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Do you want to be a highly effective manager of IT teams? To achieve this, you need to be a 'hybrid' manager who combines technical IT skills with strong management skills. Read more
Do you want to be a highly effective manager of IT teams? To achieve this, you need to be a 'hybrid' manager who combines technical IT skills with strong management skills.

Course overview

Our Masters course is a direct response to the rising demand for well-trained ICT managers, which is forecast to grow by 2% a year between 2011 and 2020 according to e-skills UK.

Management skills are taught through modules such as ‘Managing People and Project Leadership’, ‘Project Management and Control’ and ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’.

The IT modules provide you with knowledge of e-business models and practical skills for managing the development and implementation of IT systems. Topics of study include ‘Intelligent Systems for Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’.
Your Masters project will bring together the IT and management strands. You will undertake a real-world project, delivering against agreed objectives. The project is an opportunity to take the lead in a systematic approach to IT systems development. It will be an excellent demonstration of your skills and it will be valuable in persuading employers to offer you a job in the future.

Sunderland is among the UK’s top ten universities in terms of ‘spend per student’ for IT, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At Masters level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor. Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-Electronic Commerce (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Intelligent Systems for Management (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need.

We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for computing students include:
-British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
-Association of Computing Machinery digital library, which includes full-text articles from journals as well as conference proceedings
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
-Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 on a range of subjects including technology
-Business Source Elite from EBSCO Publishing which covers hundreds of journals and includes articles on topics such as e-commerce and information management

Course location
The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to software companies and a constant exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

The number of ICT managers in the UK is forecast to grow from 285,000 in 2011 to 337,000 by 2020, according to e-skills UK. This growth will underpin continuing demand for graduates from our Masters course.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge for employment in any organisation with an IT department. The top sectors that employ IT professionals are:
-Computer & related
-Financial
-Telecommunications
-Construction
-Education
-Health and social work

Potential roles include:
-Project leader
-Departmental manager
-Consultant
-Freelancer

Salaries in information technology management range up to around £55,000 per year at senior levels, with potential for higher salaries depending on the situation. A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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The MSc in Computing is perfect for students looking to develop upon their previous computing-based qualifications from courses such as Computing, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related disciplines. Read more
The MSc in Computing is perfect for students looking to develop upon their previous computing-based qualifications from courses such as Computing, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related disciplines. This course provides the opportunity and guidance necessary for students to build upon their existing knowledge and gain the skills necessary to succeed in both commercial computing and research.

Why study MSc Computing at Dundee?

This degree programme aims to give students a Masters-level postgraduate education in the knowledge, skills and understanding of computing and software development to enable them to operate effectively in the application of computing in industry, commerce or research.

"The intersection of business models and IT requires people with varied experience, professional versatility, multidiscipline knowledge and technology understanding – a hybrid professional, in other words."
Diane Morello, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, Gartner Inc, 2008

What's so good about MSc Computing at Dundee?

This course is highly flexible, adapting to your skill level to create a programme tailored to suit you. We encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to software design and production, and will enable you to develop the skills so that you can undertake a major software development project.

In keeping with our theme of flexibility, this course offers its students a wide choice of individual projects to choose from.

Our facilities

You will have 24-hour access to our award winning and purpose-built Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. It's also easy to work on your own laptop as there is wireless access throughout the building. Our close ties to industry allows us access to facilities such as Windows Azure and Teradata, and university and industry standard software such as Tableau for you to evaluate and use.

How you will be taught

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School of Computing. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

What you will study

You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You will make module selections with your advisor, and this will be partially dictated by your background and previous study.

The typical list for students with limited computing background is shown *. Any module which has a significant overlap with your previous education will be disallowed, for students with a computing-related degree this will usually include most of the modules shown +.

The six taught modules will be chosen from topics such as the following:

Software Development+
Technology Innovation Management
Computer Vision
Computer Graphics
Computing the User Experience
Big Data Analysis
Database Systems
Secure Internet Programming
Software Engineering+
Agile Engineering
Computing Research Frontiers
Research Methods
Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering


Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks.

Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.

How you will be assessed

The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.

Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.

Our students are highly employable:
They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year

Computing at the University of Dundee is ranked 21st in the UK according to most recent Times Good University Guide and 12th in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2009. The University of Dundee has powered its way to a position as one of Scotland's leading universities with an international reputation for excellence across a range of activities. With over 18,000 students, it is growing fast in both size and reputation. It has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spin-out companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme.

Dundee has been described as the largest village in Scotland which gives an indication of how friendly and compact it is. With a population of 150,000 it is not too large but has virtually all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. It is situated beside a broad estuary of the river Tay, surrounded by hills and farmland, and for lovers of the great outdoors it is hard to imagine another UK location that offers so much all year round on land and water. The University is situated in the centre of Dundee, and everything needed is on the one-stop campus: study facilities, help, advice, leisure activities... yet the attractions of the city centre and the cultural quarter are just a stroll away.

