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This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. Read more
This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with public commissioning organisations or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

We offer a flexible programmes and a wide range of optional modules (part-time students also welcome).

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Whether articulated as 'World Class Commissioning' in the NHS, 'Place-Shaping' in Local Government or 'End-to-End Offender Management' within the Criminal Justice system, it is clear that strategic commissioning is a core task of many public bodies today.

The first course of its kind in the UK, this programme is aimed at developing participants' understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with public commissioning organisations or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

This programme is jointly offered by the Institute of Local Government Studies and the Health Services Management Centre.

Who is the programme for?

This forward-thinking programme is designed to help the leaders of such organisations navigate the complex political, strategic and operational terrain that their roles present. It is designed for managers and policy makers working in or with public commissioning organisations and others wishing to develop their understanding of the commissioning role.

The programme can be studied part-time over two / three years or full-time in one year.

About the School of Social Policy

The mission of the School of Social Policy is to ‘understand the world – but also to change it’. This means doing high quality and relevant research, but using this as a starting point for making a practical difference in the real world (through our teaching, through professional training and CPD for managers and practitioners, through policy advice and work in front-line services, through raising public and media awareness and through working directly alongside local people and communities).

In turning this mission into practice, we are proud of our many achievements, including running the UK's oldest social work training programme (dating back to 1908, our multiple award-winning NHS Management Training Scheme, the relationships we have with local partners in the public and voluntary sectors, and our leading role in the largest senior leadership development programmes in the history of the health service.

More than three quarters of our research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in terms of its rigour, significance and originality, and we have extensive international links with like-minded partners at Harvard, Melbourne, Peking, Vancouver, Seoul and beyond.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Whether articulated as 'World Class Commissioning' in the NHS, 'Place-Shaping' in Local Government or 'End-to-End Offender Management' within the Criminal Justice system, it is clear that strategic commissioning is a core task of many public bodies today. Read more
Whether articulated as 'World Class Commissioning' in the NHS, 'Place-Shaping' in Local Government or 'End-to-End Offender Management' within the Criminal Justice system, it is clear that strategic commissioning is a core task of many public bodies today.

The first course of its kind in the UK, this programme is aimed at developing participants' understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with public commissioning organisations or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

This programme is jointly offered by the Institute of Local Government Studies and the Health Services Management Centre.

Who is the programme for?

This forward-thinking programme is designed to help the leaders of such organisations navigate the complex political, strategic and operational terrain that their roles present. It is designed for managers and policy makers working in or with public commissioning organisations and others wishing to develop their understanding of the commissioning role.

The programme can be studied part-time over two / three years or full-time in one year.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.
Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”. The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Read more
“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”

The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.

This MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The Postgraduate Certificate forms one thrid of the overall Masters. The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course leading on to the Postgraduate Diploma and finally the Masters.

You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process.

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“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”. The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Read more
“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”

The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.

The MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The Postgraduate Diploma forms a third of the overall Masters, following on from the Postgraduate Certificate. The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course starting with the Postgraduate Certificate and leading on to the Master's dissertation.

You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process.

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“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”. The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Read more
“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”

The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.

This MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course.

You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process.

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This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership and commissioning theory, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations. Read more
This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership and commissioning theory, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations.

A distinct feature of this course is that students can combine leadership modules with specialist clinical, public health, educational, and research modules; this combination strengthens professional knowledge, and applies learning to practice. The course will challenge existing work habits and mindsets, and underpin your work performance with a strong theory and policy base.

KEY AREAS OF STUDY

• Leadership and change management in clinical services
• Commissioning for quality care
• Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
• Principles and practice of public health
• Research methods and critical appraisal

COURSE STRUCTURE

Modules are usually assessed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000 – 4,000 word written assignment.

PGCert (60 credits)

• MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)
• MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

PLUS

• One module from the core list or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip (120 credits)

• PGCert modules

PLUS

• MDM111 Commissioning for Quality Care (20 credits)
• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

PLUS

• One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.

