Who is it for?
Your interests span a wide range of management topics and disciplines, from hard skills like problem analysis, critical thinking, finance and strategy to soft skills including teamwork influencing, leadership, negotiating and managing people.
You are looking to make that crucial first step into management or may already be working as a manager or entrepreneur.
Either way, this course will develop both your skills-base and your confidence as a manager able to take on any challenge in today’s fast-moving global business environment.
The Management master's course is based on an MBA style curriculum and is academically rigorous without neglecting the applied, practical aspects of your management education. Academic rigour is balanced with practical relevance.
The curriculum is enriched by opportunities for individualised course of learning and personal development as from term two you are encouraged to choose the subjects which you wish to study depending on your interests and professional goals to build your confidence and leadership qualities.
You’ll study the foundations of business management and be able to create a more individualised course of study by tailoring your learning and take advantage of our diverse portfolio of optional modules, studying at Cass and in our sister institutions around the world.
We hope to empower you to make conscious choices about business issues and your own future.
Our challenging electives from the portfolio of master's programme are either London based or held in international locations and invite our students to deepen their knowledge of current management practices and to sharpen their skills required of future global leaders. Some electives will take you beyond the classroom experience and act as capstones to your educational and practical experiences.
What will you learn
On the Management master’s course, you will:
- Acquire a comprehensive grasp of the principles and applications of management
- Develop your range of hard and soft skills as a manager and entrepreneur
- Develop your understanding of a wide range of management issues that affect all industry sectors as well as different type of organisations from big multinationals, SMEs, family businesses and small start ups
- Network with your peers and senior managers from industry
- Gain a highly valuable international, perspective on the challenges of management in every size of business
- Acquire a flexibility suitable for a wide range of roles in global management, from operations to strategy.
This term encompasses a wide range of fundamental knowledge and key skill areas in management discipline.
Accounting and Finance
The aim of the module is to equip you with an understanding of the most common financial and accounting techniques and practices. Seeking a career in professional services, and more generally in the management and business arena, you need to have a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles in finance.
The accounting and finance module is designed to teach you key areas of accounting and finance that every modern and successful manager should be aware of.
Principles of Marketing and Strategy
The probability and statistics module will assume that students will arrive with no knowledge of probability or statistics.
The module will start with basic concepts such as summary statistics and basic probability and will develop these concepts to more advanced topics such as confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and probability distributions.
This module forms part of the CT3 course of the IFoA.
Organisational Behaviour & HRMOrganisational Behaviour (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM) principles and practices encompass the so-called ‘soft skills’ that employers require from university graduates.
These skills are transferable, meaning they can be used in many different contexts and types of role, and are essential for the effective and modern manager-to-be.
The transferable, soft-skills that you will develop on this module include personal qualities and attitudes that help you to work well with others and make a positive contribution to organisations you work for.
Quantitative Methods for Business
This module introduces some principal quantitative methods for analysing data related to various aspects of running a business.
In many instances, the application of quantitative methods may improve the quality of business decisions, by grounding those decisions in analyses of available data rather than the gut feelings or preferences of decision makers.
In this term we transfer significant curriculum content choice to students which will increase not only your satisfaction with the course but also develop your potential, as course content can be tailored to your personal interests and career aims.
Business & Managerial Economics
This module provides you with an understanding and practical knowledge of economics. The course assumes no background in economics, covers basic microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and concentrates on the application of that theory and on the making and analysis of economic policy.
Managerial economics is a branch of economics that applies microeconomic analysis to decision methods of businesses or other management units. As such, it bridges economic theory and economics in practice. It draws heavily from quantitative techniques such as regression analysis, correlation and calculus.
The module integrates many concepts from financial economics, game theory, business forecasting and industrial economics.
Research Methods for Business
TThis module provides a set of analytical and methodological tools that will be fundamental for carrying out research projects based on empirical data.
Managers, consultants, analysts, bankers, entrepreneurs, all face the issue of how to draw reliable conclusions from empirical data e.g. data on customers, competitors, geographical areas, etc.
Any business needs research and, to be successful, any business needs methodologically sound and rigorous research.
Plus two electives from the following:
Advanced Strategy Analysis
This course asks why some firms are more successful than others and explores what corporate executives can do to enable superior results.
