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Please apply as soon as possible, even if funding arrangements are not confirmed. We can still interview you, and offer a place, which would of course be conditional on your confirming funding arrangements. Read more
Please apply as soon as possible, even if funding arrangements are not confirmed. We can still interview you, and offer a place, which would of course be conditional on your confirming funding arrangements

The Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making is assisted by linking the student with a clinical preceptor who is an expert in the student's clinical speciality. The course introduces skills, knowledge and competency in the clinical examination, ordering and interpretation of appropriate diagnostic tests and the consequent professional judgement and decision making to allow autonomous practice in a range of health care environments.

Course content

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group.

This award enables the development of higher levels of knowledge and skills at the depth and breadth appropriate to Master’s level work. By using a technology enhanced approach, the award and by its delivery, creates a practice-focused, student-centred, flexible programme that develops student capabilities to, challenge advanced clinical practice. To engage in independent evidence-based decision making thus determine creative and innovative solutions to practice issues and developing analytical and intellectual skills at Masters level.

These forms should be uploaded with your application through My Portal: Applicant’s Statement, Manager’s Statement, Preceptors form and an Individual Module Request Form.

Graduate destinations

NHS, UK Forces and Independent Health Sector.

Other admission requirements

Entry onto the Award must comply with the University requirements for admission to Postgraduate awards. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Applicants should normally hold an honours degree of a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree
OR
For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries
-A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.

Entry onto the Award Pathway must comply with the University requirements for admission to Postgraduate Awards. Applicants should normally hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK honours degree at this level.
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If an applicant does not have an honours degree she/he may still be admitted if he/she has significant appropriate experience and can provide evidence of ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it. A professional portfolio indicating achievements is an essential tool for this purpose.

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Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Read more
Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Health Economics Postgraduate Diploma and Health Economics Masters to our growing range of online courses. Our Health Economics courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Our online Health Economics courses are necessary to address the disparity between national and sub-national decision-making, and between different sub-national regions or institutions. They aim to standardise processes and give practitioners the ability to apply the same principles to their individual decision-making. The courses in Health Economics will enable healthcare professionals to be well equipped to elicit the maximum value from finite budgets. They will help students understand why Health Economics has and should become integral to healthcare decision making as well as understanding the underlying principles, methodologies and processes associated with this established and growing international discipline.

This very practical Postgraduate Diploma and MSc will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. Unlike other courses, it covers the key disease area pertinent to Health Economics for healthcare decision making.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics

Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Economics will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the Applied Health Economics Diploma, you will be able to:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the application of Health Economics in healthcare decision making.
Critically evaluate current research in Health Economics for healthcare decision making.
Apply a critical awareness of current issues in Health Economic evaluations.
Implement Health Economic evaluations in clinical practice scenarios.

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Health Economic Decision Making and Health Technology Appraisal/Assessment
Module 2 - Principles of Obtaining Patient Access in Healthcare Systems
Module 3 - Health Economic Modelling and Analysis
Module 4 - Understanding the Use of Data in Health Technology Assessment
Module 5 - National and International Health Economic Decision Making
Module 6 - Sub-National (regional, institutional) Health Economic Decision Making

Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc Health Economic

The MSc Health Economics course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Health Economics medicine. The online masters in Health Economics will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Health Economics.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Health Economics will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Health Economics Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Health Economics including NHS managers, Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, CCG's commissioning teams, CCG Pharmacy teams, Pharmaceutical Industry Professionals and Other suitably qualified and interested individuals.

The MSc Health Economics course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.
Advanced knowledge and competence in Health Economics.

Course Structure

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Health Economics for healthcare decision making
Professional Project: Applied Health Economics for healthcare decision making

Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

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This module gives you the opportunity to study and practice assessment skills and clinical decision making relevant to your working role. Read more
This module gives you the opportunity to study and practice assessment skills and clinical decision making relevant to your working role.

You will develop your skills in clinical practice as well as your knowledge and conceptual understanding with learning in practice as well as in the classroom and simulation suite.

This module will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the concepts, skills, practice and management of the consultation process. This will enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and expertise to undertake both comprehensive clinical history taking and skilled physical assessment.

In addition it will provide the opportunity to develop the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the evidence base that underpins clinical decision making and enable learners to critically explore the inter-professional context of care-delivery and identify professional boundaries in the context of multi-agency work.