MSc (180 credits)

• PGDip modules
• PLUS One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.
• PLUS MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules:

• MDM59 Diabetes Practice in Primary Care (20 credits)
• MDM119 Understanding Dementia (20 credits)
• MDM159 Management of Long-Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)
• MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This course is delivered by a multi-professional team based both within the university and in health and social care services, bringing clinicians, leaders and commissioners together from all parts of the health and care system.
It offers a rich and inter-connected learning environment to build cross-organisation links with leaders from other settings. The classroom environment is enriched with practical applied examples of workplace initiatives.

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The Postgraduate Certificate Commissioning and Dental Advising is aimed at professionals working in dentistry, who wish to develop their role as an advisor to the profession in the emerging and changing world of dentistry. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate Commissioning and Dental Advising is aimed at professionals working in dentistry, who wish to develop their role as an advisor to the profession in the emerging and changing world of dentistry.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The Postgraduate Certificate Commissioning and Dental Advising will support dental professionals who are engaging in providing advice in dentistry.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is taught in modern well-equipped classrooms by tutors selected for their knowledge and expertise. The course team includes specialists within the dental profession and experienced academics who will provide personal tutorial support and overall course management. The University has an excellent range of electronic resources to support the course.

Each module is assessed independently, using a range of assessment techniques that are appropriate to the learning outcomes and contents of the module. Examples of assessments include case presentations, assignments and reflective logs.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate is to:
-To develop and support dental professionals in the role of the adviser
-To expand a critical understanding of dentistry in relation to commissioning and advice
-To provide opportunities for critical engagement with wider theories and legislation in relation to the role.
-To provide a supportive collegiate environment for their development as advisers in dentistry

Each module has individual learning outcomes and students will be supported to achieve these.

The course team have been selected for their expertise both from a dental and/or academic perspective. The course team will work collaboratively to support students throughout the taught workshops and the personal tutor will be available for additional support.

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This is an exciting and dynamic time for documentary practice; in recent years there has been a renaissance in documentary, seeing huge developments in both technology and form. Read more
This is an exciting and dynamic time for documentary practice; in recent years there has been a renaissance in documentary, seeing huge developments in both technology and form. Documentary stories are now being told via telecommunications, in cinemas, on TV, and online.

In this contemporary course you will be provided tuition in the technological, ethical and intellectual developments in this recent boom in theatrical, broadcast and cross platform documentary. You will be taught by award winning documentary filmmakers and high profile TV, film and cross platform commissioners. Tutors Marc Isaacs , Helen Littleboy and Victoria Mapplebeck, are all active filmmakers with excellent industry contacts and through collaborating with them on work in progress you will gain a unique learning opportunity that will provide genuine vocational experience. We also welcome regular guest lecturers, giving students a direct link to industry professionals and the opportunity to learn from their substantial experience and expertise.

On graduating, our students are skilled in creative and professional documentary practice. We have one of the highest employability rates amongst UK Universities and our graduates have gone on to become award-winning filmmakers and journalists.

This is a split campus course, taught in both Egham and Bedford Square in central London.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mediaarts/coursefinder/madocumentarybypractice.aspx

Why choose this course?

- We have had regular lectures from award winning filmmaker Marc Isaacs, Channel 4 commissioner Kate Vogel and Emily Renshaw Smith, commissioner of Current TV. Forthcoming guest lectures include BBC Director Adam Curtis, feature director Chris Waitts and Matt Locke, Commissioning Editor for New Media and Education at Channel 4.

- Guest commissioners provide students with knowledge of and links to current commissioning strategies. Several of our invited commissioners have subsequently worked with our students on developing their projects.

- You will have exclusive 24-7 access to six purpose-built editing rooms equipped with Final Cut Studio 2 on Mac Pro editing systems. Our Location Store provides an equipment loan and advisory support service with a lending stock that includes twenty Sony HVR-V1E cameras, twenty Sennheiser radio microphone kits and a selection of professional quality sound recording and lighting equipment.

