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Course overview

(MSc) Master of Science
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full-time or part-time
Business and Management
MSC N20012
A 2:2 degree in any discipline
If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Dr Hsiao-Pei Yang
Coventry University
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Dr Katarzyna Zdunczyk
University of Surrey
Senior Teaching Fellow, Deputy Head of Postgraduate Programmes

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BE985-7-FY Research Portfolio Core 60 Optional
02 BE485-7-AU Management and Strategy Compulsory 20 Optional Optional
03 BE486-7-AU Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management Compulsory 20 Optional Optional
04 BE167-7-AU Accounting and Finance for Managers Compulsory 20 Optional Optional
05 BE467-7-SP Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Compulsory 20 Optional Optional
06 BE488-7-SP Operations and Supply Chain Management Compulsory 20 Optional Optional
07 BE562-7-SP Marketing and Innovation Compulsory 20 Optional Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of advanced concepts in the study of management and organizations across a range of functions.

To provide students with the opportunity to examine and critically analyse the impact and implications of Internationalisation for management and organizations.

To equip students with a knowledge of research methodologies covering qualitative approaches to empirical research.

To develop students' critical and analytical skills which will prepare them for employment in a managerial capacity in an international business environment or other organizational setting.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Learning Methods: Learning methods Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks, and directed independent study.

The development of the Management Report, in consultation with a supervisor, provides an additional opportunity for achieving learning outcomes A1-A6
Lectures, seminars and workshops introduce the required theories and understandings to facilitate students exploration the character, contexts, practices and interpretations of management and organisations, while demonstrating and encouraging a critical and reflexive approach.

Directed independent study and reading, along with individual and group tasks, enable the further exploration of the relevant areas.

Students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from lectures and classes by regularly consulting library materials relating to the course.
Assessment Methods: Assessment methods Outcomes are formally assessed via a combination of unseen examinations, group work, oral presentations, and a range of written assignments including topic-based essays, case study analyses, and research reports.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning Methods: Learning methods Skills are acquired and enhanced primarily through directed independent study, reading, group and individual tasks given for their courses, although lectures and seminars provide a means for teachers to demonstrate these skills through examples.

Students’‘ independent study and preparation for tasks involves the reading, interpretation and critical evaluation of relevant management theories and the analysis of empirical evidence.

Lecturers provide necessary feedback on student work.

Lecturers also engage students outside the classroom through office hours, appointments and email communication.

Skill B5 is acquired through the work that students undertake for the Management Report.
Assessment Methods: Assessment methods Skills B1-B4 are assessed via oral presentations, unseen written examinations and coursework assignments.

The associated feedback provided enables students to reflect upon, and enhance their understandings and develop communication skills, analytical skills, logic and argumentation.

Skill B5 is assessed through the Management Research Report, which also assesses the other Learning Outcomes and is core on the Masters.

C: Practical skills

C1 Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different approaches to management and organizational practice.
C2 Developing a critical and reflexive interpretation of the character of management and organizations
C3 Develop a critical and reflexive appreciation of the implications and impact of management and organization
C4 Research presentation and written presentation and communication skills.
C5 Undertake independent research
Learning Methods: Learning methods Skills are acquired and developed primarily through the work that students do for their courses, although lectures provide a means for teachers to demonstrate these skills through example.

Skill C5 is further acquired through the work that students do for the management research report.

The report further provides an opportunity for students to develop skills C1-C4.
Assessment Methods: Assessment methods Skills are assessed through group work and oral presentations, unseen written examinations and coursework assignments, and through the associated feedback.

Skill C5 is assessed primarily through the management research report, though also through course work, which requires independent, library based research.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate ideas and arguments in a coherent and effective manner.
D2 Use information technology, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and the web in order to source, download and analyse data.
D3 Basic skills in quantitative research
D4 Problem solving and analytical skills
D5 Ability to work in a team and participating in group work in undertaking research and preparing informal presentations.
D6 Time management, task prioritisation and working to deadlines
Learning Methods: Learning methods Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks, and directed independent study.

Assessment Methods: Assessment methods Formal assessment: Skills D1-D4 and D6 are assessed via coursework assignments and the management research report.

The use of formally assessed case studies provide further opportunity for assessment of skill D4.
Informal assessment: Skills D1 and D5 are assessed through group work and oral presentations.


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