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We have designed this online course to meet the learning needs of managers and professionals working in the events industry. It is also suitable if you have a first degree in an unrelated subject and want to specialise in events management. Read more

We have designed this online course to meet the learning needs of managers and professionals working in the events industry. It is also suitable if you have a first degree in an unrelated subject and want to specialise in events management.

You will advance your expertise in the strategic planning and management of large and complex events. Your knowledge will be honed by studying the management of worldwide events, ensuring you will be able to address the many industry changes and difficult challenges facing today's events managers.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will provide access to all the support and resources you will need, so you will be able to study at your own pace and from wherever you are in the world. To help you fit your studies around work and personal commitments, you will study one module each semester.

Modules are taught on a rolling basis, with new and existing students learning together and from each other, sharing their experience and knowledge via our Virtual Learning Environment.

The University has been given a five-star rating for our academic work in Hospitality & Leisure Management by QS, the international higher education benchmarking agency.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

This course is delivered by online learning and teaching methods focus on online materials. However, there is variety and diversity in the teaching methods deployed as they match the aims and learning outcomes of each module.

An online induction programme is provided in the first week of the course to ensure you are fully equipped to operate effectively throughout your studies. You will be supported by e-tutors and the distance learning team including administrative and course leader support.

A range of materials are provided to support your learning and include a programme specification, student and module handbooks and online learning tools. These include online and audio recorded lectures, PowerPoint presentations, directed reading in preparation for lectures, online journals and reports, online individual and group tutoring via web cam, and chat rooms for students and staff.

Here's what you'll need

To study this course you will need to use Windows, Mac OS or an i-Pad. If you're working on a PC, laptop or Mac you will require a 56k modem or higher with soundcard and speakers. Windows users will need version 7, XP or Vista and have access to Firefox, Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mac users will need the OS X or higher version and access to Apple Safari, while if you intend to study via an iPad it will need to be the iOS 5.1 or a latest version.

Course Benefits

The UK Centre for Events Management is the world's leading provider of events education, consultancy and research. Our specialist team draws together academics and events professionals who have designed and developed cutting-edge courses that are informed by industry and research.

Our staff are engaged in research and consultancy work, publishing their findings in textbooks and journals of international standing.

UKCEM is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Events Management by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure. Our courses are also accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and are recognised by the National Outdoor Events Associated, the British Hospitality Association and by EUROCHRIE.

PG Cert

Core modules

  • Events Creativity & Innovation
  • Impacts & Risks in Event Management
  • Experiential Marketing
  • International Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Events Operations & Quality Management
  • Strategic Management for Events

PG Dip

Core modules

  • Events Creativity & Innovation
  • Impacts & Risks in Event Management
  • Experiential Marketing
  • International Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Events Operations & Quality Management
  • Strategic Management for Events

MSc

Core modules

  • Events Creativity & Innovation
  • Impacts & Risks in Event Management
  • Strategic Management for Events
  • International Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Events Operations & Quality Management
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Masters Research Methods
  • Masters Research Project

Job Prospects

You will be equipped for a wide variety of senior management and strategic planning positions within the events industry in the UK and overseas. Former students now hold jobs in senior roles in conferencing and events.

  • Events Manager
  • Senior Account Executive
  • Conference Organiser
  • Senior Project Manager


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Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. Read more
Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies.

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. The programme is highly interdisciplinary and offers a flexible combination of module choices including for example, law, history, international relations, and diplomacy.

You will acquire skills necessary to work in a wide range of professions that require an understanding of inter-cultural relations and policy-making at both local and national levels. You will also gain the expertise to evaluate materials from different sources such as the media, government reports and legal documents as well as academic research.

The programme is offered by the Department of Religions and Philosophies http://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/ and delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) http://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/

Structure

Students take four modules (comprising one core and three elective) over two years and write a dissertation

Core modules:

‌•Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
‌•Dissertation

Optional modules:

‌•Introduction to Islam
‌•Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
‌•Islamic Law in a Global Context
‌•Religions and Development
‌•The Art of Negotiation
‌•Global Public Policy
‌•International Security
‌•Global Diplomacy: Citizenship and Advocacy
‌•Strategic Studies
‌•Political Islam in South Asia
‌•Contemporary India, State, Society and Politics

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules http://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp/programme-disclaimer/

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

This programme is taught 100% online through our VLE. In the VLE you will have access to learning materials and course resources anytime so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. For each module, students will be provided with access, through both the SOAS Library and the University of London’s Online Library, to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.

