About your course
The digital world provides lucrative opportunities for businesses to find new markets and exploit their potential. This MSc will develop an in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and their application for leaders operating in this global marketplace.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Develop your analytical and technological knowledge, while enhancing your strategic development skills
- Strong focus on developing technological skills
- Provides graduates with the skills modern businesses require from strategic managers
- Delivered in a dynamic business school with a strong scholarship culture
This course offers you the opportunity to study an advanced management skills programme, alongside specialist knowledge in digital business. You will understand how to apply effective strategies in this highly competitive global marketplace, and realise the commercial potential of these technologies for both the organisation you will work for, and your own continued success.
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional, business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff. Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.
Top class facilities
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies: Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.
As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.
The Redmonds Building is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Modern management requires digital strategists, able to exploit the new technologies at our disposal for a maximum return on investment. Your development will benefit from this course, which has been expertly designed by our academics to place you at the forefront of contemporary business practice.
This programme provides the highly sought after skillset required in today’s digital world. Businesses need managers with the knowledge to be both globally aware and digitally trained, and this course represents a new generation of leadership in both thought and practice.
Your career prospects will benefit, not only from this valuable knowledge, but also from an industry shortage of specialist professionals in this internationally and cross-industry relevant area. The application of your skill will be most commonly sought after within business analysis, operations and project/consultancy work.
Programme outline and structure
The digital world provides lucrative opportunities for businesses to find new markets and exploit their potential. This MSc offers an in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and their application in this global marketplace.
This cutting-edge MSc will cover a range of management studies and focus on enabling you to understand, manage and exploit the digital technologies required by modern global businesses. It is anticipated that graduates will deliver the next generation of digital applications and platforms to a wide range of industries.
The programme will prepare you for a variety of job opportunities in the postgraduate market, including the areas of business operations, business analysis, and project initiatives.
Over the course of your studies you will develop a wide range of skills including working effectively on your own and within teams and exploring the theories, techniques and important practical skills of the business and management environment. The programme aims to produce graduates who are intellectually and practically capable of operating effectively as managers and making an early contribution to the implementation of digital solutions.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Management Theory and Leadership
Covers the interdependency of management functions within an organisational structure and demonstrates how leadership can have a positive impact on those functions
- Economics and Finance
Looks at the global financial environment, the nature of global economic interdependency, international business and trade and the impacts on the micro environment of company cash flow, asset value, liabilities and leverage
- Strategic Management
Focuses on the study and application of theoretical models which underpin strategic decision making
- Management Competencies
Focuses on the development of a wide range of transferable competencies in the individual
- Managing Business Research 1 / 2
Explores the methodology, methods and tools available to researchers and culminates in the production of the research proposal itself
- Digital Business
Critically examines the successful integration and exploitation of information technologies in key business functions
- Research Project
Requires you to produce a research project that applies managerial concepts and research techniques to a significant technology-related organisational issue or problem
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment types are varied and innovative to complement the programme's learning and teaching techniques.
Our MSc Management and Digital Business programme includes many innovative learning activities and assessment formats. These include operational and strategic business simulations, case studies developed by the team in collaboration with local companies, pitching ideas, business analytics, user centred design principles and social media marketing to name but a few.
We want you to demonstrate the application of theory to practice and so we adopt a very practical problem-solving approach to assessment.
Our assessment requirements reflect these learning activities and provide opportunities to be assessed in ways that are appropriate to the business and management skills you are demonstrating; through case-studies, simulations, presentations, reports, data analysis and reflective learning.
You will be able to apply your learning to real-life scenarios and gain important experience and expertise in effective problem solving. The Digital Business module, for example, calls on you to operate within a consultancy type environment, delivering a solution to a business problem.
Staff research interests
Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.
Our research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues, it’s multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research but in PhDs and in some of the taught courses we offer or have designed for clients. Our main areas of research expertise include:
- entrepreneurship and small businesses
- public management
- evaluation research
- research with practitioners
Our expertise in Entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, including the specialist topics of rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.
Our Centre for Public Services Management helps us to focus our research expertise in public management, and we work with public bodies regionally and elsewhere to build our research base and put theory into practice.
Entry requirements (Home)
The programme welcomes a wide range of applicants, the key entry criteria being that all candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme, and they will normally match the entry criteria below:
- a degree from a recognised University or from an equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above; or
- a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or
- an award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to a degree
Where English is not the candidate's first language, or their first degree was not wholly taught and assessed in English, an IELTS score of 6.0 must be achieved.
It is desirable that candidates have some work experience; however it is not essential.
Applicants need to complete an application form and provide evidence of previous qualifications. Please ensure that you take time over your application. Ensure that you provide us with a clearly written form; statement of purpose; copies of qualifications and marks; English language certificates (where required); and references.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
MSc Management and Digital Business is a diverse degree, which will give you valuable knowledge in core management, as well as the opportunity to operate as a global leader in the digital age.
By developing your key management skills and giving you valuable insights into contemporary international digital business practice, the degree will help you to prepare for the workplace and a successful career in strategic management across a broad range of sectors and roles.
You will be well positioned to undertake management roles in various countries, in areas including: business operations, digital marketing, project and consultancy work, analysis, digital media and strategy.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes