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The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) is for law (with a qualifying law degree) and Graduate Diploma in Law graduates who want to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course routes. Read more

The CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) is for law (with a qualifying law degree) and Graduate Diploma in Law graduates who want to qualify as lawyers without undertaking the more traditional and costlier Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course routes.

Course details

There is no requirement to secure a training contract or pupillage when taking the CILEx route to qualification. Instead of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, you qualify and practise as Chartered Legal Executive lawyers.

Increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors, Chartered Legal Executive lawyers can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms. On successfully completing the Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) you can upgrade from CILEx Associate Member to CILEx Graduate Member. The course can be studied in the evening, leaving you free to work in legal practice and gain the necessary qualifying employment to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and a CILEx Fellow. The course is split into two periods of learning of approximately ten weeks each. You study one practice unit each period, along with the Client Care unit. (The Client Care unit runs through the whole duration of the programme). The examination periods take place in January and June.Find out more about CILExWe also offer Level 6 Single Subject Certificates in The Practice of Employment Law and Civil Litigation. for further information please contact the School Admissions Office (see contact details).

Professional accreditation

As a CILEx- accredited centre, we play an important role in helping CILEx learners achieve their developmental and career aims through the delivery of CILEx qualifications. In addition we understand our responsibilities and take all reasonable steps to ensure that CILEx is able to comply with its regulators' conditions. Once a student's Chartered Legal Executive studies and qualifying employment are complete they will be able to call themselves a qualified lawyer.

What you study

Course structure

Core module

  • Client Care Skills (Unit 22)

 and two practice units

  • Civil Litigation (Unit 15)
  • Conveyancing* (Unit 17)
  • Probate Practice* (Unit 21)
  • The Practice of Employment Law (Unit 19)

Visit the CILEx site for detailed module information

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The course is split into two periods of learning of approximately ten weeks each. You study one practice unit along with the Client Care unit. (The Client Care unit runs through the whole duration of the programme). The examination periods take place in January and June.



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The MA Human Resource Management via the direct entry route is aimed at HR professionals who already have a . Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Read more

The MA Human Resource Management via the direct entry route is aimed at HR professionals who already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (120 Level 7 credits) and want to top up their qualification to a full MA. It can be taken entirely online or via a mixture of online and on-campus study. It offers maximum flexibility, enabling you to study in your own time, wherever you are and in a way that suits your circumstances. Whichever way you choose, you experience a high level of personal support and learning resources.

So if you are already CIPD qualified to postgraduate diploma level, this offers you a straightforward and cost-effective way of achieving a full MA in Human Resource Management. If you are aiming for a Strategic/Senior Management role, the MA is a great way of showing your commitment to building an all-round high level performance profile.

Students studying online participate in individual and group-based learning, all within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with:

  • Highly structured, user friendly written lecture and course materials
  • Audio and video podcast materials specially recorded by course tutors
  • Virtual tutorials, in real time as well as over a period of time
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • Access to our online library.

Course structure

The MA Human Resource Management direct entry stage is a research-based programme that has been developed to help you progress to management roles or consultancy. Combining theory and practice, it gives you the opportunity to gain specific insights into organisational behaviour and design and then to focus on an area of HRM research that is of specific interest.

The module and dissertation below will be the only requirements to top up the PG Diploma to the full MA HRM award.

Understanding and Researching Organisations: In this module you will develop a framework for understanding, analysing and researching organisations. The content includes both a (traditional) focus on core research methods and an emphasis on ensuring that you have a sound understanding of the organisational context in which management research takes place. The module draws on a range of perspectives from organisation theory and supports a critical awareness of organisations including such things as job design, internal processes, cultural dynamics and change. This awareness will be developed in a manner which prepares students for the completion of high quality, rigorous and systematic management research required for a dissertation. As part of this, you will also develop an appreciation of the use of primary and secondary data common in organisational research as well as the full range of generic methodological issues, procedures and study skills.

The dissertation: This is an in-depth research project into an organisational issue. You will generate high quality, rigorous and systematic applied research. You will reflect critically on relevant theoretical and philosophical assumptions, alongside the ethics of undertaking management research. You will be assigned an individual supervisor, who will support you to develop and implement a rigorous research design collecting data in an organisation of your choice. One of the key skills for professionals in HR is to be able to investigate, diagnose and report on relevant business issues and make practical recommendations for change or improvement within an organisation. This dissertation allows you to develop and practise these skills at a high level. 

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from those listed here.

