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Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a powerful methodology for achieving process efficiency and effectiveness which results in enhanced customer satisfaction and improved bottom line results. Read more
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a powerful methodology for achieving process efficiency and effectiveness which results in enhanced customer satisfaction and improved bottom line results. It aims to achieve improvements in the most economical manner possible and is focused on reducing waste in business processes.

Our MSc Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence programme will build understanding of the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma methodologies and demonstrate the tangible and quantifiable results these bring to the bottom line. Students will learn state-of-the-art concepts, methods, principles, tools and techniques, relating to quality and process improvement for a broad range of organisations, such as manufacturing, service, public sector and third sector, set within a global context.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

Six core modules are taken during semesters 1 and 2:

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
Quality Management & Engineering
Leadership
Project Management
Strategic Change
Research Philosophy & Practice

A further two modules from a wide range of options such as operations management, organisational culture, and measuring performance are also taken.

The MSc dissertation is then completed between May and August.

ACCREDITATION

Students successfully completing the MSc Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence gain Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals. The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt competence prepares individuals within an organisation to apply Lean / Six Sigma tools and techniques to define, measure, analyse, improve and control processes within any organisational setting irrespective of its nature and size.

Upon completion of the MSc students are also offered the opportunity to undertake Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification,

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About

The course recognises a need for organisations and their managers to become focused on the integration of quality and continuous improvement and as such, the course has been shaped and designed by leading academics and business leaders using the European Foundation Quality Model (EFQM) Excellence Model as its inspiration.

The European Framework for Quality Management (EFQM, 2013) introduces fundamental concepts of excellence which are practitioner-focused. The framework encourages organisations to strive towards eight concepts of excellence, which can only be achieved by actually doing something about it. As such it is a practical model which helps organisations to realise their potential. All modifications to these eight fundamental concepts of excellence, in addition to the new associated emphases, have been fully reflected in the proposed module content for this revised MSc Business Improvement course.

Students will study a diet of modules which will help them to gain a practical understanding of a variety of business improvement subject areas.

Students first work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Improvement, taking a total of eight modules. Once these have been successfully completed students can then move on to complete the full Master's qualification by completing a Research Methods module and a Business Transformation Project.

The course provides a structure to business improvement which allows students to follow a logical journey. Part 1 of the course introduces students to the “enabler” aspects of business improvement, part 2 of the course focuses on the “results” of business improvement. In semester 3, students are given the opportunity to research a complex business improvement problem in depth via a supervised project.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. 

  • Financial decision making
  • Leadership and change management
  • Innovation management
  • People development and involvement
  • Strategy
  • Quality and process management
  • Operational excellence
  • Business transformation project

Career options

This course is primarily aimed at equipping students with the skills to allow them to improve the operational performance of an organisation. The MSc Business Improvement course can lead individuals into positions focused on business improvement within organisations. There is a demand for these skills in the economy as organisations strive to become more efficient and effective.

Students who have studied on the course over the last few years have had successful careers in organisations such as Bombardier, BE Aerospace, FG Wilson, NI Water and other public sector organisations.



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The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing. WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME ?. Read more

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.

WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME ?

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence prepares students for a career in international marketing by:

  • Focusing on French centres Excellence as benchmarks for the development of wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of France's outstanding position in international marketing.
  • Analysing in detail marketing strategy and tactics in different French industries to develop distinctive applicable techniques.
  • Providing managerial and operational skills required to excel in the world of international marketing.
  • Studying recent developments in French academic research and practical problem solving to develop the ability to adapt and innovate in real-time.

France occupies a unique position, excelling in cultural diversity, scientific endeavour, hospitality, and business acumen. The programme uses examples from global industries in which France excels to teach advanced marketing theory and techniques. The curriculum also includes an internship and a final dissertation. It provides a unique challenging experience for students, while maximizing their opportunities for long-term personal and career development.

CURRICULUM

The MSc in Marketing French Excellence programme starts with the fundamentals of Marketing and culminates with the internship and a final dissertation. It is organised in semesters:

SEMESTER 1 – October to December, Fundamentals of Marketing

  • Millenial Marketing

Discover how the digital revolution has changed the field of marketing, and how the most cutting edge tools are impacting marketers globally, as well as how those tools are used, both by and in an attempt to target, the current generation. Topics include, but are not limited to: web marketing, social media marketing, big data, apps, netnography, and more.

