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Information systems (IS) today are large, complex, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of people who use a variety of devices to access information. Read more
Information systems (IS) today are large, complex, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of people who use a variety of devices to access information. Specialists who recognise diverse business needs, and have a systematic approach to understanding the impact of technology on organisations, are essential to the success of any IS/IT strategy. Equal in importance to the architectures of systems and the supporting technologies, is the management and delivery of content, whether in the form of data, documents, images and sound.

Increasingly, the fundamental systems comprise digital architectures and networks which then embody and enable the distribution of digital content. Developed information systems are in reality socio-technical systems incorporating people, technologies and content. The information systems specialist becomes a more broadly based information professional as they extend their range and scope of operations towards the end users and their environments. Providing services to users and people at large and ensuring information resources deliver value is equally a part of the wider world of information systems.

Course detail

This course builds on typical undergraduate computing courses studied at level 4 and 5 or equivalent ( such as HND) by offering a level 6 entry route 'integrated' to a level 7 Masters course.

The two year combination provides a route to develop new knowledge and skills in areas critical to the introduction and success of modern information systems for enterprises. The course also provides a route for people with other backgrounds and experience to engage with the world of information systems. It helps you gain a full understanding of how information systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology and its integration into an organisation. It will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a business-consulting environment, and provide a solid basis for research.

To qualify for the award of MSc Information Systems (Integrated), candidates on the integrated pathway must study five level 6 modules consisting of 20 credits each and two 10 credits each, and six level 7 modules consisting of 20 credits and a 60 credits dissertation module.

Modules

Year One (Level 6)
• Strategies and Systems or Advanced Business Systems
• Development Methodologies
• Computer Security
• Advanced Databases
• Project Preparation
• Project
• IT Industry
Year Two (Level 7)
• Project Management
• Consultancy and Technological Innovation
• Enterprise Architecture
• Knowledge Management
• Learning and Professional Development
• Employability Skills and Employment
• HCI for Information Systems (optional)
• Mobile Applications Development ( optional)
• Data Architectures ( optional)
• UML Component Modelling(optional)
• Security Management ( optional)
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Note: students select one option from the list offered

Format

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work to provide a basis for the intensive individual study you need to undertake to maximize your investment of time and potential outcomes from taking the course.

Assessment

Course assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Career and study progression

The course aims to provide routes into a number of careers:
- information officers
- librarians, information service staff
- content and intelligence gatherers
- analysts
- researchers
- editors
- searchers and intermediaries
- advice and assistance workers
- data managers
- management information systems staff
- multimedia content workers
- mapping specialists and cartographers
- marketing research
- public relations and communication staff.

Outstanding graduates have gone on to further 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: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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The course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied entomology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, their ecology and conservation and on the other the control of harmful species worldwide. Read more
The course is intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of basic and applied entomology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, their ecology and conservation and on the other the control of harmful species worldwide. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and long-standing collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

The course

Harper Adams is the UK’s only provider of postgraduate courses in entomology and related areas. There is currently a shortage of expertise in this important topic, which is a key element in the effort to ensure global food security and the understanding of biodiversity. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare for an interesting and fulfilling career in an area with considerable opportunities.

Insects and allied invertebrates comprise approximately 78 per cent of the world’s macro-biodiversity, whereas vertebrates, even using the most generous estimates, make up less than three per cent. Insects and their relatives play an important role in all of our ecosystems. They range from beneficial insects such as pollinators and natural control agents to essential parts of the decomposition cycle such as dung and carrion insects. Many are also important pests of agriculture, horticulture and forestry, in addition to those that cause human health problems.

Many insects are also rare and endangered and need to be managed for conservation. Other insects are used as model organisms for evolutionary and genetic studies.

The aim of the course is to provide students with specialized training in entomology and conservation.

The course will:
■ prepare students for a career in entomology and/or conservation
■ offer vocational training in the area of applied entomology or insect conservation
■ prepare students for PhD studies

The course is intended to provide a detailed understanding of basic and applied entomology and the issues associated with, on the one hand, their ecology and conservation and, on the other, the control of harmful species worldwide. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and longstanding collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum lower second class) or a good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years. In addition, the suitability of candidates for particular programmes may be assessed by interview, considering reports from referees and by evaluating previous experience.

How will it benefit me?

Having completed the taught part of MSc you will be able to identify insects to at least family level, determine their key characteristics, and critically evaluate the role of insects in managed and natural ecosystems. You will also learn to assess and exploit technology to solve insect-related problems.

The course will focus on producing integrated management solutions that pay due regard to agronomic, social and environmental requirements. Students also learn how to disseminate issues and ideas relating to insect control and conservation to a range of audiences using various methods of communication.

The research project for the MSc will allow you to test hypotheses relevant to pure and applied entomological research by designing, carrying out, analysing and interpreting experiments or surveys. You will also learn to evaluate and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions from existing entomological studies.