Teaching and learning

Students studying online participate in individual and group-based learning, all within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides you with:

  • Highly structured, user friendly written lecture and course materials
  • Audio and video podcast materials specially recorded by course tutors
  • Virtual tutorials, in real time as well as over a period of time
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • Access to our online library.

Students studying through a combination of online and on-campus learning will also participate in a range of classes on our Headington Campus.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Business and Management within the Business School. There are some contributions from specialists in other departments. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies provide further input both online and on-campus.

Approach to assessment

Your Understanding of Research Organisations module will be assessed through a research proposal and a research methods portfolio. Your dissertation will be a 20,000 word report on the outcomes of your organisational research project.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. . Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We have invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and created a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017 it contains:

  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre.
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations.
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe.
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.



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This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments. Read more
This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments.

Key benefits

The course is an ideal way to meet your professional body's expectations for CPD, and take your career on to the next stage. The fast track route is well suited to qualified accountants wishing to study for a Masters while continuing in their professional roles with the course delivered as an online distance learning programme. This mode of delivery will enable you to interact and network with other practitioners on the course who are located in different countries.

You will have access to your tutors in a variety of ways (e.g. by email, Blackboard discussion board, Skype) if you have any issues or questions relating to the course, and they will be on hand to guide and support you.

Course detail

As a professionally-qualified practitioner and specialist in accounting and finance, you are likely to be seeking to continue your professional development, possibly with a view to taking on increased managerial responsibilities. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management (fast-track route) will enhance your ability to contextualise, critically evaluate and communicate financial information, adding significant value to your organisation at a senior management level.

This specialist Masters is designed to enhance the depth, value and contemporary relevance of your professional accountancy qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of financial issues, and enhance your research and analytical skills, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.

Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, and possess a wide range of practical experience, making student interaction and networking an enjoyable and beneficial aspect of the course.

Structure

As a professionally-qualified accountant, you are likely to be exempt from studying the taught 'substantive' modules of the full-time MSc Accounting and Financial Management course. This fast-track route therefore only requires you to complete the following two modules and a dissertation (amounting to 75 credits in total):

• Financial Context and Contemporary Issues - develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.

• Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.

Format

This course is delivered online via our Blackboard teaching platform, which comprises online learning materials, group discussion boards, and peer and tutor support. It is designed to enable you to engage in your studies, wherever you are located, without disruption to your existing employment.

Assessment

Assessments consist of a combination of written assignments, supervised mini-projects and presentations.

Careers

This fast-track Masters will contribute towards your career development by providing an opportunity for you to:

• re-engage with the fundamental aspects of your profession
• develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
• critically evaluate contemporary developments in context and prepare for anticipated future trends
• enhance key transferable skills such as information accessing, analysis and interpretation, making presentations and report writing
• meet your professional body's continuing professional development requirements.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
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The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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COURSE OVERVIEW. Gain insights that directly help you further your career. Learn responsible financial management strategies based on the the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Gain insights that directly help you further your career
  • Learn responsible financial management strategies based on the the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Fast-track route available for professionally qualified accountants 

Enthusiastic lecturers and a supportive learning environment in small classes make Accounting and Finance at Winchester a stimulating and enjoyable experience. The course is designed to launch your career in the sector, and for those with existing professional experience and qualifications it provides opportunities to enhance and update your knowledge and skills. 

Throughout the course, you discuss both case studies and your own business experiences, learning from your peers and evaluating ideas about best practice and new financial management techniques. Real-time trading simulations using The Trading Room in the Winchester Business School and real-world case studies provide a balance of theoretical understanding and practical experience which are immediately applicable to your own work. 

Core modules include Financial Accounting and Reporting, Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy, and Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance, with additional options such as Investment Appraisal, Global Investments and Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Consulting. Professionally qualified accountants joining the fast-track route study research methods and write a dissertation. 

The programme prepares you for employment in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Course alumni pursue a wide range of careers including accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Careers 

The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Job opportunities include accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September

All modules develop an independent learning culture and provide a challenging learning experience for students. They are characterised by innovative, student-centred teaching and learning which develops students' intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation. The programme is delivered in a small class size setting allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience on an individual basis. The integration of theory and practice is important and this is achieved through an innovative blend of simulations and case studies.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester).

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.



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This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. Read more
This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

This course is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.

This course is for graduates looking to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to work as a rural property manager. It also prepares graduates for qualification as a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Structure

The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.

