MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Designed for those working in, or aspiring to senior management roles, this MSc will give you the tools, inspiration and mindset to respond to the complex challenges facing organisations today and take your career to the next level. This MSc is particularly relevant if you want to be globally mobile during your career, giving you an internationally recognised qualification and a global mindset.

There are two specialisms available on this programme, so you can focus your knowledge of the core principles of management while specialising in an area that interests you. 

The marketing specialism provides insight into buyer behaviour, strategic marketing, branding and social media marketing, while the business innovation specialism is designed to equip you with the theories, principles and tools to analyse the new economic challenges raised by technology, corporate competitiveness and the digital economy.

MSc Management video 2022-23
It’s time to unlock your potential and prepare to manage at a more senior level.

By studying this programme, students will gain: 

  • skills to drive a culture of resilience and support the development of new enterprise. 
  • ability to initiate and lead change, creating an environment for innovation and creativity. 
  • expertise in designing and implementing winning organisational strategies. 
  • an opportunity to undertake a work-based research project to analyse an organisational challenge. 
  • ability to oversee the financial management and challenge financial assumptions underpinning business strategy. 
  • grounding in the principles of corporate social responsibility, regulatory compliance, sustainability, and ethics. 
  • a worldwide recognised qualification to succeed and advance in their chosen management role. 
  • an enhanced skillset with specialist knowledge in either marketing or business innovation. 

Programme structure, modules and specification

What must you complete?

  • The MSc Management consists of ten core modules (15 credits each) and one Work-based Project module (30 credits).
  • The PGDip Management consists of eight modules (15 credits each).
  • The PGCert Management consists of four modules (15 credits each)

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There are two specialisms available. You can focus your career path by gaining an understanding of the core principles of management while specialising in an area that interests you, whether that’s marketing or business innovation. 

MSc Management (Marketing) - structure 

The marketing specialism provides a solid grounding in key aspects of business and management, while refining your skills in marketing theory, strategic marketing and social media marketing.  

Focusing on essential elements such as buyer behaviour and marketing strategy, you’ll develop valuable knowledge and skills that are in high demand from employers.  

With excellent networking opportunities, you’ll have the chance to learn from your peers as well as industry experts and people from across all sectors, giving you insight into marketing challenges from every angle.  

You’ll graduate with the ability to run successful marketing departments and campaigns for a wide range of industries.  

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MSc Management (Business Innovation) 

The business innovation specialism will examine the essentials of management theory and practice, as well as the core principles of innovation in business, both locally and internationally.  

With a focus on emerging technology and the digital economy, you’ll graduate with the theories, principles and tools needed to thrive in a world that is constantly changing and evolving.  

Topics cover the knowledge economy, entrepreneurship, emerging digital technologies and intellectual capital, so you’ll learn how to make innovative decisions that will help to drive your company into the future.  

View MSc Management (Business Innovation) modules

Key dates

This programme has two intake dates per year: April and October.

October 2022 intake
Applications open 27 June 2022
Application deadline 12 September 2022
Registration deadline 26 September 2022
Programme starts 10 October 2022

How you study

The MSc Management is offered fully online and allows you the opportunity to flexibly fit your studies around your schedule. You can choose to study modules on a pay-as-you-go basis and build up your qualification at your own pace.

This degree is ideal for professionals who work for local, national and international companies or wish to be mobile during their career, as they will have achieved an internationally recognised qualification, and a global mindset.

Each module is run over a 10-week block, with the exception of the Work-based Project module which is run over two 10-week blocks.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Online support

The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised qualification.

When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, and other study materials.
  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives guidance on a range of issues relating to your study experience.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Tutor support

All students receive online tutor support while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Student support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre - provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
  • Student Relationship Managers - a team of Student Relationship Managers (SRMs) are here to support and advise you throughout your studies. They aim to ensure that you are fully up-to-date with important and useful information about how best to complete your studies.

Time commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the MSc in a minimum of two years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of five years.

You can study at your own pace, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs.


The programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations, and are all submitted online. More detail can be found in the Programme Regulations.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MSc and PGDip

To qualify to register for the MSc or PGDip, applicants will need a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.

Entry requirements for the PGCert

If applicants do not meet the MSc and PGDip entrance requirements, successful completion of the PGCert will allow progression to the MSc or PGDip.

To qualify to register for the PGCert, applicants will need:

  • Either, a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University;
  • Or, a minimum of two years’ work experience in a relevant field. This will most commonly be in a management position but each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entrance requirements for stand-alone individual modules

To qualify to register for a stand-alone individual module, applicants will need:

  • Either, a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University;
  • Or, a minimum of two years’ work experience in a relevant field. This will most commonly be in a management position but each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above)
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening

Applications not meeting the above requirements but demonstrating the requisite English proficiency, may still be considered at the University’s discretion.