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This interdisciplinary MSc has been designed to educate the next generation of IT management professionals. It is the first Masters degree to be endorsed by e-skills UK (the Sector Skills Council for Business & IT) and is recognised as a producer of multi-skilled graduates who are highly sought after by industry. Read more
This interdisciplinary MSc has been designed to educate the next generation of IT management professionals. It is the first Masters degree to be endorsed by e-skills UK (the Sector Skills Council for Business & IT) and is recognised as a producer of multi-skilled graduates who are highly sought after by industry. You will develop the latest skills and knowledge in computing and management relevant to the provision of high quality IT services in business settings.

The course, taught in conjunction with the Business School, will enable you to work in system development at management level, employing systems in a strategy that provides maximum competitive advantage for the business. Aimed at graduates with a numerate degree or strong evidence of numeracy skills, it offers an excellent grounding in the creation and management of systems.

This degree will prepare students to be technology enabled graduates, ready for management roles in IT related aspects of business. The management aspects of the course are focused on the development of new business ideas, the management of business change and the management of existing business. You will also develop an appreciation of the technical aspects and challenges of modern IT systems.

The course is focused on providing you with the skills required for the modern business environment. You will have the opportunity to learn about large-scale IT systems in the public sector and private companies through engagement with industry. ‘Guru’ lectures will be given by IT professionals as part of the programme, and participation in industry leading schemes such as ITIL will allow you to further develop your IT and project management skills.

Students will also undertake a Company project, involving an IT management placement over the summer with a company in a relevant field.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and flexible and consists of nine compulsory modules totalling 165 credits and one optional module.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Managing Operations; Strategic Innovation Management; Strategy; Marketing Strategy; Managing IT Projects; ITMB Case Studies; Software Development for Business; Networks, Data and Information; Business IT Project

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows; Services Marketing; Accounting for International Manager; Managing in a Multinational Context; Nature-Inspired Computation; Evolutionary Computation & Optimisation; Machine Learning; Level 3 Computer Science Module;

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

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Got a love for computing and technology? Hoping to build on the skills you learnt during your undergraduate studies? This essential applied computing masters is well suited to students from a business IT or computing background, helping you to build on existing skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies. Read more

Overview

Got a love for computing and technology? Hoping to build on the skills you learnt during your undergraduate studies? This essential applied computing masters is well suited to students from a business IT or computing background, helping you to build on existing skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies.

- Students study a curriculum developed with input from an industry liaison panel, ensuring that the course content is up to date and meets the needs of employers.
- This curriculum covers a range of relevant computing disciplines including business IT, software development, security, web design, computer networking, big data analytics, user experience and mobile technologies.
- The Southampton Solent University campus hosts regular British Computer Society (BCS) professional development events.
- Graduates will be well prepared to pursue Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP), BCS agile and BCS software testing certifications.
- Learners have access to a range of professional software suites and state-of-the-art IT laboratories.
- Available labs depend on student specialism, but can include eye tracking / UX facilities or dedicated networking security labs.
- The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge towards desired careers, or act as a springboard for PhD study.
- This course can be delivered flexibly over two years, allowing students to fit studies around their work.

The industry -

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.

The programme -

Southampton Solent University’s applied computing masters programme places a unique focus on graduate employability, focusing on developing the specific skills that industry employers are seeking.

One of the ways that the course team ensure the curriculum is achieving this goal is through regular consultations with an industry liaison panel. This panel advises the course team on the latest industry developments and the course content is changed accordingly.

These strong links with industry have provided previous School of Media Arts and Technology students with access to a range of work experience opportunities, case studies and guest lectures.

Computing students at Southampton Solent have the opportunity to use industry standard facilities throughout their studies. Our EC Council certified security and networking labs feature a wide variety of equipment from Cisco (including Cisco Packet Tracer), Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems like the market-leading Opnet. Students also have free access to our devices lab, where they can test their web design projects on a variety of different computing devices.

Students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, problem solving and analytical skills that empower students to work in a range of different industries after graduation. Students will also develop high-level academic skills, perfect for those who are hoping to pursue a PhD.

Course Content

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

With few formal lectures, most units are taught in small class-based sessions, usually in IT labs.

For the research and development project you will be assigned a project tutor, who will advise and support you.

Assessment -

The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework assignments, group work, videos, presentations, a project research paper and a final poster presentation.

Teaching -

The course’s teaching staff have a wide range of academic, research and professional experience that they bring to their teaching. Research interests include data mining, learning technologies, gamification, wireless systems, computer systems and OpenStreetMap applications.

Our facilities -

During your studies you will learn to build information systems using a variety of professional-grade software packages. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art IT laboratories; depending on your choice of options you may have access to our specialised network security laboratory or usability lab with eye-tracking facilities.

You’ll have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated with our existing software development spaces. The devices lab consists of a range of the latest mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers, allowing you to test your websites and apps on real equipment.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living- http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

The option choices within the course structure provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study at postgraduate level in selected areas of specialism in computing and business IT – laying the groundwork for a successful career in management, strategic planning or system development.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Business Analyst
- Project manager
- Database manager
- Digital marketer
- Software developer
- Web Developer
- Application development
- Project manager
- Senior database analyst
- Senior user experience analyst
- Software architect
- Network deployment specialist.

