The Cranfield Management MSc is ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world by The Economist WhichMBA? Masters in Management 2017 ranking.

The Management MSc will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to tackle complex business challenges and to prepare you for demanding managerial roles in the future. It includes a distinctive blend of theory with practical application through highly experiential simulations, consulting, competitions and project work. It also offers you the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at a company during a three-month, expenses-paid, in-company internship project.

Overview

  • Start date30 September 2019
  • Duration13 months
  • DeliveryTaught modules (60%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams and group work/presentation. The internship project report / thesis (40%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course.
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time
  • CampusCranfield campus
MSc in Management video
An introduction to the Management MSc

Who is it for?

  • Graduates with a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in management before seeking their first professional role.
  • Early career professionals with a passion for business and aspirations to take their career to the next level. 

Class profile 2018/19*

Gender:
Male 58% - Female 42%
Age Range:
20 - 53 years
Average Age:
24 years
Number of Nationalities: 27
Nationality: UK/EU: 16% - International: 84%
Cohort Size: 116 MiM 86
MENT 15
MCS 15


*The above data combines the 2018/19 class profiles for our three Master’s courses: Management MSc (MiM), Management & Entrepreneurship MSc (MEnt) and Management & Corporate Sustainability MSc (MCS).

Term Dates

Orientation Week:
30 September 2019 – 4 October 2019
Term One:
7 October 2019 – 20 December 2019
Term Two:
13 January 2020 – 27 March 2020
Term Three:
14 April 2020 – 3 July 2020
Term Four:
6 July 2020 – 23 October 2020

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching, result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Teaching at Cranfield is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels and is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges. You will learn to act on evidence in order to make better management decisions. This leadership development journey explores your personality to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

 This course will:

  • Introduce you to managerial economics and enable you to use economic reasoning in managerial decision making, and understand how external environment and internal capabilities shape a firm’s competitive position
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of management science techniques and tools to support management decisions.
  • Develop your management consultancy skills, and enable you apply them while role-playing a management consulting team working on a genuine business issue, competing against other teams.
  • Engage you in gaining a better understanding of how corporate action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business strategies.
  • Gain an understanding of operations management and its contribution to organisational competitiveness, the ‘human factor’ element and how people behave within organisations, together with strategic marketing and management.

The internship provides invaluable practical work experience, and many of our graduates have been offered positions within the companies they completed their internship with.

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Aditya Pai

The highlight of the course for me was the balance of theory that we learnt and being taught how that theory can be applied in the real world. Modules such as Management Consulting allowed us to use what we had learnt and we then had the opportunity to apply it to a real business challenge. So once you have learnt the theory, you have the opportunity to test and apply it.

Aditya Pai, Business Controller, Telia Company, Management MSc alumnus, 2017

Informed by Industry

An external advisory panel informs the design and development of the course, and comprises senior management practitioners, reinforcing its relevance to the modern business world. Many of our faculty have held senior positions in industry and continue to engage with industry through consultancy and teaching. They are also supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom.

You will benefit from our close links with business through international case studies, a management consultancy simulation, visiting speakers providing an overview of the challenges they are facing and through the three-month internship project in the final term.

Teaching team

Our faculty are committed to improving the practice of management. As leaders in their field with hands-on business experience, they understand the challenges of putting theory into practice. Their experience is reinforced by close links with organisations through consultancy projects, teaching on executive development programmes and sponsored research. This ensures that what you learn at Cranfield is always current and cutting edge.

Accreditation

The Cranfield Management MSc is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree. This provides the opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving the CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree. 

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.  It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, and has a 100,000+ membership.

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Course details

The course comprises ten core modules and three elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. The ‘Effective Cross-Cultural Management’ elective takes place in Granada, Spain, and provides the opportunity for you to fully immerse yourself in Spanish culture while obtaining theoretical knowledge around cross-cultural management. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an individual thesis project which is in-company or Cranfield led. The topics covered in this three-month internship project cover a broad range of areas.


Internship

The final thesis element of the programme requires you to undertake a major research project in association with a three-month internship placement with a partner company.

