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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 190 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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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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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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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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If you are looking to take the next step in your financial career, our MBA programme offers a comprehensive, engaging study experience that will provide all the skills and knowledge you need to progress to the next level. Read more
If you are looking to take the next step in your financial career, our MBA programme offers a comprehensive, engaging study experience that will provide all the skills and knowledge you need to progress to the next level.
Modules such as Risk, Regulation and Failure Avoidance and Financial Management of Reorganisations, Mergers & Acquisitions are particularly relevant in the current economic climate and will prepare graduates for situations that are happening as we speak.
And what better place pursue your goals than Manchester, one of the UK’s most prominent business hubs?

Core units

Reflections on the MBA Journey
Financial Analysis Management
Managing Human Performance
Managing for Business Excellence
Managing Customer Value
Contemporary Issues in the International Environment
Corporate & Business Strategy in an International Context
Strategic Implementation
Organisation Renewal & Change
Risk, Regulation & Failure Avoidance
Financial Management of Reorganisations, Mergers & Acquisitions
Financial Services Dissertation

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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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The Public Service Management MBA will enhance your professional and personal skills, challenge you and your organisation, and aid your career progression into senior managerial positions. Read more

Course overview:

The Public Service Management MBA will enhance your professional and personal skills, challenge you and your organisation, and aid your career progression into senior managerial positions.

This MBA provides the transfer of knowledge and new ideas from course to workplace, benefiting your employers and equipping you with strong personal and professional skills. By enhancing your knowledge, confidence and competence, the Public Service Management MBA will help you address complex organisational problems in a fast-changing political and global environment.

The course emphasises the need for a combination of soft and hard management skills, while also promoting creative problem-solving, communication, multidisciplinary thinking, team work, and leadership and management skills. The focus is on developing your knowledge in an applied and integrated way.

Overall, the course aims to deliver a high quality, personalised management learning experience. It has been designed for experienced professionals looking to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and build strategic and change management capability. It will prepare you for the new leadership challenges of the current buisness climate.

The course is taught in weekly blocks which allows you to apply the tools, theories and techniques learnt during the course in your workplace, bringing an immediate benefit to your organisation.There are multiple start dates throughout the year.

Career opportunities:

Past students include managers from the health, police, prison and fire services, the civil service, the voluntary sector, non-governmental organisations and local authorities.

Why study with Brighton Business School?:

Brighton is one of the few universities with an MBA accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK's only chartered professional body for managers and leaders. All graduates gain dual awards - both an MBA and a CMI Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership. Having the CMI Strategic Diploma as well as an MBA from Brighton makes a powerful statement about your standards and determination to continue to develop your management skills.

The University of Brighton has been running postgraduate courses in management since 1970 and MBA courses since 1986. We have a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research.

The University of Brighton offers a network of student support services, all of which are fully available to MBA students. The University's Careers Centre provides information about careers, courses and job vacancies. Brighton Business School has a designated Careers Adviser, who is available for student consultation on a one-to-one basis.

Relationships between tutors and MBA students are professional and supportive. Class sizes are small enough for there to be a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff know students by name and can closely monitor their progress.

Course content:

- Accounting and Performance Management
Explores a range of issues in accounting and performance measurement and associated theories. It examines critically their implications for organisations, through consideration of literature, case studies and professional practice.

- Collaborative Working, Communication and Marketing
Develops a systematic and critical understanding of the different approaches to sustainable and customer-focused service delivery. This includes a critical appreciation of the strategic frame in which services are designed, communicated, marketed and delivered to address service users' needs.

- Dynamic Public Service Environment
A critical analysis of public service contexts. Explores the relevance and impact of government initiatives in highly politicised contexts, public service system models and the development of UK public services. It covers policy development, political drivers for public service agendas, markets and professionals as well as the importance of the economic context.

- Information Systems, Operations and Process Management
Explores the role of information systems, process and operations management, as both drivers and facilitators of business strategy. This module provides an awareness of the importance of processes and information innovation as a means of competitive differentiation.

- Leadership and Ethics
The module critically explores the role and impact of leadership in organisations. It critically examines of the impact and relevance of different theories and their application to live case studies.

