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MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as. Read more
MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:
-Full-time on-campus
-Full-time on-campus with a placement
-Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
-Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English. This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the School and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest, oldest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Course content

You will study the following modules:
Core modules
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Agile Software Development
-Business Application Programming with SAP
-Research Methods
-Enterprise Applications
-Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP
-Dissertation

Options – two of:
-Engineering Internet Applications
-Android Application Development
-Database Design and Development
-Advanced Android Application Development
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development
-Operational and Analytical Databases

The award specific options are subject to change and availability.

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This MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as. Read more
This MSc Software Engineering has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and rigour associated with the internationally recognised discipline of software engineering as defined by amongst others, the IEEE as: the systematic design and development of software products and the management of the software process.

The course is designed to concentrate on the core software engineering skills of a methodical, rigorous quality driven, managed approach to software development: whether it is through a practical understanding of Agile Software Development, to a certifiable standard; or working with the industry leading SAP software to engineer large scale system design or integration. Throughout the award the emphasis is on real-world skills blended with research driven teaching.

In addition to the core activities you will have the option to specialise further by selecting from a range of optional modules tailored to give you exposure to web, mobile or database systems development, enhancing the vocational value of this award.

Equally of significance is the programme’s emphasis on scholastic development. You will be guided through best research practices to develop your ability to investigate, analyse and communicate research at a master’s level; as well as encouraging you to consider future trends and technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow.

An optional placement provides an opportunity to embellish your portfolio and prove your newly acquired skills in the workplace as part of your master’s study.

The award culminates in the dissertation, which is your opportunity to develop your specialism to become a subject-matter-expert through research and application of advanced theories and principles, ideally placing you to take advantage of vocational opportunities or progress to further postgraduate study.

You can study this course in a number of study modes:
-Full-time on-campus
-Full-time on-campus with a placement
-Full-time on-campus following an preliminary semester (Extended International Masters Programme) with or without a placement.
-Part-time distance-learning

The Extended International Programme offers extra modules on employability, computing and study skills including writing in English.

This mode is designed to accommodate the needs of international students who require additional support in these areas.

The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry. You will acquire skills allowing you to manipulate mission critical systems that provide service to every aspect of enterprise activity. You will be encouraged to contribute to research activities within the School and wider academic community, often working with actual real-world organisations on real-world problems.

We are one of the largest and best resourced computing schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities, software aids and most importantly expertise all of which you will need to harness and exploit technology to develop systems as diverse as mobile apps to mission critical expert systems, augmented reality to automation, including exposure to other industry hot topics such as the internet of things, cloud computing and Big Data.

Course content

You will study the following modules:
Core modules:
-Managing Emerging Technologies D/L
-Agile Software Development D/L
-Business Application Programming with SAP D/L
-Research Methods D/L
-Enterprise Applications D/L
-Advanced Business Application Programming using SAP D/L
-Dissertation D/L

Options – two of:
-Engineering Internet Applications D/L
-Android Application Development D/L
-Database Design and Development D/L
-Advanced Android Application Development D/L
-Location Aware Mobile Application Development D/L
-Operational and Analytical Databases D/L

The award specific options are subject to change and availability.

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With the need for manufacturing organisations to remain highly competitive lean and agile manufacturing strategies play a pivotal role in ensuring organisations manage the extended enterprises in which they operate to maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Read more
With the need for manufacturing organisations to remain highly competitive lean and agile manufacturing strategies play a pivotal role in ensuring organisations manage the extended enterprises in which they operate to maximum effectiveness and efficiency. This course aims to develop and equip individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds with the necessary skills to perform as a competent manager in a production and -manufacturing organisation.

Course Overview

This programme reflects the current industrial demand for expertise in lean and agile manufacturing techniques. This programme involves activities that play a key role in managing the extended enterprise. This programme involves activities that focus on designing products and processes for manufacturing, while managing risk at the design stage of product development and process planning.

The discipline embraces areas such as supply chain management and logistics which are key to competing in global markets and providing world class service. The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge of key procedures in international trade and how organisations can reduce their environmental impact throughout the supply chain and manufacturing operations. Key areas of quality and purchasing form an integral part of the course where a range of tools and techniques are developed that can be used to improve performance and competitive advantage.

Modules

Part 1
-Lean and Agile Manufacturing
-Logistics and Supply Chain Management
-Quality Engineering
-Advanced CAD/CAM
-Design for Manufacture
-Purchasing and Inventory Management
-Leadership, Product Development and Innovation
-Research Methods

Part 2
-Major Project

Key Features

The School of Logistics and Manufacturing Engineering prides itself on providing a supportive and friendly learning environment enhanced by the excellent industrial experience of the programme team, many of whom have many years experience in industry at a senior level. This knowledge and experience has enabled all of our graduates to further their careers which they have attributed to a caring and dedicated programme team that can relate to the issues in the workplace.