The MSc covers a broad range of topics in entomology and conservation and all students receive training in fundamental skills which will enable them to enter an entomological work environment or a research career in ecological entomology or insect conservation. There is, however, considerable flexibility, enabling each student to focus on specialist subjects consistent with their interests and future career intentions.

Careers

Students holding an MSc in Entomology have gone on to work for research institutes such as Rothamsted Research, FERA (the Food and Environment Research Agency), the James Hutton Institute, commercial biological control companies, the agrochemical industry and as agronomists and ecological consultants.

They have also gained employment with conservation bodies such as Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage or overseas. A number of graduates have worked as forensic entomologists. Typically 70 per cent of Entomology MSc graduates will go into research careers or onto PhD courses.

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The Veterinary Pharmacy courses at Harper Adams University College are run in conjunction with the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme (VPEP) which is endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Read more
The Veterinary Pharmacy courses at Harper Adams University College are run in conjunction with the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme (VPEP) which is endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). It is managed by Harper Adams and some of the delivery is undertaken by staff from VPEP.

This qualification is primarily intended for pharmacists involved or wishing to develop an involvement in the animal health industry and in the supply and use of animal medicinal products.

The course

The Veterinary Pharmacy courses at Harper Adams University College are run in conjunction with the Veterinary Pharmacy Education Programme (VPEP) which is endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). It is managed by Harper Adams and some of the delivery is undertaken by staff from VPEP.

This qualification is primarily intended for pharmacists involved or wishing to develop an involvement in the animal health industry and in the supply and use of animal medicinal products.

Pharmacy technicians or other pharmacy staff may study the taught modules at a lower academic level which would incorporate appropriate SQP qualifications and lead to a University College Diploma.

The full programme would typically be delivered on a part-time basis and studied over three academic years, with students completing the ‘taught’ modules to achieve a PgD or UCD within the first two years and those continuing to MSc completing the Masters Dissertation within an individually negotiated timescale over a one to two year period.

How will it benefit me?

Completion of this award will be representative of an individual’s commitment and on-going industrial Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as required by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Successful candidates will gain accreditation from a leading academic provider in the sector but also an award which has the potential to add gravitas and improve the perceived status of those who undertake it, while providing them the opportunity to further develop their higher level discipline specific skills.

Entry requirements

The programmes are offered at different levels of study, therefore for each award there is a different entry requirement:

UCDip (level 5)

Candidates should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent. These should normally include English, Mathematics and a Science or their equivalent. Candidates should also be able to provide evidence of a sufficient standard of core educational skills to benefit from, and succeed in higher education and substantial industrial and professional experience and responsibility or an NVQ at level FE2,3 or 4 as appropriate.

For candidates with no higher education qualifications, such experience should normally be of 5 years or more.

PgC / PgD / MSc

For admission to the University College PgC/PgD/MSc Veterinary Pharmacy candidates would be expected to have obtained a minimum of an upper second class degree in Pharmacy or a related animal science subject.

Applications may also be considered from candidates with a lower second class honours degree, Foundation Degree or good HND (together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years) or a Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate or equivalent. For all applicants, evidence of previous qualifications is required. However, all are judged on their individual merits. Non-graduates with significant work experience are also invited to apply. Where a candidate's honours degree (or equivalent) was not assessed in English, their English language skill will, typically, be evaluated by interview and/or via an approved English Language test.

Further information and applications

For course structure information select the 'Course structure' tab, or download our Course Information PDF.

Due to this being a part time course only, Harper Adams are unable to accept International Students who will require a Tier 4 Visa. If you require more information on this please visit the UK Borders Agency website.

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Your programme of study. If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are about to start teaching in a College in Scotland you may need a teaching qualification alongside your specialist degree and experience in order to teach at further education level. The qualification is intended to improve your teaching experience in the class room whether you are teaching post school students or adult education in colleges. The TQFE is approved by the Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland. You are taught three courses at level 9 if you are coming from degree or 11 if you are coming from a master''s degree. You study flexibly on site whilst you teach. The online route allows for a small number of participants from different colleges to work together.

There is also a route into this qualification for you if you have a HND or HNC to study the qualification. The programme allows you to critically assess your teaching and evaluation methods and to reflect and ensure peer review in your teaching and research to enhance your practice. The programme is available to you wherever you teach in Scotland from the Western Isles, to Shetland down to Jedburgh and Dumfries. It is an idea course if you work freelance or in contract positions across Scotland within your area of expertise to secure work quickly and it is an important qualification to acquire in a new teaching role within FE.

Positions can be anything from Full time teacher or lecturer up to HE level within colleges, part time associate teacher or lecturer, freelance and cover support teaching to adult education and community education. This qualification is an important asset to your employability within the profession.

Courses listed for the programme

Developing Professional Practice in Further Education

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/943/teaching-qualification-in-further-education/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is offered to allow you to work flexibly around your teaching and other commitments
  • The programme is accredited by both the Scottish Government and The General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • The qualification is helpful when looking for teaching work either part time, freelance or full time in colleges.

