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This is a unique course relevant for those who aspire to competently manage and co-ordinate physical assets to optimum effect. Combining theory with best practice, this Engineering Asset Management course is aimed at engineers and management personnel working in an engineering/operations environment. Read more
This is a unique course relevant for those who aspire to competently manage and co-ordinate physical assets to optimum effect.

Combining theory with best practice, this Engineering Asset Management course is aimed at engineers and management personnel working in an engineering/operations environment. It marks a significant advance in the delivery of specialised professional development, designed to meet the 'real world' needs of industry.

The implementation of asset management practices within an organisation enables it to see tangible benefits such as lower operating costs, longer asset life, improved asset performance, greater reliability, higher safety standards, enhanced environmental support and better informed investment strategies.

See the website https://www.rgu.ac.uk/engineering/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/asset-integrity-management

Course detail

Teaching is delivered through the online university virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. Each module comprises up to 52 hours of lectures and tutorials. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.

Stage 1

•Problem Solving
•Maintenance and Inspection for Asset Integrity
•Introduction to Integrity and Reliability
•Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Assessment

Exit Award: PgCert Asset Integrity Management

Stage 2

•Asset Life Cycle Analysis
•Corrosion Management
•Engineering Project Management
•Integrity and Reliability Management

Exit Award: PgDip Asset Integrity Management

Stage 3

•Individual Project Report

Award: MSc Asset Integrity Management

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Energy Institute.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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This programme is designed to help students understand how prices and values for claims to uncertain payments are derived, by using fundamental principles from economics and finance, and includes claims such as company shares and dividends, financial derivatives, real assets such as metals and commodities as well as insurance claims. Read more
This programme is designed to help students understand how prices and values for claims to uncertain payments are derived, by using fundamental principles from economics and finance, and includes claims such as company shares and dividends, financial derivatives, real assets such as metals and commodities as well as insurance claims.

Why this programme

-This programme will give you a thorough knowledge of the mechanisms used to determine asset prices, knowledge which is fundamental for all types of investor.
-You will learn about the latest and most sophisticated techniques in asset pricing and investment theory and you will receive training on Bloomberg software in the school's dedicated training suite.
-You will acquire the practical skills to implement and calibrate these models in a computer-based learning environment using empirical and econometric techniques.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work normally in the form of a dissertation.

You will be taught in lectures, some of which may also be accompanied by class/group discussions. You will attend workshops to help define and develop your dissertation proposal and you will be assigned an individual dissertation supervisor who will provide guidance and comments as you complete your dissertation.

Core Courses
-Economic fundamentals and financial markets
-Empirical asset pricing
-Investment, finance and asset pricing
-Portfolio analysis and investment

Optional Courses
-Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
-Applied computational finance
-Basic econometrics
-Corporate finance and investment
-Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Financial market micro structure
-Intermediate econometrics
-Mathematical finance

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme will typically find employment in financial institutions (asset management, investment banks, the quant sector and consulting); governmental bodies involved in financial decision-making; and organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, Central Banks etc.

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Programme structure. The programme offers four "core" modules, taken by all students, along with a variety of elective modules from which students can pick and choose. Read more
Programme structure
The programme offers four "core" modules, taken by all students, along with a variety of elective modules from which students can pick and choose. There are examinations and coursework in eight modules altogether, including the four core modules. Additionally, all students complete a dissertation.

Core modules
0.Probability and stochastics. This course provides the basics of the probabilistic ideas and mathematical language needed to fully appreciate the modern mathematical theory of finance and its applications. Topics include: measurable spaces, sigma-algebras, filtrations, probability spaces, martingales, continuous-time stochastic processes, Poisson processes, Brownian motion, stochastic integration, Ito calculus, log-normal processes, stochastic differential equations, the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process.


0.Financial markets. This course is designed to cover basic ideas about financial markets, including market terminology and conventions. Topics include: theory of interest, present value, future value, fixed-income securities, term structure of interest rates, elements of probability theory, mean-variance portfolio theory, the Markowitz model, capital asset pricing model (CAPM), portfolio performance, risk and utility, portfolio choice theorem, risk-neutral pricing, derivatives pricing theory, Cox-Ross-Rubinstein formula for option pricing.


0.Option pricing theory. The key ideas leading to the valuation of options and other important derivatives will be introduced. Topics include: risk-free asset, risky assets, single-period binomial model, option pricing on binomial trees, dynamical equations for price processes in continuous time, Radon-Nikodym process, equivalent martingale measures, Girsanov's theorem, change of measure, martingale representation theorem, self-financing strategy, market completeness, hedge portfolios, replication strategy, option pricing, Black-Scholes formula.


0.Financial computing I. The idea of this course is to enable students to learn how the theory of pricing and hedging can be implemented numerically. Topics include: (i) The Unix/Linux environment, C/C++ programming: types, decisions, loops, functions, arrays, pointers, strings, files, dynamic memory, preprocessor; (ii) data structures: lists and trees; (iii) introduction to parallel (multi-core, shared memory) computing: open MP constructs; applications to matrix arithmetic, finite difference methods, Monte Carlo option pricing.


0.Interest rate theory. An in-depth analysis of interest-rate modelling and derivative pricing will be presented. Topics include: interest rate markets, discount bonds, the short rate, forward rates, swap rates, yields, the Vasicek model, the Hull-White model, the Heath-Jarrow-Merton formalism, the market model, bond option pricing in the Vasicek model, the positive interest framework, option and swaption pricing in the Flesaker-Hughston model.