Why Bradford?

The flexibility offered by this module will enable you to take forward your current experience, whatever the area of your work, in collaboration with the University of Bradford.

Your learning will take place in multi-professional groups with other experienced healthcare professionals, improving your inter-professional communication skills and networking opportunities.

Modules

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Career support and prospects

There is national recognition of the need for health professionals who are able to work across professional boundaries to provide patient centred care. This module will develop your skills and knowledge to improve your clinical practice and to plan, implement and evaluate care.

This module has also been developed in collaboration with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to contribute to the continuing professional development requirements of UK paramedics.

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The Master's specialisation in Business Analysis and Modelling focuses on two aspects of managerial decision making. 1. The individual and social biases and heuristics leading to suboptimal or even low quality decisions. Read more

Master's specialisation in Business Analysis and Modelling

The Master's specialisation in Business Analysis and Modelling focuses on two aspects of managerial decision making:
1. The individual and social biases and heuristics leading to suboptimal or even low quality decisions.
2. Interventions aiming at improving managerial decision making (group decision support).

This specialisation shares the application of formal methods and modelling with the Operations Research and Management Science departments of other economic and business administration programmes . However, consistent with the Nijmegen research profile, it looks at (strategic) decision making from the point of view of the ‘Responsible Organisation,' focusing not only on the analytical aspect, but also on the social aspects of decision making.
Students will be trained both in analysing complex problems as well as facilitation skills needed to intervene effectively in decision making processes.

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

Non Dutch Students

For the Master's programme Business Administration, the admission requirements for students with a non-Dutch diploma are:
- An academic Bachelor's degree in Business Administration
- English language proficiency

Career prospects

Most of the students in the BAM specialisation and in the two-year European Masters in System Dynamics (of which BAM is the Nijmegen component) will find jobs at advisory bureaus or the strategic planning departments of large companies.

Our research in this field

- Theory and action-based learning
This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject. The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And, in our Visa Skills Lab, students use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.

- Truly international
The education and research training we provide are internationally oriented. Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, students work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.

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

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Develop your potential as a community nurse on our three-year, part-time masters programme. MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) is designed by academics and clinicians with input from service users for Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses. Read more
Develop your potential as a community nurse on our three-year, part-time masters programme. MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) is designed by academics and clinicians with input from service users for Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses. Study flexibly and build-up knowledge at postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters level. Be primed with the skills to provide high-quality, person-centred, nursing care closer to home for people living with long-term conditions.

Key features

-Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as a community nurse.
-Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: work based learning in community contexts; clinical decision making and disease management; leadership, law and decision making in advanced practice.
-Benefit from multi-professional education at an advanced level.
-Advance your knowledge on all modules by developing the application of theory to practice.
-Enjoy the active collaboration between Higher Education, employers and service users to enable you to identify, develop and apply work-based learning skills to improve the quality of community nursing care.
-Experience independent and multi-professional working – you will have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.
-Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three years or take the full time route.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. The programme is delivered by experts who use innovative thinking to help advance healthcare development.
-Enhance your career opportunities - the programme is designed to meet the needs of the future workforce.
-Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: work based learning in community contexts and leadership, law and decision making in advanced practice, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two modules in Year 1 and three modules in Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2 and clinical decision making and disease management.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH507 Leadership, Law and Decision Making in Advancing Practice

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
-MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

Year 3
-MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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If you want to develop a specialist career in multinational enterprises, this course offers high-level strategic learning in a range of areas. Read more
If you want to develop a specialist career in multinational enterprises, this course offers high-level strategic learning in a range of areas.

This course will provide you with the specialist knowledge to manage and adapt supply chains, and pioneer logistics in a growing field of industry. If you are looking to refine your skills or further progress within the profession, this course will enable you to gain a better understanding of how to apply strategic thinking in senior decision-making roles.

The University of South Wales is a preferred provider of professional and Masters level qualifications for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The course is also accredited by the Institute of Operations Management (IOM). These accreditations highlight the industry-level standards embedded within the course and ensure your learning can be applied and inform best practice in the modern workplace.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain MCIPS (in addition to three years’ work experience) and MCILT (with an average mark of 50% across the course with work experience, which will be assessed by the professional body). You are also set to gain from further exemptions from the Institute of Operations Management.

