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What is a Management degree?

A Management degree builds a strong foundation in a wide variety of fields including business, finance, economics and marketing. It develops students’ understanding of business practices, structures, business theory, business strategy and research as well as global economies and financial markets. Doing a Management Degree also allows students to gain skills that enable them to work with financial and numerical data effectively.

Management degrees cover different managerial roles, such as Human Resource (HR) management, hospitality management, innovation management, operations management, etc. They can be specialized into one of the areas mentioned above or follow a more general approach that covers most of these areas.

The range of management degrees is huge and includes Business Management, Management, Marketing Management, etc. They are predominantly offered in the business departments/business schools/management schools of different universities.

Benefits of a Management degree

One of the main benefits of this degree is that Management is a broad discipline, which keeps students’ career options open.

Management degrees could have a very practical focus, which is an opportunity for students to gain experience in the process of completing their degree before having started their professional careers. Management courses usually offer work placements and practical modules, which include business simulations and business creation in a simulated environment. Acquiring practical experience through these opportunities could make students stand out from the crowd in the job market once they graduate. Research-oriented Management degrees also exist for those who prefer the theoretical aspects of such a degree. Most courses, however, have established a good balance between theory and practice in order to meet the needs of all students.

Management degrees also prepare students to serve the managerial role across a wide range of areas, including HR management, hospitality management, innovation management, operations management, etc. Students can specialize in one particular area or focus on gaining knowledge across all of these areas thanks to the high availability of different management courses.

Additionally, there is a high demand for management professionals in the contemporary business world. Therefore, taking a management course is an opportunity for students to kick-start their careers and occupy a higher position in the organizational hierarchy.

management degree Structure

Management courses usually begin by introducing students to different areas covered by the managerial role, such as organizational management, business environment, statistics, accounting and finance, business growth, etc. After the first year, institutions allow students to explore the management discipline into more depth by delivering specialized modules and offering optional modules, which enable students to choose subjects that interest them the most and are most relevant to their career aspirations.

Management degrees take 3 years to complete in the UK. However, their duration could extend to 4 years if students choose to spend a year in industry between their second and third year, which is a popular option among the student community. Setting placement opportunities apart, the duration of a Management degree depends on three main factors – country, mode of study (part-time or full-time) and degree level. Below are listed the approximate durations of Management degrees in the most popular countries for Higher Education in Europe:

  • Management degrees’ duration in the UK:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 3 years full-time and 6 years part-time
    • Master’s in Management: 12 months full-time and 36 months part-time
    • PhD in Management: 3-6 years
  • Management degrees’ duration in the Netherlands:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 3-4 years
    • Master’s in Management: 1-2 years
    • PhD in Management: about 4 years
  • Management degrees’ duration in Spain:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 3-4 years
    • Master’s in Management: 1 year
    • PhD in Management: 3 years full-time and 5 years part-time
  • Management degrees’ duration in Germany:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 3-4 years
    • Master’s in Management: 1-2 years
    • PhD in Management: 3-4 years
  • Management degrees’ duration in France:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 3 years full-time
    • Master’s in Management: 1-2 years
    • PhD in Management: 3-6 years.
  • Management degrees’ duration in the US:
    • Bachelor’s in Management: 4 years
    • Master’s in Management: 2 years
    • PhD in Management: 4-6 years.

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  • Art and ...
    Culture Management
    Katja
    Art Master's programme

    I completed my MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice at The University of Manchester in 2019, and I really enjoyed it. I feel like the course had a good balance between a hands-on work experience (in the form of a temporary placement), as well as academic learning, which equipped me well for the professional world. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to build a career in the arts sector.

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    Programme: Art and Culture Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Art and ...
    Culture Management
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    Great course, lecturers and facilities!

