Our MSc will give you an understanding of contemporary management issues in an ever-changing business environment, and the chance to apply your knowledge to real-life management challenges. This programme, ranked in the top 10 in the UK in 2016 by the Financial Times, is valuable to both those starting out in business, and those looking to progress in their existing careers.

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Meet Felix, MSc Management student

Felix Freitag from the MSc Management talks about his motivations for studying at the University of Edinburgh Business School

Programme overview

Our MSc in Management will give you an in-depth understanding of the management techniques used in a variety of business situations, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge in relevant scenarios. You will learn to conduct methodological research into corporate and management issues and to devise your own concepts incisively and sensitively. Blending classic management techniques with the very latest in management thinking, the programme encompasses international issues and diverse national business characteristics and settings.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

You will take five core electives in the first term (Sep-Dec) and the core Methods of Research course in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term you will also be able to choose two option courses, such as Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership or Service Management, which will allow you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor. Learning is achieved through lectures, set readings, case studies, workshops and practical simulation exercises.

Programme structure

Industry links

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international student body will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links and as a student you will benefit from the expertise of a range of high-profile guest speakers. Recent speakers have included the Managing Director of First ScotRail, the Chairman of Tesco and the Head of Strategy at AEGON. Talks are given on a range of topics, including the nature and practice of management consultancy, and how to build a sustainable business.

Corporate speakers

Career development

Our MSc will prepare you for a wide range of potential management positions and business roles, such as project manager, business development manager, marketing officer and operations analyst. The programme is highly regarded by leading employers who regularly seek to recruit our students - a significant majority of our students find employment within 3 months of graduating, and the Student Development Team can help with this process. Our graduates have secured positions with high-profile firms including PPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PwC and Morgan Stanley.

Career development