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Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences, and equip you with the specialised research tools and skills that useful in business and management. Read more

Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences, and equip you with the specialised research tools and skills that useful in business and management.

Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), our prestigious Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) MSc degree is designed for those of you who wish to be able to conduct management and business research to MSc level, either in a professional capacity or as a route to further study at PhD level.

On completion of our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies), you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme is taught by experienced and internationally recognised researchers. The strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle research problems – as well as a focus on developing critical thinking skills – will provide a robust foundation for more advanced academic study or research, whilst sharpening the applied research skills of current or aspiring business and management practitioners.

If you choose to study Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies), you will be based at a school that is a leading international player in research and teaching across the business, management, and finance disciplines. The School of Business and Economics is consistently rated as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables and develops well-rounded, highly employable graduates at undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, executive and doctoral level.

The School’s research is comprehensive in scope and very highly regarded by academics and practitioners alike, with 75% of our output considered ‘world-leading’ or 'internationally relevant' (and 100% of our Information Management research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'), according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

When coupled with the fact that Loughborough is among the Top 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, the School of Business and Economics provides a dynamic and inspiring environment to undertake the MSc Social Science Research.

What makes this programme different?

  • Taught by internationally recognised researchers
  • Opportunity to open up the possibility of PhD funding from ESRC

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme is designed for graduates wishing to pursue a career in academia; practitioners in management and business, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills; or those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles, such as think-tanks.

What you'll study

Our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) MSc programmes are designed to enable you to develop rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Modules

Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) covers a wide range of topics; please visit the website to see an up to date list.

Your personal and professional development

The School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this prestigious MSc degree in Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) is designed for those who wish to be able to conduct management and business research to MSc level, either in a professional capacity or as a route to further study at PhD level.

Your personal development

The strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle research problems – as well as a focus on developing critical thinking skills – will provide a robust foundation for more advanced academic study or research, whilst sharpening the applied research skills of current or aspiring business and management practitioners.



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If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you. Read more

If you're looking to accelerate your professional career by gaining expertise in an area of business you're passionate about, or want to prepare for a PhD or research career, this degree is designed for you.

The Master of Management Studies (MMS) degree will bring you closer to the frontiers of knowledge in your specialist field, and prepare you for leadership roles that require a high level of critical thinking and information analysis.

This degree normally includes both taught and research papers, but can also be taken as a full research degree.

Study part-time or full-time for 1-2 years (120 or 180 points), starting in either February (A Semester) or July (B Semester). Normally all papers are taken within a single specialist subject or interdisciplinary area.

MMS in Finance - Professional (Currently not available, a revised version will be offered in September 2018)

This one-year taught masters specialist programme is not currently available for new enrolments. However, a revised version will be offered, starting in September 2018. Further details will be announced soon.

This one-year programme (180 points) is aimed at those seeking industry-relevant skills and knowledge needed to build a professional career in the financial industry. It has a strong practical focus and is ideal for students who have never majored in Finance before.

The 11 required papers will develop your foundational knowledge of investments and financial markets, before introducing you to more advanced topics, such as derivative securities and advanced financial modelling. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied research project. See the Degree Structure tab and Finance subject requirements for details of papers.

Specialist subjects available:

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, we're ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the world's top 250 for Business & Management Studies, and Economics & Econometrics.

And in the Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2017, our Master of Management Studies is ranked in the world's top 100 universities for the following specialist fields: Agribusiness (39th overall); Management and Sustainability (57th overall); and Tourism and Hospitality Management (32nd overall).

We also scored a Top 25 Oceania ranking for our masters programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership Communication, Management Systems, and Marketing.



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The Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of contemporary business and practical day to day management issues facing organisations both nationally and internationally. Read more

The Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of contemporary business and practical day to day management issues facing organisations both nationally and internationally.

This course is designed to develop your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course has high quality blended learning support and has access to excellent learning facilities. Students will be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme. It also provides a good foundation for further study on a range of business and management courses, such as Diploma in Management Studies, MBA, and MA Management.

