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This conversion programme enables graduates from any discipline to engage with current business processes and techniques, whilst teaching you how to implement this knowledge within contemporary organisations. Read more
This conversion programme enables graduates from any discipline to engage with current business processes and techniques, whilst teaching you how to implement this knowledge within contemporary organisations. You’ll learn key management, strategy and analytical skills, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career.

Plymouth University will give you the competitive edge which is necessary to get the job you want and to start a successful career.

Key features

The MSc Business and Management offers you the flexibility and choice at masters level. You can choose to pursue the following award titles:
-MSc Business and Management
-MSc Business and Management (International Business)
-MSc Business and Management (Finance)
-MSc Business and Management (Marketing)
-MSc Business and Management (Operations and Global Supply Chains)

Graduate with a wealth of experience. Our graduates have gone on to work in human resource and talent management, operations and global supply chain management, financial management, project management, marketing and strategic management. Graduates have been successful in securing management level jobs with Ernst and Young GmbH, DHL International Ltd., Deloitte LLP, Novell Worldwide, and HP Enterprise Services.

Course details

Year 1
During the first semester you will attend lectures and tutorials for core modules that have been selected to provide you with a fundamental underpinning in the subject area of Business and Management. Core modules studied in semester 1: International Business Context and Finance, Leadership and Management Essentials, and Marketing and Strategy. The second semester of the programme commences with an intensive introduction to the 60 credit project, and associated research methods training. You will also pursue your choice of elective module, and complete the remaining 40 credits of the Business and Management ‘core’: Knowledge Management and Decision Making, and Operations and Project Management. During the summer term, you will work independently to carry out your research project. You will receive guidance from a member of academic staff, appointed as your supervisor.

Core modules
-STO701C Knowledge Management and Decision Making
-STO711 Project
-STO708 International Business Context and Finance
-STO704 Operations and Project Management
-HRL710AC Leadership and Management Essentials
-MKT700A Marketing and Strategy

Optional modules
-HRL711 Human Resources and Talent Management
-MKT703 Innovation and New Product Development
-STO702 Global Supply Chain Management
-ACF703 International Finance
-MKT702 Competitive Marketing Strategy
-STO703 International Strategic Management
-STO710 International Cooperative Strategy
-ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis
-STO705 Quality Management and Lean Thinking
-ENT703 Futures Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
-IRL708 International Trade Policy and Politics
-ACF719 Financial Management

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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Our MSc in Finance and Management is an intensive postgraduate course which aims to fuse knowledge and empirical skills from the complementary areas of finance and management. Read more
Our MSc in Finance and Management is an intensive postgraduate course which aims to fuse knowledge and empirical skills from the complementary areas of finance and management.

Studying postgraduate Finance and Management you will develop an in-depth understanding of finance and investment, coupled with management theory and practice strategic management and the business environment. Much of our teaching has significant relevance to the broader business industry.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

During two semesters you will gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of finance and management. In summary, you will learn about:
-Strategic Financial Management
-International Financial Risk and Control
-Financial Investment Analysis
-Accounting with SAP R/3
-Management Theory and Practice
-Strategic Management
-Business Environment
-Research Methods

Finally, during semesters two and three, you have the opportunity to complete a Masters dissertation which will involve you in planning and implementing a research study on an approved topic within the area of finance and management. This provides an ideal opportunity to personalise your study programme reflecting your own interests and career aspirations.

There is an alternative MSc programme in the finance area with a different specialisation MSc Finance and Investment. This programme provides a common core of underlying financial knowledge and skills but also elements that are subject-specific according to the programme. Alternatively for those interested in management, there are a range of postgraduate programmes in this area offered by Lancashire Business School.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

Lancashire Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Information Service (LIS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LIS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development, giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will allow you to apply latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses and to develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues. Employability is central to the delivery of the MSc in Finance and Management and you will gain an understanding of the skills required to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects.

The course is delivered by the Division of Accounting and Finance at the School of Business and students will benefit from wide range of facilities aiding their learning and training including our dedicated SAP accounting computer lab and state of the art specialised trading information system terminal.

The MSc Finance and Management programme aims to provide you with a rigorous and challenging postgraduate education experience leading to the award of a Masters degree.