- With access to the latest digital recording and editing equipment, and covering areas from authorship to authenticity, this course offers you an in-depth study of creative production, taking you from conception through commissioning to research, composition and exhibition.

- You will be provided with excellent tuition in self-shooting documentary filmmaking techniques. You will be able to meet the growing demand for self-shooting directors and producers in both the independent and commercial documentary industries.

Department research and industry highlights

- TRENT is an exciting and innovative collaborative project between the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) and Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Led by John Ellis the project brings together the nine existing online databases hosted and curated by the BUFVC which provide important film, radio and television material along with accompanying metadata and contextual information for academics, students, teachers and researchers. This project brings together all the material contained in these databases, yet Trent is not simply a master database. Instead it foregrounds creative searching through a common interactive interface using real-time ‘intelligent’ filtering to bringing disparate databases into a single search and discovery environment whilst maintaining the integrity and individual provenance of each.

- The EUscreen project is major funded EU project which aims to digitise and provide access to European’s audio-visual heritage. This innovative and ambitious three year project began in October 2009 and the project consortium is made up of 28 partners from 19 European countries and is a best practice network within the eContentplus programme of the European Commission. The Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway’s is responsible for the content selection policy for EUscreen and those involved include John Ellis, Rob Turnock and Sian Barber.

- Video Active is a major EU-funded project aiming to create access to digitised television programme content from archives around Europe. It involves collaboration between the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway and Utrecht University, and eleven European archives including the BBC, to provide access to content and supporting contextual materials via a specially designed web portal. The team from the Department of Media Arts, who are John Ellis, Cathy Johnson and Rob Turnock, are responsible for developing content selection strategy and policy for the project.

- Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe is an AHRC-funded international Research Network, led by Daniela Berghahn, which brings together researchers from ten UK and European universities, filmmakers, policy makers and representatives from the cultural sector. The Research Network explores how the films of migrant and diasporic filmmakers have redefined our understanding of European identity as constructed and narrated in European cinema. The project seeks to identify the numerous ways in which multi-cultural and multi-ethnic presences and themes have revitalised contemporary European cinema by introducing an eclectic mix of non-Western traditions and new genres.

- Lina Khatib was awarded an AHRC Research Leave Grant to complete a book on the representation of Lebanese politics and society in Lebanese cinema over the last thirty years. The study focuses on cinema’s relationship with national identity in the context of the Civil War and the post-war period in Lebanon.

- Gideon Koppel was awarded an AHRC Research Leave Grant to complete his feature-length documentary portrait of a rural community in Wales, The Library Van, which has been partly funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Course content and structure

You will study three core units during the year.

Core course units:
- From Idea to Screen
From Idea to Screen introduces the practice of documentary film making - exploring eclectic notions of the genre, from the conventional to those more associated with fine art. The course tutors also use their own work which is deconstructed across all its constituent parts idea, conception, pre-production planning, and research, shooting and post-production. Ideas to Screen will explore ways of translating observations and ideas into imagery – both visual and aural. There will be an emphasis on experimental forms of narrative – at time crossing the boundaries between fine art and documentary. For the final and assessed project in this unit, each student will be asked make a video ‘portrait’ of a character.

- Foundations of Production
Contemporary documentary production requires managerial and business skills as well as creative ones. This unit will instruct you in the industrial skills required for the production of video, television and multimedia documentary. These include researching the market, writing proposals, acquiring funding for development and production, drafting contracts, drawing up budgets, copyright clearance, and marketing.

- Major Documentary Production – Dissertation
Developing out of study, research and practice from previous units, you will direct and produce a substantial documentary production. This is the largest assignment in the course and is appropriately weighted. The unit is tutorial based.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- gained invaluable experience of both authored and commercial documentary production

- the ability to develop their own ideas, preparing them for the documentary industry but also finding ways to reinvent it

- an understanding of documentary film genre and its changing boundaries as well as the changing technologies and their impact on the genre

- an advanced understanding of the processes of making a documentary film from initial concept to final form and the various stages of production.

