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MSc Organisational Behaviour is suitable if you wish to develop a career either as a general manager or as an organisational consultant, it also provides an excellent first step for an academic or research-based career. Read more
MSc Organisational Behaviour is suitable if you wish to develop a career either as a general manager or as an organisational consultant, it also provides an excellent first step for an academic or research-based career. Organisational Behaviour involves the study of individuals and groups within organisational and social contexts, and the study of internal processes and practices as they affect those individuals or groups. You will also have the opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric Testing Training as defined by the British Psychological Society.

This programme provides both a theoretical and practical grounding in organisational behaviour. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills relating to human behaviour in the workplace, well-being of employees, HRM and organisation effectiveness. Core modules address topics in organisational behaviour and work psychology and our students come from a diverse range of educational backgrounds.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Organisational Behaviour
-Organisation Behaviour: Theory and Practice
-Learning & Talent Development
-Assessment, Performance and Reward
-Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice
-Strategy, Change & Leadership
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour

Optional Modules (chose two):
-Employee Relations in Context
-Accounting for Non-financial Managers
-Employee Relations & Counselling
-Strategic & International Human Resource Management
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Strategic Management
-Management of Innovation
-Economic Environment of Business

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project. In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a wide range of business and management roles. It is also a suitable should you be interested in developing an academic or research-based career. Recent graduate positions include:
-Administrative & Diplomatic Officer- Ministry of Human Resources (Malaysia)
-Business Development Manager- Prodos Ltd (Nigeria)
-Human Resources Advisor- Transport for London (UK)
-Human Resources Partner- Ford Motor Company
-Research Assistant – University of Hamburg (Germany)

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The MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a challenging one-year programme designed to prepare students for outstanding careers in people management and human resources. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Human Resources and Organisations is a challenging one-year programme designed to prepare students for outstanding careers in people management and human resources. Grounded in LSE’s critical and analytical approach to learning, the programme provides a unique bridge between theory and practice. Not only will you develop critical thinking skills as an adaptive, innovative and strategic manager, but you will also gain a clear understanding of the practical issues which organisations face today in managing individuals and workforces.

You will also have the opportunity to acquire valuable experience and industry contacts with a real-world independent consulting project with an external client, through our Links Scheme. The Scheme enables students to apply their learning in practice during the programme, and past projects have worked with a broad range of clients such as HSBC, Accenture and Revlon.

You will gain core knowledge in the general foundations of human resource management and strategy. Building on this foundation, you will then develop your learning into one of three specialist streams according to your specific career goals and interests: Human Resource Management, International Employment Relations, or Organisational Behaviour.

Graduate destinations

The programme is designed to prepare students for a range of careers in the fields of human resource management, organisational behaviour, and international employment relations.
Our students have gone on to work in human resource management, international management, and consultancy positions in the private and public sectors, as well as for labour unions and in academic and policy roles.

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The Management MSc programme offers. Specialist pathways which reflect the distinctive strengths of Brunel Business School. marketing and branding, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and research. Read more

About the course

The Management MSc programme offers:

Specialist pathways which reflect the distinctive strengths of Brunel Business School: marketing and branding, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and research.

Emphasis on developing employability and career development skills.

UK commercial visits and the option of a week-long overseas study tour.

Optional 14 week work placement.

The programme possesses considerable strengths including the existence of a diverse and international mix of faculty and students. Students benefit from research-informed teaching, as well as practical and professional support to their academic and vocational development.

MSc Management is offered in four specialisations:

MSc Management (General Management) – developing a generalised knowledge of theory and its practical applications to business, public sector and third sector organisations.

MSc Management (Branding and Marketing) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of marketing and branding issues followed by a related dissertation topic.

MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management) – combining a generalist study of technology and innovation issues followed by a related dissertation topic.

MSc Management (Creative Industries) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of the media industry and media management issues followed by a related dissertation topic.