Where you study

  • Blended Learning - mostly at a college
  • 12 Months
  • Part Time
  • September start 

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/



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Developed with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the MSc Construction Management at GCU is accredited by four professional bodies and focuses on developing sustainable construction methods and innovative management practices. Read more
Developed with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the MSc Construction Management at GCU is accredited by four professional bodies and focuses on developing sustainable construction methods and innovative management practices.

This course has several different available start dates and study options - please view the relevant web-page for more information:
SEPTEMBER 2017 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00729-1DLA-1718/Construction_Management_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00792-1PTAB-1617/Construction_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00729-1DLAB-1718/Construction_Management_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00944-1FTAB-1718/Construction_Management_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00792-1PTAB-1718/Construction_Management_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme performance

The MSc Construction Management programme began in 1994 and has been successfully delivered to many students who are now in senior positions working in Construction firms around the world. The School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian is the largest of its kind in Scotland and regularly produces more construction and surveying graduates than any other university in the UK. It is ranked in the top 20 UK universities for research in the Architecture and the Built Environment subject area and is highly regarded in Scotland for its innovative teaching and learning methods. It has extensive links with the construction industry which it supports through consultancy, knowledge exchange and a flow of highly employable graduates.

Programme description

Developed with the support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the programme is accredited by four distinct professional bodies and is designed to meet the increasing demand for innovative and far-sighted construction managers. It offers a choice of modules covering the wide variety of skills that modern construction professionals need.

Demand for highly skilled, innovative construction managers is constantly increasing. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace traditional procurement routes and management methods.

The programme offers a wide choice of modules which cover the skills that modern construction professionals need in order to meet the challenges of the industry. The programme allows you the scope to develop a bespoke skill set by selecting from the range of elective modules. It provides recent graduates and experienced professionals with an outstanding opportunity to upgrade their skills in order to enhance their career choices.

Why Choose This Programme?

The UK construction industry is the single biggest industry sector in the economy, contributing almost 10 of Gross Domestic Product and employing one in ten of the working population. Demand for highly skilled, innovative and far-sighted Construction Managers is constantly increasing. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace 'traditional' procurement routes and management methods. The sector is dynamic and increasingly committed to innovative practices and the development of a culture of professionalism. Recent government policy is geared to actively promoting the attractions of the industry to women and ethnic minorities, who have until now been under-represented in the industry. Careers in the industry are varied, challenging and invariably well-paid. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is at the leading-edge of providing professional training for people wishing to take up key positions in the development and management of construction and the built environment.

Career Opportunities

The MSc Construction Management programme began in 1994 and successful graduates are now in senior positions working for global contractors and consultants. The programme is particularly suited to those who are currently employed in the construction industry and may only possess an HNC or HND but have substantial construction industry experience.

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The University of South Wales Civil & Structural Engineering MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time pathways. Read more

The University of South Wales Civil & Structural Engineering MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time pathways.

Students complete a sequence of optional and compulsory modules, plus a final dissertation, before graduating with the 180 credit Master of Science degree.

This degree is your opportunity to establish or consolidate your career as a civil or structural design engineer. The course is accredited for the Further Learning Programme (formerly ‘Matching Sections’) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

There is also an opportunity for working professionals to progress towards CEng status through a tailor-made route. This will help you accelerate to the remaining steps of CEng status by working with your employer in the process. This is a unique feature of a Masters course and significantly reduces the period required to achieve Chartered status.

To provide the latest specialist knowledge and technical competence, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. As well as developing your analytical and problem-solving skills, tuition covers project planning and contract management. The course is also underpinned by research into areas such as the use of novel and sustainable environmentally-friendly materials, geotechnics and structural modelling.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/577-msc-civil-and-structural-engineering

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

- Advanced Civil Engineering Materials

- Integrative Project Planning and Management

- Geo-environmental Engineering

- Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design

- Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design

- Dissertation

Optional modules include:

- Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes*

- Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes*

- Further Finite Element Analysis*

- Non-Destructive Testing*

*10 credit module

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year – February and September. You will learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as guest lectures and seminars with prominent industry experts. You will complete a research project using our excellent laboratory facilities and a dissertation on a chosen topic of interest.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

On completion of this course, you will be able to develop a career as a structural engineer, technical manager, or research and development manager. These roles can be with leading international consultancies, contractors, national and local consulting companies, as well as international research and government organisations.

Assessment methods

Some modules are assessed through coursework, others by a combination of design projects and a formal examination. If you want to continue working in industry, you can apply to study individual modules as short courses on a day-release or block-delivery basis.

Facilities

The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities, including significant investment in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science. The University has also announced a further investment of £28m ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard, we continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Civil and Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.

Accreditations

The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree*. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

* It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Applications

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.  