Class sizes are generally around 25 students which creates an environment where students can foster ideas and discuss issues that they have in common with their fellow students. Our extensive engagement with employers and professional institutions means we are able to enhance our graduate’s employment and career prospects. Many of our students have received promotions while undertaking their studies and every graduate has gone on to further their careers. Our vision for students, is to create an environment that will enable them to achieve their goals and enhance their careers and earning potential.

Assessment

Assessment used within this programme is usually formative or summative. Assessments are designed to develop students’ ability to practice a wide range of tools and techniques and to see the strategic implications of decisions and problems. These typically take the form of case studies, research and critical evaluation exercises and practical work based reports to resolve problems, develop a purchasing or quality strategy, for example. In some modules students are required to present their research/findings to their lecturer’s and peers followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are utilised by the course team to generate student driven work.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferable within business sectors and from sector to sector. Oral and written skills are developed enabling individuals to grow in confidence through the programme of study.

Typical career opportunities are shift manager, production supervisor, engineering manager, quality manager, planning and scheduling manager, operations manager/director. All of our graduates who have studied part-time have received promotion while studying or after completing their studies, which they have attributed to their qualification. Younger graduates have found that their employment prospects where enhanced and they were able to gain employment as a line engineer, quality engineer and supply chain specialist. A number of major companies have now recognised this course as a key requisite in order to gain promotion or hold a particular role.

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Successful organisations need to be flexible and dynamic to deliver value to their customers in a rapidly moving global economy. For those working in a traditional, bureaucratic organisational culture a different skill set is needed. Read more

Successful organisations need to be flexible and dynamic to deliver value to their customers in a rapidly moving global economy. For those working in a traditional, bureaucratic organisational culture a different skill set is needed. The Agile approach to management requires organisations to delight customers, enable self-organising teams, and aid dynamic work co-ordination through continuous improvement and transparency. As a result, organisational leaders and managers need to be able to master a complex mix of technical understanding, business orientation and team development. Whether you work in the public or private sector, large or small organisation, this MSc is an opportunity to formalise your experience, develop your skill set and be at the forefront of technology process innovation.

This programme is delivered over six weekends a year allowing you to gain a master's whilst in full-time employment anywhere in the UK. Become part of a unique network of practitioners that maximise their impact through reflective practice and research.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

UCLan’s MSc in Agile Leadership is designed to allow you to study part-time whilst in full-time employment maximising knowledge sharing between work place, the practitioner network and the University. This course is delivered in Preston over six weekends per year for two years (burst mode) followed by a one year work-based project.

You will be expected to do some reading before the first teaching weekend then do assessment work between the teaching weekends. Exams, if applicable, will be at the end of each module during standard university exam periods.

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face workshops with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.

OPPORTUNITIES

Students on this particular MSc are expected to already be employed in industry. International opportunities would still be available where students could carry out part of their studies abroad providing this was compatible with their existing employment.

We expect our students to be able to enhance their employment prospects within an information systems environment. This course will provide a framework within which you can take advantage of the opportunities of developing and improving technology to meet business and user needs.

There are opportunities to continue with your studies to MPhil or PhD.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Six taught modules are delivered on a rolling programme to allow students to join this master’s three times a year, in January, April or September. Three modules per year are studied for each of the first two years, see Programme at a Glance.

Successful completion of three modules leads to PGCert Computing; on successful completion of six taught modules PGDip in Agile Software Projects is awarded; MSc Agile Leadership is awarded on successful completion of the entire course.

The university will provide academic supervision for a project in your workplace, giving you feedback on your reflections and analysis of situations at work. The project encourages you to read more widely and think more critically about tasks and problems at work.



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This course offers you the opportunity to explore the latest concepts, methods and tools for software engineering. You will investigate state-of-the-art techniques relating to software quality, design and development which will enable you to produce robust and complex systems. Read more
This course offers you the opportunity to explore the latest concepts, methods and tools for software engineering. You will investigate state-of-the-art techniques relating to software quality, design and development which will enable you to produce robust and complex systems.

This hands-on course has been developed in conjunction with our industrial contacts in order to equip you with the skills required by employers. You will develop management techniques, advanced modelling skills and applications that will enable you to progress in your career.

The course is taught by experts who are working in the industry and you will have the opportunity to gain a professional certification. Our course has been developed as part of on-going research on software components and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/softwareeng_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will graduate from this course with a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical issues associated with managing software development. There is an increasingly short supply of talent in software engineering and its management, and you will possess the skills that are highly sought after in the industry.

- Project Manager
- Technical Manager
- IT Manager
- Business Analyst

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course offers both hands on knowledge and on up to date theoretical background. You will benefit from our close links with industry, while our own research activities feed into our course teaching. We will help you to develop skills implementing best practices when designing software solutions and strategies.