Links with industry -

Course content is developed with input from an industrial liaison panel, making sure that your studies include the latest technology and working practice from industry experts.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University are your chance to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.

Transferable skills -

This course will develop your academic, presentation, IT, analytical and project-management skills.

Further study -

If you are interested in research, the course offers opportunities to continue on to PhD study.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,210

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,605 per year

International part-time fees: £6,190 per year

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Would you like to build on the skills you developed at undergraduate level? Hoping to boost your career prospects? With first-class facilities, an employer led curriculum and an experienced teaching team, Southampton Solent University’s MSc Applied Computing programme is the perfect way to improve your employability and develop advanced computing skills.

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The migration of more and more business presence and commercial transactions to the internet has produced the need for managers who are familiar with the potential and the limitations of e-commerce, and also for software designers and developers who are aware of the business and marketing environment that sustains them. Read more
The migration of more and more business presence and commercial transactions to the internet has produced the need for managers who are familiar with the potential and the limitations of e-commerce, and also for software designers and developers who are aware of the business and marketing environment that sustains them. The fast past of technology changes requires managers and software designers who can operate comfortably and interchangeably in both worlds.

Why study at Dundee?

The MSc in Information Technology and International Business offers students a practical mix of technical computing modules such as internet and computer systems and software development and business modules like economics for business managers and international business strategy.

The course is based on practical, real-world assignments to provide great experience for your future career. As it is modelled on good practice within the industry, the MSc in Information Technology and International Business ensures that students are kept up-to-date and instilled with a high level of employability.

What's great about this course at Dundee?

International Business at the University of Dundee is well known abroad and as a result, there is a strong multicultural aspect in these classes. Students from countries all over the world like India, China Nigeria and more come here to study giving you the opportunity to work alongside people with a multitude of different ideas, skills and experiences.

The University of Dundee is at the leading edge of computing giving you the opportunity to take advantage of tutelage from leading researchers in an informal and supportive environment.

Your studies will take place in the Queen Mother Building, the University of Dundee’s award-winning epicentre of computing, which boasts an array of conventional and specialised equipment.

Debora Kagohara from Brazil graduated in 2007 from this course, she then went to Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand to study for a PhD.

She says "The work was challenging but very enjoyable and the lecturers and tutors were always at hand if I needed help. The degree was not only a good learning experience but I also met great people."

How you will be taught

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff in the School of Computing. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

What you will study

You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. This will typically consist of four computing modules, chosen from:

Software Development
Technology Innovation Management
Database Systems
Software Engineering
Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering
Detailed module information for the computing modules is available online.

and two business modules chosen from

Corporate Finance
Performance Management and Reporting
Operations Management and Change
Business Accounting for Non-specialists
Principles of Marketing Practice
International Business Strategy
Global Marketing
Human Resource Management Strategies
Marketing Management and Strategy
Strategic Management Accounting
International Human Resource Management

Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks. This is a business-related software development project supervised by a member of staff, culminating in a dissertation.

Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.

How you will be assessed

The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.

Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.

Our students are highly employable:
They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft

They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year

Computing at the University of Dundee is ranked 21st in the UK according to most recent Times Good University Guide and 12th in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2009. The University of Dundee has powered its way to a position as one of Scotland's leading universities with an international reputation for excellence across a range of activities. With over 18,000 students, it is growing fast in both size and reputation. It has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spin-out companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme.

Dundee has been described as the largest village in Scotland which gives an indication of how friendly and compact it is. With a population of 150,000 it is not too large but has virtually all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. It is situated beside a broad estuary of the river Tay, surrounded by hills and farmland, and for lovers of the great outdoors it is hard to imagine another UK location that offers so much all year round on land and water. The University is situated in the centre of Dundee, and everything needed is on the one-stop campus: study facilities, help, advice, leisure activities... yet the attractions of the city centre and the cultural quarter are just a stroll away.

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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

The course is very flexible. You can either study full-time or part-time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment.

This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations. It also covers the theory and application of research methodologies to support organisational improvement activities. These skills are further developed in the dissertation.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. Read more
The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration (with CIPS accreditation) is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated CIPS members seeking Chartered Status, through an accredited MBA.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) permitting students upon successful completion to apply for Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional Status which is internationally recognised as the Advanced Professional level for procurement and supply chain. Those with Chartered Status will be recognised as leaders in the profession and will be much sought after individuals as it becomes more commonly required as a prerequisite to progression within the Logistics, Procurement and Supply chain sectors.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is available to study by distance learning. This mode of study has been selected and tailored to meet the needs of practising senior or potential senior managers in the logistics, procurement or supply chain sectors.

Obtaining an MBA at the University of Northampton will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) will improve management practice and equip you with essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to assist your industry and achieving your organisation’s objectives. You will think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will learn to think and operate differently which is essential in today’s global business arena.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is great for networking. Throughout the programme, you will study alongside professionals from a range of organisations, industries and countries exchanging experiences, insights and best practice. You will join a community of influential tutors, business professionals and MBA alumni. Current staff and past MBA students from this university span the globe and offer extensive, diverse, cross cultural business experiences.

