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MSc Management, Organisations and Governance

About the MSc programme

This challenging and highly distinctive one year programme offers a rigorous interdisciplinary social science perspective on the practice of management. It is aimed at exceptional individuals aspiring to the highest levels of management seniority, whether in strategic or operational management in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors.

The programme is an advanced degree based around the issues, approaches and tools for the management and governance of organisations. It offers a balance between applied, conceptual and analytical approaches to management, both as a practice and an academic discipline.

The core curriculum focuses on organisations within the economy and society, management practice, entrepreneurship and innovation and the teaching format combines lectures, case studies, teamwork, data analysis and presentations. The analytical approach, knowledge and skills developed during the programme make Management, Organisation and Governance graduates attractive to top employers.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • Intensive and intellectually demanding approach to analysing the key issues facing modern organisations.
  • A focus on the analysis and design of effective global business strategies and organisational practices in a wide range of contexts.
  • Opportunity to develop an enterprise from founder and idea generation through growth and change.
  • Exposure to issues of operational and strategic significance, and their managerial consequences within modern organisations. Analysis of the particular problems confronting organisations which adopt hybrid structures and seek to build inter-organisational alliances across markets and economies.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Organisations in the Economy and Society introduces the economic and social context in which managers and their organisations operate.
  • Enterprise Development* starts with an evaluation of leadership roles and skills, followed by idea generation, group development, market evaluation, organisational design, resource issues, performance evaluation and growth.
  • Innovation in Organisations*  will develop students' abilities to analyse, design and evaluate innovative initiatives in organisations.
  • A research project/dissertation related to a topic from the above courses will be required (6,000 words).

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options that include economic or technological aspects of management, human resource management, innovation, accounting and finance, operations management, strategy, and many other fields.

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

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

Our graduates have excellent career prospects upon completing the programme, whether seeking entry to graduate programmes at top global firms, or in the case of more experienced graduates, looking for more senior roles. Large employers frequently express a preference for managers who have a solid education in the social sciences and are able to diagnose a large variety of problems and apply appropriate analytical techniques. Additionally, employers consistently tell us that many graduates fail to show commercial awareness and "intrapreneurship"; this programme is designed to cultivate these attributes.

We have alumni in major consulting companies such as Accenture, the Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world such as the BBC, the Department of Foreign Affairs (Canada) and the United Nations. As a result of the entrepreneurial focus of the programme we have also had a number of students go on to set up their own businesses.


Departmental website: lse.ac.uk/management|

Application code: N2U6 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2012: 69/402

Minimum entry requirement: First or good upper second class bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in social science (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

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

Fee level: £23,064

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

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

A photo of Chris Busch, an LSE student|