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​What was the Royal Navy’s role in British history, and that of its empire? Why did Nelson become such a hero and how was he depicted? Through unique collaborations with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Warrior, this programme explores these questions in the context of 400 years of naval history. Read more

Why take this course?

​What was the Royal Navy’s role in British history, and that of its empire? Why did Nelson become such a hero and how was he depicted? Through unique collaborations with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Warrior, this programme explores these questions in the context of 400 years of naval history. You will examine the importance of the Royal Navy to British and global history, while engaging with the life of the ordinary sailor in peace and war, the cult of the naval hero, and the navy – and its sailors – in popular culture. To do so, you will draw on a range of naval experts, curators, and primary sources, including the rich collections of Portsmouth’s naval museums. The flexible distance format allows you to learn from leading naval experts as well as the latest scholarship and debates in the field.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Access the rich archives and expertise of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Warrior to support your study.
Undertake study through flexible distance learning techniques, with the option to blend this with study days in Portsmouth.
Take advantage of unique connections with both Portsmouth and international maritime museums, with opportunities to go on field trips and experience behind the scenes tours.
Train in historical research and the interpretation of multi-archive sources.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is an excellent opportunity for students with an interest in British and Naval History to learn from experts in the field and develop a real grounding in this subject area. Offering specific real-life learning experience working with archives and museums, this course offers you the opportunity to develop key transferable skills, such as independent learning, written communication, textual analysis and time management. This course also assists you with refining key research skills appropriate for progression to PhD level research.

Possible career opportunities include:

Journalism
Law
Teaching
Administration
Archive and museum work

Module Details

You will study the following core units:

The Wooden Walls – The Royal Navy under Sail, 1509-1815
The navy changed immensely from that of Henry VIII, and his Mary Rose, to that of Nelson and Victory. Britain went from being a second rate European power to the sole world superpower by 1815. This module explores the changes which both navy and nation experienced in the early modern period. To do so, it looks at key events, including battles such as the Armada and Trafalgar, but also assesses how the navy was supplied and manned, and how the experience of the sailor changed in this period. Using the collections of the museums on the University’s doorstep, as well as the historic ships in Portsmouth, the course will look to understand what it was like to serve aboard a wooden sailing ship, and how the navy, and its heroes and ordinary sailors, were portrayed to the nation at large.

Rise and Fall – Naval Hegemony and Decline, 1815-1960
Emerging from the Napoleonic Wars as the dominant naval power, the Royal Navy assumed a role of imperial protector and global policeman. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, however, Britain began to be challenged globally, and found itself at war twice in the twentieth century. The rise of the USA, and the decline of its empire meant that, although victorious in both World Wars, Britain’s global power had disappeared soon after 1945. This module looks to understand how the navy fits into these wider trends, and the role it played in both peace and war. Using the collections of the naval museums, and those historic ships on our doorstep, including the first British ironclad, HMS Warrior, the course also looks at how technological change influenced its role, and how it changed the lives of those aboard.

Programme Assessment

The course can be studied entirely by distance learning through access to high quality interactive resources online, including unique primary sources, secondary literature, and video clips of world renowned experts. Dr Steven Gray, Lecturer in the History of the Royal Navy, will also be on hand to guide you through the course, as well as provide regular feedback and opportunities to discuss your work. Students will also be welcome to join optional campus based elements in Portsmouth, which will allow students to meet others on the course, participate in seminars, and access the resources, archives, historical artefacts and expertise of the naval museums in Portsmouth. There will also be optional field trips further afield, including abroad, that will further students’ understanding of the Royal Navy, and its role in the world. The MA is taught by university specialists in naval history, alongside staff from the National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Warrior, expertise, archives and galleries will offered to students at an unprecedented level. This flexible programme of delivery enables participation from students all over the UK and beyond.

Student Destinations

The degree will embed a range of highly desirable transferable skills such a communication, research and writing skills. In addition, the MA affords the student the opportunity to gain invaluable employability skills through internships arranged with the NMRN. Students who hold an MA in Naval History will be equipped for a variety of occupations such as teaching, the civil services, the armed forces, research for strategic studies bodies, and more general post-graduate employment. The MA also provides an ideal foundation for those who would like to embark on a PhD in naval history.

