Intermediate award(s): PG Dip, PG Cert

Course overview

The global economic slowdown, following problems in the sub-prime mortgage market of the USA, has made it all too clear how interconnected the global economy really is. Our MSc Management course emphasises the importance of multidisciplinary perspectives to the understanding of international business management, including economic, political, legal, socio-cultural and technological perspectives. It is designed to prepare students for the uncertain developments in the world of business by equipping them with some fundamental management tools.

Why study with us?

  • You will be encouraged to think critically about many different business issues, develop strategies and find solutions to a range of management problems
  • You will have the opportunity to attend guest speaker sessions from a wide range of companies
  • We aim to prepare aspiring junior and middle managers for their future careers in public and private sector management and professional careers throughout the global economy

Expanded course overview

Our MSc Management maintains a good balance between theory and practical application, covering the key areas encountered within management. Throughout our course you will be encouraged to think critically about many different business issues, develop strategies and find solutions to a range of management problems while it aims to provide a broad understanding of management issues along with appropriate skills and techniques that may be expected to resolve them.

Participants of the course will:
  • develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the ambiguity and complexity of organisations, management and the environment in which they exist
  • augment the personal, interpersonal and intra-group knowledge and skills in order to develop confidence and the ability to operate effectively within the organisations of today and the future
  • develop skills in management - both in terms of theories and concepts but also processes and practices in an effective manner
  • develop as reflective practitioners capable of on-going self-development by understanding and utilising the interrelationships between theory and practice.

Module guide

Core modules: PG Cert stage
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Contemporary Issues in International Management
Core modules: PG Dip stage
  • International Marketing & Brand Management
  • Finance for Decision Making
Core modules: MSc stage
  • Postgraduate Major Project
Please note: January starters take the PG Dip modules in their first semester and the PG Cert modules in their second semester.


Assessment is mainly through written assignments, reports, portfolios, presentations, business simulations and workshop activities. These assessments can be completed either as part of a group, or on an individual basis.

Our Business School

  • Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the east of England
  • 88% of our leavers are in work or further study 6 months after graduating
  • 100 full time teaching staff
  • 6,000 students from over 100 countries
  • Our Centres of Excellence in both Cambridge and Chelmsford provide students with specialised knowledge and expertise
  • We have engaged with over 500 businesses to bring you into close contact with expert business practitioners, analysts and consultants and are the Business School of choice by some world renowned corporations such as Harrods, Crawfords, UPS and Barclays
  • Lord Ashcroft International Business School is a member of the Association of Business Schools (ABS), the main authoritative voice for the UK's Business Schools

Special features

This course is designed to enable you to follow a rigorous programme of study in the key areas of management. It provides you with an opportunity to liaise with both researchers and practitioners within the field of global business. You are invited to share your experiences and culture with other Masters students in an informal, supportive environment.

The course will help you to:
  • understand and apply a range of management theories
  • develop the understanding and ability to deal with managerial issues
  • enhance your managerial capabilities
  • develop transferable skills
  • carry out business research
  • become more confident.
During this course, there is the opportunity to attend guest speaker sessions. Speakers come from a wide range of companies and give talks on any business-related topic or areas of management. Examples of previous subjects include: global sustainability; the global financial crisis; and tourism management.

Guest speaker sessions take place throughout the course. In the past, these have included speakers from regionally based companies such as Adnams plc, as well as leading national or international firms, such as Virgin Money.

Teaching Staff

The teaching team on this particular course brings together a huge amount of academic, business and managerial experience. For example, Dr Kevin Roe (Cambridge) has acted as Middle East Business Manager for Perkins Engines based in Pakistan, India and Indonesia and operated in a strategic adult learning role in the public sector.

Dr Jonathan Wilson (Course Leader) - Has worked as a Marketing manager for a private college in the City of London and has carried out research into analysing the performance of UK-Chinese joint ventures. He is the author of Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project, Sage Publications.

This is a recommended text for one of the modules on this course - Research Methods for Managers in an International Context - and is used as a key or recommended text by universities in a number of countries, including: Canada, Norway, Germany and Singapore.


You will benefit from a range of state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities on this course, including interactive virtual learning support materials which are contemporary and continually updated. Library provision and database information is constantly accessible and supported by a robust infrastructure. You will also have access to our range of modern catering facilities and access to study areas on campus.

Associated careers

Our MSc Management course aims to prepare aspiring junior and middle managers for their future careers in public or private sector management and professional careers throughout the global economy by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Our course brings you into close contact with practitioners and specialists from a wide range of business areas and management within the global economy.

Main requirements:
  • A first degree of 2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or a degree of 2.2 or above in any subject plus relevant experience
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Candidates will normally be expected to hold a degree in a relevant discipline. Usually this will be a minimum of lower second-class honours. Holders of other awards, including those from non-UK universities will be considered on the equivalence of their qualifications. Those candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Requests for admission via APEL will be managed via usual University procedures.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

How to apply



September starts:
12 months

January starts:
15 months

Available starts

September, January

Fees & funding

Open Day

25 April, Chelmsford and Cambridge
Postgraduate Open Day

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