Explore our Management for Business Excellence taught Master's degree.
Management for Business Excellence MSc is an innovative Master's in Management, taught through challenge-based learning. The interdisciplinary WMG department has expertly designed this MSc for those wanting to become effective leaders and managers of business excellence in industry.
The framework for the Management for Business Excellence degree is the EFQM Excellence Model, created to help organisations develop towards the achievement of sustainable excellence. This course is all about understanding how organisations work; it takes a holistic look at organisations, the inter-relationships between departments within them, and how to optimise the use of available resources. Typically students will have a background in engineering, business management, finance or economics, but MBE is open to graduates from any academic discipline.
Designed to deliver a detailed understanding of the philosophies, strategies, processes and techniques that enable change and deliver business excellence, this course will provide you with a distinctly different learning experience. With a focus on critical autonomy, you will make active choices about what you wish to learning and how best to achieve your learning objectives; all this will be facilitated by our expert MBE course tutors.
Teamwork plays a central role throughout the course. By working collaboratively with your international colleagues, you’ll develop a rich, global perspective. Your focus will be on quality management and the continuous improvement of processes. Through classroom simulations, you’ll generate credible and practical solutions to real-business problems. Most importantly, you’ll learn to think critically about topics and issues that come to the fore; challenging views and growing both as an individual and as a leader of business.
General entry requirements
2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a range of subjects including IT, business, engineering or a science related discipline.
Candidates with a UK 2:2 (or equivalent) may be accepted upon demonstration of relevant professional experience.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
Candidates with professional experience should include their CV with their application.
- Creating Business Excellence
- Leadership and Excellence
- Knowledge-based Asset Management
- Robust Decision Making
- Process Improvement, Lean and Six Sigma
- Design for Excellence
- Accounting and Finance for Management
- Study, Professional and Analytical Skills
This course has three components – a taught component, a reflective practice module that runs for the duration of the course, and a research component (dissertation).
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, syndicate exercises, simulations, and case studies. MBE specific modules are delivered intensively over two weeks (others are taught over one week) and classes are deliberately kept small to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some elective modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities. Our module leaders have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from industry also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.
The typical intake for this course is around 55-60 students, divided into smaller teaching groups for most modules.
Typical contact hours
Module delivery patterns vary, but most will be delivered in a short learning block of up to 4 weeks, allowing your focus to be on one module at a time. Each module nominally accounts for 150 hours, which includes scheduled classroom time and online sessions as well as your independent study and assessments.
WMG runs a SPA module (Study, Professional and Analytical Skills) designed to meet the complex learning and professional needs of postgraduate students. This is a blended module delivered throughout the year alongside your modules. Whilst it is an unaccredited module for MBE students, your participation in the lectures, workshops and online sessions is strongly encouraged. There may be occasions where you will be required to attend evening or weekend sessions.
Modules are predominantly assessed by way of written Post Module Assignments (PMA), but assessment can also be in other formats. Most modules will also have a degree of In-Module Assessment (IMA), which will vary by module and may take the form of presentations, on-line tests, self-reflection or a range of other methods.
For the research component, you will undertake a major project. Project submission is likely to include both a written and a presentation element, accounting for 33% of your overall academic grade.
Core modules will be allocated to students at the end of the first week of term - you will then be able to view your individual module schedule for the rest of the year via the WMG module selection system.
Your elective module will be bookable through the same system later in the term.
Modules will include scheduled classroom time and online sessions as well as your independent study and assessments, and will usually be delivered within a 4 week timeframe. Occasional classes and study skills sessions may be held at weekends or in the evenings.
As a Master's student, you are expected to manage your own time appropriately. On average, you are expected to commit 38-40 hours of study each week, in order to successfully achieve your Master’s degree.
This is a full-time postgraduate course - undergraduate term dates do not apply. Whilst there are no holidays as such, there will be no teaching scheduled when the University is officially closed, during the two weeks over Christmas and New Year.
As a graduate of this course, you will learn to successfully drive change within an organisation and deliver business excellence from a whole-company perspective. The broad skillset gained will allow you to become an effective leader, able to make key decisions on business improvement by optimising resources and assessing the impact of your decisions across an organisation.
Following graduation, you can expect to develop your career within consultancy, management, or business development. Many of our graduates have been employed in roles such as:
- Management Consultant
- Quality Manager
- Business Development Manager
- New Product Development Manager
- Process Improvement Engineer
- Quality Assurance Manager
- HR Manager
- Customer Service Manager
- Senior Planner
- Business Solutions Architect
As the set of skills learned on this course can be applied to businesses across sectors, our graduates have secured positions with a very diverse set of employers, some examples of which you can find below:
- Banking (World Bank Group, Bank of China, Worldpay, HSBC, CitiBank Brazil)
- Consultancy (Ernst & Young, KPMG)
- Consumer goods (Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, L’Oréal)
- Food and drink (Nestlé, Danone)
- Higher Education (DePaul University, The American University in Cairo)
- IT (Google)
- Logistics (UPS, Kuehne & Nagel)
- Oil and gas (Petrobras, SOCAR)
- Pharmaceuticals (AstraZeneca, Pfizer)
- Technology and manufacturing (Siemens, Philips, Rolls-Royce)
- Transport (Emirates, Network Rail, EasyJet)
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Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, there may be general associated costs such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits*
- Dissertation binding*
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
* - Dissertations and Assignments are only submitted digitally. However students may wish to print and bind their dissertation for their own purposes. Students on some courses will have a final poster presentation as part of their project and the printing of posters will be at the students’ expense.
Scholarships and bursaries
Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.
WMG will be awarding over £1million in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on our full-time MSc programmes
Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.
Additional funding information
We have a number of research projects available which are fully or partially funded. The majority of these are for UK/EU applicants, though occasionally we advertise positions that are also open to overseas applicants. Please refer to specific project descriptions for details. See our Research Degree opportunities here.
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The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.
Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.
Please note, places are often limited, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Please check our department webpages for more specific information.
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