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The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is composed of two pathways. the MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management which is a standard postgraduate offering and the MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice). Read more
The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is composed of two pathways: the MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management which is a standard postgraduate offering and the MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice).

The MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a compulsory work placement component at a company or a consultancy of 16 weeks. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Masters in the country.

The programme covers issues of branding in blue chip companies, the service industry, banks, petroleum companies, lifestyle organisations, corporate brand heritage, nation and place branding

The core contents of branding are examined at the corporate level rather than at the product level. In other words, teaching on the programme focuses on branding of the corporation rather than branding the product. The focus on corporate branding considers the following components:

corporate identity
corporate image and reputation
corporate design
corporate culture
corporate behaviour
corporate brand structure and brand strategy

Students undertake a project in collaboration with branding firms as part of their consultancy-based dissertation option. Examples include projects that are concerned with measuring the corporate image and ascertaining brand success of a chosen corporation.

The academic experts contributing to the programme are prominent world class researchers in the branding field, namely, Professor John Balmer and Professor T C Melewar from Brunel Business School, and Professor Stephen Greyser from Harvard Business School - who is also a Visiting Professor of Corporate Marketing on the programme.

Aims

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to study and evaluate not only contemporary theory relating to corporate branding, the programme will also offer students the chance to examine current research relating to the management of an organisation’s corporate reputation, its corporate identity and its corporate communications.

Furthermore, graduates of this programme will gain a thorough understanding of the issues related to marketing at the corporate level and, equally importantly, a comprehensive appreciation of how to apply corporate branding and marketing theory and practice in the context of the contemporary organisation.

Special Features

The MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a compulsory work placement component at a company or a consultancy of 16 weeks. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Masters in the country.

Besides formal teaching and the Professional Practise, students are exposed to the myriad of practical applications of the theories taught, such as:

guest speakers from the industry and brand consultancies;
visits to brand companies and consultancies;
career talks and presentations;
visits to the Design Museum and Branding Museum in London.

Brunel Business School is home to The Centre for Research in Marketing which was created in 2005 with a mission to develop, promote and facilitate research on various aspects of marketing. The Centre's expertise ranges from branding, corporate identity, CRM, consumer behaviour, international marketing and marketing communications to political marketing, managing organisational creativity, marketing professional service firms, multi-channel marketing, e-learning and on-line banking.

Corporate Advisory Board

Advise faculty teaching on the programme about course content - especially in relation to practical aspects in the context of being relevant to the needs of industry.
Offer placements, projects, guest lecturers, field trips and other practitioner-based components.
Discuss current research themes and practical developments in the industry which inform the taught parts of the programme.
Promote the interests of the programme within the academic and Corporate Brand Management communities.

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In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn. Read more

Why take this course?

In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn.

The LLM is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk and compliance and gain the GradICSA qualification from ICSA, the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, and a world-leading authority on governance, risk and compliance. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal ACIS. The University of Portsmouth is an ICSA University Partner.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
Benefit from an accelerated route to a senior position in business once this course is completed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in corporate governance, vital legal regulation governing commerce and finance. It is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrations, and also ICSA which will be of particular interest if you want a professional qualification and career as a chartered secretary.

Qualifying as a chartered secretary is the route to a rewarding career that offers variety, challenge, influence and opportunity. You will be qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in a number of sectors, both private and public. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Module Details

The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Dissertation

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Legal Approach to Business
Dissertation or Corporate Secretarial Case Study

Please note that those who undertake the non-law route will not be able to choose an optional unit.

The part-time mode of this course lasts three years:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation.

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Legal Approach to Business

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, students will complete and submit their dissertation.

Programme Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spend researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

Chartered Secretaries are a primary source of advice on the conduct of business, from advice on legal issues through to the development of strategy and corporate planning. They are, in effect, an organisation's 'corporate conscience' and are highly valued by employers in all sectors. The profession is highly versatile with a variety of well-remunerated roles.

Once you graduate from this course and upon joining ICSA, which will require you to pay a fee, you will be entitled to use 'LLM' and 'GradICSA' after your name. You’ll be qualified as a Chartered Secretary and fully equipped to apply for a variety of roles in both the private and the public sectors. As well as providing a diverse and interesting career, the financial rewards for Chartered Secretaries is high. You can expect to be in demand across all sectors. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

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The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given full exemption from ICSA's Professional Examinations. Read more
The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given full exemption from ICSA's Professional Examinations. Successful students gain Grad ICSA status in addition to the Masters. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post-[nominal ACIS.

The programme is designed to provide a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives. This course will also equip you with a highly specialised set of skills that will develop the ability to appreciate and influence the factors governing corporate affairs.

The programme is benchmarked against ICSA’s own high level standards. On completion, graduates who go on to become chartered secretaries will be professionally qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in governance, law, finance, strategy, leadership, and administration. Many will follow a highly successful and financially rewarding career in a number of sectors, including private, public and voluntary.