Career path

The Certificate in Management Studies will enhance your career prospects in a number of managerial and operational roles across a wide range of international business sectors. The Certificate in Management Studies will provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources as well as further academic study such as a DMS or MBA.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of the course you will be able to

1. Critically analyse the use of some of the key functional areas such as marketing, HR, finance, accounting and operations management in support of wider organisational activity.

2. Critically evaluate the relationship between the organisation and its environment

3. Critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels.



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This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace. Read more
This flexible course is a part-time Masters level course for those who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace.

It provides a rounded introduction to the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in your current role whilst also providing potential for future progression in both study and career.

The course allows you to achieve a Masters level qualification in three stages, or leave and re-join after the Certificate or Diploma stages. Once you have the Diploma, all you need to achieve the MA is to complete the module in Research Skills and a management research report.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/management-studies.aspx

Course detail

The teaching hours are designed to have minimal impact on the working day and additional study is undertaken in your own time, so you can study while working, and won't need ask your employer to release you for significant amounts of time. You can, however, still benefit from regular contact with lecturers, tutors and your fellow students.

The CMS is run over two terms, and the DMS over three terms, usually between 4.00pm – 9.00pm, one day a week. The MA course runs over four terms, usually with entry points in September and May.

As the course focuses on core management skills and practice, it is relevant to both public and private enterprises, the profit and not for profit sectors and small to large organisations.

Content

-Parts 1 and 2: CMS/DMS-

The whole DMS course consists of six taught modules in total with students taking two modules per term. The Certificate comprises three modules.

The modules build a general framework related to the core management disciplines and the strategic role of management applied to daily management activity.

-Part 3: MA Management Studies-

When you obtain a pass on the existing Diploma in Management Studies you'll be eligible to proceed to the Masters in Management Studies. Additionally, prospective students who have an equivalent level qualification or who have substantial Senior Management experience may be eligible for entry to the MA via the process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). In either case, course members will normally be required to currently hold a management position.

Assessment

Courswork, including written reports, assignments, presentations and case studies. Additionally, for the MA, a Management Research Report is required of 11,000-15,000 words. This typically takes six months to complete.

What can I do next?

Many successful candidates from this course benefit from using their new found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. Other candidates have used the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Are you looking to develop your career in business and management? If so, we have a two-year Diploma in Management Studies programme which is specifically designed to do this. Read more

Are you looking to develop your career in business and management? If so, we have a two-year Diploma in Management Studies programme which is specifically designed to do this.

The course will develop your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, and strategic management.

By the end of the programme you will have enhanced your knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts and principles, theoretical frameworks and applied analysis. This will be achieved through a range of learning experiences, including live case studies and visiting speakers. You will also develop key skills in problem-solving, project management and team working.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Diploma in Management Studies is nationally recognised as a management programme that enhances career prospects. You will be provided with high-quality learning support in a range of face-to-face and online environments and have access to excellent learning facilities. You will also be able to use prior experience and certificated learning to gain credits against the programme.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress to an MBA by undertaking a dissertation project.

Career path

Successful completion of the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) provides a qualification which is recognised as enhancing your career prospects in a number of operational and managerial roles across a wide range of international business sectors. The DMS may provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources, as well as further academic study such as progression to an MBA.

What skills will you gain?

The ability to

  1. Critically analyse the use of the key functional areas such of marketing, HR, finance, accounting and operations management in support of wider organisational activity.
  2. Analyse strategic perspectives regionally, nationally and internationally at organisation and sector levels.
  3. Critically evaluate the relationship between the organisation and its environment and the importance and nature of organisational change and transformation.
  4. Critically analyse contemporary issues, challenges and problems relating to business and management that impact on business and management at functional, strategic and sector levels.
  5. Evaluate the role and contribution of integrative strategic and leadership approaches.


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This course enables you to gain a recognised qualification that will further your career in the pharmaceutical industry or public services, while also providing an excellent foundation for a further research degree. Read more
This course enables you to gain a recognised qualification that will further your career in the pharmaceutical industry or public services, while also providing an excellent foundation for a further research degree. You will gain a strong background in the theory of analytical techniques used in pharmaceutical science and how to apply them to complex problems in an industrially relevant context. You can choose to combine your studies with training in the fundamentals of management theory.

The Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc (ie not including Management Studies) provides exemption from Part A of the Mastership in Chemical Analysis, which is the statutory qualification for a public analyst.

What will you study?

You will gain key skills in the specialised area of pharmaceutical analysis, including good measurement and scientific practice, evaluation interpretation of data, and other professional and organisational skills. In addition to studying core analytical techniques and their applications, you will be introduced to various pharmaceutical technologies, for example, formulations and topics such as clinical pharmacokinetics.

You may be offered a placement within industry (depending on your results and project availability) where you will carry out your independent research project.

The Management Studies option enables you to explore the fundamentals of management theory within the commercial and public sectors.

Assessment

Exams, laboratory reports, assignments, case studies, oral presentations, poster presentations, research project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Management Studies pathway modules
-Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy
-Separation Science
-Pharmaceutical and Analytical Technology
-Business in Practice
-Project

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Chemical analysis plays a role in virtually all aspects of everyday life throughout the world. With analytical techniques and instrumentation becoming evermore sophisticated, there is an increasing demand for qualified analytical chemists. Read more
Chemical analysis plays a role in virtually all aspects of everyday life throughout the world. With analytical techniques and instrumentation becoming evermore sophisticated, there is an increasing demand for qualified analytical chemists. This industrially relevant course will provide you with a strong background in the theory of analytical techniques and give you the ability to apply these techniques to complex analytical problems. You can also choose to combine your studies with training in the fundamentals of management theory.

The Analytical Chemistry MSc (ie not including Management Studies) provides exemption from Part A of the Mastership in Chemical Analysis, the statutory qualification for a public analyst.

What will you study?

You will gain the key skills required in the specialised area of analytical chemistry, including good measurement and scientific practice, evaluation interpretation of data, and other professional and organisational skills. You will also study core analytical techniques and their applications.

You may also be offered a placement within industry (depending on your results and project availability), where you will carry out your independent research project.

You can choose to study Management Studies with this degree, setting your scientific knowledge in a vocational context.

Assessment

Exams, lab reports, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, practical research project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Statistics and Quality Systems
-Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy
-Separation Science
-Specialised Analytical Techniques
-Project

Management Studies pathway modules
-Statistics and Quality Systems
-Molecular and Atomic Spectroscopy
-Separation Science
-Business in Practice
-Project

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Some of the most challenging problems in industry and commerce are associated with software development. This course will equip computing professionals with advanced knowledge of the latest methods and tools in software engineering, as well as practical skills in software development. Read more
Some of the most challenging problems in industry and commerce are associated with software development. This course will equip computing professionals with advanced knowledge of the latest methods and tools in software engineering, as well as practical skills in software development.

You can combine this course with Management Studies, which will enable you to develop the skills to successfully lead teams and manage innovation.

Key features
-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-The knowledge and skills learnt on this course will enable you to make an effective contribution as part of a team building software systems, delivering optimum results in terms of cost, time and software quality.
-The dissertation/project gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth. It can be undertaken in industry, giving you valuable industrial experience and an excellent talking point when you are looking for a job or promotion.

What will you study?

You will study state-of-the-art concepts in software engineering and will focus on the fundamental concepts and principles of systems analysis, design, implementation and testing. The course focuses on the cost-effective development of high-quality software. You will also have an opportunity to improve your practical skills so that you can plan and conduct complex systems development projects to meet customer needs and integrate software solutions into an evolving business environment.

The Software Engineering course can be combined with Management Studies enabling you to set your technical knowledge in a management context and enable you to work effectively with business managers to develop systems for business advantage. An understanding of the business and management context is a key skill employers look for and essential for those aiming to set up their own business.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Software Engineering with Management Studies MSc modules
-Modelling Enterprise Architectures
-Software Architectures and Programming Models
-Business in Practice
-Project Dissertation
-Software Quality Engineering OR Web Application and Infrastructure Development

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This course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to design, model and effectively operate secure and dependable digital IP-based networks. Read more
This course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to design, model and effectively operate secure and dependable digital IP-based networks. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the internet protocol suite that forms the core for current data networks. The fusion of the internet world and multimedia is also addressed, as well as wireless communications. You can combine this course with management studies.

