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The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in environmental health sciences has been designed to allow graduates from a range of science and engineering disciplines to develop and extend knowledge in risk-based assessment and management of environmental influences on human health.

Environmental health is the assessment and management of environmental influences on human health. This includes the study of:
- environmental protection including control of air, water and land pollution
- food safety and hygiene including production, distribution and fitness for human consumption
- occupational health and safety including investigation and control of work-related accidents and ill health
- the built environment including homes, workplaces and public spaces

Environmental health work is important and highly worthwhile and many of our students are motivated by a desire to directly improve living and working conditions for a wide range of people.

You'll develop expertise in current methods for examining factors that affect human health, assessing and managing the risks involved, and meeting the challenges resulting from changes in the interaction between people and the environment.

The wide scope of environmental health sciences and the corresponding breadth of the degree reflect rapid technological progress. Environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, air, water and noise pollution are increasingly important and there is a pressing need for graduates with skills in these disciplines.

This course also provides an emphasis on teaching subjects that are relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations.

For example, professionals from outside Strathclyde work together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases and also in urban and industrial air quality management.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/environmentalhealthsciences/

You’ll study

Teaching is based on a core of conventional lectures and tutorials, complemented by group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork. The programme can be studied over one year full-time, two years part-time or up to five years through Open Access.

On the full-time programme, you’ll follow a core curriculum of eight classes and four optional class. Each class is taught for two to three hours per week over eight to 12 weeks.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation from June to August.

Facilities

Our laboratory facilities are well-equipped for a wide range of chemical and biological measurements. High-technological instrumentation and space are available to investigate:
- marine and freshwater quality
- air quality
- solid and hazardous wastes
- environmental microbiology

Teaching staff

The course is delivered by staff from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. A brief profile of some members of the academic team is provided below:
- Dr Iain Beverland is the programme manager of the MSc in Environmental Health Sciences. He has research & teaching interests in the areas of air pollution control, environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, & public/environmental health. Current research includes study of the effects of exposure to air pollution on human health, with a focus on traffic-related air pollution in urban areas.

- Dr Tara K Beattie has expertise in the field of public health and the management of water and solid waste. Her research interests include free-living protozoa and their potential to cause human disease.

- Dr Raymond Wong has research and teaching interests in the areas of food laws (EU and UK), policies and compliance; food poisoning, contamination and prevention; and food safety management systems.

- Dr Christine Switzer specialises in contaminant fate, transport and remediation with emphases on non-aqueous phase liquids and aggressive remediation technologies.

Additional information

Staff within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering have engaged with developing Environmental Health training in Africa for almost 20 years.

Dr Tracy Morse, a graduate from the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health programme, was a recent winner of the title Strathclyder of the Year. Dr Morse won the title for her outstanding work as Project Manager of the University's Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative. This is a scheme funded by the Scottish Government to improve maternal health and drive down infant mortality rates in four villages in Southern Malawi. Dr Morse is the Malawi-based coordinator of all the activities of the University's Malawi Millennium Project.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Open Access route instead.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Teaching is based around lectures and tutorials. You’ll also take part in group projects, laboratory classes, student-led seminars and fieldwork.
Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on teaching that is relevant to contemporary problems faced by communities, government, industry and commercial organisations. For example, external professionals worked together with academic staff and students in the teaching of case studies of outbreaks of water-borne and food-borne diseases.

Assessment

You’ll present work in written, verbal and graphical forms including field and laboratory reports, portfolios, posters and oral presentations.

Careers

Graduates in environmental health sciences are well prepared for a wide range of professions that require intellectual flexibility and analytical skill.

Many of our graduates have highly successful careers in environmental regulation, government departments, environmental consultancy, health and safety management, food industry, public water utilities, and waste management.

There is increasing recognition by employers in the private sector that graduates in environmental health have skills and backgrounds that are well suited to management roles in a range of related business activities, including the specialist field of corporate social responsibility.

Employers of Strathclyde Environmental Health graduates include:
AECOM; ACS Physical Risk Control Ltd; British Army; British Petroleum; Glasgow Caledonian University; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Health Protection Scotland; IBI Group Inc; International Atomic Energy Agency; Institute of Occupational Medicine; Malaysian Government; Maltese Government; Swaziland Department of Health; Logica plc; Malawi Government; National Health Service in Scotland; Ricardo AEA Ltd; Royal Bank of Scotland; Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland; Royal Navy; RPS Group Plc; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; Scottish Government; UK Meteorological Office; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Strathclyde; World Health Organisation.