You will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. The dissertation is typically undertaken between May and September.

You will attend lectures and group tutorials.There is also a range of practical sessions, and visits to local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors provide additional insights into the management of rural property. Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course.

Before starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.

Modules

• 4002 Agriculture
• 4007 Dissertation
• 4015 Farm Business and Enterprise Management
• 4016 Rural Planning and Buildings
• 4019 Rural Property Law
• 4029 Environmental and Woodland Management
• 4031 Rural Policy and Implementation
• 4033 Rural Valuation
• 4043 Rural Asset Management

Career prospects

Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:

• Valuation, and the sale and purchase of land and rural property
• Management and letting of land and property
• Farm business planning and diversification
• Development of land and buildings and rural planning
• Management of woodlands and the environment
• Compulsory purchase (roads, pipelines cables etc) and compensation claims
• Tax and financial strategy

Types of employer include:

• National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
• Private estates
• Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies
• Planning and environmental consultancy
• Research and education
• Leisure management
• Rrural conservation
• Investment management.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.rau.ac.uk/STUDY/POSTGRADUATE/HOW-APPLY

Funding

For information on funding, please view the following page: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

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The Master’s Programme in Economics offers an extensive economic education. The studies focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of economic relationships and convey the academic knowledge required for analysing economic problems and evaluating economic policy strategies. Read more
The Master’s Programme in Economics offers an extensive economic education. The studies focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of economic relationships and convey the academic knowledge required for analysing economic problems and evaluating economic policy strategies. A flexible curriculum offers a great deal of leeway to shape your studies in line with your own talents, interests and goals. A solid understanding of the fundamentals and appealing specialisations provide the basis for a wide range of professional fields and a successful start to your career.

Curriculum

You will have to acquire 90 ECTS for your MEcon degree. The course takes three semesters (1.5 years). Education in economics largely follows international standards, both in terms of subject matter and with regard to the standards that are aimed at. Compulsory subjects focus on core issues of economics, thus allowing you to select a large part of the core subjects and two thirds of the Master’s programme according to your own interests and skills.

Compulsory subjects:
• Advanced Microeconomics I / II / III
• Advanced Macroeconomics I / II / III
• Econometrics I
• Mathematics

Core elective and elective courses are enriched by the various research interests of the faculty members involved. Depending on individual interests, students can attend courses from other Master’s programmes, primarily from Banking and Finance, International Affairs and Governance, and Law and Economics, and thus create their own optional specialisations:
• International Economy
• Government and the Economy
• Work, Population and Health
• Finance and Capital Markets
• Enterprises and Markets

During your studies, you will have to write a Master’s thesis, which deals with an economic topic and is thus related to your core studies. In Contextual Studies, you will have to attend courses in Leadership Skills, Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness and thus develop transdisciplinary competencies.

Exchange and double degrees

MEcon students can apply for a double degree programme. This will provide you with the possibility of obtaining an additional full-scale Master’s degree from SSE Stockholm, CBS Copenhagen, ESADE Barcelona, Groupe HEC Paris, Erasmus University in Rotterdam or Bocconi in Milan after 2–2.5 years of successful studies. The double degree programmes with SSE and CBS are offered exclusively for our students. You can also apply for the CEMS MIM – Master’s in International Management double degree. In the context of the exchange programme of the University of St.Gallen, you are also able to spend an exchange semester at one of the approx. 200 partner universities worldwide.

Career perspectives

A MEcon degree provides the foundations in economic theory and empirical tools that are required to understand and Analyse economic relationships and processes and to develop solutions to policy problems. Application-oriented empirical tools Support your capacity in strategic decision- making processes. With such abilities, you enjoy substantial advantages with regard to starting a career with a wide range of possibilities. Not only public and international institutions, but also private firms, banks and insurance companies are interested in MEcon graduates. Reputable consulting firms regularly employ well-trained economists too.

Fast-track Pd.D.

If you attain the necessary grade average and fulfil the requirements, the programme will provide you with access to the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF). You will already be able to earn credits for the PEF during the Master’s programme and thus complete your doctoral studies in fast-track mode.

Language

The MEcon is taught both in English and in German. Central basic courses are offered in English jointly with the MiQE/F (Master in Quantitative Economics and Finance). This guarantees consistent mutual openness of electives and enables students to select courses according to their specializations and interests.