A key component of the student experience will be peer to peer learning, with students enrolled in discussion forums.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by five written online assessments (‘etivities’*) comprising 30% and one 5,000 word essay comprising 70% of the module mark. The etivities provide formative and summative feedback to students as a means of monitoring their progress and encouraging areas in which they can improve.

Dissertation

The Dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module. The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal.

* An 'e-tivity' is a framework for online, active and interactive learning following a format that states clearly to the students its 'Purpose'; the 'Task' at hand; the contribution or 'Response' type; and the 'Outcome' (Salmon, G. (2002) E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, New York and London: Routledge Falmer.)

How to Apply

You can apply using our online application form http://www.cefims.ac.uk/forms/appform/cisd_appform.shtml

If you have any questions please use our online enquiry form.

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

31 March 2016 for a 20 April 2016 start
Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we
recommend submitting your documents immediately.

Supporting documentation for applications - please view website http://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/ma-muslim-minorities-in-a-global-context-online/

Email:

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050

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This distance learning programme, offered in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a Skye-based college of the University of the Highlands and Islands, presents a unique and innovative opportunity to engage with the culture of Scotland through its wealth of popular and creative arts, and to contribute to international debates concerning the role of tradition and heritage in the 21st century. Read more

This distance learning programme, offered in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a Skye-based college of the University of the Highlands and Islands, presents a unique and innovative opportunity to engage with the culture of Scotland through its wealth of popular and creative arts, and to contribute to international debates concerning the role of tradition and heritage in the 21st century.

You will engage with a newly available range of digitised archival resources, including Tobar an Dualchais – Kist o Riches, a major online collection of audio recordings relating to all aspects of Scotland’s oral heritage. You will study the principles of folklore and ethnology and take courses that open your eyes and ears to song, storytelling, custom, tradition and heritage.

Online learning

All of your learning and engagement with tutors and fellow students will take place in a high quality virtual learning environment (VLE), designed and led by top scholars from both institutions.

You will become part of a virtual community of students, accessing a full range of teaching resources and participative sessions through the VLE.

Teaching and learning takes the form of video presentations, audio podcasts, guided reading and research, discussion board threads and participation in a virtual classroom setting in real time.

Programme structure

This programme has been designed to deal with both the theory and practice of the cultural traditions and heritage of Scotland, but is set in an international comparative context.

You will take a compulsory course in Resources and Research Methods, as well as two shorter thematic courses in semester 1 and two more in semester 2:

  • Resources and Research Methods (taken over two semesters)
  • Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches: Analytical Case Study
  • The Traditional Arts in Scotland: History and Context
  • Tradition and Modernity
  • Understanding Heritage

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities including in broadcasting and other media, heritage and conservation organisations, publishing, arts development, tourism, local or national government, research, management or education.

Having an enhanced knowledge of Scottish culture is relevant to employers both in a national context and overseas, given Scotland’s links to many countries around the world. The ability to undertake original research through cultural fieldwork as well as professional media editing, emphasised in several of the courses on this programme, is a key skill within many modern professions.



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Learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of negotiations processes through the course's core module, The Art of Negotiation. Read more

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of negotiations processes through the course's core module, The Art of Negotiation. In addition, you will be able to select modules according to your interests and career goals, including International Security, Diplomatic Systems, and America and the World: US Foreign Policy.

Established in 2013 and based on 20 years of experience within Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), MA Global Diplomacy will allow you to deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice. The programme brings together cutting-edge research in delivering an engaging and stimulating student experience in a dynamic field of study.
You will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to proceed to careers in a range of professional contexts where diplomacy is relevant, while also providing the learning opportunities to enable you, as a postgraduate student, to acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge to undertake further advanced studies and research in the area of global diplomacy.

The course has its foundations in an established heritage of high-quality teaching and research within SOAS' Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). The mission of CISD is to promote multi-disciplinary teaching that combines the distinctive expertise of SOAS with cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

Who is this programme for?

Relevant for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

By studying online you will also have the flexibility to integrate studies into your working life without having to take a career break.