The internship placement will provide you with the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience and apply what you have learnt during the course in an organisational environment. You will deepen your management knowledge and gain the potential to build a network of contacts.

Internship project case studies

Assessment

Taught modules (60%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams and group work/presentation. The internship project report / thesis (40%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course.

School of Management Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which run in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Economics for Managers

Module Leader
  • Professor Catarina Figueira
Aim

    To introduce the concepts and techniques associated with Managerial Economics, i.e., Microeconomics (e.g. market analysis, price theory, rationality) and Macroeconomics (e.g. inflation, exchange rates and interest rates).

Syllabus
    • The initial few sessions are spent on discussion of the concept of equilibrium as it applies to the micro and macro structures of a broad range of financial markets.
    • In the next four sessions, an understanding of choice theory and rational economic decision making as it applies to the levels and structure of prices of assets in a broad range of financial markets is developed.
    • Finally, remaining sessions are devoted to discussion of the concepts and ideas in macroeconomics which have a direct relevance to financial markets. Particularly, discussion is centered around the understanding of monetary economics and the institutional context to which it applies. Discussion of structure of money and capital markets rounds up this module.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Employ economic reasoning when making choices in the use of resources.
  2. Recognise the importance of marginal analysis and diminishing returns in the context of business and consumer decisions.
  3. Appreciate the various objectives which different firms may pursue and the consequent impact on managerial decisions, including those relating to price and output levels.
  4. Analyse both the external environment and the internal capabilities of a firm and understand the forces shaping the firm’s competitive environment.
  5. Recognise the importance of developments in the macroeconomy for management and business performance. 

By the end of this course, you should exhibit:

  • An ability to use economic theory.
  • An ability to use relevant geometric and quantitative models to explain and analyse monetary and financial phenomena.
  • An ability to apply economic theory to real world problems, e.g., via case study analysis.

Management Consulting

Module Leader
  • Dr Monica Franco-Santos
Aim

    This is an integrative module allowing you to develop management consulting skills and apply their learning in a practical manner. You will work in their consulting teams and will role-play as a management consulting team, competing against the other teams. All teams will address the same business challenge: a genuine business issue in a particular company. You will have a set of taught sessions on the ‘art and craft’ of management consulting. In parallel, they will work with their consulting teams to address the case company business challenge. They will have three weeks to understand the problem; gather the relevant data; use appropriate tools/frameworks and propose innovative, pragmatic and achievable solutions

Syllabus

    This module comprises conceptual knowledge about the foundations of management consulting and practical knowledge developed through a real-life case exercise. The module includes teaching sessions focused on the following

    Consulting skills

    • Listening
    • Communication
    • Persuasion
    • Problem solving
    • Negotiation
    • Decision-making

    Consulting process

    • Diagnostic phase
    • Data collection phase
    • Design phase
    • Implementation phase
    • Education phase
Intended learning outcomes

This module is intended to enable students to develop critical management consulting skills and apply them in the context of a real-life business problem. By the end of this module students should be able to:

  1. Identify and critically examine managerial problems and provide innovative ideas to address them generating change and improvement
  2. Apply the theories, frameworks and perspectives learnt in other modules.
  3. Explain and critically assess relevant processes, concepts and methods involved in management consulting projects.
  4. Recognise how to develop strong trust-based relationships with external and internal clients and their stakeholders.
  5. Practice critical thinking and systems thinking to diagnose problems and design potential solutions
  6. Present ideas effectively to an audience of business executives

Leading Corporate Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Rosina Watson
  • Professor Hugh Wilson
Aim

    Global sustainability challenges are shaping the way business operates in the 21st century. Businesses are under increasing pressure from multiple stakeholders (for e.g. shareholders, customers, employees, society) to manage their positive and negative impacts with clear responsibility and strategic intent.  Leading firms are choosing to respond to these challenges by generating sustainable value propositions to ultimately drive competitive advantage. For many this has meant re-engaging at the level of purpose and re-addressing their role in wider society and for human well-being.