This intensive 12-month programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in finance and management context.
-Apply the latest thinking on financial and management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses
-Possess a thorough understanding of finance and investment coupled with management theory and practice, strategic management and the business environment
-Achieve the understanding and skills necessary to utilise world-leading SAP software within financial and management context and thereby enhancing your career prospects
-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle financial and business management problems and issues and the study skills required to successfully engage in postgraduate study.
-Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of finance and management that has interest and relevance to your future career.

The programme reflects the University's commitment to active education and involves you in a challenging and participative range of learning processes from day one. With a busy induction involving you in meeting with the staff team and your fellow students, exploring the learning resources available to you in the University and engaging in social activities, the programme expects you to discuss and debate the key issues, both in the subject itself and in the world of business itself. There will be many opportunities to examine what is actually happening in the business world around you as you progress through the programme.

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Manage your career, right now!. A booming economy demands more project managers. As the number of projects increase, employers seek graduates with skills in communication, leadership, team management, negotiation, and risk management. Read more

Manage your career, right now!

A booming economy demands more project managers. As the number of projects increase, employers seek graduates with skills in communication, leadership, team management, negotiation, and risk management. Graduates must be able to apply these skills to an agile and flexible industry.

The Master of Project Management (Professional) at Bond equips graduates with knowledge in an array of areas, including sustainable practices, strategy, and market performance. Graduate with a professional recognised qualification with Bond’s accelerated degrees.

Professional Portfolio

Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters of Project Management (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Masters specialisation.

All students will complete a 2,000 word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice.

Intensive mode delivery

The Master of Project Management (Professional) is delivered in intensive mode. Intensive mode delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Subjects are generally delivered over two weekends during the semester with two sets of three-day sessions per subject, usually scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

The Master of Project Management (Professional) is also professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry.

About the program

The Master of Project Management (Professional) program provides a comprehensive business-ready foundation that will equip students from any background with the knowledge required to develop a career and expertise in project management. The Master of Project Management (Professional) features four distinct study themes including strategy, sustainability, managing complex problems and teams, and virtual teams and global working. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including conflict resolution, effective integrated planning, management, market performance, portfolio management, public and private sector investment and risk identification. External speakers from leading investment banks, credit agencies and portfolio fund managers contribute to case studies and workshops. Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters of Project Management (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Master specialisation. All students will complete a 2,000-word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Project Management (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing

Master of Project Management (Professional) comprises of 12 subjects as follows:

* Please note that the Professional Portfolio subject can only be commenced once all coursework subjects have been completed.



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Focus on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios, and become a project leader in construction. Read more

Focus on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios, and become a project leader in construction.

Project management is traditionally described in terms of the overall planning, control and co-ordination of a project from inception to completion, aimed at meeting a client's requirements and ensuring completion within specified constraints of time, cost and quality.

While this definition continues to provide a good starting point, the reality of modern project management is extremely complex. Client organisations are often pluralistic, comprising multiple stakeholders with different objectives. The complexity of the construction process thus leads to inherent uncertainty.

The role of the project manager is to integrate the various sectors of the industry in order to manage key interfaces throughout the project supply chain. Therefore, the successful project manager must have the ability to integrate and lead an interdisciplinary team in uncertainty. Effective leadership and sensitivity to human issues are vital. Modern clients demand an integrated and effective approach to the management of their construction projects. The discipline of project management continues to evolve and our MSc in Project Management is at the forefront of these developments.

The distinctive focus of the course is on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

The aim of the course is to provide a coherent framework for the discipline and practice of project management. Each module includes a number of sessions delivered by leading practitioners. The course is continually informed not only by the latest developments in industry, but also by on-going international research.

A recurring theme throughout the course concerns the dynamic nature of construction projects. Not only is it necessary to set clear objectives at the beginning of a project, it is also important to update them continually as the project unfolds.

A further theme is provided by the need for project managers to provide leadership. This requires a high level of interpersonal skills to motivate diverse team members towards the realisation of project success. Effective project management requires a sound knowledge of tools and techniques. It also requires an ability to think strategically. Traditionally, notions of command and control have to be matched with an ability to manage 'soft' issues. People management is central to the art of project management.

