Physics and Business Management MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Physics and Business Management MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2018. If you are starting in September 2019, these will give you are a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.


Compulsory modules

Strategic Management - 15 credits 

This module introduces topics that equip students to make a strategic judgement under uncertainty by relying on rigorous analytical models and in-depth understanding of strategy processes and practice.

Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice - 15 credits 

The module focuses on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of socio-technical systems thinking across a wide range of problem domains, which may include: IT systems, pro-environmental behaviour, workspace design, tele-health, safety, resilience and crowd.

Research Design and Analysis - 15 credits 

The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of the key issues in research design and the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. It will introduce differing research approaches, design and analysis techniques necessary for conducting research in organizations. 

Interdisciplinary Research Project - 45 credits 

The major research project is a key distinctive feature of the programme, enabling students to work independently on their own project and apply the academic principles learned from both the scientific and business disciplines.

Current Research Topics in Physics - 15 credits 

Appreciate the frontiers of knowledge and understanding in these areas and discuss at an appropriate level some current significant results in different areas of Physics.

Advanced Group Industrial Project - 15 credits 

This module provides you with the opportunity to design a physics-based research project as a group, in partnership with a commercial sponsor. The module provides an excellent insight into the application of physics in industry. 

Optional modules

Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals - 15 credits 
This module provides a broad context of the properties of soft condensed matter and introduces the physics of liquid crystal and amphiphilic materials and liquid crystal devices.

Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses - 15 credits 
Understanding the main techniques for studying structure and dynamics in soft matter and gaining the foundation for the understanding of the properties, behaviour and characterisation of soft matter including polymers, colloids, and glasses.

Superconductivity - 15 credits 
Explaining and using the phenomenological and fundamental theories of superconductivity and using the expressions relating the principal parameters of the superconducting ground state

Effective Decision Making - 15 credits 
This module aims to teach effective management decision making on the basis of evidence-based approaches from risk management, cognitive psychology, and behavioural economics. This is a pre-requisite for Advanced Management Decision Making

Managing for Innovation - 15 credits 
This module prepares a student to lead innovation initiatives in both large and established organizations as well as in new and growing ventures. This is a pre-requisite for Innovation Management in Practice

The full list of optional modules can be read in the course catalogue.