Elective modules

0.Portfolio theory. The general theory of financial portfolio based on utility theory will be introduced in this module. Topics include: utility functions, risk aversion, the St Petersburg paradox, convex dual functions, dynamic asset pricing, expectation, forecast and valuation, portfolio optimisation under budget constraints, wealth consumption, growth versus income.


0.Information in finance with application to credit risk management. An innovative and intuitive approach to asset pricing, based on the modelling of the flow of information in financial markets, will be introduced in this module. Topics include: information-based asset pricing – a new paradigm for financial risk management; modelling frameworks for cash flows and market information; applications to credit risk modelling, defaultable discount bond dynamics, the pricing and hedging of credit-risky derivatives such as credit default swaps (CDS), asset dependencies and correlation modelling, and the origin of stochastic volatility.

0.Mathematical theory of dynamic asset pricing. Financial modelling and risk management involve not only the valuation and hedging of various assets and their positions, but also the problem of asset allocation. The traditional approach of risk-neutral valuation treats the problem of valuation and hedging, but is limited when it comes to understanding asset returns and the behaviour of asset prices in the real-world 'physical' probability measure. The pricing kernel approach, however, treats these different aspects of financial modelling in a unified and coherent manner. This module introduces in detail the techniques of pricing kernel methodologies, and its applications to interest-rete modelling, foreign exchange market, and inflation-linked products. Another application concerns the modelling of financial markets where prices admit jumps. In this case, the relation between risk, risk aversion, and return is obscured in traditional approaches, but is made clear in the pricing kernel method. The module also covers the introduction to the theory of Lévy processes for jumps and its applications to dynamic asset pricing in the modern setting.

0.Financial computing II: High performance computing. In this parallel-computing module students will learn how to harness the power of a multi-core computer and Open MP to speed up a task by running it in parallel. Topics include: shared and distributed memory concepts; Message Passing and introduction to MPI constructs; communications models, applications and pitfalls; open MP within MPI; introduction to Graphics Processors; GPU computing and the CUDA programming model; CUDA within MPI; applications to matrix arithmetic, finite difference methods, Monte Carlo option pricing.


0.Risk measures, preference and portfolio choice. The idea of this module is to enable students to learn a variety of statistical techniques that will be useful in various practical applications in investment banks and hedge funds. Topics include: probability and statistical models, models for return distributions, financial time series, stationary processes, estimation of AR processes, portfolio regression, least square estimation, value-at-risk, coherent risk measures, GARCH models, non-parametric regression and splines.

Research project

Towards the end of the Spring Term, students will choose a topic to work on, which will lead to the preparation of an MSc dissertation. This can be thought of as a mini research project. The project supervisor will usually be a member of the financial mathematics group. In some cases the project may be overseen by an external supervisor based at a financial institution or another academic institution.

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Programme structure. The programme offers five "core" modules, taken by all candidates, along with a variety of elective modules from which students can pick and choose. Read more
Programme structure

The programme offers five "core" modules, taken by all candidates, along with a variety of elective modules from which students can pick and choose. There are lectures, examinations and coursework in eight modules altogether, including the five core modules. Additionally, all students complete an individual research project on a selected topic in financial mathematics, leading to the submission of a dissertation.

Core modules

Probability and stochastics. This course provides the basics of the probabilistic ideas and mathematical language needed to fully appreciate the modern mathematical theory of finance and its applications. Topics include: measurable spaces, sigma-algebras, filtrations, probability spaces, martingales, continuous-time stochastic processes, Poisson processes, Brownian motion, stochastic integration, Ito calculus, log-normal processes, stochastic differential equations, the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process.

Financial markets. This course is designed to cover basic ideas about financial markets, including market terminology and conventions. Topics include: theory of interest, present value, future value, fixed-income securities, term structure of interest rates, elements of probability theory, mean-variance portfolio theory, the Markowitz model, capital asset pricing model (CAPM), portfolio performance, risk and utility, portfolio choice theorem, risk-neutral pricing, derivatives pricing theory, Cox-Ross-Rubinstein formula for option pricing.

Option pricing theory. The key ideas leading to the valuation of options and other important derivatives will be introduced. Topics include: risk-free asset, risky assets, single-period binomial model, option pricing on binomial trees, dynamical equations for price processes in continuous time, Radon-Nikodym process, equivalent martingale measures, Girsanov's theorem, change of measure, martingale representation theorem, self-financing strategy, market completeness, hedge portfolios, replication strategy, option pricing, Black-Scholes formula.


Interest rate theory. An in-depth analysis of interest-rate modelling and derivative pricing will be presented. Topics include: interest rate markets, discount bonds, the short rate, forward rates, swap rates, yields, the Vasicek model, the Hull-White model, the Heath-Jarrow-Merton formalism, the market model, bond option pricing in the Vasicek model, the positive interest framework, option and swaption pricing in the Flesaker-Hughston model.

Financial computing I. The idea of this course is to enable students to learn how the theory of pricing and hedging can be implemented numerically. Topics include: (i) The Unix/Linux environment, C/C++ programming: types, decisions, loops, functions, arrays, pointers, strings, files, dynamic memory, preprocessor; (ii) data structures: lists and trees; (iii) introduction to parallel (multi-core, shared memory) computing: open MP constructs; applications to matrix arithmetic, finite difference methods, Monte Carlo option pricing.