- an awareness of the institutions and mechanisms of the UK film and television industry

- a critical knowledge of the current and changing platforms for documentary film, from cinema to television and the internet.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including project work, photo essays and written production papers.

Employability & career opportunities

On graduating, our students will be skilled in creative and professional documentary practice. We have one of the highest employability rates amongst UK Universities and our graduates have become award-winning filmmakers and BBC journalists; recently one of our alumni Charlotte Cook was appointed Strand Co -Coordinator of BBC’s prestigious Documentary Strand Storyville.

Our graduate students have won and been nominated for many awards including, The One World Broadcasting Trust Award and The Jerwood First Cuts Documentary. In 2009 two of our students, Aashish Gadhvi and Michael Watts won the One World Student Documentary Fund which funds challenging international documentary projects.

Syed Atef Amjad Ali has recently had his film The Red Mosque previewed at The Amsterdam International Documentary Festival. The Red Mosque was made with production funds Syed received from The Jan Virijman Fund and also from the One World-Broadcasting Award.

Chung Yee Yu has won the Cinematography Award at Next Frame (A Touring Festival of International Student Film and Video) Chung Yee Yu has also won the Silver Award of Open Category of IFVA (The Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards)

Recent graduate Suzanne Cohen has just has her work selected for the BBC’s Film Network website; an interactive showcase for ‘new British filmmakers, screening three new short films in broadband quality every week, adding to a growing catalogue of great shorts’.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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IN BRIEF. A specialist qualification that is recognised by industry experts. Taught by distance e-learning so you can fit in study around your work. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • A specialist qualification that is recognised by industry experts
  • Taught by distance e-learning so you can fit in study around your work
  • The first course in the UK to specialise in combustion engineering at a commercial level
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Industrial Combustion Engineering is a significant market sector which functions between the electrical and mechanical disciplines. A competent engineer needs to have a knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and the chemistry of combustion and process engineering.

A formal training and qualification route for industrial combustion engineers does not currently exist. The result of this is a world-wide shortage of skilled competent combustion engineers.

This course has been designed to meet this shortage, and is suitable for graduates and professional engineers who wish to gain specialist knowledge and skills in the field of commercial and industrial combustion engineering, or who wish to formalise and progress in their current profession.

COURSE DETAILS

This course aims:

  • To provide engineers and industrial practitioners with specialist skills and advanced knowledge to work within industrial and commercial combustion engineering processes.
  • To develop engineers and scientists with a systematic and a critical awareness of burner technology and its utilisation within industrial and commercial processes (oil and gas).
  • To provide comprehensive knowledge and a critical understanding of gas safety standards and its application to industrial/commercial combustion processes.
  • To develop the student professionally to make informed decisions on the design, development, installation and commissioning of industrial and commercial combustion systems.

There are three qualifications available, each taking a total of one year. To attain the competent engineer certification you will need to complete a PgDip.

TEACHING

Teaching is delivered online by e-learning.

You will required to attend the University of Salford for a two week period for laboratory teaching and assessment.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through:

  • Coursework 40%
  • Examinations 60%

Plus dissertation

CAREER PROSPECTS

You will be able to enter or progress in careers in the designing, commissioning, servicing and maintaining of industrial or commercial combustion equipment.

Examples of jobs you could apply for with this qualification might be Service Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, Design Engineer.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course was designed in conjunction with Advanced Combustion Engineering Ltd (ACE) a regional burner manufacturing company.

It was their concerns of the lack of formalised training in the commercial combustion engineering sector that they approached the university to devise a programme that would meets these concerns.