The MSc Environmental Health Sciences programme is not a pre-training programme for students wishing to become a local government Environmental Health Officer in Scotland through the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) scheme of professional training.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Imaginative and expertly-designed human resource management (HRM) is seen by today's leaders as central to an organisation's success. Read more
Imaginative and expertly-designed human resource management (HRM) is seen by today's leaders as central to an organisation's success. HR practitioners are an integral part of that success, and as recognition of the distinctive contribution of human resource management grows, it is increasingly valued, both as a career in its own right and as a foundation for careers in other branches of management.

Whether you study the course full or part time, the Human Resource Management Masters is designed above all, to target the needs of practitioners, with education that is intellectually stretching, practically relevant and up to the minute. A particular feature is the very personal interest we take in your development. Using psychometric assessments, skills development workshops and a range of practical activities, we will profile your unique attributes, develop your strengths and offer extensive feedback on your progress throughout.

Key benefits

The MSc in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents a worldwide community of more than 135,000 members. Student membership of the CIPD comes with the programme, and the University pays your membership fees for your year of study. Most tutors on the course are Chartered Members or Fellows of the Institute.

Course derail

Our intensive programme prepares you to contribute immediately in an entry level HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level. Recent employers include Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc. Local employers approach us directly to fill HR vacancies.

We arrange a ten-week placement for full-time students in a local organisation between May and July. Here, you'll investigate a live HR issue for the purpose of your dissertation research. This challenging project develops research, consultancy, influencing and practical problem-solving skills. Your workplace supervisor and research tutor will guide you towards a viable, creative and business-focused solution.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

• Managing People in Organisations
• Human Resource Management in a Strategic Context
• Human Resource Management
• Applied Human Resource Management and Business Skills
• Dissertation

Elective modules:

• Resourcing and Talent Management
• Performance Management
• Managing Reward
• Employment Law
• Employee Relations
• Management and Career Development
• International Standards and Employment Law

Format

We use a range of teaching methods on this course, with the aim of making the content as interactive, theoretically accessible, and practically focused as possible. You will learn through a combination of tutor-led and student-led activities, including small group work, group presentations and discussion, student-led seminars, case studies and role plays. Practical skills development is integral to the course and a number of skills workshops are included in the curriculum. The tutors come from a mix of academic and practitioner backgrounds.

Placements

If you choose to study with us full time, you will undertake a ten-week placement in a local organisation arranged by the University (or a six-week one if you are working towards the Postgraduate Diploma). During your placement, you will investigate a live organisational issue for the purpose of your dissertation or research project. This challenging project develops your research, consultancy, influencing and practical problem-solving skills. Your workplace supervisor and research tutor will guide you towards a viable, creative and business-like solution.

Assessment

A range of different forms of assessment are used throughout the course, including written assignments, tests, exams, reflective log, presentations and group exercises. Assessment of skills and competence also forms part of the overall assessment strategy.

Careers / Further study

Our intensive Masters equips you with the professional knowledge and skills you will need to make an immediate contribution in an HR role, or (if you are already employed within the field) to take your career to a more senior level.
Recent employers include Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British American Tobacco, Barclays Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, KPMG, L'Oréal (Paris), the National Health Service, Nestlé, and Towers Watson plc.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Part of our comprehensive range of postgraduate LLM programmes, the LLM in Commercial Law offers you a specialist pathway for indepth study in law relating to business. Read more
Part of our comprehensive range of postgraduate LLM programmes, the LLM in Commercial Law offers you a specialist pathway for indepth study in law relating to business.

Key benefits

There are two intakes to the LLM programmes, one in September and one in January, and you can study with us full or part time.

Course detail

Designed to give you a broad, contextual and critical understanding of the area of commercial law, the course covers the operation of judicial, legislative and administrative action in relevant domestic, European and international contexts. You will be working at the leading edge of scholarship in this field, giving you an advantage when seeking employment either in legal practice or the commercial world.

Pursuing an LLM enables you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available on the LLMs cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to pursue further.

Structure

The LLM in Commercial Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study one core module (Research Methods) and three optional modules.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.

Modules

• Research Methods
• International Competition and Law Policy
• International Banking and Finance Law
• International Contracts
• International Environmental Law
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Financial Crime
• Shipping Law
• Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
• International Employment Law
• International Commercial Disputes
• International Intellectual Property Law
• Natural Resources Law
• Information Technology Law
• Dissertation

Format

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM Commercial Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of commercial law.

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

Recent graduates from Bristol Law School have gained positions in local government, solicitors firms, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Direct Line and Lloyds TSB.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems. Read more
On this well-established MSc programme you willdevelop advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of telecommunications and wireless systems.

The course content is updated annually to maintain industry relevance and to reflect the latest developments in the industry.

We cover the following core (compulsory) topics during the MSc:

- Embedded computer systems
- Digital system design
- IC design
- Microprocess systems
- Research skills and project management.