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Civil & Structural Engineering MSc at The University of South Wales.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Funding from FindAMasters:

Fees

Full Time (UK / EU): £6,000

Full Time (international): £12,600

Part Time (UK /EU): £670 per 20 credit 



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*subject to validation. The course. Read more
*subject to validation

The course

The course is designed to equip practitioners with the higher level skills and knowledge to apply recent developments in nutritional science, technology and legislation to support sustainable expansion and intensification of ruminant production systems and meet consumer demands for ruminant products both within the UK and globally. It is primarily aimed at UK graduates, veterinary surgeons and specialists within the animal feeds industry, but may also be of interest to overseas applicants.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be expected to have obtained a 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate agricultural, veterinary or scientific subject. Alternatively, candidates with a good UK-based HND or foundation degree in an appropriate agricultural or scientific subject, together with related industrial or professional experience of at least two years will be considered. For all candidates evidence of qualifications and experience will be required.

How will it benefit me?

Globally the demand for animal products is expected to increase by 85% by 2050 and this increase in demand can only be satisfied by increases in production efficiency and sustainable intensification of ruminant production systems. Within the UK, ruminant production systems are under increasing pressure to maintain profitability and improve product quality, whilst maintaining animal welfare and reducing any detrimental effects on the environment. As animal feed represents over 80% of the variable costs associated with production, an understanding of the science and technology associated with digestion, metabolism, growth and lactation will be essential in order to increase the efficiency and maintain the profitability of ruminant production systems in the future. These awards will provide a recognised higher education qualification for graduates intending intending to work in the ruminant sector, and contribute towards the continued professional development of veterinary surgeons and specialists already in full time employment.

Careers

There are many career opportunities for those with a post-graduate qualification in ruminant nutrition including teaching and research positions at academic institutions and advisory work as subject specialists in the animal production or animal feed industries.

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This a two-year, part-time programme. It’s intended for human resource professionals or line managers with people management or devolved HR responsibilities as part of their role. Read more

Why this course?

This a two-year, part-time programme. It’s intended for human resource professionals or line managers with people management or devolved HR responsibilities as part of their role.

Mixing theory and practice, this programme offers you the opportunity for in-depth study of organisations and the management of work. It allows you to work towards a professional level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
The Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD Approved Centre. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/humanresourcemanagement-part-time/

You’ll study

The aim of this course is to develop an advanced level of knowledge and understanding related to the human resource management function in organisations.
Business Skills Development sessions take place over both years of the course.

- Management Research Report
The Diploma stage is completed by the submission of a 7,000-word management research report. This is usually based on a human resources issue within your place of employment. This is supported by a number of Research Methods Workshops throughout Year 2. The report is due for submission in June/July of Year 2.

- Year 3 MSc (post-diploma)
If you reach an appropriate standard you can choose to progress to the MSc. This requires a 15,000-word dissertation on an approved topic along with participation in a series of workshops on research methods.

Accreditation

The Postgraduate Diploma stage of this programme is accredited as meeting the knowledge requirements for Professional Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Associate, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Additional PGDip requirements

Applicants who hold a CIPD Intermediate level qualification or HND in a relevant subject may also be considered. Applicants must also have relevant experience in human resource management or in a people management role.

Alternative routes to entry may be available for candidates who hold a CIPD Foundation level qualification, or HNC in a relevant subject area, and have significant work experience in human resources or in a people management role.

Learning & teaching

There'll be a series of taught modules, seminars, guest lectures given by distinguished HR professionals, and a business skills development programme.

Assessment

The course modules are assessed by various methods which include essays, individual and group projects and final exams. The exams are generally held in January and April/May. The pattern and weighting of assessment methods varies between modules.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Record

You’ll keep a CPD Record that describes all your important learning activities and experiences during the course. Submission of a satisfactory CPD Record is a requirement for completion of the course.

Careers

- How much will I earn?
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the average salary for a graduate-level human resources (HR) officer is £24,375. HR officers with some experience can expect to earn in the region of £30,000+.*

- Where are they now?
Many our graduates are in work or further study in the area of HR.**

*information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Developed with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the MSc Construction Management at GCU is accredited by four professional bodies and focuses on developing sustainable construction methods and innovative management practices. Read more
Developed with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the MSc Construction Management at GCU is accredited by four professional bodies and focuses on developing sustainable construction methods and innovative management practices.

Programme performance

The MSc Construction Management programme began in 1994 and has been successfully delivered to many students who are now in senior positions working in Construction firms around the world. The School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian is the largest of its kind in Scotland and regularly produces more construction and surveying graduates than any other university in the UK. It is ranked in the top 20 UK universities for research in the Architecture and the Built Environment subject area and is highly regarded in Scotland for its innovative teaching and learning methods. It has extensive links with the construction industry which it supports through consultancy, knowledge exchange and a flow of highly employable graduates.

Programme description

Developed with the support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the programme is accredited by four distinct professional bodies and is designed to meet the increasing demand for innovative and far-sighted construction managers. It offers a choice of modules covering the wide variety of skills that modern construction professionals need.

Demand for highly skilled, innovative construction managers is constantly increasing. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace traditional procurement routes and management methods.

The programme offers a wide choice of modules which cover the skills that modern construction professionals need in order to meet the challenges of the industry. The programme allows you the scope to develop a bespoke skill set by selecting from the range of elective modules. It provides recent graduates and experienced professionals with an outstanding opportunity to upgrade their skills in order to enhance their career choices.