You will be able to use Visual Paradigm software, a design and management tool for business IT system development, on several modules on this course. This is provided in partnership with Visual Paradigm (http://www.visual-paradigm.com/).

Modules

Advanced Software Engineering (20 Credits)
This module investigates the knowledge and skills you will require to develop quality software systems including contemporary methodologies and techniques for version control, testing and documentation. Content include: Test-driven development tools and techniques. Aspect-oriented software development, Agile SE paradigms, methods, Extreme Programming methods (XP).

Project Management (20 Credits)
Develop your understanding of key project management concepts - primarily the planning, organisation and control of resources in order to move a specific task, event or project toward completion.

Dissertation (40 Credits)
The dissertation / Masters project aims to provide an opportunity for you to engage in research and advanced scholarship in a subject area that is appropriate to your course but of your own choosing.

Research Practice (20 Credits)
This module aims to develop your awareness of the methods and skills which are required in order to carry out Masters level research successfully, and to reflect critically on your own development in the context of your chosen programme of study.

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) (20 Credits)
SOA is a software development paradigm specifically developed for emerging markets in cloud computing and web services. This involves analysing, designing, and managing solutions for SOA. This course will also have opportunity to gain real world certification from SOA systems who is one of the world expertise in this area. Content include: SOA concepts, technology, and design. Web services paradigms, SOA analysis, design, and implementation strategies.

Software Components and Architectures (20 Credits)
Software applications are becoming increasingly complex and their target platforms more diverse. The ability to manage such complexity is essential. This module develops your skills in Components Based Software Engineering (CBSE), in particular modelling techniques, analysing system complexity, and applying best practice design principles.

Software & Systems (20 Credits)
You'll examine the techniques and technologies used in low level systems programming. You'll learn to apply development approaches which are 'core' to the functionality of a modern day computer system.

Design Patterns for Web Development (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Network & Convergence Architectures (20 Credits) (Option Module)
BI Principles (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Mobile Games Prototyping (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Data Warehouse Models & Approaches (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Mobile Application Development (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Critical Perspectives for Information (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Systems, Designs & Innovation (20 Credits) (Option Module)

Facilities

- IT Labs
The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills in computer engineering? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering postgraduate conversion degree is well-suited to students from non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies for a range of computing careers. Read more

Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills in computer engineering? Southampton Solent’s computer engineering postgraduate conversion degree is well-suited to students from non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies for a range of computing careers.

Southampton Solent University’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree exposes students to a wide range of both existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital technologies and engineering.

Working with the latest technology, students on this course will also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can learn to develop apps for Android devices. To test these apps, students have access to the University’s new device laboratory which is a special test area consisting of a range of mobile devices, allowing students to assess their website designs and apps on real equipment.

The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.

With a strong focus on employability, and to complement studies, this course offers students the opportunity to work on live briefs, events and projects with real-world companies. Regular industry speakers and events by the BCS can help students to build their professional network.

What does this course lead to?

The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.

There is currently a very high demand for those with technical skills in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries. 

Who is this course for?

This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in problem-solving and existing/emerging technologies

The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in this area who wish to gain an academic qualification.

What you will study

Core units and CATS points:

  • Research Methods (15)
  • Professional Issues and Practice (15)
  • Pilot Project (15)
  • Research Project (45)
  • Computer Fundamentals (15)
  • Cyber Security (15)
  • Software Design & Development (15)
  • Networking (15)
  • Databases (15)
  • Web Technologies (15)

Facilities

We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces. Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can develop apps for android devices. You will also have access to modern computer labs set up for various programming languages and using the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3. 

We also have specialist networking labs with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, plus high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

You’ll use Alienware computers, and test your applications in our new device laboratory. This is a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • IT project management
  • software development
  • web and mobile development
  • software architecture
  • project management.

Industry links

Course content is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, making sure that your studies include the latest technology and working practice from industry experts.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University are your chance to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.



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Develop the industry-relevant skills and expertise to become an agile, adaptable computing specialist on our course programmes. This industry-facing course gives students whose first degree isn't in computing (or whose computing degree was awarded some time ago), the skills needed to become a practicing IT professional. Read more
Develop the industry-relevant skills and expertise to become an agile, adaptable computing specialist on our course programmes. This industry-facing course gives students whose first degree isn't in computing (or whose computing degree was awarded some time ago), the skills needed to become a practicing IT professional.

Featuring rigorous computer programming and database elements, the course is accompanied by a variety of compulsory modules providing the core knowledge to be an effective practitioner in the computing industry. These are combined with optional modules covering additional specialised subjects.

You will complete a project during the summer which will typically involve the design and implementation of a significant piece of software.