Aims

MSc Management offers students a critically aware understanding of management and organisations relevant to career paths. This is achieved through an advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing contexts in which they operate.

This course provides preparation and development for a career in any sector.

Course Content

The course will provide you with an advanced and applied understanding of contextual forces on organisations – be they legal, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological; together with business strategy, markets and customers, financial management and the management and development of people.

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

Entrepreneurship
Financial Resources Management
Business Planning
Strategic Management
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation
If placement route is chose: Placement / Consultancy Preparation

Pathway-specific modules

MSc Management (General Management)

Choose two elective modules from:

International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Organisational Behaviour
International Marketing
Corporate Branding Theory and Issues
Creative Contexts
Media Issues
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Technology Management

MSc Management (Marketing and Branding Management)

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues
International Marketing

Plus one elective module from:

Organisational Behaviour
Technology Management
Creative Contexts

MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management)

Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Technology Management

Plus one module from:

Creative Contexts
International Marketing
Organisational Behaviour

Work Placements

MSc Management with 14 weeks Work Placement (Optional)
The MSc Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a compulsory work placement component of 14 weeks which allows students to take their learning outside the classroom and pairs them with companies in the UK.

Brunel Business School is amongst the first few Business Schools in the UK to introduce postgraduate placements for students completing their Masters programmes as far back as 2011. This feature, pioneered in the UK for undergraduate students by Brunel University, is becoming more popular amongst more mature students, for whom such a placement can often serve as a springboard to often extremely competitive labour market. Postgraduate work placement employers cover all related expenses with many also providing a salary.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Teaching

As an active research university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of management and active researchers within one of the six centres of research within the school.

Modes of Study

1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes 8 modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December); delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examination assignments place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these various skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design in detail and execute a major project.

Assessment may include some numerical analysis tasks as well as reporting on published financial data.

Tasks related to the gathering of published data or field investigation to new data.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

You can be both generalist and specialist at the same time with bolt-on specialist areas of choice such as: Marketing and Branding, Innovation Management or Creative Industries.

Employment experience and work placement of 14 weeks
Career progression and finding suitable jobs are key for our students; hence employment experience is part of the degree programme. From your placement you identify a project, linked to the dissertation, and produce an internal consultancy report for a company.

Showcasing the degree certificate to future employers
Your specialist study and specialist placement experience is showcased on your actual degree certificate, to make it obvious for any potential employer looking for a candidate who really stands out.

Engaging with businesses at high level
The Business Life programme is really supportive to your career prospects with a range of opportunities such as meeting with industry guest speakers, visits to companies and factories, and international business tours.

Accreditation

Chartered Management Institute (CMI): A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

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MSc Work Psychology & Business is suitable if you hold a good first degree in psychology and wish to pursue a career as work or occupational psychologist. Read more
MSc Work Psychology & Business is suitable if you hold a good first degree in psychology and wish to pursue a career as work or occupational psychologist. Work psychology is a topic at the core of our understanding of healthy and effective organisations and employees. It gives psychologists a unique opportunity to study business alongside specialist work psychology modules and will enable you to operate within a global workplace.

This programme emphasises the study of practical, real world organisational and business issues, combined with the academic and scientific rigour of occupational psychology as an applied science. The business school context provides an excellent perspective on the application of occupational psychology in organisations, and gives the programme an applied and relevant focus.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Organisational Behaviour
-Learning & Talent Development
-Workplace Design & Health
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour
-Employee Relations and Counselling
-Assessment Performance and Reward
-Strategy, Change & Leadership

Optional Modules (Choose one):
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Organisational Behaviour Theory and Practice
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Strategic & International Human Resource Management
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Strategic Management
-Management of Innovation
-Economic Environment of Business

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

MSc Work Psychology & Business is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited postgraduate course in Occupational Psychology. Successful completion of the course leads to the academic basis for the BPS Chartered Occupational Psychology qualification (QOccPysch).