Part-time study is in co-operation with the students’ employers. Please contact the Programme Director before applying.

Projects

Your project work will earn you 60 credits towards your MSc degree. The project's examined by oral presentation and dissertation.

In your work you'll need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of your topic, mastery of research techniques, and the ability to analyse assembled data and assess outcomes.

Why Electrical Engineering and Electronics?

World-class facilities, including top industry standard laboratories

We have specialist facilities for processing semiconductor devices, optical imaging spectroscopy and sensing, technological plasmas, equipment for testing switch gear, specialist robot laboratories, clean room laboratories, e-automation, RF Engineering, bio-nano engineering labs and excellent mechanical and electrical workshops.

A leading centre for electrical and electronic engineering expertise

We are closely involved with over 50 prominent companies and research organisations worldwide, many of which not only fund and collaborate with us but also make a vital contribution to developing our students.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate students get to be a part of the cutting edge research projects being undertaken by our academic staff.

Here are some of the areas these projects cover:-

Molecular and semiconductor integrated circuit electronics
Technological plasmas
Communications
Digital signal processing
Optoelectronics
Nanotechnology
Robotics
Free electron lasers
Power electronics
Energy efficient systems
E-Automation
Intelligence engineering.

You'll get plenty of industry exposure too. Our industrial partners include ARM Holdings Plc, a top 200 UK company that specialises in microprocessor design and development.

As a result our postgraduates have an impressive record of securing employment after graduation in a wide range of careers not limited to engineering.

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This course will equip you with the latest marketing knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s demanding and global economy. Read more
This course will equip you with the latest marketing knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s demanding and global economy.

Key benefits:

• Enhance your employability with specialist and in-demand marketing skills on this CIM-approved and accredited course
• Develop your expertise in search and social media marketing
• Put marketing theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/marketing

Suitable for

This course is ideal for graduates who want to establish a career in marketing, or for existing managers who wish to enhance their skills and future career prospects. You will ideally be a graduate in a business or related field. Alternatively you may have been involved in related areas of marketing and want to strengthen your capabilities.

Programme details

You will examine products and services which are highly desirable to consumers, while running real life campaigns in search and social media marketing to establish appropriate pricing and presentation. This is a Salford research-informed programme with a highly practical approach. On completion of the programme you will be in a strong position to take advantage of a wide range of managerial career opportunities.

Format

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities.

Various approaches are offered to meet the needs of both full and part-time students. Course delivery is designed to be flexible and includes choices of evening and weekend attendance where possible.

Substantial use is made of distance learning through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, and a wide range of academic journals and texts are available in both paper and electronic formats. Tutorials allow you to reflect on lecture materials and benefit from discussion and group work.

Semester 1

• Marketing and Service Management
• Contemporary Issues in Consumer Research

Semester 2

• Search and Social Media Marketing
• Marketing International Business: Branding, Communication and Relationships

Semester 3

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Assessed Internship
• Live Project
• Dissertation
• Placement

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

Career potential

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, working in areas including brand management, marketing communications, social media marketing and heritage marketing. This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is designed for graduates from a non-business discipline wanting to develop their skills and knowledge in order to become a successful manager in a global business organisation. Read more
This course is designed for graduates from a non-business discipline wanting to develop their skills and knowledge in order to become a successful manager in a global business organisation.

Key benefits:

• Enhance your career prospects with an excellent masters qualification specialising in global business and management
• Build on existing management skills to strengthen your personal performance and benefit your organisation
• Put global management theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/global-management

Course detail

You will learn about and critically evaluate evidence-based best practice to inform and improve your own skills.

If you are already working as a manager, you will seriously enhance your capabilities, improve your career prospects, and achieve a highly-regarded management qualification.

Suitable for

Graduates who want to establish a career in management or for existing managers who wish to develop their skills and enhance their future career prospects. It is also an excellent choice if you do not meet the work-experience requirements required for entry to the MBA.

Format and assessment

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

- Semester 1 -

• Strategic International Business Management
• International Financial Management

- Semester 2 -

• Marketing and Service Management
• Operations and Information Management

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project (BIP)

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Internship - 3 month opportunity to develop your skills working in partnership with an organisation.
• Live Project - 3 month group project activity researching a commercial project.
• Dissertation - traditional 3 month research pathway.
• Placement - 6 month paid work experience implementing a commercial project.

Career potential

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

The CIPD Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire branches are led by graduates from the programme. This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is aimed at students with a background in business or business-related studies, who wish to further their knowledge of international business. Read more
This course is aimed at students with a background in business or business-related studies, who wish to further their knowledge of international business. During your time with us, you’ll develop an integrated and critically-aware understanding of the international activities of business organisations, at both the strategic and operational level. This understanding is necessary if you want to effectively develop and execute international business strategy and operations.