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Choose Kingston's Technology (Maritime Operations) MSc. The Technology (Maritime Operations) MSc was developed in partnership by the Royal Navy and Kingston University. Read more

Choose Kingston's Technology (Maritime Operations) MSc

The Technology (Maritime Operations) MSc was developed in partnership by the Royal Navy and Kingston University. The programme accredits the learning achieved during professional naval branch training. It is currently open only to applications from people who have successfully completed at least one of the following:

  • UK Royal Navy principal warfare officer (PWO) training course.
  • Royal Australian Navy principal warfare officer (PWO) training course.

Kingston University is a recognised provider for the UK military Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC) and thus eligible candidates are welcome to partially fund their course in this way.

The Royal Australian Navy Education Branch provides financial support to some of its officers undertaking this award.

The application process is ongoing throughout the year, with three start points – November, February and May – to provide flexibility. The course is targeted for completion within two years, and must be completed within four years.

What will you study?

Of the 180 credits at the required level required for a masters degree, the majority of these credits will come from successful completion of the PWO course (and the training leading up to this course). 120 credits is the maximum that can be gained as recognised prior learning (RPL) from completing the above naval course, and this is achieved by almost all UK Royal Navy PWO officer applicants. However, the level of credit awarded can be influenced by a number of factors, notably on how recently the course has been completed, and the level of relevant experience gained by an individual since completion. A short written assignment may be required from applicants in support of their request for RPL to gain credits towards this course. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) principal warfare officers, in general, need to undertake this extra assignment.

The remaining credits required to complete the masters degree are gained through work-based assignments whilst registered for this MSc at Kingston University. Such study is fully work based and attendance at the University is not required, except for a final presentation and oral examination (viva). In some cases the viva may be permitted by video link, for example, the vivas of RAN officers, but these are exceptions. Gaining the remaining credits requires the candidate to write an academic paper and a final reflective summary, and to undertake a presentation and oral examination (this will include critical reflection on their naval career to date.). If the full 120 credits for prior learning are not awarded, the balance is made up by the completion of additional work-based assignments, agreed between the candidate and the University.

Full access to online library and literature database resources is available to all students remotely. University supervisors, with experience of working with the Royal Navy, provide support by tutoring and advising you throughout your programme. This may be provided face to face, via Skype or FaceTime, over the telephone or via email exchanges. Every effort is made to accommodate your working patterns, where possible.



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The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships and submarines. Read more

The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships and submarines. The programme covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine engineering, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.

About this degree

The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for the latest compliant marine vessel designs as well as the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students develop an understanding of elements of engineering, alongside the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner in a group ship design exercise and an individual project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits), a ship design exercise (45 credits) and an independent project (45 credits).

Core modules

  • Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
  • Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
  • Vibrations, Acoustics and Control

Optional modules

Either:

  • Heat Transfer and Heat Systems (Mechanical Stream)
  • Materials and Fatigue (Mechanical Stream)

Or:

  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Systems (Electrical Stream)
  • Electrical Power Systems & Electrical Propulsion (Electrical Stream)

Dissertation/report

All students complete a ship design exercise, working on the design of a specific vessel, and undertake an independent research project which is either analytical or design, build and test in nature.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework exercises and case studies. The taught modules are assessed through formal examination and coursework, the ship design exercise is assessed through a report and oral presentations, and the individual project is assessed through a report and presentation. Visits to the marine industry are also offered.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Marine Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical Options) MSc

Careers

The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake onwards.There is currently a global shortage of well-qualified marine engineers and consequently the job prospects are good.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Civil Servant, Civil Service
  • Marine Engineer, Royal Navy
  • Marine Engineering Officer, Royal Canadian Navy
  • Warfare Officer, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • PhD in Marine Engineering, UCL

Employability

Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, students will have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce is key to our success and we will encourage students to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme, which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We are unique in having a close relationship with the UK MoD as well Commercial Shipping companies and students benefit through industrial lectures, ship design projects and individual projects. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Despite being part of a central city campus university, UCL Mechanical Engineering has excellent laboratories, including engine labs and a wave tank.

