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Studienverlauf des MSc-Programms

Das Leeds MSc in Business Management Studium ist modular aufgebaut und umfasst 90 ECTS Punkte. Die Module finden im Abstand von ca. 3 Wochen jeweils am Wochenende von Freitagnachmittag bis Sonntag statt. Am Ende des Studiums verfassen Sie eine Masterthesis.


Months 1-6 Phase 1
On-campus modules
& The Leeds Week
  1. Introduction
  2. Managing Change
  3. Executive Skills I
  4. Operations Management
  5. Accounting for Managers

one-week excursion to Leeds (optional)
Months 7-15 Phase 2
On-campus modules + Advanced courses in special interest areas and for master's project preparation
  1. Marketing Management
  2. Research Methods I
  3. International Business
  4. Digital-Business
  5. Human Resource Management
    An International Perspective
  6. Strategic Management
  7. Research Methods II & Projekt Module Workshop
Months 15-21 Phase 3
  1. Executive Skills II
In addition to the modules, you will also be required to undertake a project assigned to relate theory to practice and apply learning from the modules to a real business management topic.
Master's Project and Graduation Graduation (December)
The Degree »Master of Science in Business Management« will be awarded to you by the AACSB-, EQUIS- and AMBA-accredited Leeds University Business School in a formal ceremony in Leeds, England.

Modulbeschreibungen & Modulprüfungen

Managing Change

The module examines theories of change and development as they apply to organisations, groupsand individuals and examines the way in which different theoretical perspectives on change arereflected in the range of approaches that can be applied to the diagnosis and solving of problems inorganisations. Attention is given to the critical issues that need to be considered when developing aplan for change, such as stakeholder management, communication, motivating others to change,training and development, maintaining control during the change process, and choice andsequencing of interventions. Attention is also given to change agency and styles of intervention.

This module is designed to help you:

  • Develop your investigative and diagnostic skills so that you will be more effective in assessingwhat is going on in organisations;
  • Extend your ability to manage issues arising from internally planned and externally imposedorganisational changes;
  • Improve your awareness of how people can facilitate or resist change and extend your abilityto manage the human resource in the context of change.

Executive Skills

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity for prompted reaction and planned action through reflection on their executive, primarily, social skills at work. This reflection is then transformedby students into an audit of skills, comprising an identification of future skill needs and the development of a plan to develop relevant skills. The module invites students to carry out career development and career planning in line with development on the programme.

Operations Management

This module aims to develop knowledge and expertise in managing operations and processes. It assesses and solves contemporary operations and supply chain problems via the application of contemporary operations management and supply chain management theories, models and tools. Key learning is developed through team-based activities to apply related theories and tools for assessing various operations and supply chain problems.

  • Indicative contents- Operations management and strategy
  • Product and process design
  • Layout, flow and process technology
  • Capacity planning and management
  • Quality planning management
  • Inventory management
  • Project planning and control
  • People job design and organisation
  • Logistics management
  • Supply chain management
  • Operations improvement
  • Sustainable operations management

Accounting for Managers

By the end of the module, participants will:

  • be familiar with the meaning of (most) accounting terminology
  • be aware of the types of financial statements that are included in a published set of accounts,and have developed an understanding of how these statements are produced;
  • be able to interpret financial information;
  • be able to understand the distinction between accounting information produced for externalpublication in the form of financial statements, and accounting information produced for theinternal purposes of planning, decision-making, control and performance measurement;
  • be able to apply principles associated with the analysis of cost behaviour, the assessment ofthe viability of short and long-term projects, and the analysis of deviations between actual and budgeted results.
  • Introduction to accounting and financial terminology, principles and regulations;
  • Introduction to the meaning and preparation of the basic financial statements, profit and lossaccount, balance sheet and cash flow statement;
  • Valuation issues in accounting;
  • Analysis and interpretation of accounting information;
  • Principles of absorption and activity-based costing;
  • Cost-volume-profit analysis;
  • Capital investment appraisal;
  • Quantitative and qualitative aspects of budgeting;
  • Relevant costs and benefits for short-term decision-making.

Marketing Management

On completion of the module, participants will be aware of the major concepts of marketing and thedecision elements involved in the foundation of an effective marketing plan: emphasis is placed on the operational mechanisms required to translate marketing concepts into successful marketingplans. Students will study tools and techniques which analyse environmental and competitive forces, segmentation, targeting and positioning, product and pricing strategies, distribution and persuasion.