Upon completion of the course you will:

- Gain Graduate ICSA status, with the opportunity to apply for full Chartered Membership
- Gain in depth understanding of corporate governance, from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives
- Have a better understanding of management theory, as well as a highly specialised set of board level leadership skills
- Gain the skills to become a strategic thinker able to recognise, analyse and influence the factors governing corporate affairs

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including academic skills for finance, accounting and governance, research techniques, access to Blueprint (the market-leading entity management software used by most chartered secretaries), plus a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/corporate-governance-icsa-msc

Modules

The PgDip comprises six taught modules (five full modules and two half modules) and the MSc comprises the same modules plus a dissertation (circa 16,000 words) in the subject area of corporate governance.

Semester 1
- Corporate governance - principles and practice
- International financial reporting and analysis
- International strategy

Semester 2
- Business and corporate law
- International finance and decision making
- Corporate secretarial practice (1/2 module)
- Research methods (1/2 module)
- Dissertation (required for award of MSc)

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including written reports, presentations, coursework and exams.

Employability

The Masters in Corporate Governance combined with the internationally recognised ICSA qualification makes graduates highly employable in senior governance and administration positions. On this programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself in order to become a key player, with the skills, vision and ability to influence change.

Due to their varied knowledge and expertise, qualified chartered secretaries command highly-paid jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Employability skills events include the "My Employability" event comprising of the following:
- My dream job
- Preparing CVs and cover letters
- Using databases to research the company
- IT qualifications for your CV
- Preparing for interviews
- Managing expectations
- Internships

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

You'll benefit from the opportunity to take internships, be encouraged to get involved in initiatives that promote links with different firms and companies, and to participate in different programmes and schemes comprising voluntary work.

You will also have access to Proceed, the online recruitment platform provided by the ICSA for the HE sector that is designed for entry level student and graduate candidates looking for permanent and/or temporary positions, internships and work placements.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussions facilitate more active modes of learning..

Assessment is by a combination of examination and/or coursework. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional, teaching and/or research experience.

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

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The main aim of this Master's degree is to provide a postgraduate-level education for those interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc.) and the societies in which they operate. Read more
The main aim of this Master's degree is to provide a postgraduate-level education for those interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc.) and the societies in which they operate.

The economic and financial aspects of corporate governance relationships have long been of concern to those in the business and investment communities, and in recent years the social, political and moral aspects of these relationships have also become a major public concern. This programme aims to address both these sets of issues and to meet the needs of people wishing to engage critically with the policy aspects of corporate governance as well as those wishing to be involved professionally in the direction and regulation of companies and the management or trusteeship of pension funds and other investments.

The programme is available for full-time study over 1 year or part-time study over 2 years and combines coursework with independent research, leading to a dissertation. You can also choose a specialist pathway through the programme, depending on your interests and career objectives, selecting 1 from: corporate governance and ethics; environmental issues; finance and accounting; or public sector governance. These are run in collaboration with other departments at Birkbeck, giving you access to a wide range of option modules and a truly interdisciplinary approach to corporate governance and business ethics.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, theDepartment of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

The programme is international in scope, recognising both the wide variety of cultures and corporate governance systems within which businesses operate worldwide and the increasing globalisation of business and finance.
The programme builds on the Department of Management’s research strength in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. This is supported by the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethicsresearch centre.
The programme combines an interdisciplinary approach with in-depth research training in management. It provides a strong foundation for PhD research in the area and has achieved ESRC Research Training recognition.
The programme benefits from the involvement of a number of leading figures in the field including members of national and international committees on corporate governance, shareholder activists and NGO representatives.
The programme has a number of streams, enabling you to concentrate on particular areas within the broader field of corporate governance and ethics, including public sector governance (in collaboration with our Department of Politics); environmental issues in corporate governance (in collaboration with our Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies); and finance and accounting.
Students who complete the MSc with a focus on finance and accounting will be exempted from 4 of the taught modules required for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Professional Qualification, Grad ICSA.
Designed for those wishing to engage critically with the issues of business and society and those wishing to be involved professionally in corporate governance or corporate social responsibility.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

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The aim of the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship's master degree is to provide a framework and a toolkit for future managers and entrepreneurs to identify, assess and manage business opportunities in either their own companies or in existing organizations.

The program reflects the realities of the global environment and provides general management courses together with highly specialized modules in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

A word from the Program Director

"Innovation and Entrepreneurship are everywhere in our daily lives: smart cities, internet society, the digital economy, big data and design thinking, to name only a few. The consequences are huge: we will no longer buy – we will use! We will no longer manufacture - we will print with 3D printing!

After the Internet of People with mobile internet technology and applications, the next wave will be the Internet of Things called : IoT with news applications, new behaviors, and above all new business models. You have to discover and learn the causes and impacts of IoT in the next decade.

The MSc in Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship is a convergent Master-level program designed for students who want to prepare themselves for the tectonic shift in the way we live and work. Companies and organizations, already responding to the challenges of tomorrow, project hiring graduates who have learned to navigate through the new landscape of innovation and strategy. See the opportunities got by the graduates in Employability section - http://en.grenoble-em.com/msc-innovation-strategy-and-entrepreneurship#Entreprise

If you want to broaden your theoretical knowledge while gaining practical experience in the working world, network with today's leading industry experts and tomorrow's game-changers, create your own business or help companies face tomorrow's challenges head-on, this program was designed for you! You will be challenged by an intensive, rigorous curriculum, taught by acclaimed academics and professional experts, and learn from your fellow students – a truly international group – through teamwork and intensive real-life case studies.