This MSc has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Royal Navy, Canadian and other navies for the advanced training of their marine engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations. Run in parallel with the Naval Architecture MSc, students from both programmes work together on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise.

The department has an international reputation for excellence and is funded by numerous bodies including the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK MoD, BAE Systems, US Naval Research (ONR).

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering

90%: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This Military History MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present. Read more

About the course

This Military History MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present.

The core modules on the course examine:

- the Royal Navy in the twentieth century.
- warfare in ancient and medieval times.
- the impact of the French and Industrial Revolutions on warfare in the age of 'total war'

Optional modules give students the opportunity to study the Second World War, warfare in modern Africa and, additionally, the programme draws on Brunel’s expertise in intelligence studies. Students have the chance to take an optional module in this area with Brunel's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS).

Students will also complete a 15,000 dissertation on any military history topic, drawing on the wide expertise of staff in the department.

Aims

The MA in Military History will provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of debates and interpretations of military history.

Students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in specific subject areas.

Students will be encouraged to extend and develop their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities, and increase their ability to reflect on their own learning and intellectual development.

The MA in Military History will give students transferable skills in writing, discussion, analysis, and independent judgement.

Students will also work independently, thus demonstrating initiative and the ability to organise their time and work through their research project (a dissertation) of 15,000 words.

Course Content

The MA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Dissertation
War in History, 1789 to present
The Royal Navy in the Twentieth Century
European Warfare in the Age of Muscle.

Optional modules:

Intelligence History: Failure and Success
The Second World War
War and the Military in Modern African History
International Security

Special Features

Taught by internationally recognised academics in the field of Military History, Naval History, War Studies, Intelligence History and Security/Intelligence Studies.

Situated in London, the MA Military History has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others.

Students on the MA Military History can automatically receive membership to the Royal Institute for International Affairs.

Students have access to the Specialist Angus Boulton Military History library held at Brunel University.

The MA in Military History regularly invites guest speakers to lecture on specialist subjects. Previous speakers have included, Professor Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter), Emeritus Professor Avi Shlaim (Oxford University), Sir Tony Brenton (Cambridge University), and Professor Brian Holden-Reid (KCL).

Research at Brunel

The Isambard Centre for Historical Research
The Isambard Centre for Historical Research brings together scholars at Brunel whose work examines the tensions inherent in the transnational connections that have shaped the modern world. The Centre takes its title from the University’s namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the nineteenth century, the dockyards, steamships and railways that he built, revolutionised transportation and communication, helping to create the infrastructure that underpinned increasing global trade. People, products, ideas and cultural artefacts were all transmitted along these routes, producing transnational exchanges that stretched across traditional political, cultural and geographic divides. But such processes helped to make borders as well as transcend them. They stimulated anxieties that led to new efforts to control, define and regulate ownership, identity and exchange. Attending to these dual impulses is crucial if we are to understand the social, cultural and political landscapes of the modern world.

Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies
Brunel's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) is a University Inter-Disciplinary Research Centre, taking in members from the School of Engineering and Design, School of Law, and from the Department of Economics and Finance from the School of Social Sciences, as well as core members from the Department of Politics and History. BCISS is the first academic Centre established in the UK to deal specifically with intelligence issues, policy and institutions. Established in November 2003 the Centre aims to promote and develop social science and policy-oriented approaches to intelligence.

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Demand for human factors and safety expertise continues to grow within aviation as well as other safety critical industries. . Read more

Demand for human factors and safety expertise continues to grow within aviation as well as other safety critical industries. 

This course has been designed to provide industry with equipped graduates who can make a real and lasting improvement to performance and safety through the application of skills and knowledge learnt through a mix of lectures and practical exercises.

Who is it for?

This course attracts a wide variety of students from aviation professionals in civil and military domains to high-quality graduates in engineering and social science disciplines. The wide range of skills and knowledge represented by students on the course provides a learning environment unique to here.

