1 year full time
Starts September 2017


To deal effectively with the challenges of an increasingly complex business environment, managers need both intellectual and practical skills.

Learn to challenge preconceptions and remove boundaries in order to handle strategic situations holistically. Develop the ability to analyse, synthesise and solve unstructured business and management problems.

We provide an effective and collaborative learning environment. You have the opportunity to attend career-enhancing events with access to potential employers as well as a guest lecture series.

You will understand the challenges organisations face to survive and be sustainable. You develop the skills, knowledge and attitude to become managers and leaders.”Brian Ross
Teaching Fellow in Management and Organisations

Key facts

  • Prepare for a successful business career with this carefully designed course.
  • Learn with people from all over the world to gain the expertise and confidence to do global business.
  • Study at the School of Business, Management and Economics – our mission is to develop business leaders who will champion critical and original thinking.

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. In the spring term, you choose options to suit your interests. In the summer term, you work on a research project. There is a personal and professional development module running throughout the year.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

  • briefing papers
  • reports and essays
  • group presentations and group project reports
  • unseen exams
  • a research project.

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Personal and Professional Development

      15 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      This module aims to develop your mastery in personal and interpersonal effectiveness in order to support career entry and development, thereby enabling positive and professional organisational impacts.

      From your point of view, the module facilitates acclimatisation to your local learning environment as a basis for contributing to contemporary working environments at local, national and international/global levels (the workplace). From employers' point of view, the module develops rounded graduates who have not only a subject/technical capacity, but also a personal and professional capability.

      This capability, which is readily transferable to the workplace, distinguishes students who successfully complete the module from other graduates.

      The module comprises study of, and development in, the individual and interactive organisational behaviours that underpin professional performance and mindful practices in the workplace.

      1. Elements of effective self-management in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.: self-perception; self-awareness; personal values; learning preferences; personal reflection; communication styles, verbal and non-verbal communication; self-management; stress management; reflective practice.

      Core concepts: perception; perceptual world and filters; habituation; mental sets; conditioning; behaviour modification; cognitive and social learning; reflective thinking.

      2. Elements of effective inter-personal relationships in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.: confidence and assertiveness; cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity factors; inter-cultural communication; teams and team building; team-based and creative decision-making; listening and communicating; handling emotion and conflict.

      Core concepts: socialisation; behaviour modification; cultural similarities and differences; prejudice; group working.

      3. Individual strategies and techniques for self-development

      Content/applications, e.g.: personal development planning; goal setting; identification of priority learning and training needs; receiving feedback; cross-cultural relations.

      Core concepts: motivation and exchange.

      4. Qualities of personal leadership approaches and their impacts on others

      Content/applications, e.g.: influence and persuasion; negotiation; networking; diversity management; managing feedback; co-operation and compromise; goal accomplishment.

      Core concepts: leadership, power; leaderful behaviour. 

      5. Development of continuing professionalism in engaging with others in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.; continuous professional development; ethical principles in the management of others; international and global mindsets.

      Core concepts: life-long learning; emotional and social literacy; ethics.

    • Accounting for Decision Makers

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed as an introduction for non-financial managers to comparative international accounting, and financial reporting and analysis, within the context of converging standards.

      No prior knowledge of accounting procedures is assumed or required.

    • Change and Leadership

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Change and Leadership will provide you with the theoretical grounding to understand and appraise different modes of organisational change, their drivers, the responses of staff and other stakeholders, and the role of leaders in leading and responding to change. The relevance of theory will be explored in contexts including cultural change, restructuring and mergers/acquisitions. The module examines the principles of managing change at a number of levels building progressively from individual change, to team change and organisational change up to change at the meso-macro level in complex economic systems (eg change of sectoral or even national importance). The distinctive roles for leaders and approaches to leadership will be explored in relation to these levels.

      Within the continuum, reflecting positioning of the module between organisational behaviour and strategy, topics to be addressed will cover six main areas including: 

      • Behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and psychodynamic theories of individual change 
      • Teams: their constitution, internal dynamics and role in organisational change
      • Historical approaches to organisational change (under ad-hoc management, scientific management, human relations and contigent approaches) 
      • More recent (and emerging) paradigms in organisational change
      • Planned vs. emergent change: complexity and inter-organisational influences
      • Leadership: role choices and constraint, and frameworks for managing change

      The assessment is a coursework-based task requiring you to select a change scenario for a chosen organisation and to describe how that change process should be undertaken, with specific reference to options for change and appraisal of their suitability, through reference to relevant theories of change. Strengths and weakness of relevant approaches will be identified. Specific attention to the role and style of leadership required for the change process or programme will be a key component of the report.