This course includes field trips that enable you to understand the practical implications of logistics and supply chain management in a variety of industrial settings (additional costs may apply).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/492-msc-international-logistics-and-supply-chain-management

What you will study

There are two pathways available to students studying the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management course. Modules of study for each pathway depend upon whether students complete a 60 Credit Dissertation or a 20 Credit management project. The normal mode of study will be to undertake the 20 credit management project route.

Route One

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
The module will explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future. Examining the major changes that are currently affecting logistics and supply chain strategies and how management in the future will be influenced by new structures, reconfiguration of material and information flows, the role of technology in evolving supply chains and the key issues in managing this transition process. This module aims to provide an integrative view of the complex inter- and intra-organisational dynamics which contribute to sustained organisational success and maximisation of competitive advantage. Exploring the sustainable supply chain from a global and local perspective.

- Commercial Relationships (20 credits)
This module explores the
 theory and practical application that underpins the processes involved in
formation of commercial agreements and relationships with external organizations.The module will examine the
current and relevant approaches to achieve an effective commercial agreements
by identifying with and critically evaluating the activities and documentation involved; the legal processes and terms and the main contractual arrangements required for a commercial agreements and relationship with customers and / or suppliers.

- Strategic Operations Management (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
This module aims to identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries, markets and sectors, including the role of the SME. Also explore the structure and management and main activities of a global and international logistics and supply networks.

- Strategic Systems Thinking (20 credits)
This module aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge explored to enable participants to actively consider how they may personally make a difference in the different strategic contexts which may confront them. In particular, students will focus on innovative practices and an inclusive social approach to business and organisational development.

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts (20 credits)
The module aims to develop the ability to analyse the macroeconomic and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made. To develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Project Management and Consultancy Skills (20 credits)
This module aims to critically explore and examine project management and consultancy skills in a business and supply chain context. Enabling students to understand and explore relevant and key project management techniques and principles and the impact that they have on operations, supply chain and business processes. Students will be able to use consultancy skills to reflect, monitor and evidence the ‘management of self’ in a marketing and business context.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
The module aims to develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.

- Management Project (20 credits)
The module explores the concept, theories and practice of project management and consultancy skills. This module builds on the research methodology skills and requirements of critical debate established throughout the program and shows how these key skills are vital within a business context to ensure rigorous decision making. It examines combining the traditional research skills with project management and consultancy skills to enable an evidenced based approach to problem solving within an organisation.

Route Two

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
The module will explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future. Examining the major changes that are currently affecting logistics and supply chain strategies and how management in the future will be influenced by new structures, reconfiguration of material and information flows, the role of technology in evolving supply chains and the key issues in managing this transition process. This module aims to provide an integrative view of the complex inter- and intra-organisational dynamics which contribute to sustained organisational success and maximisation of competitive advantage. Exploring the sustainable supply chain from a global and local perspective.

- Strategic Operations Management (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
This module aims to identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries, markets and sectors, including the role of the SME. Also explore the structure and management and main activities of a global and international logistics and supply networks.

- Strategic Systems Thinking (20 credits).
This module aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge explored to enable participants to actively consider how they may personally make a difference in the different strategic contexts which may confront them. In particular, students will focus on innovative practices and an inclusive social approach to business and organisational development.

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts (20 credits)
The module aims to develop the ability to analyse the macroeconomic and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made. To develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
The module aims to develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.

- Dissertation in Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain (60 credits)
You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.

Learning and teaching methods

You can study the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management full-time, part-time or online. The full-time programme starts in September and February.

Full-time: Full-time students study Stages One and Two in an academic year, followed directly by the dissertation. Part-time students usually complete one stage each academic year followed by the dissertation.

Part-time: We offer part-time weekend delivery, where you come to the University for one weekend every six weeks. For those who want to tailor a programme that suits their needs, we can be flexible in terms of when, where and how often lectures take place. This is useful for organisations and associations.

Online: The University of South Wales also offers online delivery through our partners the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Please note that CIPS accreditation is not available through our online course.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Graduates are able to demonstrate specialist knowledge to help them manage and adapt their global supply chains to respond to the dynamic needs of 21st century business. You will also be able to lead logistics and supply chain management in a growing field, and develop a specialist role in multinational enterprises. The additional professional accreditations associated with this Masters course will enable you to make a significant step in developing your professional career moving forward.

