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About the course

Are you fascinated by business? Could you help to lead growth within an organisation? Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme can help you to improve both your management acumen and your employment prospects, furthering your understanding of employee development, management theory and strategic decision-making.

Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme takes a thematic approach to learning - this is to best reflect the reality of business management. As a result, the curriculum focuses on three main themes across seven core units: personal management development, contemporary international management theory and management research.

Students begin the course by outlining their plan for continued professional development, working with the course team to ensure that learning takes place throughout their entire career. The personal management development unit also looks at the manager’s role in supporting the development of the people around them.

Academic management theory is also explored in depth. Students cover behavioural science as it relates to business leadership and examine some of the most important issues currently facing managers around the world.  

The course concludes with a final master’s project, where students will carry out in-depth academic research into an area of management that interests them. This is a good opportunity to specialise knowledge towards individual career ambitions. 

Students benefit from our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and are able to hold a student membership throughout their studies. Graduates will be in a good position to pursue further study and achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status. Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

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MSc Management is a flexible course that can be studied either full-time or part-time. Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insights.

What does this course lead to?

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere. Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

  • HR manager
  • Financial consultant
  • Purchasing coordinator
  • Project developer
  • Account manager.

Who is this course for?

The CMI-recognised master’s degree in management is suited to professionals who are looking to progress their management career within their current organisation or elsewhere.

The flexible delivery of the course makes it ideal for those who wish to study around their work commitments.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,980
International full-time fees: £13,500

The part-time and blended learning tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees (2 years): £3,990 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time (blended) fees, year one: £2,660
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time (blended) fees, year two: £3,325
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time (blended) fees, year three: £1,995
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher; alternatively, an equivalent professional qualification and/or evidence of managerial experience will be considered.

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Apply for the full-time 2018 course

Apply for the part-time 2018 course

Apply for the blended learning 2018 course

Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

The course focuses on three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development:

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPD) 
    This unit will support students in articulating their individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership 
    A unit to provide skills support for the leader in the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary Management Theory

  • Management in Context 
    This unit will provide the student with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager.
  • Organisational Development 
    This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • Business Issues and Practice 
    This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by organisations, preparing students for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in their career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods 
    This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project 
    Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Tim Jackson academic profile Tim Jackson Course Leader View profile
Andrëa Faustino academic profile Andrëa Faustino Course Leader View profile
Bryn Parry academic profile Bryn Parry Senior Lecturer View profile
Mary White academic profile Mary White Senior Lecturer View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
Susan Patrick academic profile Susan Patrick Principal Lecturer View profile
John Holder academic profile John Holder Principal Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Solent’s on-campus facilities include a 24 hour library, comfortable group work spaces and a range of high-end IT equipment.

Your future

Postgraduate business management courses at Solent are recognised by the Chartered Management Institute and you have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Employment in government agencies
  • SMEs
  • Consultancies and international corporations
  • Self-employment
  • PhD level study.

Industry links

Where appropriate, you will have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This may involve using case studies and live briefs.


You will have the option to complete a work placement, which may form the basis of your final project report. You can also choose to write about an organisation with which you are familiar or your own workplace.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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