In the context of accelerating environmental change and competitive dynamics, a study of marketing is crucial to guide organisations on where to compete (the targeting decisions) and how to compete (the competitive advantage decision). The module explores the marketing environment, marketing culture and customer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, competitor analysis, product policy and innovation, pricing, distribution and communications.

International Business

This module aims to help students develop the skills required to analyse and explain the coreconcepts of international business strategy, the constraints upon it, its uncertainties and the potentialfor international expansion. The module also analyses how international knowledge-transfer andinnovation strategies enable multinational enterprises to enhance their competitiveness andperformance in the global economy.

  • International Business Theory
  • International Business Environment
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Cooperation and Competition in the Global Economy
  • Innovation in the Multinational Firm
  • Managing International NetworksInternational Knowledge Transfer
  • The Global Factory
  • Foreign Market Entry

HRM: Am International Perspective

This course seeks to provide participants with an understanding of the main principles and developments in human resource management (HRM) in an international context. By the end of the module the student should be able to understand the context of HRM, the core components of HRM and their relationship and application in the international environment. The student should gain awareness of the diverse range of issues that emerge within HRM, and the varied patterns of people management that currently exist.

The major topics to be covered on the course include:

  • What is HRM
  • Strategy and International HRM
  • Employee Involvement
  • Strategies for Teamworking
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Pay and Reward Systems
  • HRM and Employee Relations
  • Training and Development
  • Gender and Diversity at Work
  • HRM and Organisational Performance


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of electronic business;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of electronic business for individuals,organisations and society;
  • identify the likely implications of electronic business for different business sectors;
  • identify barriers to the growth of electronic business;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to exploit electronic business in a chosen organisationor business sector.

Strategic Management

This module aims to provide coverage of principles of strategic management and addresses the key theoretical and practical issues related to the subject, considering differing perspectives and academic debates. It aims to develop strategic thinking within an understood context of strategic decision-making and the ability to evaluate risks and benefits from options presented, appreciating the uncertainties inherent in such choices. The module serves as a capstone for students on the programme, integrating the various subjects and disciplines covered.

The module contains the following elements:

  • History and introduction to the subject, including definitions of terms.
  • Strategic aims and organisational purpose
  • Macro environmental features
  • The competitive environment
  • Resources and capabilities
  • Business level strategy
  • Corporate level strategy
  • International strategy
  • Culture, stakeholders and leadership
  • Strategy making process

Research Methods

This course aims to give participants a sound grounding in research methods at the level necessary to:

  • facilitate their undertaking of a research project to meet the requirements of the Project module
  • allow them to use and evaluate research methods in a business environment.

On completion of this module participants should have:

  • a critical awareness of alternative research methods
  • the ability to design a research project and write a research proposal
  • the ability to locate relevant literature for a project
  • an understanding of potential data collection methods
  • an understanding of potential data analysis methods
  • the ability to evaluate research strategies, data collection methods and data analysis methods inthe context of a particular project.

Project / Masterthesis

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to further develop understanding of organisations and their management within an integrated conceptual and empirical framework; develop critical understanding of relevant theoretical and empirical literature in a focused area relating to organisations and their management; and acquire and apply skills and knowledge to investigate a specific research question and hence demonstrate the potential to independently research. These are combined in a learning experience that is relevant to students' personal needs and aspirations and contributes to future career and professional development.

Identify, define and explore a management or business issue of more than day-to-day significance;develop and implement an appropriate methodology; gather, analyse and interpret relevant data,combine academic depth with an appreciation of relevant practical and business or managementissues. The MSc Project is in many ways the culmination of the programme; hence it is positioned atthe end of the programme. The project provides an opportunity to integrate, apply and further developaspects learned in other parts of the programme.


Managing Change 6 ECTS Assignment
Executive Skills I 3 ECTS Assignment
Operations Management 6 ECTS Assignment
Accouting for Managers 6 ECTS Exam
Marketing Management 6 ECTS Presentation, Exam
International Business 6 ECTS Assignment
HRM: An International Perspective 6 ECTS Assignment
Digital-Business 6 ECTS Assignment
Strategic Management 6 ECTS Exam
Research Methods 6 ECTS Assignment
Executive Skills II 3 ECTS Assignment
Project 15 ECTS Masterthesis