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a career in any organisational setting: including both the public and private sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Business Psychologist (Recruitment and Assessment) – Jaguar Land Rover
-Learning and Development Specialist - Network Rail
-Occupational Health and Wellbeing Scientific Advisor- NPower
-Occupational Psychologist – NHS
-Research Scientist – BAE Systems

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An MBA is now the globally recognised qualification for senior personnel and executives within both the private and public sectors. Read more
An MBA is now the globally recognised qualification for senior personnel and executives within both the private and public sectors. As the impact of change, the importance of strategy and intensification of competition increases, organisations are demanding managers who can contribute a depth of understanding in the business community as a whole. The growing economic importance of entrepreneurship has also re-emphasised the need for a clearer understanding of the theory and practice relating to business and management in both new and existing organisations.

The MBA in Management aims to build on our long-established expertise in the area of postgraduate training by offering a one-year modular MBA programme which focuses on developing participants’ academic and managerial skills in areas such as organisational behaviour, marketing strategy, e-business and new venture creation. An important objective is to provide relevant analytical training to familiarise participants with the latest strategic, managerial and industrial developments in both the public and private sectors.

The course provides a coherent analytical framework for the study of business and enterprise from a management perspective. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the application of contemporary, financial, managerial and strategic developments that affect real-world decision-making in the global market place.

We recognise that a thorough understanding of recent developments in management, entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing and finance are essential requirements for all those involved in a management role (or those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of these important business and management areas).
Course structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

New Venture Creation: This module examines the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes to business start-up, including new venture creation, or establishing a business based on your own expertise, experience and ideas; buying an established business; purchasing a franchise; and succession through a family firm, an increasingly common way of becoming involved in entrepreneurial activity.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

European Business: This module examines the opportunities and constraints faced by businesses that operate on a pan-European basis. Emphasis is placed on the multi-dimensional characteristics of an economic and social space that is subject to a unique system of supra-national governance.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

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Issues you will study as part of your MSc or MA Management and Finance degree programme include. How can organisations ensure their own survival in a rapidly changing competitive environment?. Read more
Issues you will study as part of your MSc or MA Management and Finance degree programme include:

How can organisations ensure their own survival in a rapidly changing competitive environment?
What are the key strategic management problems facing organisations?
Are organisations as complex as they seem?
How can you analyse the strategy process, evaluate the strategic choices that may be made and place a value on the strategic options that are available?
How would you recognise effective approaches to HRM?
What are the costs and benefits of the alternatives?
Do contemporary employment practices lessen conflicts and tensions in the employment relationship?
Which factors are most likely to influence the evaluation and implementation of investment projects?
How can we calculate a suitable cost of capital to appraise the capital investment decision?
What are the relationships between risk and return governing investment? Can market risk be priced accurately?
Can credit risk be priced accurately?
What are the key principles of international portfolio management in a world of fast and unpredictable movements in exchange rates?
Can futures, options, derivatives and swaps be used to manage the risks involved?
How can financial forecasts be used in business valuation, and what techniques should be used to improve trend analysis and interfirm comparison?

With these needs in mind, the MSc and MA Management and Finance programmes at Bangor are designed to develop participants' existing skills through a scheme of specialist advanced study. An important objective is to provide participants not only with an insight into organisational behaviour and strategic choices in HRM and marketing, but also with an understanding of theoretical developments relating to corporate finance and the capital markets, and competence in the techniques required to assess the consequences for business management. These programmes provide a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, but the emphasis throughout is on advanced practical application of business management and financial techniques in a real-world setting.

ESRC Recognition

The MA Business and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first year of a 1+3 PhD training programme.
Course Structure

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods:This module develops knowledge of intermediate and advanced research methods, and provides a basis in research methodology for those who may eventually wish to pursue research degrees.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

International Financial Markets: This module provides an overview of financial instruments in a multi-currency world, taking account of insights from portfolio theory concerning the relationship between risk and return, the diversification of risk, and the pricing of assets.

International Financial Management: In this module the financial management of multinational companies and the influence of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on business and financial decision-making are examined in an international and global context.

New Venture Creation: This module examines the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes to business start-up, including new venture creation, or establishing a business based on your own expertise, experience and ideas; buying an established business; purchasing a franchise; and succession through a family firm, an increasingly common way of becoming involved in entrepreneurial activity.

Optional module (choose 2):

Islamic Finance: This module provides an insight into topical issues relating to Islamic financial instruments and related risk management issues. The first part of the module examines issues relating to financial contracting, instruments and various intermediation issues. The second part focuses on the role of the capital market in providing Islamic financing, and highlights financial engineering and risk management features of this type of business.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Financial Analysis: This module analyses the techniques that are used to evaluate a company’s financial position and performance. You will examine the principles underlying inter-firm comparison (comparing the performance of one firm with another) and trend analysis (comparing the performance of the same firm over different periods).

Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management: This module evaluates the development of investment strategies for bonds, equities and derivatives that are designed to achieve optimal risk-return outcomes, and examines the measurement and evaluation of the performance of a portfolio of investments.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Behavioural Finance: This module provides in-depth coverage of behavioural finance, which replaces the "rationality" assumption with behavioural biases that have been documented by psychologists.

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Our Master's degree in International Human Resource Management offers the opportunity to focus on cultural and management issues at international level. Read more

Our Master's degree in International Human Resource Management offers the opportunity to focus on cultural and management issues at international level. It will provide you with the ability to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and issues in an international context.

You will gain understanding of core business concepts, helping you understand the role of the organisations in the changing global business environment and the ethical responsibilities of policy makers within organisations.

Alongside the core curriculum, you will gain a general business education which will help you to understand the role of organisations in the changing global business environment and the ethical responsibilities of policy makers within organisations. Our courses will also enhance your lifelong learning skills and personal development to help you get the most from your career.

What you'll study

You will study Organisational Behaviour, International and Comparative Employment Relations, Equality and Diversity Management, Management of Human Resources, Managing across Cultures, Ethics and Sustainability in HR and a newly designed course, Professional Practice in HR, with a six months mentoring programme with a HR professional in the UK. You will also undertake Research Project, in order to demonstrate deeper knowledge and understanding in a particular area of interest. 

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare you for a career in human resource management and managerial positions by developing in you, a systematic, broad, analytical and integrated understanding of key aspects of business
  • Provide a general business education which stimulates an objective understanding of the role of organisations and of the ethical responsibilities of policy makers
  • Enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development in order to contribute most effectively to the future of society at large.

What you'll study

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed on varied aspects of organisational practice through:

  • Portfolios
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Practical activities
  • Written assignments.

Careers

Graduates can pursue professional positions in international human resource management in public and private institutions, international companies, government departments, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and similar agencies.

Employability

We have developed strong relations with companies in the financial centres in London, including in the City, Canary Wharf, and Fenchurch Street. This offers you networking, mentoring and internship opportunities, making it a perfect location to develop your career. 

You can also reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). Our team focuses on developing your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.

The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, which shows their dedication to actively support career development.

Extra-curricular activities

We will encourage you to join societies such as the HRM and Business Psychology Society to take part in networking events, industry workshops and much more.

Find out how to apply here.



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This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. Read more
This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. It explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing within the context of business and management and will focus on developing academic and applied skills in Marketing including advertising, brand management and loyalty, customer service, public relations and market research.

For the Advanced Taught Programme students will choose four Applied Business Projects from a list which currently includes the following titles:

1. e-Business and Value Chain
2. Human Resource Management
3. International Business
4. Investment and Private Banking
5. Operations Management
6. Business Planning

Compulsory modules:

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

International Marketing: The globalization of companies is the involvement of customers, producers, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders in the global marketing process. International marketing reflects the trend of companies selling products and services across national boundaries. This module provides an overview of contemporary international marketing issues and trends as well as the international marketing planning process. On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions regarding international market entry strategies and the development and management of global brands.

Consumer Behaviour in a Global & Digital World: This module will introduce students to the main theories which purport to explain consumer behaviour from the perspective of gaining an understanding of the consumer as an individual as well as how consumers are influenced by their cultural environment. Given that the internet has become an essential part of modern day life this module will provide students with an understanding of how consumer behaviour is impacted as a result of changes in the way goods and services are marketed and sold online. This module also examines the critical issues and trends whereby the internet has changed consumer behaviour spanning across traditional/geographic boundaries.

Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

International Marketing Communication: This module examines the processes by which integrated marketing communications (IMC) programs are planned, developed and executed. Individual communication vehicles included in an Integrated Marketing Communication plan are explored.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Your optional modules must include AT LEAST ONE of the following:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Other optional modules include:

New Venture Creation: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Global Business and Culture: This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the challenges of managing across national boundaries. Culture is assessed in the context of a range of contemporary classifications and discussed in a variety of conceptual, methodological and practical situations relating to the measurement and application of culture at various levels of analysis (national, industry, corporate, individual). On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions involving culture as an input. Case studies are used to illustrate the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, international expansion, and cross-border alliances/ mergers & acquisitions.

International Business: This module analyses the conditions in the international environment that drive trade between nations involving multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

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Changing human behaviour is at the heart of solving global problems central to wellbeing, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Read more
Changing human behaviour is at the heart of solving global problems central to wellbeing, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. For example, preventing obesity, pollution and waste of resources require change at individual, organisational and population levels. This cross-disciplinary programme uniquely equips students to work in this emerging and exciting field.

Degree information

This cross-disciplinary Master's programme will:
-Equip students with the ability to critically appraise theories, methods and evidence for understanding behaviour and behaviour change in a range of contexts.
-Train students in the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions.
-Enable students to support the translation of evidence into practice across disciplines and sectors.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) is also offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, three core modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules
-Changing Behaviour: Intervention Development and Evaluation (30 credits)*
-Theories and Models of Behaviour Change (15 credits)*
-Behaviour Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach (15 credits)*
-Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health (15 credits)
-Research Project (60 credits)

*PG Cert core modules

Optional modules - students choose three of the following:
-Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
-Transport Behaviour Change: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
-Energy, People and Behaviour (15 credits)
-Making Policy Work (15 credits)
-Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
-Social Cognition: Affect and Motivation (15 credits)
-Social Psychology of Risk (15 credits)
-Public Ethics (15 credits)
-Consumer Behaviour (15 credits)
-Judgment and Decision-Making (15 credits)
-Human Factors for Digital Health (15 credits)
-Persuasive Games (15 credits)

Dissertation/research project
MSc students undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words. Projects will also be presented at a mini-conference.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, small-group and project work and independent study. All tutors are highly experienced, internationally recognised researchers and/or practitioners in behaviour change from a range of disciplines, including: health, transport, built environment, digital technology, policy and ethics. Assessment is through coursework, unseen examinations and research projects. Although not formally offered, we can support students to find and complete a work experience placement as part of their programme.

Careers

Market research has shown there is a large demand for behaviour change expertise across the private, public and voluntary sectors and in roles relating to policy, practice and research.

On graduation we anticipate students will find work as health professionals, policy officers, researchers and research managers, IT developers and user experience designers, human resource managers, management consultants, urban and transport planners. The range of optional modules available on this programme creates a unique opportunity for students to tailor their degree to their specific interests and career aspirations.

Employability
Graduates will be equipped with a broad set of skills that can be applied to many different careers.

Students will have acquired significant knowledge about behaviour change theories and techniques, skills in intervention design, implementation and evaluation and will have an advanced understanding and appreciation for effective inter-disciplinary working.