A particular emphasis is given to the early stages of construction projects and the interface with complex clients; projects are rarely carried out in isolation.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Principles and practice of project management
  • Construction contract law
  • International construction
  • Strategic management
  • Innovative developments in construction

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The course is intended for those who wish to progress to a project management role, or acquire a broader understanding of the project management process. The course will appeal to professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Client representatives
  • Project sponsors
  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Management consultants
  • Construction managers
  • Specialist contractors
  • Facilities managers.

The course will benefit anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of project management and underpin their practical experience with a robust conceptual framework.

Graduates will typically find employment as a project manager with public and private sector clients, consultants, architectural practices or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.



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This course develops the interpersonal skills required for effective project management. It also develops judgmental, managerial and leadership qualities, building on the students’ knowledge and experience gained in first degrees and/or the work environment. Read more
This course develops the interpersonal skills required for effective project management. It also develops judgmental, managerial and leadership qualities, building on the students’ knowledge and experience gained in first degrees and/or the work environment.

You are provided with a professional experience that allows you to pursue your personal objectives in the areas of Property and Project Management, Construction Management and Consultancy, and Research in the Built Environment.

You can study the MSc Construction Project Management degree full-time or online.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/architecture-construction-and-surveying/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/masters-in-construction-project-management

Stage 1

• Sustainable Development
• Project Information, Organisation & Behaviour
• Design Management
• Project Management 1

Exit award: PgCert Construction Project Management

Stage 2

• Built Asset Procurement & Contractual Arrangements
• Project Planning and Control
• Risk and Safety Management

Choose 1 module option from the following group:
• Building Information Modelling: Application
• Petroleum Economics and Asset Management
• Built Asset Management

Exit award: PgDip Construction Project Management

Stage 3

• Dissertation

Award: MSc Construction Project Management

Format

Distance Learning:
The distance learning Construction Project Management course is a fully on-line course with no attendance on campus. The course is presented via our Virtual Learning Environment (CampusMoodle).

The CampusMoodle infrastructure provides a virtual classroom to deliver the equivalent of on-campus face-to-face staff ¬student contact. The learning experience is enhanced through the provision of core reading, supplementary notes, reading lists, case study materials, web links, video footage, synchronous and asynchronous interaction and discussions. Additionally commercial systems such as Skype are employed to hold online tutorials, guest presentations, virtual site visits and interviews.

Full-time:
The full-time learning Construction Project Management course is based upon campus attendance.

Students will learn by a mixture of teaching and learning methods, including Lecture, Tutorial, Workshop, Seminar, Practical Work, Case Study, Simulations, Games, Student Centred Learning and Private Study. Being a vocationally orientated course the teaching and learning is focused upon providing a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject material in the context of the Built Environment.

Textbooks

Students are expected to purchase core texts, all as indicated in the course Module Descriptors under the heading of Indicative Bibliographies and to pay all costs associated with the preparation of coursework e. g. posters, document folders and the like. Total course expenditure should not exceed £200 to £300 overall.

Placements and accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The School has been awarded Accredited Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Careers

When you graduate from the course you will possess a highly respected and professional qualification which is recognised throughout the world. Graduate salaries in this sector are extremely attractive and benefits packages vary significantly between employers. Graduates can choose to work in a number of related fields including the Built Environment, Civil Engineering as well as Heavy Engineering, Offshore and Petrochemical industries. Employment prospects, nationally and internationally, are currently excellent.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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Over recent years there has been a growing awareness and appreciation of the use of project management techniques in a much wider range of business settings. Read more

Over recent years there has been a growing awareness and appreciation of the use of project management techniques in a much wider range of business settings. This, in part, is due to increasing competition and a business imperative which recognises that in order to achieve competitive advantage, efficiency and success of each and every project is important.

This exciting new Masters in Applied Project Management contextualises the practice of project management within specific sectors and provides the graduate with the generic skills and competences required to fulfil their business and organisational needs.

The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from Principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Course detail

This full-time version is with Internship of 6 months duration, with dissertation development. This allows completion within 18 months. To support Internship two non-assessed modules of Personal & Professional Development and Employability Skills & Employment are incorporated within the course and allocated tutor for internship.

