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This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agri-business management. Read more
This course provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agri-business management. Working in the international agri-business environment encompasses a wide variety of functions, including finance, human resources, customer services, logistics, marketing, cross-cultural exporting and importing, and purchasing.

The course

International agri-business has developed into a well-integrated system that combines efficient production at farm level with a well ordered supply chain managing the delivery of food products into international markets.

The course enhances the student’s knowledge of finance and human resource management and provides a detailed insight into marketing and the industries supporting agricultural production, processing, transportation and supply chain strategy.

Today’s recruits seeking careers in international agri-business need to be well trained in business and marketing and have a thorough appreciation of the international business environment. By focusing on a variety of management and decision issues relevant to businesses in an ever changing international environment, the course enhances the career prospects of those seeking a career in this dynamic sector.

It provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles, issues and practices of modern international agribusiness management. This industry encompasses a wide variety of functions, including finance, human resources, customer services, logistics, marketing, cross-cultural exporting and importing, and purchasing.

How will it benefit me?

Completing the course at MSc level will enable you to use and evaluate business management techniques and assess their relevance to commercial practice under different technical and cultural constraints.

You will learn to appraise the dynamic legal, economic and political environment within which businesses operate, and how to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in addition to technical and commercial information. The course teaches students to evaluate and identify solutions to business management problems encountered by local, national and international firms.

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The world of marketing operates within an increasingly dynamic, international arena where competition has intensified and customer needs and wants change by the day. Read more
The world of marketing operates within an increasingly dynamic, international arena where competition has intensified and customer needs and wants change by the day. Change occurs in every aspect of the marketing environment; social, economic, political and especially technological (with the many online and digital developments that occur on a regular and fast-paced basis). Marketing has focused on satisfying customer needs profitably but achieving ‘customer delight’ seems necessary now for commercial success.

Who is the MSc Marketing programme for?

The MSc Marketing programme has been developed for students seeking a career within marketing management in private, public or not-for-profit sector organisations across the globe. Our students typically go on to secure key marketing posts in large international companies but some find posts in smaller businesses, charitable organisations and public sector bodies.

Applicants should possess a minimum of a 2ii honours first degree - in business or a in a related subject with appropriate links to marketing.

MSc Marketing Programme Content and Structure

The recently revised MSc Marketing programme introduces students to classic and contemporary marketing theories and concepts and applies them to real life business cases and best industry practice. The MSc Marketing programme is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters that incorporate specialised marketing modules such as ‘Global Marketing Strategy’, ‘Advanced Marketing Research Applications’ and ‘Analysing Buyer Behaviour and Brand Dynamics’. The MSc Marketing programme also contains core modules that provide students with key research and personal development skills.

In the remainder of the MSc Marketing programme the student has the opportunity to explore in detail an aspect of marketing through the Masters Dissertation. A dissertation preparation support module course guides students through this key project and a personal supervisor is appointed to offer advice on the initial proposal and throughout the dissertation process.

A combination of lectures, seminars and workshops are employed top convey information and facilitate student learning. The Northumbria University’s e-learning platform, Blackboard, and e-library are key tools in the Learning and Teaching Strategy of Northumbria University, of the Faculty of Business and Law, the Newcastle Business School and therefore of the MSc Marketing programme. This ensures that the programme is fully backed with the University’s latest investments in learning and teaching and technology.

The MSc Marketing programme’s Assessment Strategy includes the use of examinations, assignments workshop and e-learning platform activities. The combination used varies between modules but overall there is a fair but challenging balance of assessment methods.

Marketing offers so many different career roles and responsibilities from Advertising Executive to Database Manager; Public Relations Executive to Customer Services Manager. The student should possess a high level of energy and enthusiasm for the subject along with good creative and analytical skills. Former students from the programme have taken up careers such as Advertising Executive in an agency, Customer Services Manager in retail and Direct Marketing Manager in the charity sector

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This course offers you an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors, with relevance to areas including property, transport, shipping insurance, credit cards, wealth management and home and commercial mortgages. Read more
This course offers you an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors, with relevance to areas including property, transport, shipping insurance, credit cards, wealth management and home and commercial mortgages

Key benefits:

• A programme that equips you with the necessary theory and skills to work successfully in the rapidly expanding financial services industry
• Excellent career potential and the opportunity to take a Business Innovation Project, enhancing your practical skills and experience
• Choose to take a one to three-month Assessed Internship with an employer, supported by Salford Business School

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/financial-services-management

Course detail

The fast-paced subject of financial services management also offers significant opportunities in banking and finance as these arenas have recognised the need to re-think their strategies. The chance to develop long and profitable client and customer relationships is open to firms which are thinking and acting strategically, by embracing new approaches, working creatively and innovating to effectively manage costs and improve the understanding of individual customer’s needs.