  • Operational Marketing

Marketing tools, theories, and knowledge required for the successful planning and execution of effective marketing activities.

  • International Strategic Marketing

Definition of frame for a comprehensive marketing analysis, including the global environment, culture and customer and competitor analysis. Choice of market and integration of different variables within an overall international strategic approach.

  • Quantitative Tools for Marketing

Use of quantitative information as an essential element in marketing decisions. Understanding and interpreting key marketing statements within the business.

  • Consumer Behaviour

Motivation and the buying process from a French sociocultural perspective.

SEMESTER 2 – January to May, French Marketing

  • Brand Management

Understanding how brand marketing works and examining the actions and responsibilities of the marketing team, to maximize the potential of the major brands they control.

  • Market Intelligence

Mastering and implementing sophisticated research techniques related to data collection and analysis to address complex marketing problems with the most appropriate methodology

  • Luxury Marketing

Learning the tools and techniques that maintain France’s position as a global leader in the luxury goods sector

  • Retail Marketing

Since the invention of the original hypermarket concept, France has consistently excelled in the development of innovative retailing and merchandising solutions.

  • High-Tech Marketing

Study the dominance of the French aerospace, nuclear and rail transport industries.

  • Cultural Marketing

What makes France different and special? This module focuses on the concept of National Brand Identity and examines how French marketers integrate culture as a positioning tool to gain competitive advantage and differentiate themselves.

  • Service Marketing

Focus on France’s status as the world’s most visited country and the success of leading French service companies in the tourism, hotel and hospitality industries.

SEMESTER 3 – June to December, Marketing in practice

  • Internship (4-6 months)

Provides an essential opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills learnt during the first two semesters to a professional environment. You are free to carry out your internship in France, or abroad, subject to approval by the internship director, based on its relevance to the MSc programme and course content.

  • Research Dissertation

You will be assigned a research tutor and choose a research topic that you will study throughout the semester and present to a panel of professors.

CAREERS

The M.Sc. in Marketing French Excellence prepares students from any country for a career in International Marketing.

A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Event Manager
  • PMarketing Operations Manager


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The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises ten months of on-campus study of core papers. Read more

The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises ten months of on-campus study of core papers. This is followed by a highly flexible Phase Two of on-campus electives, international exchange or a business project. Phase Two can range from six to twelve months.

The programme takes on a strong global perspective. Together with the diversity of our classes and opportunities for international exchange to renowned universities worldwide, we prepare students for success in the highly competitive global economy. Our comprehensive MBA programme also goes well beyond the academic syllabus to include career development guidance, practical experience and networking activities.

Lecturers on the Otago MBA programme are drawn from three areas - the University, other reputable global business schools, and consultants or business practitioners. They are carefully selected for both academic excellence and strong practical experience in running successful businesses. The small class size ensures a large degree of personal mentoring and guidance from staff.

The style of learning is highly interactive, and participants learn as much from one another as from the course leader or facilitator. Students are assigned to teams, which reflect the diversity of professional and educational backgrounds, demographics and work style preferences. These teams work together on projects, presentations, and assignments to apply business knowledge learned in academic class in real live settings, as well as hone skills such as time management, conflict resolution and problem solving.

Information for New Applicants

The course commences each year in early March. Student applications are processed as they are received on a rolling basis, and we will endeavour to complete the application process within a month. As class size is small and seats are limited, applicants are advised to submit their application early to secure their place.

Start your application by completing the application form on the Otago MBA website or contact the MBA Admissions Manager, Jenna Anderson on 03 479 4176 or email 

International students are reminded to allow sufficient time to make travel arrangements and visa application if required. Also, the full time Otago MBA requires a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score as part of the entry requirement and students need to plan for this if they have not already done so.

Programme requirements

Phase 1

BMBA 502 Marketing

BMBA 503 Organisational Leadership

BMBA 504 Statistics and Decision Tools

BMBA 505 Economics

BMBA 506 Human Resource Management

BMBA 507 Accounting

BMBA 508 Investment and Global Financial Markets

BMBA 509 Strategic Planning for International Markets

BMBA 510 Leading Sustainable Enterprises

BMBA 511 Operational Excellence

BMBA 512 International Business

BMBA 513 Strategy Implementation

Note: One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business..