    • Global Business

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module will widen the perspective of aspiring managers regarding the strategic implications of global change and facilitate more informed strategic planning and implementation within companies. The module is introductory and wide ranging in scope. A balance is sought between theory and practice with seminars placing an emphasis on contemporary case studies.

    • Strategic Management - Business Management Course

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module aims to give you a strong grasp of the issues, tools and theoretical perspectives underlying the practice of strategy and its links with management. Using a combination of theory, practice and cases you will learn how to apply principles of strategy to companies.

      The module begins by covering key skills and tools for strategic analysis. These include tools for analysing a firm's macroenvironment and competitive environment, as well as an organisation's own resources and capabilities. It then provides an in-depth summary of the strategy process as it is used by managers, and then discusses the range of theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of this process.

    • Research Project (Management)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      The Research Project module provides an opportunity for you to undertake a significant independent piece of research, drawing upon the knowledge and skills that have been learned during the taught components of the course. You will apply concepts, theories and research techniques, draw on internationally published literature, and develop and interpret knowledge about management practice in your area of interest. 

      You will write a dissertation on a management-related topic of your own choosing. The dissertation will normally be 12,000 (plus/minus 10%) words in length and will include the following sections: abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, finding, conclusions, reflection and references. You will be given detailed instructions and guidelines on the content of individual sections as well as the assessment requirements and marking criteria. Each project will be supervised by an appropriate member of academic staff on the one-to-one basis.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Business Communication Skills

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you explore the core concepts and issues in business communication, and raise your awareness of the practical requirements for effective communication in academic and professional contexts in both written and spoken English.

      As part of the module, you gain practical training in the communication skills required to become an expert communicator in business environments.

      Your studies in this module focus on aspects of critical thinking, reading and writing and the conventions and requirements of different genres of business texts.

      You gain extended training in the key linguistic and academic competencies needed to undertake various business communication tasks within the broad theoretical framework of business communication theory.

      This module will be core if your first language is not English, but an option if you are a native English speaker (or have native speaker competence).

    • Management, Innovation and Organisational Performance

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module aims to help you develop a critical awareness and deep understanding of the principles and practices associated with management and performance excellence, and provides insight into the drive for continuous improvement of products, services and processes for enhanced competitive positioning from effective innovation management.

      The module includes a focus on strategies for sustainable improvement in performance of operating systems, ethical practice, organisational mindset, and planning and control mechanisms employed to effectively manage and monitor socio-economic performance for sustainable business operations.

      By critically assessing the application of a range of tools, techniques and frameworks within a variety of best practice organisations across a number of industry sectors, at both national and international level, you will examine 'value' from a range of stakeholder perspectives.

    • Accounting, Organisations and Society

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The major aims of this module are several. The first is to increase your knowledge of controversies over what constitutes legitimate accounting knowledge and practice, research methods, its social role, and how practice and policy, research, and methodological assumptions are intertwined. The second is to raise awareness of how and why accounting impacts constituencies beyond organisations and their management, and to evaluate possibilities of its reform in the public interest. The module is research led, entails considerable self-reflection and guided self-study, and is interdisciplinary in nature.

      The module commences with an intensive lecture series (weeks one to four) that will outline why and how accounting research has adopted a variety of conflicting social science theories and methods, detail their fundamental assumptions and findings, and illustrate how they raise or cast fresh light on important issues on the role and effects of accounting upon individuals, organisations and society.

      The second half of the module (weeks five to eight) will be less structured as you will embark on research essays chosen from a variety of topics drawn up by the course convenor. These may change over time due to faculty interests and expertise, your choices and preferences, and emergence of new issues. An indicative list would include: does accounting merit the status of a profession? Have accounting practices contributed to the rise of an `audit society'? Can accounting address issues of ecology and sustainability? Are the structures and processes of standard setting in the public interest? Are the assumptions of modern finance theory and positive accounting theory justifiable and why have they become influential and to what effect? Have accounting reforms in poor countries enhanced their economic development? Can accounting provide `a true and fair view'? To what extent is culture, either nationally or locally, important for the design and operation of accounting systems? Why is accounting integral to `New Public Sector' management and has its effects met the aims of policy-makers?

      For the workshops you will be grouped according to common interests in a topic. The workshops will be relatively unstructured and devoted to refining individual essay titles/topics, advice on literature and searches, and helping you construct a suitable essay that should: identify and review a selection of significant research articles on their topic, compare and contrast their assumptions about ontology, epistemology, and involvement in social change; which topics they investigate, and their empirical findings on these and common topics, clearly justify and identify the methodological criteria adopted by the writer to evaluate this work and make reasoned and considered choices and recommendations for changed practices and policies or justify why they are unnecessary.

    • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is aimed at students on the range of 'conversion' type of MSc programmes across the department and is delivered in the International Accounting and Governance programme as a core. The focus is on contemporary perspectives and practices within the broadly defined areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance.

      The module starts from the premise that CSR is a contested, problematic and developing area of study. There is an acceptance that an understanding of ethical frameworks is required to inform debate on this subject and that research generated evidence and insights are necessary to substantiate assertion.

      The focus is also practical, and you will individually undertake research into an organisation's orientation and practice towards its stakeholders. A critical and questioning approach to this will be encouraged and required to 'see beyond' the often platitudinous veneer that can characterise this relationship.

      Throughout the module the emphasis will be on devloping your own coherent and informed view of matters such as corporate and governance, together with issues of professional ethics within a globalised context. In particular, we examine the extent to which corporate governance practices are moving towards convergence.

      The coursework requires you to work individually to produce a case study analysis of contemporary stakeholder issues and to thereby further your understanding and exercise research skills and judgement. Supporting and underpinning this is a week by week seminar programme requiring you to ascertain and appreciate your own and others' 'ethical profiles', locate and interpret research-based insights and undertake case study analysis of organisational practices and professional ethical dilemmas.

      An examination will test your grasp of relevant concepts, theory and ability to apply insights.

    • Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module provides you with an overview of the strategic management and policy issues raised by the production and use of advanced information and communication technologies and services. Perspectives are drawn from economics, management and organisation theory, as well as political science and sociology. The focus is on the evolution of a complex technical system in the wider contexts of emerging user requirements in the public and private sectors. Much of the course is centred around the implications of the internet, particularly in terms of media conversion, regulation, productivity and employment, intellectual property rights and electronic commerce.

    • Information Systems and Management

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You study how Information Systems are used by organisations in commerical, public and voluntary sectors.

      You explore how Information Systems, including cloud computing and social networking, link technology and business strategy, and help to provide sustainable competitive advantage to businesses.

      You develop an understanding of the systems, technologies, concepts, tools, and frameworks needed to deploy, manage, and evaluate technology strategies, and processes, as well as the resources needed to gain competitive advantage.

    • Intercultural Business Communication

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Explore culture and communication in a business context.

      In this module, you study intercultural communication, and are expected to read and write critically about key issues in intercultural business communication. You also study the cultural features and conventions, which affect communication at work.

      You are given the opportunity to theoretically and practically explore areas where cultural knowledge impacts effective business communication and intercultural communicative competence.

    • International Entrepreneurship

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The focus of this module is on the development and growth of new firms from establishment to the early stages of international development. Much of the core teaching in international business relates to the strategic decisions made by established large firms, but SMEs are increasingly engaged in both foreign trade and investment - as is evidenced by the phenomena of born-global firms, international new ventures, and rapidly internationalising firms. In this context, the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, and internationalisation are crucial.

    • Managing Human Resources

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Managing Intellectual Property

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Protecting intellectual assets has become a key success factor for organisations in the knowledge-based economy. This module provides you with the knowledge and tools for managing intellectual property (IP), and how best to deploy and appropriate these to create value from the perspective of both private and public-sector organisations. More specifically, you will gain an understanding of IP strategies and approaches in multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as universities and research institutes. You will learn about patents and copyrights as instruments to protect IP as well as develop an understanding of less formal, alternative approaches.

    • Managing Knowledge

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module outlines the key institutional and organisational forms underpinning the emerging knowledge economy, looking closely at the pivotal role that knowledge workers play in the creation, application and diffusion of knowledge within and between firms.

      You will consider new approaches to managing learning processes in the firm, including recent developments such as knowledge management and novel organisational structures. You will explore the role of labour mobility through different types of knowledge worker communities and networks. You will also consider the role of open-source innovation and knowledge transfer within and across epistemic communities, the role of new human resource management approaches, and network mapping techniques. You will go on to consider how certain skills are coming to play a critical role in the knowledge economy, such as knowledge brokering and gate-keeping. Finally, you will explore how labour market institutions that impact on careers shape different approaches to knowledge generation, and be introduced to key concepts associated with knowledge transfer, including social capital, knowledge exploration and exploitation, and the role of key actors in knowledge transfer.

    • Managing Operations and Quality (Spring)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides the student with an understanding of how the fundamental principles of operations management can support the improvement of management performance in both public and private organisations. These principles may be applied equally to both manufacturing and service operations.

      Students will develop an understanding of the systemic and interactive nature of operations and quality management problems and their relationship to the external environment, through the application of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, utilising guided problem-based activities and case study analysis.

      Quality management processes: the ideas, theories and tools that are central to organisational development, change management, and the performance improvements that are generally desired for individuals, teams and organisations will be explored. Methods used to measure organisational performance other than financial output or profit including focusing on the essential activities, resources and other factors that impact on outputs will be analysed and applied.