Course content

The programme has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of business and management processes, enabling you to develop your effectiveness as a practising manager and create opportunities for your organisation to improve on their performance.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) method of teaching is participative, enabling participants to consider issues in an organisation wide or total business context. Skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised, as is the ability to recognise and exploit opportunities. The development of strategies and plans for business or departmental improvement is a major theme.

As you would expect from a postgraduate degree, this programme is demanding in terms of entry, rigour and workload and will require commitment and dedication from participants.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate

The CIM Introductory Certificate provides an internationally recognised qualification in marketing. We provide all the materials necessary to prepare you for this award as part of your course fees. In order to achieve this award, two CIM assessments must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award

PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

MBA Business Event

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Brussels in 2014/15) in their first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £250 for flights and accommodation (If travelling from the UK). Students normally allow an additional £250 for their expenses.

Please Note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, for example for travel and accommodation for the Business Event or by the examination or membership bodies for membership and assessments associated with the qualifications.

Course modules (16/17)

-Critical Issues in Business
-Management and Organisational Behaviour
-Leadership in a Changing Context
-Strategic Marketing
-Competitive Strategy and Innovation
-Financial Decision Making
-Applied Logistics, Procurement and Supply
-Business Research Project Procurement

Methods of Learning

The programme can be undertaken anywhere in the world, as we use facilitative technologies to enable your engagement with the course team, fellow students and course materials. Normally, you will complete three blocks of 14 weeks study. You will be expected to interact with the course team in online activities and in significant additional study, learning and networking and to engage online in development activities associated with your achievement of the professional body memberships and awards. After the completion of the taught modules you will have a further nine months to complete your Business Research Project. The distance learning programme normally runs twice a year with September and February starts.

Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time.

Assessments

The programme has a combination of assessment involving practical work, essays, reports, case studies and examinations. The Business Research Project Procurement is a 15,000 word independent research project.

[[Facilities and Special Features
Our programmes combine all of the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with the extra value of additional recognition, qualifications and activities. We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:
-Extensive online materials to support your studies.
-Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the programme of study and 12 months after graduation.
-MBA business event *(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels).
-Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate**.
-PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award**.

*Optional – not included in course fees.
**Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.

Careers

These can be varied by type and title, dependant on the organisation and region. However, typically career opportunities will range from supervisory through middle management and up to board level appointments, of which a sample are contained below:

Middle Management
-Country Manager
-Logistics Manager
-Materials Manager
-Operations Manager
-Procurement Manager
-Purchasing Manager
-Supply Chain Manager
-Transport Manager
-Warehouse Operations Manager
-Transport Manager

Board level
-Logistics Director
-Procurement Director
-Supply Chain Director

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IN BIOFORCE. 1) Opening Sessions. Objectives. To introduce the pedagogical objectives and contents to participants. To ensure that the expectations of trainees are coherent with the learning objectives defined for the programme. Read more

Modules Contents and Objectives

IN BIOFORCE

1) Opening Sessions

Objectives: To introduce the pedagogical objectives and contents to participants. To ensure that the expectations of trainees are coherent with the learning objectives defined for the programme.

Contents: Bioforce presentation. Introduction of the learning programme and objectives.

2) Immersion Internship

Objectives: To facilitate group cohesiveness and participant involvement within the programme.
To make a detailed presentation of the components of the MSc in HPM.
To encourage a joint reflection about humanitarian and development issues.
Show awareness of its own strengths and limitations as a humanitarian programme manager.

Contents: Presentation, preparation and organization of the immersion internships. Discussion and group work on Humanitarian topics.

3) Framework of Humanitarian Aid

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with thorough knowledge of the humanitarian sector and issues at stake: stakeholders, systems, coordination mechanisms, legal and ethical framework, Q&A initiatives and applications relating to programme management.

Contents: Humanitarian actors, systems and challenges. International humanitarian law, ethics & principles. Quality & Accountability initiatives, methods & practical tools.

4) Managing People & Organisations

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To enable participants to choose and apply appropriate tools to manage themselves, other people, and organisations involved in humanitarian programmes.

Contents: Strengthening organisational capacity. Change management. Quality & Accountability in people management. Creating & developing trust in diverse teams. HR processes : HR organisation, recruitment, performance management, staff development. How to lead: leadership, management & delegation. Managing team safety and security.

5) Managing Programmes & Projects

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To enable participants to choose and apply appropriate tools to manage all stages of the project cycle in humanitarian contexts.

Contents: Programme Cycle Management (PCM):

- Assessment & analysis
- Planning & implementation
- Monitoring & evaluation

Cross-cutting issues in PCM (participation, targeting...) Quality & Accountability in programme management.

6) Managing Finance & Funding

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with the critical skills and confidence required to raise funds for humanitarian programmes, and to manage financial resources accountably.