Key benefits:

• This is a practical course with an international focus that offers the opportunity to gain a broad overview of the subject before specialising in your chosen area
• Our strong industry links allow you to mix theory with practice, visiting companies and hearing from expert industry speakers both in the UK and overseas
• You can benefit from a residential study week in Europe, giving you an invaluable insight into organisations and their activities in industrial sectors such as agriculture and tourism

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/international-business

Course detail

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year.

Suitable for

This course is ideal if you wish to develop your knowledge and understanding of business in a rapidly changing international context.

Format and assessment

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

- Semester 1

• Strategic International Business Management
• International Financial Management

- Semester 2 -

• Marketing International Business: Branding, Communication and Relationships
• Global Supply Chain Management

- Semester 3 -

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Assessed Internship
• Live Project
• Dissertation
• Placement

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Career potential

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects, particularly if you want to become a manager working for a multinational company. Graduates often go on to build their careers as managers, business consultants or entrepreneurs operating on the international stage.
Graduates have become international recruitment consultants, while others go on to join international marketing research and international data analysis roles. This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

• Ernst & Young
• Dixons Group plc
• British Airways
• Cooperative Insurance Services
• BMW
• American Express
• BBC
• Citibank
• Ladbrokes
• Numberica
• Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
• KPMG
• PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Premier Travel Inn
• BUPA
• Thomson Holidays
• BT
• DTS Logistics
• Greater Manchester Police
• The NHS

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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This course is informed by the very latest academic research and provides you with an in-depth understanding of procurement, warehousing, stores management, transportation and shipping, inventory planning and contract management. Read more
This course is informed by the very latest academic research and provides you with an in-depth understanding of procurement, warehousing, stores management, transportation and shipping, inventory planning and contract management.

You will review these topics in a supply chain context and benefit from a programme fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Full membership is available to you on graduation.

Key benefits:

• Study a programme accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
• Enhance your employability and prepare for a managerial, consulting or operational role
• Put logistics theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/procurement,-logistics-and-supply-chain-management

Suitable for

This course is ideal for graduates who want to establish a career in procurement, logistics and supply chain management, or for existing managers who wish to develop their skills and enhance their future career prospects.

Programme details

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

There is a blended/ Distance learning opportunity available via our official partner Robert Kennedy College, in Zurich, Switzerland: http://www.salford.rkc.edu/

Format

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Semester 1

• Strategic International Business Management
• Operations and Information Management

Semester 2

• Project Risk and Procurement
• Global Supply Chain Management

Semester 3

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation
• Live Project
• Internship
• Placement

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Career potential

Our graduates are highly sought after in many countries for their knowledge and passion for the procurement and supply business.

Recent graduate destinations have included positions with:

- Rolls-Royce plc
- Toyota
- BASF
- Ernst & Young
- CitiBank

Job roles have included inventory analysts, procurement officers and managers, shipping managers, warehouse controllers, transport, logistics and supply chain managers.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their welfare and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival. Read more
People are at the heart of any organisation, so the ability to manage and develop employees, ensure their welfare and understand changing employment legislation is essential to business survival.

The course produces well-rounded human resources practitioners with exemplary knowledge. As well as developing a crucial appreciation of the theoretical foundations and empirical practice of human resource management and industrial relations, in the UK and international settings, you develop an understanding of strategic changes in HRM.

You gain strategic insight and boost your CV through workshops given by HR practitioners and attending a live employment tribunal case. The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which gives you a competitive edge in the job market. There is a charge for the CIPD stream: contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

CIPD Course recognition
The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) to the new equivalent advanced level postgraduate standard. You can enhance your studies by taking additional CIPD components that prepare you for CIPD membership. To qualify for membership you need to attend a series of skills workshops, with presentations by guest speakers, and complete a range of activities enabling you to develop practical HR skills.

You join CIPD as a student member and when you have passed all course units (including the dissertation) and the CIPD components, your CIPD membership will be automatically updated to Associate Member. Once you have applied your knowledge in the workplace, you can apply for Chartered membership.

There is an additional charge for both the required skill training and the CIPD student membership – contact the Masters Admissions Office for details.