Why Choose This Programme?

The UK construction industry is the single biggest industry sector in the economy, contributing almost 10 of Gross Domestic Product and employing one in ten of the working population. Demand for highly skilled, innovative and far-sighted Construction Managers is constantly increasing. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace 'traditional' procurement routes and management methods. The sector is dynamic and increasingly committed to innovative practices and the development of a culture of professionalism. Recent government policy is geared to actively promoting the attractions of the industry to women and ethnic minorities, who have until now been under-represented in the industry. Careers in the industry are varied, challenging and invariably well-paid. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is at the leading-edge of providing professional training for people wishing to take up key positions in the development and management of construction and the built environment.

Career Opportunities

The MSc Construction Management programme began in 1994 and successful graduates are now in senior positions working for global contractors and consultants. The programme is particularly suited to those who are currently employed in the construction industry and may only possess an HNC or HND but have substantial construction industry experience.

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The MA Consultative Supervision has been running since 2000 and has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development. Read more
The MA Consultative Supervision has been running since 2000 and has an excellent reputation as a comprehensive training package for continuing professional development. It is aimed at members of the helping professions who provide non-managerial supervision for practitioners in relation to their professional practice. This includes health care professionals, counsellors, therapists, psychologists, social workers and other similar roles.

The MA is a two-year course, made up of one year’s training on the Postgraduate Diploma Consultative Supervision plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage. The PG Diploma stage covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of consultative supervision; on the Masters research and dissertation stage you will learn about research methods for studying Consultative Supervision, and will undertake a research project of your choice.

See the website - http://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/ma-consultative-supervision/

What you will study

Following successful completion of the PG Diploma Consultative Supervision, students can proceed to the final Masters stage where you’ll have the opportunity to research and write a 20,000 word dissertation on a topic relating to consultative supervision.

Dissertation – You will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about consultative supervision. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support.

Teaching

The Masters research and dissertation stage consists of six days teaching plus nine hours of project supervision.

Assessment

Masters research and dissertation stage: Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (20,000 words).

Application tips

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Careers

Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of supervision, which is likely to include specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation as a professional supervisor.

There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service (http://careers.southwales.ac.uk/) throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. Read more
In today’s global, fast-moving business environment it is often people that determine organisational success. Human Resources Management (HRM) is a strategic, business-focused approach to managing people. HR specialists help organisations achieve success by providing knowledge, expertise and insight into a wide range of HRM activities from talent resourcing and selection, performance management, learning and development, change management and employee engagement. HR can be an exciting, rewarding and challenging career that can take you anywhere in the world.

If you are seeking roles within HR, you may find that employers require a qualification that leads to membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This programme is accredited by the CIPD and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of HR professionals wishing to further their career and progress into senior roles.

If you have some experience within the working environment and want to develop your HRM knowledge or have completed an HRM (or related) degree, find out more about the opportunities on offer through the PG Diploma in Human Resource Management.

CIPD Membership

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the professional body for HR and people development which aims to champion better work and better working lives. As a HRM student you will become part of this professional body and on completion of the programme will be able to upgrade your status to a chartered member of the CIPD

All students are required to enrol as CIPD student members and to remain in membership throughout the duration of the programme.

Subscription fee is payable direct to CIPD and excluded from the course fee. For more information on the fees please refer to the CIPD Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/

Students will be encouraged to join, support and participate in local CIPD branch activities. These are the Northampton and Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire groups. Although you will, officially, be a member of only one CIPD group, you are welcome to attend any of the group meetings some of which will be delivered by Northants branch as part of the programme.

For more information on the local branch see the Northampton (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/midlands-area-partnership/northamptonshire/default.aspx) or Milton Keynes/Bedfordshire (http://www.cipd.co.uk/local/bedfordshire-milton-keynes/) websites.

Course content

The aim of this course is to develop you as an HR professional. You will be introduced to specialised knowledge and research evidence giving you an in depth understanding of successful people management in organisations. Perhaps more importantly, you will practice the tools and techniques of strategic and operational HRM giving you practical, insight-driven experience which will help further your career.

The modules on this course are designed to provide you with expert knowledge of distinct HR subject areas together with exposure to contemporary debates, policies and practices, keeping you at the forefront of developments in your field.

You will develop an understanding of HRM within a range of organisational contexts, and you will be equipped with the analytical and diagnostic skills required of HR professionals.

In addition to the modules making up this course you will attend a two day off-site residential at the end of the taught programme focusing specifically on skills development activities. Attendance at the residential is a course requirement and the cost is included in the course fees.

Methods of Learning

The learning and teaching style on this course is designed to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development within a caring environment facilitated by high quality academic support from tutors. You will be introduced to much of the core course content through activities that can be undertaken in your own time, off campus. These will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – a web-based portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, on-line discussions, reading and reflection. During on-campus sessions, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.

The course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning which include business projects, reflective activities, group work presentation and examinations.