- Managing People and Organisations
Provides essential knowledge for those responsible for the management of people in an organisational context. It investigates the way organisations and their environments influence the practice of management and the performance of people.

- Services Planning and Commissioning
A critical analysis of the strategic positioning of public service organisations and the efficient development/review of services, including financial considerations, to deliver these effectively and efficiently. The service planning element includes examination of different strategy models, analysis tools, strategy and service implementation, commissioning issues and quality.

- Project: Developing Strategic and Change Capabilities
You will initiate, plan and carry out a project of strategic importance to your organisation. The design and interpretation of the project should draw on a sound knowledge of strategic and change management disciplines.

The project will prepare you for new and challenging situations of strategic relevance to your organisation. The project will equip you with the knowledge and skills to initiate and lead new developments, be capable of comprehending and integrating cross functional and sectoral issues while drawing on sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable public service environments.

You will be allocated a supervisor to work with you and guide you through the project.

A sample of recent projects:
- How to sustain and support the planned development of the Dementia Relief Trust across the UK
- The use of clinical networks as strategic alliances in the NHS
- Motivation of physiotherapists within an acute hospital trust
- An investigation into motivation within a university careers centre
- Leadership and knowledge management to achieve organisational objectives
- Leadership of information technology within a cancer centre
- Information systems management leaders who fail to plan

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Enjoy a stimulating and flexible degree designed to help you develop a critical appreciation of key areas in marketing, while giving you the chance to hone your skills in a specific area. Read more
Enjoy a stimulating and flexible degree designed to help you develop a critical appreciation of key areas in marketing, while giving you the chance to hone your skills in a specific area.

As well as learning the fundamentals of marketing, you can also take one of our specialist pathways to ensure you really stand out in the job market and can demonstrate the practical key skills that employers are looking for.

Specialism pathways are offered in:
— Business-to-business
— Consumer behaviour
— International marketing
— Retailing
— Services

The MSc Marketing course also gives you a grounding in research methods, including techniques of data collection and analysis.

Course recognition
The course has been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing to provide direct entry onto the CIM’s Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

International Exchange
The exchange programme allows you to spend semester 2 at a partner university overseas. This experience enhances your global business and management learning and development. You can apply for a place once you are registered on the course.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Barry Callebant, Clay Rogers, Ernst & Young, Hays Japan, KPMG, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Ocean Life Insurance, Post Office, Samsung Electronics, Sky, TNS Global, Unilever, Union MechaTronic Inc, Volkswagen Group UK.

Course structure (All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
––Critical Marketing
––Marketing Implementation
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*
–– Strategic Marketing and New Product Development

Semester 2
Route 1 – MSc Marketing
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*

Three elective units from:**
–– Business-to-Business Marketing
–– Consumer Behaviour
–– Corporate Social Responsibility
–– Crisis Management
–– Customer Experience Management and Relationship Marketing
–– Digital Technologies for Marketing
–– e-Business
–– Integrated Marketing Communication and Advertising
–– International Marketing
–– Retail Marketing
–– Services Marketing

Route 2 – MSc Marketing (Specialism)
––Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics*

Two elective units from Route 1 list:
–– Specialism core unit
–– Specialism-focused dissertation

MSc Marketing (Business-to-Business) Core unit: Business-to-Business
MSc Marketing (Consumer Behaviour) Core unit: Consumer Behaviour
MSc Marketing (International) Core unit: International Marketing
MSc Marketing (Retailing) Core unit: Retail Marketing
MSc Marketing (Services) Core unit: Services Marketing

**Marketing and Communications Professional Analytics is a dual-semester module worth 30 credits.
** By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Alliance MBS Masters course. All elective units are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Topics reflect the expertise of lecturers and you may be asked to select from a list of options
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
–– The visual branding of speciality coffee in the UK and China
–– The online customer experience: an exploratory study in the UK travel agency sector
–– The spill over effect of a consumer goods company's corporate brand image and its impacts on its product brands
–– The motivations for creating an international 48 joint venture: A study of the petroleum industry

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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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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