Our Master's in Management (with Professional Placement) is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in business and management which reflect relevant research, best practice and innovative thinking to enhance your employability.
Designed for those wishing to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to their studies and seeking exposure to the widest possible range of business disciplines, our programme is the first step for you to start an exciting career in business and management.
You do not need to have studied business/management at undergraduate level.
The aim is to produce fully rounded managers by combining a detailed treatment of subjects concerned with the management of organisations including:
Marketing Planning and Strategy
Human Resource Development
Global Technology and Innovation Management
In addition, you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning to your own personal interests or planned career path. You can choose from a range of optional modules as part of our extensive postgraduate management portfolio.
Throughout this programme, you will be exposed to real business practice and learn from real-life examples, and our excellent teaching and collaboration with industry will give you an edge with employers.
The three-month industry placement allows you to build on the professional skills developed during the programme, and boost your practical industry experience prior to going into employment. You'll have opportunities to develop your professional network, apply knowledge to business practices, and prepare for leadership roles in your chosen field.
Placements will be sourced either by yourself or the University, and you'll receive support from our Careers Centre. The onus shall be on you to secure the placement with appropriate support available from the University. Your placement will be assessed by a 10-credit Professional Placement Report, in which you will reflect on the key learnings of your placement.
You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university.
Usual entry requirement is: a UK 2:2 degree or its equivalent in any discipline from an approved higher education institution.
Equivalent professional qualifications will also be eligible if supported with appropriate practical experience. Further information is available in our international section.
Applications are welcome from students with non-standard qualifications or mature students (those over 21 years of age on entry) with significant relevant experience.
English language requirements
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 5.5 overall, with no sub-test below 5.0, and successful completion of an additional six week , which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 80 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 55 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
Exceptionally, holders of a UK degree awarded within 2 years prior to entry to the Bradford programme may be exempt from these English test requirements.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
Learning and assessment
The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of written examinations, assessed coursework, case studies, group projects and multimedia presentations.
Assessment is integrated with learning and teaching to support and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for individual modules and the programme as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the feedback function of formative assessment as part of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy as a whole.
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
AWS Academy program from Amazon Web Services (AWS)
The School of Management has joined the prestigious worldwide AWS Academy program from Amazon Web Services (AWS). All students will be given an opportunity to enhance their employability skills, helping to make them ready for the world of work.
AWS Academy is a global program that provides educational institutions with access to cloud computing content to support student learning in a competitive digital workplace. As a member of the AWS Academy, the University of Bradford will help students become proficient and certified in the use of AWS technologies and ready to join the dynamic cloud IT workforce.
All learners will have the opportunity to seek professional certification with the skills gained through AWS Academy content, delivered by University staff that are AWS Academy accredited.
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
Students registered for postgraduate degrees in the School of Management (SoM) during the 2020/21 academic year will be encouraged to register with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The PMI is the world's leading association for those who consider that project, programme or portfolio management as their profession or for those who see developing skills in this area as being an important additional professional qualification. The school will help support students prepare for this exam through the one-week short course programme which will be delivered in Semester 2. This will be followed by a one-week CAPM revision session to help students prepare for the exam. Any of the School’s MSc students at the beginning of the academic year at Bradford can register as an individual member of the PMI. This will give students access to a range of learning materials on the PMI website. Towards the end of the taught MSc programme at the School of Management, students will be supported to register for the PMI’s CAPM exam which is a three-hour multiple-choice assessment. Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance credibility and effectiveness working on projects or with project teams.
Our graduates are highly sought after for careers in management, consultancy or advanced management studies.
You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.
Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area
These are in addition to the wide range of student support that is offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
The strong research culture of the School of Management faculty informs the teaching and learning of our students.
Our extensive industry networks provide the avenue for application of this knowledge.