MA in Management


Our MA in Management Programme

This Masters programme is designed to provide graduates from many disciplines with a broad introduction to all aspects of management, including: finance, human resources, operational management, strategy and information management. The subject is studied in an international context, reflecting the reality of the global economy in which organisations operate. You will be able to specialise in particular areas of interest in the second term.

The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake a range of management roles in private and public sector organisations and we hope will complement knowledge and skills gained in previous studies.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Term 1

Term 2

Example Option Modules

Choice of 2 from: 

Term 3



Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer

Entry Requirements

What you'll need

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any subject, or, alternatively, a good 2:2 (or equivalent) with at least two years relevant work experience. Please note that preference may be given to students with some prior study of business management.

For students whose first language is not English, we normally require evidence of English language ability.  

Please contact the postgraduate administrator if you would like clarification of your eligibility for any of the Masters programmes.

Country-specific information

Find out about entry requirements, funding opportunities and forthcoming visits to your country. Students and graduates also share their experiences of studying and living in York.

Country-specific information


English Language requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

Acceptable qualifications for Managment Master programmes are:  IELTS: with overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components. TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components.

Please refer to the University English Language pages for further information.

Applicants with an IELTS overall result of 6.0 and a 6.0 in the writing part of the test can take the University’s Pre-Masters English Language programme. This programme provides spoken and written skills development in specific subject areas, as well as preparation for Postgraduate level study in a UK environment.

Information on the CELT programmes can be found here: CELT

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

For the current rates please refer to the Fees and Funding page on the Graduate website. This site also has information which relates to studentships and scholarships.

Information on Management School Scholarships can be found here.


How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

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Advice for Home / EU applicants:

Applications from UK / EU candidates will be accepted throughout the admission's cycle, and will not be subject to multiple recruitment rounds.

Advice for Overseas applicants:

Applications for Round 1 will be received from 28 September 2015 to 6 November 2015.

Applications for Round 2 will open on 4 January 2016 to 31st August 2016.


Where you’ll go from here

York Masters students have been successful in developing careers in a range of organisations in many parts of the world.  Common destinations on leaving are:

Education (Further and Higher)
Engineering - Electrical
Environment, natural resources, recycling
Finance and Banking
Legal Services
Management Consultancy
Manufacturing - Industrial
Not for Profit - Charity

A small number of students each year are keen to continue their studies, enrolling on specialists masters programmes elsewhere in the UK or moving on to The York Management School’s Doctoral programme.

What our students say:

‘I chose to do the Masters in Management because I wanted to build on my academic skills while pursuing a vocational qualification to improve my employability. I gained practical skills that I ultimately hope to combine with my undergraduate degree in History of Art to pursue opportunities in the Arts and Cultural sector. The Management degree is helping me with my current role as I use my research skills in a variety of contexts. I also gained subject specific knowledge that has allowed me to appreciate the strategic scope of the projects that I am working on.’  MA in Management Student.


More Information

What are the term dates for the Programme?

Our programmes are one year (12 months) full-time, and begin in late September of each calendar year.  The term dates for our academic terms can be found here

What is my degree equivalent to in the United Kingdom?

Information on degree equivalences can be found here

Are there any scholarships available to help fund my studies?

Information on scholarships can be found here

And on the central University webpage

Do I need to submit a sample of written work with my application?

You are not required to submit a piece of written work with your application for the MA in Management Masters programme.

If I have done my final year at an English-speaking University, do I still have to meet English language requirements?

If your prior study is from a UK University within the last two years, or the medium of instruction at your home University was English,* or you have sufficient experience of using English on a daily basis in a work environment* then you may be eligible for a language waiver.

* Please note; for the last two examples we would require further proof / evidence.

Further information is also available from our 'English Language Requirements' webpage

Do you run a pre-Sessional course for English language to comply with your entry criteria?

Yes, we do. Further information on our pre-sessional programmes is available on the Centre for English Language Teaching webpages.

Can I work during my studies?

The MA in Management programme is a full-time one year (12 months) taught course.  Students can take on occasional evening jobs, but attendance on the course is a priority.

Is there accommodation on Campus for Masters students?

Yes: there is accommodation available for students on postgraduate taught programmes.  Further information can be found on the Postgraduate Accommodation webpages

Can I submit an application now, even though I will not complete my Undergraduate degree until the Summer?

Yes: we encourage you to apply as soon as you can, with a most recent transcript, and any further documents can be added to your online application when available.

Is there a deadline for applying for the MA in Management?

Please consult the central webpages for Admissions for further information about application deadlines.


Contact our Postgraduate Office if you have any further questions about the MA in Management programme.