The Internship Course seeks to provide the same rigorous and challenging programme of professional practice as the MSc Applied Project Management but has the added advantage of including a 6 months internship incorporated into the period of study. This makes it ideal for students seeking to add a practical dimension to their studies and understand the demands of workplace supervision and management. Internship opportunities exist throughout the industry within the UK.

The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Pathways

You can choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Computing Pathway
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation.

OR

  • Enterprise Management Pathway
  • Management of Organisational Change.

Format

A variety of teaching methods will be used within course module deliveries especially to capture the applied aspects of project management. In fact the core modules were constructed with teaching variety methods from the outset. The pathways modules need to capture sector expectations and final dissertation offers a wideness of choice.

Assessment

The assessment offers a balance of assessment approaches of assignment only and some will have a mixture with an examination as an end assessment.

For example: The module Strategic Innovation Management initial assignment involves group work and requires a presentation creation and delivery. The final assignment is an individually developed document requiring you to conduct research on the use of projects in an organisation. There is no examination for the modules and assessment weighting 40/60.

There are only a total of 5 modules that require examinations as part of their end assessment for the course with maximum of only 4 examinations required for selected pathways.

Career and study progression

Project management plays an important role in nearly all organisation, from SMEs through to the largest global corporations. Knowledge and skills gained within this course will enable graduates to take on the role of project manager and/or become an effective member of a project management team.

Graduates are encouraged to further their study at the level of MPhil and PhD. We actively encourage students interested in research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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Prepare for success in human resource management anywhere in the world on this professionally accredited MSc. Its analytical, evidence-based approach and global perspective sets it apart from many other UK masters courses in HR management. Read more

Prepare for success in human resource management anywhere in the world on this professionally accredited MSc. Its analytical, evidence-based approach and global perspective sets it apart from many other UK masters courses in HR management.

Introducing your degree

Learn about human resource management policies and practice and engage in current debates about the changing world of work on this professionally accredited masters degree. Its distinctive evidence-based approach means you’ll learn about proven concepts and techniques, while its focus on international HR management practices will prepare you for a global career. Taught by leading researchers in the field, you’ll be encouraged to develop your analytical and critical skills as well as practical people management capabilities. You’ll also benefit from being part of a supportive peer group known as an action learning set. This will enable you to collaborate on group assignments, learn from others’ experiences, gain insights into group working and reflect on your performance.

Overview

Focusing on both operational and strategic issues, and covering contemporary debates and challenges in the field of human resource management, this masters degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in general or specialist HR management roles.

The course has two particular strengths – an evidence-based approach that ensures you are learning the most effective concepts and techniques, and a focus on HR management in an international context. You’ll learn about current practice in the established industrialised world and in emerging economies, encouraging you to compare diverse ways of working and analyse the impact of different approaches on people management. This global view will prepare you for a career overseas or in a multinational organisation.  

We also emphasise the importance of analytical thinking throughout the course, encouraging you to think precisely and take a rigorous approach to your own research.

This programme will be of interest if you are keen to specialise in HR management following your undergraduate studies; many of our students come from a business studies or social sciences discipline. Or you may be a professional who is seeking to advance or change your career.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

This MSc in Human Resource Management provides an excellent foundation for a career in specialist HR and general people management roles anywhere in the world. This could include posts in HR departments, line management positions or management consultancy. You could also choose to study human resource management at PhD level.



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Gain specialist expertise around the implementation and use of digital technologies, such as BIM, in the construction sector. Read more

Gain specialist expertise around the implementation and use of digital technologies, such as BIM, in the construction sector.

The management of complex information, using virtual design and construction, BIM, integrated project delivery approaches and intelligent facility and asset management, is no longer simply a specialist set of activities within construction work; it is increasingly central to the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

The management of construction is becoming inseparable from the management of information and information technologies; competitive edge, increased efficiency and productivity are being gained through the strategic use of information systems. The implementation and use of these approaches is transforming the way the built environment is delivered, and transforming the managerial competencies that the sector requires.

The distinctive focus is on the implementation and use of digital technologies in the construction sector.

Clients, both public and private, expect integrated and meaningful information to be delivered alongside the physical product. Built environment professionals need to be able to understand information requirements across the life cycle, to develop and implement project and organisational level information management processes, and to manage a diverse range of data and interfaces through the construction process.