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Factual programmes are at the heart of the UK television schedules, whether it’s '24 Hours In Police Custody', 'Gold Rush', 'Long Lost Family', 'The Great British Bake-Off', 'GP's Behind Closed Doors' or 'Gogglebox'. Read more
Factual programmes are at the heart of the UK television schedules, whether it’s '24 Hours In Police Custody', 'Gold Rush', 'Long Lost Family', 'The Great British Bake-Off', 'GP's Behind Closed Doors' or 'Gogglebox'. If you want to learn from key industry figures - including commissioning editors and top producers - how mainstream factual programmes are developed, commissioned and produced today, then this year-long, part-time diploma is for you.

The world's first Diploma course in Factual Development and Production delivered with a major worldwide broadcaster.

-Delivered in partnership with Discovery Networks International.
-Opportunity to pitch to Discovery executives
-Potentially win £5,000 development funding for your own programme proposal
-Part-time, evening course.
-Regular Industry speakers.
-Develop ideas for factual series and pitch them to commissioners.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Senior Tutor Simon Broadley, currently commissioning the factual output for STV, is responsible for delivering the course, and said: "The most common reaction I get from the guest speakers themselves is, 'I wish there'd been something like this when I was starting out'.

The course commences in January each year. Producers have overall responsibility for making programmes happen. They begin work in the development stage and work right through until the programme or series is delivered to the channel and transmitted. Therefore this unique course is structured around three key areas - developing shows and understanding the factual programming market; producing a show; and delivering a show and managing the show post transmission.

Students will be taught by leading producers and commissioners responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic UK factual shows such as Educating The East End, Salvage Hunters and Bear Grylls.

'After working in film for a couple of years, I thought the transition to factual television would be relatively smooth. But I struggled to find interesting, meaningful work - until I started at the NFTS. The support we got from our tutor and the confidence it gave me was invaluable. Within a few weeks I had secured a permanent position at an indie and am now an Assistant Producer, working on a wide range of projects.' - Katharine Fish. 2015 Graduate

The course is part-time (one evening a week and occasional Saturdays) over twelve months and is delivered at Discovery’s UK headquarters in Chiswick, London. Participants will leave the course with a portfolio of material developed during the course, including ideas for factual shows, production bibles and treatments. The course will end with students pitching an idea to senior executives from Discovery Networks International; one student pitched show will be ‘optioned’ securing £5,000 for further development with the support of a Discovery executive producer.

Specifically participants will learn about:
-Factual programming trends in the UK and US
-Developing and Researching programme ideas
-Pitching an idea
-Casting Contributors
-Working with Talent On and Off Screen
-Budgeting and Scheduling
-Compliance
-Health and Safety
-Covering Interviews
-Shooting the Scene
-Working in the Edit
-Writing Voice Over
-360-degree ways of working
-Working with Press and Marketing
-Delivering a show for a UK Broadcaster
-Working with different types of broadcasters in the UK and US

Students graduate able to:
-Develop and pitch marketable factual programme ideas
-Build and manage factual teams
-Produce factual programmes
-Meet the delivery requirements of different broadcasters in the UK and US
-Critically analyse factual programmes

The course advisory board includes commissioners and established series producers:
-Aaqil Ahmed - Head of Commissioning – Religion TV and Head of Religion & Ethics - BBC Religion and Ethics
-Ade Rawcliffe – Diversity and Talent Manager – Channel 4
-Alexis Price – Head of Development – Renegade Pictures
-Alyson Jackson – Head of Production Management at Discovery Networks International
-Chris Shaw – Editorial Director, ITN Productions
-Dan Korn – Head of Factual at Discovery Networks International
-Denman Rooke – Managing Director, October Films
-Dimitri Doganis – Founder, Raw
-Emma Morgan – Head of Popular Factual – Oxford Scientific Films
-Jane Root – Chief Executive, Nutopia
-Maxine Watson – Acting Head of Documentary - BBC
-Rob Carey – Creative Director, Curve

SCHOLARSHIPS

4 x £5,000 Discovery scholarships are available to students on this course.