Assessment methods

Part-time students usually complete one stage each academic year followed by the dissertation, which can be completed in nine months.

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If you're already, or would like to be, a leader or manager in a health or social care setting, our Masters course will develop and polish the skills you need to progress and be highly effective in your role. Read more

Course Overview

If you're already, or would like to be, a leader or manager in a health or social care setting, our Masters course will develop and polish the skills you need to progress and be highly effective in your role.

Management and leadership in the health and social care sector is increasingly important worldwide, with The World Health Organization highlighting the need for managers to have appropriate competencies (WHO, 2007) and the NHS promoting specific values and principles of care (Department of Health, 2010).

Our course is designed to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and emotional tools you need to meet these requirements and develop your full potential as a manager. You'll explore the important social and other factors which influence managing and leading both organisations and individuals, learning with other current and aspiring managers and leaders from a range of health and social care organisations from around the world.

Core Modules

Advanced Professional Decision Making

Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection and the help of a “critical friend”. This is a specialist module designated for our Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care course.

Current health and social care policy, along with the modernisation of the NHS and other international models, demands new ways of working across traditional boundaries and the implementation of national targets at local level.

This requires the development of roles for confident, autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment, and to play key roles in service development.

You’ll need to be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional knowledge and develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process into practice. This can be individually or within a team or organisation. In addition, management of change and service development are seen as core elements of the module, together with the enhancement of professional judgement and leadership.

Organisational Transformation in Health and Social Care

Here, you’ll critically explore change theory in relation to your own field of practice, and demonstrate understanding of the theoretical and philosophical components of organisational transformation.

This module encourages the synthesis of strategic discourse with operational application as modes of organisational structures thereby forming strong links between theory and practice. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an ability to isolate and focus on the significant features of problems and offer synthetic and coherent solutions.

It’s expected you’ll produce original or innovative work relating to your specialism that’s worthy of publication, public performance or display.

Research Studies

This module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy.

It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that lie beneath the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Major Project

The major project is of central importance to the Masters award. You’ll be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules, as well as using the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project.

This module will support you in your preparation and submission of a Masters level major project (either a research project or work-based project). There will be eight hours of workshop support available to you during the module. This will be delivered as four, two-hour workshops. In addition, there’ll be a full-day introductory workshop before the module commences.

You’ll be allocated a minimum of six hours individual supervisory support, with additional supervisory support negotiated between you and your supervisor.

Optional Modules

You’ll also choose from ONE of the following 30 credit modules...

Global Leadership (30 credits)

Businesses, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of businesses and individuals to tackle such issues, based on the Global Leadership model developed by lecturers at this university.

This module consists of four elements:

Effective decision making
Adoption of a global approach
Creation of a new business paradigm
Creation of a contemporary mission.

It also considers the related concept of mis-leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.

Law and Ethics in Social Care (30 credits)

This module will give you a detailed and critical understanding of the generic ethical and legal theories and principles that underpin health and social care (e.g. consent, confidentiality, duty of care, human rights).

You’ll also have the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of law and ethics that have relevance to your practice or personal interest (e.g. mental health, data protection, negligence, resource allocation, and medical research). This module is particularly relevant to health and social care professionals looking to develop crucial insights into legal and ethical issues in practice.

Collaborative Practice in Integrated Care (30 credits)

The role of individuals is a central part of the government's agenda for modernisation, as evidenced by the creation of consultant practitioners posts (e.g. consultant nurse and consultant therapist). These posts function across professional and organisational boundaries, and provide strategic direction to their particular area of expertise.

Equally, in social work, closer links are being forged in terms of policy, practice and organisations. Implementing this policy is often fraught with difficulties. This module seeks to address some of the most salient issues.

Assessment

How you’re assessed will vary between modules. This is in order to assist you in developing submission evidence for Management and Leadership professional recognition later. Assignments include the production of report, essays and portfolio. For the Masters, a major project of no more than 18,000 words is also required.

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On this course, you will learn leading-edge economic theory and put that theory into practice by applying it to real-world problems. Read more

About the course

On this course, you will learn leading-edge economic theory and put that theory into practice by applying it to real-world problems. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge of international business and finance and be in the position of connecting the outcomes of such approaches to decision making within the broader context of national and international policy making.
•Excellent teaching quality
Learn from leading academics with international reputations for research and teaching within their specialist areas
•No previous knowledge or experience required
You will have the opportunity to study the foundations of economics and finance, as well as study further challenging modules
•Develop knowledge of international financial markets
Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, you will learn to identify, assess and communicate the impact of changes in international financial markets
•Learn how to apply key economic and finance theory to industry
You will develop the ability to apply quantitative financial techniques and assess the impact of key economic variables on the business environment
•Improve decision making skills, essential in industry
Prepares graduates for a career in organisational decision making from a finance perspective

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in applied Economics and business finance. This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in the policy making, organisational decision making and the financial world.

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Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Read more
Do you engage with a broad range of individuals with differing health and social care needs? This three-year, part time Advanced Practice in Healthcare masters programme is specifically designed for you if you are a health and social care practitioner, or an allied health professional. Whether you are already working in a senior position, or aspiring to advance your career, this programme will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to enable you to become an expert in your field.

Key features

-Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as an advanced expert practitioner. We are inspired and informed by real life – our programme is created by health academics in collaboration with the needs and opinions of those who really matter, our service providers.
-Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: health assessment/ differential diagnosis/ clinical decision-making, leadership, and the adoption/ evaluation of evidence based practice.
-Take part in an academic community working with other professionals, carers and users.
-Seize the chance to experience a local provision of multi-professional education at an advanced level.
-Advance your practical skills and increase knowledge on all modules by combining theory with an applied approach.
-Experience independent and multi-professional working – you’ll have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.
-Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three years.
-Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.
-Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. The programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced healthcare development is put into practice.
-Designed to meet the needs of the future workforce. You’ll meet the requirements laid out in the knowledge and skills framework providing opportunities for career advancement.
-Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: advanced consulting and clinical skills and leadership, law and decision making in advancing practice, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2 and clinical decision making and disease management.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH505 Advanced Consulting and Clinical Skills
-MCH507 Leadership, Law and Decision Making in Advancing Practice

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2
-MCH506 Clinical Decision Making and Disease Management

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The Sheffield Hallam MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Read more

The Sheffield Hallam MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Our MBA is tailored around you and your individual development needs.

Emphasis is given to the real-world tools and knowledge used to overcome the complex strategic and operational challenges faced in our global economy. This real-world focus gives you the ability and confidence to create innovative solutions to the challenges you'll face now and in the future.

To be a successful business leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on this course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated core modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The integrated core modules are complemented by further options that enable you to tailor your learning to your career goals, and a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue within an organisation.

As you progress through the course, you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This enables you to practice and assess the impact of decision making, identifying and dealing with links and tensions between different business areas. You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing these varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues.

During the course you

  • build your skills in presenting, negotiation and influencing others
  • create portfolios of work so you can evidence your learning and practical experience
  • attend guest lectures from leading industry experts who provide unique insights into business and management
  • develop shared learning, business contacts and networking opportunities through your placement experiences, peers, teaching staff and industry experts

Critical self-awareness and tailored coaching

At the beginning of the course, you take part in a two-day residential to introduce you to the competencies needed to complete the MBA. You work with an expert mentor to design a personal development programme. Your mentor also guides your progress, helping to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from the MBA and that you achieve your leadership goals.

Practical and project management experience

You gain essential practical and project management experience during a two week work-based consultancy project. This enables you to consolidate all of your learning and put it into practice by completing a real or simulated project for an organisation in the UK.

Towards the end of the course, you can also choose to complete an industry placement lasting up to 12 months. We can help you to gain a placement by running CV and interview skills workshops, and a member of staff will provide support during your placement.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).

To gain Chartered Management status you must also have three years of relevant work experience. The placement year option on this course counts towards the experience requirement.

If you only have two years of work experience before beginning the course and do not complete a placement, you will be eligible for Chartered Management status after a further year of work. 

Course structure

Full time - January start - typically 15 months

Full time (placement option) - January start - typically 24 months

Full time - September start - typically 12 months

Full time (placement option) - September start - typically 24 months

Semester one modules

  • strategic global human resource management and decision making*
  • leadership and change • business operations and process management
  • communication in contemporary organisations
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice 1 and 2

Semester two modules

Core modules

  • strategic marketing management and decision making
  • managing strategy
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice 3

Options

  • international finance management
  • enterprise
  • the digital organisation

Semester three modules

  • research and consultancy methods
  • dissertation or organisational project
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice 4

Please view the website for module descriptions.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks. 