This course provides an opportunity to develop expertise in the developing field of information management for built environment and infrastructure. It provides an introduction to fundamental academic subjects related to information management and an understanding of the latest theories and research, which inform emerging vocational practice across design, construction and operation.

The course combines internationally-renowned academic and industry expertise with intensive practical learning, using state of the art technologies within the university's dedicated BIM laboratories and virtual reality facilities. The combination of fundamental understanding, exposure to cutting edge industry practice, and hands on experience will provide you with the knowledge required to develop successful careers across the construction life cycle.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Collaboration practice and innovation
  • New technology, management and change
  • Financial and management accounting in construction
  • Human resource management
  • Sustainable design, construction and operation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The course is intended for those who wish to develop specialist management expertise in the rapidly growing field of information systems in construction, digital project delivery and virtual design and construction. It is relevant for those seeking to move into specific roles in BIM or information management, as well as to provide a focused advanced management qualification for professionals who recognise the current and future importance of managing information effectively in the sector. This will appeal to both graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Project managers concerned with project information management
  • Construction professionals responsible for the implementation of new technologies in projects and/or construction enterprises
  • Business leaders with an interest in digitally-enabled construction
  • Client representatives seeking to maximise the quality and value of asset information.


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The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is one of the longest established management qualifications in the UK and will be recognised by employers in all industries and sectors. Read more
The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is one of the longest established management qualifications in the UK and will be recognised by employers in all industries and sectors.

Management Studies is a postgraduate course specifically designed for those who have started their careers and may be working in a wide variety of managerial, technical and professional roles and in an equally wide variety of industries, sectors and professions.

The DMS aims to provide you with a rigorous and stimulating postgraduate business and management education, one that will involve you in developing alongside other experienced managers, professionals and technical specialists.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the northwest of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a postgraduate study room, cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Learning Resource Service (LLRS) provides a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LLRS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This demanding two year programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in a business management context:
-Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses.
-Possess a thorough understanding of management, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, management environment, change management and business and management ethics.
-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.
-Undertake your own postgraduate study of a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your development.

A distinctive feature of the programme at the University of Central Lancashire is that you will participate in the two day Year 1 residential programme at the start of your time with us. Located in a nearby hotel, the programme will aid your induction into the DMS and will kick start the essential bonding between you and your fellow students. Developing an open and supportive culture is vital to the success of the DMS and will really ensure you get the most from the experience.

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Gain a thorough understanding of risk management and contemporary business security issues on this accredited masters degree. Read more

Gain a thorough understanding of risk management and contemporary business security issues on this accredited masters degree. Its distinctive cross-sector approach to risk management will equip you for success whatever your chosen industry.

Introducing your degree

This masters degree is designed to meet growing demand across a range of industries for skilled business risk and corporate security management practitioners. As well as learning about key theories and techniques, you’ll develop your analytical skills and the essential management capabilities needed to implement risk and security management approaches effectively. Modules are delivered by world-leading academics and senior risk professionals, so you’ll learn about cutting-edge concepts and the latest sector issues. And the course is accredited by two leading professional bodies, enabling you to apply for credits towards professional qualifications when you graduate.

Overview

Business risk and security management have become integral to the running of organisations across a wide range of sectors. This course is designed to meet the demand for highly skilled risk and security management practitioners. Unlike many other UK masters courses in this field it covers risk management in its broadest sense, encompassing financial, strategic and operational risk. It also introduces students to contemporary issues in corporate security, and explores the links between risk and security in theoretical and practical contexts.

As well as developing your subject knowledge, the course will enhance your managerial capabilities. You’llgain skills that will be essential for the successful communication and implementation of risk and security approaches in a real-world environment. 

We welcome applicants from a wide range of business-related and social science disciplines; there is no specific requirement for previous quantitative study. Our students include those who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees as well as those with some professional experience who are looking to sharpen their skills or change their career direction.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

There is growing interest in almost every industry for improved risk management practice. Students graduating from this programme will be sought after by finance, insurance, business management and IT companies, consultancy service firms and government bodies. Many of our students have progressed to senior risk management roles within a few years of graduation.

The MSc in Business Risk and Security Management is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management. This enables you to apply for credits towards these organisations’ professional diplomas.



