Most management courses provide students a strong foundation in the basics of business, like finance, marketing and strategy. Very few also offer a thorough understanding of sustainability, social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, thus helping students to challenge the way in which businesses ‘think’ and make a positive impact on society.
With this in mind, Manchester Business School (MBS) has launched a new course for the academic year 2011-2012 titled ‘MSc Management.’ The one-year Master’s course is open to applicants from all backgrounds, but primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied business and management.
“The MSc management will enable students to develop the necessary skills to foster different ways of thinking, different ways of viewing and understanding organisations. Students will look at current international business issues in a new light and from a different perspective,” says Gary Davies, professor of Corporate Reputation, Manchester Business School. The course will be taught through lectures, case studies, seminars and group-based project work.
Davies further adds, “Although no prior knowledge of business and management will be assumed, the course will move at a fast pace to bring all participants to the same breadth of understanding. When assessing an applicant’s academic record, we take into account grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where s/he studied.”
As part of the University of Manchester, MBS also offers students an opportunity to work collaboratively across disciplines. The university has a long history of research excellence and boasts of 25 Nobel prize-winners. Incidentally, MBS is the first British business school to open a campus in the US. Commenting on the ambitious move, Michael Luger, dean of the school, said: “Manchester Business School can hold its own with any competitor on its own ground. Our global MBA is seen as more flexible and more in tune with a career than many in the market. Our doctoral programme is consistently ranked in the top five globally leading to its success in North America.”
On how important is it for business schools to have a global footprint, Luger said, “It is as important as it is for companies we partner with and who employ our graduates. We have to follow our markets, which for us mean having more students from outside of the UK and the EU than within. It means being willing to export the MBS experience and to globalise, just as any multinational.”