Contents: Donors & donor strategies. Quality & Accountability in finance management. Budgeting & proposal writing. Funding strategies & opportunities. Key principles & concepts of financial management. Practical aspects of financial management.

7) Training of Trainers for Capacity Building in the Sector

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with the appropriate methods & tools to develop, facilitate, monitor & evaluate capacity building activities.

Contents: Designing & implementing training activities.

8) Field Exercise

Objectives/Learning outcomes : Develop, through a field scenario-based exercise, operational capacity and autonomy of the trainees.

Contents : Within an operational framework, students will have to implement capabilities developed during the training period. The exercise is based on 5 days role play scenario. Students are placed in the position of aid actors in a context of humanitarian/emergency intervention. They have to implement several programs in the field on behalf of different NGOs. They operate in a complex emergency context where multiple players are involved.

IN ESC GRENOBLE

NB : For the ESC Students it is possible to follow “English track programme” described bellow or to follow a second semester in an English spoken abroad university.
For the other students, they must follow the “English track programme”.

1) Advanced Decision Techniques

Objectives/Learning outcomes: Good knowledge of quantitative tools for decision-making.

Contents: This course presents the main quantitative modelling and simulation tools to help in decision-making.

2) Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the strategic choices: the decisions that shape the future of an organization. This course will address first the strategic choices that the manager must operate in an entrepreneurship environment (opportunity, business model design), then different options for development and growth patterns (growth internal / external growth, mergers and acquisitions, alliances).

3) Corporate Governance

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, the students:

- will know how to position and use concepts and techniques in finance, accounting, management control and law learnt during the common core subjects in a more global framework of analysis,
- will have learnt the legislation covering corporate governance,
- will be aware of the present developments in practice and the principal discussions concerning corporate governance,
- will be able to establish a diagnosis on the quality of a company's corporate governance.

Contents: It is essential for every manager to understand who determines the objectives of corporations and of other organizations, how they are governed and how their managers are incentivized and monitored. The course covers the following themes: value creation, the legal rules and the practices of company management(remuneration, ethics, social responsibility, governance "codes"), the legal rights and the behaviour of shareholders, the impact of financial markets on governance (shareholders activism, takeovers, LBOs). In addition the students have the opportunity to apply the main concepts and techniques of finance, accounting and management control to the case of a listed company.

4) Geopolitics

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- acquire the basics of a geopolitical culture allowing them to develop a reading list for current geopolitical and economic affairs,
- understand the geopolitical conditions for undertaking business in certain emerging and/or risk-laden geopolitical situations.

Contents: The object of this course is to allow students to acquire knowledge about geopolitical and economic affairs in certain zones and emerging and risk-related countries in the world. During the course, the following themes will be covered:

- the globalisation of the economy and its players, notably national States, and international and non-governmental organisations,
- geopolitical and economic analysis of certain countries and zones: Brazil, Russia, China, the Mediterranean and Africa,
- the problems of Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be discussed,
- Europe will be studied through analysis of the different themes mentioned above.

5) Global Marketing and Strategy

Objectives/Learning outcomes : Students will be able to:

- critically analyse and propose well-justified solutions to key Global Marketing Strategy issues.
- develop a Strategic Marketing plan to go global.

Contents: This module takes a decision-making perspective to Marketing Strategy issues, specifically in the global context.

The course will cover:

- Globalization decision and process,
- International market selection,
- International marketing research,
- International market entry strategies and expansion,
- Standardization versus Adaptation of 4 Ps.

6) Leadership and Responsible Management

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, students will:

- understand the organizational and managerial specificities of contemporary organizations,
- know about recent developments in organizational thinking relating to institutional theory, power and politics, routines, and organizational cognition,
- be able to reflect on the specific challenges to leadership and corporate social responsibility in contemporary organizations.

Contents: This course addresses key issues for understanding and managing contemporary organizations. It seeks to move beyond simple managerialist views by integrating recent developments in organizational thinking with the dual challenges of organizational leadership and corporate social responsibility. Topics covered in this course include institutionalized environments, innovation and entrepreneurship, social movements, networks and social capital, power and politics in contemporary organizations, organizational routines and decision making, sense making and cognition in organizations, and organizational change. Each topic will be introduced through case studies alongside theoretical readings, and each of the course sessions will discuss the consequences of these topics for both leadership processes and corporate social responsibility.
The course will be demanding in terms of class preparation, contribution and after-class work, and hopefully rewarding in terms of generating novel insights into contemporary organizational and managerial challenges.

Applied Research Project

During the whole training period, the students, divided into sub-groups of 2-3 students, work on a problematic related a strong issue in the humanitarian and development sector. It is an applied research which leads to a written report in English and its presentation before a jury composed by the tutor and the partner if possible and relevant. This applied research is an integral part of the training programme and it is monitored by a tutor.
The month of December will be specifically dedicated to work on this project.
During the second semester, even if students are abroad, they have to organize themselves to work on this project.
The grade given on this work will be included in the final transcript.

OBJECTIVE

To work as a team during the whole training period to sort out a humanitarian and/or development management issue.