Phase 2

BUSI 540 Professional Consulting Engagement

or a minimum of 60 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers)

or 60 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 535 International Exchange Papers).

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with BMBA 530 Business Project (30 points)

or 30 points from international exchange (the papers involved shall be grouped together as EXCH 000 Exchange Papers; on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 525 International Exchange Papers) together with a minimum of 30 points for elective papers taken at the University of Otago (grouped together as BMBA 560 MBA Elective Papers)*

or 60 points for a course of study, approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), at another tertiary institution (on successful completion, a student will be eligible for ad eundem credit for BMBA 550 MBA Elective Papers).

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study consists of compulsory papers from Phase 1 (the core) together with a choice of a business project, or a selection from a list of elective papers, or papers from an approved international exchange partner. The core papers, the business project, and the elective papers are set out in the MBA Schedule. Papers to be taken through international exchange must be approved by the Director of Executive Programmes in Business. One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business.

A candidate must normally pass all papers from Phase 1 before proceeding to Phase 2.

Note: A Candidate who enters the programme from the Diploma in Business Administration programme may be permitted to take one or more papers from Phase 2 before completing all papers in Phase 1.

A candidate with insufficient grounding in Accounting, Mathematics and the use of computers may be required either:

-To attend short programmes of instruction.

-To carry out prescribed reading and study..

-A formal examination may be required.

Before commencing the investigation undertaken for the purposes of the project report, a candidate shall seek the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.

A candidate may not present a project report which has previously been accepted for another degree. Phase 1 of the MBA programme may be undertaken on-campus or by distance learning.



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Lead, collaborate, inspire and be inspired. Master the challenges of management, innovation and strategy in global organizations through in-depth courses, live projects and on an exchange term at another top university. Upon acceptance to the. Read more

Lead, collaborate, inspire and be inspired. Master the challenges of management, innovation and strategy in global organizations through in-depth courses, live projects and on an exchange term at another top university. Upon acceptance to the MSc in International Business (incl. CEMS MIM) candidates are pre-approved to begin the CEMS Master in International Management in their second year and therefore eligible for a double degree.

You will work on an advanced level with topics focused on running and developing global organizations. Throughout the program, you will use strategy and marketing tools to put the firm in context and explore how firms influence their competitive environments. You will also learn how to make firms grow and prosper from the inside, through innovations and management practices that build operational excellence.

Leadership and teamwork in multi-cultural contexts is studied as well as practiced through live projects and group work, and reflected upon through interaction with executives. Ethics and CSR are integrated in several courses to mirror the integrated role it should have in everyday decision-making. Language and skills training provides the essential management communication tools needed for your future work. You will work with real “live” projects together with corporate partners of CEMS and of SSE.

Through the combination of topics covered in the program, you will acquire a deep and integrated understanding of how international firms and other organizations function, how to navigate them to achieve results, and, last but not least, how to improve them and the things they do.

The MSc Program in International Business takes part in the FT Master in Management ranking. The latest ranking placed SSE's MIB program 23rd out of 95 participating top international business schools. 

Admission requirements:

1. Bachelor's degree

with at least 90 ECTS in Social Sciences or Humanities (including but not limited to Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Political Science, Psychology and/or Sociology), with a minimum of 30 ECTS in Business Administration.

2. GMAT or GRE test result

- GMAT (total score) of 600 or more.

- GRE score (quantitative) of 155 or more.

We consider thoroughly all applications we receive, and do an overall assessment of the applications, taking into consideration all components.

3. Proof of proficiency in English

We accept the following options as proof of your proficiency in English:

- IELTS Academic score at least 7

- TOEFL iBT total score at least 100

- CAE at least grade B

- BEC at least grade B

- CPE at least grade C

- SSE course 108/109 at least grade C

- A-level GCSE issued in Singapore

- English as native language

- Bachelor's degree from a program conducted completely in English in an English-speaking country, or in a CEMS or an EQUIS/AACSB accredited institution

4. Proficiency in another language

You should list all the languages that you know, this will be taken into consideration during the assessment.

5. Motivation & supporting attachments

  • Letter of motivation answering a question why you are interested in the program and why you are a suitable candidate.
  • Brief CV with your recent achievements
  • Ranking of the ten CEMS schools you prefer for your semester abroad
  • Photo
  • Relevant work experience and extracurricular activities may be considered.
  • References are not required, but we give a possibility to submit them. Only contact details of your referees are needed from your side.