This course will provide you with the appropriate advanced-level skills and knowledge you need to contribute to the growing and sophisticated international banking and finance industries.

Suitable for

This programme is ideal if you are looking to build a career in the banking, insurance or mortgage industries, or want to pursue one of many other opportunities that exist in this popular and diverse commercial sector. The financial services sector is the UK's largest employer with over one million people working across a variety of industries.

Why study this course?

On completion you will be able to place yourself favourably in a managerial or consulting role. You will be equipped with the skills and understanding necessary to effectively and efficiently perform tasks relevant to your organisation. You'll learn to develop your ability to work effectively in teams and independently, to evaluate critically, think creatively and communicate effectively with respect to issues in the industry; and to recognise good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services. You'll also develop an advanced level of understanding of research methods and their application to a wide range of international banking and finance problems.

Format and assessment

- Semester 1 -

• Accounting and Finance
• International Financial Management

- Semester 2 -

• Risk, Regulation and Compliance
• Marketing and Service Management

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project:

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation - traditional 3 month research pathway.
• Internship - 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
• Live Project – 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
• Placement – 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.

The course is delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Career potential

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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The Master’s Programme in Marketing, Services and Communication Management (MSC) consists of a unique combination of basic managerial disciplines and market and business models of the relevant industries. Read more
The Master’s Programme in Marketing, Services and Communication Management (MSC) consists of a unique combination of basic managerial disciplines and market and business models of the relevant industries. With this concept, the MSC exceeds classical notions of marketing. Owing to a combination of thorough theoretical knowledge and projects with partners from practice and research, students are taught an integrated understanding both of corporate management from a customer’s viewpoint and of customer value generation.

Curriculum

On the one hand, our programme is based on the functions of marketing, market research, service management and communication; on the other hand, it provides students with an insight into a great number of up-to-date application areas such as Interactive Marketing, Automotive Marketing or Luxury Brand Management. The selection of application areas is constantly being updated and is intended to provide students with well-founded access to specific markets.
Besides the application areas and the compulsory subjects, core studies consist of independent electives and a Master’s thesis, and are supplemented by Contextual Studies (particularly in sociology, psychology, communication and languages).

Career perspectives

MSC graduates have a wide range of qualifications and are prepared for attractive functions and professional fields such as:
• executive and specialist tasks directly related to the market such as product management, marketing, market research, customer relations management and service quality management;
• communication jobs such as media work, public relations, advertising and e-communication;
• tasks in public administration such as location marketing and the configuration and management of customer-oriented administrative processes;
• corporate start-ups;
• research and teaching at universities and universities of applied sciences.

Studying internationally

The MSC enables students to spend exchange semesters at more than approx. 200 partner universities. There is the additional possibility of completing a CEMS MIM or a DM2 double degree course.
http://www.exchange.unisg.ch

Language

The programme is offered in German and in English.

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This programme is designed for the engineering managers and leaders of the future. Read more
This programme is designed for the engineering managers and leaders of the future.
Engineering professionals with strong technical expertise as well as excellent management abilities are highly sought after, and this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to fulfil a variety of exciting international roles.

You will develop the techniques and analytical tools to enhance business operations, paired with a thorough understanding of the processes and practices of the engineering industry; a truly powerful combination.

Taught in partnership by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Business School, you will have an exceptional learning experience, access to world-leading academics, and the chance to build an outstanding personal network to enhance your future career.

The programme’s emphasis on management is specifically focussed for engineering professionals to allow them to move into high-level management roles. Graduates can expect to enjoy careers as leaders of business and product development, project management, customer services, human resources, and a wide variety of other areas, particularly related to the engineering industry.

Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible and consists of seven core engineering, business and management focussed modules totalling 150 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project, and two 15-credit option modules.

Core modules

The compulsory modules can include; Manufacturing Supply Chain Management; Management of Product Development; Management Concepts; Multinational Finance for Managers; Professional Skills; Project Management and Engineering MSc Project

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows; Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise; Production Engineering; Marketing Analysis and Research and Marketing Strategy.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

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Management for Business Excellence is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to become leaders and managers of business excellence in industry. Read more

Designed for

Management for Business Excellence is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to become leaders and managers of business excellence in industry. It is suitable for high achievers who want to be challenged in the way they think about business management and problems.