This project will require:

- To write a report in English (20,000 – 25,000 words) which may remain confidential; it is possible to write a summary for the organisation in a foreign language if required. Students have to submit the final report to the tutor 15 days before the oral presentation. The deadline for the oral presentation is mid-november 2014 (15 November 2014);
- To write a case study-based summary;
- To prepare the oral presentation to the jury in English.

STUDENTS’ PROFILES

Students involved in this applied research are from the MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management delivered by ESC Grenoble and Bioforce.

EXPECTED RESULTS

- A specific humanitarian and/or development management issue is defined.
- A bibliographical research is consolidated.
- Concrete proposals and outlooks are drawn up.
- A critical analysis is provided.
- Relevant recommendations are made.

The definition of the issue has to be validated by both Bioforce and ESC Grenoble. A specific deadline will be communicated by Bioforce.

Rigor in diagnostic, analysis and facts interpretations, as well as recommendations will be required.
This work aims to support organizations in their development and functioning. In this way, we expect students to be creative (while being realist) and to practice benchmarks. This research work is neither an operational mission nor a counseling one. The report presented is not an internship report.

EXEMPTION OF “GRAND MÉMOIRE” – FOR THE ESC STUDENTS

Usually, ESC Grenoble students have to write a “Grand mémoire” during their enrollment. As they already write a specific applied research report, they benefit from an exemption of this “Grand mémoire”.

Assignment

Students from the MSc in HPM have to realize an assignment, after their study period, during 20 weeks at least. The presentation before a jury must be done before the 15th of November 2014.
The aim of this assignment is to reinforce students’ autonomy and to further develop their skills as a humanitarian programme manager in the humanitarian and development sector.

Students are to submit to Bioforce assignment terms of reference in order to be validated. As a second step, the ESC Grenoble will give the final validation.

The ESC Grenoble is in charge of all administrative issues regarding the assignment.

The evaluation process for the assignment is the following:

- A written report including :
- a context (region, country, organisation, programme, …) presentation,
- a description and analysis of the objectives and results obtained,
- an analysis of the key challenges faced during the assignment,
- an analysis of the impact of the training period on their professional capacities as a humanitarian programme manager.

- An oral presentation before a jury.

The final mark will be a global mark including the written report and the oral presentation.

Assessment Process

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN BIOFORCE

The assessment process includes the following exams:

- An individual written exam for the “Managing people and organizations” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
- An individual written exam for the “Managing programmes and projects” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
- An individual written exam for the “Managing finance and funding” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT

It is a two-stage process:

- For each module, a continuous assessment is managed by a Grenoble Ecole de Management’s permanent professor.
- For some modules, an exam is organized.

To be successfully completed, the student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20. Each module’s responsible define the share of continuous assessment and exam.

CONDITIONS OF GRADUATION

The diploma is delivered to the students:

- Having obtained a minimum of 10 out of 20 to all exams;
- Having produced and supported the presentation of a report demonstrating analysis and synthesis skills.

Admission

To participate to the MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management, the prerequisites are the following:

- Master 1 level or Bachelor’s degree (four years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying at least 1 year of professional experience as a project coordinator, administrator or logistician in international solidarity
- By special dispensation, a L3 (licence) level or Bachelor’s degree (three years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying an outstanding work experience (more than one year).
- have an English language proficiency level of B2 (according to European language levels - Self Assessment Grid).
- Have a profesional project in programme management (Programme coordinator, Logistics coordinator…)

Please note that these prerequisites provide a base for any validation of the application form. The final decision lies with the Coordinators of the training programme.”

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Why study MSc Computing with International Business at Dundee?

The MSc in Computing with International Business offers students a practical mix of technical computing modules such as internet programming and software development and business modules like economics for business managers and international business strategy.

At the University of Dundee we have a flexible approach to Computing with International Business. This course can be tailored to suit students with a strong computing background or those with less experience seeking to develop their skills while simultaneously developing their business acumen.

We encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to software design and production, and enable you to develop research skills so that you can undertake a major software development project.

What's great about Computing with International Business at Dundee?

International Business at the University of Dundee is well known abroad and as a result, there is a strong multicultural aspect in these classes. Students from countries all over the world like India, China Nigeria and more come here to study giving you the opportunity to work alongside people with a multitude of different ideas, skills and experiences.

The University of Dundee is at the leading edge of computing giving you the opportunity to take advantage of tutelage from leading researchers in an informal and supportive environment.

Your studies will take place in the Queen Mother Building, the University of Dundee’s award-winning epicentre of computing, which boasts an array of conventional and specialised equipment.

The start date is September each year. The MSc course lasts for 12 months and the PGDip lasts for 9 months.

- Degree Combinations
Computing with International Business with Work Placement MSc

How you will be taught

We know how important it is to be at the leading edge and so you will learn from research-active staff. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.

Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.

What you will study

You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You make module selections with your advisor, and this will be partially dictated by your background and previous study, plus any timetabling restrictions.

The typical list for students with limited computing background is shown *. Any module which has a significant overlap with your previous education will be disallowed, for students with a computing-related degree this will usually include most of the modules shown +.