In reviewing applications, assessors take into account all international and transcultural experience including knowledge of languages, work or studies abroad, international or multilingual family experience and relevant extracurricular activities.

Please note that some elements of the CEMS curriculum carry an additional fee (ex. the Block Seminar can cost up to 250€ and central administrative expenses cost 100€). Those fees are not related to the SSE degree and are not levied for educational resources​ or activities.

More information can be found here!

Application timeline:

October 1 - application opens

November 15 - early application deadline. You may apply by this deadline if you have all the complete documents and test results ready by that date. We will start reviewing the applications and if your candidacy is selected you will receive the invitation for the assessment center from us by the end of December.

January 15 - application deadline. Your complete application should be submitted by this date. This is also the last date to sit all the tests.

February 15-16 and 19-21 - assessment center

March 15 - notification regarding the results of the selection.



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COURSE OVERVIEW. Gain skills and experience in strategy, leadership and intercultural business communication. Learn to work effectively in organisations and their rapidly-changing global context. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Gain skills and experience in strategy, leadership and intercultural business communication
  • Learn to work effectively in organisations and their rapidly-changing global context
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills

International Business at Winchester is a pre-experience course designed to offer you a broad management education, particularly if you have not previously studied business at undergraduate level, but are interested in developing a career in management. The knowledge and skills you develop on the programme are also of value if you have some previous business experience and are looking to advance your career further.

Built around Winchester Business School’s commitment to the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education, the course explores themes of the international business environment. You develop as a manager capable of responding positively to global challenges in the twenty-first century.

Individually and in groups, you consider a range of management problems and issues from different perspectives, taught through a variety of methods specifically designed to stimulate and stretch your intellect. You develop your capacity to apply the necessary skills to solve real-life problems in management, and increase your awareness of the need to generate sustainable value for your organisation and for society at large.

You study core modules including Managing in a Global Environment, Principles of Responsible Management, Intercultural Business Communication and Strategic Management, and choose from optional modules such as Entrepreneurship, Managing Information for Decision Making, Principles of Operational Excellence and Investment Appraisal. You also write a dissertation which enables you to develop expertise in an area of international business of your choice.

Business management is useful for a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors.

Careers

Business management is useful for a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work experience

Available through consultancy projects undertaken as part of the optional Business Consulting module.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place: Daytime and evenings

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used including student-led discussions, debates, presentations, workshops involving a variety of active learning activities, independent study, web-based activities and lectures. Theory and practice are integrated and students are encouraged to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience.

The teaching team is supported by industry professionals and external academics.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentation, conference papers, case study analysis and research-based projects.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.



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In an ever-demanding world market place the need to be competitive in production is essential. Businesses are reorganizing themselves in response to the challenges and demands of the 21st century and must be flexible and responsive to the changing market requirements. Read more
In an ever-demanding world market place the need to be competitive in production is essential. Businesses are reorganizing themselves in response to the challenges and demands of the 21st century and must be flexible and responsive to the changing market requirements. Manufacturing companies must produce high quality, cost-effective product in quick response time to customer demand. In order to do this, successful manufacturing companies must embrace the skill and expertise of engineering, business and management.

This course aims to develop production engineers who will be able to apply technology, business and management skills to respond to the demands of the industry for operational excellence.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Students who enjoy solving problems, making improvements and working with people should apply.

This is an ideal course for technical students such as mechanical engineers, who wish follow a management career in factory operations and require additional production knowledge.

Graduates of the MSc in Production Engineering and Operations Management have successful progressive careers in the manufacturing industry.

You will have access to the expertise within the Future Manufacturing Applied Research Centre and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (a collaboration with industry: UNIPART).

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

On this course you will develop the skills necessary to design and develop lean and competitive manufacturing facilities as well as apply continuous improvement techniques to identify waste. You will learn to identify opportunities for the application of new materials and processes and evaluate appropriate production control system. You will develop the skills to assess manufacturing issues with regards to strategic and financial implications as well as work effectively in a team environment.

