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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

This programme focuses on advanced management concepts and the synergy between various management disciplines. Students will study organisational structure, management and the ever changing environments in which they operate. The programme will help to focus the students’ capability for critical thinking and the evaluation of organisational structure and core business management components.


Why choose this course?

MSc Business and Management: This programme provides students with a theoretically-grounded coverage of key conceptual and practical procedures across a range of management disciplines. This includes, corporate strategy, finance, human resource management, digital marketing and organisational behaviour.

Course content

The course is made up of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation.

Semester one

In semester one, you will take modules that will give you a grounding in all the key principles in management science, including corporate financial strategy, managing people and managerial economics.

Semester two

In semester two you can choose from a range of optional modules that enable you to specialise in particular areas that align with your career goals. Topics include business to business marketing, corporate entrepreneurship, behavioural economics and human resource management.


After completing your semester two modules, you will undertake a 15,000-word dissertation, with one-to-one support from an expert academic supervisor. This will demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research in one of the following areas, marketing, human resources, organization behaviour, entrepreneurship, sustainability/governance or other management/business domains.


Core modules

Semester one

The module covers the traditional content of a corporate finance course:

  • Investment, capital structure, and dividend decisions from a shareholder value perspective
  • Capital market behaviour (background)
  • Mergers
  • Real options

This module covers classic organisational behaviour topics such as understanding organisations, teams and teamwork, leadership, culture, power and control.

The module is concerned to use economic reasoning to consider how individuals are motivated and activities and individuals are co-ordinated with organisations. It contrasts markets and firms as alternative forms of managing resource flows. It shows how incomplete and imperfectly distributed information causes difficulties for each form.

There is an emphasis on the application of economic reasoning to real organisations including financial institutions, manufacturing firms, franchised businesses, online retailers etc and to contemporary business issues such as executive compensation, promotion tournaments etc.

Semester two

This module covers the following:

  • Part I: Introduction qualitative analysis
    This part of the module will be concerned with the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

  • Part II: Introduction quantitative analysis
    Survey design and measurement, introduction to statistics; hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, regression analysis.

  • Part III: Introduction to management research
    Relating to literature review, asking research questions and objectives, formulating research hypotheses, discussion of findings; quantitative and qualitative research in the dissertation relating to its application.


The module aims to allow you to synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of the programme. The investigation of a current research topic will help to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in your area, as well as your research and communication skills.

Typical Optional Modules

The content of this module will serve as an introduction to the main theoretical and managerial concepts and issues in the area of business-to-business marketing and will focus on aspects of strategic marketing relationships between companies and other stakeholders. Possible topics may include:

  • What is a market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
  • Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
  • How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics
  • Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
  • Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
  • Business-to-Business marketing strategies
  • Innovation in business networks
  • Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
  • Strategic market relations in the digital world
  • Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships

The module covers:

  • The nature and perspectives of corporate governance
  • Corporate control and ownership across the world
  • Taxonomies of CG systems and CG mechanisms
  • Shareholder power: Individuals and institutions
  • External influences on corporate governance: The market for corporate control
  • The role of the board: Executives and non-executives
  • Executive remuneration and governance
  • Government and governance: The regulatory role
  • Corporate governance: A review of the domain

The intricacies of managing the human resources within the business context are developed in this module. It examines processes, practices, and procedures associated with HRM management and administration that an employer/manager needs to be familiar with, and analyses the current best practice in the HR function

This module examines:

  • exchange rates and FX markets
  • FX market efficiency
  • real exchange rate and purchasing power parity
  • exchange rate determination
  • exchange rate forecasting
  • FX predictability: Statistical significance and economic value
  • FX volatility strategies
  • global equity analysis
  • global performance evaluation

This module is aimed at giving you an understanding of behaviour in an economic context. You will learn the use of methods to measure economic preferences as: trust, risk, cooperation, social preferences and social identity. These measures are used in economics and finance to explain human behaviour and decision-making processes. In addition to this you will “play” games in the classroom to get a first-hand impression of the structure and meaning of the games used in the lectures.

Together we will understand how rational behaviour predictions conflict with human “bounded rational” decision making. You will analyse studies of bounded rational behaviour, labour markets, asset markets, experimental behavioural finance, social dilemmas, preferences, public goods, reciprocity, bargaining and contests.

This module enables the understanding of the relationship between entrepreneurial practices and innovative outcomes within organisations. Diagnoses shortfalls in entrepreneurial practices and recommends changes in practice to support innovations in product, process or business model. The content covers aspects on how to build an entrepreneurial organization:

  • Learning to develop entrepreneurial strategy in theory and practice.
  • Understanding the entrepreneurial culture ie., structure, processes and people.
  • Knowing how to build a culture of entrepreneurship in practice encompassing engagement with external stakeholders, managing uncertainty and failure, building an ambidextrous organization and diagnosing an entrepreneurial change programme.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Applicants must have a first degree containing modules in business studies, economics or management.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4


IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Field trips
  • Supervision
  • Computer labs

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Essay

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM48,800 per programme
International studentsRM60,700 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


MSc Business and Management: This programme is a sound basis for careers in a variety of areas such as business analysis, business development, consultancy, credit advice, economic development, financial consultancy, investor relations, general management, marketing, operations management and human resources.

When studying for a degree at Nottingham University Business School, whichever direction you decide to take, we will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in your career. Our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, Highfliers Research).

The Careers Advisory Service (CAS) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia was awarded the Best Career Centre of the Year 2019 (Private University) in the ‘Grad-Malaysia’ Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employer Awards 2019. The award acknowledges the most effective career services centres across Malaysian Universities, both public and private.

The award recognises the conscious effort of CAS towards providing excellent services. An example of this is the ‘Get Ready Get Hired’ Certificate Programme (GRGH). Run at NUBS Malaysia, this programme aims to increase our students’ self-awareness, train their job-hunting skills and be career-ready from their involvement in compulsory activities.

The average starting salary for a person with a Business and Management degree varies between institutions and countries. After a Bachelor's Degree, one can easily apply for a master's degree to climb the educational ranks and increase the probability of being hired. Many research opportunities are available in the field of education up to PhD level and beyond. The possibilities are endless.

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This content was last updated on 25 March 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.