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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 analysis of management, in relation to three core themes: governanceinnovation and entrepreneurship. Through this we provide an intensive and intellectually demanding approach to analysing the key issues facing modern organisations.

The core curriculum focuses on organisations within the context of the wider economy and society, providing an in-depth understanding of management practice, entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will gain knowledge around issues of operational and strategic significance, and their managerial consequences within modern organisations. The programme provides a sound understanding of approaches and tools for the management and the governance of organisations.

The programme produces reflective, analytically sharp managers who will be in demand in a rapidly changing world. It is aimed at exceptional individuals aspiring to the highest levels of management seniority, in strategic or operational management in the corporate, governmental or not-for-profit sectors. The analytical approach, knowledge and skills developed during the programme make Management, Organisation and Governance graduates attractive to top employers.

The teaching format combines lectures, case studies, teamwork, data analysis and presentations. As part of the core learning students have the unique opportunity to develop their own real-world entrepreneurial business, applying theoretical knowledge to a practical challenge and gaining invaluable experience from initial idea generation through to business growth and future change.

Programme details

Key features of the programme:

  • a one-year programme giving an interdisciplinary social science perspective on the analysis of management, focusing on governance, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • an introduction to important design issues in the governance of organisations and markets
  • a focus on the analysis and design of effective global business strategies and organisational practices in a wide range of economic, technical, and societal contexts
  • the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by working in a small team tasked with the creation and growth of a new organisation - examining topics such as leadership roles, idea generation, group development, market evaluation, organisational design, resource issues, performance evaluation and growth
  • exposure to a globally relevant curriculum and membership of an internationally diverse, close-knit cohort of students
  • a range of optional elective courses allow students to customise the programme to their own interests, with courses available from a wide range of academic departments across LSE

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.

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

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Graduate destinations

The MSc Management, Organisations and Governance programme will provide a route to transform your career, and move away from a specialised academic or employment background, toward a more general and senior management role - for example in consulting, social enterprise, NGOs, government and entrepreneurship.

The programme provides excellent career prospects for early-career graduates, seeking entry to graduate programmes at top global firms, as well as for experienced graduates looking to re-position themselves for more senior roles.

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/mog

Application code: N2U6 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2014: 62/429

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

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

Fee level: UK/EU £24,936; overseas £25,440

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