    This module outlines the major sustainability challenges and explores the capabilities organisations require need to respond positively to them. It will engage students in gaining a better understanding of how corporate action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business strategies. In doing so, it will demand management students (as future business managers and leaders) to reflect on the long-standing debate about whether or not ‘the business of business, is still business?

Syllabus

    The content is organised around the sustainability management ‘compass’ below:

    Leading Corporate Sustainability

    The course content is structured as follows:

    Part 1: Setting the context

    Context setting

    • What is managing corporate sustainability?
    • Social and environmental trends

    The role of business

    • What is the role of business?
    • Challenges and opportunities for business

    Exploring possible futures

    • Playing ‘The Game of Life 2050;’ an interactive future sustainable scenario board game

    Part 2: Developing the capabilities

    • Creating a vision
    • Formulating and implementing strategy
    • Innovating
    • Working with stakeholders
    • Collaborating
    • Valuing
    • Leading

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Identify global environmental and social trends and relate how these present both challenges and opportunities to business
  2. Explain why businesses need to respond to these challenges and opportunities and assess the capabilities they require to do so
  3. Classify the potential stakeholder groups businesses can work with to develop and implement their sustainability strategies and compare collaboration approaches
  4. Consider the role of personal leadership in an organization’s values, strategic direction and ability to execute its sustainability strategy
  5. Critically assess the content and reporting of businesses’ sustainability strategies
  6. Design and recommend a sustainability-oriented innovation for a selected business.

Managing Operations

Module Leader
  • Dr Abdelkader Aoufi
Aim
Syllabus

    The module covers:

    • Strategic role of operations
    • Process design and layout
    • Managing the process experience
    • Tools and techniques of process improvement
    • Capacity management
    • Inventory management, lean and agile operations
    • Quality management and improvement
    • People in operations
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Examine the different types of operations employed by organisations and their distinctive characteristics.
  2. Analyse the capabilities of different types of operation including the trade-offs involved.
  3. Show how to select the priorities for operational performance improvement and how to implement them.

Organisational Behaviour: Application

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Kwiatkowski
Aim

    Introduction: success in management, particularly at senior levels in organisations, depends on understanding organisations, the people in them and the relationship between the internal and external environments within which they exist; and in ensuring that they work effectively. 

    Organisations are run by and for people, and the success or failure of an organisation depends on the people in that organisation. 

    It is rarely an absence of planning that causes organisational difficulties; rather it is the failure of management in understanding and managing complex personal and interpersonal systems that can lead to significant problems.

    Similarly an acute and critical understanding of these dynamic relationships can lead to profound and enduring success and benefit for the individual, the team, the organisation and wider society.

    In this module students will be introduced to various aspects of people and organisations.  This module combines models, theories and ideas from organisational behaviour, psychology, and sociology in order to provide students with a basic understanding in recognising, understanding and utilising what has been termed the "human factor" in organisations; including ways of conceptualising organisations and how people behave within them.  We shall consider the impact of the external environment; and address notions of organisational change.

    This module is necessarily an introduction; further suggestions of reading and of consequent activities will be provided. 

    It may also be that students will wish to undertake a project in this area; several of the faculty involved will be pleased to discuss this with you.

Syllabus
    • Culture
    • Development
    • Diversity
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Individual and Organisational Change
    • Individual differences
    • Introduction to People and Organisations
    • Leadership
    • Learning
    • Motivation
    • Negotiation, influence & persuasion
    • Performance Management
    • Personality
    • Politics
    • Self Awareness
    • Stress, Resilience, Well-being
    • The Individual and the Team
    • Values
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply a number of different ways of conceptualising people in organisations, including culture, ethics, well-being, diversity, politics, management, performance and change
  2. Assess the importance of relationships at work, group dynamics, effective teams and leadership in achieving effectiveness
  3. Critically engage with various relevant models, theories and ideas in order to enhance personal capability, including identification of gaps in knowledge, skills, and competence, linking to insights regarding one’s personal and professional development agenda, based on sound data and experience