Discovery and the NFTS encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. To reaffirm our commitment to supporting exceptional talent and diversity in the media and broadcasting industries, we are encouraging applications from gifted individuals and under-represented groups, and have scholarships on offer to four of the successful candidates. These will be awarded to stand out talent who can demonstrate that without this funding they would not be able to afford the course, or who can demonstrate they bring a unique and distinct perspective to the course.

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Established 25 years ago and led by Professor Victoria Walsh, the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. Read more

Established 25 years ago and led by Professor Victoria Walsh, the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. For 2017/18, we are introducing new areas of focus in response to the expanded field of curating and the widening professional opportunities for curatorial practice and research in a global context. These will include:

Exhibitions and Programming practice focusses on curating, commissioning and programming within the physical and defined setting of the gallery/museum space providing critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the histories and opportunities within this form of curatorial practice.

Urban practice focuses on curating and commissioning within the urban context of the global city, with particular emphasis on the expanded role curators play bringing together architects, designers, urbanists, and public and private organisations with communities and artist practitioners to create new spaces of creative opportunity, encounter and public value.

Digital practice focuses on the expanded field of artistic and curatorial practice that is rooted in and defined by digital media, online production and networked distribution. It will examine the differences and commonalities between digital and analogue forms of artistic production and curating; and experiment with new curatorial models that bridge on and offline networked cultures and audiences.

The CCA programme approaches the field critically, theoretically and through best practice in commissioning, curating, and programming with London-based and national arts organisations and spaces ensuring that the knowledge and understanding of these practices is grounded in the context of public audiences, urbanisation and the digital. In the increasingly complex cultural environment in which curating takes place, our research-led and practice-led teaching by staff and visiting tutors ensures the curatorial and artistic significance, intellectual value and critical vitality of the MA programme.

Curating Contemporary Art is a two-year, full-time 240-credit ‘enhanced’ RCA MA that runs from September 2017 – June 2019. From 2017, the programme is primarily located in the RCA's newest facilities in White City



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These courses meet the needs of doctors and other senior health and environmental colleagues in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda. Read more
These courses meet the needs of doctors and other senior health and environmental colleagues in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda. Participants gain an understanding of public health issues and the various roles of all the professionals involved in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors.

Course structure
Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses utilise a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including drawing on the work experience of participants. It provides valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Most courses are delivered intensively over one week.

Areas of study
Study includes the techniques required to undertake epidemiological studies, approaches to environmental impact on health matters, mechanisms of partnership working, and wider issues relating to the health of the population.

There are three core modules - Public Health: Meeting the Challenges, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal, and Epidemiology. Each module requires three separate full-time working weeks.

Students may register for the MSc Public Health or MSc Public Health and Management award and will study either a 12,000 or 16,000 word dissertation dependent on module choices. A wide choice of additional options, including management options, may include modules from other schools and faculties.

Core Syllabus:
Public Health: Meeting the Challenges
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
Epidemiology

Public Health Options include:
Health Protection
Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research
Nutrition in Public Health
Global Health Principles
Global Health Burden
Qualitative Research Methodology
Social Marketing
Global Health Promotion
Evidence Based Practice

Public Health Management Options include:
Knowledge Management for Commissioners and Service Leaders
Leadership for Health and Care Professionals
Health Care Research Management
Commissioning, Strategy and Practice
Leading and Transforming Services
Clinical Commissioning for Quality Care
Organisations, Partnerships and Networks
Service Planning
Managing Change
Managing Finance in the Public Sector
Managing People in the Public Services
Strategy and Planning in the Public and Voluntary Sectors
Quality and Care
Social Marketing

Career and progression opportunities
The courses provide a strong platform for professional development and enhanced career progression. They also open opportunities for research at PhD and MPhil level.

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Photography at Brighton is taught within the context of the fine arts and oriented around the development of individual projects. Read more
Photography at Brighton is taught within the context of the fine arts and oriented around the development of individual projects.

The aim is for you to develop a strong and sustainable artistic practice and body of work that you can confidently exhibit and publish. This will give you a strong foundation for developing a career as an independent photographer/artist, or alternatively for more commercial or community-based activities.