This course revolves around two advanced topics in strategic management: a) knowledge and innovation and b) corporate strategy.
The main aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the basic and essential issues in entrepreneurship and to provide some of the skills you will need to become an entrepreneur or to act entrepreneurially within existing organisational settings.
This is an integrative module addressing both the theoretical and practical issues of entrepreneurship.
The module will start with a general view over the latest theoretical approach to entrepreneurship. It will then move on to the more practical issues in entrepreneurship: identifying the opportunity, gathering the resources and the team.
In this respect, we will be developing a business idea using the business model canvas and we will practice on how to pitch to investors.
Business executives cannot ignore the international dimension in finance.
A proper understanding of the fundamental issues behind international trade, international capital flows, the rise to prominence of the multinational corporation, and international debt (including balance of payments debt) has important bearings on business decisions.
This module aims to allow you to get a solid grasp of the following topics:
- International trade and the multinational corporation
- The global FX and derivatives markets
- FX risk and currency exposure
- Use of derivatives and cash market hedges to mitigate FX exposure
- International loans and bond issues
- Swap-driven financing
- Natural and real hedges and other strategies to mitigate long-term operating risks.
Leadership and Change
The purpose of this module is to facilitate your understanding of organisational change through the lens of leadership.
This will be achieved by introducing you to different theoretical approaches to leadership and organisational change, critically evaluating supporting evidence from research and practice, and encouraging you to reflect on your own role as a future organisational leader.
A key aspect of the module will be to reflect on different leadership styles and how these may need to vary across different international work settings.
Supply Chain Management
This module is a combined version of operations management (OM) and supply chain management (SCM) modules with more emphasis on analytical skills.
In any industry, managing process, operations and supply chain is one of the most important tasks of a modern enterprise.
Therefore, having a thorough understanding of these two areas is critical to your success in your MSc in Management.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a postgraduate level understanding of the key topics of OM and SCM
Business Research Project
Any business needs research and, to be successful, any business needs methodologically sound and rigorous research.
This module allows you to demonstrate, on an individual basis, your ability to integrate and apply concepts and techniques you have learned in an in-depth study of a topic of your choice, and to organise your findings in a report.
All conducted within a given time limit.
The aim of the project is to enable you to demonstrate the results of your learning; there is no single prescribed method and any reasonable proposal is acceptable providing that it is agreed with the project supervisor and the course director.
Plus one of the following capstone electives:
Business and Society
This module explores the role of the firm in the 21st Century. It goes beyond corporate social responsibility and the economic concept of the firm and explores the concept of the licence to operate. It attempts to answer the question What is the contract between businesses and society in the early 21st century?
A business cannot operate in a vacuum without understanding and managing its impact on the communities (or society) where it operates.
In this module you will utilise use skills and knowledge gained during the first two terms in order to carry out a consulting project for a company selected by Cass.
At the start of the term groups of 5/6 students are assigned to a particular company, with a sponsoring company executive delivering a presentation about the challenge that you should be addressing.Each group is also followed by a faculty coach.
You will research the assigned business challenge and negotiate terms of engagement with the company executive. You will then be asked to present your findings in a final workshop with senior executives from the company and your peers.
The sponsor is invited to give a short talk in response to the presentation.
The purpose of this course is to expand your global mindset and provide you with theories, knowledge and practical tools that you can use to achieve success in the global business environment.
To this end the course touches upon important topics such as global strategy execution, cross-cultural communication and learning, the challenges of managing projects across the varied customs and practices of the world, and the development of internationally sophisticated employees, teams and managers.
Special focus is placed on how employees with a global mindset can effectively execute the international strategies of the firm, guided by an awareness of cross- cultural differences.
The last part of the course focuses particularly on the challenge of managing culturally diverse teams, introducing you to the nuances of various cultures but also presenting you with tools to explore and leverage culture.
Practicing Management in the Digital Age
This module builds heavily on the preceding core modules and explicitly complements them. It is organised around seminar presentations by eminent practitioners.
The themes chosen will vary from year to year given the nature of the course, but the aim is to select areas that are both topical and problematic, with some preference for emerging themes rather than ones that are the recent "hot topics".