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/maglobaldiplomacy/

Course structure

Students will study four modules, comprising one core and three elective modules (30 credits each). You will also be required to complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

The Art of Negotiation
You will learn about the key concepts of diplomacy and the institutional development of diplomatic relations. You will also be introduced to the strategy and tactics of negotiation and its place in international relations between states.

Dissertation
This is an opportunity for students to produce a sustained piece of individual, academic research on their chosen topic within the field of international relations under the guidance of one of CISD’s expert academics.

Elective modules

Students are able to indicate three preferred modules from the below list. These are subject to availability.

• America and the World: US Foreign Policy
• Diplomatic Systems
• Global Diplomacy: Global Citizenship and Advocacy
• Global Energy and Climate Policy
• Global International Organisation: United Nations in the World
• Global Public Policy
• International Economics
• International History and International Relations
• International Security
• Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
• Sport and Diplomacy
• Strategic Studies

Teaching and Learning

Fully supported student learning is intimately linked to assessment in the programme to ensure students do as well as they can. Each module, with the exception of the Dissertation, is assessed by one three-hour seen examined component comprising 70% of the module marker and by the previous submission of five written online activities comprising 30%.

The Dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module. The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal.

The examined components take place immediately following the conclusion of a module in August and February on a six monthly cycle. These are held at University of London approved centres worldwide.

Employment

The degree aims to prepare students for such roles as those within a Foreign Service or other government department, international civil service (such as the United Nations or European Union), international NGOs (working in fields such as development, humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution), as well as multinational corporations and international media.

How to Apply

You can apply using our online application form - http://www.cefims.ac.uk/forms/appform/cisd_appform.shtml

If you have any questions please use our online enquiry form - https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/programmes/maglobaldiplomacy/enquiry-form.html

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

31 March 2016 for a 20 April 2016 start

Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.

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Start of programme. April / October. Mode of Attendance. On-Line. Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on Middle East & North Africa. Read more

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: On-Line

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on Middle East & North Africa. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in Middle East & North Africa.

Research is a key component of this programme upon completion will give students the skills to:

  • think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy, and political economy in Middle East & North Africa.
  • develop and practice the ability to see – and to comment on – the strengths and the weaknesses of others’ ideas and arguments.

The programme is delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and the University of London International Academy (UoLIA) in association with the FCO's Diplomatic Academy, using a combination of multi-disciplinary teaching, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

This programme is available as a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level. Please see the Structure tab for more information.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in Middle East & North Africa requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

Structure

Masters

There are two core modules and a range of elective modules on offer each session. There are also four research mini modules a Masters

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules
  • 1 x dissertation on a topic related to Middle East & North Africa (60 credits)

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the Middle East & North Africa list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Diploma

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the Middle East & North Africa list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Certificate

  • 1 x core module (30 credits)
  • 1 x elective module (30 credits)
  • 2 x research mini modules

Teaching & Learning

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

This programme is taught 100% online through our VLE. In the VLE you will have access to learning materials and course resources anytime so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. For each module, students will be provided with access, through both the SOAS Library and the University of London’s Online Library, to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources. 

A key component of the student experience will be peer to peer learning, with students enrolled in discussion forums.

Research training

Research training is a key feature of this programme and all students must complete a compulsory mini research module following on from each module. Research modules 1 and 3 are formative modules only, and are not assessed.

In addition to the research modules, those going on to do a PGDip or MA must submit a research proposal and MA students must submit a dissertation at the end of research module four

Assessment

Each module is assessed by five written online assessments (‘etivities[1]’) comprising 30% and one 5,000 word essay comprising 70% of the module mark. The etivities provide formative and summative feedback to students as a means of monitoring their progress and encouraging areas in which they can improve.

Dissertation

The Dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module. The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal.



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Start of programme. April / October. Mode of Attendance. On-Line. Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. Read more

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: On-Line

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia.

Research is a key component of this programme upon completion will give students the skills to:

  • think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy, and political economy in South Asia
  • develop and practice the ability to see – and to comment on – the strengths and the weaknesses of others’ ideas and arguments.

The programme is delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and the SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI), in association with the FCO's Diplomatic Academy, using a combination of multi-disciplinary teaching, cutting-edge research and public discussion of diplomacy and international politics in a globalised world.