    I studied MA Arts Management Policy in Practice, straight after completing my undergraduate degree in Drama at a different university. As I was a postgrad student, I didn’t really engage much with the student union nightlife but always found the SU a friendly and approachable place to visit. The course was similar to what I expected, although the content was much more difficult than I expected, with a lot of independent study and learning. What I liked the most about the course was the Arts Management core module, which gave us a perfect introduction to the field. The lecturers were also very knowledgable and helpful. I also really enjoyed my dissertation module which allowed me more freedom to research areas I was interested in and discusses my ideas with my allocated supervisor. The library facilities were good, but often had a limited amount of computers available. As the MA was a vocational subject, I would have really benefitted from employment guidance such as CV, cover letter and interview support. The arts are a very oversaturated industry, so getting a job is very challenging. I felt that the course could have prepared us better for applying for graduate positions in the arts, whilst we were still studying. I would strongly suggest taking the Placement module, to gain contacts and hands-on experience in the arts. Many of the placement options did not appeal to me and as I was already working part-time in a theatre, I decided to take another option.

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    Programme: Art and Culture Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Management
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    Study spaces

    This university counts with multiple study spaces and also quite a lot of social activities to interact and make friends. What I don’t like so much is that lectures are with quite a lot of students so the teaching process doesn’t feel individualized, plus there has been a lot of striking lately.

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    Programme: Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Business Management
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    My experience at UoM

    I’m a first year Management student at The University of Manchester. I’m really satisfied with the social life here, people are friendly and helpful. I especially love how flexible the course is and how practical the material we learn is. I love the university facilities as well as how well they are equipped. In the Allen Gilbert learning commons, which is one of the main learning hubs in the university there is even a bed to help students on their learning journey. To add to this it is open 24 hours, which is quite helpful. The environment here supports the learning process.

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    Programme: Business Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Business Management
    Justus
    Mixed Feelings international student

    Great to practice English.
    Huge amount of easily accessible opportunities next to your studies.
    Vibrant city with the possibility to try almost anything. In my case Volleyball, Tango and swimming before lectures.
    You can find people to party and also like minded people that are entrepreneurial, etc.
    The bad side is the expenses. The cost of studying, eating, going out, etc. Is quite tremendous. In Germany everything is subsidised from the food on campus to printing your lecture slides. In Manchester it feels like they want to earn money of you (university as a business). Overall great experience and right choice.

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    Programme: Business Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Business Administration ...
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    Great University, flexible programme

    I was a nice experience. Uni life is probably one of the best in the UK. Sometimes the value you get is very based on the courses you choose and perhaps more relevantly, the professors you get. It’s a very big uni – you can end up with leaders of a field but also some not so good ones. Do your research before you choose courses.

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    Programme: Business Administration and Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Management
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    I would probably choose this university again for a Bachelor.

    I really enjoy the campus. We have everything we need around: libraries, restaurants and further down the road we also have pubs or places where we can relax. I enjoy my course structure and everything I learn, overall.

    The things I do not like:
    -Some seminar leaders should be more prepared than they are. Seminars exist to help us fix information from the lectures and and as long as there are some seminar leaders who barely can explain theories, they give students no value.
    -The prices in the campus. Meals and other things are expensive. I would rather go to Morrison’s for a meal deal. Universities’ accommodations are also too expensive. I believe they should try and help us with the costs, not charge more than private accommodation.

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    Programme: Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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  • Business Management
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    Campus life is nice

    I really think Manchester can be an amazing place for a student. I was unfortunate enough not to have my own Business School building, which meant that i was not very close with my course mates.

    The vibe is nice, the lecturers are nice. It was a 3 year holiday to be honest.

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    Programme: Business Management
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Management
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    UOM - The largest university in the UK

    This University provides its student to explore heritage, skill and passion. This University gave birth to 25 nobel laureates with 2 of them presently in the Faculty. Student Union and the International society organizes various fairs and trips throught out the year. I would surely recommend this University to my fellow mates back in India so that they can also have this lifetime experience.

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    Programme: Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Manchester
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  • Business
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    I would like to review my overall experience in the university so far .

    The uni life in Manchester has been pretty fun so far. Apart from the lectures and the tutorials ,there’s a lot of free time for students to engage themselves in other activities ,especially in the first year .

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    Programme: Business
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
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