Further information about CIPD qualifications: http://www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Air Astana, Amazon, Balfour Beatty, Ernst & Young, Lloyds TSB, Mckinsey and Company, MPA Consulting, Morrisons, Nestlé, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reed Global, Shoppers Stop Ltd, Sony, TATA Consultancy Services, Tesco plc.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
–– Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice
–– Industrial Relations
––Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
–– Research Methods for Organisations

Elective unit:
–– Comparative Industrial Relations

Semester 2
–– Employment Law
–– Employment Policy and Practice
–– Human Resource Management: Context and Organisation

Elective units:
–– Human Resource Management in Asia
–– International Human Resource Management
–– International Labour Law and Regulation

Note: a maximum of eight units can be taken so you choose only one elective unit. There may be minor changes to the allocation of units to each semester.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
–– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
–– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:
–– Employment security in domestic privately owned enterprises in South China
–– The role of unions in gender equality
–– The fairness of reward management and implications for staff retention
–– Disability discrimination
––Organisational boundaries and temporary agency staff
––Work-life balance in China
–– Career expectations of white collar managers
–– The management of seasonal workers during the tourist season in Greece
–– Employee involvement and participation in the retail sector
–– The integration of workers with criminal records into the labour market

Open Days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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In today’s globalised economy, the ability to think and work across boundaries and borders is imperative. Make the move into the fast-paced world of international business with a degree designed to give you up-to-the-minute knowledge of global management issues. Read more
In today’s globalised economy, the ability to think and work across boundaries and borders is imperative.

Make the move into the fast-paced world of international business with a degree designed to give you up-to-the-minute knowledge of global management issues.

Drawing on economics, finance, organisational theory, marketing and human resource management, you examine areas of international business and management in depth, focusing on the key issues facing multinational enterprises. This allows you to apply your skills anywhere in the world. You also receive a thorough grounding in social science research issues and methods.

Once registered on the course, you can apply for an international exchange to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability in the global job market.

Graduates gain partial exemption from membership to the Institute of Export, with the potential for further exemption depending on the choice of options and research focus of the dissertation.

For further details about additional costs for the exchange stream, contact the postgraduate administration team.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Accenture, Bloomberg, CH Robinson, Cummins Inc, Deutsche Bank, Diageo Germany, Ernst & Young, Exozet Germany, Hewlett Packard Ltd, KPMG, Mercedes Benz, Pilkington, Reckitt Benckiser, Shell, Sony, Tesco plc, Talk Talk, Telefonica UK.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
– Comparative Business and Management
– Fundamentals of International Business and Management
– Research Methods and Data Analysis
– Theories in International Business

Semester 2
– International Business Strategy

Choose one elective unit from Set A
– A1 – Marketing Issues in International Business
– A2 – Managing Across Cultures
– A3 – Multinational Business Finance

Choose two additional elective units (either one from SET A plus one from SET B or SET C; or two elective units from SET B and/or SET C)
– B1 – Institutions and Firms’ Internationalisation Strategies
– B2 – Institutions and Knowledge Management in Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)
– B3 – International Business and Emerging Markets
– B4 – International Trade: Theory, Policy and Practice
– B5 – Multinationals and Technology Transfer in Economic Development
– B6 – Responsible Business in a Global Environment
– C1 – International Business Negotiations
– C2 – International Entrepreneurship

Semester 2 (Exchange Stream)

Study in partner institutions abroad. As there are a limited number of exchange places available, the scheme is competitive and you can apply for a place once you are registered on the course. For more information, see http://www.mbs.ac.uk/programmes/masters/why-study/international-exchange/

As an exchange student, you will spend a semester at one of our partner institutions abroad.

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
– Topics reflect the expertise of lecturers and you may be asked to select from a list of options
– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics:
– A systematic review of international joint venture studies in East and South East Asia
– A comparison of Generation-Y’s value perceptions on luxury goods between China and the UK
– The reshoring trend of US manufacturing: exploring the key motivations and the role of the financial crisis

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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Gain the skills to understand and manage innovation in both entrepreneurial and established firms. You will learn how to successfully manage both technology and organisational innovation and how to lead innovative teams and organisations. Read more
Gain the skills to understand and manage innovation in both entrepreneurial and established firms.

You will learn how to successfully manage both technology and organisational innovation and how to lead innovative teams and organisations. You will also learn how the innovation process works, how companies organise to take advantage of internal and external sources of innovation, how to carry out technology investment appraisal and forecasting future innovation trends.

Teaching and assessment places strong emphasis on developing analytical and critical skills, research training, personal communication skills and effective team-working, providing an excellent basis to pursue a variety of careers across all sectors. These include engineers and leaders of innovative teams, entrepreneurs in technology-driven organisations, academic research or teaching.

This course is available on a full or part-time basis.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Manchester Enterprise Centre
The Centre provides a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship extra-curricular activities that help develop the skills and aptitudes necessary for graduates in the very competitive world of work.
Find out more at http://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/enterprise

Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: ASDA, BNY Mellon, Cap Gemini, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, IBM, JP Morgan, Lakhmichand Cooverjie & Co, KPMG, Panasonic, PT Telekomunikasi, Tesco plc, Vodafone Group Services Ltd.