Marketing Management

Module Leader
  • Professor Emma Macdonald
Aim

    A crucial competence for general managers is an understanding of marketing strategy: in simple terms, analysing how a marketplace of customers can be divided into segments, which of these segments are key targets for the firm, determining the firm’s optimal value proposition for each segment is, and what financial results can be expected over a planning period of typically 1-3 years. This module teaches Cranfield’s world-leading step-by-step process for developing such a marketing strategy and documenting it in a marketing plan. This process has been developed with hundreds of blue-chip companies worldwide over the last 30 years, informed by several Cranfield PhDs on the topic which have studied what works in practice. This planning process  is documented in the world’s leading textbook on the topic, McDonald & Wilson’s Marketing Plans, which has sold over half a million copies. This book is used as the course text and students are strongly advised to acquire a copy from the library or through purchase to help bridge from the course to planning for real in their subsequent management roles.

Syllabus
    • Strategic marketing in context
    • 10 steps of the strategic marketing planning process
    • Mission statements and organisational objectives
    • The marketing audit and analytical tools
    • Market maps and market segmentation
    • SWOT analysis
    • The Directional Policy Matrix
    • Marketing objectives and strategies
    • Product and pricing strategy.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Understand the evolution and role of marketing and be able to describe the characteristics of a customer-centric organization.
  2. Appreciate a series of marketing strategy tools and techniques and their application in practice.
  3. Recognise a successful marketing planning process including the importance of including managers from across functional areas of the business in the marketing planning process.
  4. Understand how to structure and prepare a comprehensive written strategic marketing plan for a senior management audience.
  5. Evaluate the quality of marketing analyses and strategies prepared by others.

Evidence-based Management

Module Leader
  • Valentina Battista
Aim

    The module is primarily designed to provide students with an understanding of what is required to conduct research in business contexts considering that todays’ managers

    • are paid to make decisions
    • are expected to make ‘informed’ decisions (i.e. based on evidence)
    • are evaluated on the basis of the outcomes from their decisions. 

    Therefore, understanding the process of producing evidence will ensure students to have the core skills to inform management decisions.

Syllabus

    The Research Process

    • Defining management problems and articulating research questions
    • Conducting a literature review.

    Qualitative Research Methods

    • Interviews and focus groups in qualitative research
    • Qualitative data analysis: using NVivo.

    Quantitative Research

    • Designing questionnaires and conducting surveys
    • Quantitative data analysis: using IBM SPSS statistics.

    Presenting research evidence

    • Translating data into information to support management decisions.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Articulate and defining management problems.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate academic literature in order to inform decisions.
  3. Assess and select appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data collection methods.
  4. Choose and apply appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis.
  5. Translate data into information to provide evidence for management decision making.
  6. Utilise quantitative and qualitative analysis software.

Strategic Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Schoenberg
Aim

    Strategic Management is concerned with the direction and scope of the organisation.  This involves determining the purpose of the organisation, establishing objectives and formulating strategies to achieve the objectives. It predominantly explores how an organisation positions itself with regard to its changing environment, and in particular its competitors, in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage. This means that strategic management considers how an organisation’s internal resources and capabilities can be developed to meet the changing demands of customers, in such a way as to achieve the expectations and objectives of its stakeholders. 

    An introduction to the Strategic Management module

    Imran Zawrar

Syllabus

    On successful completion of this module you should be able to: 

    1. Describe the key questions and associated challenges to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s competitive and corporate-level strategies.
    2. Appreciate that to sustain competitive advantage an organisation must harness its internal resources and capabilities and react appropriately to changes in its external environment.
    3. Appraise and differentiate between corporate, competitive (business unit) and functional strategies.
    4. Critically apply a range of tools and techniques to illuminate the key questions of competitive strategy and corporate strategy.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the key questions and associated challenges to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s competitive and corporate-level strategies.
  • Appreciate that to sustain competitive advantage an organisation must harness its internal resources and capabilities and react appropriately to changes in its external environment.
  • Appraise and differentiate between corporate, competitive (business unit) and functional strategies.
  • Critically apply a range of tools and techniques to illuminate the key questions of competitive strategy and corporate strategy

Accounting and Finance

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar
Aim

    The aim of the Accounting and Finance module is to introduce a number of traditional and contemporary accounting approaches that will increase the visibility of financial information and support management decision making.