If you are ready to embark on this adventure and be part of this unique experience in Grenoble, heart of the French Alps and France's capital of innovation and entrepreneurship, come and join us!"

Marie-France Derderian, MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrpreneurship Program Director

Program

In addition to its proximity to research-intensive, international companies (STMicroelectronics, Hewlett-Packard) and scientific organizations (the micro and nanotechnology innovation center GIANT Minatec (http://www.minatec.org/) - the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (http://english.cea.fr/english-portal) and LETI (http://www-leti.cea.fr/en/Discover-Leti/Innovation-platforms)), this program also comes from a top quality international teaching team made up of academics and professionals, thus creating an atmosphere supportive of teaching, learning, creative thinking and research.

The program’s main objective is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the field of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The program corresponds to the realities of the global management environment by offering highly-specialized courses in the fields as well as courses relating to general management and business, thus extending the intellectual understanding of Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship as a discipline.

PROGRAM ORGANIZATION

Students will be required to attend the program full-time for one academic year from September to June the following year.

Following the classroom portion of the program, students will complete a Final Management Project on a topic of their choice related to the program content. Students may complete the project while participating in an internship or full-time employment.

1) General Management and the Corporate Environments

- Finance for Managers
- Cross Cultural Communication and Negotiation
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Issues in Business
- Managing IT for Success
- Leadership, Team Building and Managerial Creativity
- Project Management
- Legal Environment of International Business
- Economics
- Accounting for Managers

2) Innovation Management

- Introduction to Innovation
- Creativity and Innovation
- Innovation Through Design
- Marketing High Tech and Innovation
- Managing Business and Innovation Networks

3) Strategy

- Strategic Management
- Microeconomics of Competitiveness (Harvard)
- Mergers, New Acquisitions and Restructuring
- Strategic Marketing and Marketing Planning

4) Entrepreneurship

- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- New Venture Business Planning
- Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities
- Small and Family Business
- Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs

*Content subject to change.

At the end of the classroom portion of the program, each student will be required to complete a Final Management Project of approximately 20,000 words in length under the guidance of a GGSB professor.

In order to successfully complete the Final Management Project, students are required to address a particular research question or knowledge gap in their field of study.

This research should be business-oriented and coherent with the program’s objectives. A student may choose to write the Final Management Project on a topic grounded in his or her internship experience.

Live Business Cases

LIVE BUSINESS CASES 2015-2016 - http://en.grenoble-em.com/live-business-cases-msc-innovation

During this program, participants will have the opportunity to become real-life business developers by exploring a Live Business Case provided by companies working in partnerships with the MSc Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship program. Students will work in groups and delve deeply into their cases during the seven months from October to June under the supervision of a GGSB coach.The Live Business Cases are launched by a briefing given by the company.

LIVE BUSINESS CASES WILL COVER:

- Innovation, entrepreneurship, and management issues from an integrated, holistic perspective.
- A capstone opportunity for students to apply theoretical principles from coursework and lectures.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE BUSINESS CASE, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

- Build a company analysis
- Select and apply a methodology, and make useful and efficient recommendations.
- Understand the Business Development process
- Provide critical analysis
- Make strategic decisions
- Work in a small multicultural group under time constraints
- Produce compelling written and oral presentations
- Demonstrate communication, negotiation and leadership skills

At the end of the seven-month Live Business Case, each group will produce a written report and make an oral presentation to the Jury and other groups from the program. The Jury consists of the company coach, the school coach, and the program director.

MANAGERIAL CREATIVITY : A METHOD OF SELF MANAGEMENT BY THE STUDENTS

This course/workshop is an introduction to all group assignments to be carried out all through the year. In order to help you to be efficient when working in small groups, you need to know not only your personal strengths and improvement points but also those of your class.

By discovering them during this course, you will be able to imagine together how to leverage the strengths of your class and how to manage your improvement points. You have to manage the classroom as a company, so we will appoint different representatives in charge of the main aspects of the construction of the class as a performing team: event manager, class representative, timekeeper, project leader, MSc community leader, and Alumni communication and coordination manager. These representatives and their teams will draft an action plan for the coming year.

Foreign Languages

Foreign language skills are essential in business today and the program is taught in English but provides the possibility to learn a foreign language at the same time. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Non-French speakers may study French. Native and fluent French speakers will have the possibility to choose from Spanish or Chinese. The language component is not compulsory.

Careers

The students following the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship generally wish to prepare for careers as:

- R&D Managers
- Project Managers
- B to B Product Managers
- Business Engineers
- Business Developers

Or in the following fields:

- Biotech
- High Tech IT
- Start-ups

CAREERS

Graduates of the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship program hold positions in a variety of sectors all over the world:

- Guillermo, Venezuela: Product Manager - Organizacion Palo Alto
- Huwein, China: Project Manager, Reverse Innovation - Biomerieux
- Amit, UK: EMEIA Product Marketing - Apple
- Alexandre, France: Business Analyst and Pricing Expert - Schneider
- Nikolay, Russia: Analyst - International Innovation Nanotechnology Center
- Nikos, Greece: Business Developer - Intralot
- Agostino, Canada: Associate - Kachan and Co.
- Mayur, Singapore: Executive Business Development - Adnai Mining
- Khodor, France: Digital Marketing Manager - Eurocopter

Admission

This program is designed for recent graduates from any background as well as managers or entrepreneurs willing to develop and manage technological and business opportunities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject with a good grade average
- No past work experience necessary
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below.
- The GMAT is not required for this program.