Some graduates also set-up their own ventures such as ZenGuard.

Course structure (All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
– Financial Appraisal and Investment Economics
– High Technology Entrepreneurship
– Innovation and the Knowledge Economy
– Innovation Management

Semester 2
– Research Methods

Three elective units from*:
– Business Creation and Development
– Case Studies in Technology Strategy and Innovation
– Developing Enterprising Individuals
– Innovation and Market Strategy
– International Competitiveness, Business Strategy and Innovation Management
– Regional, National and Global Dimensions of Science, Technology and Innovation

* By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Alliance
MBS Masters course. All elective units are subject to availability and timetabling constraints

Summer period
Dissertation (60 credits)
– Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
– Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics:
– Exploring the role of Corporate Social Responsibility driven eco-innovation for firm sustainability
– Opportunities and challenges from open innovation between UK universities and the pharmaceutical industry
– Dynamic capabilities and deploying big data for the development of the Chilean retail sector
– Innovation patterns in after-sales for the commercial vehicles sector in India
– Online innovative strategies to improve competitiveness and customer relationships in China
– Studying user involvement in medical device innovation processes in the UK

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

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MSc Maintenance Management provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment. Read more
MSc Maintenance Management provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment.

Graduates of this programme can expect to find work in the areas of maintenance engineering/management, asset management, condition monitoring and reliability and safety engineering.

Description

Maintenance management has grown and developed into a significant major strategic issue for ensuring effective operation of plant and engineering systems in order to meet business objectives. The programme equips engineering graduates from a variety of disciplines with the knowledge and skills to allow them to become effective maintenance managers in a wide range of industries.

Maintenance plays a major part in ensuring the reliability of systems, planning availability of assets, health and safety, environment and product quality standards, customer service and other important areas. If these issues are not addressed, the survival of many organisations is at risk.

Historically, maintenance has been associated with the cost of labour and spare parts. With the advent of modern technology, maintenance has now evolved from a non-issue to a more strategic concern in most organisations. However, other factors such as reliability and availability, downtime and product quality can be key factors when measuring maintenance effectiveness. In addition, the objectives must be attained in accordance with environmental and safety regulations.

The programme provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment.

This course has several different available start dates and study options - for more information, view the relevant web-page:
JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTAB-1617/Maintenance_Management_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTA-1718/Maintenance_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P01009-1FTAB-1718/Maintenance_Management?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTAB-1718/Maintenance_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Why Choose This Programme?

Today’s modern and efficient companies require top level maintenance strategies to match their investment. This impacts many industries particularly the advanced manufacturing technologies, transport industry, food production and the oil and gas industry.

This has resulted in a considerable gap between current maintenance skill set and the required skills and expertise needed to maximise the potential benefits from the use of technologies.

Assessment

The taught modules are either assessed by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. In the latter case the final mark is determined by weighted average of the two elements. The MSc project is assessed by project reports, practical operation and an electronic presentation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme can expect to find work in the areas of maintenance engineering/management, asset management, condition monitoring and reliability and safety engineering.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers including Royal Mail, British Petroleum, British Energy, Scottish Power, First Scotrail, Siemens plc, Sellafield, Babcock International Group, Ciba Speciality Chemicals, Allied Bakeries, Alcan and Albion Automotive amongst others.

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Are you a civil engineering graduate? Do you want to improve your technical knowledge and enhance your career prospects? Our MSc programme will deepen and broaden your understanding of civil engineering and help you fulfil your professional role in creating, improving and protecting the environment. Read more
Are you a civil engineering graduate? Do you want to improve your technical knowledge and enhance your career prospects? Our MSc programme will deepen and broaden your understanding of civil engineering and help you fulfil your professional role in creating, improving and protecting the environment. You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of structural analysis, geotechnics and hydraulics applying your knowledge in a range of project settings.

Key features

-Benefit from a postgraduate degree accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
-Take part in an integral work placement year and conduct the programme over two years.
-Be inspired by our new £19 million Marine Building, housing the acclaimed COAST laboratory which offers facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering as well as conducting world-class research.
-Explore our core content including advanced structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering analysis.
-Broaden your knowledge - other taught modules include project management and professional practice.
-Undertake a dissertation relating to the range of ongoing civil engineering research in the School of Marine Science and Engineering.
-Recent graduates work in a wide range of consultant, contractor and client organisations, including: Hyder Consulting, Babcock International Group plc, Manhire Associates Consulting Engineers and Maverick Ventures UK Ltd.

Course details

You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of geotechnics, structural analysis and hydraulics. You’ll also be introduced to the broader issues of project and process management in civil engineering. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of our academic staff. An optional placement year in industry is available for suitably successful participants.