The course has the following modules:
-Masters project (Industry or academic based)
-Research methods and Study Skills;
-Engineering Materials Processes
-Metrology, Quality and Engineering Analysis
-Global Lean and Agile Operations
-Digital Manufacturing
-Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
-Automation and Robotics
-Optimisation and Simulation
-New Product Introduction Group Project

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

On completion of this course you will have developed as a manufacturing engineer and increased your knowledge of the application of technology and developed your business and management skills. You should go on to pursue a successful career in manufacturing industry in roles which typically include manufacturing engineering, process planning, production planning, quality, systems improvement, projects and operations management.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Why this course?. Engineering management is critical in the delivery of technical products and services. This course combines process performance with strategic business analysis to deliver an in-depth understanding of operational issues in relation to engineering industries. Read more

Why this course?

Engineering management is critical in the delivery of technical products and services.

This course combines process performance with strategic business analysis to deliver an in-depth understanding of operational issues in relation to engineering industries.

The course is aimed at graduates wishing to broaden their expertise from a technological undergraduate degree, or who want to work within the engineering industry in a management capacity.

The programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

What you’ll study

The course focuses on the use and application of techniques that enable production and operational effectiveness, as well as addressing wider strategic and global issues.

The course structure and content are based on the operational needs of 21st century engineering organisations, and you will be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

As well as a team industry project, the scope of the course includes: continuous process improvement; quality and lean six sigma techniques; production planning; and performance measurement content. Students can also choose from optional modules and complete a Masters dissertation.

Major projects

Each student will undertake an individual project assignment in which a selected topic is studies in depth.

Each individual project should involve a comprehensive critical literature review, research methodology, structured analysis of data and writing up of as a thesis. 

Assessment

Modules will be assessed by a mix of assignments and examinations. For the Masters project, students have the opportunity to select a project from a wide range of Process Excellence topics. Successful completion of all compulsory modules, optional modules, a group project and an individual Masters project will lead to the award of an MSc.

Careers

Production/Operations managers are responsible for planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes in order to make sure goods and services are produced efficiently and that the correct amount is produced at the right cost and level of quality.

Early career managers are required to deal with various aspects of production such as materials management, inventory control, production control and purchasing management. With experience, careers can develop into overall factory management or strategic planning roles.

Using concepts and tools provided, you will develop the skills to analyse and implement solutions for organisational competitiveness.

Job opportunities are good – our alumni have worked for organisations such as:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar
  • Ford
  • Tesla
  • Dyson
  • P&G
  • Unilever
  • British Petroleum
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Highland Spring


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This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. Read more

This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. The focus on following the process through inception, feasibility and planning of projects differentiates this course from operational construction management. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation all of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.

This course will enable you to appraise, analyse and evaluate the art and science of construction project management covering the areas of strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational construction projects.

This flexible course can enable qualification at post graduate certificate and diploma levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University and its partners.

What happens on the course?

Indicative modules studied include:

  • Strategic Project and Programme Management
  • Operational Construction Project Management
  • Advanced Project Planning and Control

Why Wolverhampton?

Students will be exposed to construction project management at a strategic and operational level. This course will expand the horizon of the construction project into the inception, concept and feasibility projects that need to take place in order to ensure that the building project meets the needs and objectives of the client and the client’s business.

The historic nature of the built environment sector and its flexibility in the face of external change is approached with industrial partners who set the scene for research and understanding in areas of challenge and interest. Uniquely industry has the chance to set the agenda for study and to take part in the research and development within topics of interest and become part of creative and innovative solution.

This course will apply a balanced hand to the art and science of project management dealing with both the technical and the softer people related attributes of effective construction project managers. Work-based projects, residential courses and the opportunity to gain ‘badged’ training alongside structured learning and research enriches the experience of students and their employers.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Career path

Students successfully completing this course will be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM. During the course they will have opportunities to gain training qualifications with external providers such as CSCS.

Employment opportunities in construction project management may be found within both consultancy and contracting companies in the strategic and operational contexts of building and business projects in the areas of architecture, civil engineering, construction, services engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, construction management teams.

The emphasis on the business planning, feasibility and planning stages expands the focus of the construction contract and opens up the possibilities for consultancy and operational management.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

Appraise critique and evaluate the advantages of the art and science of effective and efficient construction project management within a variety of strategic and operational contexts.

Acquire knowledge through academic, industrial and practical research and apply solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem solving and decision making.

Work, lead and manage within an effective team environment whilst analysing and recognising the contributions of individuals.

Apply numerical, statistical and quantitative skills within the planning and control of construction projects in order to evaluate key issues which impact on project performance.

