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Social networks – our webs of personal relationships in friendships, communication, online interactions, trust or enmity – play a pivotal role in promoting a sustainable society. Read more
Social networks – our webs of personal relationships in friendships, communication, online interactions, trust or enmity – play a pivotal role in promoting a sustainable society.

This unique program teaches and applies state-of-the-art theories and methods to enable you to better understand how the content, structure and dynamics of social networks affect society across a wide range of domains. The areas addressed reflect the staff's main areas of research expertise: collaboration in the care sector, joint production in firms, integration of ethnic minorities, transition to renewable sources of energy, bullying among adolescents, and healthy ageing. You will learn to apply theories relating to institutions and human behaviour to social networks, you will use cutting-edge tools and methods to gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative network data, and you will then apply this knowledge so you can analyse and improve policies and interventions.

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There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This exciting MA will enable you to develop a critical understanding of and practical insights into modes of social enterprise- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-social-entrepreneurship/. Read more
There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This exciting MA will enable you to develop a critical understanding of and practical insights into modes of social enterprise- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-social-entrepreneurship/

There is an urgent need for talented individuals who can design novel solutions to our most profound societal challenges.

This international MA provides practical and sociological tools to individuals motivated to develop alternative economic practices and frameworks to meet such challenges. These might include (but are not limited to) social enterprises, collaborative innovation networks, hubs, digital platforms, support intermediaries and/or policy proposals.

Benefitting from the MA’s timely educational content as well as from its firm roots in London’s rich networks, our students go on to become thought leaders in the burgeoning social innovation field, advancing it in a creative fashion from their chosen angle. Past graduates have gone on to create their own social enterprises or to work for prestigious organisations such as the Yunus Institute and Social Enterprise UK, while some have elected to carry out advanced research into social innovation.

This MA is ideal for:

Current social entrepreneurs hoping to develop their expertise further (roughly 25% of our students from the UK and EU study part-time while working in the field)
Undergraduates aspiring to become social innovators and changemakers
Intrapreneurs interested in organisational transformation within the creative sector or any other sector of interest
Support organisation/infrastructure architects and policy makers (including those who wish to advance the field of social innovation in their cities/areas/countries)
Those interested in becoming analysts and knowledge experts in this field (including academic researchers with PhDs)

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Richard Hull.

The MA in more detail

The MA in Social Entrepreneurship is one of the few graduate programmes in the world dedicated entirely to the study of the fast-moving field of social entrepreneurship and innovation.

It will equip you with a strong understanding of foundational theories of entrepreneurship, innovation, social problems and policy (with organisational sociology as the base discipline) while supplying practical tools in relation to entrepreneurial modelling and SROI.

There is also a marked emphasis on creativity, which means that you will have considerable scope to choose the precise topics you wish to tackle and the approaches you wish to apply. Teaching on the course is interactive and seminar-driven rather than based on the traditional model of long lectures and limited discussions.

What you study

The programme will introduce you to key concepts in the historical development of social enterprise and innovation and to its changing role in society and the economy. Seminars and talks will be given by social entrepreneurs, as well as leading professionals.

You'll learn innovative approaches to developing an enterprise, and gain confidence in revenue generation and financial modelling.

A significant amount of the learning is delivered through group projects and activities. This is designed to develop your individual communication skills and teamwork.

The programme consists of five core modules:

Theories of Creative, Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Modelling
Social Entrepreneurship: Policy and Frameworks
Social Return On Investment: Principles and Practice
Research or Project-Based Master’s Dissertation

In addition to these main modules, we also regularly invite external experts from intermediaries such as UnLtd and other educational institutions such as the University of Oxford to ensure our students get access to a wide range of cutting-edge topics in the field. Social and alternative finance is among the key areas examined in such guest lectures; social innovation cases from particular country-contexts such as, for example, South Korea, Japan and Colombia also feature frequently.

We are occasionally able to provide additional training in related fields (such as accounting) in the form of short-term workshops to strengthen our students’ educational experience at Goldsmiths and at the University of London. We also encourage you to become members of various social entrepreneurship/collaboration hubs around London for learning and networking purposes.

A non-business school programme

The MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths is quite unlike traditional business/management-driven courses in the field: on the one hand, it allows scope for a far deeper examination of the theoretical and practical foundations of social innovation; on the other, it provides unique access to an expanding learning community (formed by our students and our wider, growing network) engaged in real-time research.

Equally important is the fact that students are consciously encouraged to, and supported with, forming their professional public profiles, through things like:

blogging (eg via The Golden Angle blog that students founded in 2013-2014)
public speaking
interactive research projects
developing your own social enterprise
Because our students possess diverse, highly relevant knowledge that they have accumulated prior to coming to Goldsmiths, real efforts are made to integrate this knowledge and experience into the collective learning processes.

One relevant tool that we employ here is an interactive peer-review process that we employ to raise the quality of student output, which means that often student essays (not just dissertations) are of publishable quality. Furthermore, we take full advantage of our location within London’s bustling community of social innovation by engaging with leading intermediaries, practitioners and (junior as well as senior) thought leaders.