Why this course?

Delivered through the specialist Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, operating for over 30 years to support global safety and investigation, this course is unique in that it synthesises the study of human factors with the study of safety and safety assessment, creating a powerful combination to really add-on value in applied aviation and safety critical contexts.

It is designed to provide industry with successful and well equipped graduates who can make a real and lasting improvement to performance and safety through the application of skills and knowledge learned on the course. Demand for human factors and safety expertise continues to be a growing area within aviation as well as other safety critical industries. Safety critical systems require high human performance in addition to engineering excellence to meet the safety and business requirements of the aviation industry. To meet these demands, the design of systems must match, support and augment the capabilities of the user.

We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

Course details

The MSc comprises 12 modules; eight compulsory and two of the optional taught modules; and two group project modules. The PgCert consists of three compulsory modules with the remaining modules selected by yourself. You also complete an individual research project.

Group project

Two group projects are completed by students: 

The Capstone Group Project will provide a simulated industrial environment where knowledge and skills gained from the taught components of the course can be consolidated and applied to solving a human factors and safety problem. 

The Applied Safety Assessment module will provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems module, in a practical scenario. In addition, the module aims to equip students with the ability to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment on an airframe whist working in a team, and to present the group work both orally and in a written report.

Individual project

Each MSc student is required to undertake an individual research project. The output of this project is a written report presented in the format of a scientific paper. The project aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply the technical and analytical skills taught during the course, in a practical way. The individual research project is a chance to study a specific subject or problem area in much greater depth and use some of the techniques learned during the course. You will be assigned a supervisor who will help to guide you in your research.

Previous Individual Research Projects included:

  • The analysis of behaviour associated with high workload in military air-traffic control
  • Checklist design in General Aviation
  • Safety in ground handling with Menzies Aviation
  • Pilot-autopilot conflict with Airbus.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

There are strong employment prospects for graduates in safety-related management and operational positions. Course graduates generally find suitable employment in a range of safety and human factors related roles. Previous graduates of the course have been successful in gaining employment with:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • British Airways
  • Qinetiq
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • NATS
  • Honeywell
  • Easyjet
  • DHL
  • Royal Navy
  • Frazer-Nash
  • MBDA


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The Guided Weapon Systems MSc is a flagship Cranfield course and has an outstanding reputation within the Guided Weapons community. The course meets the requirements of all three UK armed services and is also open to students from NATO countries, Commonwealth forces, selected non-NATO countries, the scientific civil service and industry. Read more

The Guided Weapon Systems MSc is a flagship Cranfield course and has an outstanding reputation within the Guided Weapons community. The course meets the requirements of all three UK armed services and is also open to students from NATO countries, Commonwealth forces, selected non-NATO countries, the scientific civil service and industry.

Who is it for?

This course is an essential pre-requisite for many specific weapons postings in the UK and overseas forces. It also offers an ideal opportunity for anyone working in the Guided Weapons industry to get a comprehensive overall understanding of all the main elements of guided weapons systems.

It typically attracts 12 students per year, mainly from UK, Canadian, Australian, Chilean, Brazilian and other European forces.

Why this course?

The main objective of the Guided Weapon Systems course is to bring together the wide variety of disciplines constituting guided weapon systems technology and to present them in an integrated manner. It takes you on to an understanding of the principles of guided weapon systems technology and all interrelated and multi-disciplinary facets involved with the complete systems design process.

The course structure is modular in nature with each module conducted at a postgraduate level. The interactions between modules are emphasised throughout. A comprehensive suite of visits to industrial and services establishments consolidates the learning process, ensuring the taught subject matter is directly relevant and current.

Informed by Industry

The industry advisory panel consists of the main services customers:

  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Air Force
  • Army

and a variety of industry contacts:

  • Dstl
  • Roxel
  • Thales
  • MBDA

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Course details

The course comprises a taught phase and an individual project. The taught phase is split into three main phases: Part One (Theory), Part Two (Applications), Part Three (Systems).

