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MSc Management and Strategy

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The MSc in Management and Strategy is a one-year programme which provides a rigourous analytical approach to management, focusing on developing critical thinking and in-depth understanding in relation to managerial economics and its relevance in organisations and strategy.

The programme combines the analytical approach and rigour of an economics degree with real-world, contemporary case studies used in MBAs. Although in many ways it is less applied and more theoretical than an MBA and the programme's analytical approach is constantly looking for ways to understand and apply theory via examples from the real world.

Students will learn analysis rather than mere description, making this programme unique in comparison with a typical MBA where the focus would be on vocational practice, rather than providing lifelong interdisciplinary critical thinking skills. The programme will develop your talent to achieve lasting career success in a rapidly changing world.  

You do not require prior knowledge of economics, but you will need a basic interest in and openness to economic reasoning. 

  • A one-year programme providing a highly academically rigourous and multidisciplinary approach to management and strategy, with a focus on managerial economics
  • Core courses cover Incentives and Governance in Organisations, Design and Management of Organisations, and Analysis of Strategy
  • A wide range of optional elective courses is available from departments across the LSE, enabling students to customise their programme according to their own interests, and benefit from a truly interdisciplinary learning experience
  • The programme is aimed at students who have some quantitative background (e.g. a first degree in engineering, science, or a social science), with some quantitative training in elementary calculus and basic statistics. The programme will appeal to students with a degree in an economics or management-related subject who are looking for a more rigourous approach to management.

The programme is designed around four compulsory core courses, along with a 6,000-word dissertation. 

Students also customise their programme according to their own interests by choosing three optional elective courses from a range of world-leading academic departments across the LSE.

Teaching consists of lectures and smaller seminars. Many seminars are also based on case studies, and some of the work for the seminars in the core courses is based on teamwork in study groups. 

Programme structure:

MSc Management & Strategy programme structure

Compulsory courses

  • MG4A3 (formerly MN404) Incentives and Governance in Organisations (0.5 unit) explains how information and incentives influence decisions in organisations, and, on this basis, draws conclusions about the way companies should be organised and governed.
  • MG3B6 (formerly MN426) Design and Management of Organisations (0.5 unit) investigates organisation and management decision making on the basis of general heuristics and biases exhibited by individuals and groups. This is used to analyse how organisations can manage individual and group decision making, and how this gives rise to informal structures in organisations, e.g. corporate culture.
  • MG4A5 (formerly MN415) The Analysis of Strategy (A) (0.5 unit) introduces the abstract study of strategy on the basis of game theory and business economics, and applies these concepts to questions of business strategy, e.g. questions of vertical integration, value creation and  a firm’s resources and capabilities.
  • MG4A6 (formerly MN416) The Analysis of Strategy (B) (0.5 unit) develops a framework, on the basis of game theory and economics, to think systematically about the various dimensions of how firms compete in industries. This includes questions of market definition, pricing, advertising and research and development.
  • MG497 (formerly MN497) Dissertation: MSc Management and Strategy (0.5 unit) gives students the opportunity to work on a project of their choice and apply the concepts from the programme in addressing a research question and the analysis of empirical evidence.

Optional elective courses (combination of three courses to the total value of 1.5 units)


Please note: All optional courses are listed alphabetically

Two 0.5 unit courses from the following list:




Employment relations and organisational behaviour


Managerial Economics and Strategy

Management science

One other half-unit course listed above, or, with the approval of the Programme Director, a half-unit not on this list. 

Please refer to the full list of all graduate level courses

Class profiles

The MSc Management and Strategy programme is aimed at early-career graduates, and we welcome students with no previous work experience. Each year we attract a diverse range of students from a wide variety of backgrounds and international locations, forming a close-knit academic community.

International diversity

Our students come from a wide range of locations around the world, with students of 21 different nationalities on the programme in 2015/16.

Variety of experience and age

The programme is designed for pre-career or early-career graduates, and the majority of our applicants will have just completed their undergraduate bachelor’s degree. However we also welcome professionals with some work experience to bring a variety of experience to the classroom, and a number of students will have around 2 years’ experience. 

Student Profiles 




Programme Director

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Dr Jörn Rothe

Director of Studies, Managerial Economics and Strategy


Teaching team

David De-Meza

Professor David de Meza 

Eric Sosnow Professor of Management

(on Sabbatical leave 2015-16)


Professor Diane Reyniers

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy

Yona Rubinstein

Professor Yona Rubinstein

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy

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Dr Catherine Thomas

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy



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The MSc Management and Strategy will provide you with a route to transition into a new area in your career. 

As a conversion programme for students with no (or limited) background in managerial economics, we will provide you with an excellent foundation in general management and strategy with an economics focus, enabling you to enter a variety of careers including banking, consulting, multinational companies and the public sector.

Previous graduates of this programme have had extremely successful careers and have found their time at LSE to be an invaluable basis for this.

Graduate destinations

  • 89% in work/further study 6 months after graduation.
  • Mean salary of £33,600

Here are some examples of the companies and organisations which our alumni now work for:

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LSE Careers Service

The LSE has a dedicated Careers Service which will work with you throughout your programme to help you fulfil your career goals:

  • One-to-one careers appointments with your programme’s dedicated Careers Consultant will provide you with individually tailored careers advice and support
  • Careers fairs, seminars and workshops    - you will have access to an extensive programme of careers fairs including Consultancy, Business and Management, Banking and Finance, NGOs and Public Sector employers, as well as employer led skills seminars and recruitment presentations throughout the year.
  • LSE Career Hub online job vacancy portaladvertising hundreds of vacancies each week, including full time graduate jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and part time casual jobs.
  • Help with CVs/resumes and interviewswith one-to-one CV feedback sessions for advice on your own CV. When you have an interview coming up you can also book a half hour practice interview. A number of departmental careers workshops are available, covering topics including CVs and application forms, interviews, presentation skills and assessment centres.

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Entry requirements

  • Upper second class bachelor's degree or equivalent, in social science, engineering or science discipline (see entry requirements
  • No work experience is required, however the programme is well-suited to applicants with up to two years' experience, and applicants with more extensive experience are also welcomed
  • All applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT score
  • English language requirements

Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available at LSE and possession of the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interests to apply as early as possible. 

Apply now

Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office:


Applications are open from 19 October 2015 for entry to the programme in Autumn 2016.

We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available on this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so   we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements. 

Fees and financial support

The programme tuition fee is £24,936.

A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.



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