Syllabus
    • Interpretation of financial statements;
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information, management decision making, financial strategies, and financial performance;
    • Applying traditional and contemporary accounting tools and techniques, which can be applied to support business management decisions;
    • Exploring the many cost trade-offs between business processes (Make v Buy).

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. To judge the effect of decisions, transactions and events on financial performance;
  2. To create simple sets of accounts from basic information.
  3. To understand the main variables affecting working capital management;
  4. To interpret financial statements to support decision making, planning and control;
  5. To apply an appropriate costing approaches to solve a range of business issues;
  6. To apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise alternative capital investment opportunities;
  7. To use financial information to make informed management decisions

People Management and Leadership

Module Leader
  • Professor Michael Dickmann
Aim

    In essence this module is concerned with managing the organisation’s key resource – the people who work for it. It aims to help participants understand how effective people management and human resource management can contribute to develop and sustain organisations. The focus of the module will be concerned with helping participants understand the relationship between people management and organisational performance, including the crucial role of line managers. The module aims to develop an insight into the complexities of managing people in a changing environment.

    The module will provide an introduction to the main activities associated with resourcing, developing and day–to-day management of people in work organisations. It is not the intention of the module to develop human resource management specialist, but rather to provide a general introduction to the people management issues that concern all managers. Throughout, the sessions will be highly interactive in order to develop critical insight and core skills in the people management field.

    The module will draw on key academic contributions in the broad field of people management, including current research being carried out by faculty in the School of Management. 


Syllabus
    1. Strategic People Management and Workforce Design
    2. The Changing World of Work
    3. Talent Sourcing
    4. Talent Development  and Succession Planning
    5. Rewards and Remuneration
    6. Managing Performance
    7. Employment Relations
    8. Employment Law: Health and safety, grievance, discipline and dismissal
    9. Building a People Strategy

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Have a critical appreciation of the role and scope of people management activities
  2. Be familiar with the complex range of established models and factors which influence choices made in the management of people
  3. Have undertaken critical analyses of a range of people management issues and have made considered, informed proposals to address them.
  4. Understand what constitutes strategic approaches to human resource management and their relationship with business strategies and is able to assess the contribution the people resource makes to developing and sustaining organisations

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Entrepreneurship

Module Leader
  • Dr Oksana Koryak
Aim

    The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant for the management of new ventures across the entrepreneurial life cycle. The course will also act to prepare students who want to undertake an internship for a new venture as part of their thesis on the MSc in Management.

    Watch an introduction to the Entrepreneurship module.

    ENTR


Syllabus
    • Entrepreneurial Process
    • Idea Generation and Opportunity Recognition
    • Intellectual Property Protection
    • Industry and Market Analysis
    • Strategy and Business Model Analysis
    • Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Team
    • Resourcing and Finance: preparing financial projections and funding the venture
    • Managing venture’s evolution and growth
    • Business Planning
    • The Entrepreneurial Profile and Self-Assessment

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Assess the impact of the business environment on entrepreneurial opportunity identification and exploitation.
  2. Identify and analyse the determinants of the performance of new ventures.
  3. Critically apply the theoretical underpinning of entrepreneurship to the process of managing risk in new ventures and supporting their development.
  4. Critically evaluate their own motivation and skills as they relate to entrepreneurship.
  5. Compare and contrast how managerial challenges vary across the life cycle of an entrepreneurial venture.
  6. Assess the likely financial needs of a new venture and pitch for finance.
  7. Perform due diligence on new ventures.
  8. Develop and write a credible business plan for a new venture.

