MSc, PGDip, PGCert

The MSc Management degree is aimed at professionals who lead, manage or direct organisations of all sizes in the private, public and third sectors. It provides career development opportunities for a range of individuals, including those who may already have developed some practical experience and who wish to further develop their theoretical understanding of higher-level management skills or others with more limited knowledge of the subject seeking the knowledge and skills to progress within a management career.

It’s time to unlock your potential and prepare to manage at a more senior level.

By studying this programme, students will gain: 

  • an in-depth theoretical background in the varying aspects of management.
  • critical and creative thinking skills and the ability to apply theory to practice.
  • problem-solving and decision-making strategies and skills.
  • an opportunity to undertake a work-based research project to analyse an aspect of their organisation.


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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Individual modules will be available from the April 2022 intake, subject to module availability. Please refer to the programme module availability schedule.

Key dates

October 2021 intake
Applications open 28 June 2021
Application deadline 13 September 2021
Registration deadline 27 September 2021
Programme starts 11 October 2021

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.

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.

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 2021 and April 2022 sessions only and are effective from 28 June 2021.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]

    Application fee
    Application fee (non-refundable) £107

    The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip, PGCert or Individual modules taken on a standalone basis. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed.


    Offer Validity

    All offers for this programme are valid for the session in which you apply. If you do not complete registration for the given session then on request we will reissue your offer for the following three subsequent sessions. If you would like your offer reissued then you should contact us. After the subsequent third session the offer has expired, meaning if you would like to then complete registration you would need to submit a new application.

    MSc Management full programme fee* 2021-22
    Band A countries £9000
    Band B countries £12000
    MSc Management indicative totals** 2021-22
    Band A countries £9370
    Band B countries £12457
    Pay per module (MSc, PGDip, PGCert, individual modules) 2021-22
    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 2021-22
    Assessment resit fee £375
    Application fee for recognition of prior learning (per 15 credit module) non-refundable £58

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    More about programme fees.

    *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.

    Over 90 per cent of Birkbeck academics are research-active across a range of disciplines and regularly contribute to public debate and publish in leading academic journals. Management forms one of their particular research strengths.

    Programme Director 

    Nick Pronger is a Director for several programmes and Lecturer in Marketing at Birkbeck, University of London, which he joined in 2010.  

    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. 

    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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