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This Master's degree offer a strategic perspective on marketing management, a discipline that is increasingly being seen as critical to success in achieving business goals, and as a core function in many organisations. Read more

This Master's degree offer a strategic perspective on marketing management, a discipline that is increasingly being seen as critical to success in achieving business goals, and as a core function in many organisations. Depending on your choice of modules, your final award could be either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc).

Students on this course are eligible for an Affiliate Professional Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and access to a range of professional events.

You will develop a strategic perspective and broaden your existing understanding of marketing and its integration into an overall corporate strategy and structure. You will hone your capacity for analysing complex marketing and business situations and reaching decisions on appropriate courses of action. You will also improve your career prospects in marketing and general business areas.

A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course – a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Fast-track marketing management MA/MSc

A fast-track route to the Marketing Management MA qualification is available for holders of the CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (or equivalent). Holders of this qualification will be exempt from all but two modules: 

  • For MA: Marketing Creativity and Innovation Marketing Dissertation
  • For MSc: Quantitative Analysis for Marketing and Management Marketing Dissertation

The fees will be proportional to the number of credits studied. Dissertation (40 credits) Quantitative Analysis for Marketing Management (20 credits)

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules – MA

Core modules – MSc

Professional association

Students on this course are eligible for an Affiliate Professional Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and access to a range of professional events.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

As a Marketing Management postgraduate, you can look forward to excellent career prospects in both UK and international specialist agencies and within in-house marketing departments.

With the MA/MSc Marketing Management, you will be particularly well-placed to pursue marketing opportunities with organisations who want marketing specialists with business analytical skills. And with the MSc, you'll also be well-placed to pursue opportunities with organisations involved in technical or financial products.

During your study, you will be offered one-year Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Affiliate Professional Membership and opportunities of attending the CIM professional development and networking events which are accredited towards your CPD.



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The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is a management qualification designed for practicing managers or those aspiring to a career in management. Read more

The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) is a management qualification designed for practicing managers or those aspiring to a career in management. It is applicable to all business sectors.

This course builds on the functional areas of management introduced in the Certificate of Management Studies (CMS) and therefore offers the perfect progression pathway. Similarly, it is a fantastic study option for those who have a degree and substantial management-related experience. The DMS allows you to be exempted from four modules on the full MBA programme and also entitles you to a 10% discount on fees, saving you time and money if you wish to progress you academic studies further.

The DMS focuses on the application of management at a business unit level, while developing your ability to take a cross-functional perspective in analysing business problems and decisions effectively. It gives you an integrated view of the managerial role across all organisational functions and is designed to take your business skills to a higher level and progress your career.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Modules

  • Managing Finance and Information
  • Understanding Strategy
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Understanding Consumer Behavior

Study style

Delivered in a classroom environment at the university, this course can be completed in one year on a part-time basis. Classes are run in the evenings and there are two intake points: September and February. Part-time students can get their own bespoke timetable.

This course is assessed through written assignments and portfolio-based work.

Fast-track and cost effective route to further study

The entry requirements for this programme take into account existing management knowledge and experience. Therefore it provides fast-track access to further academic qualifications, such the MBA. It also allows you to be exempted from four modules on the full MBA programme and entitles you to a 10% discount on MBA course fees.

Option to gain Chartered Management Institute accreditation

This course gives you the option to work towards Charted Manager Status, the highest status available in the management profession.

Learn with a peer group

You will learn together with others from a range of industries and with a variety of professional backgrounds. This will challenge your perspective and will encourage you to develop new ideas. This will also give you the opportunity to establish a professional network to support you in your working life.

 Careers

  • Business management
  • Progression to MBA


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The course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career. Each module offers a combination of practical and research-focused activities that reflect the realities of present-day accounting and finance. Read more

The course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career. Each module offers a combination of practical and research-focused activities that reflect the realities of present-day accounting and finance. The modules that comprise the MSc provide technical understanding and critical analysis skills, prized by employers. On completion, you will have the skills to think strategically in many accounting and finance contexts.

You’ll be taught by experienced and dedicated staff, who have industry knowledge and who have published research. If you hold a relevant accounting qualification, you may benefit from exemptions from this award, including direct entry onto the Masters Stage Award.

Masters Stage Award

This is a fast-track masters for those already fast-track qualified. The course gives you the opportunity to top up your existing qualification to a full MSc degree, by completing research methods and dissertation research. You will be able to carry out research into new and changing areas of accounting practice and apply accounting theory to practical organisational situations. This course provides an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development (CPD) for those experienced professional accountants wishing to further their career.

