Business Analysis and Strategic Management

About the course

Course description

Course module details

The MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management course focuses on real international management issues and how to solve them. A key element of the course is our unique client-facing project which allows you to put your learning into practice.

You explore the operation of multinational enterprises and undertake comparative business analysis, while gaining the practical skills necessary to work efficiently in an international business environment.  Alongside a thorough understanding of business analysis and development, you graduate with the key skills of international business consulting, such as framing international business problems, writing business reports and preparing for interviews.

You have the opportunity to apply your learning to real business problems through a client-facing project within an external client organisation, giving you valuable experience and generating excellent networking opportunities. 

Recent examples of project clients include:

  • ASDA
  • AstraZeneca
  • BAE Systems
  • BASF
  • Deloitte
  • ICI
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Kelloggs.

Special features

The client-facing project is a unique element of this course that provides an excellent opportunity to test, improve and enhance the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. This consultancy project, lasting up to three months over the summer, involves you in either supporting a start-up company, finding growth opportunities for a medium-sized firm, or improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a function within a large, blue chip company.

Download a brochure describing the scheme.

Course units details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. The compulsory units are built around the problems of strategic  management, the operation of multinational enterprises, comparative business analysis and the skills necessary to work efficiently in a international business environment. The optional courses allow you to specialise in particular aspects of strategic management and business analysis.

Compulsory course units include: 

  • Comparative and Global Management;
  • Business Models: Theory and Practice;
  • Organisational Design and Strategy: International Contexts;
  • Analysing companies: Business Models, Narrative and Numbers;
  • Research Design and Methods.

Optional course units include:

  • Asian Business and Comparative Management;
  • Business Environment and Strategy in China;
  • Configuration of Companies for Capability Building;
  • Digital Technologies, Development and Emerging Markets;
  • International Human Resource Management;
  • Managing Organisations for Growth;
  • Strategy Formulation;
  • Technology, Innovation Management and Business Strategy;
  • The Management of International Organisational Change;
  • The Political Economy of Global Business.

You can choose one optional unit from any Alliance MBS MSc programme (excluding MSc Management and MSc Organisational/Business Psychology) on condition that you produce a 200-word justification and the application is approved by the Course Director and unit tutor.

During the summer period, you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt during the first two semesters, enhance your skills while working with a major real life client and work as part of a team. The result of this project is presented as a research report/dissertation. This part of the course is closely related to the Manchester Method that enables you to experience experiential learning and helps you to become a reflective practitioner or manager.

The project is offered if you gain a minimum of 50% in each first semester course unit. If not, you will be offered a project related to an external client, with no direct contact with the client. For those working on group projects, a group report and an individual report will be produced (both 6,000 words).

Alternatively, you may undertake an academic dissertation of 12,000 words. Your supervisor will help you to define the research and advise, guide and support you throughout.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules chosen. It may include a combination of coursework, group project assessment, presentations, assignments, report, individual essay and examinations. The summer project is offered if you gain a minimum of 50% in each first semester course unit. Alternatively, you may undertake a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Open days

Our next open day for postgraduate taught study will take place on Wednesday, 23 November 2016. It's a great opportunity to come and see us and experience what it is like to study at Alliance MBS.

At our event, we'll have an alumni panel who'll be describing their experiences and how their course helped them in their careers, a taster lecture and the chance to meet academic and admissions staff and current students.

Further details about registration and the schedule for the open day will be posted here soon.

Take a look at the  open day programme  from the last event.

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester, you are also welcome to organise a personal visit .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

2015 course profile These figures are for 2015 entry and can vary each year.

Male Female
Age range: 21-35
Nationalities: 25

Course information pack

Course information pack

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