Employability

The Sheffield Hallam MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability and transform you into a business leader of the future.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and academic learning based around the real business world. Together this ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern global organisations seek from their leaders.

Completing the MBA enhances your employability by demonstrating to organisations your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex operational issues.

The course is highly valued by employers and previous MBA graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in senior management in a wide range of industries across the world.



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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Read more

The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It is tailored around you and your individual development needs, and our approach ensures that you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient leader.

Your personal development is underpinned by practical experience. This enables you to apply your learning and demonstrate your capability for senior management.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of business, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying finance or globalisation in isolation, you study finance together with globalisation, marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The integrated core modules are complemented by option modules that enable you to tailor your learning to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a real issue from within your organisation.

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different business areas.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

During the course you can

  • build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing
  • attend guest lectures from leading industry experts who provide unique insights into management
  • create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.

Critical self-awareness

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Course structure

Three years – university-based study blocks

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete

  • year one – four modules
  • year two – three modules plus work-based project
  • year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Year one modules

  • managing strategy
  • strategic marketing management and decision making
  • two options

Year two modules

  • strategic global human resource management and decision making
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice
  • two options

Year three modules

  • research and consultancy methods
  • dissertation or organisational project

Options

The choice of options offered will be dependent on student numbers and may include

  • communication in the contemporary organisation
  • leadership and managing change • enterprise
  • business operations and process management
  • the digital organisation
  • managing financial resources

Please https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/executive-mba for module descriptions

Assessment

Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

Employability

The Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability, providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. This ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability, by demonstrating your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex organisational issues.

The course is highly valued by employers and previous EMBA graduates have gone on to successful careers in senior management in a range of industries and professions.



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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Education) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Read more
The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Education) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management.

The course is ideal if you are a member of the senior leadership team in an educational organisation, or aspire to be, and have a responsibility for finance, HR, systems and other resources, marketing or other business support functions. It is designed for people who work in:
-Academies, academy chains, teaching school alliances, schools or children's centres.
-Further and higher education institutions.
-Health related education settings.
-Local authorities and other organisations working with children and families in the public sector.

This unique course enables you to develop your leadership and management knowledge and skills within the context of education. You complete a mix of core MBA modules and specialist educational leadership modules. The specialist modules help you to understand the strategic and ethical issues involved with management within an educational setting.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development. To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions will span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of educational leadership modules that enable you to tailor the course content to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

During the course you can:
-Build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing.
-Attend guest lectures from leading experts who provide unique insights into management within an educational setting.
-Create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/executive-mba-education

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. Within our Executive MBA programme we also run routes in business, psychology and the built environment.

Critical self-awareness and tailored coaching

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).

Course structure

3 years – University-based study blocks
Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete:
-Year One – four modules.
-Year Two – three modules plus work-based project.
-Year Three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project.

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas. Starts February. If you would like to discuss the start date options, please email the course leader, Dr Steven Pattinson

Course structure
Year One: managing strategy; strategic marketing management and decision making; choose two options.

Year Two: strategic global human resource management and decision making; developing personal and professional leadership practice; choose two options.

Year Three: research and consultancy methods; dissertation or organisational project.

Educational leadership options:
-Leadership of learning through the workforce
-Leadership of learning through data and institutional improvement strategies
-Leadership in partnerships and networks
-Educational leadership of change

Assessment: modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Psychology) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. Read more
The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Psychology) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It enables you to learn more about the science of human thinking and behaviour and how it applies to leadership and business development.

This course is suitable for professionals who are part of a management or leadership team, or have strong aspirations to achieve senior career progression. The diverse applications for psychology in the workplace mean that this course has relevance across a wide range of business and industry sectors. The course is ideal if you work in:
-Senior leadership.
-Business development.
-Human resources.
-Marketing and sales.
-Interface between people and technologies or machines.

