This programme is for early and mid-career professionals who would like to progress their careers to attain managerial roles or start their own businesses. The online part-time study model enables students to learn alongside work, gaining a master's degree at a top 10 UK university from the comfort of their home.

Students will be equipped with the relevant tools, concepts, and techniques to inform managerial practice and sharpen their problem-solving skills. They will also develop critical thinking, informed by contemporary research in management studies, about global challenges and their implications for organisations. Subjects covered range from leadership to innovation, marketing to finance, and global operations to sustainability, offering both the breadth and depth of relevant topics for today's managers. The programme has been designed with input from our industry partners and focuses on the most topical issues in global management today.

Students will learn how to apply theory to practice with Harvard Business School case studies and guest speakers from the industry. The course will also feature action learning, enabling students to work together to solve live issues they are facing in the workplace.

The programme will be taught by globally recognised academics who bring their experience from industry and academia. 88% of our Business and Management research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, and the University of Bristol is a top 5 UK University for research (REF 2021).

International students may be eligible to apply for one of our Think Big scholarships to support with funding this programme.

Programme structure

The teaching pattern for each unit will typically comprise:

  • Weekly 1-hour asynchronous (pre-recorded or structured learning) material for 11 weeks per Teaching Block.
  • Weekly 2-hour synchronous combination of lectures/seminars/webinars (22 hours across an 11 week teaching block).
  • 160 hours of self-study, including reading, skills development, formative and summative assessment (across the 2 years of study).

The asynchronous material will allow students to prepare for the lectures while engaging with the tailored content prepared by the lecturer. Meanwhile, the weekly synchronous teaching (lectures/seminars/webinars) will focus on skills development, exercises, discussion and reflection. 

In year 1 (TB1), students will study two 20-credit units:

  • Global Leadership and Management - contemporary topics surrounding strategic management and leadership and their implications for developing a global citizenship role in the global context.
  • Global Innovation Networks - the role of innovation in developing entrepreneurial activity that translates into a democratic and participatory economic system.

In year 1 (TB2), students will build on the knowledge developed in TB1 until then as they engage with two units:

  • Finance for Business - practical skills and a deeper appreciation of the key problems surrounding finance reporting and forecasting, especially in the global context.
  • International Business and Sustainability - builds directly on Global Leadership and Management from TB1.

In Year 2 (TB1), students will undertake two further units - Global Supply Chains Management and Operations and Global Management Capstone Project. Then, in TB2, continuing through the summer, students will work on their action research/practical consultancy dissertation projects and also attend their final taught unit - Contemporary issues in Marketing.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Global Management (distance learning).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any discipline and a minimum of three years professional full-time work experience is required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time (two years) (MSc)
£11,000 per year
Overseas: part-time (two years) (MSc)
£11,000 per year
UK: part-time (two years) (PG Diploma)
£8,800 per year
Overseas: part-time (two years) (PG Diploma)
£8,800 per year
UK: part-time (two years) (PG Certificate)
£4,400 per year
Overseas: part-time (two years) (PG Certificate)
£4,400 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Graduates from this course will be well equipped for managerial roles in any sector. Our graduate outcomes are strong across all Management courses, with alumni going on to careers as CEOs, founders of start-ups and consultants.

Graduates from the University of Bristol are in the top 50 most targeted by employers globally (QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2022), and the 3rd most targeted by the UK's top 100 employers (High Fliers 2021).

Our postgraduate 'Prepare for Career Success' course includes recorded tutorials and live interactive webinars with an Employability Adviser on a range of career development topics.

Our school attracts students from over 50 nationalities, presenting great networking opportunities. Graduates will have access to the Bristol Connects networking platform and online event series to join our alumni community.