Disruptive Innovation

Aim

    This module introduces disruptive innovation and sets out why it is a distinctive form of innovation. The core theory underpinning the topic is introduced along with the rationale for adopting a contrasting approach to that used for managing incremental innovation. The module presents a range of practical tools to support organisations in building strategic competences that enable them to recognise, create or react to disruptive innovation. The module reviews how disruptive innovation applies, individually or in combination, to technology, processes, services and business models.

    A core element of the module will be a simulation of an innovation project. The project’s aim will be to develop an innovative product that has potential to be disruptive to the existing market. The simulation will involve team-based activities that equip you with practical tools and hands-on experience. The assessment requires a critical reflection on the experience of using various techniques for managing disruptive innovation within the simulation.

    During the module the knowledge and skills required for the simulation will be introduced through a combination of lectures, cases studies and other activities. These will introduce both theoretical elements of the module but also practical techniques that can then be applied within the simulation.

Syllabus
    • Identifying and analysing recent, relevant literature that informs an understanding of an organisational capability in innovation, for example through the individual capabilities supporting the Pentathlon framework.
    • Understand the nature of disruptive Innovation: what is it, and why is it necessary?
    • Understanding how coordinated development effort across a combination of goods, technologies, services and business models can result in disruptive innovation.
    • Use and reflect on specific approaches and techniques that underpin an innovation capability, for example:
      1. Understanding, classifying and prioritising customer needs using the Kano model.
      2. Planning technology and is development trajectories using techniques such as environmental analysis, technology roadmapping, and other foresight techniques.
      3. Analysis and design of services using techniques such as service blueprints.
      4. Analysis and design of business models using techniques such as the business model canvas.
      5. Prioritisation of projects within the innovation pipeline.
      6. Management of the new product development process.
      7. Evaluation of an innovation in terms of its disruptive potential.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Examine the key capabilities, and their interrelationships, that underpin an organisational capability in innovation.
  2. Critically apply and review the theoretical underpinning of innovation management to the process through which innovative technologies, services and business models are developed.
  3. Explain how disruptive innovation might be distinct from other forms of innovation and test whether a specific innovation has disruptive qualities.
  4. Analyse how an organisation’s approach to the innovation process influences the types of innovation created.
  5. Evaluate the use of a range of techniques that enable disruptive elements of an innovation to be analysed and communicated in terms of the contribution of technological, process and business model innovation.
  6. Reflect on the experience of planning an innovation project and critically review the extent to which the new product has disruptive potential.

This module will also develop a potential foundation for a dissertation. A dissertation could draw on the module content to inform the development of an innovation that has been proposed or is currently in development. A dissertation could focus on various aspects of a disruptive innovation, for example, to analyse and understand the relationship between organisational environment and innovation type (disruptive vs. incremental) or to evaluate a set of potential scenarios for development of an innovation. 

Mastering Project Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Elmar Kutsch
Aim

    In many organisations, projects are the units of work by which the organisation operates, and value is delivered. In organisations where functional departments dominate the organisational design, strategic and change projects are run across these functions. Currently, there is a heightened emphasis on delivery within both government and industry with a widespread expectation that the approach of managing through projects will provide assurance in such delivery. It is an interesting challenge that this expectation is often not matched by performance.

    This elective focusses on the following module aims:

    • Develop a robust baseline of knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of project management;
    • Introduce key theories, principles, processes, tools and techniques underpinning project management;
    • Raise critical awareness of common methods and other guidance for practical application;
    • You to demonstrate your learning in planning for a simulated project.  

    Watch an introduction to the Mastering Project Management module.

    MPM

Syllabus

    The module covers:

    • Project management concepts
    • Project organisation structures,
    • Manage Complexity
    • People in projects: leadership, teams and roles
    • Project definition & approval
    • Risk management
    • Estimating
    • Information, coordination & control
    • Earned value management
    • Project closure and lessons  
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Have familiarity with the relevant project management related techniques.
  • Assess appropriate use of a range of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills to a project from its inception to completion.
  • Practical planning and execution of a project in ‘real-time’.
  • Leading and/or performing as a member of a project team. 
  • Collective decision making under the influence of uncertainty.