This programme is available as a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level. Please see the Structure tab for more information.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in South Asia requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

Structure

Masters

There are two core modules and a range of elective modules on offer each session. There are also four research mini modules a Masters

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules
  • 1 x dissertation on a topic related to South Asia (60 credits)

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the South Asia list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Diploma

  • 2 x core modules (30 credits each)
  • 2 x elective modules (30 credits each)
  • 4 x research mini modules

Of the taught modules, one core module and one elective module must be from the South Asia list, while one core module and one elective module must be from the Diplomacy list.

PG Certificate

  • 1 x core module (30 credits)
  • 1 x elective module (30 credits)
  • 2 x research mini modules

Teaching & Learning

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

This programme is taught 100% online through our VLE. In the VLE you will have access to learning materials and course resources anytime so you can fit your studies around your existing commitments. For each module, students will be provided with access, through both the SOAS Library and the University of London’s Online Library, to all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources. 

A key component of the student experience will be peer to peer learning, with students enrolled in discussion forums.

Research training

Research training is a key feature of this programme and all students must complete a compulsory mini research module following on from each module. Research modules 1 and 3 are formative modules only, and are not assessed.

In addition to the research modules, those going on to do a PGDip or MA must submit a research proposal and MA students must submit a dissertation at the end of research module four

Assessment

Each module is assessed by five written online assessments (‘etivities[1]’) comprising 30% and one 5,000 word essay comprising 70% of the module mark. The etivities provide formative and summative feedback to students as a means of monitoring their progress and encouraging areas in which they can improve.

Dissertation

The Dissertation is assessed by the submission of a written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices, which will account for 85% of the mark awarded for the module. The remaining 15% of the module mark will be based on the mark obtained for a 1,500 word research proposal.



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The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Medical Education programme is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. Read more
The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Medical Education programme is committed to promoting excellence in learning and teaching for health professionals. This distance learning programme is delivered entirely online and has been established for eight years. This innovative programme is for all medical, dental and other health professionals who aim to professionalise the role of the clinician as teacher.

It recognises the diverse, complex and challenging contexts of both those new to educator roles and responsibilities and those with considerable years of experience. The overall aim of the course is to develop a community of educators committed to promote improvements in both ‘what’ and ‘how’ we teach future healthcare professionals.

The course is highly practical and aims to model best practice in learning and teaching and draws upon a wide range of innovative approaches to learner support and development. The course is organised into a series of modules that involve interactive activities delivered within an online environment. These activities are conducted within groups, each one being facilitated by an online tutor. This affords an opportunity to explore the module topic through discussion and clarification of understanding and also gives the opportunity and time to apply new learning through the online discussions, tasks, wikis and assignments. Through this there is ample time to reflect on own practise and to share experiences and new insights with colleagues. This is a truly interactive programme.

A comprehensive menu of online modules will allow you to contribute to critical dialogues that promote deeper insights into educational theory and principles applied to clinical practice.

The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy, conferring Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education and evidence of engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). The programme is also aligned to the Academy of Medical Educators professional standards enabling you to apply for recognition of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Structure

• PgCert

The Postgraduate Certificate is a one year programme. You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

We have a three week induction module to introduce the practise of Medical Education, familiarise you with the online learning platform, and facilitate initial contact with your peers, personal tutors and online tutors.

Core modules:

Learning and Teaching in Clinical Education
Educational Media and Technologies
Assessing Learning
Peer Review of Teaching

• PgDip

The Postgraduate Diploma year (year two) follows on from successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate year (year one). 

You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

Core modules:

Evaluating Courses
Research Skills
Contemporary Issues in Medical Education
Practical Teaching Portfolio

• MSc

The MSc year (year three) follows on from successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate year (year one) and the Postgraduate Diploma year (year two). You will be required to engage with online learning materials within tutor-facilitated groups and with your dissertation supervisor throughout the academic year (October to June). There is no requirement to attend, as all teaching will be delivered via e-learning.

Core modules:

Dissertation (E-leanring)

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both to inform learning (formative) and to assess learning (summative) and all assignment tasks are linked to your educational practise. For example, typical assignments may relate to designing and producing some instructional media for a specific teaching need you identify, critically reviewing an assessment method you identify, reflecting on your experience of participating in peer review of teaching.