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Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction by The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Course overview

This course is particularly aimed at graduates who do not have the work experience needed to undertake an MBA. We welcome applications from graduates of any discipline.

You will develop a wide range of competencies that are essential for a successful managerial career. Modules include ‘Developing Skills for Business Leadership’, ‘Managing and Leading People’ and ‘Global Corporate Strategy’. You will also study marketing, operations and financial management. The course culminates in a major project with hands-on application of your new skills and knowledge.

Our teaching is informed by the latest academic research, including research by Sunderland Business School. We link your learning to real-world workplaces by organising visits to external organisations and by inviting guest speakers to share their practical business experience.

If you have previously studied business, the rigorous postgraduate training offers greater insights into effective management. If you have not previously studied business, the course equips you to pursue business opportunities related to your first degree; for example arts graduates can find the course particularly useful.

By the end of the course you will have an edge in applying for well-paid managerial roles. As a result, you can achieve your personal goals and gain a rapid return on your investment in higher education.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the project to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors. Modules on this course include:
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 Credits)
-Understanding Organisational Performance (15 Credits)
-Operations Management (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-Accounting and Financial Management (15 Credits)
-Managing and Leading People (15 Credits)
-Marketing Management (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-Management Futures Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions where you will work in groups on concepts and practical tasks.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include assignments, reports, presentations, and peer- and self-assessment.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism. Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections. Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

This course equips you with skills and knowledge in all areas of business, from managing people to strategic direction. Employers of previous graduates from this course include:
-Lenovo
-CEVA
-NHS
-Local Authorities

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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An MBA is widely seen as a passport to a successful career. Our course builds on your previous business experience and enhances your real-world management capabilities. Read more
An MBA is widely seen as a passport to a successful career. Our course builds on your previous business experience and enhances your real-world management capabilities.

Course overview

The Sunderland MBA is designed to accelerate your promotion to well-paid positions of leadership. It prepares you for new opportunities in any organisation, in any country.

You will develop your strategic knowledge, functional competence and problem-solving ability. You will also learn how to re-apply the best of international management practices and how to implement approaches that deliver outstanding results.

At Sunderland, we focus on problem-solving ability and linking theory to real-world challenges. As part of this, you will visit UK companies, and also learn from guest speakers who share their practical business experiences.

Sunderland Business School has partnered together with the Chartered Management Institute, to offer you dual accreditation with your MBA to enhance your professional profile and add to your achievements. On successful completion of your MBA, you will be eligible for the Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership. During your study period, you will also become an Affiliate Member of CMI, which gives you access to CMI’s knowledge resources.

At the end of your studies, graduates with 3 or more years management experience will be entitled to apply for full membership of the CMI or Chartered status.

We understand that your MBA is part of an onward journey. We offer extensive career support to help you gain a rapid return on your investment in yourself – and achieve your personal goals.

You will study core modules that include ‘Managing and Leading People’, ‘Global Corporate Strategy’ and ‘International Business Environment’. There is flexibility to choose a dissertation topic and an additional module that reflects your particular interests.
This course is the broadest of our MBA courses. If you prefer, you can pursue a more specialist MBA course that gives a specific reference in the award title to Finance, Marketing, HRM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management or Supply Chain Management.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

Modules on this course include:
-Financial Management and Control (15 Credits)
-Managing and Leading People (15 Credits)
-Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Marketing Management (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer (15 Credits)
-MBA Dissertation (60 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module from a list that may include the following:
-International HRM (15 Credits)
-e-marketing (15 Credits)
-Project Management (15 Credits)
-Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 Credits)
-Management Accounting and Control (15 Credits)
-International Marketing (15 Credits)
-OD and Change (15 Credits)
-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
-Innovation and Growth (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, class discussions, case studies, group work, presentations and applied study.

Assessment is mainly through the dissertation and assignments, as well as exams in some subjects.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

The applied nature of our MBA course will build on your previous managerial experience while moving you forward on a journey of practical professional development. The course is an investment in yourself that can lead to:
-Higher salary
-Promotion opportunities
-Greater employability
-Flexibility in an evolving job market

The most common reason for undertaking an MBA is to improve job opportunities. Previous Sunderland MBA graduates now work in roles such as:
-Financial Analyst for ultra-high net worth investors
-Operations Director in an oil company
-Management Consultant with an international consultancy group
-General Manager in Eastern Europe
-Financial Controller in the Gulf region
-Division Chief in China
-Business Development Manager for an automotive supplier
-Vice President of a Canadian corporation

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Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction by The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Course overview

This course is particularly aimed at graduates in business or management who do not have the work experience needed to undertake an MBA. It will equip students with the skills to operate in an international environment, manage across time zones, cultures and languages. These skills are in great demand by employers who need world-class managers who can operate successfully in global markets.