This course usually has a diverse student group and this diversity provides a rich basis for sharing of different experiences and thinking on organisational and people issues. Peer networking and action learning sets will be facilitated and encouraged to maximise the learning to be gained from different student experiences.

The course is only offered part-time. In Year 1 students will take two modules in Semester 1 and one module in Semester 2. In Year 2 students will take two modules in Semester 1 and two short modules in Semester 2.

Each module will require you to attend a three hour workshop per week. Class sessions would normally be on one day per week (pm).

To maximise chances of success on this course, we recommend students spend approximately 12 hours a week per module in self-directed study time to prepare for the sessions and complete assignments.

Schedule

Year One
Semester 1
HRM in Context – You will explore HRM in a business context to develop your understanding of the increasingly complex environments HR must work within both inside and external to organisations. This module allows learners to develop analysis skills to facilitate informed choices on which strategies may be most and least appropriate.

Investigating a Business Issue – You will diagnose and investigate a live business issue from a HR perspective, locate the issue within the body of contemporary knowledge, collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change and enhancement of current practice.

Semester 2
Leading Managing and Developing People – You will analyse key factors in leading, managing and developing people for organisational success. Every organisation is made up of individuals whose behaviour, individually or collectively will impact on its ability to succeed. Organisational performance can be enhanced and competitive advantage increased through the strategic management, leadership and development of people. This module enables you to gain an in-depth knowledge of HRM and HRD and to explore major themes from the growing literature and research in this subject area.

At the end of your first year of studies, once teaching is over, there will be a two-day skills development workshop that will explore the skills required to be an effective HR leader. This is a great chance to consolidate your learning from Year 1 in a relaxed and informal setting with your classmates and tutors. The workshop is an essential and required part of the course.

Year Two
Semester 1
Resourcing and Talent Management – You will evaluate strategies for resourcing and managing talent within the organisation. There is a focus on activities concerned with resourcing the organisation; the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, and also on the strategic aspects of planning an organisation’s long and short term human resource requirements. This requires analysis of external labour markets and considerations of flexibility, as well as consideration of how internal labour markets may be made more productive and effective.

Performance Management – You will investigate the management of employee performance within the organisation, exploring the evidence that people are a major source of competitive advantage and the challenge of how best to develop and manage people to maximize their performance. You will assess the major systems for enhancing the performance of employees at all levels and advise organisations on the most appropriate methods for managing performance.

Semester 2
Learning and Talent Development – You will develop a critical understanding of the role and influence of a range of contextual factors associated with the design, delivery and evaluation of learning and development in a variety of organisational contexts. You will also explore and evaluate the contribution of learning and talent development strategies and practices in meeting the aspirations, ambitions and objectives of the organization and the individual. This is a seven week module.

Employment Relations – You will develop and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of Employment Relations from a number of different perspectives. The holistic significance of employment relations within an organisation is emphasised together with the importance of aligning HR policies with business strategy, change processes, employee voice and involvement practices. Good employee relations are important for an organisation’s success in the achievement of its business objectives and for gaining employee commitment to those objectives. Increasing legislation in this area has also brought pressure to develop appropriate managerial strategies to ensure employee commitment to organisational success. This is a seven week module.

At the end of teaching you will undertake a two day residential course that will explore how to put all the skills from the course into developing good HR practices.

Assessments

Assessment will be undertaken by a range of methods including written assignments, business reports, projects, reflective activities, group work, presentations and examinations.

Facilities and Special Features

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional body supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations. The PG Diploma HRM reflects and incorporates CIPD knowledge and competence requirements. Completing the PG Diploma HRM will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required for Chartered CIPD membership. If you have the relevant experience you can then apply for full membership based on your workplace activities and behaviours through the CIPD.

On successful completion of the PG Diploma in HRM, students are eligible to continue their studies on the MA HRM (top-up).

Careers

The PG Diploma HRM opens the way for a career in HRM/HRD. The programme provides opportunities for individuals to develop enhanced, specialist, higher level knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities and equips students with enhanced career pathways in the HRM/HRD field within different organisational contexts.

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Coaching and mentoring is now viewed as an essential part of a leader or manager's toolkit. Read more
Coaching and mentoring is now viewed as an essential part of a leader or manager's toolkit. Organisations increasingly need to improve and change, developing independent, questioning employees who seek feedback and growth and leaders need to be equipped with the skills to meet their team's development needs, while encouraging self-reliance and creative problem solving.

Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Coaching and Mentoring) is designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in this area, by giving you a critical understanding of some of the contemporary theory, practice and research in this field and then challenging you to demonstrate originality in the way you lead and manage your teams and organisations.

It will be of significant value to you, whether you are already working in a leadership or management position, or seeking to take your career along that path.

Key benefits

Learning from the Coaching and Mentoring UWE module can be accredited towards the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring or the Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. You will be required to undertake further assessment to gain the ILM qualification.

Course detail

The course has a strong practical bias, so the coaching and mentoring theories are taught in relation to the experiences of the participants on the programme. We use students' own case studies to enrich the classroom experience and encourage debate as well as drawing on the experiences of our tutors, who are all accomplished practitioners themselves.