Successful completion of both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are required for progression to the MSc. The MSc component will require the completion of a small scale empirical or literature based study culminating in the submission of a dissertation.

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The MBA (online learning) provides access to our existing full-time MBA programme but with the flexibility of continuing with your existing employment and lifestyle. Read more
The MBA (online learning) provides access to our existing full-time MBA programme but with the flexibility of continuing with your existing employment and lifestyle.

There are no attendance requirements for the online MBA so you can choose to study from anywhere in the world continuing your professional and also your personal commitments without interruption.

Course Overview

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has significant experience of supporting learners at a distance. As an online learner on the MBA you will benefit from a programme of study that is designed to be relevant to your current work. The programme will engage you regularly with other MBA students as well as your tutors. You will be learning with other people in different locations and in different business contexts, giving you an opportunity to experience a range of different perspectives.

The programme is delivered through our online Virtual Learning Environment where you will get access to all your key learning activities, resources and your learning group using the latest communications tools and social media applications. Our University support services are on hand to guide you through your studies.

Modules

The MBA programme consists of six, 20-credit taught modules followed by a dissertation in part two. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to help guide you through the independent research phase. Students who complete three or six 20-credit modules can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.
-Marketing Management (20 credits)
-Human Resource Management (20 credits)
-Financial Management (20 credits)
-Strategic Management (20 credits)
-Entrepreneurship (20 credits
-International Business (20 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Please visit the website or contact the admissions tutor for more information on the optional modules available.

Key Features

The programme is taught via online learning by dedicated staff, experienced in guiding UK and international students through the programme via distance learning. Distance learning students will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have
contact with tutors via phone, email and Skype.

Induction
It takes time for learners to get familiar with learning online and to get to know each other enough to fully participate. Part of the tutor’s role is introducing the different learning technologies and online learning practices to learners. Tutors stage the use of the mediating technologies so that learners are not overwhelmed and gain confidence in their use.

Prior to the commencement of the programme, there will be a one week induction period. During this time students will:
-Have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the VLE/Moodle environment
-Be directed to key documents such as the handbooks, support areas and links to University documentation
-Undertake activities to test out their access to learning materials, LRC and Athens;receive information and contact details regarding personal tutors and student services
-Receive tutor contact details and have the opportunity to talk to their personal tutors via telephone or Skype
-Meet with module tutors and with the other students through online discussion
-Set up suitable web 2.0 accounts such as YouTube, Twitter etc.
-Create online profiles and introduce themselves to their tutor group
-Engage in collaborative activities and discussion to help build the online learning community e.g. the tutor may ask them to post something which represents their sense of place – a photograph or other image, poem, video clip etc.
-Set up blogs which will be used for self and group reflection throughout the module.

Learner Support
Students will receive contact details of module tutors. The usual contact mechanism for module tutors will be via the weekly discussion forum, but tutors will also be available for more detailed or individual queries via e-mail, telephone and/ or Skype. Tutors will also be personal tutors providing support and representation to wider University structures and functions. Tutors will work with students, in the first instance, to identify any additional learning needs and will subsequently refer students to Student Services. Students may also have access to a discussion group for peer support and to enable the student representation process when necessary. The Student support along with the library and technical support services will engage with learners on a one to one basis through email and/or telephone.

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Programme description. This postgraduate certificate and diploma is a unique opportunity for students who want to explore aspects of human anatomy through the flexibility of an online distance learning programme. Read more

Programme description

This postgraduate certificate and diploma is a unique opportunity for students who want to explore aspects of human anatomy through the flexibility of an online distance learning programme.

All courses making up the programme use innovative teaching methods to provide students with key transferable skills in addition to a solid foundation of anatomical knowledge.

Our programme in anatomical sciences is delivered entirely online and consequently relies on the use of IT, for example through the use of email, audio visual material, discussion forums and various other interactive resources.

This is a postgraduate qualification for medical, biomedical, allied health professionals and those in holistic practice with an interest in human anatomy. The programme draws upon the highly regarded teaching and research staff within the University.

Our aim is to provide quality course materials to be delivered from our virtual learning environment. Interactive software is being specifically developed for use in this programme alongside the licensed software currently in use for the on campus masters programme in Human Anatomy and our medical degree course.