Students will develop an understanding of business in a global context, including practical knowledge and understanding of the way that business is undertaken in different countries and by different cultures. Students are drawn from a wide range of cultures and nationalities which add a richness to this programme which is not experienced in many other places. Sunderland’s culturally diverse learning community will further enhance the international student experience.

Core modules include ‘International Business Environment’, ‘Global Corporate Strategy’, ‘Cross Cultural Management’, and ‘International Trade’. The Masters dissertation will focus on a topic that is individually negotiated with a tutor. This could be based on personal interests and as well as career aspirations.

The University will ensure that the student’s learning is rooted in a real-world context by inviting guest speakers to share their practical business experience together with arranging an external organisational visit.

By the end of the course students will have an edge in applying for roles in international business that can provide a rapid return on their investment in higher education.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 Credits)
-International Trade (15 Credits)
-Global Integrated Marketing Communications (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-International HRM (15 Credits)
-Cross Cultural Management (15 Credits)
-Applied Research Methods for Business and Management (15 Credits)
-Dissertation (45 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module from the following list:
-Managing Diversity (15 Credits)
-Project Management (15 Credits)
-Innovation and Growth (15 Credits)
-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
-Service Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Consumer Research (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

The Faculty of Business and Law use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include workshops, seminars, simulations, project work, experiential learning, open learning and case study activities.

Compared to an undergraduate course, students will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently the University developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism. Added to this, students will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help students make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections. Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision students can choose from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If there are any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team who will be happy to offer advice and support.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

The Masters qualification will open opportunities in business and management within a global context. The course is an investment which can lead to roles with higher salaries and greater potential to be a leader of change.

Almost all sectors of the economy require management professionals. For example, there are opportunities in:
-Financial services
-Manufacturing
-Retail
-Hospitality and leisure
-Media and telecommunications
-Healthcare
-Public sector

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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Programme description

The programme aims to help students understand how to do international business especially from developmental states. It will help them understand the particular challenges faced in developing corporate strategy, attracting foreign direct investment and working in countries with very different cultures, institutions, laws and business practices.

If emerging markets are, by their very nature, in a state of flux, then already successful economies are characterised by a different kind of dynamic. And as the pace of globalisation accelerates, the need to understand the drivers of national and international economic and business success becomes ever more acute. That gives graduates of this MSc some very real career advantages.

The programme will suit those with a background in or experience of the commercial or financial worlds. It is useful for students from emerging economies who wish to bring themselves up to speed with contemporary thinking in corporate strategy, including technology and financial management and business economics, and of public policies dealing with pressing issues relating to development in general. It is equally useful for students from already established economies seeking to understand how businesses can take advantage of the globalisation of the world economy and the rapid development of these new economic powerhouses.

Students on the programme come from all over the world, looking for objective, in-depth insights into global business practice. The knowledge they gather helps them develop successful careers as consultants, managers or analysts in the broad arena of international business.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Diverse perspectives and disciplines
The programme focuses on the challenges posed by the phenomena of globalisation and the conflicting trends of convergence and divergence in international business. It also addresses the challenges posed for rapidly developing emerging economies. It will lead you to acquire substantive knowledge, drawing upon diverse perspectives and disciplines, and gain the analytical ability needed to develop a continual understanding of the challenges international business is facing. You will also gain an appreciation of the complex issues in relation to business strategy for both multinational enterprises (MNEs) and local firms in emerging economies.

Real-world learning

The programme focuses on practical skills for real-world learning and puts a strong emphasis on developing transferable skills, objective analysis, report writing and presentation ability. It also provides insights into research design and other life-long learning skills needed for professional careers.

By the end of the course, students will be expected to have an:

ability to engage critically with various theoretical perspectives and techniques
understanding of the key issues relating to the competitiveness of international business
awareness of the volatility and uncertainty involved in and the influences of global politics, technology advancement, distribution of wealth, ownership of resources and regulatory regimes in individual nation states and international institutions
appreciation of the differences of individual nation states and especially emerging markets such as China, India and other transitional economies

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This one year MSc Finance & Accounting programme appeals to students from a range of business and scientific backgrounds looking to move into the finance industry. Read more
This one year MSc Finance & Accounting programme appeals to students from a range of business and scientific backgrounds looking to move into the finance industry.

Taught by outstanding academics and leading practitioners, students are provided with a thorough grounding in the theory of finance. Built on this solid technical foundation is an understanding of the practical elements of the finance and accounting industries which include advanced techniques in corporate financial strategy, project management and company valuation.

If you aspire to work in areas such as management consulting, equity research analysis, sales in investment banking, the treasury department of a large corporate company, or at one of the big four, then this programme is suitable for you.

The Programme

MSc Finance & Accounting ensures students benefit from a unique blend of rigour and relevance, providing an understanding of the financial basics, more specialist knowledge in a chosen area and a practical experience through electives and project work.