Elective modules

Portfolio theory. The general theory of financial portfolio based on utility theory will be introduced in this module. Topics include: utility functions, risk aversion, the St Petersburg paradox, convex dual functions, dynamic asset pricing, expectation, forecast and valuation, portfolio optimisation under budget constraints, wealth consumption, growth versus income.

Information in finance with application to credit risk management. An innovative and intuitive approach to asset pricing, based on the modelling of the flow of information in financial markets, will be introduced in this module. Topics include: information-based asset pricing – a new paradigm for financial risk management; modelling frameworks for cash flows and market information; applications to credit risk modelling, defaultable discount bond dynamics, the pricing and hedging of credit-risky derivatives such as credit default swaps (CDS), asset dependencies and correlation modelling, and the origin of stochastic volatility.


Mathematical theory of dynamic asset pricing. Financial modelling and risk management involve not only the valuation and hedging of various assets and their positions, but also the problem of asset allocation. The traditional approach of risk-neutral valuation treats the problem of valuation and hedging, but is limited when it comes to understanding asset returns and the behaviour of asset prices in the real-world 'physical' probability measure. The pricing kernel approach, however, treats these different aspects of financial modelling in a unified and coherent manner. This module introduces in detail the techniques of pricing kernel methodologies, and its applications to interest-rete modelling, foreign exchange market, and inflation-linked products. Another application concerns the modelling of financial markets where prices admit jumps. In this case, the relation between risk, risk aversion, and return is obscured in traditional approaches, but is made clear in the pricing kernel method. The module also covers the introduction to the theory of Lévy processes for jumps and its applications to dynamic asset pricing in the modern setting.


Financial computing II: High performance computing. In this parallel-computing module students will learn how to harness the power of a multi-core computer and Open MP to speed up a task by running it in parallel. Topics include: shared and distributed memory concepts; Message Passing and introduction to MPI constructs; communications models, applications and pitfalls; open MP within MPI; introduction to Graphics Processors; GPU computing and the CUDA programming model; CUDA within MPI; applications to matrix arithmetic, finite difference methods, Monte Carlo option pricing.

Risk measures, preference and portfolio choice. The idea of this module is to enable students to learn a variety of statistical techniques that will be useful in various practical applications in investment banks and hedge funds. Topics include: probability and statistical models, models for return distributions, financial time series, stationary processes, estimation of AR processes, portfolio regression, least square estimation, value-at-risk, coherent risk measures, GARCH models, non-parametric regression and splines.

Research project

Towards the end of the Spring Term, students will choose a topic for an individual research project, which will lead to the preparation and submission of an MSc dissertation. The project supervisor will usually be a member of the Brunel financial mathematics group. In some cases the project may be overseen by an external supervisor based at a financial institution or another academic institution.

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The MA addresses the creation, management, curation and repurposing of digital media and digital assets in general. Read more
The MA addresses the creation, management, curation and repurposing of digital media and digital assets in general. As the digital aspect of content industries, the cultural heritage sector and the private sector are reaching maturity, career opportunities have mushroomed worldwide for professionals, who are familiar with digital media and have the skills to manage digital content throughout its lifecycle.

Key benefits

- For our teaching, we draw on a wide range of expertise, offering insights into curatorial and archival practices of dealing with digital assets as well as into technologies and wider socio-economic questions such as rights and project management.

- The tutors offer unrivalled expertise in technologies and processes that allow the quick and efficient storage, retrieval and reuse of digital assets. They come from a diverse and highly interdisciplinary background, having run digital archives or worked in the digital industries in the past.

- Through the optional internship module students can have direct access to some of the world's most important culture and media institutions.

- Close links and regular speakers from the content sector give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/digital-asset-and-media-management-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our Digital Asset & Media Management MA takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, allowing you to explore and critically assess competing theories and practices from across new media digital management, archival, and information science. This will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the requirements across many domains. In recent years there has been an explosion in the volume, complexity and range of digital content in a variety of media. This has been called the big data revolution and is closely connected to the increasing interest in the digital economy as an engine of growth.

There are very few institutions of any size that do not create and depend on the management, reuse and curation of digital media and information. Government, the public sector, Higher Education, cultural and creative industries and business all make and use these assets every day. This makes the skills we will give you increasingly attractive to employers. As well as developing the practical skills you need to manage digital media assets, you will also develop your critical and reflective capacities and increase your understanding of the interdependence between digital processes, technology, society and curatorial practice. This will enable you to enter into a technologically complex and fast-moving digital world of work.

Reasons you should consider the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management:

- Broadcast and publishing industries are increasingly using digital media in new ways, on new technological platforms such as tablets and mobile.
- Archives and libraries are increasingly depending on born digital materials and cultural heritage organisations are digitizing and making available digital materials relating to our history and culture.
- Businesses rely on digital media and content to develop, run and manage their future prosperity, leading to a big data revolution.
- Research managers and data scientists work with large volumes of digital data, running experiments, simulations and visualisations.
- Employers are looking for skilled professionals with knowledge and expertise in managing their valuable digital media assets.