Modules

  • Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Leadership through Design

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

Assessment includes case studies and is through research-focused assignments and examinations.

At the masters stage, the course can be completed within six months’ full-time study or 12 months’ part-time study.

Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW

Teaching excellence

You will learn from a highly regarded academic team, with commercial and academic experience and a record in published academic subject research. Those wishing to stay in academia can progress to PhD study.

Enhance your professional network

You will be joining a global accounting and finance subject community of academics and students researching and studying from degree to doctoral level.

Careers

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business/financial management


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This MSc provides learning opportunities, culminating in a research project that will enhance your capacity to manage development. Read more

MSc in Development Management

This MSc provides learning opportunities, culminating in a research project that will enhance your capacity to manage development. If you have responsibility for development interventions, you will find your practice challenged and developed. If you are a professional – engineer, health worker, educationalist, banker, for example – working in development contexts, you will develop an understanding of those contexts, and a grasp of the skills necessary to negotiate them. And if you are thinking about moving into development work, you will find a guide to the world you are entering and build up a variety of skills needed to manage development.

Key features of the course

• Links a critical understanding of theory with the realities of development, policy and practice
• Develops key skills, including strategic thinking and planning, relationship building, mapping and modelling, negotiation and brokering
• Builds the research skills needed to create evidence-based understandings of development management problems and to make cases for change
• Encourages critically reflective practice, produces practitioners willing and competent to ask questions about how development is being managed, and how it might be managed better.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Modules

There are two routes through this qualification:

•Route A for students starting their studies from May 2015 onwards
•Route B for students who started their studies before May 2015. If you are following this route you must complete your studies by 31 December 2021.

For both routes, we recommend that you study Capacities for managing development (T878) before Institutional development (TU872).
If you are interested in international development, and in particular if you are new to the subject, we recommend that you begin with the optional module Development: context and practice (T877) before moving on to T878 and TU872.
You must finish your MSc with the Development management project (TU874).

You can find additional information about postgraduate development management studies on the OU Development Policy and Practice website.

Route A – to gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

90 credits of compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

• Capacities for managing development (T878)
• Conflict and development (T879)
• Institutional development (TU872)

Plus

60 credits from this list (or 30 credits plus 30 credits from any other postgraduate modules):

Optional modules

• Business, human rights law and corporate responsibility (W822)
• Development: context and practice (T877)
• Leading healthcare improvements (K827)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)
• Managing systemic change: inquiry, action, and interaction (TU812)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track) (BXFT716)
• Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)
• Project management (M815)
• Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Plus

Compulsory module

• Development management project (TU874)

Route B – to gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

60 credits of compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

• Capacities for managing development (T878)
• Institutional development (TU872)

Plus

90 credits from this list (or 60 credits plus 30 credits from any other postgraduate modules):

Optional modules

• Business, human rights law and corporate responsibility (W822)
• Conflict and development (T879)
• Development: context and practice (T877)
• Leading healthcare improvements (K827)
• Making environmental decisions (T891)
• Managing systemic change: inquiry, action, and interaction (TU812)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716)
• MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (fast-track) (BXFT716)
• Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)
• Project management (M815)
• Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Plus

Compulsory module

• Development management project (TU874)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us. Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

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The MSc Real Estate Finance programme will help you understand real estate in the context of the international financial markets. Read more

The MSc Real Estate Finance programme will help you understand real estate in the context of the international financial markets. The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in global real estate finance and investment management. It provides participants with the key quantitative and conceptual skills needed to make the complex decisions required in the real estate finance sector. It also places property investment into context with equity, fixed income and financial derivative products. This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum, facilitating fast-track membership.

The Real Estate Finance programme is particularly suited to graduates with a degree in a quantitative discipline who wish to develop specialist finance skills that can be used in the real estate sector. This programme not only examines investment in the underlying real estate sector but also provides extensive coverage of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Funding, Mortgage Backed Securities and Real Estate Portfolio Management.

This programme is offered jointly with our specialist finance faculty at Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre. You will gain a thorough understanding of financial theory and its application in the context of real estate assets through a combination of academic rigour and commercial relevance. The programme allows you to build a portfolio of skills and choose from a range of modules taught across the Business School.

Why Henley?

Programme

The University of Reading’s long standing reputation in real estate ensures that students on our MSc Real Estate Finance programme have exposure to leading thinking in both academia and industry. You will have modules led by some of the world’s leading real estate finance academics. Guest speakers from industry will further enhance that experience. The field trip will be to a major global city; in the past we have visited New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto.