On this course you complete a mix of core MBA modules and specialist psychology modules. The specialist modules enable you to develop a detailed appreciation for the significance of human psychology in the workplace, including the psychology of personality, cognition, and social behaviours. It also helps you to explore the application of psychological insight to the benefit of individuals and the organisation.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.
To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of psychology modules that enable you to tailor the course content to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.
As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career. During the course you can
-Build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing.
-Attend guest lectures from leading experts who provide unique insights into psychology and management.
-Develop an evidence-base so you can demonstrate your senior leadership ability.

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. Within our Executive MBA programme we also run routes in business, education and the built environment.

Critical self-awareness and tailored coaching

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application). Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD).

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/executive-mba-psychology

Course structure

3 years – University-based study blocks. Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete:
-Year One – four modules.
-Year Two – three modules plus work-based project.
-Year Three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project.

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas. Starts February If you would like to discuss the start date options, please email the course leader, Dr Steven Pattinson

Course structure
Year One: managing strategy; strategic marketing management and decision making; two options.

Year Two: strategic global human resource management and decision making; developing personal and professional leadership practice; two options.

Year Three: research and consultancy methods; dissertation or organisational project.

Psychology options: introduction to organisational psychology; human factors/design of the work environment; individual differences, training and development; the psychology of leadership and change.

Assessment: modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

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Study an Environment MSc at Cranfield. Management of the natural environment is increasingly important in all sectors from business to public policy. Read more

Study an Environment MSc at Cranfield

Management of the natural environment is increasingly important in all sectors from business to public policy. This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size.

Who is it for?

This course provides students with the necessary up-to-date knowledge and understanding of environmental issues as they impact on the public, private and voluntary sectors. It also provides students with the ability and skills to critically appraise alternative environmental measures and develop the ability to identify and recommend suitable solutions for effective environmental management.

Core modules develop a range of knowledge and skills including environmental principles (such as the ecosystem services framework), economic and financial methods, and social, policy and governance viewpoints. Electives allow further development of economics and strategic thinking methods, or other skills including risk communication, environmental life cycle analysis and environmental auditing.

This course will equip you to critically evaluate environmental issues and contribute to the economic and policy decision making process in organisations of any size. It will give you the skills and experience required to monitor and critically evaluate business practice through the environmental auditing and other assessment methods, or to participate in economic and policy decision making.

Why this course?

  • Employment prospects – our reputation and links with employers ensure outstanding opportunities to secure excellent positions.
  • Flexibility – Five core modules and three pairs of electives allow you to emphasise business issues or economics and policy. A wide choice of topics for your personal project means that you can choose your own specialism. The course is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Excellence in teaching – In the last Teaching Quality Assessment our courses were rated as “excellent”. Eighty percent of the staff are members of the Registered Practitioners with the Higher Education Academy.
  • Track record – we have been providing Masters-level training for over 20 years.
  • Professional recognition – We regularly consult with senior representatives of key industries on questions of course and curriculum design to ensure that the programme continues to reflect the changing needs of the various sectors in which our students aim to work. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
  • Postgraduate level – Cranfield University is entirely postgraduate. Many of the students on the course have considerable professional experience.
  • Expert staff – The course is designed and delivered by experts in the field of environmental management.
  • Practical focus – We believe in giving you as much hands-on work as possible so that you are learning by doing.

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Course details

This course comprises eight modules, an individual project and a group project. 

Group project

Group projects, which run between February and April, enable you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. Group projects are usually sponsored by industrial or public sector partners who provide particular problems linked to their businesses. Projects generally require the group to provide a solution to the operational problem. Potential future employers value this experience. The group projects are across the MSc courses in the environment programme, giving the added benefit of gaining new insights, ways of thinking, experience and skills from students with other backgrounds.

During the project you will develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industrial partner. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop interpersonal and presentation skills within a professional environment. The project is assessed through a written report and an oral presentation by the group. In addition, a poster exhibition provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry and public sector organisations, it is very common for our partners to put forward real-world problems or areas of development as potential research topics.

The individual research project component takes place between April/May and August for full-time students. For part-time students, it is common that their research projects are undertaken in collaboration with their place of work under academic supervision, given the approval of the Course Directors.

Individual research projects undertaken may involve a wide range of techniques from qualitative analysis to quantitative modelling.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), individual thesis project 40%

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Your career

Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in government ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), environmental and business consultancies, public sector organisations such as environmental protection agencies, and the manufacturing and service industries in the private sector. 