The Course Provides

A detailed understanding of the philosophies, strategies, processes and techniques that enable change and the management of excellence in a business.

You will develop key management and technology skills, including leadership, customer focused product and process development, asset & resource management, and 6-sigma.

This highly rewarding course will make you extremely sought after in the employment market. It will also develop you very much as an individual and a manager, focusing on your specific learning objectives and developing in you the mind-set of a leader, able to challenge conventional norms of management.

Course Content

Core Modules :
1. Knowledge-based Asset Management
2. Robust Decision-making
3. Creating Business Excellence
4. Leadership and Excellence
5. Process Improvement using Six Sigma
6. Product Excellence using Six Sigma
7. Organisations, People and Performance
8. Financial Analysis and Control Systems

Plus one elective modules from the full list of modules.

Learning Style

The aim of the MBE learning environment is to help you to develop critical autonomy and achievement of deep learning.

This course is rich in applied exercises guided by the MBE tutor team, all of whom are acknowledged experts in their fields. This course makes widespread use of e-learning to provide a rich learning environment, respond to all students' needs, stimulate teamwork, and develop a deep understanding of content.

Support is through tutorials and seminars to discuss and explore web-based content, and leads participants to understand contexts and real-world application of theories, principles and techniques alike.

After You Graduate

Graduates of this course could expect to find employment as managers and leaders of business development, new product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, human resource management or customer services.

With further experience, you would expect to attain a key executive role and be responsible for leading strategy and policy.

You will have the skills and knowledge necessary to benchmark organisational performance against world best-in-class and the ability to drive corporate transformation and improvement, leading to international recognition of the enterprise for all aspects of corporate performance including, market share, customer satisfaction, employee development and financial results, to name but a few.

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This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. Read more
This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. It explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing within the context of business and management and will focus on developing academic and applied skills in Marketing including advertising, brand management and loyalty, customer service, public relations and market research.

For the Advanced Taught Programme students will choose four Applied Business Projects from a list which currently includes the following titles:

1. e-Business and Value Chain
2. Human Resource Management
3. International Business
4. Investment and Private Banking
5. Operations Management
6. Business Planning

Compulsory modules:

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

International Marketing: The globalization of companies is the involvement of customers, producers, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders in the global marketing process. International marketing reflects the trend of companies selling products and services across national boundaries. This module provides an overview of contemporary international marketing issues and trends as well as the international marketing planning process. On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions regarding international market entry strategies and the development and management of global brands.

Consumer Behaviour in a Global & Digital World: This module will introduce students to the main theories which purport to explain consumer behaviour from the perspective of gaining an understanding of the consumer as an individual as well as how consumers are influenced by their cultural environment. Given that the internet has become an essential part of modern day life this module will provide students with an understanding of how consumer behaviour is impacted as a result of changes in the way goods and services are marketed and sold online. This module also examines the critical issues and trends whereby the internet has changed consumer behaviour spanning across traditional/geographic boundaries.

Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

International Marketing Communication: This module examines the processes by which integrated marketing communications (IMC) programs are planned, developed and executed. Individual communication vehicles included in an Integrated Marketing Communication plan are explored.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Your optional modules must include AT LEAST ONE of the following:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Other optional modules include:

New Venture Creation: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Global Business and Culture: This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the challenges of managing across national boundaries. Culture is assessed in the context of a range of contemporary classifications and discussed in a variety of conceptual, methodological and practical situations relating to the measurement and application of culture at various levels of analysis (national, industry, corporate, individual). On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions involving culture as an input. Case studies are used to illustrate the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, international expansion, and cross-border alliances/ mergers & acquisitions.