- Course purpose -

The programme will prepare students for work or research in an economy and society which increasingly recognises the value of digital media and digital assets in general. Managing these and understanding how to exploit them within a complex digital information environment presents significant challenges for organisations. As a consequence there is an increasing demand for professionals with digital asset and media management expertise. The MA responds to this demand for digitally literate professionals to work in the educational and heritage institutions as well as the publishing, broadcast, and creative content industries. The programme aims to equip students with a range of strategic, technical and practical skills to provide direction and leadership in these areas.

- Course format and assessment -

Lectures on theoretical topics; demonstrations; practical classes and exercises.
The programme consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules (including an internship module), and a compulsory dissertation.
Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examination.

[Career prospects]]

All institutions concerned with the effective management of their information and media assets, for example, museums and galleries; archives; media organisations; publishing houses; government and industry; healthcare and law firms.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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The MA in Leasing & Asset Finance is delivered by Falmouth University in association with The Leasing Foundation. The MA is part-time and aimed at those already working in the sector who wish to accelerate their career as well as those in a related finance and business area who wish to enter this dynamic industry. Read more
The MA in Leasing & Asset Finance is delivered by Falmouth University in association with The Leasing Foundation.

The MA is part-time and aimed at those already working in the sector who wish to accelerate their career as well as those in a related finance and business area who wish to enter this dynamic industry. It is suitable for those working in organisations that can facilitate and benefit from the work-related projects that form the backbone of the programme. The course is delivered primarily online, with support from academic supervisors from Falmouth University and mentors from The Leasing Foundation.

This internationally recognised postgraduate qualification provides you with a resource for developing your career in the industry, so there is an emphasis on creativity, leadership and innovation.

There are three study blocks and each study block contains specific modules that explore different aspects of creativity, leadership and innovation in leasing and asset finance. All three blocks are linked by work-based projects that explore real business issues. If you successfully complete all three study blocks you will accumulate the required 180 credits for the award of an MA.

If you already have previous experience or relevant qualifications you may be eligible to claim up to 60 credits towards the MA and begin your study at block three.

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/leasing-asset-finance

Entry Requirements

Falmouth University welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, and encourages applications from prospective students who do not necessarily hold conventional higher education entry qualifications.*

This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Prior learning includes both formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and informal or 'experiential' learning (gained as a result of work experience or self-study).

The APL process lets you provide evidence of your formal learning, professional experience and self-directed study to enable the University to see if it can be recognised as appropriate preparation for entry to a course, or in some cases allow you to claim credits towards a specific qualification.

You'll need to complete an application, which is then assessed. Your application should demonstrate that you are able to study at the right level, and in the same subject area, for the course you have applied to.

In reviewing your application, we will try and assess whether your application is:

Authentic - does it reflect your own achievements and efforts?
Relevant - does the application describe what you have learned?
Sufficient - have you provided enough evidence of your prior learning?
Current - is your learning up to date and relevant?

What you'll do

- Study block 1
Study block one will take 30 weeks part-time to complete and consists of three modules: The Leasing and Asset Finance Industry; Leadership, Strategy and Innovation, and a work-based project including a two-day residential at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall. Each module will take approximately 200* hours to complete. The aims of the modules are:

- To develop a contemporary overview of the industry and obtain the key resources available to understand the industry
- To be critically aware of the drivers for change in the industry and the challenges and opportunities that the future affords the sector
- To explore innovation, strategy and leadership through case study analysis and in the current context of the industry
- To identify, plan and deliver a relevant research-led project relevant to your organisation

*This is the number of hours you will be expected to commit and includes the time you might need to complete your assessments, your self-organised learning, conducting online research, interaction with your fellow students online, the two-day residential and discussion with your academic supervisor/mentor.

- Study block 2
Study block two will take 30 weeks, part-time to complete and consists of a 200 hour* module on Creative Business, a 400-hour* work-based project including a two-day residential at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall. The aims of the modules are:

- To drive innovation in the sector through the ongoing development of your own creativity and supporting the creativity of others
- To identify, plan and deliver a relevant research-led project and communicate these creatively and effectively
- To produce and discuss conclusions through impactful communications, individually and as part of a group

*This is the number of hours you will be expected to commit and includes the time you might need to complete your assessments, your self-organised learning, conducting online research, interaction with your fellow students online, the two-day residential and discussion with your academic supervisor/mentor.

- Study block 3
Study block three will take 30 weeks part-time to complete and consists of a single 600-hour* work-based project including a two-day residential at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall.

MA Final Project:

This is a substantial piece of research and analysis which should draw upon the learning from previous study blocks. It is anticipated that the project will centre upon your own organisation and may address areas such as leadership challenges, innovation, organisational design issues and their impact on the industry. Your project can take the form of a dissertation, internal strategy document or consultancy project.

This block includes a two-day residential that provides an opportunity to share your knowledge and insights with fellow students, your academic supervisor and mentors from the Foundation.

*This is the number of hours you will be expected to commit and includes the time you might need to complete your assessments, your self-organised learning, conducting online research, interaction with your fellow students online, the two-day residential and discussion with your academic supervisor/mentor.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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Course description. Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of Managerial and technical importance to UK and international industry. Read more
Course description

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of Managerial and technical importance to UK and international industry. It is estimated that 10% of typical plant cost is spent every year maintaining that plant. Maintenance can make the difference in competitiveness on a global scale. Maintenance managers can make major impacts on their companies' bottom line, and often report at board level.