Computer requirements

The University of London sets minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

For this programme, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. You will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content, level and standard to our MSc Management modules, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This process is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Exemption. You will not need to study or be assessed in the module(s) to complete your award.

To be considered for RPL you should make a formal request within your application when applying online. Alternatively, this can be done through an online enquiry, once you have submitted your application.

If you are registered for the MSc or PGDip, you may apply for recognition of prior learning mapped against modules to a total of 60 UK credits. Applications for recognition of prior learning for the Work-based Project will not be accepted. We will not recognise or accredit prior learning for a module later than 14 days after the module start date. You will be deemed to have started a module once you have been given access to the learning materials on the VLE.

More about RPL and the application process

Your qualifications will need to be assessed by specialist academics on a case by case basis, before we can approve recognition and accreditation of Prior Learning. This is called discretionary RPL and involves a non-refundable application fee.

You will need to be eligible to study the programme and will need to provide the following for your RPL application to be considered: a completed RPL request form, the supporting documentary evidence (normally a transcript and syllabus of your previous studies) and the fee payable.

Note: All discretionary RPL requests must be submitted by the dates specified for the April or October intake in the year that you apply. Once submitted, we must receive all required supporting evidence by the deadline stated.

April 2022 intake
Submit RPL request by 14 September 2022
Submit supporting evidence by 16 September 2022

Further information on rules regarding RPL is covered in the Recognition of Prior Learning section of the appropriate Programme Regulations and Section 3 of the General Regulations.


The programme fees below refer to the October 2022, Jan 2023, April 2023 and July 2023 sessions only and are effective from 28 June 2022. These may increase by up to 5% per year.

The fees depend on whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation. See the list of Band A and B countries [PDF]

    MSc Management full programme fee* 2022-23
    Band A countries £9000
    Band B countries £12000
    MSc Management indicative totals** 2022-23
    Band A countries £9370
    Band B countries £12457
    Pay per module (MSc, PGDip, PGCert, individual modules) 2022-23
    Band A countries:  
    15 credit module fee £750
    30 credit Work-based Project module fee £1500
    Band B countries:
    15 credit module fee £1000
    30 credit Work-based Project module fee £2000
    Other fees 2022-23
    Assessment resit fee £375
    Application fee for recognition of prior learning (per 15 credit module) non-refundable £61

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    *The full MSc programme fee does not include resit fees, the module fee when repeating a module, applications for Recognition of Prior Learning and fees payable to a University of London Recognised Teaching Centres, if applicable. By paying in full at the beginning of your programme, you avoid any annual fee increases to module fees. With pay per module, you pay for each module as you register for it.

    **The indicative totals given represent the amount you would expect to pay if you commence study in October 2021 and then complete the MSc degree in the minimum period of time (as per when modules become available), without resits, and paying per module with a year-on-year increase of 5%. These totals do not reflect the cost of any additional tuition support you may choose to take, resit fees or the fee when repeating a module, or applications for Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Please note: student fees shown on our website are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

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    Academic leadership

    Academic direction for the programme is from Birkbeck, University of London, which was founded in 1823 and joined the University of London in 1920.

    Academic’s from Birkbeck’s Management Department actively participate in research and regularly contribute to public debate and publish in leading academic journals. The Department signed up to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), in January 2020 a United Nations-supported initiative to equip today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver future change. 

    Programme Director 

    Nick Pronger is a Director for several programmes and Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck, University of London, which he joined in 2010. Prior to this he was a lecturer at several universities including Central European University, Regents University and University of Essex.

    He has taught and consulted in countries including Israel, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain and Mexico. He has also worked with and advised a number of companies including Nestle, Dow Chemical, Del Monte, and Olivetti.  

    Although Nick’s focus is on teaching and developing curriculums he also consults and researches into the arts and creative industries, particularly in film management and marketing and how standard business models need to be adapted to arts and cultural environments. Recently he has developed a new module in Arts Marketing, drawing on his experience as a theatre production manager in the 1990’s, which he will teach for the first time in 2022, and is currently writing a book on arts marketing.

    Nick is a keen supporter of online learning, not only as a vehicle for widening access to Higher Education, but also for the opportunities it offers for enhancing experiential learning and cultural diversity in the academic thought process.

    Overall, the learning journey is intended to be both academically rewarding, and vitally useful in applying management skills to the students' work experience, thus providing a platform for students to enhance and develop their careers. We look forward to welcoming you on the programme.


    Funding your study

    Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

    More on funding your study.

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