Management MSc Brochure
Postgraduate master’s courses in Management
Academic year 2024/25 entry
Management MSc Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc Management and Entrepreneurship MSc Management and Human Resource Management MSc
Cranfield School of Management Cranfield School of Management is a specialist postgraduate business school located in the heart of the UK. We are a world leader in management education, research and consultancy, and our mission is to improve the practice of management. We have a global reputation for developing high-performing leaders in technology and management. Renowned for our strong links with industry, we provide practical management solutions through a range of activities including leadership, finance, marketing and supply chain.
TOP 5 MSc
We are one of an elite 1% of business schools to hold all the ‘triple crown’ of accreditations, and even additionally the Small Business Charter accreditation Quadruple accreditation
Management MSc ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management 2021 ranking.
TOP 10 Finance and Management MSc Ranked 8th in the UK and 44th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2022. Business School Teaching Ranked top 10 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021, compiled for the Financial Times.
Management MSc Ranked 6th in the UK and 28th in the world by QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management Ranking 2022.
5 , 000 postgraduate students from 100+ countries
TOP 10 UK Business School
Ranked top 10 in the UK and 34th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2021.
A professional network of 75,000 + alumni
As we are postgraduate only, we are not listed in league tables that help compare undergraduate universities, such as The Times World Rankings and The Complete University Guide .
“The content of the course was very interesting, I liked the idea of having the opportunity to write my thesis for a company. I wrote mine for the world's leading risk advisor, and it was about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks. After graduation, I joined UBS's Group Internal Consulting team in Zurich. In this role, I drive and support key change initiatives for the firm's business divisions. This is very intellectually stimulating and a great opportunity to work
on different projects across the bank.” Cyril Steinmann, Consultant, UBS Group, (Management MSc 2020)
Reasons to study Management with us
Highly-ranked course Our Management MSc has been consistently ranked amongst the top ten Management master's in the UK. Our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc, Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc and Management and Human Resource Management MSc share modules and other activities with our Management MSc. Centre of excellence Cranfield is one of Europe’s largest academic centres for applied research and is a hotbed of business activity, placing our world-class faculty and doctoral researchers alongside forward-thinking industry leaders, through our vibrant networks of alumni, research collaborations and clubs. World-class research and teaching Our School of Management has more than 80 full-time academic staff who are actively engaged in consultancy and rigorous, business-relevant research, keeping them in touch with the needs of industry and government. Teaching is topical and practical, with measurable outcomes.
Blend of theory and practice All four Management MSc courses feature a distinctive blend of theory and practical application through experiential simulations, consulting, competitions and project work, equipping you with the mix of skills required to make swift progress in your chosen career. Working with business In recent years, companies including Amazon, EY, Deloitte, Marks & Spencer and Vodafone have offered our Management MSc students employment as a direct result of their internship. Management and Entrepreneurship MSc students have the opportunity to work closely with industry through the mentor-lead Cranfield Venture Programme. Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc students have the opportunity to meet international visiting industry speakers who provide a relevant insight from the sustainability world.
We are dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders. Our management master’s programmes will equip you with the breadth of skills and practical capabilities to enable you to make a real impact in your career. Our faculty are leaders in their field with hands-on business experience; they understand the challenges of putting theory into practice. Their experience is reinforced by close links with organisations through consultancy projects, teaching on executive development programmes and sponsored research. Cranfield’s influence stretches around the globe. Our alumni have taken the knowledge and skills they acquired here and used them to build new businesses, to conceive new solutions to real-world problems, to forge and energise teams and to help transform organisations in diverse industries and sectors. These four full-time courses have been designed in partnership with international employers from across industry: Management Benefit from a distinctive blend of theory with practical application through highly-experiential simulations, consulting, competitions and project work. You will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at a company during a three-month, in-company internship project. MSc Management and Entrepreneurship This MSc course not only provides essential management skills but also cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills needed to launch and scale a business venture, innovate within an existing company, or support and invest in entrepreneurial businesses. For their thesis, students can develop, refine and validate their business or growth plans. MSc Management and Corporate Sustainability Provides you with the same practical core management training as the Management MSc. It adds a specialism in sustainability which focuses on how organisations thrive and make a difference in a rapidly-changing world by addressing social and environmental objectives as well as economic ones. MSc Management and Human Resource Management Equips you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for managerial roles, with a specific focus on the Human Resource Management function. You will learn about the management of organisations, focusing in particular on the management of human resources and the changing external environment in which they operate. MSc
For full information see www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/mscmims
Modules form 60% of the course content, with the individual thesis project making up the other 40%.