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a key element in increasing the competitiveness of industry. It is a sophisticated discipline, which embraces management techniques, organisation, planning and the application of substantial electronic, engineering and analytical know-how to manufacturing processes, transport, power generation and the efficient operation of industrial, commercial and civic buildings. The aim of the programme is to give companies the technical and managerial expertise to thrive in the global marketplace.

On completion of the course you will be able to obtain one of the following degrees:

* MSc
* Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
* Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

Course Content

The programme is divided into course units which cover various aspects of applied management and technology in the field. It is designed in such a way that after enrolment the people already working in the industry can benefit from the structure and content of the course to enhance their capability in Maintenance and Asset Management. Our teaching staff are internationally recognised professionals with years of experience working in industry and academic institutions.

* Full time
* Part time Direct Taught
* Part time Distance Learning

Module details

The programme is modular. You take eight units, 4 core and 4 optional, some of which include field and laboratory work, followed by a major project. The earlier units address the management of the maintenance process, including such topics as maintenance strategy, maintenance systems and condition based monitoring. Later more specialised units deal with auditing, advanced vibration monitoring, reliability and risk. Units on the full time programme are direct taught, however, part time students can choose either direct taught or web-based distance learning . All delivery modes cover the same syllabus and lead to the same qualification. Full unit specifications and past project descriptions can be found on the School's website.

Please contact the School for details of any possible bursaries.

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Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a fresh, dynamic outlook, unsurpassed industry connections, a leading international reputation and a remarkable track record in graduate employment. Read more
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers a fresh, dynamic outlook, unsurpassed industry connections, a leading international reputation and a remarkable track record in graduate employment.

Our innovative MSc in Hotel Investment and Asset Management is the only programme of its type in the UK, and addresses the needs of the contemporary hospitality sector.

Students of this Masters will experience the industry from a new perspective, which in turn will allow them to have a more professional dialogue with their future employers.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The traditional owner/operator model that has historically dominated the hotel sector has radically transformed in recent years. Meaning that a singular hotel may be owned, leased, managed and branded by separate parties.

This split between ownership and operations has resulted in a growing chasm of expertise between the owner and the operator of a hotel.

Our MSc in Hotel Investment and Asset Management will equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to bridge this gap and address the current and emerging “real world” challenges that face the hotel sector.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research Methods
-Hotel Investment and Finance
-Strategic Marketing and Brand Management
-Hotel Facilities – Development and Management
-Business Plan for Hospitality and Tourism
-Hotel Asset Management
-Revenue Management
-Strategic Human Resource Management (Hospitality)
-Project Management
-Current Issues in Hotel Development and Management
-Hotel Design
-Strategic Management of Hotel Companies
-Business Plan or Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

-To provide a high-quality education that is intellectually rigorous, up-to-date, and relevant to the needs of future managers, executives and professionals in the Hospitality Industry
-To deliver a business management orientation related to the hotel business, and draw on a range of cognate areas of study to explain and analyse this particular sector
-To pursue an integrated approach as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme
-To offer elective modules, allowing students to pursue an extra element of specialisation relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations
-To explore an international perspective both in scope and coverage
-To utilise up-to-date information that draws on the stimulus of the School’s recent research activities
-To provide students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Following completion of the programme, students should be able to:
-Critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to strategic hotel management
-Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of hotels
-Evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to the strategic management of hotels
-Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
-Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
-Conduct research and produce a high quality report: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
-Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches
-Display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills
-Handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Knowledge and understanding
-Critically evaluate the development, characteristics, issues and influences relevant to strategic hotel management
-Analyse and debate theoretical and applied knowledge in the management, operation, organisation and provision of hotel
-Evaluate critically a wide range of approaches and techniques relevant to the strategic management of hotels
-Evaluate outcomes and accurately assess/report on their own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving skills
-Conduct research and produce a high quality report: this includes the ability to select, define and focus upon and issue at an appropriate level; to develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies; to analyse the issue; to develop recommendations and logical conclusions; to be aware of the limitations of research work
-Identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks and to propose new areas for investigations/ new problems / new or alternative applications and methodological approaches

Professional practical skills
-Handle ethical dilemmas likely to arise in management, research and professional practice and to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, clients, mentors and others

Key / transferable skills
-Display a range of skills relevant to the needs of existing and future managers, executives and professionals irrespective of their sector of operation, particularly in the areas of analysis and synthesis, communication and presentation skills, computing skills, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, report and essay writing skills, interactive and group skills, research skills

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This fast-track conversion course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under its Valuation, Commercial Property Practice, Residential Property Practice and Planning & Development specialisms. Read more
This fast-track conversion course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under its Valuation, Commercial Property Practice, Residential Property Practice and Planning & Development specialisms.

The programme aims to combine academic excellence with the explicit development of the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to pursue successful careers in Real Estate, whether in the private or public sector, in the UK or internationally.

Aims of the Programme

This programme is designed to enable students to:
• gain the necessary framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to pursue a successful career in the real estate field
• develop their capacity for critical thinking and ability to present sound, well-justified arguments and solutions to complex problems, recognising the interconnected nature of real estate practice
• develop commercial awareness in conjunction with technical knowledge and skills to enable them to take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry
• be able to draw upon the world-class research and practical experience of the School of Environment, Education and Development, together with our excellent links with business and the public sector, enabling them to explore new insights into the areas of sustainable development and strategic management of the built environment

Special Features

One of the special features of our Masters programmes is the opportunity to work on a 'live' consultancy project. Working with industry partners, students will complete a piece of work within a real-world professional environment.

