The MSc in Management and Strategy is a one-year programme for students interested in an analytical approach to management. The programme is aimed at students who have some quantitative background. This includes students with a first degree in engineering, science, or a social science, which had some quantitative training (in elementary calculus and basic statistics).
The degree may also appeal to students with a first degree in economics, or an economics-related subject, as an alternative to the MSc in Management and Economics, and to students with a degree in a management-related subject who are looking for a more rigorous approach to management. Applications from graduates in the humanities and other subjects are also welcome but must demonstrate basic competence in quantitative methods.
Like most LSE degrees the MSc in Management and Strategy is academic, not vocational. In contrast to an MBA, the emphasis in this degree is on thinking and understanding, not doing, and on analysis rather than mere description. The degree is not suitable for students who are looking for an MBA.
The various courses are based on a wide variety of academic disciplines. In the core courses there is a particular emphasis on managerial economics and its relevance for organisation and strategy. The degree does not require prior knowledge of economics, but it assumes a basic interest in and openness to economic reasoning. We provide week-long pre-sessional courses in quantitative methods and managerial economics for accepted applicants with insufficient background.
After completing the degree students often go on to careers in banking, consulting, or in multinational companies.