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Course summary

The MSc Business Management (with pathways) gives you the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective manager in increasingly uncertain and technology-dominated environments. You'll also have the option of completing a placement year to put your knowledge and skills gained in the programme into action. Why study MSc Business Management with Pathways

  • This Masters will equip you with practical and conceptual skills to perform different kinds of management roles in diverse types of organisations such as large corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, non-profits and government agencies.
  • Teaching is practice-oriented and aims to introduce you to different perspectives on real-world organisational problems, strategic approaches, decision-making conundrums, diverse contexts, organisations and environments.
  • We’ll help to shape int a future leader with practical skills and theoretical knowledge to sustainably lead their organisations.
  • You’ll collaborate with corporations and non-profits who are involved in programme development and delivery.
  • You’ll learn from managers and other business professionals through guest lectures and exciting department events.
  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of organisations as we explore the latest research from management theory, organisation theory, strategic management, sociology and economics, translating them to simple applicable skills you can use in your future management career.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of the influential role that managers play in shaping society and the environment.
Pathways What’s unique about this degree, is that it gives you the option to specialise in particular areas of management through our different pathways. These pathways include:
  • The Business Management general pathway will prepare you to assume any kind of management role, including CEO, in diverse types of organisations.
  • The Marketing pathway will prepare you for management roles, including CMO, in marketing departments of large organisations, marketing agencies, non-profits or entrepreneurial businesses.
  • The Innovation pathway teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries.
  • The Entrepreneurship pathway will teach you the skills necessary to manage small and/or fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses, including family businesses, technology start-ups and other types of new ventures.
  • The Talent management pathway will prepare you for management roles in Human Resources departments, organisational culture champion roles and talent development roles.
Placement year You can choose to undertake an optional second placement year, which will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first year of study. The placement is not guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to apply for placement opportunities provided by Career Service or independently acquire placement.


Compulsory modules All pathways will complete the following compulsory modules Strategic Management: Building Competitive Advantage 15 credits Designing High-Performing Organisations 15 credits Developing Management Skills 15 credits Research Project – Management and Marketing 30 credits Business Management pathway Students on the Business Management pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list. Social Responsibilities of Management 15 credits Project Management 30 credits Research Design and Applied Statistics 15 credits Marketing pathway Students on the Marketing pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list. Digital Marketing and Branding 15 Credits Consumer Behaviour 15 credits Marketing Strategy 15 credits Innovation pathway Students on the Innovation pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list. Innovation Theory 15 credits Design Thinking 15 Credits Innovation Case Studies 15 credits Entrepreneurship pathway Students on the Entrepreneurship pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list. Entrepreneurial Finance 15 credits Technological Innovation & Market Creation 15 credits Innovation Case Studies 15 credits Talent Management pathway Students on the Talent Management pathway will also complete the following compulsory modules, and be able to choose two optional modules from our Optional Modules list. Assessment and Selection 15 credits Leadership and Talent Management 15 credits Training, Coaching and Counselling 15 credits Optional modules Students from all pathways can choose two of the following optional modules, or they may choose from the above compulsory modules from a different pathway. Developing Business Skills 15 credits Creating Customer Experiences 15 Credits Consumer Culture 15 credits Marketing Analytics 15 Credits Psychology of Marketing and Advertising 15 credits Digital Research Methods 15 credits Organisational Behaviour and Health 15 credits Consumer Behaviour 15 credits Psychology of Marketing and Advertising 15 credits Luxury Brands: Retail, Digital and Marketing 30 Credits Luxury Brand Management 15 Credits Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Brands 15 credits Festival Management 30 Credits Data Visualisation and the Web 15 credits Placement year Those who choose to, will then complete a second year in industry. Placements are not guaranteed, but you'll be able to get support with your placement search from the department and from our Careers Service. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have first or upper second class 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent from any discipline. Applicants with appropriate work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of work experience, having performed management, marketing or entrepreneurial roles in a corporation, government agency, non-profit organisation or entrepreneurial company and/or in a technology-driven industry. These may include such areas as: Team manager Management consultant Business founder Brand manager Product manager Account manager Marketing consultant International qualifications We accept a wide range of international qualifications. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.0 in writing to study this programme.

Fees and funding

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Business Management with Pathways at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS