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This course has multiple study modes and will develop your critical, analytical thinking and practice oriented skills. It has been designed to replicate the environment found in the workplace by bringing together a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching methods. Read more

This course has multiple study modes and will develop your critical, analytical thinking and practice oriented skills. It has been designed to replicate the environment found in the workplace by bringing together a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching methods.

You will explore the value of information to societies, how it is effectively organised, structured, managed and disseminated and the variety of sources and services.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and practice your skills within real-life scenarios

You will learn a variety of research methods and techniques and you will be equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills.

Ranked 2nd in Librarianship and Information Management

The Complete University Guide 2018.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will develop the knowledge and skills to be able to perform professional tasks involved in information enquiry and reference work. You will gain an understanding of techniques of representation and organisation of recorded knowledge, cataloguing and classification

STAGE 2

You will develop the capabilities of performing professional tasks in the management of modern library and information services within an information environment centre or library. You will be able to identify and conduct independent topical investigations and critically reflect (via a fieldwork placement) on relevant work related skills.

STAGE 3

You will design and execute research and conduct a project of professional concern in the field of information and library studies. You will be able to analyse the results of such investigations and apply your communication and presentation skills at an advanced level.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions which compromise of a mix of group study, computer-based learning activities, case studies and presentations.

Part Time On Campus

Our part-time delivery mode combines aspects of distance learning and on-campus delivery. You will benefit from the support of our online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle but also face-to-face interaction with tutors and classmates.

ODL

You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.

All modes of study will have access to ProQuest® Graduate Education Program online databases for training in online information retrieval.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Lectures (Full time) - 20-25 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Lectures (Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Lectures (Online) - 40+ students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Webinar (Online) - 2-3 hours per semester
  • Tutorial (Full time) - 20-25 students per group, 4-6 hours per week
  • Tutorial (Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 2-4 hours per week
  • Tutorial (Online) - 40+ students per group, 2 hours - online learning activities
  • Independent Study (Online) -15 hours per week
  • External Visits (Full time/Part time, on campus) - 20-25 students per group, 5 hours per semester
  • Placement / Work Based Learning (Full time/Part time, on campus) - 160 hours per academic year
  • Placement / Work Based Learning (Online) - 7 hours for 1 semester in year 2

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 15 hours per week in the ODL mode of study working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 3 written assignments, including essays (Full time)
  • 4 reports
  • 1 dissertation (Full time)
  • 1 portfolio (Full time)
  • 2 set exercises (Full time)
  • 1 project output (Full time - if students opt for project and not dissertation)
  • 2 oral assessment (Full time)
  • 1 oral assessment (Part time, on campus / Online)
  • 1 group critique

Year 2

  • 3 written assignments, including essays (Part time, on campus / Online)
  • 1 report (Part time, on campus / Online)
  • 1 portfolio (Part time, on campus / Online)
  • 2 set exercises (Part time, on campus / Online)
  • 1 oral assessment (Part time, on campus / Online)

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation (Part time, on campus / Online) if students opt for dissertation and not project
  • 1 project output (Part time, on campus / Online) if students opt for project and not dissertation

Placements

If studying on campus will have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week unpaid fieldwork placement in Semester 2 of Year 2. You will have access to our Placement Office, who will support you in sourcing and validating a suitable placement position.

If you are studying via ODL, internal or external virtual placement projects, which can be undertaken remotely, can be organised for students.

If you are already employed in the sector, you can carry out the placement within your organisation to allow you to critically examine other day-to-day working activities and identify different functions in the service relevant to your course of study.

Past students have completed their placement at the National Library of Scotland, Dublin City Libraries, The National Art Library at the V&A and the MCC Cricket Library at Lords.

Job prospects 

The information industry continues to expand, providing a wide range of opportunities for graduates equipped with a broad range of managerial, professional and technological knowledge and skills. This course prepares you to work in or enhance your career in all aspects of the information sector. There are many opportunities arising from developments in networking and multimedia information services within commercial and educational establishments. Our graduates now work in all parts of the sector, ranging from traditional librarianship to information management and research.

Roles held by our graduates include Knowledge Manager, Acquisitions Librarian, Curate of Church of England, Information Assistant (within the Health sector), Development Officer with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Programme Assistant (UN International Criminal Tribunals).

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. . Read more

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. 

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice in purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules. 

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course. 

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students is the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments.

Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog. 

On this course, you will also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. 

Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.



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Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of managerial and technical importance to UK and International industry. Read more

Reliability Engineering and Asset Management is a critical field of managerial and technical importance to UK and International industry. It is estimated that 10% of annual typical plant cost is spent maintaining plant. Maintenance costs are likely to influence competitiveness on a global scale and this allows Maintenance Managers to make major impacts on their companies' bottom line.

The programme is a key element in increasing industrial competitiveness and is a sophisticated discipline which embraces management techniques, organisation, planning and the application of substantial electronic, engineering and analytical knowledge to manufacturing processes, transport, power generation and the efficient operation of industrial, commercial and civic buildings. The aim of the programme is to give companies the technical and managerial expertise to thrive in the global marketplace.

On completion of the course students will be able to obtain one of the following degrees: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

Course Content

The programme consists of course units which include various aspects of applied management and technology in the field of REAM. It is designed such that after enrolment participants already working in industry will benefit from the structure and content of the course in order to enhance their capability in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management. Our teaching staff are internationally recognised professionals with years of experience working in industry and academic institutions.

The course is offered as indicated below:

HOME/EU

MSc - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 3 years*; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Full time 1 year; Part time in attendance 2 years*; Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Part time in attendance1 year*; Distance Learning 1 year**

*4 x 1 week teaching blocks per year; **Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended

International

MSc - Full time 1 year; Distance Learning 3 years**

PG(Diploma) - Distance Learning 2 years**

PG(Certificate) - Distance Learning 1 year**

** Attendance = 1 day residential course per module; 2 modules per term - attendance not compulsory but recommended

Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and approved by The Society of Operations Engineers.

Student Experience

Read what students say about the course.

Special features

Reliability Engineering & Asset Management offers a flexible approach to learning as follows:

Full-time in attendanceDirect Taught )

Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work immediately on their project and the programme is completed in one year.

Part time in attendanceDirect Taught )

Students undertake eight units. Each taught unit lasts one week and is followed by time for coursework and revision for examinations. Students start work on their project in the final year and this option is completed in three years.

Part time by Distance Learning

Students undertake eight units, all in distance learning format, each of about three months duration. Teaching will begin with a short introduction allowing students to acclimatise to the Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard 9. The programme is complete after three years. Students undertake their project in the final year. 

Teaching and learning

The coherent atmosphere in the classroom is to maintain high standards and quality and as such places are limited. Our teaching methods are similar to knowledge transfer concepts as well as case studies without involving much mathematical theories.

Teaching style

Direct Taught - Full and Part time

Each course unit runs for an intensive week-long period and tuition takes place at the University.

Distance Learning

For part-time Distance Learning students, the entire course is delivered via Blackboard, an online virtual learning environment. Two course units per semester are undertaken on-line accessing web-based teaching material which will include text, images, video and animation in parallel, over a three month period. Most importantly web-based teaching generates an interactive environment with real, active communication between students and staff and between groups of students throughout the programme. Distance Learning students will need to visit the University for a 2-day residential per semester for face-to-face discussion with their Unit leader .

Coursework and assessment

Each taught unit of the programme is followed by an assignment which is applied in the work place for part-time students or at the university for full-time students plus an examination either at the University or at higher education institute or British Council in the student's home country.

Assessment is by written examination and assignment. The assignment, which follows the taught element of the unit, accounts for 50% of the total marks, the examination 35% and an in-unit assignment the remaining 15%.

