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About the MSc programme 

The MSc Management is a two-year programme which builds upon the School's international reputation for the application of social sciences to Management. The programme offers the opportunity of applying to the CEMS MSc International Management or the MiM Exchange, both of which include a term abroad for the first term of the second year.

The study of management draws on core disciples of economics, psychology, sociology and strategy. In doing so, the programme creates an opportunity to develop an understanding of organisations from multiple perspectives. In addition, options from across the School can be selected to gain breadth of knowledge or depth in specific fields. The emphasis on critical thinking, synthesis and application of research to organisational challenges provides a foundation for effective management practice.

The first year of the MSc Management focuses on developing understanding of the foundations of management. Students then undertake an internship between the first and second years. The second year allows students to choose courses from a range of options, complete a business project and a dissertation. Professional development sessions delivered by LSE Careers and guest speakers from a range of organisations run across both years.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • A 24 month full-time MSc and the option of pursuing the exclusive CEMS Master's in International Management or MiM Exchange.
  • A pre-sessional course in late September will be required of all students at no additional cost.
  • Students take courses up to the value of eight and a half units, including multi-disciplinary, dedicated compulsory courses.
  • Courses delivered in a range of formats: lectures, seminars and classes.
  • Teamwork, guest speakers and company-sponsored business projects are included as well as research papers and an individual dissertation at the end.
  • Opportunities to select optional courses from across the School.
  • Learning is supported by an Academic Advisor from the Department of Management.
  • A Professional Development Programme (PDP) aims to equip students with the skills necessary to secure internships, optimise their career opportunities and succeed in their careers. The sessions will also provide students with tools and techniques that can be applied to long term career management.
  • As we are the sole UK school in the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education (www.cems.org), we have access to over 60 top global recruiters.
  • Alumni have taken roles in a range of sectors including consulting, finance, banking, marketing, advertising, communications. Alumni are also engaged in start-ups and family businesses.

Year one

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Managerial Economics* provides an introduction to the central issues in managerial economics. The course will analyse the foundations for applying economic thinking to management.
  • Organisational Behaviour* seeks to understand individual attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. It does this by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations, demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work, and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.
  • Foundations of Management will give a basic grounding in the key management disciplines which will be taught chronologically. Students will therefore be provided with an overview of the development of management disciplines and will develop an understanding of the disciplinary anchors in sociology, psychology and economics.
  • Quantitative Analysis in Management* † discusses analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression, including ideas of confounding and statistical control, the use of dummy variables, interactions and non-linear effects of explanatory variables, collinearity, diagnostics and model development.
  • Qualitative Analysis in Management* provides a critical understanding of qualitative management research, with an emphasis on methods and techniques which will be useful and relevant to them both as management scholars and in their future careers.

† Students who have already taken statistics at university level covering quantitative analysis can choose a half unit course from: 

  • Techniques of Operational Research* provides an introduction to a range of operational research techniques. Topics normally covered are: inventory models, forecasting, queueing theory, replacement, critical path analysis, dynamic programming, markov chains, and game theory.
  • Applied Regression Analysis* is concerned with deepening the understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data.
  • Multivariate Analysis and Measurement* is an introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences. 

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options.

Year two

Compulsory courses

  • Cross Cultural Management* (compulsory for CEMS only) seeks to understand the impact of culture on management; to identify the areas in which cultural differences present a challenge in managing people across cultures; and finally to become more self-aware of our cultural conditioning.
  • Strategy, Organisation and Innovation* explores advanced topics in strategy, organization and innovation. True to LSE, we will adopt an interdisciplinary social sciences point of view that embraces economics, sociology, political science and psychology.
  • Dissertation* are based on a research question which students are required to agree with the teacher responsible during Michaelmas Term in year two.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of three full units (CEMS: one half unit, MiM Exchange: one full unit) from a range of options.

For further information on the programme content please see: lse.ac.uk/management|

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The MSc Management delivers a range of sessions and services designed to maximise career success at the point of graduation and beyond. A professional development programme provides sessions focused on choosing a career, preparing for selection, skills such as negotiation and problem solving as well as sector-specific skills such as entrepreneurial activity. Sessions are delivered by LSE Careers consultants and guest speakers. Guest speaker sessions are developed and run in conjunction with students providing additional opportunities for engagement with specific sectors. The curriculum is complemented by smaller group coaching sessions by corporate mentors and one-to-one appointments with a careers consultant. Students also have access to the extensive range of services on offer from LSE Careers.


Application code: N1UH (check availability|)

Start date: All students are required to participate in introductory courses during September 2014

Duration: 24 months full-time

Intake/applications in 2012:

Minimum entry requirement: First or good upper second class bachelor's degree or equivalent in any subject (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: All graduates of non-UK institutions must submit a GRE or GMAT

Fee level: £23,064 (first year only), second year fees to be confirmed

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|) plus some scholarships

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Exchange options: Students have the opportunity to combine this programme with either the Financial Times top-ranked CEMS Master's in International Management (MIM) degree or the MiM Exchange