The programme is designed to introduce and develop student knowledge in the anatomical sciences; in addition it is aimed at renewing and strengthening communication and IT knowledge and skills.

Our online learning system lets you work entirely from your own home location. This will enhance your learning experience and working knowledge while rewarding you with a highly regarded qualification.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from your own home or working environment.

Our online students not only have access to the University’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme normally takes two years.

Year 1: Certificate

Courses include:

  • Fundamental Human Anatomy 1 - including the upper and lower limbs, back and pelvis.
  • Fundamental Human Anatomy 2 - including thorax, abdomen, head and neck.
  • Embryology - human development.
  • Neuroanatomy - nervous system

Year 2: Diploma

You will extend your anatomical knowledge with courses in:

  • Advanced Human Anatomy 1 - more detailed study of anatomy previously examined incorporating anatomical principles.
  • Advanced Human Anatomy 2
  • Histology - microscopic anatomy.
  • Imaging - modalities that are relevant to anatomical sciences.

Each of the four taught courses has a set of modules that are released to students on a weekly basis from our virtual learning environment.

The modules consist of the following structure.

  • A recorded lecture to introduce the topic
  • Interactive content (video/animated/narrative)
  • A set of resource links to course reading – library and research.
  • A discussion board facilitated by a tutor.
  • A set of questions (MCQs) which students can take at the end of each section - these are formative and do not contribute to the final mark.

At the end of each module there is a further set of multiple choice questions which students take; this set of MCQs do contribute to the final mark.

More information on anatomy at the University can be found on our website:

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Flexible study

The programme also offers the opportunity to take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), either part-time over 9 months or on an intermittent basis over 2 years; or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), either part-time over 21 months or on an intermittent basis over 4 years.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed not only to help you gain a highly regarded qualification but also to provide you with a set of major transferable skills, which will be relevant to your current career, further study or simply increase your long-term career prospects.



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Meet the demands of modern day health and social care with this. MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care. Read more

Meet the demands of modern day health and social care with this MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care. Designed in consultation with leading health and social care specialists, our MSc offers you a flexible study route to obtain a postgraduate qualification that can be tailored to your individual needs and interests.

First class health and social care

By incorporating current research and government initiatives we have produced a stimulating, relevant and practical programme that will enable you to deliver effective healthcare, inter-agency working, policy development, and strategic direction in a range of disciplines to patients, clients, families and the community, anywhere in the world.

Tailored to your individual needs

To work towards an individual named Postgraduate Certificate and build your CPD (only 3 modules), you can choose from pathways in the areas of:

- Partnerships in Dementia Care

- Leadership and Management

Alternatively you can achieve a Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules) or MSc in Integrative Health and Social Care, choosing modules on topics that are most relevant to your career or personal preferences.

Try this course for free

Experience online learning first hand by accessing a selection of content from a module within this course. In this course taster you'll be able to navigate through our online learning environment to see what some of our learning material looks like. Visit our website to try this course for free!

Destined for success

Your University of Derby Online Learning course is specially designed to support your career development and to allow you to fit your online studies around work and family commitments. It’s flexible to allow you to study when and where it suits you but has a structured study pattern, with assessment deadlines to help you stay on track to succeed.

You’ll be taught by experienced academics with extensive, up-to-date industry expertise and have opportunities to debate and collaborate with students from around the world, enhancing your learning experience.

All of your uniquely designed learning resources are available online 24/7 so you simply need access to the Internet and the motivation to learn. From registration to graduation your dedicated, friendly online learning team is here to help you succeed.

How long will it take to complete?

The flexibility of this course means you can complete the full MSc (180 credits) within 3 years. Alternatively you can complete each 60 credit level (e.g PG Cert) within 12 months, a great opportunity to build your CPD.

You can start in September, January or May.



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Programme description. This online learning programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to conservation management. Read more

Programme description

This online learning programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to conservation management.

It draws together expertise from within the University of Edinburgh's Global Health Academy and partner global associates, to deliver first class teaching and research in the field of Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health.

You will assess all aspects of ecosystems, aiming to conserve and maintain their sustainability in both the developing and developed world.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Academies.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered using innovative online learning. It involves a mixed teaching approach that includes independent study and reflection, as well as online discussion and group project work.