The international nature of the course means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK. Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world. 

We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates. 

Cranfield's applied approach and close links with industry mean 93% of our graduates find jobs relevant to their degree or go on to further study within six months of graduation. Our careers team support you while you are studying and following graduation with workshops, careers fairs, vacancy information and one-to-one support. 



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If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations. Read more

Why take this course?

If you are from a non-financial background, this course provides a viable route to financial management roles in a variety of organisations.

It is a practically orientated course based on financial, computational and modelling studies related to financial decision making and analysis. You’ll apply your improved decision-making ability in a range of areas including investment, risk management, budgeting, planning and forecasting.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and trade
Receive guided support and mentoring from staff through formal meetings and via our use of social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemption for their five Certificate level papers on successful completion of this course.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F3.

The University is recognised as a centre of excellence for finance teaching by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Commercial banking
Corporate finance
Financial planning
Insurance
Investment banking
Money management
Real estate

Module Details

You will study a total of five units which incorporate a range of topics covering decision and risk analysis, strategic management accounting, investment strategies and business valuation. We will also guide you in applying sophisticated forecasting techniques to help you understand and anticipate business trends, and with our guidance you will learn how to design and deliver research to the highest standards. The course then concludes with your dissertation where you’ll engage in research on a topic of your choice.

Here are the units you will study:

Financial Analysis and Modelling: This will enable you to gain a critical awareness of the financial environment from both an accounting and finance perspective. You will learn to understand, analyse and interpret company reports, examine the role of the regulatory framework for corporate reporting and the stock market, and explore the pricing of securities. You will also cover the key areas of decision and risk analysis, alongside the process of decision making, key statistical concepts, and selecting and using appropriate analytical software tools as aids to decision making.

Strategic Business Planning and Control: You will start on this unit by considering the internal perspectives of the firm in areas such as business planning and control including issues such as budgeting, the design of management control systems and the development of spreadsheet-based decision support systems. You will then build on this foundation by developing a more strategic corporate perspective. You will explore the relationships between strategy, strategic management and strategic management accounting and set the latter in the context of the historical development of management accounting in general.

Managerial Finance and Financial Markets: You will be introduced to key theoretical issues relating to financial markets and institutions, investments and corporate financial management and their practical applications and limitations. The areas covered will encompass shareholder value and the goals of the firm and the process of shareholder value creation, project evaluation and the discounted cash flow model, capital market theories including the efficient markets hypotheses and the ideas of modern portfolio theory. From this core understanding you will move on to look at the psychological, institutional and agency theory factors that impact upon financial markets. You will consider key empirical research on the explanatory and predictive power of models in the context of implementing investment strategies. This will be assisted by guided critical analysis of research and analysis of live data.

Corporate Finance and Valuation: This unit will give you the opportunity to consider the primary financial decisions of the firm focussing on advanced capital budgeting techniques and the strategic analysis of capital investment decisions, capital structure theories and financing policy, and dividend policy. You will appraise theories in the context of empirical research to facilitate critical understanding of the issues. Advanced study in business valuation will give you a practical understanding and further enable you to apply key professional techniques, which is particularly relevant for mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity transactions.

Research Methods and Dissertation: This is a scheme of independent research. We offer comprehensive training via lectures and workshops throughout the year to develop skills commensurate with standards of good research practice. On completing this programme you will be ideally placed to develop your own research projects and work within professional research teams.

Programme Assessment

We use a combination of teaching methods from lectures, seminars and tutorials to student presentations, case studies and practical sessions in our Bloomberg Suite. We are committed to best practice in learning and encourage group participation promoting discussion and debate in a friendly, yet challenging class environment.

You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics. Our approaches to learning, assessment and feedback are varied and constructive, to help you build the personal management and employability skills that are essential for a fulfilling career.

Student Destinations

This course is designed to provide you with powerful analytical tools and methods to understand the complexities of modern financial markets. These skills are in high demand and you’ll be strongly placed to enter industry in the finance and industrial sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in accountancy and general management as well as investment analysis, financial consultancy and project management in financial institutions. Alternatively, this course is also beneficial if you are aiming for careers in corporate financial management in non-financial companies or consultancy firms, government departments and international agencies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Commercial finance analyst
Bid pricing executive
Finance internship
Graduate econometrician
Hedge fund manager

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