This brochure shows the compulsory and elective modules offered in the 2023/2024 academic year, to give you an idea of course content. To keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change, so please check the latest information on our website.
Management (Choose two electives)
Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Corporate Sustainability
Management and Human Resource
Management (Choose one elective)
Economics for Managers
Leading Corporate Sustainability
Organisational Behaviour: Application
Accounting and Finance
People Management and Leadership
Effective Cross-Cultural Management
Managing Business Growth
Creating Sustainable Organisations Applied Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability Green and Sustainable Finance
Employment Relations and Engagement
Performance Management and Rewards
Talent Sourcing and Career Management
Developing Organisational Culture
Contemporary Approaches to Human Resource Management
Project Management for Entrepreneurs
Mastering Project Management
Organisational Performance: Direction, Control and Measurement
Supply Chain Management
Family Business Management
Course structure Our master's courses combine compulsory and elective modules which include lectures, practical work and site visits. You will also complete an individual thesis project. The final thesis element of the Management MSc requires you to undertake a major research project, normally in association with a three-month internship placement with a partner company.
This diagram illustrates the course structure of our full-time master’s courses. Please check your course structure online for more detailed information.
An opportunity to work in an original way, which might include working as a consultant for one of our industrial partners on a real-world challenge.
An intensive learning experience, providing the knowledge you need to excel in your chosen field.
80 credits, 800 hours (except Management MSc 90 credits, 900 hours)
120 credits, 1200 hours (except Management MSc 130 credits, 1,300 hours)
Completion September (Management MSc: October)
200 credits, 2,000 hours (except Management MSc 220 credits, 2,200 hours)
Course activities Management MSc
In addition to having the opportunity to undertake a three-month internship project, the course features the unique opportunity to spend one month in Spain where you will study two compulsory modules: Effective Cross-Cultural Management and Management Consulting. During the Management Consulting module, you will gain invaluable practical experience, working in teams on a real-life business problem from a company. Management and Entrepreneurship MSc This course aims to enhance your entrepreneurial and analytical skills to prepare you to operate effectively in various settings, such as startups, family-owned businesses, social ventures, and corporations, as well as within the early-stage investment ecosystem. We offer a structured curriculum with specialised modules, supplementary activities, and networking opportunities. Our supplementary events are tailored to support your learning, including international conferences like the EU Startup Summit in Barcelona, Firechat sessions with entrepreneurs, investors, and other experts, and pitching events and competitions. Moreover, we provide you with the opportunity to attend the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, where you can learn from renowned entrepreneurs and mentor-led Startup Weekends. Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc You will take part in a series of seminars with specialists in the field, which provides valuable insight into sustainability in practice. You will also have the opportunity to network at corporate sustainability related events which have included practitioner conferences such as the edie Sustainability Leaders forum in London. The Creating Sustainable Organisations and Social Entrepreneurship modules both involve consulting with companies on their current challenges. You also have the opportunity to attend workshops, be a part of various industry-led, sustainability-focused competitions and be an active part of the Sustainability Network speaker series of events and talks with experts which happen throughout the year. Management and Human Resource Management MSc The course offers a highly practical learning experience. You will be co-taught by a world-leading faculty and senior HR leaders. You will work on authentic HR consulting projects guided by Perry Timms, the No.1 influential HR thinker. You will join our monthly HR Speaker Series where you will hear from inspirational global HR leaders. By joining the Charted Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) community, you will have access to the annual student conference, webinars and in-person events. You will also be mentored by local HR professionals. Our study visit in Term three will also give you a valuable opportunity to put your module learnings into practice in the real world. Careers
A degree from Cranfield will fast-track your career. Typically, our graduates go on to work in the following types of roles and organisations: Roles • Business Analyst,
Organisations • Amazon, • Coca-Cola Enterprises, • Capgemini Invent, • Heineken,
• Chief Executive Officer, • Commercial Manager, • Management Consultant, • New Account Manager, • Operations Manager, • Strategy and Transformation Consultant.