Students will also have knowledge of a broad range of research methodologies and MSc students will have had the opportunity to apply these and their acquired knowledge to an original piece of research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme draws on the world-renowned expertise of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) that fosters interdisciplinary thinking and practice to address the challenges of changing behaviour globally.

CBC’s activities provide unparalleled opportunities (e.g. seminars, conferences and public events) for students to meet and work with leaders in research, policy and practice engaged in translating evidence to solve real-world problems.

Due to CBC’s extensive networks with external organisations, students will be able to contribute to UCL research programmes which are recognised as having global impact, therefore gaining invaluable experience for future careers across research, policy and practice.

Examples of organisations collaborating with the CBC include; Public Health England, Food Standards Agency, Greater Manchester Police, Groundworks, Arup, Quit51, Bupa, Capita and Phillips.

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This specialist programme enables students to develop their knowledge and competencies, including the following. A sound understanding of the underlying concepts and principles associated with Behaviour Analysis, and of the applications of these concepts and principles. Read more

This specialist programme enables students to develop their knowledge and competencies, including the following:

  • A sound understanding of the underlying concepts and principles associated with Behaviour Analysis, and of the applications of these concepts and principles
  • A knowledge of the research skills required for Behaviour Analysis, including the ability to read, interpret and appraise published behavioural research critically, and the ability to conduct fundamental and, where appropriate, applied research in Behaviour Analysis
  • An understanding of functional analyses of problem behaviour and of how to develop an appropriate programme for behaviour change in their area of speciality
  • Analytic and library research skills, as well as skills in presenting proposals and reports in both written and oral format

The Behaviour Analysis courses in this programme provide a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board ®, Inc. (BACB) (http://www.bacb.com) as meeting the academic requirements to sit the examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, and contribute to a BACB® approved course sequence for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®). Students can also progress on to further postgraduate study to complete the full BACB® approved.

Career opportunities

Depending on your specialty, you may work in a range of settings (including research institutions, private practice, schools, special education settings, universities, health services, business and industry, governmental agencies and zoos), and with a range of populations (including families, people with psychological problems, children with challenging behaviours, individuals with special needs, teachers, people and their pets, agricultural species and any others seeking positive behaviour change).

Students who specialised in the application of Behaviour Analysis to human behaviour are working in the community, in mental health, and in educational settings and with a wide range of individuals.

However, it doesn’t matter what type of psychology you choose to practice, or whether you end up in a field orientated to people or animals. What is important is that you gain an understanding of how and why organisms behave (i.e., what maintains and/or influences behaviour) whether it be private or public.

Industry Experience

Many students intending careers involving application of behaviour analysis (for example, those who intend to work with families, children or with people with an intellectual disability) gain practical experience alongside their graduate studies.

This can be voluntary work or paid work as a support worker. In addition, sometimes experience can be gained though working for parents or trusts who employ students specialising in applied behaviour analysis to work with their children, helping to implement programmes for them.

The MAppPsy(BA) programme includes training in the skills required to work practically applying behaviour analytic principles to behaviour change.



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If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Read more

If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Organisational psychologists are experts in aiding organisational effectiveness by improving the well-being of their employees. During your MAppPsy(Org), you'll learn how to carry out applied organisational research. This research relates to areas like job or competency analyses and surveys. You'll learn how to evaluate organisational and human resource (personnel) interventions.

Throughout your studies, you'll become familiar with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to an organisation's wider goals. You'll develop your ability to analyse and to carry out library research effectively. You'll refine your skills in presenting proposals and reports, both in writing and orally.

At Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your studies. You'll undertake projects in different organisations and you'll be able to join a professional network site called IO-net.

Waikato MAppPsy(Org) students learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology – Professor Michael O’Driscoll and Dr Maree Roche.

Course structure

Students in the MAppPsy(Org) must pass the equivalent of 240 points, including a 90-point thesis in their second year.