Individual project

Each student has to undertake an research project on a subject related to an aspect of guided weapon systems technology. It will usually commence around January and finish with a dissertation submission and oral presentation in mid-July.

Assessment

This varies from module to module but comprises a mixture of oral examinations, written examinations, informal tests, assignments, syndicate presentations and an individual thesis

Your career

Successful students will have a detailed understanding of Guided Weapons system design and will be highly suited to any role or position with a requirement for specific knowledge of such systems. Many students go on to positions within the services which have specific needs for such skills.



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The Public Archaeology MA at UCL is a unique programme in a rapidly growing sector. Read more

The Public Archaeology MA at UCL is a unique programme in a rapidly growing sector. It provides students with an understanding of the different means of communicating archaeology to the public, and of the real-world political, educational, social, economic and moral/ethical dimensions of public archaeology from a global perspective.

About this degree

Students are introduced to the range of areas in which archaeology has relevance to the wider world, and develop an understanding of how archaeology is communicated, used (and misused) in the public arena. The flexible programme structure allows students to design a theoretically based or practically based degree depending on each individual's interests and needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of a core module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core module

Students are required to take the following module: 

  • Public Archaeology

Optional modules

You are then able to choose further optional modules to the value of 60 credits. At least one of these must be taken from the list below of modules recommended for this degree programme. The other 30 credits may also come from this list or can be chosen from amongst an outstanding range of other Master's programmes offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Applied Heritage Management
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict
  • Archaeologies of the Modern World
  • Archaeology and Education
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Cultural Memory
  • Key Topics in the Archaeology of the Americas
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Managing Museums
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars discussions, practical demonstrations, and field trips to museums and archaeological sites and monuments around the UK. It features a series of distinguished guest lecturers with extensive first-hand experience in the archaeology, museum, cultural and heritage sectors. Assessment is through essays, project reports and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Public Archaeology MA

Funding

Institute of Archaeology Master's Awards: a small number of grants up to the value of £1,000 are available for the academic year 2018/19. All UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students with an offer to start any Master's degree offered by the IoA are eligible to apply. For an application form please email . The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Some graduates of the programme go on to PhD studies while others pursue careers in professional organisations associated with the archaeology, museum, cultural and heritage sectors. Students benefit from the practical real-world insights and contacts within these sectors that the programme offers. Career paths in these sectors include the growing fields of education and interpretation in museums and heritage sites; policy and research jobs in organisations such as the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, English Heritage and Arts Council England; and the growing interest in public archaeology within commercial archaeological organisations worldwide.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Communications Assistant, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)
  • Visitor Experience Host, York Archaeological Trust
  • Strategic Development Intern, National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Project Researcher, American University in Italy
  • Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology

Employability

Graduates of the Public Archaeology MA have a distinct set of skills and knowledge that equips them for work across the archaeology, heritage and museum sector. This includes an in-depth understanding of the structure of the sector and its socio-economic, political and cultural contexts, but also a very practical appreciation of public understanding and engagement with the past. These strengths are reflected in the diversity of career paths amongst graduates of the Public Archaeology MA programme, in archaeology, museums, the heritage industry and academia.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study.

Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance of the British Museum and the British Library. Students benefit from London's many museums, galleries and other archaeological spaces, but in particular have easy access to UCL's own museums and collections, which form a resource of international importance for academic research.



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We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to conduct a rail accident investigation in accordance with the standards and recommended practices as required under the appropriate national and European legislation. Read more

We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to conduct a rail accident investigation in accordance with the standards and recommended practices as required under the appropriate national and European legislation

Who is it for?

The course is primarily aimed at those involved in rail accident investigation and other safety related industries.

Why this course?

We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. The course format draws on the experience we have gained in running similar MSc programmes which have proved to be both successful and popular. The format suits professionals based in UK and abroad, as teaching is conducted in modules and research and assessments can be completed remotely.

An important aspect of this course is the use of hands-on workshops and simulations to develop the practical skills required as an investigator. This is complemented by sessions and modules that enable you to conduct rigorous research and scientific analysis, along with technical writing, investigation and interviewing techniques.

Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The Industry Advisory Board for this course is made up of representatives from several organisations who have an interest in safety and accident investigation. As this is a new course it is expected that the Board will meet annually to ensure the course content remains relevant and up-to-date. Current members include:

  • Visiting Professor (Board Chairman), Ex AAIB
  • Visiting Professor, Ex AAIB
  • Chief Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch
  • Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch
  • Head of Corporate Safety, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Executive Vice President Safety, Emirates
  • Manager, Air Safety Investigations, Rolls-Royce
  • Director of Flight Safety, Airbus
  • Senior Advisor Royal Navy Flight Safety & Accident Investigation Centre.

Course details

The course is delivered on a modular basis and consists of a combination of conventional learning tools and hands-on experience through field exercises and simulations.

The programme commences with attendance on the three-week module in Fundamentals of Investigation followed by a three-week module in Applied Rail Accident Investigation. The two compulsory modules have input from a significant number of external presenters who represent safety and accident investigation.

Individual project

During year three, students undertake a supervised research project on a subject of their choice within the rail accident investigation field. Students will be given a briefing and must demonstrate competency in hypothesis formation, literature review, methodology, analysis, conclusion forming and presentation. Students will also be asked to give a formal oral presentation on their research findings.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

The MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation (Rail Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of rail accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the rail transport industry.



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Developed in close collaboration with the marine accident investigation community, this course offers a unique combination of research based learning and learning from real-world experiences, ensuring that students gain the skills and knowledge from the best of both academia and industry. Read more

Developed in close collaboration with the marine accident investigation community, this course offers a unique combination of research based learning and learning from real-world experiences, ensuring that students gain the skills and knowledge from the best of both academia and industry.

Who is it for?

The course is primarily aimed at those involved, or about to become involved, in marine accident investigation and other safety related industries.

The course is suitable for those with a technical or operational background in marine or safety engineering and management, accident investigators, and those employed by national investigation agencies, operator, regulators, and manufacturers.

Why this course?

Cranfield University have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for over 35 years. The course format draws on the experience Cranfield has gained in running similar MSc programmes which have proven to be both successful and popular. The course format suits professionals based in all over the world, as teaching is conducted in modules and research and assessments can be completed remotely if necessary.

The course structure has been developed in close collaboration with the marine accident investigation community and with the endorsement of the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’s Industrial Advisory Board.

Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

The Industry Advisory Board for this course is made up of representatives from several organisations who have an interest in safety and accident investigation.

As this is a new course, it is expected that the Board will meet annually to ensure the course content remains relevant and up-to-date. Current members include:

  • Former Head of the Air Accident Investigation Branch
  • Chief Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch
  • Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch
  • Senior Advisor, Royal Navy Flight Safety & Accident Investigation Centre.

Course details

This course commences with completion of the two core modules. Students can then specialise in particular areas of investigation such as core skills, management, engineering, human factors and specialist techniques through the choice of four optional modules, from a selection of thirteen modules.

Individual project

During year three, students undertake a supervised research project on a subject of their choice within the marine accident investigation field. Students will be given a briefing and must demonstrate competency in hypothesis formation, literature review, methodology, analysis, conclusion forming and presentation. Students will also be asked to give a formal oral presentation on their research findings.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

The MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation (Marine Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of marine accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the marine transport industry.

Previous students have been employed by dedicated government investigation agencies, airframe and power plant manufacturers, air traffic services, safety regulation, insurers, and the military.



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Take control of your future and enjoy the greater freedom and flexibility that developing your own business can bring. We will feed your entrepreneurial spirit and develop your management skills so you can create, establish and lead your own venture. Read more

Take control of your future and enjoy the greater freedom and flexibility that developing your own business can bring. We will feed your entrepreneurial spirit and develop your management skills so you can create, establish and lead your own venture. We will also give you the knowledge and confidence to implement new strategies within an established company to drive change, encourage innovation and help the business flourish.