Key Course Features

-Provides an opportunity for postgraduate study for those whose first degree is not in computing.
-Provide specialist, technical skills in the areas of networking, or web and mobile development, or Professional Issues and Professional Practice.
-Produce practitioners with an advanced understanding of and competence with, the hardware and software available and/or needed for the development and use of computer systems.
-Enable students to access, critically appraise and disseminate research results.
-Lecture/tutorial and practical sessions are enhanced with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.
-Provides students with a sound basis for further research and/or professional development.

What Will You Study?

As with most masters programmes this has 2 parts, a taught part followed by a dissertation. Students study 6 modules of 20 credits each, followed by a 60 credit dissertation, making a total of 180 credits.

Four of the six taught modules are core and there are two optional themed modules. There are three themes to choose from:

Option A: Professional Issues and Professional Practice Theme
Option B: Networking Theme
Option C: Web and Mobile Application Design and Development Theme

CORE MODULES:
-Postgraduate Study & Research Methods
-Future & Emerging Technology
-Software Development: Object Oriented Programming
-Database Systems
-Dissertation

OPTIONAL MODULES:
Option A: Professional Issues and Professional Practice Theme
-IT Project Management
-Professional Challenges in Computing

Option B: Networking Theme
-Networking Hardware and Software
-Networking Techniques & Technologies

Option C: Web and Mobile Application Design and Development Theme
-Commercial Website Design & Development
-Internet and Mobile Application Development

The information listed in this section 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.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the course enables you to put greater focus on your future career in the field of Computing or the educational paths. You will have the knowledge and competence necessary to continue to develop professionally in the workplace. You might take the opportunity to progress to higher-level academic investigation.

It is expected that you will be able to gain employment at higher technical and managerial levels, develop particular specialist technical and consultative skills, and be capable of embarking upon Doctoral level study.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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What is great about this computing master’s course is the flexibility it offers you – the direction you take is entirely up to you. Read more

What is great about this computing master’s course is the flexibility it offers you – the direction you take is entirely up to you. You can design your programme from a huge range of subjects. Choose those that are most relevant to you and build a bespoke course that enhances your career opportunities and progression.

Course details

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers in the computing industry. Whether you are a graduate looking at the first step on the career ladder or a current employee looking to turn your industry experience into qualifications, this course is flexible enough to meet your needs. It is ideal if you already work in the field of computing and want to develop new skills, and equally relevant if you are a recent graduate wanting to develop the technical knowledge and understanding to progress to your chosen career. 

There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MSc Computing:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • part-time - 2 years.

What you study

This course both develops your knowledge to the forefront of computing and your intellectual ability for abstract analysis and synthesis at the level for postgraduate research. It produces graduates who can make reasoned, critical decisions for selecting or implementing appropriate computer-based solutions. It also produces graduates with sufficient technical and inter-personal skills to make an immediate contribution to major projects at the leading edge of computer applications. We encourage enterprise and progression towards further research including MPhil and/or PhD. You acquire a range of practical, professional and transferable skills.

Course structure

Core module

  • Master’s Project: Computing
  • Research Methods for Computing

 and five optional modules

  • Accrediting Prior and Workbased Studies
  • Agile Project Management
  • Computer and Network Security
  • e-Commerce Management
  • Inclusive Design
  • Information Systems Management
  • Managing Projects with PRINCE2®
  • Mobile App Programming
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Mobile Systems and Communications
  • Mobile Web Services
  • Network Service Management
  • Pattern-driven Development
  • Rapid Application Development
  • Software Engineering Processes
  • Systems Administration and Security
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • UX Modelling

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

Lectures are used to introduce and develop material, with research issues and recent developments included as appropriate. Subjects are explored in depth via tutor-led seminars, practical workshops, individual or group research and contribution to discussion forums.

Lectures, discussion seminars and online discussions are used to develop intellectual skills. Directed self study and research are used in many modules to develop your critical evaluation skills.

Lectures, including presentations from guest external practitioners, are used to deliver relevant subject-specific content. Practical work includes case studies from real scenarios and the development of significant computer applications.

Development of transferable skills, self-managed learning and professional development are core themes throughout the programme. Methods include group-based activities and discussions, self-directed learning and research, and tutor-led workshops.

How you are assessed

Most learning outcomes are assessed by individual coursework, including case studies, essays and the development of computer applications, with critical evaluation of processes or products, and evidence of research into a specified area. Some learning outcomes are assessed by group work. The School of Computing is very experienced in assessing group work with a research profile in that area. The assessment starts with a group, with a clear emphasis on process as well as product, but proceeds to individual assessment of each student by a variety of means.

Other assessments include individual portfolios of technical work and presentations to tutors of research findings. Assessment of a significant computer application, plus group work, is used as the vehicle for assessing planning and self-management. Other assessments of transferable skills include oral presentations and the development of portfolios of work to a professional standard.

Employability

Career opportunities

From the beginning of your programme, we prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

  1. Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.
  2. Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.


