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MSc Management and Strategy

About the MSc programme

The MSc Management and Strategy is a one year programme for students interested in an analytical approach to management. The programme is aimed at students with some quantitative background. This includes students with a first degree in engineering, science, or a social science, who have 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 Economics and Management, and to students with a degree in a management-related subject who are looking for a more rigorous approach to management.

Programme details

  • The various courses are based on a wide variety of academic disciplines. In the compulsory 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.
  • Like most degrees in the School, the programme is academic, not vocational. The emphasis in this degree is on thinking and understanding, not doing, and on analysis rather than mere description.
  • The degree comprises four comprises courses: two in strategy and two in organisation (one in each term). This corresponds to the perspective of management as organisations that interact. This perspective cuts across the various functional areas of management (production, marketing, finance, etc.).
  • We offer a wide range of optional courses which complement the compulsory courses while allowing students to explore other areas of management.  This includes optional courses in related areas, e.g. accounting and finance.

Compulsory courses

(* two half units)

  • Incentives and Governance in Organisations* explains how information and incentives influence decisions in organisations, and, on this basis, draws conclusions about the way companies should be organised and governed.
  • Design and Management of Organisations* 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.
  • The Analysis of Strategy (A)* 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.
  • The Analysis of Strategy (B)* 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.
  • Dissertation: MSc Management and Strategy* 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.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

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

Graduates of this programme enter a variety of fields. After completing the degree students often go on to careers in banking, consulting, or in multinational companies. Many students also return to their home countries to work in family businesses, multi-national corporations, or the public sector.


Application code: N1UG (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014. Some students are required to participate in introductory courses during September

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2012: 50/524

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science, engineering or science discipline (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: All applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT

Fee level: £23,064

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

Kartik Jhanji|