Management (Advanced Standing) MA 2020/21 entry

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6 months part-time



Coventry University


September 2020
January 2021


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Designed to deepen your knowledge of management as a discipline, and enhance your professional skills, this flexible course allows you to convert your prior learning into a master’s qualification upon successful completion.

Aimed at professional managers with at least two years of professional experience and prior learning to PGDip level, the course covers the production of a research project, developed in collaboration with your employer, which will look to investigate a ‘live’ management issue. This project will cover a written component, as well as a digital artefact, such as a web page, which can allow your findings to be easily shared with your employer and colleagues.

Delivered flexibly by practice focused academics, successful completion of this course can enhance your knowledge of management theories and how to apply them, which could help you to develop as a manager and learn the skills needed to progress in your career.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School are currently active members of The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Europe’s largest network association in the field of management development.

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

We also currently continue to be an active participant in the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). Our experiences and involvement with these organisations could help to enhance the quality of your educational experience.

Course information

Taught within Coventry Business School, and benefiting from our over 50 years of teaching business degrees, this course is aimed at professional managers, with at least two years of experience, who have prior learning up to PGDip level in a subject which contains relevant management content. Typically, this prior learning will have been delivered by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Institute of Marketing or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

You will then work, in collaboration with your employer, to initiate and deliver a project focused on a ‘live’ management issue, which should allow your work to benefit both yourself and your employer, who through a digital artefact should be able to easily disseminate the findings throughout the business.

Alongside the Management Research Project module, you will also study the module Research Management Skills, which will give you the opportunity to learn the skills needed to design the research for the project, to collect the relevant data, and then to analyse it and present your findings.



The course allows you to conduct an in-depth research project on a management problem supported by your employer. The module ‘Management Research Skills’ aims to prepare you for the production of the project.


  • Management Research Skills

  • Management Research Project

In more detail...

  • Learn from practice focused academics, with a range of academic and professional experience
  • Benefit from a flexible delivery schedule, with a small number of face-to-face teaching days (usually 3) followed by research project supervision sessions which can be conducted remotely via Skype or a similar platform
  • Conduct a relevant project into a ‘live’ management issue, with your recommendations easily shared with your employer through the production of a digital artefact
  • Study at Coventry Business School, which was ranked as ‘excellent’ in 2018 by Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools in over 150 countries
  • Aims to provide a deeper understanding of management theory, and how it can be applied to real problems

The main study themes covered on the course are;

  • Management Research Skills: The course aims to develop problem definition and management research skills in designing and applying management research, data collection, data management and analysis methods in order for you to produce a full management research report/dissertation with recommendations.
  • Current Management Thinking: Through the supervision of a practice focused academic, the course aims to educate and inform you as a manager, leader and organisational member in original and current thinking about management in support of your own professional management practice.
  • Management Practice and Theory: Throughout your time on the course, we aim to develop your critical thinking skills and creative approaches to current management practice and theory.
  • Professional Skills Development: The course aims to provide an environment where professional skills can be developed to enhance self-direction, communication, decision-making, innovation, communication and collegiality. 

Teaching on the course has been designed to be delivered flexibly, to minimise disruption to you and your employer.

In the first semester, there will usually be two full days of face-to-face teaching, covering induction to the course and an introduction to the methods and skills needed to conduct the course’s research project module, alongside working with others on the course to frame the development of your research problem.

A third full day of attendance is then usually scheduled for the second semester of study, and aims to help to further build support networks with others on the course, and to consolidate the research design after you have submitted your research proposal. A variety of supporting course materials are designed to support and enhance the face-to-face element of the course, which should allow you to direct your study effectively so it fits in with your work.

After submitting your research proposal, you will be allocated a supervisor who will continue to provide you with support as you begin to conduct your research and write your project. This supervision can be conducted face-to-face, or can be conducted remotely via Skype or a similar service, increasing the flexible nature of the course’s teaching schedule

This course will be assessed through the outputs of the modules studied – firstly, through assessment of a research proposal, followed by assessment of a dissertation and a related digital artefact.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and clearly specify management problems in order to determine the effects that they have upon an organisation.
  • Critically review relevant, contemporary academic and practitioner literature relating to management and the organisational context.
  • Systematically and creatively execute appropriate research design using selected research methods to ethically examine defined management problems.
  • Demonstrate effective management of a project, recognising and adapting to change throughout.
  • Effectively and consistently present, evaluate and analyse data in the investigation of management.
  • Reach well-researched conclusions and articulated judgements based upon management research, to create a range of recommendations.

Designed for those currently working as professional managers, this course is offered on a 6 month part-time basis only, and is structured to try to minimise disruption to you and your employer.

You will undertake an initial two-day face-to-face session, during which you will be inducted into the programme of study, and introduced to the module on Management Research Skills.

After those two days, there is another full day of attendance at a later date, to help shape the design of your research project after submitting a proposal.

After proposal submission, and during the production of the research project and digital artefact, you will be allocated a supervisor who will continue to provide support through approximately 5 hours of supervision, which can be conducted face-to-face or remotely, via Skype or a similar platform. While producing your research project, you will be expected to conduct a significant amount of self-directed study.

At Coventry Business School in 2018/19, over half of our students were from outside the UK and therefore you will be studying in an internationally connected environment, supported by academic staff drawn from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of international experiences.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

Applicants to this course should hold a PG Diploma level qualification in a subject which contains relevant management content. Qualifications can be derived from professional body qualifications, such as those administered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Marketing or the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate at least two years professional experience*, with evidence of management responsibility. This experience will be judged on a case by case basis by the course team.

For further information on acceptable qualifications, including to enquire about appropriate levels of professional experience, please contact us using our request information form.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2020

£3,066 (per year)

January 2021

£3,066 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Career prospects

By being designed to build upon your professional expertise, and enhance your knowledge and skills in management, this course aims to give you the opportunity to further your career progression within management roles across a range of sectors.

Focusing on a relevant and authentic research project, upon successful completion of the course, your research could mean that the benefits of the course can be experienced by your employer, who should be able to gain access to the completed project and its recommendations through a digital artefact, such as a website.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the university may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

Following the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. Coventry University will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

Graduate Immigration Route visa – Based on current information from the UK Government, students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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