International Business: This module analyses the conditions in the international environment that drive trade between nations involving multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

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Humber’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management graduate certificate program is for those who wish to combine their passion for the arts, culture and heritage with business acumen and management skills. Read more
Humber’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management graduate certificate program is for those who wish to combine their passion for the arts, culture and heritage with business acumen and management skills. This distinctive program promotes diverse, multidisciplinary performing and visual artistic expressions supported by organizational competence in revenue development (earned and contributed), management of human resources (artists, volunteers, companies), planning (financial, strategic, special events, career), and communications (multi-platform, digital, marketing). The program is situated within the creative milieu of Humber’s renowned programs in theatre, writing, visual and digital arts, music, photography, animation, television and film. The program’s hybrid components allow for flexible learning arrangements. Real-world experience is gained through varied field placements in commercial, government and not-for-profit arts and culture organizations, and collaborative capstone projects which demonstrate to employers the breadth of graduates’ abilities.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Develop a historical perspective with regard to the development and impact of artistic activity in Canada.
• Design and implement efficient box office eservices (including reservations and refund policies, ticket sales, staffing and customer services and inventory seat control), contract with touring companies for performances.
• Design and produce exhibitions for galleries and museums including labelling, display and public education.
• Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities to secure grant support from private foundations, corporations and government agencies.
• Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities and practices of public relations and communications, particularly as applied to the field of the arts.
• Develop a basic understanding of the negotiation and administration of arts contracts.
• Design and implement effective marketing and promotion strategies.
• Develop a wide range of basic administrative skills pertaining to human resources management, facilities management, organizational structure and internal relations and financial management.
• Develop essential skills related to fiscal planning, management and control.
• Communicate effectively in both written and spoken business communications.
• Develop a wide range of skills pertaining to the establishment and effective management of volunteers and boards of directors.
• Develop an understanding of the applications of microcomputers in the arts field, including word processing, financial records and reporting and ticketing.

Modules

Semester 1
• ARTC 5000: Introduction to Arts Management
• ARTC 5001: Digital Strategies
• ARTC 5002: Planning in Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5003: Human Resources in Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5004: Revenue Development
• ARTC 5005: Financial Management

Semester 2
• ARTC 5200: Youth, Diversity and Pluralism in Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5201: Social Media Applications
• ARTC 5202: Marketing Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5203: Cultural Policy
• ARTC 5204: Career Planning in Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5205: Capstone Project in Arts and Culture
• ARTC 5206: Field Placement 1

Semester 3
• ARTC 5500: Field Placement 2

Work Placement

Two guided field placements are highlights of the program, offering students relevant experience and the development of mentoring relationships. Students have participated in placements with more than 100 regional, national and international arts and culture organizations including The National Ballet; The Royal Conservatory of Music; The Stratford Festival; the Hockey Hall of Fame; and numerous galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and festivals. Students are responsible, with assistance, for arranging their own field placement locations and terms, and for the completion of the required 420 hours.

Your Career

Our graduates have attained a variety of arts administration and cultural management positions in such organizations as Mississauga Arts Council, CARFAC Ontario, Theatre Ontario, ImagiNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Canadian Film Centre, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto International Film Festival and Toronto Dance Theatre.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers. Read more
The Finance MBA is designed for candidates with degrees or relevant business backgrounds, who wish to develop their expertise and further their professional careers.

The course will be of particular interest to:

Graduates who have professional experience in the financial sector;
Managers and accountants in public and private organisations who wish to develop their financial management skills;
Managers employed in the financial services industry;
Graduates contemplating a career in the banking and financial services industry;
Graduates who have relevant practical experience and wish to enhance their skills in the areas of banking and finance;
Finance professionals (like corporate treasurers and accountants) who deal with the financial services industry.

Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

Global Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial markets and instruments in a global context, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds and equities, which are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes. The module builds on the foundations provided in ‘Global Financial Markets’. Emphasis is placed on strategic and tactical asset allocation, and on the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision making are examined in an international and global context.

Optional modules (choose 3):

International Strategic Management+: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Marketing Financial Services+ : This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Islamic Finance: This module provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the module examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing, and highlights financial engineering and risk management features of this type of business.

Financial Modelling: This module develops a combined theoretical and practical approach to mathematical modelling for specialists in finance. The module emphasises numerical methods and other analytic approaches to financial modelling.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Islamic Banking*: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business. The first part of the course outlines the theoretical foundations and development of Islamic banking practices. In particular, the main characteristics of various types of Islamic banking products are discussed. The second part of the course examines the operational features of Islamic banks, focusing on their performance and how they compete with conventional interest-based banks. The final part of the course outlines contemporary challenges to Islamic banking business.

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Course aims
Financial services are not only one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy but also one of the two largest customers of IT! This MSc is offered together with the Department of Economics in order to give you both a command of the software technologies that financial institutions require to "embrace the challenge of change" and of the business context and organisational structures that IT systems need to support.