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Increase your employability and sharpen your professional edge as you learn how to deliver creative and effective management solutions. Read more
Increase your employability and sharpen your professional edge as you learn how to deliver creative and effective management solutions. The combination of taught and hands-on learning will help you accentuate your leadership talents and management skills, providing you with the capability to succeed. We welcome graduates and professionals with varied backgrounds, enabling you to learn from your peers and apply your existing skills and abilities throughout your future career in management.

Key features

-Steer your career in a new direction with this programme designed to allow you to bring your experience and knowledge from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines and apply it to business management.
-Give your employability an immediate boost with the new skills you’ll develop - this intensive and comprehensive programme would also suit professionals with little or no experience in business management.
-Equip yourself with the foundations of business management expertise, as well as confidence using most advanced tools and theories in the industry, positioning you to become a successful manager of the future.
-Carve out the career path which suits your individual interests by selecting two specialist modules in your third term.

Course details

Core modules
-HRL710B Leadership and Management Essentials
-HRL711 Human Resources and Talent Management
-ACF713SU Accounting and Finance
-HRL711SU Human Resources and Talent Management
-STO704SU Operations and Project Management
-STO700A International Business Environment
-MKT700B Marketing and Strategy
-STO700B International Business Environment
-STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making
-STO704 Operations and Project Management
-HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials
-MKT700A Marketing and Strategy
-ACF713 Accounting and Finance

Optional modules
-ENT705 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth
-MKT708SU International Marketing
-STO707SU Sustainable Supply Chains
-MKT708 International Marketing
-ACF716SU International Environmental Economics
-ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth
-HRL714SU International HRM

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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Over recent years there has been a growing awareness and appreciation of the use of project management techniques in a much wider range of business settings. Read more

Over recent years there has been a growing awareness and appreciation of the use of project management techniques in a much wider range of business settings. This, in part, is due to increasing competition and a business imperative which recognises that in order to achieve competitive advantage, efficiency and success of each and every project is important.

This exciting new Masters in Applied Project Management contextualises the practice of project management within specific sectors and provides the graduate with the generic skills and competences required to fulfil their business and organisational needs.

The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from Principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

The part-time Saturday version would see the learner working within their career sector and building upon that knowledge base. To help support learning experience a week long module is offered in April each academic year which additionally helps balance the workload and completion within two years.

Course detail

The practical approach to teaching and learning is enhanced through added three distinct pathways of Environment, Computing and Enterprise Management and a final dissertation allowing for even further focusing against your choices career sector. There are seven taught modules ranging from principles of Project Management to Professional Enquiry Methods with two being from your selected pathway.

Format

A variety of teaching methods will be used within course module deliveries especially to capture the applied aspects of project management. In fact the core modules were constructed with teaching variety methods from the outset. The pathways modules need to capture sector expectations and final dissertation offers a wideness of choice.

Modules

  • Principles of Project Management
  • Project Strategy
  • Employability Skills & Employment
  • Learning and Professional Development
  • Project Teams
  • Project Finance and Marketing
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

Assessment

The assessment across the modules has been thought out to offer a balance of assessment approaches of assignment only and some will have a mixture with an examination as an end assessment.

By way of example: The module Strategic Innovation Management initial assignment involves a group undertaking and requires a presentation creation and delivery. The final assignment is an individually developed document requiring to conduct research on the use of projects in an organisation. There is no examination for the modules and assessment weighting is 40/60.

There are only a total of five modules that require examinations as part of their end assessment for the course with maximum of only four examinations required for selected pathways.

Career and study progression

Project Management is the discipline of planning, organising and executing projects effectively and efficiently. As such, project management plays an important role in nearly any organisation, from SMEs through to the largest global corporations. Knowledge and skills gained within this course will enable graduates to take on the role of project manager and/or become an effective member of a project management team.

Outstanding graduates are encouraged to further their study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions.

We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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This is an international programme of advanced management studies for the modern construction industry. We develop specialist expertise on how to manage organisations engaged in construction from the multiple perspectives of the client, design team, and contractor. Read more

This is an international programme of advanced management studies for the modern construction industry.

We develop specialist expertise on how to manage organisations engaged in construction from the multiple perspectives of the client, design team, and contractor. This includes an overview of how the construction sector operates in the developed and developing world and of the macro-economic and micro-economic factors that influence the work of the sector.