Real Estate & Planning

Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.

We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

Henley Business School

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Core modules

  • Real estate economics and investment - 10 credits
  • Securities, futures & options - 20 credits
  • Fixed income & equity investments  - 20 credits
  • Quantitative techniques  - 20 credits
  • Real Estate Finance  - 10 credits
  • Global real estate markets - 10 credits
  • Dissertation - 40 credits

Plus specialist electives from a range that may include: Real estate funding, Real estate securities , Real estate portfolio management, Housing economics, Financial econometrics and other selected modules offered by the ICMA Centre subject to timetable constraints.

Careers and accreditations

This programme is ideal for those wishing to pursue a successful career in real estate finance, investment management and research. Since its launch, graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at a variety of firms, including JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, LaSalle, LNR Partners, ICG Longbow, DTZ, Grosvenor and Knight Frank.

Students are supported by a dedicated careers adviser and the Reading Real Estate Foundation. Our innovative mentoring programme pairs students with professionals in the industry, both in the UK and overseas.

The School of Real Estate & Planning has a worldwide reputation and a long history of providing postgraduate education in real estate. All our postgraduate programmes open up many options for employment in the real estate industry around the world.

Graduates from the Reading real estate masters are highly sought after and you will be well placed to take up positions across a wide range of positions in real estate investment, finance, portfolio & fund management and research. RICS accreditation also facilitates entry into the main property service and advisory firms. Since its launch graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at firms such as JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, La Salle Investment Management, LNR Partners, Grosvenor, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Savills, Knight Frank and Gerald Eve.

The MSc Real Estate Finance is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF), facilitating fast-track membership.



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This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve both high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the development of relevant advanced HRM skills. Read more

This programme has been designed to enable you to achieve both high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the development of relevant advanced HRM skills. We aim to prepare you for a long-lasting and highly successful career in HRM.

The programme has been designed to map on to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) advanced learning outcomes, providing you with the opportunity to complete these and become a member. You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma, leading to the CIPD accreditation, in nine months full-time as a stand-alone qualification or take the MSc which contains the taught element of the Postgraduate Diploma and finishes with a Dissertation which you will complete over the summer months.

The programme is suitable for both full-time and part-time study, with part-time students completing the Postgraduate Diploma qualification over 21 months or the full MSc programme over a period of 24 (fast-track) / 30 months. Through a series of bespoke modules, the programme covers all aspects of contemporary HRM practice, including recruitment and selection, leadership and performance management, the development of individuals and organisations, employment law, reward management and approaches to HRM in an international context. This will give you an understanding a broad range of topics within HRM which you can focus on when developing ideas for written assignments and, for MSc students, your Dissertation.

Unique to this programme is the opportunity for you to participate in two three-day residential courses which take place in October and May. A mix of tutor-led, professional skills and group work sessions, these residential study courses provide a unique setting for students to collaborate and challenge one another in an engaging environment outside of the traditional classroom setting.

The variety of teaching and learning styles you will experience through the programme are supported with extensive additional reading and further learning materials which will be provided using the University’s online virtual learning environment.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme Structure

This programme is available for study in both full-time and part-time formats and students can complete either the 180 credit Masters programme or the 120 credit Diploma programme. The Diploma programme contains all of the taught elements of the Masters programme and can be completed in 9 months full-time or 21 months part-time.

The dissertation element of the programme is undertaken between June and September by students on the full-time MSc programme or during the ten months following the completion of the taught element of the programme for part-time (30 month) students on the MSc programme.

Students on the part-time 24 month fast-track variant cover the same subjects and assessments as those on the longer standard programme. They do so, however, in a shorter, more concentrated time frame. This involves attending classes on two afternoons a week for a period in the second term and starting to work on the dissertation a year earlier than those who are enrolled on the 30 month programme.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

• Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/

Modules

Recent examples of modules are as follows;

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People;
  • Resourcing and Talent Management;
  • Human Resource Management in Context;
  • Human Resource Development;
  • Employment Relations;
  • Employment Law;
  • International Human Resource Management
  • HR Skills.


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Who is it for?. The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a rewarding career in speech and language therapy. Read more

Who is it for?

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is designed for students who are committed to a rewarding career in speech and language therapy.

As a graduate with a first degree from a discipline outside healthcare, this course provides you with a fast-track route into health, enabling you to gain a pre-registration health qualification in two years as opposed to the usual three to four.