This MSc programme concentrates on architectures for building scalable financial software systems, thus preparing software engineers for a plethora of jobs in the financial industry. In particular it considers technologies and techniques that are particularly relevant for the challenges of the financial market, predominantly a need to migrate from mission-critical, monolithic legacy systems to more flexible architectures that allow speedy reaction to customer and business partner’s needs. The technical aspect must be seen in the context of the business environment, where software engineers typically interact with a world of financial jargon and departments with specialised roles and needs.

Course modules
This specialist course consists of five core modules and three option modules. For the MSc there is also a project.

Core Modules
Corporate Finance
Financial Information Systems
Personal and Group Skills
Service-Oriented Architectures
System Re-engineering

Start Dates
October and January each year.

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This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre. Over the past two or three decades or so, Islamic banking and finance has emerged as another viable way of financial intermediation. Read more
This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre.

Over the past two or three decades or so, Islamic banking and finance has emerged as another viable way of financial intermediation. It has gained credibility and has spread worldwide and is the preferred way of banking for one fifth of the world's population. This taught MBA offers an opportunity to study the structure of the Islamic banking and finance industry, including its theoretical foundations, products, performance, Islamic financial instruments and risk management issues. These and other topics will be studied within the wider context of the banking and finance industry worldwide. The MBA aims to develop executives who will progress quickly to senior management positions in institutions that transact banking business on Islamic principles.
Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory Modules:

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the course examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part of the course focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing and highlights financial engineering issues and well as risk management features of this type of business.

Islamic Banking: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business. The first part of the course outlines the theoretical foundations and development of Islamic banking practices. In particular, the main characteristics of various types of Islamic banking products are discussed. The second part of the course examines the operational features of Islamic banks focusing on their performance and how they compete with conventional interest-based banks. The final part of the course outlines contemporary challenges to Islamic banking business.

International Banking: This module examines the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk. You will investigate the determinants of the efficiency of international banks, and evaluate the implications for banks' strategic decision-making.

Optional Modules:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Islamic Accounting and Financial Reporting: This module develops a critical awareness of theoretical and practical approaches to Islamic accounting and financial reporting. Islamic accounting standards are compared with IFRS, and the content and impact of academic research in this area is examined.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts introduced in Organisations and People, critiquing key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and management. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Banking and Development: This module critically evaluates the theory underlying the policy of financial liberalisation, and examines its implementation, primarily in developing countries. The impact of financial liberalisation on the financial systems of developing countries is analysed in depth.

Islamic Insurance: This module analyses the nature and principles of Islamic insurance, and examines the operational modes and practice of Islamic insurance. The structure of Islamic insurance markets is described, and constraints and opportunities for Islamic insurance and Islamic insurance accounting are highlighted.

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Merger and Acquisition: This module provides an analysis of incentives and outcomes associated with merger and acquisition deals. It covers the development and execution of an acquisition strategy, the valuation of the target, the conduct of the negotiation, and the implementation of the post-merger integration plan.

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Luxury Brand Management Innovation focuses on managing the relationship between luxury brands, high value services and consumer behaviour. Read more
Luxury Brand Management Innovation focuses on managing the relationship between luxury brands, high value services and consumer behaviour. To understand these complex relationships, you will gather and analyse customer and market data, to understand who the customers are, why they buy, and appreciate the value of brands and brand strategy.

Luxury Brand Management equip you to analyse new, sub-brands and established brands; and at a more strategic level, analyse issues around brand loyalty, equity and value.

Luxury Brand Management requires sensitivity to customer perceptions of established aesthetics and the potential for higher levels of engagement/participation and affinity-enabling services.

The course will take you through the various stages needed to turn a luxury brand into a ‘lived’ experience providing insightful thinking and practical strategies into what makes a luxury brand ‘high value’ in terms of meaningful interactions and diversified services with customers/markets.

Study units

Stage One: developing a knowledge base and new reference points - introduces you to a range of theories and practices in the strategic use of design and innovation, with a particular focus on the method of design thinking and how it relates to luxury brand management.

- Unit 1: Cultural and Contextual Design Studies
- Unit 2: Practical Application of Design Thinking in Luxury Brand Management
- Unit 3: Managing Design in a Global Society and Economy

Stage Two: putting new learning into a professional context – develops the practical application of design thinking with a focus on innovation and industry oriented professional practice.