Year 1: certificate

You study the following areas:

  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
  • Ecosystems and Governance
  • Conservation Ethics

Year 2: diploma

You choose six elective courses from the following:

  • Climate Change, Policy and Practice
  • Communication and Public Engagement of Conservation
  • Connecting Environment and Society
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecosystem Resilience and Extreme Events
  • Environmental Law
  • Ex-situ Wildlife Management
  • An introduction to transboundary diseases
  • Introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis
  • Invasive Non-Native Species
  • Land Use and Food Security
  • Managing and Leading Conservation Projects
  • Reflections on Professional Development
  • The Marine Environment
  • The Modern Zoo
  • The Use of Artificial Reproduction Technologies in Threatened Species
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Wildlife Crime and Forensic Investigation
  • Wildlife, animal Health and environment
  • Zoonotic Disease

Elective courses are subject to minimum student numbers and timetabling restrictions.

Year 3: masters

You complete your own choice of dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you find work in environmental, intergovernmental, national and international agencies, as well as lobby groups, NGOs and other research groups.



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This online. MSc in Public and Environmental Health. course is designed to help public and environmental health professionals develop a deep understanding and rational evaluations of the risks posed by the stressors of public and environmental health. Read more

This online MSc in Public and Environmental Health course is designed to help public and environmental health professionals develop a deep understanding and rational evaluations of the risks posed by the stressors of public and environmental health. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed enhance your role as a professional in this field of study.

You will learn to critically evaluate a full range of sustainable interventions which are available to eliminate or mitigate stressors that thereby protects human health and promotes wellbeing.

This course is suitable for both UK and international students and allows you to study the underpinning subjects of public and environmental health, including food safety, occupational health and environmental protection, with module content set in a global context that can be applied as you learn.

You will also develop a broad understanding of the inter-relationship between environmental hazards, risk assessment and the impact on public health and wellbeing, aiding your critical thinking and analysis skills that will aid you to think strategically across the breadth of the public and environmental health sector.

Progression routes tailored to you

The online MSc Public and Environmental Health course consists of three progressive stages:

• Environmental Health Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

• Environmental Health Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)

• Environmental Health MSc (60 credits)

Interactive and practical learning

This online learning degree is specifically designed by our expert online tutors and contains plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype.

Try this course for free

Experience online learning first hand by accessing a selection of content from a module within this course. In this course taster you'll be able to navigate through our online learning environment to see what some of our learning material looks like. Visit our website to try this course for free!

Supported learning

In addition to our academic teams, you’ll be appointed a dedicated online learner advisor who will support you on any non-academic issues throughout your course.

You’ll also benefit from many other university support services such as student wellbeing, eLibrary and resource centre, IT support and careers and employment service.

When can I start?

Choose from three start dates – September, January or May. You can apply online to secure your place.

Contact us to learn more and speak with our admissions advisors to check your eligibility.



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The MSc in International Development programme offers students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South. Read more

The MSc in International Development programme offers students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South. What are the processes that have shaped poverty and inequality across the world – as well as the responses to them? How do they differ across international, national, and local contexts? This programme builds and strengthens critical skills for analysing these development processes and inequities, exploring development issues in a range of different social, historical and political contexts. It aims to provide you with a rigorous multi-disciplinary grounding in major debates, theories and critical concepts as well as proficiency in applying these to investigate contemporary development challenges, policy processes, and initiatives.

Our students are part of a vibrant and growing online distance education community at our prestigious School of Social and Political Science and the College for Humanities and Social Sciences. Through our innovative platform and learning activities, they forge meaningful relationships with their peers and a range of academic colleagues linking them to other relevant online distance learning programmes, such as the MSc Global Challenges (ODL), MSc in Global Health Policy (ODL) and cognate programmes such as the MSc in Social Justice and Community Organising (ODL) in Moray House of Education.

Online learning

The MSc International Development is part of our growing portfolio of online learning programmes.

Recognising the need for flexibility our online programmes are an excellent way for those with professional or family commitments to gain a further qualification with minimum interruption, or to introduce students to a virtual learning environment.

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive, enabling you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You will learn through a mix of online methods, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities. You will be part of a vibrant and supportive virtual community.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The MSc International Development is a part-time online distance learning programme which can be pursued over two or three years. All courses are taught through a combination of independent study and online group activities, allowing you to continue your life and career uninterrupted whilst returning to university study.