Core modules
-ENBS542 Project Management and Professional Practice
-BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation
-PRCE505 MSc Dissertation
-MGMT503 International Engineering Business Management
-GEEN501 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
-STAD505 Advanced Structural Engineering
-MATH511 Advanced Engineering Analysis
-HYFM504 Advanced Hydraulic Engineering

Final year
-BPIE504 Civils Masters Industrial Placement

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This highly focused MSc explores some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems, specialising in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory. Read more
This highly focused MSc explores some of the mathematics behind modern secure information and communications systems, specialising in mathematics relevant for public key cryptography, coding theory and information theory. During the course critical awareness of problems in information transmission, data compression and cryptography is raised, and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to solve these problems are explored.

The Mathematics Department at Royal Holloway is well known for its expertise in information security and cryptography and our academic staff include several leading researchers in these areas. Students on the programme have the opportunity to carry out their dissertation projects in cutting-edge research areas and to be supervised by experts.

The transferable skills gained during the MSc will open up a range of career options as well as provide a solid foundation for advanced research at PhD level.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mathematics/coursefinder/mscmathematicsofcryptographyandcommunications(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will be provided with a solid mathematical foundation and a knowledge and understanding of the subjects of cryptography and communications preparing you for research or professional employment in this area.

- The mathematical foundations needed for applications in communication theory and cryptography are covered including Algebra, Combinatorics Complexity Theory/Algorithms and Number Theory.

- You will have the opportunity to carry out your dissertation project in a cutting-edge research area; our dissertation supervisors are experts in their fields who publish regularly in internationally competitive journals and there are several joint projects with industrial partners and Royal Holloway staff.

- After completing the course former students have a good foundation for the next step of their career both inside and outside academia.

Department research and industry highlights

The members of the Mathematics Department cover a range of research areas. There are particularly strong groups in information security, number theory, quantum theory, group theory and combinatorics. The Information Security Group has particularly strong links to industry.

Course content and structure

You will study eight courses as well as complete a main project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Core courses:
Advanced Cipher Systems
Mathematical and security properties of both symmetric key cipher systems and public key cryptography are discussed as well as methods for obtaining confidentiality and authentication.

Channels
In this unit, you will investigate the problems of data compression and information transmission in both noiseless and noisy environments.

Theory of Error-Correcting Codes
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the theory of error-correcting codes employing the methods of elementary enumeration, linear algebra and finite fields.

Public Key Cryptography
This course introduces some of the mathematical ideas essential for an understanding of public key cryptography, such as discrete logarithms, lattices and elliptic curves. Several important public key cryptosystems are studied, such as RSA, Rabin, ElGamal Encryption, Schnorr signatures; and modern notions of security and attack models for public key cryptosystems are discussed.

Main project
The main project (dissertation) accounts for 25% of the assessment of the course and you will conduct this under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Additional courses:
Applications of Field Theory
You will be introduced to some of the basic theory of field extensions, with special emphasis on applications in the context of finite fields.

Quantum Information Theory
‘Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it' (Niels Bohr). The aim of this unit is to provide you with a sufficient understanding of quantum theory in the spirit of the above quote. Many applications of the novel field of quantum information theory can be studied using undergraduate mathematics.

Network Algorithms
In this unit you will be introduced to the formal idea of an algorithm, when it is a good algorithm and techniques for constructing algorithms and checking that they work; explore connectivity and colourings of graphs, from an algorithmic perspective; and study how algebraic methods such as path algebras and cycle spaces may be used to solve network problems.

Advanced Financial Mathematics
In this unit you will investigate the validity of various linear and non-linear time series occurring in finance and extend the use of stochastic calculus to interest rate movements and credit rating;

Combinatorics
The aim of this unit is to introduce some standard techniques and concepts of combinatorics, including: methods of counting including the principle of inclusion and exclusion; generating functions; probabilistic methods; and permutations, Ramsey theory.

Computational Number Theory
You will be provided with an introduction to many major methods currently used for testing/proving primality and for the factorisation of composite integers. The course will develop the mathematical theory that underlies these methods, as well as describing the methods themselves.

Complexity Theory
Several classes of computational complexity are introduced. You will discuss how to recognise when different problems have different computational hardness, and be able to deduce cryptographic properties of related algorithms and protocols.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a suitable mathematical foundation for undertaking research or professional employment in cryptography and/or communications

- the appropriate background in information theory and coding theory enabling them to understand and be able to apply the theory of communication through noisy channels

- the appropriate background in algebra and number theory to develop an understanding of modern public key cryptosystems

- a critical awareness of problems in information transmission and data compression, and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to solve these problems

- a critical awareness of problems in cryptography and the mathematical techniques which are commonly used to provide solutions to these problems

- a range of transferable skills including familiarity with a computer algebra package, experience with independent research and managing the writing of a dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The examinations in May/June count for 75% of the final average and the dissertation, which has to be submitted in September, counts for the remaining 25%.