Ruth is a current Speech and Language Therapy student. Watch her video to find out more about her experiences and thoughts on life as a postgraduate student at City, University of London.

Objectives

City's MSc Speech and Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

The MSc will help you:

  • Take a fast-track route into speech and language therapy
  • Learn a range of subjects to develop your understanding of typical speech, language, communication, swallowing and of pathologies in these areas
  • Integrate theoretical and real-world knowledge in considering approaches to the assessment and management of clients with communication and swallowing problems
  • Understand how to take a holistic approach to your clients’ needs
  • Gain real-world experience by undertaking clinical placements within a range of settings
  • Prepare for a career in a challenging and varied field – from working with autistic children and people who stammer to adults who have lost their speech following a stroke.

Accreditation

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the UK-wide regulatory body for healthcare professions.

On successfully completing the MSc Speech and Language Therapy you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and practise as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and other settings.

Placements

The MSc Speech and Language Therapy course provides you with many opportunities for clinical practice, including attendance at health centres, schools, departmental clinics, special educational settings and hospitals throughout the London area.

Academic facilities

As an MSc student, you will have access to specialist labs and equipment, such as ultrasound and laryngographs to help you understand speech production and audiological equipment when learning about hearing and deafness.

The Roberta Williams Speech and Language Therapy Centre, opened in January 2016, is our specialist speech and language therapy clinic. The Centre contains state-of-the-art equipment to enable staff within the Division of Language and Communication Science to deliver cutting-edge research and services to patients.

Moodle is an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment which provides you with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach, combining face-to-face teaching with online activity.

Teaching and learning

City's MSc Speech & Language Therapy has an excellent reputation and is based within the largest, teaching, research and clinical division in the UK for language and communication science.

You will learn with expert staff who are leaders in the field of speech and language therapy. The innovative and research-informed curriculum is supported by a busy in-house speech and language therapy clinic led by specialist staff. It is considered to be one of the leading educational environments in the world.

We also have close links with speech and language therapy services throughout London, with many practitioners from these services acting as clinical tutors on our courses.

The MSc in Speech & Language Therapy is a very intensive programme which requires full-time study by attending lectures, small-group problem-solving sessions, practical classes and tutorials. You will also have access to the most up-to-date equipment in the Speech Acoustics Laboratory and innovative online learning materials.

During your clinical placements, you will benefit from the supervision of a qualified therapist.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a diverse range of assignments and examinations. Your clinical progress will also be monitored by supervising clinicians.

Modules

During the MSc Speech and Language Therapy course you will learn about the foundations of speech and language, about how children learn to talk and about disorders that affect communication.

A number of subjects equip you for the analysis of speech, language and hearing difficulties, such as phonetics, linguistics and audiology. You will also develop research skills and the ability to apply evidence based practice. You will undertake weekly and block clinical placements in both years of the course.

Modules

  • Articulatory Phonetics, Phonology and Speech Development
  • Bio-medical Sciences
  • Life Span Psychology and Research Methods
  • Speech Disorders, Dysfluency and Augmentative and Alternative
  • Dysphagia, Voice, Motor Speech Disorders, Dementia
  • Language Sciences: Linguistics and Language Development
  • Professional Studies A
  • Evidence Based Practice and Data Analysis
  • Acoustic Phonetics, Audiology and Deafness
  • Acquired and Developmental Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Child Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate
  • Professional Studies B
  • Research Project

When you have successfully completed 13 modules totalling 240 credits you will qualify for an MSc Speech and Language Therapy.

Career prospects

On successfully completing the MSc Speech & Language Therapy, you will be able to join a profession that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

On successfully completing the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise your profession within the NHS or in a range of other settings, including schools, hospitals, community clinics and charities.

A career in speech and language therapy offers opportunities to work with clients of all ages in settings such as:

  • Health centres.
  • Hospitals.
  • Schools.
  • Charities.
  • Universities.

Increasingly, many graduates also work in the private sector as independent speech and language therapists.



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This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying theories and their practical application in fire investigation. Read more

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying theories and their practical application in fire investigation. You will also experience extensive practical experience of the major techniques, methodologies and approaches used in fire investigation. In addition you will develop your skills in critical thinking using a range of academic paradigms by undertaking an extensive research project in the field of fire investigation.