• IKEA, • PwC, • Unilever.
Academic staff Our faculty are renowned in their field, with broad industry experience. They work with operating boards of numerous global businesses, ensuring that their lectures are contemporary and stimulating. They are supported by a team of visiting speakers and professors from around the world.
Professor Michael Dickmann, Chair of International Human Resource Management Michael has conducted international consulting and research with leading multinational organisations. He has also consulted for humanitarian agencies, Government and the United Nations. Michael is the Editor of the International Journal of Human Resource Management and lectures in international and strategic human resource management. His research focuses on HR strategies, structures and processes within multinational organisations, international mobility and global careers. Dr Oksana Koryak, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Director of the Management and Entrepreneurship MSc Prior to academia, Oksana held various client-facing roles in corporate and investment banking, originating and executing complex transactions to finance large media and infrastructure projects, corporates and leveraged buy-outs. Oksana’s research focuses on growth, entrepreneurial leadership and capability development in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Her research is published in the Research Policy and International Small Business Journal , among others. Dr Namita Shete, Lecturer in Sustainability, Director of the Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc Through her work, Namita is interested in uncovering how businesses address sustainability within their own operations and also take a stand, collaborate and innovate to address the grand challenges facing the world today. She received her PhD from the University of Bath in 2019 and, for her research, studied Corporate Social Responsibility and its regulation. She has worked in diffferent roles within industry and the non-profit space before joing academia. Dr Mengyi Xu, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Director of the Management and Human Resource Management MSc Mengyi is a lecturer and researcher in the area of human resource management. Her main research areas of interest include; work-life balance, hybrid working, and the future of work. Mengyi’s projects are mainly partnered with the British Academy of Management, the UK Government and Brazil's Civil Service. She is an academic member of CIPD and a Council member of the British Academy of Management. She is also an external examiner on BSc HRM courses at universities in the UK and Malaysia. Prior to academia, Mengyi held various roles in the UK and China.
Key facts and statistics Cohort profile * Course information
Geographic spread 4% UK 96% International
Full-time One year Management MSc is 13 months.
Start date September
Typical cohort age range 20-49 years
Total number of students
Management MSc: 128 Management and Corporate Sustainability: 17 Management and Entrepreneurship: 33 Management and Human Resource Management: 14
Please see the individual course pages on our website for full fee information and full-time or part-time options. Terms and conditions apply.
50% Female 50% Male
*These figures give an indication of the course make-up at registration across our Management courses for the entry 2022-2023.
Accreditations Our Management MSc courses are Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degrees. You will have the unique opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree. The Management and Human Resource Management MSc is also a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accreditation degree. Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded a CIPD level 7 qualification and will become an associated member of CIPD. These are recognised by employers as a global standard of excellence and will help you to stand out from the crowd in the international labour market. Cranfield is one of the early signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRIME) and focuses on teaching sustainable business practice that addresses society’s social, environmental and economic goals.
More than a degree with the Cranfield Enhance programme Cranfield graduates are valued for their distinctive skills and capabilities. We have developed these programmes to complement and enhance what you learn on your chosen qualification. On the Cranfield Enhance programme, you will be able to earn ‘digital badges’ in areas such as Employability, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Outreach to showcase your new skills to prospective employers. Read more at www.cranfield.ac.uk/enhance
Financing your studies If you need advice on funding your course or living costs, we can provide information and a range of online tools to help you put together the funding package you need.
There is more information on our website: www.cranfield.ac.uk/funding
How to apply
Read more about our entry requirements and how to apply: www.cranfield.ac.uk/apply
Life at Cranfield
A welcoming, professional campus community. Located just over an hour from London in the English countryside, Cranfield’s campus environment supports close working relationships between our multinational postgraduate students and academic and industry experts.
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businesses and governments based in over 40 countries
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