Electives offered in 2018
- Innovation in Organisations
- New Market Creation
- Political Risk Management
- Project Leadership
- Retail Supply Chain Management
- Staying Ahead in Horticulture: Eco-minded entrepreneurship
- Storytelling for Business
- Strategy Consulting Skills
- Ethics, Society and The Finance Sector
- Strategic Innovation in Hyper Competition (taught in Bologna, Italy)
- Start-ups: International Field Trip (taught in Helsinki, Finland)
- Start-ups: International Field Trip (taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Procurement (taught in Mannheim, Germany)
- The Monetary Policy (taught in Singapore)
- Uncredited International Study Tours
In summary as our curriculum combines great measure of flexibility in its course structure allowing you to have a significant choice and control over your studies.
The Course Director will partner with students to provide the support which allows you to form a learning program as unique and individualised as you are, even if this is general management degree.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
- eight core courses (15 credits each)
- a Business Research Project (30 credit)
- three electives (10 credits each).
Assessment of modules on the MSc in Management, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination.
Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
The course commences in September with a Foundations of Management workshop which prepares students with some of the concepts necessary to complete the course, and includes careers and professional skills development workshops.
Term dates 2019/20
In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 16 September 2019
Compulsory Induction: 16 - 27 September 2019
30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Term I exams
6 January 2020 - 17 January 2020
20 January 2020 - 3 April 2020
Term II exams
20 April 2020 - 1 May 2020
4 May 2020 - 3 July 2020
Term III exams
6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
10 - 28 August 2020
Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project
1 September 2020
Official Course End Date
30 September 2020
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
The teaching staff on the MSc in Management have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields
This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Management.
Module Leaders include:
How to apply
Documents required for decision-making
- Transcript/interim transcript
- Personal statement (500-600 words)
Documents also required (may follow at later date)
- IELTS/GMAT result
- Two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference
- Work experience is not a requirement of this course, applicants with in excess of three years of experience should consider the MBA programme
- For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK
Please note the GMAT is not compulsory for MSc Management, but it is highly recommended and may be requested as a condition of your offer if you are accepted.
We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.
If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.
Terms and conditions
Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.
A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
Previous study of business, management or finance is not required
Please note that this programme is designed for recent graduates with limited work experience. If you have in excess of three years of full-time experience, you should consider the MBA programme.
Highly recommended, especially for students without a quantitative background
A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application
English language requirements
If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.
The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)
First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)
Graduates from the MSc in Management programme move into a diverse range of careers:
- Luxury goods
- Wealth management
- Working for a family business
- Setting up their own business.
Recent graduates have secured positions such as:
- Associate consultant
- Communications executive
- Sales and marketing coordinator
Examples of where graduates from the MSc in Management are working are:
- Bloomberg - Analytics
- Morgan Stanley - Analyst
- Leo Burnett - Communications Executive.
Class of 2017 Profile
Where they are working now
- UK: 32%
- EU/ EEA: 26%
- Other European: 3%
- Africa and Middle East: 11%
- Asia: 28%
The remaining industries are made up of Agency (Marketing, Advertising, PR, Digital, Media, Recruitment) (3%), Agriculture / Fishing / Forestry (2%), Automotive (3%), Business Services (2%), Construction / Building Materials (3%), Consulting - Financial Services (2%), Consulting - IT (2%), Consulting - Other (2%), Cosmetic Products (2%), Electronics (2%), Energy / Utilities (2%), Fashion / Design (2%), Financial Services - Accounting / Auditing Services (3%), Financial Services - Asset Management / Investment Management (3%), Financial Services - Commercial / Corporate Banking (4%), Financial Services - Investment Banking - Corporate Finance / M&A / ECM / DCM, Financial Services - Investment Banking - Risk, Financial Services - Investment Banking - Sales / Trading / Structuring (2%), Financial Services - IT, Data, News Provider (2%), Financial Services - Retail Banking (2%), Government Agency - 2%, Healthcare / Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology (2%), Law / Legal Services (2%), Luxury Goods (2%), Media & Entertainment (2%), Property / Real Estate (3%), Publishing / Electronic Media (2%), Telecommunication Services (2%).
Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2016/17
Course information and statistics
The MSc Management is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) under their Masters in Business Management (MBM) accreditation scheme.