    • Managing Virtual Projects

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Project Management (PM) is a critical area of management as it increases the probabilities of achieving the set goals within a specific timeframe and budget.

      In this module, we will explore the fundamentals of PM as well as why PM is becoming an increasingly important area for organisations. Particular emphasis will be given on the changing nature of PM in view of the changes brought about by the use of technology in today’s organisations.

      In particular, the module will explore key PM theories, project implementation, virtual project teams, virtual project leadership, project communication, and risk management, among other topics.

      The module has practical significance as well, as it will give an opportunity to apply the taught concepts to manage a group project and to then reflect on this in a number of ways. On completion of the module, you will have an increased understanding of PM skills which you will be able to use in your career, be they in a bank, a consulting firm, a charity, a government department, their own company or elsewhere.

    • Marketing

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Gone are the stable markets of yesteryear. Today's markets are characterised by rapidly changing customers' wants, accelerating pace of technological advances, and intensifying competition, presenting major challenges for both incumbent and upstart enterprises alike.

      For most organisations, marketing is a major determinant of success. This course is designed to help students develop an appreciation of the role of marketing and the management of marketing functions in the modern organisation. The impact of marketing and the contribution of marketing to organisational performance in the dynamic, globally competitive markets of today will be addressed. The course will also focus on what being market oriented really means, in practice, to organisations operating in manufacturing and service industries, as well as in profit and non-profit enterprises.

      The course will introduce students to the theories, concepts, models, techniques and current best-practices for developing and implementing marketing strategies and actions. Marketing decision-making should not take place in a vacuum. The course will familiarise students with the components of market analysis and strategy development with respect to the organisation, its customers, competitors and collaborators.

      There will be more in depth coverage of marketing implementation and control issues through the concept of the integrated marketing mix: the product/service offering and customer service, communications, pricing and channels.

      Specific learning objectives include: developing knowledge and understanding of key theories, concepts and models in marketing to guide the development and execution of marketing strategies; developing the skills to critically analyse marketing situations facing organisations; gaining understanding of marketing decision options and refining decision-making and analytical skills and developing written and verbal presentational skills relating to marketing case studies.

    • The Business Context in East Asia

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in East Asia, to provide an overview of the various East Asian economies, their interrelationship, and their importance in the world economy, and to examine the lessons which may be drawn both from the economic success of the East Asian economies, and from the Asian financial crisis.

    • The Business Context in Emerging Economies

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Explore the international business environment and the emerging economies of China, Russia, Brazil and South East Asia.

      In this module, you look at the strategy and operation of firms in these economies and develop the skills to become managers, consultants or entrepreneurs in business. 

      You combine theory and practice, which will give you the skills for your future career. 

      You cover topics including: 

      • emerging economies
      • political and economic differences
      • theory and trends
      • managing cultural differences
      • non-market strategies
      • ethical issues and corporate social responsibilties.
    • The Business Context in Europe

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in Europe, to provide an overview of the various European economies, their inter-relationships, and their importance in the world economy. Attention will be paid not just to the major member States of the European Union, but to newer member States and other European economies.

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Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above with at least an average mark of 55%, or equivalent professional qualification.

This course is now closed for non-EU international applicants. It remains open to UK and EU nationals.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in Management and Finance

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in Management and Finance.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £10,250 per year

EU: £10,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £10,250 per year

Overseas: £17,450 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students. (2017)

The scholarship is for a student from a sub-Saharan African country studying for either the Development Economics MSc or the Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)

Five £10,000 scholarships for outstanding applicants who have accepted a place on one of SPRU’s five MSc courses.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship

St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the International Marketing MSc.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc

St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

Find out more about the Sussex MBA Scholarship

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

Find out more about the The Hornsey Scholarship

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

We offer an interdisciplinary outlook, reflecting contemporary management theory and practice.”Dimitra Petrakaki
Senior Lecturer in Information Systems


Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Department of Business and Management were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • service manager, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
  • client manager, China Construction Bank
  • associate consultant, JDX Consulting Fintech.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Career planning is an integral part of this MSc. In order to help you realise your career ambitions, we offer guidance in thinking about your career objectives and help you present yourself to potential employers with confidence. 

Our graduates follow a wide range of careers in management across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

This course prepares you for strategic and/or operational roles in management where the key focus is on utilising business resources to create or add value to the organisation, such as:

  • human capital
  • tangible goods
  • knowledge
  • technology
  • financial resources. 

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

The teamwork, leadership and critical thinking skills that I developed through the course have already been invaluable in my current position.”Emily Brodkin
Human Resources Consultant
Allstate Insurance