As well as gaining a broad overview of business, you will also explore your individual management style and develop critical-thinking patterns and problem solving and decision-making techniques to share and reflect upon with your peers. Working closely with industry professionals, you will be encouraged to experiment with new ideas and you will learn to identify opportunities and risks in order to develop a viable business venture or project.

Studying professional interactions, you will learn that strong communication and relationship development skills coupled with a solid emotional intelligence base are key to managing and sustaining complex business partnerships.

Course Benefits

You will learn from a highly skilled and research-active teaching team who are experts in enterprise, innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and management. You will also work with a professional mentor - a business practitioner who can provide practical support and advice during your period of study.

With guidance from your mentor, you will have the opportunity to work on a real-life enterprise or start-up project and implement solutions, make decisions and manage the process from start to finish.

In addition, you will have access to our Enterprise & Innovation Academy, who will offer information, advice and guidance to give you the best possible grounding when taking your next step into a new business venture.

We are dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the Director General for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness for BP, the Deputy Agent for the Bank of England and the Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Core modules

  • Individual Enhancement
  • Market Focus
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Building Relationships
  • Advanced Practice
  • Live Commercial Project

Option modules

  • Creative & Social Enterprise
  • Technology Entrepreneurship

Job prospects

With your enhanced knowledge and a vision of how to build a successful company, you could launch and manage a new venture or offer expert advice to others as a business consultant. Alternatively, you could work within an existing organisation and drive innovation, creativity and success. A wide variety of exciting and rewarding job roles will be open to you, including business development manager, operations manager and management consultant.

  • Business owner
  • Business consultant
  • Research and development manager
  • Sales manager


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It is essential in this time of creative ambiguity that we develop and empower the individual. Therefore, this entrepreneurial menswear MA will recruit ambitiously envisioned designers to work on their creative expression through personal research, process development and informed professionalism. Read more

It is essential in this time of creative ambiguity that we develop and empower the individual. Therefore, this entrepreneurial menswear MA will recruit ambitiously envisioned designers to work on their creative expression through personal research, process development and informed professionalism.

In order for our students to establish their aspirations and to define a sustainable career path within a global design context the Course is delivered by the most inspiring menswear design professionals who provide a learning environment that is supportive, challenging and informed.

Course structure

The taught project-based curriculum has two core modules that progressively develop students’ confidence in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context and encourages imaginative, practical and theoretical knowledge to the highest level of strategic and tactical competence.

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

Year one

MA Menswear 1

This module is based upon a programme of personal and aimed at bringing research, design, specialist abilities and thinking to postgraduate level. There will be continuous tutor, peer and self-reflective evaluation with each project feeding into a final synoptic grade only assessment that champions a diagnostic, reflexive and critical approach.

Year two

MA Menswear 2

The second year module is self-directed with essential industry related work aimed at developing the highest level of creative thinking, specialised process and professionalism aligned to each student’s individual aspirations. This summative module is designed to enable students to generate their own perspective on originality, the creation of the appropriate specialist techniques and a working process and context that establishes them as influential and informed design professional. Pre-requisites are the successful completion of the first year MA Menswear Module or demonstration of having achieved the equivalent.

Internships

Westminster has exceptional industry connections and a great track record of successful internships that have benefited both the students and the fashion companies alike. Our internship programme was recently voted the best in the world in the 2015 Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Rankings. Examples of where of menswear companies that our students have undertaken internships include:

  • Acne Studios
  • Adidas
  • Aitor Throup
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Balenciaga
  • Balmain
  • Bernhard Willhelm
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Dior Homme
  • Christopher Kane
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Christopher Shannon
  • Craig Green
  • Gieves & Hawkes
  • Givenchy
  • J.W. Anderson
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Lanvin
  • Liam Hodges
  • Loewe
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Margaret Howell
  • Norton & Sons
  • Old Navy
  • Paul Smith
  • Sibling
  • Thom Browne
  • Thomas Tait
  • Tom Ford
  • Versace
  • Viktor & Rol

Career prospects

Westminster has a long history of producing menswear graduates capable of working at the highest levels of the international fashion industry. Menswear graduates from Westminster in the last four years now work in design roles for companies including Tom Ford, Burberry Prorsum, Alfred Dunhill, Topman, Alexander McQueen, Harrods, GAP, Belstaff, J.W. Anderson, Bottega Veneta, H&M, Adidas, Pull & Bear, Aitor Throup, Timothy Everest, and James Long. Others go on to set up their own design brands including Aaron Tubb, who set up Bazar14 and Liam Hodges, who was recently awarded the NEWGEN award and shows at London Collection Men.