The remaining points come from the compulsory taught papers in Organisational Psychology and from other elective papers chosen in consultation with the Convenor of the Organisational Psychology programme.

Up to 120 points of the MAppPsy(Org) may be waived for students who have already completed four-year degrees (for example, an honours degree or other four-year undergraduate degree) provided that:

No required papers are waived, unless the student has already taken these papers (or equivalent papers) in their fourth year of study, and at least 195 of the 240 points must have been in psychology papers.

Core Papers

  • LBST531 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework
  • or 
  • LBST532 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices
  • PSYC539 (15 points) Graduate Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC571 (15 points) Psychology of Careers
  • PSYC572 (15 points) Personnel Selection
  • PSYC573 (15 points) Training and Development
  • PSYC579 (15 points) Advances in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC585 (15 points) Leading Organisation Development

Elective courses are typically a selection from the areas of Psychology, Labour Studies, Human Resource Management or Strategic Management.

Career opportunities

Where might your MAppPsy(Org) take you? Organisational psychologists work in staff selection and performance evaluation. They work in training, motivation and work attitudes. You might also use your skills to help with occupational stress and burnout. Organisations may employ you to work with leadership, organisational culture and organisation development strategies.



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The degree aims first to set a sound knowledge base in the fundamental aspects of Business and Management, including current theory and acknowledged best practice in the areas of organisational behaviour, information management and financial control. Read more

About the course

The degree aims first to set a sound knowledge base in the fundamental aspects of Business and Management, including current theory and acknowledged best practice in the areas of organisational behaviour, information management and financial control. Thereafter it focuses on the international context, developing your awareness of international market trends and business opportunities. In addition to this basic knowledge, we aim to provide you with a set of analytical and applied skills and strategies which will stand you in good stead throughout your business career in the global marketplace.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Whatever your own previous experience or future aspiration, you will benefit from an outstanding variety of in-class and outside learning environments. In-class activities include lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and career development activities. Outside activities include managerial field trips, case study visits, outward-bound skills development activities, managerial reporting and liaison with professionals in business and industry.

We offer small class sizes and a friendly environment to encourage communication and the sharing of experiences, opinions and observations among you and your colleagues. Alongside new knowledge and skills, as a graduate of the Aberystwyth Master’s in International Business Management, you will emerge with broadened international horizons and a network of new friends and contacts in the international Business world.

This degree will suit you:

Whatever your first degree - the Aberystwyth MBM programme will provide you with a solid grounding in business and management, whether or not you have studied them before;

Whether or not you already have some business experience – some of our students do, some don’t;

If you are committed to a career in International Business;

If you have the focus, aspiration and commitment to succeed.

Course content

Core modules:

Application and Integration (International Business)
Business Economics
Financial Analysis and Decision Making
Implementation Delivery and Development
International Business
Marketing and Strategy for Managers
People and Organisations

Contact time

Approximately 12 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

The modules in Semesters 1+2 are normally assessed about 70% by examination and 30% by continuous assessment of essays, reports and presentations. The Management Reports Module in Semester 3 is assessed by one written Company report of no more than 14,000 words on a specific company or issue within a company, a sector or issue within a sector, a business plan or a consultancy report for a client. Usually 70% of the report must cover one or more of these key subject areas: Economics; Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour; Financial Management and Management Accounting; Marketing and Strategy; the remaining 30% must cover the subject of Leadership and Managerial skills.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Association of MBAs

Employability

Every aspect of the Aberystwyth MBM programme is designed to enhance your employability: indeed, successful completion of the MBM is in itself certain to do so; but we set more store by the hugely enhanced knowledge, abilities and skills with which you will graduate. We believe that prospective employers take a similar view.

In addition, we offer a career-development programme for professional managers, aimed at widening your knowledge, skills, experience and understanding of management and business practices. Our aspiration is to make you a better leader, a better manager and a better communicator.

