic management of business organisations. In particular, the module aims to provide a critical understanding of strategic management paradigms, strategic analysis techniques and implementation, and to encourage insight and originality of approaches in this analysis. This module is part of a selective number of teaching areas accredited by the British CIPD.

Company Project

Led by Diego Ruiz-Hernandez

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: 1,500 word individual report, 2,200 word group report and presentation

This module provides an opportunity for students to work on a company project. The aim of the project is to enable students to develop their understanding of, and response to, client needs. During their work on this module, students will develop their teamwork and project management skills. The aims of the module are to develop students’ ability to work in teams (normal group size 5-6 students) in order to contextualise, analyse, and summarise a company’s management problem and to develop a range of solutions and recommendations. The students will also work to a strict deadline.

Managerial Economics

Led by Professor Paul Latreille

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: 2,500 word report and formatively assessed classwork

Management Economics is concerned with the application of economic principles and methodologies to business and management decision-making, in order to make the most effective use of an organisation’s scarce resources. Primarily focused on microeconomics but with an appreciation of national policy setting and governmental strategies, the module aims to equip management students with the economic literacy and skills that will enable them to make optimal and economically efficient decisions based on an understanding of the factors of production, market forces and productivity.

Management Inquiry

Led by Professor Elaine Toms

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and coursework

This programme is designed to make significant impact on the way managers and consultants approach inquiry in both practical situations, and in formal research in the field of Management. Inquiry underpins all activities in managerial and consulting practice. The quality of inquiry is the cornerstone in decision making and action in practice. It determines the quality of what is taken to be ‘knowledge’ in both practical contexts and in the research in the field of Management. There are many assumptions about ‘as given’ knowledge in both practice and in research in the field, and this module is designed to equip delegates to: (i) apply inquiring principles in practice which are appropriately rigorous, precise and transparent, (ii) construct inquiring principles for researching in the discipline of Management, and to, (iii) critically appraise both practitioner and researchers’ outputs in terms of their claims of validity of inquiry. The programme is designed to equip delegates with the most advanced methods of inquiry, ideas, principles, frameworks and approaches available in the world to-date, for application in practice and in researching in the field of Management.

Management Inquiry Project (Dissertation)

Summer semester, 45 credits

The dissertation is the culmination of your master’s study and recognition of your capability to conduct a research project independently. Students can apply to undertake an organisation based dissertation project, arranged by the Management School. Working with an organisation, students can structure their project around a real business issue of challenge set by the host organisation. A student project will develop your employability skills, enhance your CV and give you the chance to use your insight to help an organisation develop.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Completion of the Management MSc is equivalent to the CMI's Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Click here to find out more about this programme's accreditations and exemptions.

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Careers and employability

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your programme.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our programmes are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically; and the conceptual understanding required to evaluate current scholarship and research techniques.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees for 2020-21 are:

GBP 12,500 for Home Students
GBP 23,750 for Overseas Students

You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.


There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, visit the following links for more information:
Sheffield University Management School Scholarships
University of Sheffield Scholarships
International Student Scholarships
For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.

Student Testimonial

Shaheen Chaudry, MSc Management (UK)

What were you doing before you started your course? I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2012 with a BA in Modern Languages. I then pursued a job in sales for Ferrero Rocher and was promoted to Business Development Manager that year after consistently having one of the highest ROIs in the UK.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I soon realised, whilst working, that exposure in other areas of a business was essential for my motivation, I also wanted more responsibility and to work in man-management. Investing in my personal development was important in order to be competitive in such a difficult employment climate. Employers value a business-related Masters and combining this with work experience will ultimately lead to success.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I live in Sheffield and I have an alliance with the University, so it made sense to continue here. I know the system and I enjoyed everything about my undergraduate degree.
Nowadays, employers want people who have the whole package. This course gives that. With the diversity of the modules offered on the MSc Management, an all-round knowledge of general management can be learnt making graduates very appealing to companies. An understanding of all departments within a business is essential in making successful decisions and Sheffield University Management School provides a course that sees the ‘whole picture’. When enquiring about the MSc, I was told about the company project dissertation; this was the winning factor for me. I wanted to make an impact and do something that really could make a difference in the business world.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? I initially came to this university for my undergraduate degree as it was consistently in the Times Top 20 and part of the Russell Group. My experience here prompted me to come back and study; the friendly environment and activities on offer also made my decision easier. In terms of the Management School, hearing that it had become Triple Crown accredited and placed emphasis on careers opportunities gave me all the more reason to study here.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I have enjoyed all my modules. I have liked that I have been taken out of my comfort zone but given the opportunity to gain high marks. Emphasis is made on giving you the grounding in theory and letting you be creative with the information to devise your own questions and answers. I have especially enjoyed the mathematical type of modules such as Operations, Accounting, Finance and Economics. Having done an arts degree in the past, I rekindled my love for quantitative learning and have based my dissertation around methods learnt in these modules.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? I love Sheffield – that is why I decided to stay and work here after my undergraduate degree. I live ten minutes away from the Peak District and most weekends I go out there either to walk, cycle or try a different local pub. I live within walking distance of many parks and I often run around them. The city has lots to offer in regards to clubs, restaurants and theatres so you are never short of something to do.

What do you do in your spare time? I had a lot to do with the university as an undergraduate, such as being a Student Ambassador, and have managed to continue some of these activities. I play intra-mural hockey and the flute in the University Medics Orchestra. I volunteer at a local Scout group during the week and go running and to the gym as often as I can. I have a part time job as well, so balancing social life and university life is imperative.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I took this course with the intention to run my own business in the future. In the interim I have secured a place on the much sought after area-management graduate scheme for Aldi. Progression there is very quick so I have an option of pursuing my own company or becoming a director within the corporate world. Both very appealing and achievable dreams thanks to the skills I have learnt here at the Management School.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? I believe I was successful in my application to Aldi because I could offer to them the refined skills I have learnt here from my modules. They liked the fact that I was confident in all areas of a business which will be needed to succeed at this role.
I attended, whilst applying to graduate schemes, careers meetings at the Management School with big names such as Ernst & Young and Unilever. The careers fair, advertised by the school, gave me an opportunity to collect invaluable information to be successful at the application stage.
The school’s Employability Hub has been a great service where I was able to make appointments with the careers advisors in the initial stage of my application. It also advised me and sorted out my membership with the CMI, another attractive feature on my CV.

How to apply

Entry requirements

This is a conversion Masters, which means that we will accept students from any disciplinary background. Since this programme began, students from Bachelors programmes in IT, engineering, history, communication studies, aviation, biomedical sciences, archaeology, sociology, English language and literature, and many more, have transformed their careers and successfully converted to fulfilling employment in executive and managerial roles.

You will have a good upper second-class honours degree (2.1) or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

Please note: This course is no longer accepting applications for September 2019 entry.

Staged admissions process

Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process.

Stage For applications received by We aim to return decisions by
1 15 January 2019 15 February 2019
2 28 February 2019 31 March 2019
3 14 May 2019 15 June 2019
4 21 July 2019 15 August 2019

You can find information about the process on our staged admissions web page:

Staged admissions for postgraduate applications 

Pathway Programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.


If you have any enquiries about your suitability, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team:
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 3376