  • The delivery of the course involves a partnership between The West Midlands Fire Service, one of the leading centres of Fire Investigation in the UK and the University. Both partners have an established track record in delivering training and education with a vocational aspect in this area.
  • The Fire Investigation facility situated at the Oldbury Fire Investigation centre will allow the student a unique hands-on practical experience that is not offered by any other MSc course in the Midlands region.
  • This course provides opportunities for experienced fire investigators and forensic scene investigators to fast-track to an MSc degree.

Postgraduate Bursaries:

  1. If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary

What happens on the course?

Fire Science and Building Construction

This module will introduce you to the basic science that underpins the investigation of fire scenes. You will be introduced to the chemistry of combustion, including consideration of the effects of ventilation, physical properties of combustible materials and ignition sources. You will look at the ontogeny and progression of combustion events, but also the legal and health and safety aspects underpinning fire science.

Evidence Gathering at Fire Scenes

This module will cover all aspects of the practical steps needed to identify and gather evidence at Fire Scenes. Integral to this module will be an appreciation of issues of continuity and integrity and an awareness of the differences between criminal and other investigations of scenes of fire.

Fire Scene Investigation Practical

You will gain direct practical experience of undertaking a fire scene investigation at the Oldbury facility of the West Midlands Fire Service. This module will expose you to a simulated fire scene, where you will have to carry out the full investigation of documenting and recording the scene, followed by evidence identification and recovery.

Interpretation of Fire Scenes

This module will allow you to utilise the various evidence strands that are present in fire scenes to work out the cause, origin and spread of fires. You will then discuss the effects of fire and products of combustion on the human body, including human behaviour.

Managing Fire Scene Investigations and Report Writing

This module will provide an in-depth analysis of the considerations surrounding the management of the investigations of fire scenes. There will be an overview of personnel involved, their roles and contribution to the investigation. The module will also describe the preparation of written and oral testimony for courts of law. Finally the presentation of the report in oral testimony will be reviewed.

Research Methods

provides you with the necessary skills to undertake a research project in this exciting area. The module will include a project specific literature review, experimental design and project planning, an oral presentation and an introduction to statistics in investigating experimental questions.

Research Project

The research project in Fire Investigation is an integral part of the course and is intended to develop research skills in persons undertaking careers in forensic mark comparison. As well as applying the scientific approach to research coupled with statistical validation of results from the research methods module, genuine case-based research will be undertaken at the University, in one of the course partners or at a number of alternative providers.

Why Wolverhampton?

a) The delivery of the course would involve a partnership between one of the leading centres of fire investigation in the UK and the University. Both partners have an established track record in delivering training and education with a vocational aspect in this area.

b) The Oldbury Fire Investigation facility will allow the student a unique hands-on practical experience that is not offered by any other MSc course in the Midlands region.

c) There are opportunities for experienced fire investigators and forensic scene investigators to fast-track to the MSc.

Career path

Unfortunately, fires are always going to happen. There will always be a need to investigate these as the consequences of fires are extensive damage to persons and property. The applied nature of this course means that a number of career paths are available to you. These include:

  • Crime scene investigators.
  • Fire Investigators working for Fire Services.
  • Independent Fire Investigators working for a range of insurance companies.
  • The MSc also provides suitable preparation for further research/professional study at Doctoral level leading to a PhD or Professional doctorate (DBMS).

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will demonstrate:

  1. a systematic understanding of the underpinning science, technology and legal issues that informs fire investigation;
  2. a comprehensive understanding of the investigative techniques and the current tools used in fire investigation;
  3. the ability to critically evaluate current research and methodologies in fire investigation;
  4. originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in fire investigation.


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This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a fast-track but thorough grounding in practical journalistic skills, a strong working knowledge of the media industry and the principal contemporary theories of media and culture, and an ability to develop professional writing skills across journalistic genres. Read more
This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a fast-track but thorough grounding in practical journalistic skills, a strong working knowledge of the media industry and the principal contemporary theories of media and culture, and an ability to develop professional writing skills across journalistic genres. Beyond the core skills delivered in the fast-track module, subsequent modules combine professional skills with a more conceptual understanding of how to interpret and communicate ideas in professional media work.

The programme equips you with skills relevant to a wide range of professional contexts, and accordingly covers diverse aspects such as web journalism and other online media production, public relations, professional communications, and other skills relevant to the creative industries. You are strongly encouraged to develop your own areas of interest as well as to identify emerging areas of demand in the industry.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Enables you to attain a high standard of journalistic practice.
Graduates in other fields can achieve professional standards of practice and understanding of the journalism industry.
We offer a range of resources and student support.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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