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This programme produces engineers who are highly skilled in the techniques of manufacturing management and its related technologies, providing the basis for effective careers as managers who can meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global manufacturing industry. Read more
This programme produces engineers who are highly skilled in the techniques of manufacturing management and its related technologies, providing the basis for effective careers as managers who can meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global manufacturing industry.

Core study areas include manufacturing system and process modelling, lean and agile manufacture engineering management and business studies, product information systems - product lifecycle management, the innovation process and project management, sustainable development, advanced manufacturing processes and automation, additive manufacturing and a project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/advanced-manuf-eng-mgt/

Programme modules

- Manufacturing System and Process Modelling
The objective of this module is to provide an understanding of manufacturing and its management that recognises breadth and depth of required resources and information. This is done through developing an understanding of the hierarchy of computer based modelling relevant to manufacturing, ranging from the detail of material behaviour in processed parts, through macroscopic process models to the integration of processes within manufacturing systems and higher level business processes.

- Lean and Agile Manufacture
This module allows students to gain an understanding of lean and agile concepts in the manufacturing business, including its distribution chains. Students will learn to specify, design and evaluate an appropriate lean or agile business system.

- Engineering Management and Business Studies
The aim of the module is to introduce the concepts of management techniques that are applicable to running an engineering company. Students will learn to evaluate commercial risk, plan and organise engineering activities for improved company effectiveness and communicate technical and business information to ensure maximum impact.

- Product Information Systems – Product Lifecycle Management
The objectives of this module are for students to understand and critically evaluate the emerging product information systems for designers in the form of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. Students will learn to use modern information and process modelling techniques to define the information integration and workflow requirements of a PLM configuration.

- The Innovation Process and Project Management
Students will establish a clear overview of the innovation process and an understanding of the essential elements within it. They will learn strategies for planning and carrying out innovative projects in any field.

- Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context
This module provides students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable development and to provide them with an understanding of how engineers can help manufacturing businesses develop into more sustainable enterprises.

- Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Automation
Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, processes and technologies. They will learn to understand and critically evaluate advanced manufacturing processes and technologies, assessing their advantages and disadvantages.

- Additive Manufacturing
The module will introduce and develop the concepts of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and demonstrate the different AM techniques available at Loughborough University. The module will emphasise the strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies and highlight applications and case studies from the AM industry.

- Projects
In addition to the taught modules, all students undertake an individual major project. Part-time students normally undertake a major project that is based on the needs of their employing company.

How you will learn

You will learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on computer modelling and independent research. Following eight taught modules, students pursue an individual project typically based on the diverse range of industrially focused manufacturing research strengths within the School. Part time students may base their projects on particular needs of their current employer.

Examinations are in January and May / June with coursework throughout the programme. The project is assessed by written report, presentation and exhibition.

Careers and further study

Within national or multinational manufacturing industry companies working as a Manufacturing Engineer, Project Engineer, Systems Analyst or Software Development Specialist. Graduates may also study for an MPhil or PhD with the School’s research groups.

Scholarships

The University offers over 100 scholarships each year to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union. These scholarships are to the value of 25% of the programme tuition fee and that value will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
You can apply for a scholarship once you have received an offer for a place on this programme.

Why Choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough?

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is a leader in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international industrial links, and a long standing tradition of excellent teaching.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, comprising of engineers at senior levels in the profession, ensures that our programmes contain the optimal balance of subjects and industrial relevance, with our programmes accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

- Facilities
The School has laboratories devoted to disciplines such as; dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, sports engineering, structural integrity and thermodynamics.

- Research
The School has a busy, multi-national community of well over 150 postgraduate research students who form an important part of our internationally recognised research activities.
We have seven key research centres (Electronics Manufacture, Intelligent Automation, Regenerative Medicine Embedded Intelligence, High Efficiency SCR for Low Emission Vehicles and High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre) and we are a lead governing partner in the newly formed UK Manufacturing Technology Centre.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates go on to work with companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, Ford, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Millbrook Proving Ground, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/advanced-manuf-eng-mgt/

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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Read more

The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It is tailored around you and your individual development needs, and our approach ensures that you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient leader.

Your personal development is underpinned by practical experience. This enables you to apply your learning and demonstrate your capability for senior management.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The integrated core modules are complemented by option modules that enable you to tailor your learning to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue from within your organisation.

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different business areas.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

During the course you can

  • build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing
  • attend guest lectures from leading industry experts who provide unique insights into management
  • create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.

Critical self-awareness

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Course structure

Three years – university-based study blocks

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete

  • year one – four modules
  • year two – three modules plus work-based project
  • year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Year one modules

  • managing strategy
  • strategic marketing management and decision making
  • two options

Year two modules

  • strategic global human resource management and decision making
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice
  • two options

Year three modules

  • research and consultancy methods
  • dissertation or organisational project

Options

The choice of options offered will be dependent on student numbers and may include

  • communication in the contemporary organisation
  • leadership and managing change • enterprise
  • business operations and process management
  • the digital organisation
  • managing financial resources

Please https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/executive-mba for module descriptions

Assessment

Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

Employability

The Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability, providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. This ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability, by demonstrating your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex organisational issues.