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Acquire a respected qualification tailored to the professional and vocational development of military chaplains in this multifaith programme. Read more

Acquire a respected qualification tailored to the professional and vocational development of military chaplains in this multifaith programme.

Overview

Acquire a respected qualification tailored to the professional and vocational development of military chaplains in this three year, multi-faith programme.

Teaching is via four short residential schools per year with online tutorial support throughout.

Additionally, you will study and reflect with chaplains from other fields (e.g. Education, Health, Prisons) during residentials.

You will develop your intellectual competence and research skills, deepening your reflective practice and enhancing pastoral capability. 

Please note, this programme is only suitable for chaplains currently serving with a branch of the military.

Distinctive features

  • Post-experience course directly tailored to the distinctive needs and ministry of chaplains to the military (MoD, Navy or RAF).
  • Opportunities to meet and study with chaplains from other sectors.
  • Delivered in an ecumenical collegiate environment where study, worship and reflection belong together.
  • Integrates a multi-faith perspective in all teaching and discussion.
  • A three year-programme offered via four short residential schools per year with individually directed personal study.
  • Co-devised with St Padarn’s Institute, this programme gives you the knowledge and expertise to contribute more fully in your role.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Teaching is offered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and student presentations. Teaching is via four short residential schools per year with online tutorial support throughout.

How will I be supported?

On enrolment, you are assigned your own Personal Tutor and provided with teaching and learning resources, including Postgraduate Handbook. Additional specific module resources are made available during the programme.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries should be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Taught. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Career prospects

This programme is only suitable for chaplains currently serving with a branch of the military.



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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?. Read more

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to enhance existing management or leadership capabilities or develop a more strategic view of organisational management and behaviour, undertaking the MA Business Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The key benefit to you is that you can tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations.

It will help you develop the ability to reflect on your own actions and decisions within the workplace and to become an independent learner, able to make sound professional judgements when faced with the organisational, financial and management aspects of a business.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.

Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

This course is the choice for those who already have a first degree, or who have lower qualifications coupled with several years experience in responsible positions such as those in the military. If you’ve achieved a high level of skill through experience that isn’t reflected in your qualifications, then our course could be for you.

There is a good potential that your award can be used to gain professional recognition or help you achieve the CPD requirements of professional registration.

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning programme is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

The learning can include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. Top-up a PgCert or PgDip or international equivalent in a business/management/leadership based subject to a full MA. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Examples of WBL projects include Evaluate and Contrast the Differing Leadership Behaviours and Cultures of Military and Civilian Management, The Resettlement Process in the Royal Navy, and the Development of Student Support Services Strategies.
  • Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples include Strategic Organisational Excellence, Leadership Skills and Management, Resourcing, Learning and Talent.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?. Read more

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to further your career as a maritime professional, managing operations and solving complex problems both on and off-shore, undertaking the MSc Maritime Studies through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The key benefit to you is that you can tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.

Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

This course can help you to become a greater asset to your ship, whether you are aiming to succeed from navigating officer to a managerial role or pursue a role in international maritime policy or maritime security and defence or transition from the Royal Navy into the private sector.

Students who successfully complete the MSc Maritime Studies can use their studies to gain Incorporated (IEng) status through the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). You may be able to use your award to gain professional recognition. 

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract.

The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

The learning can include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, such as Master Mariner, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have explored Boarding Operations, An Evaluation of Safe Navigation Equipment and the Effect of Fatigue on Shipboard Personnel, Analysis of Global Submarine Capabilities, Effective Ballast Management, and Piracy at Sea.
  • Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples of taught units include Leadership and Management Skills, Risk Management, and Logistics.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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