Four Computing modules from:

Software Development+
Technology Innovation Management
Computer Vision
Computer Graphics
Computing the User Experience
Big Data Analysis
Database Systems
Secure Internet Programming
Software Engineering+
Agile Engineering
Computing Research Frontiers
Research Methods
Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering

Two Business modules from:

Corporate Finance
Performance Management and Reporting
Operations Management and Change
Business Accounting for Non-specialists
Principles of Marketing Practice
International Business Strategy
Global Marketing
Human Resource Management Strategies
Marketing Management and Strategy
Strategic Management Accounting
International Human Resource Management

Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks.

Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.

How you will be assessed

The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.

Coursework is often very practical, eg writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.

Careers

Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.

Our students are highly employable:
They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft

They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year

Computing at the University of Dundee is ranked 21st in the UK according to most recent Times Good University Guide and 12th in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2009. The University of Dundee has powered its way to a position as one of Scotland's leading universities with an international reputation for excellence across a range of activities. With over 18,000 students, it is growing fast in both size and reputation. It has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spin-out companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme.

With a population of 150,000 Dundee is not too large but has virtually all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. It is situated beside a broad estuary of the river Tay, surrounded by hills and farmland, and for lovers of the great outdoors it is hard to imagine another UK location that offers so much all year round on land and water. The University is situated in the centre of Dundee, and everything needed is on the one-stop campus: study facilities, help, advice, leisure activities... yet the attractions of the city centre and the cultural quarter are just a stroll away.

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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

If you are studying by distance learning resources for the course are available via the university’s intranet online learning system – you will need a fast, reliable Internet connection. To facilitate your study, you will be able to join in web-based interactive sessions with lecturers and other students and our University Library has extensive online resources that can be accessed via the internet at any time.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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The MA programme has been designed to achieve a close connection between the learning environment and the workplace. Emphasis is placed on face to face delivery of the programme with student participation and experience being central to the facilitation of learning and teaching. The use of professional specialists to provide input where required is also a key feature of the learning approach.

The programme examines the practice of leadership and management informed by an analysis of wider management theory, in a changing organisational context.

You will attend our Bognor Regis campus for 1 day per month for 10 months in the first 2 years. The final year is more flexible and focuses on producing a dissertation topic supported by your tutors. We predominantly use small group learning and Action Learning Sets to deliver the content of the programme. Assessment is via assignment/presentations and report completion.

You will create a detailed, transformational Personal Development Plan in your first year alongside a study into ‘Managing a Department’. In the second year you will study Strategic Leadership and High Performance Team Management. In the final year you will attend research methods workshops, decide on a specific area to investigate and report on what is relevant to you, your career or your employer.

Contemplating taking on a masters-level programme whilst maintaining a demanding full-time position and a young family is a scary thought. This worry, however, was quickly removed when starting on the University of Chichester’s part-time MA in Leadership and Management. It would appear to me that this programme is specifically designed for people in my situation. The self-directed teaching style, complemented with monthly taught sessions, creates the excellent balance to fit post-graduate study into an already busy schedule.

The flexibility of course content and focus on work-based learning has allowed me to bring my studies into the workplace and has already helped to deepen my understanding of my role as a manager. Learning and sharing with others professionals seeking to also broaden their perception of management practice is a real asset and allows for further insight through supportive challenges and encouragement.

I would certainly recommend this course to others wishing to develop themselves as a leader, to bridge the gap between management theory and practice and to deepen their understanding of the role they play in their respective teams."

Vito Mastrolonardo, Head of Support & Customer Experience:

"There are a number of organisational developments where I work and with development comes change and opportunity. I want to put myself in the best place possible for the career developments that may arise.

Furthering my education in a practical and hands on way looked like the best option. And that is exactly what the MA Leadership and Management does.

I had a degree in Business Studies and the next logical progression route was a professional qualification or a masters level degree. However a Masters or MBA appear on the face of it very expensive and require a major time commitment. That is, until I found the University of Chichester MA in Leadership and Management. It is still a long term commitment, it still has a commitment to work hard and be very self-directed but, it is over three years. One day a month. And I can jump off at the end of each of those three years with a post graduate qualification.

What’s more, it was a ‘hands on’ course. All the assignments must be relevant and applicable to your job. This is even better. I need to manage a department, I have a team to lead, what better than to directly and immediately apply that knowledge.

I’m now 5 months in to the programme. 5 sessions that have included developing my knowledge in creating vision, objectives, strategy and change management. In additional to the directed learning, action learning sets that have been invaluable in helping me to understand myself and question what we have learnt in a facilitated, confidential group environment.

I am already applying my new found knowledge. I need to create a new strategy for my department and this has become the focus of one of my assignments. My personal journey has seen me read a number of contrasting articles on strategy and leadership, encouraging me to critically evaluate my thinking and the thinking of others. This has been especially useful when reading journals and books on leadership and applying this critical thinking to the workplace.