Employability & career opportunities

Our students have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industries, such as information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. In recent years our graduates have entered into roles including Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security manager at London Underground.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This course covers a wide range of topics from both applied and applicable mathematics and is aimed at students who want to study the field in greater depth, in areas which are relevant to real life applications. Read more
This course covers a wide range of topics from both applied and applicable mathematics and is aimed at students who want to study the field in greater depth, in areas which are relevant to real life applications.

You will explore the mathematical techniques that are commonly used to solve problems in the real world, in particular in communication theory and in physics. As part of the course you will carry out an independent research investigation under the supervision of a member of staff. Popular dissertation topics chosen by students include projects in the areas of communication theory, mathematical physics, and financial mathematics.

The transferable skills gained on this course will open you up to a range of career options as well as provide a solid foundation for advanced research at PhD level.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mathematics/coursefinder/mscmathematicsforapplications.aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will be provided with a solid mathematical foundation and knowledge and understanding of the subjects of cryptography and communications, preparing you for research or professional employment in this area.

- The Mathematics Department at Royal Holloway is well known for its expertise in information security and cryptography. The academics who teach on this course include several leading researchers in these areas.

- The mathematical foundations needed for applications in communication theory and cryptography are covered including Algebra, Combinatorics Complexity Theory/Algorithms and Number Theory.

- You will have the opportunity to carry out your dissertation project in a cutting-edge research area; our dissertation supervisors are experts in their fields who publish regularly in internationally competitive journals and there are several joint projects with industrial partners and Royal Holloway staff.

- After completing the course students have a good foundation for the next step of their career both inside and outside academia.

Department research and industry highlights

The members of the Mathematics Department cover a range of research areas. There are particularly strong groups in information security, number theory, quantum theory, group theory and combinatorics. The Information Security Group has particularly strong links to industry.

Course content and structure

You will study eight courses and complete a main project under the supervision of a member of staff.

Core courses:
Theory of Error-Correcting Codes
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the theory of error-correcting codes employing the methods of elementary enumeration, linear algebra and finite fields.

Advanced Cipher Systems
Mathematical and security properties of both symmetric key cipher systems and public key cryptography are discussed, as well as methods for obtaining confidentiality and authentication.

Main project
The main project (dissertation) accounts for 25% of the assessment of the course and you will conduct this under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Additional courses:
Applications of Field Theory
You will be introduced to some of the basic theory of field extensions, with special emphasis on applications in the context of finite fields.

Quantum Information Theory
‘Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it' (Niels Bohr). The aim of this unit is to provide you with a sufficient understanding of quantum theory in the spirit of the above quote. Many applications of the novel field of quantum information theory can be studied using undergraduate mathematics.

Network Algorithms
In this unit you will be introduced to the formal idea of an algorithm, when it is a good algorithm and techniques for constructing algorithms and checking that they work; explore connectivity and colourings of graphs, from an algorithmic perspective; and study how algebraic methods such as path algebras and cycle spaces may be used to solve network problems.

Advanced Financial Mathematics
In this unit you will investigate the validity of various linear and non-linear time series occurring in finance and extend the use of stochastic calculus to interest rate movements and credit rating;

Combinatorics
The aim of this unit is to introduce some standard techniques and concepts of combinatorics, including: methods of counting including the principle of inclusion and exclusion; generating functions; probabilistic methods; and permutations, Ramsey theory.

Computational Number Theory
You will be provided with an introduction to many major methods currently used for testing/proving primality and for the factorisation of composite integers. The course will develop the mathematical theory that underlies these methods, as well as describing the methods themselves.

Complexity Theory
Several classes of computational complexity are introduced. You will discuss how to recognise when different problems have different computational hardness, and be able to deduce cryptographic properties of related algorithms and protocols.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- knowledge and understanding of: the principles of communication through noisy channels using coding theory; the principles of cryptography as a tool for securing data; and the role and limitations of mathematics in the solution of problems arising in the real world

- a high level of ability in subject-specific skills, such as algebra and number theory

- developed the capacity to synthesise information from a number of sources with critical awareness

- critically analysed the strengths and weaknesses of solutions to problems in applications of mathematics

- the ability to clearly formulate problems and express technical content and conclusions in written form

- personal skills of time management, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. The examinations in May/June count for 75% of the final average and the dissertation, which has to be submitted in September, counts for the remaining 25%.

Employability & career opportunities

Our students have gone on to successful careers in a variety of industries, such as information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. In recent years our graduates have entered into roles including Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security Manager at London Underground.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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