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Master's in Management

About the MSc programme 

The Master’s in Management (MiM) is a two-year programme designed for students wishing to pursue careers in management and leadership. Students are not expected to have prior work experience or a background in business or management before undertaking the programme, although students with up to five years’ work experience and an interest in studying management from a social science perspective are welcome to apply.

The programme provides a deep understanding of how markets and organisations work, and the environment in which business operates. Education is delivered in the form of a well-rounded training in both quantitative analytical and numerical skills, and qualitative critical thinking, presentation and communication skills. The programme incorporates practical employment experience in the form of a professional development programme and a business consulting project (which together comprise the Master’s in Management Capstone Course), as well as an optional summer internship. This strong foundation of understanding, skills and practical experience makes our graduates highly sought after by employers.

We are the only programme in the UK to offer a dual degree with the prestigious CEMS Master’s in International Management programme, ranked 5th in the 2014 Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings. 

The two-year format of the programme allows students to acquire an understanding of the core foundations of management in their first year, before specialising in the second year:

  • Year one: foundations of management, including management theory, accounting, managerial economics, marketing, quantitative and qualitative methods of enquiry.
  • Year two: second-year options include: 
  1. studying courses required to qualify for the CEMS Master’s in International Management, which include spending a term abroad at another CEMS school 
  2. or spending a term abroad on the MiM Exchange, before returning to LSE to take other courses in strategy and international business 
  3. or staying at LSE for the whole of the second year and specialising in a particular area of management, for example finance & accounting, human resource management, marketing & consumer behaviour, information systems & digital business, or strategy & international business. Students also have the possibility of designing a management specialism of their own choosing from electives across LSE

The second year of the programme is a fundamental element of the LSE Master’s in Management. Specialisation and international experience makes our students especially attractive to employers, giving them a competitive advantage in an increasingly global graduate job market. 

Your application

If you are applying for this programme, please note the following specific requirements for your personal statement.

Write a short personal statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will bring to the cohort, and what your particular strengths are.

Also answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 300 words each)*:

  1. Explain, in your own words, the main things that managers do.
  2. How will studying management theory help you to understand management practice?
  3. What do you hope to gain by studying management at LSE?

*The total length of your personal statement, including the answers to the above questions, should therefore be between 1,000-1,500 words.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • two-year programme enabling students from any background to transition into a management career
  • curriculum offers a wide range of optional elective courses from academic departments across LSE
  • opportunity to specialise and customise your programme according to your own interests in year two
  • internationally diverse class based in the heart of London
  • CEMS Master’s in International Management programme and MiM Exchange term

Tailored careers support and development of professional employment experience are provided with an optional summer internship and the MiM Capstone Course (including business project).

Compulsory courses

Year one

(* half unit)

  • Foundations of Management I* and Foundations of Management II* 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.
  • Managerial Economics* provides an introduction to the central issues in managerial economics. The course will analyse the foundations for applying economic thinking to management.
  • Marketing Management* is a rigorous examination of the key analytical frameworks, technical tools, and concepts that are essential in building an effective marketing strategy. Students will develop a widely applicable analytical tool-kit that relies on: (a) anticipating decisions that managers frequently face, (b) bringing to bear a wide range of fundamental, often competing social science theories to inform these decisions, (c) knowledge about empirical generalisations, and (d) knowledge about moderating conditions.
  • 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.
  • 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 will be expected to choose courses to the value of one full unit from a range of options.

Year two
  • Global Management Practice* (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, organisation and innovation. True to LSE, we will adopt an interdisciplinary social sciences point of view that embraces economics, sociology, political science and psychology.
  • MiM Capstone Course - Management in Action* provides tailored development of professional skills from the LSE Careers Service and employment and team working experience through a real-world Business Project with an external client.
  • Dissertation* is 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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Management in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations  

This programme allows students to gain both a rigorous training in the core foundations of general management in year one, and a specialisation in their specific area(s) of interest in year two. This provides our graduates with a tangible advantage when entering employment, as the combination of a broad general training in year one, plus the depth of specialist knowledge and skills in year two, gives our students a competitive advantage in the global graduate job market.

The programme is designed with employers in mind, and provides rigorous training in both quantitative analytical and numerical skills, and qualitative critical thinking, presentation and communication skills, producing well-rounded managers meeting the skills requirements of top companies.

In addition to the academic curriculum, the programme also includes elements designed to give practical employment experience, and develop professional skills, through the Capstone Course and summer internship. Students also benefit from a range of services provided by LSE Careers. Our students graduate from the programme as experienced and capable professionals, meeting the skills required to succeed in a highly competitive employment market.

Upon graduation, MSc Management students have taken roles in a range of sectors including consulting, finance, banking, marketing, advertising and communications, and also start-ups and family businesses.


Application code: N1UH (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016. All students are required to participate in introductory courses during September 2016

Duration: 24 months full-time

Intake/applications in 2014:

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

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

Fee level: UK/EU £24,936; overseas £25,440 (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. We may wish to interview candidates and those selected for interview will be given full details of this before receiving a decision

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