The course has a strong theoretical component, as we believe all students should understand how to conceptualise and contextualise their practice and communicate it clearly to a variety of audiences.

We encourage students to engage with the latest developments in photography, fine art and wider media culture, and to constantly challenge the limits of the medium. Work that crosses technological boundaries and engages with film, video, sound and installation is encouraged – but so is photography's engagement with performance, painting and sculpture.

More than anything, we are committed to an exploratory and thoughtful form of picture-making that is adequate to representing our experiences of the modern world.

Why study with us?

• Creative and critical environment in which to practise and think about photography
• Opportunity to build a professional profile as an independent practitioner
• Fine art approach to photographic practice
• Course tutors who are experienced professional photographers and photographic researchers
• Advice on professional development
• Chance to develop a sustainable individual practice, graduating with a body of work ready for exhibition, a publication and a piece of critical writing that will help to position your work

Areas of study

Practice-based projects are supported by briefings, tutorials, lectures, seminars and technical workshops. Workshops include demonstrations in the latest digital and traditional analogue processes, involving camera use, lighting, and black-and-white and colour printing. Key professional practice sessions include talks and seminars by photographers, artists, writers and other professionals concerned with commissioning, publishing and exhibiting photography.

Semester 1:

• Experimental Practice(20 credits): a themed practice module designed to help you explore your own approach to practice in more depth

• Research Methods in Theory and Practice (20 credits): developing skills in research, experimentation and critical reflection

• Contemporary Debates (20 credits): a theoretical seminar considering how photography has developed as a reflexive medium straddling fine art practice and more documentary contexts

Semester 2:

• Photography Research Project, Part 1 (20 credits): laying the foundations and making initial work in your specialist area of practice

• Professional Practice (20 credits): built around lectures from visiting artists, curators and editors and a series of workshops teaching skills in public speaking, fundraising, research and web design

• Dissertation (20 credits): between 6,000 and 8,000 words exploring a theoretical or historical topic related to your specialist area of practice

Summer Semester:

• Photography Research Project, Part 2 (40 credits): developing and resolving a body of work for exhibition

• Photobooks and Publications (20 credits): realising your project as a publication

Photography in Brighton

Brighton has an established photographic culture. Photography has featured as a significant part of the Brighton Festival and has had a strong presence within the many visual arts spaces of the city. This continues to grow, particularly through the presence of the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photoworks, a commissioning and publishing organisation. Furthermore, the Brighton Photo Fringe, MiniClick and ArtsForum all organise regular events, exhibitions and talks, contributing to a lively photography scene across the city.

Facilities

The following resources are exclusively for MA and BA(Hons) photography students:

• Fully equipped photographic studios
• Dedicated photographic computing facilities
• A digital print bureau
• Traditional colour darkrooms with enlargers that accept a range of negative sizes up to 10 x 8”, capable of enabling the production of exhibition-standard prints
• A traditional black-and-white processing area and darkroom
• A selection of film and digital single lens reflex cameras – and medium-format and large-format film cameras – to supplement your own equipment

The university’s art and design library has a well-stocked photography area and provides access to a wide range of online resources.

Careers and employability

Our Photography MA has led to students developing strong portfolio careers in the field of the arts and gaining considerable recognition for their work through prizes and exhibitions. Many of our students have gone on to do doctoral study or take up lecturing posts in higher education; others have developed roles working in galleries, publishing, picture editing and community projects.

Alumni include Lisa Barnard, Corinne Silva, Virgilio Ferreira, Matt Henry, Stephen Vaughan – successful artists in the world of contemporary photography who exhibit internationally and produce challenging new work.

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Television is where most of the opportunities lie for screenwriters. Taught by a combination of academic staff and top TV scriptwriters, our students work intensively on at least two drama series currently transmitting on British television. Read more
Television is where most of the opportunities lie for screenwriters. Taught by a combination of academic staff and top TV scriptwriters, our students work intensively on at least two drama series currently transmitting on British television.