Key features

-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-You will have the opportunity to study for industry certification, including CISCO, as an optional extra to the masters programme.
-You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree.

What will you study?

Using the latest methods and conforming to current network design standards, you will develop a disciplined engineering approach to, and sound practical skills in, the specification, design, modelling and implementation of software and hardware. You will gain specialist knowledge of digital communications , multimedia communications , wireless networks, security issues and other advanced technologies. You will have access to a dedicated test LAN/ WLAN with a diverse range of platforms and equipment, including wireless networks and enterprise scale networking technologies.

The management studies route modules will set your technical knowledge in a management context.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Networking and Data Communications with Management Studies MSc modules
-Data Communications
-Wireless Communications and Networks
-Network and Information Security
-Business in Practice
-Project Dissertation

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Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. Read more
Computer network and information security is of increasing importance – new legislation, technologies, vulnerabilities and threats necessitate frequent system updates. This course aims to equip you with technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies and an understanding of the underlying theory of cryptography, networking and network security technologies. You will learn to assess, plan, design and develop secure and reliable networks and systems. You can combine this course with management studies.

Key features
-This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
-The course is taught in a specialist data communications lab with access to the latest networking and security equipment from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and Clavister. Current and emerging technology will also be demonstrated by representatives from industry.
-You will have the option to work in one of our state-of-the-art research labs, called WMN (Wireless Multimedia and Networking). WMN is involved in EU and UK research collaborations and offers opportunities for advanced research and short-term research fellowships on completion of your MSc degree.

What will you study?

You will gain a critical awareness of the current developments and future trends in cryptography, network security and wireless security, starting from the mathematical principles behind cryptographic algorithms and moving on to secure network protocols.

As security and dependability are inextricably linked, the course also covers dependable and highly available architectures. Techniques and technologies to combat threats will be explored, from secure authentication mechanisms, through firewalls, to information policies and user education to combat social engineering and data leakage.

The Management Studies route will set your technical knowledge in a management context.

Assessment

Industrial report and technical article coursework, examinations, verbal presentations, project dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Network and Information Security with Management Studies MSc modules
-Cryptography and Applications
-Network and Information Security
-Data Communications
-Business in Practice
-Project Dissertation

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

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

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

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

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

Modules

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

Study style

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

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

Fast-track and cost effective route to further study

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

Option to gain Chartered Management Institute accreditation

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

Learn with a peer group

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

 Careers

  • Business management
  • Progression to MBA


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

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

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

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

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

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

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

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

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

This demanding two year programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager working in a business management context:

-Apply the latest thinking on business management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's major businesses.

-Possess a thorough understanding of management, marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, strategic management, management environment, change management and business and management ethics.

-Develop the research skills necessary to tackle management problems, issues and learning.

-Undertake your own postgraduate study of a topic within the field of business management that has interest and relevance to your development.

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



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The MRes in Management Studies is offered by Cambridge Judge Business School as a full-time period of study and research, during which students with experience at master's level will receive training in research methods and the foundations of their chosen discipline. Read more

The MRes in Management Studies is offered by Cambridge Judge Business School as a full-time period of study and research, during which students with experience at master's level will receive training in research methods and the foundations of their chosen discipline. The goal of the MRes programme is to lay the foundations that will enable students to contribute to the academic debate in their discipline through publications in leading journals, which they will develop during their PhD.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • gained in-depth knowledge of research methods used in management research;
  • developed strong awareness of the current academic debates in their chosen discipline, and in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories of management;
  • gained practical knowledge of management research through close supervision of their dissertation project;
  • developed strong methodological expertise across a spectrum of research methods and applied these methodologies as part of the dissertation research project;
  • developed a strong awareness of the imperative of social impact with management research, through a dissertation; and
  • received training in transferable skills, eg communication skills, presentation skills, writing skills, research project management skills, literature review skills.

Continuing

In order to continue to the PhD, MRes students are required to achieve an average mark of 60 per cent in each module separately and 70 per cent in the dissertation alone. Note that, as for all Cambridge PhDs, the first year of the PhD (the year after the MRes) is still probationary and students will be required to pass a first-year assessment. 