As well as those who are recent graduates, many of our students have come to what they feel are significant turning points in their careers. By completing the Aberystwyth Master’s in International Business and Management you will have broadened your horizons, gaining knowledge, skills and business contacts which will enable you to consider further career moves and new opportunities in the medium and longer term. It is quite possible that your career will take an unexpected, more fulfilling or more lucrative direction because of what you learn in Aberystwyth - not just about Management, but about yourself, your competencies and your confidence.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with advanced practice develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in human resource management (HRM). Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with advanced practice develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in human resource management (HRM).

Specialist modules cover principles, values and approaches in HRM, as well as organisational behaviour and practice.

During part of the second year you’ll undertake an internship or work in group consultancy project. This advanced practice will enhance your skills and employability.

There is no requirement to have studied business or HRM at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. These can be related to any business and management discipline, given the generic content of this Masters programme . You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. In addition to the Advanced Practice element of the course, further opportunities for experiential learning are available through our Student Engagement Centre which promotes volunteering and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Thanks to the specialist modules – HRM in Practice, Organisational Behaviour and Practice, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in roles related to human resources.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology offers a unique behavioural lens through which to examine, understand and shape the complex work organisation. Read more
The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology offers a unique behavioural lens through which to examine, understand and shape the complex work organisation. It is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to organisational settings in order to enhance human wellbeing and organisational performance. It seeks to equip candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research and develop core competences and professional skills in the domain areas of organisational theory, organisational change, emploment relations, selection & assessment, training, employee wellbeing and research design and methods.
Successful applicants with an undergraduate psychology degree, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology. (Please note the onus is on the applicant to prove recognition of their degree by the PSI). All other successful applicants will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.
On completion of the taught component of both the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour and the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology programmes, candidates complete a programme in Psychometric Testing to acquire British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychometric Testing Accreditation Levels A & B

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MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. Read more
MSc Human Resource Management & Business (HRMB) will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of people management in work organisations, addressing the skills required for effective analysis and policy formation. The programme is distinctive in grounding the study of HRM within the broader discipline of management, with an emphasis on change management and strategy.

Our MSc programme is fully accredited by the largest internationally recognised HR professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), providing you with the ideal qualification for developing your career in HR.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Organisational Behaviour
-Strategy, Change and Leadership
-Strategic and International HRM
-Assessment, Performance and Reward
-Learning and Talent Development
-Employee Relations in Context
-Employment Law
-Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) meeting requirements of CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management. Successful completion of this degree will give you the professional level of CIPD membership – Associate (AssocCIPD) – and the knowledge to upgrade to the higher levels of Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a wide range of roles in the related fields of HR, personnel and recruitment. Recent graduate positions include:
-Head of Graduate Recruitment
-HR Graduate Internship
-Personnel Manager – Tesco (UK)
-Rewards Consultant – Rolls-Royce (UK)
-Talent & Development Coordinator

Personal development

Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills demanded by graduate employers in addition to knowledge and understanding of HR processes and procedures.

Key areas of HR professional practice covered include:
-Contracts of employment, discrimination, employment termination, health and safety at work
-Strategic HR, employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, employee involvement and participation, work motivation
-Selection and assessment methods, job performance measurement, reward management and career management
-Organisational change, change management strategies and minimising work-related stress
-Organisational leadership, individual, group and organisational functioning
-Diversity management, HR management of expatriates and HR issues in international business alliances

Other business areas covered include:
-Business performance standards (including profitability, investment and efficiency) , costing and budgeting
-Cash flow forecasting, profit and loss statements, balance sheets
-Market analysis and planning, strategy development and marketing mix policies

You will develop a range of other skills through:
-Attending programmes in interviewing and presentation skills
-Designing and carrying out independent research, including writing research proposals, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including using SPSS) and reporting
-Data collection and analysis of group effectiveness and member well-being through log-book recording of syndicate group interaction
-Report-writing, data presentation and group facilitation
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentations in group work

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