Take responsibility for and organise your own learning through self-management and independent study and continue to advance your own knowledge and understanding, developing new skills to a high level.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of skills and media appropriately.

Who accredits this course?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading professional body for land, property and construction. We are in partnership with the RICS to deliver this course, which upon successful completion blends with the academic requirements of the RICS and links with the RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the precursor to professional membership.



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This postgraduate certificate is the initiator and comprises 60 credits of study towards the MSc Construction Project Management course. Read more

This postgraduate certificate is the initiator and comprises 60 credits of study towards the MSc Construction Project Management course. I will introduce learners to the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. As a student you will experience structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage innovation, all of which may be brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.

This course will introduce you the art and science of construction project management covering areas that may include strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will begin to reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational construction projects.

The modules that may be included in this flexible course can enable progression to qualification at post graduate diploma and masters levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may also be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University.

What happens on the course?

You will study modules including, Strategic Programme and Project Management, Operational Construction Project Management, and Research Methods

Why Wolverhampton?

You will be exposed to construction project management at a strategic and operational level. This course will expand the horizon of the construction project into the inception, concept and feasibility projects that need to take place in order to ensure that the building project meets the needs and objectives of the client and the clients business.

This course will apply a balanced hand to the art and science of project management dealing with both the technical and the softer people related attributes of effective construction project managers.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Career path

Students successfully completing this course may be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM.

Employment opportunities in construction project management may be found within both consultancy and contracting companies in the strategic and operational contexts of building and business projects in the areas of architecture, civil engineering, construction, services engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, construction management teams.

Graduates from the PGCertificate can progress to the MSc Construction Project Management course if they achieve a satisfactory performance.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Appraise critique and evaluate the advantages of the art and science of effective and efficient construction project management within a variety of strategic and operational contexts.
  • Acquire knowledge through academic, industrial and practical research and apply solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem solving and decision making.
  • Work, lead and manage within an effective team environment whilst analysing and recognising the contributions of individuals.


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Working in politics has never required as many professional competencies as in this historical period. Read more

Working in politics has never required as many professional competencies as in this historical period. Playing an active role in an electoral campaign or in the life of a party, but also writing about politics on a daily basis, are activities that, without specific training and without the mastery of the most up-to-date techniques, risk being unproductive.

In such a framework, the Master’s Degree in Political Marketing has been designed to enable all those who wish to be or are already involved in these topics to acquire a store of operational knowledge and capabilities of excellence that will support them in concretely contributing to the results.

Objectives

The Master’s Degree in Political Marketing is aimed at providing the knowledge and abilities necessary to effectively and professionally manage the communication and marketing processes that support political campaigns and activities.

In particular, on completing the course, participants will be able to:

structure precise operational plans and strategies for the promotion of a political candidate or group

make the best use of social media and of the web for political-electoral marketing and communication ends

learn about new visual and off-line means of communication for a winning placement in the political-electoral market

enhance their public speaking capabilities also in terms of consultancy to others

correctly set up and manage an electoral campaign

know and understand the peculiarities of the different electoral systems

utilising and designing political-electoral research and surveys

identify and add value to different leadership styles

know the best techniques for the organisation of a political event

realising effective fundraising campaigns

managing press office activities aimed at the promotion of political candidates or parties

master the most evolved spin doctoring techniques

acquire an overview of some of the best practices in the international context

TARGET RECIPIENTS

The Master’s Degree in Political Marketing is a course of excellence aimed at a maximum of 20 participants that wish to acquire competencies of excellence in the effective management of the communication and marketing processes linked to political activities and electoral campaigns.

CONTENTS

Political-Electoral Marketing

Strategy

Market research for politics

Segmentation, targeting and positioning for politics

Political-Electoral marketing mix

Marketing 2.0 and 3.0 for politics

Web and Social media for politics

Web and Social Media campaign planning, implementation and control for politics

Using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for political communication

Political blogging

Emailing techniques

Public speaking

Verbal and Non-verbal communication

Feedback effectiveness

Active listening

Steps for an effective public presentation

Political Press Office

Political journalism

The Press Office

The planning of activities

Implementing actions and monitoring results.

Organising events

Choice and ideation of the most suitable event in order to reach objectives

Project definition

Budget definition through the evaluation of economic aspects

Promotion: online through social media and offline through traditional media

Practical organization of the event.