- Unit 4: Professional Practice in Management and Consulting
- Unit 5: Strategic Design and Innovation
- Unit 6: Studio Practice

Stage Three: evaluating and advancing existing knowledge

- Unit 7: Major Project.

Course aims:

- To enable the development of high value services and luxury brands.
- To develop an understanding of personalised multi-platform experiences and interactions which can add value to, and build a brand on a global scale.

Programme Aims for the Master of Design

The Master of Design programme aims to provide the opportunity for you to develop creative thinking and innovative strategies through an advanced understanding of the practical application of design thinking and design strategy to management and organisational leadership, in order to equip you with the knowledge and skills to apply your learning in a global context. In particular, this programme aims:

- To equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the contextual background to, and developments in design thinking and to reflect on that learning in order to advance your own practice and subject area and to innovate.

- To develop effective managers and leaders with effective design management skills who through creativity and global awareness are able to influence and create positive change in their organisations whether at an operational or a strategic level.

- To equip you with independent study skills that support research, practice and professional development and allow you to continue developing as life-long learners throughout their professional lives maintaining contact with emerging practice from a variety of fields.

- To provide a stimulating environment, which is supportive, flexible and collaborative and allows you to develop your potential.

- To develop a high level of professionalism and confidence to initiate and lead complex design projects involving diverse disciplines and business functions.

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This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. Read more
This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. By equipping you with the rigorous modelling and consulting skills needed to understand, manage and communicate useful insights from ‘big data’, it prepares you to inform business decisions or government policies.

Taught modules are delivered by our group of internationally recognised management scientists who are actively working with business, government and non-profit organisations to tackle routine, strategic or policy problems.

Our industry advisory board ensures that the focus of our taught modules is of both academic and practical relevance. IBM, our partner, has jointly developed with us two modules (Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives), and sponsors a student prize.

During the summer, you will undertake a supervised consulting or research project. This will give you the opportunity to apply powerful tools such as data mining, forecasting, optimisation, simulation and decision analysis to a particular area of business or policy, equipping you with skills highly prized by employers.

Core study areas include consulting for analytics, discovery analytics, decision analytics, managing big data, customer analytics, leading analytics initiatives, operations analytics, policy and strategy analytics, and a consulting or research project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
- Consulting for Analytics
You will learn the craft and skills required by analytic consultants, and which employers look for but often find lacking. It will cover process aspects of analytics projects, as well as skills in client interaction, problem structuring and data elicitation (with individuals and/or groups, and with hard/soft data), presenting data-driven analyses, report writing, and developing simple bespoke decision support systems.

- Discovery Analytics
You will be introduced to common statistical methods to explore and visualise cross sectional and temporal data. You will also learn about the design and conduct of data collection efforts, together with methods for dealing with data outliers and missing data. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used.

- Decision Analytics
Your will be introduced to common operational research techniques to help determine the best course of action for a given decision or problem. Topics covered include optimisation, simulation and decision and risk analysis.

- Managing Big Data
Your will learn about the challenges and opportunities derived from the increased volume, variety, velocity and value of data that is available today. A range of big data topics will be covered including data type, data integration, data technologies, and data security.

Semester 2:
- Customer Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations gain a deeper insight into customers’ behaviour and attitudes towards their products and services. It will cover approaches designed to provide a profile of customer segments, such as those grounded in data mining and multivariate statistical analysis. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Leading Analytics Initiatives
You will learn about the issues associated with implementing an analytics capability in organisations. It will cover topics on how to develop an analytics strategy, how to embed analytics in organisational processes to ensure they deliver value, and how to deploy analytics throughout the organisation to improve decision making. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Operations Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations to develop a better understanding of operational processes, and identify efficiency and cost reduction opportunities. Topics covered include advanced optimisation and simulation techniques.

- Policy and Strategy Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques designed to tackle complex policy and strategic issues. It will cover approaches designed to explain the behaviour of complex social systems or assess the consequences of complex decisions, in order to provide the levers for policy and strategy making in a variety of sectors.

Summer:
- Consulting or Research Project

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.
The summer project is assessed via a written dissertation.