The main objective of this elective is to demonstrate the basics of planning and execution in an environment characterised by uncertainty. Project managers need general management skills, along with a knack for problem solving. Project managers are there to plan and manage the work. You will slip in the role of a project manager - Be a Leader and a Manager, be a Problem Solver, be a Negotiator and Influencer, be an Excellent Communicator, be a Good Organiser, and be a Competent and Consistent Planner.

Organisational Performance: Direction, Control and Measurement

Module Leader
  • Professor Michael Bourne
Aim

    The module is designed to give you a thorough understanding of what is meant by organisational performance and the theories of control, performance measurement and management. The module will encourage you to consider the applications of direction setting and management control systems, why organisations measure, how performance measure set direction and how performance is delivered.

    The aims of this module are twofold:

    • For you to fully understand what is organisational performance in different areas and levels of an organisation.
    • For you to fully understand theories of control and performance measurement and to equipped them to critique and apply systems in different organisations.

    Watch and introduction to the Organisational Performance: Direction Performance and Measurement module.

    OPM

Syllabus

    The module covers:

    Direction and Control

    • Control theory and control systems
    • Direction setting and levers of control
    • Strategic control of an organisation
    • Management control within an organisation
    • Operational control within an organisation
    • Financial control for an organisation

    Managing Performance

    • What is performance?
    • What is performance measurement?
    • What is performance management?
    • The view of performance by different functional groups
    • What is a performance management system?
    • Quantification vs holistic views of reality
    • Reasons for managing performance
    • Managing risk to improve organisational performance
    • The effects of creating a performance management system

    Measuring Performance

    • Reasons for measuring
    • Performance measurement frameworks
    • Elements of a performance measurement system
    • Defining performance measures - the PM record sheet
    • Quantitative versus qualitative measures
    • Measuring intangibles
    • Interpreting financial measures and data
    • Reporting procedures – internal and external disclosure
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Demonstrate a critical awareness of :

  • The different categories of performance and what is meant by performance measurement, management, direction setting and control.
  • How different functions, such as HR, Finance and Marketing, view organisational performance.
  • The effects control systems can have on an organisation.
  • The ontology of performance, theories of control and measurement.

Critically assess:

  • The difference between quantifying performance and viewing performance as a holistic system.
  • The differences between efficiency and effectiveness.
  • The different techniques used to direct and control performance at different levels within the organisation.
  • How managing risk can improve organisational performance.
  • The role of corporate governance in the management of organisational performance.
  • Financial measures, qualitative measures and their application to intangible resources.
  • The underpinnings of control theory.
  • Apply the key principles taught to the design of control systems, goal setting and the measures employed.
  • Contribute to planning and budgeting cycles within an organisation.
  • Contribute to risk management policies within an organisation.

Supply Chain Management

Aim

    The aim of the module is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge about:

    • The principles, elements, and performance dimensions of logistics and supply chain management.
    • The strategies used by companies when managing their supply chains by considering the types of products and the specifications of market. 
    • The procurement, sourcing, and manufacturing strategies applied by companies.
    • The principles and performance dimensions of physical distribution of products, and the strategies used by companies when managing their distribution networks. 
    • The role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in managing logistics and supply chain operations.
    • The importance of logistics and supply chain management in eCommerce. 

    Watch an introduction to the Supply Chain Management module.

    LSCM

Syllabus

    The module comprises the following sessions:

    • Supply chain principles and strategies.
    • Physical distribution strategies.
    • Sustainability of logistics and supply chain operations.
    • Procurement strategies.
    • Manufacturing strategies.
    • The role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    • Integration and inter-organisational collaboration in supply chain.
    • eCommerce and supply chain management.
    • Past, present, and future of supply chain management. 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate the principles and concepts related to logistics and supply chain management.
  • Explain the principles of global sourcing and supply chain network design and discuss the interaction between the elements of supply networks.
  • Identify the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the overall competitive strategy of supply chains.
  • Formulate ways to improve supply chain integration internally and externally across companies to improve supply chain performance in terms of time, cost and service quality.
  • Identify the role of logistics and supply chain management in eCommerce and recognise the changes made to the logistics industry by development of eCommerce.
  • Explain the contemporary issues and strategies in supply chain management and logistics.