The course is highly valued by employers and previous EMBA graduates have gone on to successful careers in senior management in a range of industries and professions.



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Course aims. Today, software is becoming ever more complex, developed with very short time to market, and required to cope with changing requirements. Read more
Course aims
Today, software is becoming ever more complex, developed with very short time to market, and required to cope with changing requirements. This scenario calls for increased levels of flexibility and agility, both in the technologies used and the processes followed for engineering software. This MSc will provide a sound background on the methods and techniques that can meet these challenges. Hands-on modules based on the Eclipse framework will ensure that this knowledge is framed in practical contexts of usage.

Course modules
Each specialist course consists of six core modules and two option modules. For the MSc there is also a project. All courses include the core module ‘Personal and Group Skills’.

Core Modules
Domain Specific Languages
Generative Development
Service Oriented Architectures
System Re-Engineering
Recommended Option
Software Process Engineering

Teaching and assessment methods
Teaching is by a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework consists of a mixture of computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects. The compulsory Personal and Group Skills module combines attendance of seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on topics selected for the seminars, as well as attendance at a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning. The project is assessed separately.

Start Dates
October and January each year.

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Industry and commerce have an increasing need for IT-enabled decision makers and business-aware IT professionals. This postgraduate degree is designed to meet that need. Read more
Industry and commerce have an increasing need for IT-enabled decision makers and business-aware IT professionals. This postgraduate degree is designed to meet that need. The degree aims to give students a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding of computing, software development with a user-centric approach and the global business environment.

Why study MSc Computing with International Business at Dundee?

The MSc in Computing with International Business offers students a practical mix of technical computing modules such as internet programming and software development and business modules like economics for business managers and international business strategy.

At the University of Dundee we have a flexible approach to Computing with International Business. This course can be tailored to suit students with a strong computing background or those with less experience seeking to develop their skills while simultaneously developing their business acumen.

We encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to software design and production, and enable you to develop research skills so that you can undertake a major software development project.

What's great about Computing with International Business at Dundee?

International Business at the University of Dundee is well known abroad and as a result, there is a strong multicultural aspect in these classes. Students from countries all over the world like India, China Nigeria and more come here to study giving you the opportunity to work alongside people with a multitude of different ideas, skills and experiences.

The University of Dundee is at the leading edge of computing giving you the opportunity to take advantage of tutelage from leading researchers in an informal and supportive environment.

Your studies will take place in the Queen Mother Building, the University of Dundee’s award-winning epicentre of computing, which boasts an array of conventional and specialised equipment.

The start date is September each year. The MSc course lasts for 12 months and the PGDip lasts for 9 months.

- Degree Combinations
Computing with International Business with Work Placement MSc

How you will be taught

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge and so you will learn from research-active staff. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

What you will study

You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You make module selections with your advisor, and this will be partially dictated by your background and previous study, plus any timetabling restrictions.

The typical list for students with limited computing background is shown *. Any module which has a significant overlap with your previous education will be disallowed, for students with a computing-related degree this will usually include most of the modules shown +.

Four Computing modules from:

Software Development+
Technology Innovation Management
Computer Vision
Computer Graphics
Computing the User Experience
Big Data Analysis
Database Systems
Secure Internet Programming
Software Engineering+
Agile Engineering
Computing Research Frontiers
Research Methods
Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering

Two Business modules from:

Corporate Finance
Performance Management and Reporting
Operations Management and Change
Business Accounting for Non-specialists
Principles of Marketing Practice
International Business Strategy
Global Marketing
Human Resource Management Strategies
Marketing Management and Strategy
Strategic Management Accounting
International Human Resource Management

Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks.

Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.

How you will be assessed

The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.

Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.

Our students are highly employable:
They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft

They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year

Computing at the University of Dundee is ranked 21st in the UK according to most recent Times Good University Guide and 12th in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2009. The University of Dundee has powered its way to a position as one of Scotland's leading universities with an international reputation for excellence across a range of activities. With over 18,000 students, it is growing fast in both size and reputation. It has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spin-out companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme.

With a population of 150,000 Dundee is not too large but has virtually all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. It is situated beside a broad estuary of the river Tay, surrounded by hills and farmland, and for lovers of the great outdoors it is hard to imagine another UK location that offers so much all year round on land and water. The University is situated in the centre of Dundee, and everything needed is on the one-stop campus: study facilities, help, advice, leisure activities... yet the attractions of the city centre and the cultural quarter are just a stroll away.