You will develop the transferable skills that are vital to be a successful leader or manager today from creative problem solving, to understanding interpersonal dynamics at work, to leading with a strong sense of social responsibility. You will also develop valuable self-reflection skills that you can take with you, as you develop and progress as a successful leadership practitioner.

Modules

• Leading and Managing People
• Personal Mastery in Leadership
• Coaching and Mentoring
• Group Facilitation

Format

We use a range of different teaching styles and activities to maximise the impact of the learning on this course, including experiential activities, group exercises, tutor-led and student-led discussions, and reflective exercises.

You will have high levels of autonomy, and be encouraged to share your own experiences and ground your learning in the realities of the workplace.

We will challenge your existing perspectives, encourage creative thinking, and develop self-reflection skills and much of the material will have direct relevance to your career and lifelong learning.

Assessment

A range of assessments are used across the modules. All aim to test your ability to link the theory to current practice, and link in to your personal and professional development needs. Each assessment includes a self-reflective element, with a mix of essays, portfolio development, case study analysis and mini-presentations. You will have around six weeks to complete your assessments after the end of each module.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you may have the option of progressing on to a Diploma or Masters in Leadership and Management.

The PGCert in Leadership and Management (Coaching and Mentoring) at Bristol Business School will give you the broad-based skills, confidence and insights you need to firmly position yourself as a highly effective business leader or manager.

The course is suited to those already working at this level, who wish to consolidate their learning and keep abreast of the latest thinking in leadership and management. It is also suitable for those looking to build a management level career.

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 –

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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As business environments become increasingly complex, strong leadership is ever more vital. Business leaders need to be equipped with a multi-faceted array of skills to be able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by today's uncertain business world. Read more
As business environments become increasingly complex, strong leadership is ever more vital. Business leaders need to be equipped with a multi-faceted array of skills to be able to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities presented by today's uncertain business world.

Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in this area, by giving you a critical understanding of some of the contemporary theory, practice and research in this field and then challenging you to demonstrate originality in the way you lead and manage your teams and organisations.

It will be of significant value to you, whether you are already working in a leadership or management position, or seeking to take your career along that path.

Course detail

The course has a strong practical bias, so the leadership and management theories are taught in relation to the experiences of the participants on the programme. We use students' own case studies to enrich the classroom experience and encourage debate as well as drawing on the experiences of our tutors, who are all accomplished practitioners themselves.

You will develop the transferable skills that are vital to be a successful leader or manager today from creative problem solving, to understanding interpersonal dynamics at work, to leading with a strong sense of social responsibility. You will also develop valuable self-reflection skills that you can take with you, as you develop and progress as a successful leadership practitioner.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

• Leading and Managing People
• Personal Mastery in Leadership
• Principles of Change Practice
• Human Resource Management in Organisations

Students will also complete one of the two following modules:

• Principles of Change Practice
• Leading Change

Format

We use a range of different teaching styles and activities to maximise the impact of the learning on this course, including experiential activities, group exercises, tutor-led and student-led discussions, and reflective exercises.

You will have high levels of autonomy, and be encouraged to share your own experiences and ground your learning in the realities of the workplace.

We will challenge your existing perspectives, encourage creative thinking, and develop self-reflection skills and much of the material will have direct relevance to your career and lifelong learning.

Assessment

A range of assessments are used across the modules. All aim to test your ability to link the theory to current practice, and link in to your personal and professional development needs. Each assessment includes a self-reflective element, with a mix of essays, portfolio development, case study analysis and mini-presentations. You will have around six weeks to complete your assessments after the end of each module.

Careers / Further study

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate, you may have the option of progressing onto a Diploma or Masters in Leadership and Management.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at Bristol Business School will give you the broad-based skills, confidence and insights you need to firmly position yourself as a highly effective business leader or manager.

The course is suited to those already working at this level, who wish to consolidate their learning and keep abreast of the latest thinking in leadership and management. It is also suitable for those looking to build a management level career.

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 –

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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Our accredited Management MSc programme will prepare you for a wide range of careers in management. Our International Management MSc is designed to develop your knowledge in global and multi-cultural management. Read more
Our accredited Management MSc programme will prepare you for a wide range of careers in management. Our International Management MSc is designed to develop your knowledge in global and multi-cultural management.

This specialism also includes an extended period of international study at one of our international partner institutions in Europe or the USA. You also have the option of enhancing your existing language skills by studying in French, German or Italian through our European partners.

Case studies, live client projects, company visits and the option of paid work experience help prepare you for management by putting the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice. You will learn about the major functions of management and their integration.

This course is part of our Management MSc programme. All students complete the same core modules covering the major functions of management until the end of term two, at which point you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules, the option of an additional semester to study abroad, a specialism in one of five areas or a continuation of a more generalist route with our Management MSc.