Effective Cross-Cultural Management

Module Leader
  • Professor Michael Dickmann
Aim

    Taking place each year in Granada, Spain, this module explores management and leadership issues arising from working with different cultures in a domestic or international context and enables students to more successfully manage a range of cross-cultural challenges. It does so using a blend of practical examples, research-based theories and experiential teaching methods.

    An introduction to the Effective Cross-Cultural Management module.

    Effective Cross-Cultural Management elective

Syllabus

    This module involves:

    • General Cultural Frameworks and Theories – Analysing Basic Assumptions and the Impact on Cross-Cultural Management.
    • The Key Culture Writers – Evaluating the Differences.
    • Improving Cross-Cultural Communication – Avoiding the Pitfalls.
    • Effective Cross-Cultural Career and Talent Management – Designing Leadership Development for Global Work.
    • Appropriate Behaviours and Positive Emotions – Managing cross-cultural adjustment processes.
    • Organisational Structures of MNCs – Analysing Cross-National Strategies, Structures and Decision-Processes.
    • Applying the Insights – Improving Cross-Cultural Negotiations.
    • Reflection - Key Criticisms to Cultural Frameworks and Personal Takeaways.

    Throughout, the interface between individuals and national/organisational culture will be explored. You will be encouraged to reflect personally on the adjustment required in order to develop effective supranational skills, knowledge, behaviours and social networks.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and apply the key cultural frameworks in order to operate with appropriate sensitivity and responsiveness in cross-cultural situations.
  • Develop appropriate negotiation approaches to exercise influence and persuasion in cross-cultural management situations and to assert viewpoints in a culturally sensitive way, avoiding offence and misunderstanding.
  • Recognise the limitations of their own cross-cultural knowledge and capabilities and critically assess how to tackle those limitations and to evaluate their own cultural adjustment approaches.
  • Devise an effective talent management approach geared to create leaders with cultural intelligence.
  • Critically analyse the advantages and limitations of cultural research.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (24 July 2018).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £15,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • For self funded students a non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.


MSc Full-time £26,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • For self funded students a non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.


Funding Opportunities

Specific funding opportunities for this course

Cranfield Scholarships

We have a number of Cranfield Scholarships available for UK/EU candidates. These are awarded at the course director's discretion and are based on merit as well as considerations of financial need. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate so in in the financial details section of your application.

The Spotcap Fintech Fellowship

The Spotcap Fintech Fellowship is worth £8,000 for UK students pursuing a postgraduate degree in study related to financial technology.

Additional scholarships and bursaries

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have collated details of a range of scholarships and bursaries available which contribute towards fees and/or living costs for graduates applying for full-time Masters courses in business and management.

Find out more

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline, or
  • international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered if they have a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) together with 5 years' post-qualification relevant work experience. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements for further study at Cranfield School of Management.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - pass

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Cranfield graduates are highly valued in the job market and aim for careers including consultancy, project management and business operations. Our Management MSc graduates have secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Virgin Active Group, Whirlpool, BNP Paribas, IKEA, Skanska, Withers Worldwide, Grant Thornton, Vodaphone and Ericsson. Their roles have included Project Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Consultancy Analyst and Sales Trader.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).

How to apply

Our students do not always fit traditional academic or career paths. We consider this to be a positive aspect of diversity, not a hurdle. We are looking for a body of professional learners who have a wide range of experiences to share. If you are unsure of your suitability for our Management MSc programme we are happy to review your details and give you feedback before you make a formal application.

To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Application deadlines

There is a high demand for places on our courses and we recommend you submit your application as early as possible. The following application deadlines apply for entry to the course in September 2019.

  • Applicants domiciled in mainland China must submit their applications by 30 April 2019
  • Applicants from all other international students requiring a visa to study in the UK must submit their application by 30 June 2019
  • There is no application deadline for Home/EU applicants, but places are limited so we recommend you submit your application as early as possible

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.