The electoral system and its specificity

Plurality systems

Majority systems

Proportional systems

Mixed systems

Political-electoral research and surveys

Pre-election polls

Candidate and party campaign analyses

Leader and political party positioning analyses

Campaign impact evaluations

Election projections and post-election surveys

Leadership for politics

Interpersonal influence

Leadership styles

The techniques

Spin Doctoring

Role and activity evolution

Strategies and techniques

Excellency cases

Fundraising for politics

Fundraising techniques and tactics

Fundraising patterns

The management of the relationship with donors

Budgeting and staffing models

Effective and ethical profiles

Phone banking, canvassing and special events

Electoral campaign management

Traditional vs digital campaigns

Human resources management and organisation for an electoral campaign

The thematic campaign

Territorial campaign

Cases studies

Innovative communication techniques for politics

Graphic, video and digital design

Modelling and 3D animation

Augmented reality

Mobile apps

Video mapping

International excellency cases

Edsegovi’s HOLOS model (Mexico)

STRUCTURE

The course is structured over 12 months:

- 6 months of lectures, once per week

- 6 months of final project work

- Company visits

- Cultural programme

- Italian language course included

INTERNATIONALITY

Rome Business School is an International Institution that has already hosted students from more than 140 countries.

Rome Business School employs university lecturers, company trainers, consultants, managers and entrepreneurs chosen because of their proven experience and skills. The faculty has a strong multicultural inclination, with representatives from diverse backgrounds and nationalities. It will synergistically leaves you with a patrimony of knowledge for your personal development.

Our selected renewed and highly competent formators are always assessed and rated by students, thanks to our quality assurance system.

Rome Business School is developing an International didactic and corporate Network, thanks to several partnerships with business schools, universities and companies



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If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field. Read more
If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field.

In an increasingly competitive environment, purchasing and supply chain managers need to develop and demonstrate a variety of key competencies.

Graduates from this Masters course have the specialist knowledge to co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, and respond to the dynamic needs of a modern business. This course is accredited by the sector’s professional body – the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Upon successful completion, you will gain the MCIPS (with three years’ work experience)*.

The University has a long and distinguished history of research, training and education in procurement and supply chain management and is one of the largest CIPS Centres of Excellence in the UK.

Working in partnership with procurement professionals, the University has established its very own Procurement Best Practice Academy to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in procurement and supply chain management. This informs our teaching, so you will benefit from a course that embodies the latest industry thinking.

*Subject to approval

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/470-msc-strategic-procurement-management

What you will study

This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages which comprises of 180 academic credits. During your first stage you will be introduced to key management principles and theories, followed by a secondary stage that is designed to continue to build and develop your existing knowledge. The final stage of the course will focus research and application to live projects, alongside a critical understanding of concepts covered throughout.

Stage One

- Purchasing Principles and Management (20 credits)*
Compare and contrast the strategic links between procurement, purchasing and the notion of supply chain management, this module is aimed at developing your ability to effectively and ethically manage supply as a holistic process.

- Strategic Operations Management and Operational Research (20 credits)*
Develop your ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques with an appreciation of operational processes, planning and control systems.

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)*
Explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future.

Stage 2

- Commercial Relationships (20 credits)*
Gain a critical understanding of the contribution of strategic accounting information to decision making in business. You’ll be introduced to major-themes underlying trading law with commercial and consumer contracts.

- Advanced Procurement (20 credits)
Examine the strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply, and the new and innovative cutting-edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
Develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.

Stage 3

- Dissertation in Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain (60 credits)
You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.

Footnote: *Exemptions are available on the above modules to holders of MCIPS and the CIPS Graduate Diploma with the option of entry onto a 18 months Fast Track programme block delivered on weekends.

Learning and teaching method

The teaching approach involves a blend of styles with an emphasis on an interactive environment. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of contemporary issues in strategic procurement management. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practising industry professionals and takes place at weekends, where you come to the University’s Treforest Campus for one weekend every six weeks.

Students who already hold the CIPS Graduate Diploma, or equivalent, will be eligible for exemptions and entry to an 18-month fast-track programme (weekends) which starts in April.

The University also has the The Procurement Best Practice Academy which carries out research and consultancy. This means that the latest research and industry best practice are used to teach students.

All full-time members of staff in the purchasing and supply team are fellows or senior fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Providing you with the transferable skills to develop in a strategic role in a growing field of business, this qualification will enable you to build a sustainable and rewarding career in private and/or public sector organisations.