You will begin by studying five compulsory foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:
• Accounting and Valuation
• Application of Matlab to Finance
• Financial Modelling
• Markets and Securities
• The Finance Industry

Core modules are the backbone of the programme and provide you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. The core modules include:
• Advanced Corporate Finance
• Financial Accounting
• Corporate Finance
• Derivatives
• Financial Econometrics
• Investments and Portfolio Management
• Management Accounting
• Corporate Strategy

Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. You are also given the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives includes:
• Advanced Financial Statistics
• Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
• Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition
• Enterprise Risk Management
• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners
• International Finance
• Insurance
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Real Estate Investment
• Structured Credit and Equity Products
• Venture Capital and Private Equity
• Topics in FinTech Innovation
• Big Data in Finance

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The specificity of sport, with its high media coverage and numerous stakeholders, requires managers to have uniquely honed business skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of sports management. Read more
The specificity of sport, with its high media coverage and numerous stakeholders, requires managers to have uniquely honed business skills and an in-depth knowledge of the principles of sports management. The MSc Sport Management has therefore been developed for those with aspirations towards senior or line management positions within the core functional departments of the sports management industry.

At UCFB we bridge the gap between academia and business. Students on our taught postgraduate programmes have significantly more contact time than those at traditional higher education institutions. In parallel to the academic curriculum runs the Complementary CurriculumTM; a journey of professional and personal development through learning and knowledge enhancement activities. The Complementary Curriculum allows access to industry leading guest speakers, industry opportunities and additional certificates such as the Prozone Performance Analysis and Green 4 Solutions Customer Relationship Management and The FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching award.
The MSc Sport Management is suitable for graduates of all disciplines and for professionals working within the sports industry, in management, marketing, operations or other appropriate areas, and who wish to build on that experience through a structured programme of study.

As a capstone to the MSc Sport Management degree, students may have an opportunity to specialise their academic experience by undertaking a research project with a sports organisation, leveraging UCFB’s global network of contacts with leading organisations such as The Football Association, BBC Sport and the US Tennis Association.

Graduates of the MSc Sport Management programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

Course content

Financial and Human Capital Management
This module develops students’ understanding of the ways in which financial and management information can be used to achieve competitive advantage. The module also examines the evolution of human resource management, human capital management, and their interaction with accounting and finance.

Strategic Sports Marketing Management
This module addresses the importance of marketing plans to sporting clubs and organisations and helps to develop well-informed strategic marketing plans, while critically appraising the range of academic material that is available to the sports marketer. While the module addresses practical aspects of marketing and takes account of the latest developments in social media and communication with customers, the main emphasis is on strategic marketing management and will require students to devise a plan and suggest ways of allocating their marketing budget.

Sustainable Stadium and Event Management
To explore current and future issues around sustainable sports management. The course uses the concept of sustainability to explore key contemporary issues such as: Types of sports venues, construction and refurbishment, venue design, event delivery, stakeholder management, venue marketing, and venue management. Each topic will include a balance between the establishment of a theoretical base, and the investigation of practical case-studies.

Leadership and Influence in Sport
The aim of this module is to understand the conceptualisation of leadership within the sporting and business world via the drivers of influence, mutuality and future.

Aims:
· Review different theories of leadership and their relevance to leadership practice, thus allowing learners to analyse critical incidents to judge organisational leadership performance.
· Understand how the role and nature of the organisation affects the leadership knowledge, skills and behaviour needed by senior leaders, while taking responsibility for own personal development and effectiveness in the leadership role.

Corporate Strategy in a Sporting Context
In order to be an effective sport manager, it is essential to possess a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the importance of corporate strategy in management, and to demonstrate how this can be applied in the area of international football and sporting management. Students will extend research skills alongside new analytical techniques in order to analyse the business environment. Students will be expected to show a critical awareness of how to carry out complex analysis of this information and explain the current strategic position of the organisation.

Current Themes in Sports Law
Sport is big business but the right to exploit its commercial value is not unfettered. This module explores how, under English and European Union law, an event organiser is able to exploit the commercial value of sport whilst also protecting its rights from infringement by third parties.

The module places this legal discussion in a multi-disciplinary context by examining the historical commercialisation of sport and how that contributed to the juridification of the sector and why and how some sports adopted various business models, for example the development of the Premier League and the Champions League. The module examines whether the specificities of sport preclude the application of UK and EU law to these business practices or whether the law should treat sport in the same way as any other economic activity.

Dissertation and Research Methods
The individual research project focuses on producing an in depth piece of work which has theoretical/ practical/ industrial/commercial relevance to the sports industry. Ideally, this will be a piece of industry sponsored work to produce a commercial output for the sponsor. The work need not be sports-related but mat be applied in the area of sports.

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UCFB’s unique MSc International Sport Management provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. Read more
UCFB’s unique MSc International Sport Management provides an unparalleled educational and experiential opportunity for aspiring sports leaders. This pioneering programme has been developed as a transformational journey suited for graduates of all disciplines, as well as for current professionals working within various sectors of the sports industry, for example in management, marketing or operations.
In addition to the inimitable degree programme delivered at UCFB Wembley’s world class facilities, students will be able to enhance their understanding of the business and operations of a sporting superpower through a unique period spent at the Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea, the educational arm of the world’s biggest football club.

By experiencing two of the most iconic sporting destinations in the world, Wembley Stadium and Madrid, students are fully immersed within the sports industry and are able to develop a network of world-class industry contacts.