Careers and further study

Business analytics is a new and rapidly developing field, and individuals with analytics skills are in short supply.
Graduates from this programme can expect to work as management consultants, business analysts, policy analysts, marketing researchers, operations researchers, and data scientists.
We have developed two modules - Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives - in close collaboration with our partner IBM, who also sponsor a student prize.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

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Over 70% of the world’s economy is services. The MSc Management in a Service Economy aims to equip graduates with the ability to create and deliver reliable customer centred service - a key differentiator for business today. Read more

Course Outline

Over 70% of the world’s economy is services. The MSc Management in a Service Economy aims to equip graduates with the ability to create and deliver reliable customer centred service - a key differentiator for business today. In many industries, profit margins on product sales have shrunk enormously, leading to an increased focus on generating profits through value-added services. Thus, the best firms now bundle customer-centred service with a manufactured product and create service centred solutions. Some, like IBM have moved completely to service and solutions.

Service Management as a body of knowledge has made immense progress in the last decade. Economies are more and more service-focused and it has become imperative to study all aspects of managing service. Buckingham is among the very few universities in the world to have responded to the demand for the creation of expertise in this area and to have established a track-record of success.

Find out more about our Business School on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business.

Teaching Method

Teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. Members of the Business School faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.

We frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision making in the world of work. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.

Modules available on this course

• Dissertation
• Financial Information for Business / Accountability, Responsibility and Governance / Business Simulation
• Integrated Service Management and Marketing
• Managing People Across Cultures
• Managing People and Leadership in Services
• Practical Research Methods
• Project Management
• Service Operations

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This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre. Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Read more
This course is also offered at the Bangor Business School - London Centre.

Banking and financial services represents a highly competitive and rapidly changing sector in every modern economy. Changes in customer requirements, technology, competitive conditions and regulation create the need for managers, traders and analysts to make rapid and often far-reaching decisions about their short term operations and long term strategies. The MSc and MA in Banking and Finance degree courses at Bangor offer you a unique opportunity to study advanced theory and practice relating to financial services, and to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in this vitally important and dynamic sector of the economy.

Issues you will tackle as part of your MA/MSc Banking and Finance degree programme include:

Why are the banking systems in different countries (such as the UK, Germany, Japan and the US) so diverse?
What determines the structure, performance and efficiency of banking and financial markets?
Why do banks and financial intermediaries exist?
What are the main theories of the banking firm?
How relevant are financial intermediaries in a world of increasing securitization and with the evolution of virtual banking?
How do banks optimally allocate capital?
Does bank regulation increase or decrease risks?
How do we measure the risks undertaken by banks?
Can regulators reduce the likelihood of systemic (system-wide) risk?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment in company shares and other derivative instruments?
Can market risk be priced accurately? Can credit risk be priced accurately?
How should institutional investors go about constructing a portfolio of assets to maximise returns on behalf of investors?
How can we assess the investment performance of pension funds, insurance companies and unit trusts?
How do banks use futures, options, derivatives and swaps to manage their balance sheet and off-balance sheet risks?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
How do banks manage their business so as to maintain customer relationships, improve operational efficiency and add shareholder value?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Banking and Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants with relevant analytical training, so that they are familiar with the latest theoretical and practical developments relating to banking, finance and capital markets. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of financial techniques in a real-world setting.

The availability of parallel MSc and MA degrees in Banking and Finance allows you to choose between registering for a more technical MSc degree (including a compulsory element in Financial Econometrics), and a less technical MA degree (for which Financial Econometrics is optional). The MSc degree may be more suitable for applicants with some previous background in mathematics, statistics or econometrics, while the MA degree is more suitable for applicants who prefer to adopt a predominantly non-quantitative approach to their studies. However, both degrees include a compulsory module in Research Methods, which includes coverage of both quantitative and non-quantitative research techniques.

ESRC Recognition

The MA Banking and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first year of a 1+3 PhD training programme.

Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules

Research Methods: This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Bank Financial Management: This module provides a grounding in the nature, strategic context and managerial functions of financial management in banks, and other financial services firms.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

International Banking: This module examines the origins of international banking, the activities of international banks, the markets in which they participate, and the sources of risk.

Financial Crises and Bank Regulation: This module examines why banks and financial markets are inherently vulnerable to crises, and analyses the role of policy makers and institutions. The roles of monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, corporate governance and ratings agencies in mitigating or exacerbating crises are considered.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

Optional modules

Islamic Finance: This course provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues.

Corporate Risk Management: This module provides an analysis of pure risk and its management.

Financial Institutions Strategic Management: This module examines the main theoretical and practical issues concerning banking business. You will develop a critical awareness of the theory of the banking firm, the motives for international banking, and regulatory and structural issues impacting on bank behaviour.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance.

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

Islamic Banking: This module provides an insight into the key features of Islamic banking business.

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