There are three core courses – Politics and Theories of International Development, Analysing Development, and Global Development Challenges – which equip students with a solid grasp of the key theories, issues, and actors of International Development, providing an optimum balance between policy and academic approaches.

You then further your interests in specific areas of international development, such as mobility and migration, monitoring and project design, the environment, or global health through your optional course choices. New optional courses, based on successful on-campus courses, will be added

Research training is provided via a core course in Researching International Development, which introduces you to cutting-edge innovations in the field whilst preparing your for your dissertation – be it a research or applied project. You will discuss dissertation plans with tutors and the Programme Director in Collaborate seminars and in weekly guidance and feedback sessions. You will also have your own dissertation supervisor.

You will also be mentored by a Personal Tutor — a member of our teaching staff who provides academic guidance and pastoral support.

Career opportunities

With a solid background in international development study and practice, our graduates pursue current and future careers in a range of institutions including United Nations agencies, charities, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and the private sector, as well as in research institutions and journalism.



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This. MSc Strategic Management. online degree course is an excellent alternative to an MBA, that will help you develop your strategic, analytical and management skills. Read more

This MSc Strategic Management online degree course is an excellent alternative to an MBA, that will help you develop your strategic, analytical and management skills. As you prepare to progress your career into senior management roles within an organisation, you will be required to developed a more strategic outlook and to be more widely aware of the macro and micro issues within your company and industry.

Steering organisations to success in the current economic climate requires a person who can ensure a company continues to innovate and adapt to changes in their environment. This MSc Strategic Management aims to make you that person.

Tailor the course to meet your career goals

The full MSc Strategic Management can be completed within two - three years and gives you the opportunity to choose optional modules such as Entrepreneurial Management, Strategic Finance or Strategic Marketing and Competitive Intelligence

Interactive and practical learning

This online learning degree is specifically designed by our expert online tutors and contains plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype.

Try this course for free

Experience online learning first hand by accessing a selection of content from a module within this course. In this course taster you'll be able to navigate through our online learning environment to see what some of our learning material looks like. Visit our website to try this course for free!

Supported learning

In addition to our academic teams, you’ll be appointed a dedicated online learner advisor who will support you on any non-academic issues throughout your course.

You’ll also benefit from many other university support services such as student wellbeing, eLibrary and resource centre, IT support and careers and employment service.

When can I start?

Choose from three start dates – January, May or September. You can apply online to secure your place.

Visit our website to learn more and speak with our admissions advisors to check your eligibility.



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Programme description. Learning, teaching and training are profoundly affected by the challenges of the digital age. Read more

Programme description

Learning, teaching and training are profoundly affected by the challenges of the digital age. Whether you are a teacher, lecturer, trainer, librarian, researcher, manager or learning technologist, the Digital Education programme (formerly known as E-learning) will give you the practical teaching skills and critical insight you need in this fast-moving and richly diverse field.

The Digital Education programme is designed as a part-time programme, with the vast majority of participants studying over a period of 3-4 years.

The programme is distinctive for its innovative design, its breadth of scope, the high level of support provided to students and its basis in the research activity of the team.

Online learning

Delivered fully online, this programme gives you the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a properly supported, collaborative and vibrant online learning environment, studying at the times and in the places that suit you best.

Programme structure

You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses, depending on your choice of qualification.

To complete the MSc programme, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (compulsory for all students)
  • Research Methods (compulsory for those studying for the MSc)

Option courses may include:

  • Digital Futures for Learning
  • Digital Student Experience
  • Education and Digital Culture
  • Digital Education: Strategy & Policy
  • Digital Education in Global Context
  • Course Design for Digital Environments
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Information Literacies for Online Learning
  • Introduction to Digital Game-Based Learning
  • Assessment, Learning and Digital Education
  • Psychological and Social Contexts
  • Understanding Learning in the Online Environment

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge this programme provides will enable you to expand your existing career in education into the fast-moving and richly diverse field of digital education.

The research skills you gain in the MSc programme will equip you for further study and possibly an academic career if you choose.

You will also graduate with a toolkit of transferable skills, such as communication and project management, that can be applied to any career.



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