Students may have an opportunity to specialise their academic experience by undertaking a research project with a sports organisation, leveraging UCFB’s global network of contacts with leading companies such as The Football Association, BBC Sport and the US Tennis Association.

Graduates of the MSc International Sport Management programme will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.

Course content

Financial and Human Capital Management
This module develops students’ understanding of the ways in which financial and management information can be used to achieve competitive advantage. The module also examines the evolution of human resource management, human capital management, and their interaction with accounting and finance.

Leadership and Influence in Sport
The aim of this module is to understand the conceptualisation of leadership within the sporting and business world via the drivers of influence, mutuality and future.

Sustainable Stadium and Event Management
The aim of this module is to explore current and future issues around sustainable sport management. The course uses the concept of sustainability to explore key contemporary issues such as: types of sports venues, construction and refurbishment, venue design, event delivery, stakeholder management, venue marketing and venue management.

Global Strategic Sports Marketing Management
Many sports brands face domestic markets that are saturated, highly competitive and with little potential to grow sales revenues, a situation that may see them fall behind in the marketplace. Their main opportunity to grow is to target overseas markets in order to attract new customers and develop new revenues streams. Many sports leagues and brands sell the television rights for their marches to media companies in deals worth in excess of £2billion, who in turn sell these rights in as many as 100 different countries.

Corporate Strategy in a Sporting Context
In order to be an effective sport manager, it is essential to possess a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the importance of corporate strategy in management, and to demonstrate how this can be applied in the area of international football and sporting management. Students will extend research skills alongside new analytical techniques in order to analyse the business environment. Students will be expected to show a critical awareness of how to carry out complex analysis of this information and explain the current strategic position of the organisation.

Globalisation of Sport Management
The rapid growth of the sport industry in recent times has led to a need for sport to be studied in a global context. With globalisation as a key concept to be addressed, this module will emphasise the need for sport to be managed effectively in order for optimal performance to be achieved. It is essential for sport managers to fully apprehend the influence of globalisation on sports and the sport industry through acquiring and applying contemporary business analysis and decision making tools.

Research Methods and Dissertation
The dissertation allows you to design and conduct an independent piece of academic research, providing an opportunity to develop and demonstrate advanced scholarship skills. This combined research methods and dissertation module provides subject-specific methods training in preparation for the completion of a dissertation within the domains of marketing, entrepreneurship and leisure management. The research topic that you select must align with the title of the programme on which you are enrolled. The module begins with a series of taught research methods sessions, during which a research proposal is produced. This proposal then guides the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 15-20,000-word research report (dissertation) is produced.

Madrid Experience

During the months of May, June and July, students will enjoy the truly unique opportunity to live and learn in Madrid, Spain’s capital city and home to the 10-time European football champions, Real Madrid. Whilst undertaking a 30 ECTS credit Diploma in Sport Management at the Real Madrid Graduate School – which students would earn in addition to the MSc International Sport Management degree – the invaluable learning enhancement experience is expected to provide a further foundation for employability prospects in the global sport marketplace. With classes taught at the Real Madrid Graduate School’s facilities including the Real Madrid Sports City in the Valdebebas district of Madrid and the famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, students will obtain access to leading executives from the football club. The Madrid experience will provide a vital international angle on the sport business, aiding students as they work towards completing their final MSc International Sport Management dissertation in September.

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Companies tend to employ graduates who have developed awareness to issues of internationalization, who are competent to work in multinational working groups, who can analyze international markets, and those who can develop major projects. Read more
Companies tend to employ graduates who have developed awareness to issues of internationalization, who are competent to work in multinational working groups, who can analyze international markets, and those who can develop major projects. The International Management, Legislation and Society program aims to give students an education that enables them to adapt quickly to an international environment, whilst understanding the dynamics, and knowing how to effectively identify solutions to managerial problems.

Learning objectives

The curriculum presents two types of courses: subjects relating to the basic disciplines (business, economic, and law), and subjects relating to business issues and problems typically associated with the processes of internationalization of firms. This is done to balance traditional knowledge of management with the specialization and the development of specific internationalization-oriented skills. In addition to traditional business disciplines, there are courses that intend to develop the capability to work in different social and cultural contexts, and to review, develop and implement internationalization of firms.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

Graduates from the International Management, Legislation & Society program are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will have both the technical knowledge and the methodological tools suited to pursue professional and managerial careers in large corporations and international institutions (WTO, IMF, WB) dealing with international and multicultural issues, as well as smaller and national companies, implementing and managing international processes and strategies.

