Master of Science Management

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Postgraduate/Masters, Single Major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 1 year

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Direct Entry: Now till 04 August 2023 (International applicants) Now till 16th September 2023 (Local applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$30,196.80 to S$31,752.00

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

In an ever-changing, diverse and digitalised world, it is important that those leading from the front can be inclusive and effective managers in organisations across a variety of organisational and geographical contexts. Our MSc Management programme will give you the key theoretical, practical knowledge, and skills to manage and lead organisations.

With responsible and ethical business practices embedded at its core, this programme will enable you to become part of a new generation of responsible leaders and managers who can make positive and sustainable changes to the industry and society across a wide range of organisations.

The MSc Management programme at Birmingham Business School is dual-accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), allowing you to achieve a CMI Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice in addition to your Masters.

This accreditation means that all students who complete this programme will also receive an industry recognised CMI qualification which provides you with access to exclusive networking events and will instantly increase your employability. 

  • During course of study, an annual career workshop will be conducted to prepare students in their job search.

Why a Master's from University of Birmingham?  

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK 
  • Birmingham Business School is part of an elite group of global business schools that hold the Triple-Crown accreditation from leading bodies AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
  • Our MSc Management programme will support you to develop your management consultancy skills and responsible business values, preparing you to work with a range of organisations from social enterprises to charities, to global companies.
  • This programme has been informed by research, cutting-edge, innovative teaching, and industry practice to ensure you are ready to tackle real-world business challenges. 
  • This programme will support you to develop a wide range of transferrable skills which are essential for a management career in the dynamic digital era. 
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies 
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors.


Learning Outcomes

You will:

  1. Gain an overview of current affairs and emerging phenomena in the practice of management  
  2. Understand advanced management concepts  
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques within modules and in a written dissertation
  4. Develop specific transferable skills in research and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, management and leadership, interpersonal skills & more, necessary for a management career in the digital era

Further Studies & Career Prospects

This programme supports a variety of careers, including consulting, public policy and research, management positions in the public sector, the private sector, small and medium enterprises, and large multinational corporations.

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world on programme completion.

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Intake Dates

Oct 2023 intake


01 Oct 2023 to 30 Sep 2024


Direct Entry:
Now till 04 August 2023 (International applicants)
Now till 16th September 2023 (Local applicants)

Date & period is subject to change by the University.

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.



  • Comprises 6 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits). 
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics from the UK home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.
  • Average teacher-participant ratio is 1:25 
  • Exemptions: Nil  
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students  
  • If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee. 

Taught Modules

  • Delivered on a block teaching basis through classroom learning. 
  • A 20-credit module is equivalent to two weeks of intensive weekday lectures. One to two modules are expected to be delivered monthly.  
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours per day on SIM campus with each lesson about 3 hours. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.  
  • Face-to-face Delivery: Generally held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.


  • There will be workshops, consultation sessions and assigned supervisors to guide students on dissertation.

Assessment & Attendance

  • Attendance requirement – 100% 
  • Typically, students will need to complete each module’s assessments and/or exams before progressing to the next module.  
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.  

Taught Modules

  • Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion. Exams will be held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Re-assessment will be advised by the University for students who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.


  • Students will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 words dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in August/September.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group based.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science Management awarded by the University of Birmingham.  
  • A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM campus. Alternatively, graduates may choose to attend the ceremony in July/December in the UK.  
  • The awarded degree and degree certificate, is the same as that awarded in the UK.


Year 2023 Modules

A 20-credit module is equivalent to 60 contact hours.

  • Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (20 Credits)
  • Organisational Decision Making and Operations Management (20 Credits)
  • Strategically Understanding The Business Environment (20 Credits)
  • Sustainable and Responsible Business Practices (20 Credits)
  • Digital Business and Business Analytics (20 Credits)
  • Crisis, Resilience and Change Management (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules 

Admission Criteria

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Designed for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to build on their existing skills and knowledge to develop them to advanced level. 

  • Bachelor's degree in any discipline (Upper Second Class Honours degree or higher) or an equivalent qualification

English Language Requirements

  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ Level; or 
  • IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5); or 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills; or 
  • TOEFL iBT –  95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency - minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component
  • Successful completion of a SIM Pre-Sessional English course; or
  • Equivalent

Other Requirements

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and 
  • A letter of academic interest and your objectives in undertaking postgraduate study. 

Pre-sessional English Course (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

Applicants who have not reached the required IELTS English Language proficiency level or equivalent shall have to complete and pass a Pre-Sessional English Course before progressing to any of the MSc programmes.

This full-time course aims to improve all four Academic English Language skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing to the required proficiency level for entry to the respective MSc programmes. 

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful passing of Part One, Part Two and/or Part Three of the Pre-sessional English Course. 

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the course within the course duration.

Part One, Two and Three Structure

  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 24 weeks commencing in March 2024
  • Objective: To attain Language Proficiency of: IELTS 7.0

Admission Requirement:
  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in all four skills; or
  • TOEFL iBT: 46 with no less than 15 in any band; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE-A): a minimum of 42 in all four skills; or
  • Duolingo (DET): minimum 90

Part Two and Three Structure

  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 16 weeks commencing in May 2024
  • Objective: To attain Language Proficiency of: IELTS 7.0

Admission Requirement:
  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.0 in Writing; or
  • TOEFL iBT: 60 with no less than 17 in any band; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE-A): a minimum of 51.6 in all four skills; or
  • Duolingo (DET): minimum 95

Part Three Structure

  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 8 weeks commencing in July 2024
  • Objective: To attain Language Proficiency of IELTS 7.0

Admission Requirement:
  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in Writing; or
  • TOEFL iBT: 79 with no less than 17 in any band; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE-A): a minimum of 58.5 in all four skills or
  • Duolingo (DET): minimum 105

View module synopses


  • Mode of delivery: Face-to-face on-campus unless otherwise stated. Classroom learning may comprise activities, exercises and lectures. 
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours on weekdays. Some lessons may also take place on Saturdays if required.
  • Assessments: Continuous assessments include in-class tests, individual / group assignments, online quizzes etc. There are no re-assessments.
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:30
  • Minimum class size to commence – 25
    If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed at least 1 week before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students – at least 75% rate
    • International students – at least 90% rate


Fees and Financial Aid

All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/term commencement (exclude textbooks). Valid for 2023 intake and assumes that students complete the programme in one year. 

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

Pre-sessional English Course* (if applicable)
(Fees are valid for intake in 2024)*

  • Part One, Two & Three: S$8,100.00
  • Part Two & Three: S$5,400.00
  • Part Three: S$2,700.00

*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in full before course commencement. Fees will be subject to revised GST 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees do not include textbooks.

Master’s Programme*  (Fees are valid for intake in 2023)*

Local Students 

  • Per 20 credits: SS$5,032.80 
  • Total: S$30,196.80

International Students 

  • Per 20 credits: S$5,292.00 
  • Total: S$31,752.00
*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in instalments based on the number of taught module credits undertaken in a term. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees are payable before term commencement and do not include textbooks. 

University of Birmingham Scholarships of S$1,000 are currently available for masters' applicants achieving a 2.1 or above in their first degree.

Please click here to view the administrative details and terms and conditions for the University of Birmingham scholarships.

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST. 

International Student Induction Fee 

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants:

International applicants:
S$486.00 (not inclusive of all fees related to Student’s Pass application)