Visit the PhD in Management Studies page for information on that element of this programme.



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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), is designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) The Diploma in Management Studies (DMS), is designed for those managers who want to develop and accredit their professional competence and knowledge base.

The usual route to the DMS is via the Postgraduate Certificate in Management or through the possession of an equivalent qualification such as the Chartered Management Institute's level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, or a masters in another discipline.

On successful completion of the DMS students can proceed to MPA or MBA with accreditation of prior learning against four units. Students progressing on the Executive MPA will be eligible for a fee discount.

Modules

Management and leadership
Strategic human resource management
Enterprise and business planning
Projects and operations management

Residential weekend

A residential weekend takes place in Semester 2. It is essential for all DMS students and is focused on the development of management coaching skills.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by assignments, two per module. It is a requirement of the course to attend and contribute to the residential weekend.

As part of the ever evolving curriculum, all lecturers on the course strive to ensure that assignments are relevant and innovative, firmly linking them to the needs of you and your potential employers. As part of your studies, you'll take part in a weekend residential where you'll engage in various activities that have practical and theoretical use. As part of your learning you'll undertake an improvement project directly linked to your work. This project is guided by a lead management expert. These activities link across the entire curriculum.

Modules are assessed using two types of assessment: Formative and Summative;

Formative assessment is any process whereby we concern ourselves with the process of learning and academic progress in order to assist development and knowledge acquisition, but without conferring a formal mark.Throughout the course there are various formative mechanisms, including group-work activity, learning diaries, action learning sets and the day to day advice and support from tutors and colleagues.

Summative assessment refers to the formalised marking of work, through examinations and the assessment of assignments. Although it is ultimately the summative assessments which confer a result, we intend that the formative processes should enhance the prospects of that result, and its meaning. Present students tell us that this shared engagement with learning has added considerably to their knowledge and confidence.

Teaching and learning

You'll be supported throughout your studies and have access to lecturers for 1-2-1 meetings and guidance. There is an active use of LSBU's Virtual Learning Environment, where all lectures and seminar activities are made available, along with other support materials, such as articles and reference materials. You'll be able to discuss any concerns they have during lecture and seminar sessions and will be encouraged to seek assistance and further clarification on topics and/or assignments.

Employability

If you are not already working in a managerial role, upon completion of this course you'll have certainly increased your chances of securing such position. This course provides a broad understanding of the organisation and how it works with clearer insight into the diversity of cultures and preferences within a team. You'll also posses a greater ability to assist others in development and address performance problems with a clearer understanding of the needs of 'customers' and stakeholders.

Students have come from a vast variety of industries and both private and public sectors. These have included individuals from various managerial positions within the NHS, local government, private companies within the entertainment, finance and other industries

Academic progression

Students who successfully complete the programme become members of the professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and often progress on to a masters degree such as the MPA or the MBA

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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A one year course, designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a management career, the CMS is an introductory, skill-based management qualification. Read more

A one year course, designed for practising managers or those aspiring to a management career, the CMS is an introductory, skill-based management qualification. Suitable for all business sectors, it introduces the main functional areas of management: Introduction to Leadership Practice; Management in Context; Introduction to Marketing; and an Introduction to Finance and Information.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your organisation and then apply your learning back in the workplace.

You can study the CMS as an individual qualification, and when you achieve the CMS, you may choose to pursue the Diploma in Management Studies, which feeds into the MBA programme.

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

Study style

Part-time taught route through lectures and workshops.

Apply your learning in your workplaces

The CMS is designed to enable you to transfer current theories of management to your work place. Through assessment of your work, by written essay, group presentation, or a combination, we give you the practical experience to reflect on and so improve your performance in the workplace.

Learning with a peer group

The CMS attracts students aspiring to be a manager or gaining their first formal management qualification, so you will learn with a peer group of like-minded people. In addition to tutor support, peer group support will help you through the qualification.

Obtain a recognised qualification and professional status

With our links to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you will have the option to join the CMI as part of your CMS studies.

Careers

  • General manager
  • Project manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Finance manager


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