A comprehensive range of site visits, guest lectures and presentations from business and public organisations are an integral part of the course and networking opportunities are strongly promoted.

An overseas field trip is a recommended option on the programme. The cost of the visit is largely covered by the course fee, but students in recent years have also been asked to contribute around £350 towards the costs of the trip, depending on the venue. Recent locations have included Barcelona, Toronto, Amsterdam and Dublin. Countries to be visited may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The Department cannot guarantee that where visas are required for the field course, they will be granted but will ensure that, in the unlikely event this occurs, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

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The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management. Read more
The MSc in Quantitative Finance develops sophisticated statistical, programming and economic skills for roles in areas such as quantitative asset management and risk management.

The MSc in Quantitative Finance will equip you with a rigorous understanding of the theory behind asset pricing, fixed income securities and risk management, supported by solid knowledge of numerical analysis and programming languages; special emphasis is on econometric techniques as forecasting and market microstructure analysis.

Typical career paths of graduates from our MSc in Quantitative Finance include research positions (in both financial and academic institutions), or roles involving the assessment of market microstructure across a number of exchanges, stress testing/scenario analysis, development and improvements of asset allocation models and analysis of potential investment vehicles across different asset classes, such as Hedge Funds Risk Analyst, Financial Analyst and Asset Allocation Analyst.

The demand for recruits with strong quantitative skills has spread beyond the pure derivatives area, and graduates from the course move into a range of careers in the financial sector. Cass's proximity to the City of London helps graduates to access outstanding career opportunities, especially as Cass has close links with many City institutions.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/quantitative-finance

Course detail

There are two Induction Weeks The Quantitative Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused on:

• an introduction to careers in finance and the opportunity to speak to representatives from over 75 companies during a number of different industry specific fairs.

• a reminder course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics and basic computing which forms a prerequisite of the core modules in term 1.

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree programme students must complete:

• eight core courses (15 credits each)
and
• two additional core modules plus three electives (10 credits each)
or
• three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
or
• one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Quantitative Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Career opportunities

Although investment and hedge funds remain the biggest users and innovators in quantitative finance, other financial sectors such as commercial banking, insurance and fund management are now keenly interested. Fund managers and hedge funds, for example, make extensive use of quantitative techniques to develop trading strategies, optimise portfolios and assess risk.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Quantitative Finance class of 2014 are working are:

• Capita Asset Services - Analyst
• RBS - Graduate Risk Analyst
• Dong MeKong Construction Manufacture and Trading - Project Assistant
• nPOWER - Quant Risk Analyst

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city

Funding

For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

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The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers. Read more
The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers.

You’ll benefit from a programme focussed on a systematic approach to the key decisions taken in investment management, equipping you with the skills needed to thrive in multinational corporations operating in an increasingly complex and fast changing global financial environment.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Fixed Income Investment
-Foundations of Finance
-Equity Investment Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Corporate Finance
-International Corporate Finance
-International Finance
-International Financial Reporting
-Risk Management
-Money and Banking
-MSc Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
-Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
-Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills
-Able to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills
-Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded
-The role of asset allocation
-Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities
-Appropriate valuation methodology
-Economic drivers
-The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Understand the investment process
-Develop an investment process
-Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index
-Understand the role and use of derivative securities

Key/transferrable skills
-Transferable analytical and decision making skills
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task (MSc)
-Data processing skills
-How to form views on incomplete data

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Key / transferable skills
-Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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Understanding modern financial economics, which includes asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations for pursuing careers at, for example, banks, capital funds and finance ministries. Read more
Understanding modern financial economics, which includes asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations for pursuing careers at, for example, banks, capital funds and finance ministries.
The spectacular growth of international capital markets is creating great opportunities. But, as the latest financial crisis has shown, this also entails major challenges for financial decision-makers and regulators of financial markets. The academic Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics is ideal for students who want to understand the workings of global financial markets, from asset pricing and risk management to monetary policy and financial regulation. It provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills set for careers in not just banks, investment funds, and financial exchanges, but also finance ministries or other governmental or non-governmental bodies of financial market oversight.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/fe

Why study Financial Economics at Radboud University?

- You will be part of a new generation of finance professionals, who not only understand traditional approaches in financial economics but who can also integrate modern behavioural and institutional aspects. This gives you a good understanding of the highly volatile behaviour of financial markets, including bubbles, crashes and crises.

- Besides offering a sound theoretical foundation, there is also plenty of attention for applying these concepts to real-world situations.

- You will be trained to think independently and critically about the way in which financial economics can be applied in your professional field and you will develop skills that will make a difference in the highly competitive global labour market.

- The specialisation pays special attention to global aspects of corporate finance, preparing students for an international career.

- Our lecturers are active in academic and applied research which allows them to incorporate the latest academic developments and applied issues. This will also enable you to actively participate in academic research in your Master’s programme.

- Professors and students interact in small groups, thus strengthening the academic atmosphere.

- Radboud University offers ‘Economics Plus’. Traditional economic models and business approaches are expanded with relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as psychology, teaching more in-depth knowledge that can be applied in today’s globalised world.

