MSc Management

Whether or not you have a management and business background, the MSc Management will develop your broad knowledge of contemporary management through a detailed exploration of the theory and practice of key areas. This postgraduate course will help you deliver best practice in the workplace, whether that is private, public or third sector, and enable you to motivate, inspire and manage effectively.

The MSc Management course offers you the opportunity to study across a broad range of business disciplines and functions. Through a tailored programme of study, you will learn to think critically about how businesses run, while also gaining an insight into why organisations are structured and function in a particular way. You will also examine changing trends in strategic thinking to develop a holistic understanding of how organisations interact with their environments in the face of rapid and discontinuous change.

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This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

The variety of modules available will not only help deepen your understanding of the nature of business, but will also give you an opportunity to learn more about your strengths and the areas of business that interest you most. You will explore broad management disciplines and the relationship between organisations and their environments, with exposure to industry and real world experiences, so that you graduate as a confident and skilful manager and future leader.

Term 1

Issues in International Management

This module will show you the challenges multinational enterprises face in the global environment.  It will help you to develop a critical awareness of the complex interrelationships between emerging  issues in international and transnational management.  You will critically evaluate these issues, using a range of key theoretical and analytical frameworks and to appropriate conclusions.

Leadership and Management Theories and Practices

As a future leader/manager, this module will dynamically engage you to critically understand the importance of leadership and management and its application in a rapidly changing business world.  You will critically discuss and evaluate the socio-economic and technological context and drivers that underpin leadership and management theories and practices, in ways that will compliment your aspirations as a future leader/manager.  Your personal self-leadership and self-management skills will be consistently stimulated and you will be supported in your development to becoming the best leader/manager you can be.

Research Methods

In this module you will develop a variety of skills such as the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, the synthesis and reporting of ideas and the ability to evaluate the rigour and validity of published research in business and management.  You will gain experience on assessing the relevance of your findings and the appropriateness of their application to new situations and contexts.  This will support you as a future manager and/or leader to make evidence-based, responsible and ethical decisions.

Academic and Professional Development

Discover and unlock your potential to be successful in not only your MSc Management course, but also in your future career.  Through a series of lectures and practical workshops, this module will support your development of higher level masters skills and the professional and employability skills that are highly sought after by future employers.  The engaging and applied nature of the module will equip you to becoming a resilient, culturally aware and a globally minded professional.


Term 2

Managing Digital Transformation

This module explores the emergence of the digital economy which has unlocked new opportunities for businesses globally.  Many organisations are becoming more ‘digital’ to capture value, cost saving, enhancing performance and delivering new products and services.  You will learn from challenges of digital disruption/digital transformation and develop a critical understanding of change management, socio-technical implications and strategic leadership where ‘digital’ has succeeded or failed with consideration of the ‘future of work’.

Strategic Operations Management

This module offers an exciting opportunity to develop your abilities and skills in strategic operations management tools and techniques. It provides you with the opportunity to explore the relationships within the value chain, including strategy, design, control, human resources, procurement, and other interactions involved in managing operational activities. Through a range of practical activities, you will enhance your problem-solving capabilities and synthesise the challenges associated with implementing strategic operational decisions.

The Entrepreneur in a Global Environment

In this module you consider key contexts in which entrepreneurs and their organisations may operate in a global environment.  You will consider the complexity and unpredictability of variables within the global environment and the development of strategies that can be utilised when analysing and reacting to those contexts and changes.


Term 3

Applied Management Project

This will be an exciting opportunity for you to work on a real business problem, to put all of your knowledge and skills developed on the course into practice.  You will choose between a variety of industry projects, drawn from a range of small to medium size enterprises, multi‑national and third sector organisations - so you can further explore aspects of management that are of particular interest to you.  You will initially work in small groups to explore the organisational problem(s) and to come up with a project plan, before embarking on your own research to inform your report and any recommendations or solutions for the organisation.  The self-motivation, research and communication skills required to complete this project are highly sought after by employers.


Subject to revalidation from September 2024
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.



The emphasis of the course is on developing your professional skills, to equip you to be an ethical, effective and globally minded  manager and future leader.  The MSc Management has a diverse course team, who bring a mix of industry experience and academic expertise, to ensure your learning is contemporary, engaging and challenging – to stretch and support you in achieving your full potential.  Guest speakers are also invited from a range of organsiations an dindistries to share their knowledge and experiences.

The course takes a blended learning approach with online lectures, interactive workshops in smaller groups and plenary sessions to consolidate and draw together your learning within and across modules.  Embedded within the modules are activities such as group work, team building and presentations to develop and enhance your employability skills and a challenge based curriculum with case studies in which you will explore real world problems.

As a full time course, you will be on campus for a minimum of three days a week, to participate in the timetabled classes.  Outside of this you will also be expected to attend campus for group work, to undertake self study, take advantage of the excellent ICT and Learning Resource Centre resources as well as to engage with extra-curricula activities.


The assessments on the course are carefully designed not only to assess your knowledge, but also your ability to apply this to real world problems and scenarios.  The varied nature of the assessment methods, such as reports, presentations and working on live case studies, give you experience and confidence in develop the skills, attributes and abilities valued by employers.

A minimum UK second-class honours degree or recognised international equivalent qualification.

2-3 years or more relevant Senior Management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

In all cases, the University will satisfy itself that a candidate is of the required academic standard to complete the programme of study proposed and is able to meet the University’s English Language requirements. 

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.


Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £10250

  • Full-time International:  £15850 

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other : Text books £300
No compulsory textbooks to purchase necessary, but you may choose to purchase your own individual copies.
Trips, cultural activities, industry visits (optional) £50 - £100
There may be opportunities during your studies to engage with extra curricula activities for which a contribution to the travel and/or entry costs may be required.
Laptop £170
It is highly recommended that you have your own personal laptop, which will be capable of running Microsoft Office 365. As a student you will be able to download a free copy of any software relevant to the course.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.


USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA,MSc, LLM,MBA or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24

Gaining a Masters qualification in management can accelerate your career prospects. As a management graduate you will possess an advanced knowledge and understanding of management theory and, due to the very nature of business, will be able to apply this to complex issues in many sectors of industry and commerce.

Whether you are starting out, or already in an established management position, the knowledge and skills gained throughout the MSc Management course will enable you to become an attractive candidate to employers. Graduates may also progress on to a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), PhD or research degree.