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Organisations operate within increasingly unpredictable, competitive, constrained and demanding environments. Information is crucial to their success as it is required for decision making at all levels. Read more

Course Description

Organisations operate within increasingly unpredictable, competitive, constrained and demanding environments. Information is crucial to their success as it is required for decision making at all levels. Consequently there is a need to understand the strategic importance of information and develop agile, effective and secure ways to exploit it to its full potential. To do this, effective information capability management must be developed throughout the organisation so that the right information is available to the right people at the right time in an effective, efficient and secure manner.

An appropriate infrastructure is required to enable effective information capability management to address strategic business needs. This is dependent on joined-up systems of processes, technology and appropriately skilled, competent and motivated people focused on delivering clearly understood business benefit. The Information Capability Management (ICM) MSc has been developed to address these important issues.

Overview

Skilled professionals are needed to enable organisations to realise the strategic benefits that successfully exploiting information can provide. Success in business of all types and in all sectors, both public and private, is dependant on:

•Understanding the value of information as a strategic asset
•Developing agile, effective and efficient systems that make this information available.
•Countering cyber threats with appropriate cyber security.

The internationally recognised Information Capability Management course successfully supports the development of these professionals. Students from Government departments, industry and other organisations within the UK and internationally come together to study and discuss issues and develop skills that will enable solutions now and in the future.

Key goals of the course are to provide students with postgraduate level education in order to:

•Develop in individuals an awareness of the management, user and supplier communities
•Recognise the stakeholder roles, needs and expectations within these communities
•Enable effective communication and a shared understanding between these stakeholders in order to meet capability objectives
•Master the principles and practice that underlie the delivery of effective, efficient and secure systems in various business spaces that exploit information in order to provide strategic benefit

Start date: Full Time: September / Part Time: January

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

Course overview

MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of twelve modules, followed by an individual dissertation in a relevant topic.

PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, but without the individual dissertation.

PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Information Systems) together with five other modules.

Modules

Qualifications achieved by completing:
PgCert: Foundations of Information Systems and any five other modules
PgDip: All modules
MSc: All modules and the dissertation.

Core:
- Cyber Security and Information Assurance
- Dissertation
- Emerging Technology Monitoring
- Foundations of Information Systems
- Information Storage and Retrieval
- Methods and Tools for Information Systems Development
- Organisation Development
- Professional Issues
- Programme and Project Management for Information Systems
- Software Engineering (IS)
- Strategic Application of Information Systems
- Systems Architecture
- Data-led Decision Support
- Data Modelling, Storage and Management

Individual Project

The Individual Project is the opportunity for a student to utilise and demonstrate their understanding of the taught phase of the course by applying their learning to a real world problem. It is also an opportunity to develop skills and achieve a greater level of understanding in a specific area or areas of relevance to the course. Students are allocated a supervisor and have access to subject matter experts to support them in the project phase.

Assessment

Spread throughout the programme and includes coursework, group presentations and examinations during the taught phase and for the MSc a research based dissertation.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to further senior career opportunities and to become one of the next generation of senior professionals delivering business benefit through exploitation of information with skills in appropriate areas including business analysis, strategy development and implementation, information assurance, cyber security, organisational development and strategic application of information systems.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Information-Capability-Management

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Research profile. The Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM) is the UK's leading research institute in signal processing and communications and is home to the Li-Fi research and development centre. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM) is the UK's leading research institute in signal processing and communications and is home to the Li-Fi research and development centre. We have three major centres of activity; signal processing, communications systems and tomographic imaging. Our programme of research delivers world leading research in signal and image processing and communications from fundamental theoretical and algorithmic work through to its translation to specific audio, imaging, radar/sonar, and communications applications.

The Institute has excellent research facilities, including state-of-the-art computing systems and laboratories for agile tomography, and audio signal processing, as well as the Li-Fi research and development centre for visible light communications. Internationally recognised for our research on communications systems and signal processing, we offer research topics including: green radio; visible light communications; cognitive radio; compressive sensing; distributed sensor signal processing; and agile tomography.

IDCOM holds the only UK Research Council platform award in sensor signal processing, in collaboration with the joint research institute in signal and image processing and Heriot-Watt University, recognising our world leading research status.

Training and support

The development of transferable skills is a vital part of postgraduate training and a vibrant, interdisciplinary training programme is offered to all research students by the University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD). The programme concentrates on the professional development of postgraduates, providing courses directly linked to postgraduate study.

Courses run by the IAD are free and have been designed to be as flexible as possible so that you can tailor the content and timing to your own requirements.

Our researchers are strongly encouraged to present their research at conferences and in journal during the course of their PhD.

Every year, the Graduate School organises a Postgraduate Research Conference to showcase the research carried out by students across the Research Institutes

Our researchers are also encouraged and supported to attend transferable skills courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Facilities

The Institute has excellent research facilities, including state-of-the-art computing systems and laboratories for usability engineering, audio signal processing and visible light communications.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.