Graduates from this programme are able to demonstrate as managers, specialist knowledge to help them co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, responding to the dynamic needs of the 21st Century business environment.

Graduates also pioneer purchasing and supply chain management in this growing field, transferring their specialist knowledge in a sustainable and rewarding career.

Many of our graduates have become senior managers in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Assessment method

The assessments are currently assignment based with no written exams. Assignment word count may vary but tends to be two 3,000 word assignments per 20 credit module.

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Study fundamental engineering and scientific principles at postgraduate level on this Masters at Liverpool John Moores University. Read more
Study fundamental engineering and scientific principles at postgraduate level on this Masters at Liverpool John Moores University. The course provides CIWEM accreditation as an environmental engineer and has close links with industry.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Curriculum informed by the School’s close partnerships with industry and knowledge of professional practice
•Extensive industry partnerships in the public and private sectors
•Internationally acclaimed research carried out by Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST)
•Several graduates have won CIWEM sponsored national prizes for excellence and achievement reflecting the high quality of the course

The Masters programme in Water Energy and the Environment is designed to help you become a competent environmental engineer and manager, by giving you a sound knowledge of the fundamental engineering and scientific principles, together with the ability to apply these to design, construction, assessment, analysis, operation and management.

The programme has two principal aims. First, to equip you with the necessary competencies and skills to analyse, assess and manage all principal aspects within the fields of water, energy and the environment. Second, to give you the professional skills, knowledge and experience to both meet the current demands of industry and influence possible future trends.

You will develop enhanced analytical and technical skills as well as developing the higher level managerial and decision-making skills necessary to ensure that sound judgements are carried through into the relevant operational activities.

As a result of your studies, you can expect to develop an adequate and sound understanding of the relevant engineering and scientific principles as well as the relevant legal processes and their related legislation. You will also develop a critical awareness of current environmental thinking in the context of water, energy and land. You will also gain:

•an understanding of the principles of operational management and sound decision taking and begin exploring the complex situations that may be encountered
•advanced logical and analytical abilities, plus an enhanced sense of enquiry and ability for original and creative thought
•the conceptual tools to cope both with rapid technological change and unpredictable situations
•the capacity to manage your own development and apply prior knowledge and experience within the programme

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Research methodology
Research project/dissertation
Environmental policy and management
Sustainable infrastructure in developing countries
River basin management
Water and wastewater treatment
Energy management
Environmental systems

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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

Why take this course?

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

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

What will I experience?

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

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

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

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

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

Module Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme Assessment

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

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

Student Destinations

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

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

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



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Facilities management provides an organisation with many support services at an appropriate cost in order to support core business activity. Read more

Facilities management provides an organisation with many support services at an appropriate cost in order to support core business activity. Managers must demonstrate their skills in effective service provision and monitoring, and understand business strategy, cost control, people management and property-related issues.

You will enhance your ability to identify and evaluate appropriate decision-making strategies, and you will develop your research capability and cognitive skills, enabling you to analyse and resolve problems in your profession.

A number of assignments will involve practical work and case studies. These will provide opportunities to address situations and issues highly relevant to your workplace which you can then apply to meet your organisation's operational needs.

This flexible distance learning course is a great option if you need to fit your learning around your working life. Providing access to extensive learning resources and support materials, our Virtual Learning Environment will enable you to study at a time and place to suit you.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

This course is delivered online, so you can study anywhere in the world. Facilities Management here at Leeds Beckett has an excellent reputation in the profession and our students and graduates can be found in many leading organisations, both in the UK and overseas.

The range of subjects studied on the course will benefit your personal development, as well as your career. A number of assignments are based on practical work, including related case studies that provide opportunities to address situations which have direct relevance to your workplace, which may be adapted to meet particular operational needs. You will find you approach your work with improved confidence.

Core modules

  • Environment & Maintenance Management
  • Commercial & Financial Management
  • Managing the Property Asset
  • Facilities Information & Operations Management
  • Facilities Management Strategy & Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Masters Final Project / Dissertation & Research Skills

Job prospects

This course will benefit your personal development as well as your career. As facilities managers focus on maintaining their organisations' core business activities and meeting legislative requirements, your knowledge of health and safety, risk management and business continuity will put you in a strong position for jobs in this sector.

  • Facilities and Contracts Manager
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Building Manager


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