Curriculum

First year credits
● Corporate strategy & strategic control:
○ Module 1 - Corporate strategy (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Module 2 - Strategic control (5 ECTS/CFU)

● ELECTIVE (one of the following two)
○ Cross cultural management (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Management of Information Systems and Society (5 ECTS/CFU)

● Doing business in emerging markets (5 ECTS/CFU)

● Entrepreneurship and small business management:
○ Module 1 - International corporate taxation and tax planning (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Module 2 - Small business management (5 ECTS/CFU)

● European Economic Law (5 ECTS/CFU)

● International competitiveness (7 ECTS/CFU)

● English for international management (5 ECTS/CFU)

● Seminar on Theological Issues

Second year credits
● Business finance:
○ Module 1 - Financial analysis (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Module 2 - Corporate finance (5 ECTS/CFU)

● International finance (5 ECTS/CFU)

● International strategies:
○ Module 1 - International business strategy (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Module 2 - Business Government relations (4 ECTS/ CFU)

● Business Analytics (6 ECTS/CFU)

● Direct Investment and Trade Law (6 ECTS/CFU)

● Public Law (6 ECTS/CFU)

● International Management (10 CFU):
○ Module 1 - International human resource management (5 ECTS/CFU)
○ Module 2 - International institutions and society (5 ECTS/CFU)

● Compulsory internship (7 ECTS/CFU)

● Thesis (20 ECTS/CFU)

We care

The relationship between the students and the professors is an added value at Cattolica’s Piacenza campus. Students are stimulated and encouraged to achieve their goals by showing competitiveness and ambition, preparing them for an ideal array of future job opportunities.

Industry related

The economy of the province of Piacenza is based on, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), active mainly in manufacturing, services and construction industries, sectors on which the events held at Piacenza Exhibition Center are focused.

Career support

The Career Service at Cattolica’s Piacenza campus provides support to students by helping them find relevant internships and placements related to their studies.

International network

During the International Management, Legislation & Society program, options to study abroad will be offered. A Study abroad can come in different forms, from Erasmus programs to visiting semesters at the International Partnership of Business schools (IPBS) partner institutions.

Candidates need to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement in order to submit their application.

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This course runs at our study centres in Asia and Africa. It is for people who already hold a Diploma in Management Studies or an equivalent qualification.

Course overview

The top-up course is the fastest route to the Sunderland Master of Business Administration (MBA). We offer the course at study centres in the UK, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Vietnam. To join the course you should already hold a Diploma in Management Studies, or the Executive Diploma from the CMI, and you should also have suitable managerial experience.

An MBA is widely seen as a passport to new career opportunities. It demonstrates the breadth and depth of your functional competence, strategic knowledge and problem-solving ability.

The top-up course includes two taught modules: ‘Global Corporate Strategy’ and ‘International Business Environment’. You will also undertake an MBA dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with your tutor, based on your personal interests and career aspirations.
We understand that your MBA is part of an onward journey. We offer extensive career support to help you gain a rapid return on your investment in yourself – and achieve your personal goals.

Sunderland has a strong reputation among employers for courses that combine academic rigour with vocational relevance. Sunderland is ranked second of the country’s universities for business and management by The Guardian University Guide 2014. We offer the course at study centres in the UK, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Vietnam.

Course content

You will negotiate the topic of the dissertation to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations. Modules on this course include:
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-MBA Dissertation (60 Credits)

Employment & careers

The applied nature of our MBA course will build on your previous managerial experience while moving you forward on a journey of practical professional development. The course is an investment in yourself that can lead to:
-Higher salary
-Promotion opportunities
-Greater employability
-Flexibility in an evolving job market

The most common reason for undertaking an MBA is to improve job opportunities. Previous Sunderland MBA graduates now work in roles such as:
-Financial Controller in the Gulf region
-Financial Analyst for ultra-high net worth investors
-Operations Director in an oil company
-Management Consultant with an international consultancy group
-General Manager in Eastern Europe
-Division Chief in China
-Business Development Manager for an automotive supplier
-Vice President of a Canadian corporation

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Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction by The Guardian University Guide 2015. Half of the CEOs at Britain’s top 100 companies have a background in accounting or finance. Read more
Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction by The Guardian University Guide 2015.

Course overview

Half of the CEOs at Britain’s top 100 companies have a background in accounting or finance. This specialised Masters, which provides in-depth knowledge of key finance and management concepts, offers a powerful boost to your future career progression.

Throughout the course, you will apply up-to-date theories and knowledge to current situations. We welcome applications both from new graduates and from those already in employment who want to develop themselves for high-level opportunities.

The finance modules cover financial control, financial statements and financial markets. The management modules cover cross cultural management, global corporate strategy and training in leadership. Your Masters dissertation will focus on a topic that you negotiate with your tutor, based on your career aspirations and our areas of expertise.

During the course, we encourage collaborative working through Peer Action Learning Sets. As a member of a Learning Set, you will share practical and academic experiences and reflect critically on case studies, debates and problems.

By the end of the course, you will have the intellectual tools and knowledge to tackle real-world issues within the financial sector or within financial departments of organisations. Our aim is to enhance your success in challenging management roles that carry above-average responsibility and salaries.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Corporate Finance (15 Credits)
-International Trade (15 Credits)
-International Financial Statement (15 Credits)
-Financial Econometrics (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-Management Accounting and Control (15 Credits)
-International Financial Markets (15 Credits)
-Project Management (15 Credits)
-Research Dissertation (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, class discussions, case studies, group work, presentations and applied study. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus has a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to economics, business, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

Today’s top managers are expected to have a strong grasp of the numbers that are at the heart of an organisation’s survival. Our course provides academic knowledge and specific training, blending financial know-how with valuable management skills. The course will prepare you for opportunities in:
-Management
-Banking
-Finance
-Accounting

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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