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Study a Master's in Business Studies in the Netherlands. Are you a future Interdisciplinary Business Professional?. Read more

Study a Master's in Business Studies in the Netherlands

Are you a future Interdisciplinary Business Professional?

  • Do you wish to work in interdisciplinary teams with people from different backgrounds and contribute your expertise and creativity to achieve a common goal?
  • Are you able to think out of the box, accept new, exciting challenges and study problems from all possible angles?
  • Are you prepared to study hard and work even harder, by putting your practical, hands-on daring attitude to good use?

Then the English-taught Master of Science in Business Studies from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, is the right programme for you!

The Master of Science in Business Studies is an intensive, ground-breaking one-year international Master programme in the domain of business studies, designed for ambitious students who are eager to make a difference. You will contribute to solutions and innovations for wicked problems that organisations are facing. Wicked problems are complex interdisciplinary issues that require innovative and diverse answers for organisations that add value to both people and our planet.

The Master of Science in Business Studies

The Master of Science in Business Studies aims to educate ambitious, agile and innovative Business Professionals who are shaping their own entrepreneurship as so-called intrapreneurs. These Business Professionals accept challenges and are able to effect innovations in interdisciplinary forms of cooperation that will contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Dealing with wicked problems

Companies and organisations are facing a world in transition. They must cope with the effects of economic developments and societal changes such as globalisation,

digitalisation, internationalisation and sustainability. They must deal with complex issues, that are hard to define, difficult to predict and have several causes. For instance:

  • How can they guarantee that their colourful t-shirts and dresses are not sown by six-year olds?
  • What can organisations do to prevent cyberattacks on their computer systems without compromising the privacy of their clients and workforce?
  • How can they counter claims that they are responsible for the “plastic soup” in our oceans, killing off precious coral banks and sea life alike?

Survive, thrive and innovate

To survive and thrive, companies and organisations must innovate. They must look to the future. To remain relevant, they need to adapt and change. They must grab wicked problems by the tail and transform threats into opportunities and find the right answers to dilemmas. They need professionals with an open mind, who are equipped and prepared to team up with co-workers of other disciplines within and outside the organisation. To become Interdisciplinary Business Professionals who have what it takes to do what needs to be done. This is the first Master programme offered by a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands to meet this need.

Becoming leaders as well team players

As a future Interdisciplinary Business Professional, you will be a leader as well as a team player. You will be expected to take the lead in innovations and groundbreaking projects, while cooperating with team members with an entirely different background and point of view. During this Master programme, you will carry out individual and collective assignments, working independently and with a team of fellow-students, lecturer-researchers, professors and the professional field. This is how you will develop your personal and professional skills to become the creative intrapreneur organisations and companies need and demand.

Community of Learners

From day one you will work in an interdisciplinary, international setting. We offer you an ambitious and safe environment to cultivate your individual talents as well as your ability to work with others in co-creation. You will be part of an active and stimulating Community of Learners, consisting of your fellow-students as well as committed professors, lecturer-researchers and the professional practice. Within the Community you cooperate and learn from each other with the aim to create new knowledge for complex issues leading to sustainable solutions and innovations. You will learn to master the knowledge, skills, and, most importantly, the new roles you will need in your future job and you will be coached in your leadership skills.

Applied Research, Interdisciplinary Assignments, Professional Skills Development & Ethics

The Master programme consists of three pillars: Applied research, Interdisciplinary Assignments and Professional Skills Development & Ethics. These three pillars are based on the view that the future Business Professional needs to be equipped with critical thinking skills along with analytical skills to be able to handle complex issues. The interdisciplinary assignments enhance cooperation and communication skills with professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds. The Professional Skills Development & Ethics focuses on the ability to reflect on one’s own behaviour and development and to adapt accordingly. The Master programme kicks off with an intensive week where you will meet fellow students and experience the four core disciplines of the programme, while acquiring intensive training on your research skills. During the following weeks you will work in interdisciplinary teams on an assignment centered around the theme Sustainability.

Within the Interdisciplinary Innovation Assignments you will work on real-life complex issues from the professional field. It includes a dynamic combination of co-creation with fellow-students and the professional field, academic depth provided by (guest) lectures and professorships, and an evidence-based approach with insights from different disciplinary perspectives. Both (guest) lectures from experts in the field and the Community of Learners will support you throughout the Master programme. Your knowledge development is enhanced by the six ample themes and accompanying topics, that encompass the core disciplines of the Master programme: Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management and Business & IT:

  • Sustainability: e.g. Corporate Social Responsibility, Cooperatives & Democracy
  • Technology Driven Society: e.g. Dynamic Capability, Compliance Management
  • Liquid Society: e.g. Behavioural Economics, Complexity and Transition Management
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship: e.g. Circular Economy, Effectuation Theory
  • Professional Skills Development & Ethics: e.g. Systems Thinking, In the Board Room
  • Applied Research: e.g. Research Philosophy, Empirical Cycle, Academic Writing


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