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this course progresses you towards Chartered Manager status – the highest level that can be achieved in the management profession. You will also be eligible for membership to the Institute of Directors.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

An innovative alternative to an MBA, this one-year, full-time course is designed for graduates of any subject with or without work experience. Case studies, live client projects, company visits and the option of paid work experience help prepare you for management by putting the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.

Teaching takes place over three terms, form late September to early June, with breaks after assessments in mid-December to early January and late March to mid-April.

Class attendance averages 14 to 18 hours a week, plus time for group work and independent study, with variations as you progress through the course. There are some special intensive workshops on topics such as leadership, management and research, and a one-week tutor-led international study visit to companies in another European country.

Your final project will take place over the summer after teaching finishes. Your optional work-experience based final project may continue for up to one-year past the end of teaching.

Syllabus

Core management modules will give you practical knowledge in each key management subject. From term 3 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The five specialisms currently offered are Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Innovation, Public Service Management and International Management.

Core Modules (Terms 1 and 2)

• International Management and Leadership
• Marketing Management in an International Context
• Managing Organisational Behaviour
• Management Strategy Environment
• International Management Integration (International Study Visit)
• Business Process and Information Systems
• International Strategy Management
• Accounting for Managers

Mandatory specialism module (Term 3)

• International Studies

Option modules (choice of one)

• Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning
• Managing Technological and Organisational Innovation
• Public Service Management
• Behavioural Economics
• Cross-Cultural Negotiations
• E-Business
• Retail Marketing
• Gamification for Business
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Completion of your final project takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. During the second autumn term, you will complete modules at your host institution and also have an international project report assessed by the University of Brighton. You submit your project in October or November and receive your MSc award in January.

International study visit

International management and leadership are at the heart of this course. You will work in small, multinational teams to develop international capabilities and build your global network.

Your tutor-led study visit to a European partner organisation will give you an international perspective to your study. Previous students have visited and heard from leaders at Xerox, Mercedes Benz, Carrefour and the European Parliament.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your project work. We also provide free language and support services throughout for international students.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

Specifically to this programme, your learning is also supported by a Dragons’ Den initiative, access to the Business School’s Entrepreneur in Residence, and our Entrepreneurial Network, http://www.beepurple.co.uk.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

This course will help you to work more effectively as a manager and pursue opportunities in training, recruitment and other areas of HR. It will also prove valuable if you are interested in pursuing work as a business negotiator, consultant, commercial interpreter, lecturer or researcher.

If you want to pursue a career in academia, the research skills training and experience you acquire on the course may be used to develop a proposal for a subsequent research degree or for published papers.

The school also has an industrial placements office that can offer you help in seeking work experience. Those who succeed in obtaining a work placement or internship may undertake a work placement report as the basis of their final project.

• Careers Service

As a student you will have access to our Careers Service, including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.
Careers counsellor

As the Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller helps you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that our courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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This course increases your knowledge and skills in pharmacology and biotechnology to increase your competitiveness in the job market or complete research at PhD level. Read more

This course increases your knowledge and skills in pharmacology and biotechnology to increase your competitiveness in the job market or complete research at PhD level. If you are already employed, this course can help you to further your career prospects.

The course is delivered by internationally recognised academics who are involved in biotechnology and pharmacology research. Research projects include studying the manipulation of proteins and their application to Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, ion channels and the development of novel drugs from natural products.

You learn in detail how drugs act at the molecular and cellular level and then how biotechnological techniques are used to produce new drugs. Examples include developing new and effective treatments for diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.

You also gain experience of the latest techniques used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce and study the effects of novel drugs.

The course gives you

  • up-to-date knowledge of cellular and molecular pathology of various human diseases
  • the basis of therapeutic rationales for treating diseases and their development
  • an advanced understanding of recombinant DNA technology and how it is used to produce drugs
  • experience of the latest practical techniques, such as cell culture, quantitative PCR analysis, cloning, western blotting, and analytical techniques such as HPLC and mass spectrometry
  • the transferable and research skills to enable you to continue developing your knowledge and improve your employment potential.

Course structure

The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits. 

The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

Core modules:

  • Cell biology (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Molecular biology (15 credits)
  • Biotechnology (15 credits)
  • Professional development (15 credits)
  • New approaches to pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
  • Research project (60 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Applied biomedical techniques (15 credits)
  • Cellular and molecular basis of cancer (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical drug development (15 credits)
  • Human genomics and proteomics (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is mostly by written examination and coursework including problem solving exercises, case studies and input from practical laboratory work. Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.

Employability

The course improves your career prospects in areas of • biomedical sciences • medical research in universities and hospitals • the pharmaceutical industry • biotechnology companies • government research agencies.

You also develop the skills to carry out research to PhD level in pharmacology and biotechnology.

Recent MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology graduates jobs include • project specialist at PAREXEL • quality assurance documentation assistant at Vifor Pharma • PhD at the University of Manchester • clinical research associate at AstraZeneca • workplace services analyst at Deloitte India (Offices of the US) • regulatory compliance specialist for Selerant • senior product executive at PlasmaGen BioSciences.



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