You'll learn how to story conference, storyline, write scripts and edit these dramas, shadowing the real life dramas as they transmit and benefit from direct input from the BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.

You'll benefit from:
-Tutoring by writers actively working in British Television.
-Direct access to producers and commissioners.
-The opportunity to work on dramas presently transmitting on British television.
-Individual mentoring by experienced television executives on your original drama or comedy.
-The chance to develop your original drama or comedy beyond the course working with a professional script reader.
-Created in close collaboration with the industry to maximise employment for our graduates, we aim to produce the next generation of great television script writers.

Programme content

There are four main strands to this Masters:

Story and Script Techniques - students study story telling and narrative, genre, character and voice, developing their critical and evaluative skills as well as their creative writing talents.

Writing for Existing Long Running TV Drama - students gain understanding of how creative and writing processes work on long running dramas such as soap operas or medical dramas, and then write their own mock storylines and scripts.

Developing and Writing Original TV Drama - students tackle the challenge of creating their own original drama in the context of current commissioning trends.

Researching TV Drama Markets - students will explore the terrain of the TV fiction market, the main channels (home and abroad), commissioning policies and audiences in order to enhance their market readiness.

Through this Masters, you will gain knowledge and skills to succeeding in contemporary television drama through close exposure to the industry, some of its most successful practitioners and their professional practice in action.

However, this is more than 'skills only' training. This programme gives you space to reflect critically upon creative processes and dynamics, and upon the realities of producing work for the television industry, to become a flexible and independently minded TV scriptwriter needed for the 21st Century. In other words, our graduates not only know 'how' but also crucially 'why'.

Why choose this programme?

-Housed within Glasgow School for Business and Society, we are in an excellent position to bridge both creative development and business aware skill sets for the TV industries.
-Teaching has been developed in close collaboration with the television industry, ensuring that a real workplace context and direct market relevance is maintained. We have on going input from BBC, STV and other independent producers and writers.
-We focus solely on writing for the growing television sector which is a key element of the Scottish, UK and global economies.
-Successful students will graduate with both a Masters degree and several projects or scripts ready to take to market.
-Our learning programme is underpinned by both academic research credibility and cutting edge industry interventions.
-Competitive, industry-sponsored scholarships are available for this programme.
-It has the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick of approval.

Scholarships

A number of full fee scholarships supported by industry leaders are available for the most talented writers. We also offer packages of further financial support available for those who need it most.

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This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Read more

Introduction

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary PhD in Families, Relationships and Demographic Change and Social Care. A course on Applied Social Research (Criminology) is also available.

Accreditation

The course is recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3), and is also recognised by the ESRC for Master’s Course plus Research Studentship (1+3) purposes.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Start date: Full-time: September Part-time: September/January See
- Course Director: Richard Simmons

Course objectives

- Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity
- Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research
- Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative social research
- Develop your understanding of the relationship between research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises six compulsory taught core modules, and (for the MSc) a dissertation.
The modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry; Research Design and Process; Introduction to Information Technology and Library Services (not formally assessed); Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Data Analysis; Comparative Social Research; Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research.
These modules comprise a series of reading groups in which a number of central ideas are debated.

In addition to the modules, you will complete the following:
- Research Dissertation: MSc students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision.

Examples of recent dissertation topics include:
- A Study of High Risk Behaviour
- Young People and National Identity
- Substance Use Prevalence and Looked-after Young People in Scotland
- Women’s Decisions about Returning to Work After Childbirth

Delivery and assessment

Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work.
Full-time and part-time MSc/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis and the research dissertation. There are no examinations.

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 95 percent of the research in Applied Social Science at Stirling was ‘Internationally Excellent’ with the top 10 percent of that judged to be ‘World-leading’.

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, over half of our graduates have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, for example, a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation.
In general, one in ten graduates have enhanced their practice in current posts by undertaking studies in Applied Social Research, with support from their employer. Over one third of our graduates continue with academic study and undertake a PhD.

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