This is the course for me. This was the way for me to cement my knowledge in leadership and management and how to develop it further. It gives me the opportunity to advance my learning and knowledge in a practical and applied way to my work. It allows me the valuable opportunity to work on assignments during my working day as they directly relate to the work that I am currently doing. I am now on a respected, powerful journey to becoming a Master Leadership and Management enabling me to develop my career and satisfying my thirst for personal development."

Gareth Sear, Business Start Up Manager

Indicative modules
Personal Development for Leading Transformation
Managing a Department
Strategic Team Development
Developing and Implementing Corporate Strategy
Research Methods and Dissertation

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Why take this course?

This course is ideal for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

The programme is taught part time over two years (both campus-based and distance learning) and is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate or Masters. Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students. Alternatively, join our next online SQM information session.

What will I experience?

A broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management.
Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to apply in both academic and business settings.
Learn from staff with a research background and consultancy experience, including links with industry.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation. You will learn techniques to make a significant contribution to an organisation's strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in:

Quality management roles
Operations management
Training and development
Auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, you will be able to use your qualification as part of your portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

Our course is very flexible. You can study part time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment or by distance learning, supported by thorough online resources.

The postgraduate diploma comprises four units:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations. It also covers the theory and application of research methodologies to support organisational improvement activities.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work-based assignments. Classes are interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports your studies by hosting a range of activities and resources. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analysis, reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

This course will improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, it will boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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This course is ideal for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is ideal for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

The programme is taught part time over two years (both campus-based and distance learning) and is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate or Masters. Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students. Alternatively, join our next online SQM information session.

What will I experience?

A broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management.
Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to apply in both academic and business settings.
Learn from staff with a research background and consultancy experience, including links with industry.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation. You will learn techniques to make a significant contribution to an organisation's strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in:

Quality management roles
Operations management
Training and development
Auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, you will be able to use your qualification as part of your portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

Our course is very flexible. You can study part time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment or by distance learning, supported by thorough online resources.

The postgraduate diploma comprises four units:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations. It also covers the theory and application of research methodologies to support organisational improvement activities.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work-based assignments. Classes are interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports your studies by hosting a range of activities and resources. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analysis, reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

This course will improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, it will boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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This course is based at our partners in Botswana, Kenya and Ghana. This Masters course is a direct response to the increasing demand for highly effective IT managers. Read more
This course is based at our partners in Botswana, Kenya and Ghana.

Course overview

This Masters course is a direct response to the increasing demand for highly effective IT managers. Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge to become a valued professional who combines advanced technical expertise with strong managerial skills.

You will gain the specific IT knowledge of e-business models and the practical skills necessary for developing and implementing IT systems. Modules include ‘Intelligent Systems for Management’, ‘Electronic Commerce’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’.
Modules which develop management skills include ‘Managing People and Project Leadership’, ‘Project Management and Control’ and ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’.

You will undertake a real-world Masters project which will bring together the IT and management strands and which you will deliver against agreed objectives. The project is an opportunity to take the lead in a systematic approach to IT systems development. It will be an excellent demonstration of your skills and it will be valuable in persuading employers to offer you a job in the future.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At MA level, responsibility for learning lies as much with the student as with the lecturer.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-Electronic Commerce (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Intelligent Systems for Management (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work. On all courses you are encouraged to develop as an independent learner. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

This course is available at Botswana Accountancy College, INtel College Nairobi and BlueCrest College Ghana.

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree.

Our specialist postgraduate training in IT management will enhance your employability and open up new job opportunities. On completing this course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge for employment in any organisation with an IT department.

Potential roles include:
-Project leader
-Departmental manager
-Consultant
-Freelancer

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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This course has been designed in line with the requirements of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM). Read more
This course has been designed in line with the requirements of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

Course overview

According to the PMI, project management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide and the need for project management professionals is growing on every continent. Regardless of where you are from, our MSc in Project Management will equip you with both intellectual and practical skills to allow you to become a project management professional in virtually any field of work.

This course is designed to teach project management to people from any discipline. Unlike many other project management courses, you do not need an engineering or technical background to apply. A large number of our students are from business, arts and other backgrounds.

The course covers a comprehensive range of project management topics, utilising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also be given the chance to put your newly learnt skills into practice in an extended project management business game over a six-week period.

Various other modules ensure that you will develop a well-rounded set of project and general management skills, including International Project Management, Managing People and Project Leadership, Decision Support for Management and Project Risk and Quality Management. Speakers from outside the University also contribute to the course, providing real-world case studies.

When you have completed the course, you will be ready and confident to take place in the world of work and project management.

Course content

The course combines taught elements with independent projects and self-directed research. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests, with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

Modules on this course include:
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Commercial and Contractual Issues (15 Credits)
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-International Project Management and Practice (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Employment & careers

Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries. The sectors where project managers are most commonly employed include construction, engineering, digital media, IT and telecoms.

Potential roles include:
-Project manager
-Engineering manager
-Digital and print production manager
-IT manager
-Construction manager

Senior and experienced project managers can earn around £60,000, with potential for higher salaries depending on the situation.
A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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