The distinctive focus is on the management of the construction firm, including finance, organisation, project procurement, contracts for design and construction, information and communication technologies in the construction sector and the expectations of clients, developers, financiers and investors in a project.

The course suits those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the management of construction, whether on the supply side or the demand side. Graduates with professional experience will find this course provides a strong grounding for promotion to more senior management positions in the industry. Graduates without experience will find this course an excellent way to gain mastery of the topics relating to management in construction.

Another distinctive feature is in the application of research carried out by the staff of the School; the research informs policy nationally and internationally. All of our research is carried out through close work with industry partners and develops new ways of thinking about the management of construction. The course is constantly being updated with the latest thinking in all the various aspects of construction management.

The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.

The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Construction contract law
  • Managing construction
  • International construction labour markets
  • Design management
  • Sustainable urban systems

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

Graduates will follow careers in a wide range of construction-related vocations: architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, general business management, investment appraisal and in the public sector. Some pursue a career in research. This programme is particularly attractive to international students seeking to expand their knowledge and learn about construction management in different national contexts.



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The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. Read more

The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors.

Introducing your course

The MSc in Heritage and Business Management course allows students to develop the skillset to be responsible for some of the countries most spectacular heritage sites. From National Trust properties, to country estates of immense agricultural and historical importance, this course prepares the student to be able to manage the daily running and operating of such sites. A course that prides itself on its industry recognised standards of excellence, producing the best candidates possible to prospective employers.

Overview

The Masters in Business and Heritage Management course is designed for those who want a promising career in the heritage industry, whether it be in business management, tourism, construction or even agricultural management sectors. The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increased numbers of skilled heritage managers. This degree offers a tailor made curriculum to develop the knowledge base and skills required from both the disciplines of Business and Archaeology to allow effective management of the world’s heritage. As a student on this programme you will be guided through modules to develop your understanding of the economic and legal principals within which heritage management operates across the globe, from Museum displays to site presentations and how heritage shapes national identities. This will be matched by education in theory and practice of assessing, preserving, presenting and mitigating the impact of development on our shared heritage. Your business skills will be developed in finance, marketing, project and risk management to provide a broad base suited to working in both the public (government) and private sectors. Graduates from this programme will be suited to manage stately homes, tourist attractions, national trust properties and museums.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be suited to work in a wide range of business and management roles in the heritage, tourism and construction sectors. These will include government positions in heritage bodies, private consultancy and non-governmental organisations. The business skills you gain on this programme will also be useful for a wide range on non-heritage business roles.



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This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. Read more

This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. It provides an introduction to the fundamental topics related to Construction Cost Management and an understanding of the latest academic theories and research, which inform vocational practice in the financial management of construction projects. The purpose is to prepare non-cognate graduates for a career in quantity surveying or financial management in construction.

The distinctive focus is on the principles, tools and techniques of financial and cost management from inception of a project, through to design and construction.

The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.

Construction and property cost consultancy is a thriving business activity which is seeking to recruit ambitious graduates from all disciplines who wish to enter a career in which they will develop in a climate of self-management and progress by making their own career choices. Property and construction cost consultants operate in an industry that provides essential, innovative and exciting facilities. They provide services to clients of the construction and property industries through the professional application of economic, financial, engineering, design, management and communication skills. The MSc in Construction Cost Management is designed to provide the basis of these skills for good graduates from all disciplines.

The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Construction project management
  • Construction cost engineering
  • Information systems in construction
  • Urban sustainable development in emerging economies
  • Real estate development analysis and appraisal

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The construction and property industry provides many of life's essential services. It is a large, varied and exciting industry. Cost managers in construction and property can work for consultancy practices, designers or construction firms. They provide the essential financial direction to projects while working with clients, architects, designers or building engineers. Cost managers require a unique mixture of skills, including design appreciation, financial and cost skills and management ability. The cost consultant firms associated with this established programme are looking to recruit graduates who wish to enter a demanding and rewarding profession. Those students who secure appropriate sponsorship from such firms can take the course in flexible mode while undertaking the required professional training for RICS qualification in parallel. Full-time students will carry out their professional training after completing the MSc.

Graduates will typically find employment in cost management or quantity surveying with public and private sector clients, consultants, or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.



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