Ground breaking ideas

One of the most important aspects of this specialisation is to fully understand how financial markets work and what the possible implications are of measures taken to regulate them. How are asset prices of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial assets determined? How do markets deal with financial risk and how can we manage it? You are challenged to go further than simply understanding the concepts and to think creatively about ground breaking ideas of how to regulate constantly developing financial markets and new financial instruments. It’s about trying to get financial markets to work more efficiently, without exuberant bubbles and catastrophic crashes, and in support of a prospering world economy.

Career prospects

Employers are increasingly looking for a new generation of financial professionals, who understand more than the traditional concepts in financial economics and who can integrate this knowledge with institutional and behavioural insights to tackle a wide variety of problems. This Master’s specialisation will provide you with in-depth knowledge in asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations as well as behavioural finance. With this specialisation you will get the best possible understanding of how financial markets work and how to use your analytical skills to deal with today’s problems in financial markets.

Job positions

Our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to work for commercial banks, investment banks, and various types of stand-alone investment funds, as well as financial exchanges. Furthermore, careers in finance ministries or other governmental or non-governmental bodies of financial market oversight, such as central banks, the IMF and the World Bank, are also well within your reach. Due to our international approach, and by choosing the relevant electives, this Master’s can also prepare you for financial careers in multinational enterprises or large national companies.

Our approach to this field

The Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics primarily looks at financial markets, their behaviour, their regulation, and monetary policies. In this specialization we take a bird’s eye view and investigate global financial markets as a whole, for example, stock markets, commodity markets or derivative markets. But we also analyse the different classes of market participants, for example, banks, insurances, pension funds, activist investors and hedge funds. There are many topics that will be studied including bubbles and crashes in financial markets, exchange rate policies between countries and how they affect economic growth. But also measures that a government can take to minimise the risks that banks take, or financial innovations and how they can help to improve economic growth.

- Much more than traditional financial economics
We want to educate a new generation of finance professionals; ones who not only understand traditional financial economics, but can also work with modern institutional and behavioural insights. Financial markets are internationally integrated and often truly global. That is why at Radboud University, we also teach students how to be aware of the different institutional, cultural and psychological aspects in various financial markets. At Radboud University, we also know that psychological biases and emotions play a role in financial decisions. Therefore, a good understanding of financial economics includes knowledge about behavioural finance. Behavioural finance is a modern field in finance that uses psychology-based theories to explain financial decisions of individuals and how these can influence financial markets and create anomalies.

- Other specialisations of Economics
This specialisation looks at Finance from a market perspective and how financial markets can be regulated takes a broad view on markets. If you are more interested in Finance from a firm’s perspective and at its positioning within financial markets, we suggest you take a look at our Master's in Corporate Finance and Control. And for those wanting to know more about the trade relations between countries should take a look at our specialisation in International Economics and Business.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/fe

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This programme is only available to study at the Dubai campus. Facilities Management is responsible for co-ordinating all efforts relating to planning, designing and managing buildings and their systems, equipment and furniture to enhance the organisation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing world. Read more
This programme is only available to study at the Dubai campus.

Facilities Management is responsible for co-ordinating all efforts relating to planning, designing and managing buildings and their systems, equipment and furniture to enhance the organisation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing world. It involves the integration of multi-disciplinary activities with the built environment and the management of their impact upon the people and the workplace.

The MSc/Diploma in Facilities Management develops competencies and skills to enable its graduates to manage facilities effectively for a changing business world. Facilities Management provides proactive support and dynamism to the core business of an organisation through a coordinated and well managed approach to secondary business functions. Graduates from the programme will gain the skills necessary to fully realise the potential of facilities management in providing effective and productive environments which meet the needs of today’s businesses.

The MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Programme Content

The growth of facilities management offers great opportunities for professionals who are competent in the core roles required for 21st Century facilities management. . The programme comprises 5 core courses and 3 elective cours

Course Choice

•Service Procurement and Provision – mandatory
This course looks at the key services that make up a modern facilities management operation ranging from interior design, landscaping and courtesy services to the more traditional property related services concerned with the upkeep of facilities. The course provides a theoretical basis for service procurement; the selection of service providers; and risk management models. It considers the organisational, human and cultural impact of facilities and ways in which improved services can affect facility performance. Within the course, ongoing performance measurement systems are also described which enable the effective management of service contracts.

•Space Planning and Management - mandatory
This course provides a strategic overview of space from a business perspective. It identifies the supply and demand process in relation to property portfolios and considers tools and techniques that enable the effective modelling and use of space. It examines the concept of flexibility and reuse in the context of a changing organisational context. Alternative space strategies are examined in the course in tandem with new ways of working. It also considers how space can be used to support work-life balance strategies in organisations.

•Asset Maintenance Management - mandatory
This course examines the effective management and maintenance of operational property. Key aspects include: maintenance policy and standards; planned and responsive maintenance; asset appraisal and evaluation; information management; maintenance; property portfolios; acquisitions and disposals.

•Contracts & Procurement - mandatory
This course considers facilities management in the broader context of the construction cycle. The advent of new procurement methods such as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have inevitably drawn facilities managers into the larger issue of construction projects and their procurement, This course considers procurement arrangement options, principles of contract law, procurement through Public Private Partnerships, construction contracts, negotiation, as well as conflicts and disputes. Facilities managers have an ever increasing contribution to make in this process in the capacity of informed client.