Examination period

Semester 1 - 2nd and 3rd week of January

Semester 2 - 2nd and 3rd week of May

Dissertation Project

The dissertation project is intended to address a real issue in Reliability Engineering and Asset Management and is studied in depth, relating problems in the field to theory, case studies and solution reported in the literature, and often creating innovative proposals and field trials. All students have access to laboratory resources where appropriate.

Course unit details

REAM is a modular programme which consists of eight units, some of which include field and lab work followed by a major project. The earlier units address the management of the maintenance process, including such topics as asset management and maintenance strategy; asset maintenance systems and condition monitoring. Later more specialised units deal with auditing, advanced vibration monitoring, reliability and risk. Units on the full time programme are direct taught, however, part time students can choose either direct taught or web-based distance learning.

All delivery modes cover the same syllabus and lead to the same qualification. View examples of programme structures of individual degree programmes; Full-time , Part-time and Distance Learning . Please see examples of past dissertation projects .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 



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This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2. The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Read more
This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2.

The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas
-Property Law and Practice
-Litigation
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research
-Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three electives from the following):
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

This award combines the taught elements of the Legal Practice Course (120 credits) with a tutor guided research project (60 credits). Alongside the LPC core and elective modules, students will undertake a Blended Learning module in Legal Research Methods where they will engage with differing research methodologies and practices and produce an assessed final project/dissertation proposal.

Students will have two primary options for their final research project/dissertation in that they can opt to align their research to their work within a legal field or if not currently employed in the legal sector can choose from a prescribed list of academic research topics.

Upon successful completion students will have attained a full Master of Laws degree in Legal Practice which will enhance their employability. From September 2016, the revised award attracts the new Postgraduate Student Loans which will assist students in funding their studies.

Students engaged on a part time learning route will undertake the Legal Research Methods and Final Project/Dissertation elements during their second year of study.

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The English Language and Literature MA aims to allow you to explore the interconnections between language and literature. Read more

The English Language and Literature MA aims to allow you to explore the interconnections between language and literature. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of the linguistic features of English from a wide range of perspectives (theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic), as well as leading you to explore a wide array of texts in connection with the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. Furthermore, the MA will equip you with the intellectual perspectives and the scholarly skills that will prepare you to conduct independent research.

The MA is suitable for students who have taken English language and/or literature modules at undergraduate level, and others who have taken allied disciplines such as TESOL. It is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue further study and those teaching English who wish to gain a further qualification and investigate recent and current developments in the field.

If pursuing the degree full-time, you will study 180 credits in one academic year; if part-time, you will normally complete 180 credits in two academic years. You will study four core modules (including a 60-credit dissertation on a topic of English language and/or literature), as well as two modules from the list of options. The core modules Subjectivities: Modern and Contemporary Fictions and Institutions and Histories examine classic and contemporary critical texts on literature in relation to ideas in larger contexts, such as history, the visual image, gender, psychoanalysis and post- colonialism, while the module English Language in Use will help you acquire the scholarly tools necessary for the stylistic interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.

The teaching is mainly through weekly two or three hour sessions for each module, which include tutorials, seminars, practical sessions and workshops. There is also independent self-directed study, and you will be prepared for the Dissertation via structured sessions in research methodology. Assessment methods include submitted coursework such as essays, reviews and exercises; there are no formal examinations.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

The English Language and Literature MA will provide you with sophisticated analytical skills and a widely applicable knowledge base, which will enable you to study at MPhil or PhD levels with a view to pursuing an academic career. The course is also particularly relevant to teaching English as a first or foreign language, and to a range of professions involving the study and use of language and literary texts.

While studying the MA, you will also benefit from the careers workshops organised by the departmental employability coordinator.



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This course addresses the need to propel information-gathering and data organisation, and exploit potential information and knowledge hidden in routinely collected data to improve decision-making. Read more

This course addresses the need to propel information-gathering and data organisation, and exploit potential information and knowledge hidden in routinely collected data to improve decision-making. The course, which builds on the strength of two successful courses on data mining and on decision sciences, is more technology focused, and stretches the data mining and decision sciences theme to the broader agenda of business intelligence.

You will focus on developing solutions to real-world problems associated with the changing nature of IT infrastructure and increasing volumes of data, through the use of applications and case studies, while gaining a deep appreciation of the underlying models and techniques. You will also gain a greater understanding of the impact technological advances have on nature and practices adopted within the business intelligence and analytics practices, and know how to adapt to these changes.

Embedded into the course are two key themes. The first will help you to develop your skills in the use and application of various technologies, architectures, techniques, tools and methods. These include warehousing and data mining, distributed data management, and the technologies, architectures, and appropriate middleware and infrastructures supporting application layers. The second theme will enhance your knowledge of algorithms and the quantitative techniques suitable for analysing and mining data and developing decision models in a broad range of application areas. The project consolidates the taught subjects covered, while giving you the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in your chosen area.

Teaching approaches include lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions. You will also learn through extensive course work, class presentations, group research work, and the use of a range of industry standard software such as R, Python, Simul8, Palisade Decision Tools, Hadoop and Oracle.

Taught modules may be assessed entirely through course work, or may include a two-hour exam at the end of the year.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for partially satisfying the underpinning knowledge requirements set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Science Council for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng or IEng) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP, CEng, or IEng status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Associated careers

Graduates can expect to find employment as consultants, decision modelling or advanced data analysts, and members of technical and analytics teams supporting management decision making in diverse organisations. Typical employers include local authorities, PLCs (e.g. GlaxoSmithKline, British Airways, Santander and Unilever), public sector organisations (e.g. the NHS and primary care trusts), retail head offices, the BBC, the Civil Service, and the host of banks, brokers and regulators that make up the City, along with all the specialist support consultancies in IT and market research and forecasting, all of whom use data for the full range of decision making.

Work placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.



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This Creative Writing. Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. Read more

This Creative Writing: Writing the City Masters course is the first to focus entirely on the city of London. It will allow you to explore the city as subject matter from a range of perspectives and across all genres. It will also give you a theoretical and practical platform from which to develop your understanding, and become part of the London writing scene.

Taught by professional writers and researchers, the course offers plenty of opportunities to network with other writers, agents, TV producers and performance poets. You will be based in the University's headquarters building at 309 Regent Street, which means you will be writing about the city in the heart of London, with ready access to the capital's excellent academic, social and cultural opportunities, including the vibrant West End theatre scene.

If studying full-time, you will normally take three modules in Semester One and tree modules in Semester Two. You can begin in January or in September. Part-time students take two modules in each semester. The availability of option modules will depend on overall demand and staff availability, but you will normally be told which options are on offer at the beginning of your course. You can choose one 'free choice' option module from other Master courses at Westminster, subject to timetabling constraints and the approval of the project during the first semester an submit it after all other modules have been attempted.

To receive your Masters award, you will need to complete taught modules for a total of 120 credits, and the 60-credit Writing Project (giving a total of 180 credits). If you do not meet the requirements for a Masters award, you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate.

The workshop-based structure of the course will allow you to learn through interactive practice. Modules are taught by one two-hour or tree-hour seminar/workshop per week, depending on your subject. Teaching will also include visits to selected London institution to support certain aspects of writing, and you will be encourage to use various archives, theatres and galleries. Assessment methods include coursework portfolios (allowing you to experiment in a variety of genres, reflective logs, essays, and workshop leadership) as well as the 10-12,000-word writing project. There are no formal examinations.

Course structure

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

You can choose either one of the below option modules or a further core module.

Core modules

Option modules

Associated careers

The course will enable you to develop sophisticated critical and creative skills and a widely applicable knowledge base that can be adapted to various fields of creative practice and writing business.

This course is intended to move you to a new level in your career as a writer by developing your skills as a sophisticated critical practitioner, and your knowledge of literature about the city as well as the writing business.

You will be encouraged to network with other writers and identify useful opportunities for career development, partly through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including writers’ events and talks.

The critical and practical skills you will acquire by the end of the course will make you a strong candidate in many areas, including arts management, copy editing, education, freelance writing, journalism, media, publishing, theatre and performance-based writing, and research and academia.



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This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. Read more

This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. The course will focus on enhancing your personal skills as a communicator and facilitator of communication. This can be as an advocate, as a mediator, communication strategist, intermediary or communication facilitator. Firmly grounded on the latest international communications theories and using real life simulations, you will learn to locate and analyse resources, pre-empt communications challenges and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to successful interaction.

The course will enrich your knowledge and application of the key paradigms of international communication, information handling and presentation in a range of contexts from the field of public diplomacy to international media, intelligence, business and international NGOs. It also enhances your competencies in handling information across and between languages and cultures, in various professional settings. You will have the training and preparation to make significant contributions in your chosen profession.

Course applicants typically come from fields such as language studies, translation and interpreting, social work, teaching, journalism and other areas of the media as well as from public office. However, the course will prove invaluable to anyone with high-level bilingual competence and experience in mediation between peoples from different cultural backgrounds.

Course structure

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

You will take three core modules, two of which are taught and the third is research based. Theories and Practices of Global Communication covers the key underpinning knowledge and analytical tools for the programme as well as your abilities as a presenter of information. International Liaison focuses on your practical communication competences. In the research component you have the choice of an MA Thesis (the Dissertation module), conducting research into a topic of your choice, or a Professional Project where you apply your knowledge and expertise to creating a communication strategy. In both you are required to demonstrate research competence at Masters level. You then have the choice of four option modules to complete the MA.

Core modules

Option modules

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Career path

Course graduates have gained success in communications-related positions in NGOs, diplomatic missions, international divisions of business and international organisations, as well as achieving a step-change in their original professions.



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Course summary. This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. Read more

Course summary

This course is designed to develop the general management skills you need in the rapidly changing economic environment. As well as giving you the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to operate effectively in a managerial role, the course will develop your analysis, problem-solving and proactive-thinking skills. As the course progresses, the emphasis evolves from operational to a strategic approach.

Studying the Management MA will give you opportunities to gain immediately applicable skills and managerial awareness; whilst learning about other organisations’ processes and practices from peers and case study analysis. 

Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their modules on the Blackboard site and availing of current journals and e-books as well as podcasts and other supporting resources. Onsite students can make appointments with librarians for specific search support or attend speaker’s evenings or study skills ribbon workshops. Each student has a personal tutor and we also provide additional support for dyslexic and disabled students. 

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

A highlight for many students is the residential weekend organised as part of this course – a weekend away combining presentations and workshops with great opportunities to network and get to know your fellow students. Additional networking events with management professionals are also organised throughout your course.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

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

Modules

Accreditation

Students who successfully complete this Master's degree are eligible for a student membership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This gives you access to the CMI professional network and opportunities to attend events and get the latest news from the sector of leadership and management.

Career path

Our graduates occupy a variety of roles in both multinational organisations and small and medium-size enterprises. When you graduate you will be equipped to pursue a career in specialist areas of business, including financial services, operations, human resources, sales and marketing. Some of our graduates are employed in companies such as Accenture, Procter & Gamble and Unilever as well as the NHS and local councils.



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In today's business environment effective project management (PM) is an integral influencer of success. Read more

In today's business environment effective project management (PM) is an integral influencer of success. Additionally, PM-associated skills such as planning, risk management, quality management and communication management are essential to control the increasingly complex projects that allow top organisations to remain competitive in the global market. A Master’s in project management is sought after by many organisations, both in the public and the private sector. The course is suitable for graduates in business, computing and engineering, with an affinity for organising, running or participating in projects.

Project Management MSc is designed to equip you with a set of tested skills for planning, delegating and monitoring project. The course gives you the knowledge and tools to help implement strategies for change, in a sustainable way, in order to influence progress within a company or organisation. You also will learn the governance framework of running a project and how to handle the associated risks.

The project management processes that you will learn on this course are aligned with the Project Management Bodies of Knowledge by Project Management Institute and is widely accepted as best practice in the area of project management.

This course involves both theoretical and practical content. It offers you the chance to build on your first degree or work experience with a range of knowledge and skills, enabling you to successfully manage the increasing number of projects instigated by organisations seeking to improve their value proposition.

In addition to providing you with an opportunity to attain the much sought after PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner certifications, the course will provide you with an understanding and an evaluation of a number of other popular professional qualifications, such as M_o_R®*, MSP* and DSDM Atern. (M_o_R and MSP are registered trademarks of Axelos Ltd.)

This course covers and critically evaluates the prevailing project management bodies of knowledge.

The programme mission

To shape the future of the professional life of its graduates by offering a programme that is diverse and vibrant in an inspirational learning environment that embeds internationalisation, employability and professionalism in all aspects of its delivery.

Course structure

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

The first two modules follow on from one another. In Foundations we lay the foundations of project management, like planning, monitoring and controlling, focussing on the more technical skills of the profession. In the Practice module we concentrate more on the behavioural aspects of projects, such as leadership and team work. The two modules together provide a critical overview of the project management world.

The other core modules discuss other aspects of project management such as risk management, scheduling, project finance, strategic alignment and procurement. To complete their studies, all students complete a practical or a research project.

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of universities that's eligible to offer accredited PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner certifications. In addition, the course will provide you with an understanding and an evaluation of a number of other popular professional qualifications, such as M_o_R®*, MSP* and DSDM Atern.

This course is also accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

* M_o_R and MSP are registered trademarks of Axelos Ltd.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

The majority of graduates start their career as project team members with a few, depending on their background, becoming project programme managers. Many work for large UK or international organisations as consultants or project managers.



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Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. Read more

Knowledge of corporate finance law is essential for lawyers, bankers and financiers who are keen to develop professional skills in corporate fundraising, deal structures and transactional management. This course offers an enhanced qualification for professionals working or planning to work in a technically demanding and dynamic global industry. It will appeal to both recent graduates and practitioners considering various fields of work, including law, investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, securities, investments, financial regulation, government agencies and international financial authorities.

You will focus on learning how the financial markets work, from the primary markets involving the issuance of equity, debt and derivatives, to the secondary markets involving trading and investments, as well as very large financial transactions in the international capital markets. Importantly, you will also learn how to take account of legal and regulatory risks facing financiers and bankers, and structure financial instruments to suit commercial priorities and social welfare policies.

This course aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of the practical processes and innovative products of the international corporate finance market, including equity and debt capital, derivatives, structured finance, risk management and investment portfolio products. It also develops the soft skills you will need in this area of practice, including negotiations and network building, with meetings with senior lawyers and directors of major companies.

Course structure

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

The option modules are recommended if you are looking to specialise in the financial industry. If you opt for the dissertation you must select four option modules. If you opt for the project you must choose five option modules.

Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules will be offered in the same academic year.

Core modules

Option modules

Career path

This course will be of benefit if you are seeking to work in any of the range of disciplines involved in corporate finance law, including accountancy, corporate banking, corporate finance, corporate law, investment banking, private equity and venture capital, as well as in related fields.



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Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Read more

Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low-income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition.

There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet-related problems. The United Nations Secretary General has declared 2016–2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area?

This course will give you the specialist scientific knowledge and practical skills to take an active role in global public health nutrition in a range of different settings.

You will be introduced to policy making, leadership and governance frameworks. You will be encouraged to explore and debate the political and social influences underpinning policy implementation and impact.

Your modules will explore the relationship between diet and disease, the nutrition science underpinning these factors, public health nutrition epidemiology, research methods for health science, nutritional assessment tools and how to develop and manage nutrition programmes.

The course will introduce you to stakeholders and skills that can enhance your professional competency, employability and development as a public health reflective professional.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as part fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.

Industry links

We have close links with organisations such as Save the Children, Results, and Action against Hunger.

We are also developing a new link between the World Food Programme and Save the Children to run a training course on their Cost of Diet Analysis.

Career path

There are numerous career paths our graduates follow, from working with Public Health England in writing policies, to acting as nutrition advisers to the Department of Health or other nutrition-focused organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to work in international development with organisations such as Save the Children, Action against Hunger, UNICEF, GAIN, FAO, WFP and WHO.

Other graduates continue their academic studies by moving on to a PhD or becoming a lecturer.



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This BPS-accredited conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology but need to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

This BPS-accredited conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology but need to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You do not need to have studied psychology to be eligible for this programme. However, you should note that it is an intensive course and requires hard work and independent study outside the contact hours – full-time study IS full-time. We welcome applications from graduates with upper second class degrees who have either completed a degree in another subject or who have insufficient psychology in their degree to be eligible for GBC.

You will take modules at Masters level in core areas of psychology, as specified by the BPS. You will also take one option module in psychology from a selection available within the department. We offer a work experience in psychology module as an option for those who would like to gain valuable experience in the work place. The content of the curriculum of the MSc covers the core areas of psychology stipulated by the BPS for GBC. This consists of Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, History and Philosophy of Psychology, Individual Differences, Empirical Project, Psychobiology, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Psychology. In all of the modules there is a strong emphasis on critical evaluation of theory and practice.

Course structure

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

Core modules

Professional accreditation

This Masters programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided the minimum standard of an overall pass mark of at least 50% is achieved. Students must also pass the empirical project element to be eligible for GBC. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Gaining GBC through the Psychology MSc will enable you to progress towards a career in psychology.

Career path

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. It is the prerequisite for progression to Postgraduate professional training in psychology and subsequent registration as a Chartered Psychologist working in any of the fields of professional psychology – including clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, and health psychology. It is a requirement for Masters and Doctorate courses in Psychology that lead to professional qualifications such as Doctorates in Counselling, Clinical and Educational Psychology, and Masters courses in Organisational/Occupational Psychology.



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For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including. Read more

For health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology, including:

  • medical and clinical oncology trainees
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • radiographers
  • vets
  • clinical trial co-ordinators

full-time programme is also available. 

Course details

The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular basis of cancer. We will then discuss how understanding the molecular pathology of the disease can help in stratifying patients to personalised cancer therapeutic approaches and disease management.

Aiming to allow you to understand the research process, this programme draws on examples from within this renowned research Institute and its associated Clinical Trials Unit. A key part of this Masters programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.

At all levels we aim to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, in addition to assembling and learning facts you will also to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer. 

The programme is studied part time over 2.5 years and includes a taught element plus a work place based dissertation. During the first year you normally study 4 taught modules (5 weeks of attendance), whilst in the second year you normally study 3 taught modules (3 weeks of attendance) plus start your dissertation. The programme however is intended to be flexible and other patterns of study are permitted (please discuss with the programme lead (Dr Jean Assender).

You can opt for a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of the core modules and 30 credits of optional modules, or an MSc on successful completion of the taught programme and an independently researched dissertation.

Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via one or two 5 day blocks of teaching from Monday to Friday approx 9am-5.30pm. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, eLectures (Surgical Oncology sample), small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Employability

So you can get an idea of what some of our students have to say about the programmes we have been in touch with them and compiled some of their comments into student profiles for you to have a look at:

Dr Selvi Radhakrishna, a recent graduate from the PG Diploma in Clinical Oncology programme here at the University of Birmingham, has written a book that presents the various cultural issues an Indian woman might face when diagnosed with breast cancer. This New Indian Express article tells the story.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website



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This 2 year part time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (3 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (2 days each) each year for 2 years (dates to be confirmed shortly). Read more
This 2 year part time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (3 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (2 days each) each year for 2 years (dates to be confirmed shortly).

The part-time course requires a commitment of approximately 16 hours each week over two years.

The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas:
-Property Law and Practice
-Litigation
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three from the following):
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an insight into the topical issues in legal practices, both nationally and internationally.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance even after you have left us.

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