•Sustainable Practices in Facilities Management - mandatory
This course examines a number of key issues in facilities management which are rapidly gaining significance within the industry. The purpose of the course is to familiarise the facilities manager with contemporary issues in facilities management and the relevant guidelines, assessment procedures, and standards for sustainable and strategic facilities issues. Key issues covered include: sustainability, energy management, waste management, the working environment, and comfort and productivity in the workplace.

For BIFM accreditation, students should undertake the following three elective courses:

People & Organisational Management in the Built Environment - optional
Business Management for Built Environment Professionals – optional
Project Management (Theory and Practice) - optional

Alternatively, students can choose (subject to timetabling) three other electives from a range of management courses offered by the School, including:

Value and Risk Management – optional
Macroeconomics, Finance and the Built Environment - optional
Corporate Property Asset Management - optional
Property Investment and Finance – optional

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Facilities Management (FM) is one of the fastest growing professions within the UK providing a holistic, integrated approach to the delivery and management of property and associated support services; enabling both the organisation and individual to pro-actively and effectively manage assets, contents and components for the benefit of the users. Read more
Facilities Management (FM) is one of the fastest growing professions within the UK providing a holistic, integrated approach to the delivery and management of property and associated support services; enabling both the organisation and individual to pro-actively and effectively manage assets, contents and components for the benefit of the users.

Course Overview

The course offers a stimulating part-time pathway, allowing flexibility for individuals with responsibilities and commitments, to progress to Master’s level within the field of: Facilities, Property and Asset Management. The programme is modular, containing both core and elective options within Part One and a Dissertation; generally work related, in Part Two. The latter is often completed remotely but with full workplace support being provided by an experienced supervision team and specialist University support staff.

This is the only post-graduate F.M. related qualification offered within an educational establishment in Wales and the south-west of England. The programme is eminently suited to those working within or aspiring towards a senior management position, addresses cutting edge, strategic and operational issues that impact upon estates, property, facilities and corporate business services. The current mode of attendance for Part One occurs at the Mount Pleasant campus in Swansea, generally taking place on a Wednesday afternoon, between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

Existing and past students have entered the programme from a range of specialist discipline areas, including engineering, building services, surveying, hotel services, general business administration, hard and soft F.M. property, project management, town planning, health-care etc. Their employers have included international PLCs, central government, local authorities, professional practices, Universities, Further Education colleges, Housing Associations, outsourced F.M. organisations, Welsh Government Agencies etc.

Modules

Candidates study at a high level, a range of inter-related topics that will typically include:
-Strategic Property Management and Procurement,
-Management of Human and Organisational Resources,
-Building Maintenance and Property Asset Management,
-Services and Energy Performance of Buildings
-Health & Safety Management
-Research Methodology
-Dissertation

Individual modules can be studied on a semester basis to meet an individual or professional body’s CPD requirements, and used to build subsequently onwards to more formal academic qualifications.

Key Features

Effective FM is critical where highly serviced buildings and spaces are provided but has many other applications that embrace the commercial property, housing and business support areas. Many candidates use the programme to enhance their management and business skills whilst underpinning technical and professional subject knowledge, in areas such as the environment, asset management and building technologies, waste management, energy use, health and safety as well as developing core business and people management skills.

Few who currently operate in this fast moving field have received formal training or qualifications within this highly rewarding industry and hence major opportunities exist for Master’s graduates.

Assessment

Assessment is via industry related case study based assignments, some formal examinations, presentations to panels and a dissertation that can be very closely focussed to the candidate’s current employment or area of career aspiration.

Career Opportunities

Most candidates are employed full-time and a number of students past and present have gained considerable career enhancements, as a consequence of their formal studies with the University. Candidates work for major international PLCs, central and local government funded bodies/agencies, social housing, education and health-care.

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This programme offers training in the key macroeconomic and microeconomic issues fundamental to financial decision making. It draws on the most recent developments in these areas. Read more
This programme offers training in the key macroeconomic and microeconomic issues fundamental to financial decision making. It draws on the most recent developments in these areas.

Why this programme

-The programme draws on the most recent developments in financial economics, giving you a strong foundation for PhD research and providing you with the tools to gain employment in a wide range of spheres.
-The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10 worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
-The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a topical business, finance or management related issue.

Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions in which you will use specialised software, for instance in the study of econometrics.

Core courses
-Basic econometrics
-Economic fundamentals and financial markets
-Macroeconomics
-Microeconomics

Sample optional courses
-Applied computational finance
-Behavioural economics: theory and applications
-C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
-Corporate finance and theory
-Empirical asset pricing
-Financial market micro structure
-Foreign direct investment and development
-Game theory with applications in economics and finance
-Intermediate econometrics
-International financial management
-Investment, finance and asset prices
-Mathematical finance
-Modelling and forecasting financial markets
-Public finance

Background and aims

This programme will provide graduates with a strong foundation for PhD research and the toolkit to gain employment in a wide range of spheres. We expect graduates from this programme will gain employment in financial institutions, including banks, investment banks and asset management firms and government organisations, involved in financial decision-making.

The programme also offers candidates a suitable grounding for working in international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and is appropriate for those wishing to work in academia. In particular, graduates are suitable for working in international organisations involved in financial transactions and provision of finance.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the programme you will be qualified to work in finance for organisations like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The programme is also suitable for careers in academia.

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