Learning objectives

In terms of essential learning objectives, students of this MA are expected to:

Develop a critical, sociologically informed understanding of this fast evolving field
Develop tangible expertise in social return on investment and entrepreneurial modelling methodologies
Become part of London's social innovation community, a global centre of gravity in this field (with links to local social innovation communities virtually everywhere in the world)
Access a number of future career paths in the growing social innovation sector
Develop a grasp of research methods, a significant body of written work and a public profile through assignments, debates and online/offline publication avenues (including The Golden Angle), enabling some students to work as social innovation consultants/knowledge leaders upon graduation
Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills

The skills you'll develop throughout the MA include: entrepreneurial knowledge and skills; a critical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of social entrepreneurship; the ability to critically examine the conditions required for innovation and entrepreneurship to make a strong impact on societal problems; the ability to apply entrepreneurial approaches to projects; effective business and communication skills.

Careers

It is intended that students completing this programme will seek employment primarily in two areas.

Firstly: self-employed in their own social enterprise or a member of a team of an SME developing from an existing or new practice.

Secondly: within government or NGO organisations concerned with developing the infrastructure and environment for new social enterprises to flourish.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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The MSc in Social Work is intended to provide a programme of postgraduate study in social work leading to registration with the Scottish Social Services Council. Read more
The MSc in Social Work is intended to provide a programme of postgraduate study in social work leading to registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

In the first two semesters students are orientated towards the programme design and philosophy; introduced to practice learning and core social work skills; given a grounding in the legal framework of social work practice; and given the opportunity to develop and test out their learning skills in preparation for the remainder of the programme. The remaining time on the programme will be structured according to individual student's needs and available learning opportunities. Students will be given full opportunity to learn in and about diverse practice settings and with a range of client groups.

Learning will build around a series of assessment tasks, which will enable students to make direct connections between the various knowledge and skills components of social work practice in real practice contexts.

Why study Social Work at Dundee?

The MSc in Social Work is delivered within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. This reflects the multi-disciplinary context in which social work operates as a profession.

The aims of the programme are to equip our graduates to:
Work with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities
Function as an agent of change
Work for social justice
Act with a strong professional identity
Practise as accountable and autonomous professionals
Operate with confidence within their sphere of competence
Identify the need for and plan on-going professional development for themselves and their colleagues
Function competently in multi-disciplinary teams and settings
Practise in partnership with service users and carers
Demonstrate competence in all key roles of the Standards in Social Work Education

Carers and Users Group

The social work discipline has one of the longest standing and most innovative Carers and Users groups connected to the programme.

This will provide you with crucial perspectives and experiences of service users and carers in the delivery and development of the programme.An example of this is the award winning 'Community Care and the Caring Experience' module which offers you a unique opportunity to develop a relationship with a career in order to examine and reflect upon the experience of caring and being cared for.

What's so good about Social Work at Dundee?

Research-led teaching:
"The strength of your department and teaching really is something very special. I have studied at the University before, but I have never experienced such commitment and passion in one group of people, and I feel truly privileged to have been a part of it."
Rebecca Laing - MSc in Social Work Student 2013

Professional accreditation:
The MSc in Social Work is professionally accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Practice learning opportunities

The programme has links with a broad range of excellent agencies across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. This provides students with exceptional practice learning opportunities.

Due to the geographical location of the University, you will be able to take advantage of practice learning opportunities across a range of locations including Dundee, Perth, Fife, Angus and Edinburgh. This adds a depth and richness to the opportunities available and broadens the networks that students can establish during their time on the programme.

Who should study this course?

This programme is intended for students who wish to qualify and register as a social worker with the Scottish Social Services Council and who wish to study on an innovative and engaging Master's level programme.

"There isn't a 'typical' undergraduate degree and work experience path that leads to the MSc in Social Work and so students bring a diverse range of knowledge and experience. What this means for me as a tutor is the opportunity to work with a diverse range of students and help them realise their academic and inter-personal potential."
Ann Hodson – Lecturer in Social Work, 2014

How you will be taught

The programme combines periods of campus based learning and practice learning within social work related agencies. The programme is built on adult learning principles and you will be encouraged to make links with the experience, knowledge and skills that you bring to the programme. Students are expected to be able to be self-directed in their learning whilst benefitting from the support and contributions of academic staff, professional partners and service users and carers.

The curriculum is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods including:
Taught inputs for academic staff and practitioners
Problem solving and research tasks individually and in groups
Practice learning opportunities in a diverse range of social work related workplaces.
Tutor and peer support
Skills based role-play
Service user and carer perspectives

"We are able through our partnership with the MSc in Social Work programme, not only to be involved, but importantly, to influence how you will be prepared with the knowledge, and skills, to recognise and deliver the services we all need."
John Dow (Carers and Users Group, 2014)

What you will study

The MSc programme is designed around 7 assessment-based modules:
Professional Decision Making - A (module 1a)
Community Care and the Caring Experience (module 2)
Integrated Social Work Practice – A (module 5a)
Professional Development of Self, Peers & Colleagues (module 4)
Professional Decision Making – B (module 1b)
Evaluating and Contributing to Policy Development (module 3)
Integrated Social Work Practice – B (module 5b)

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed through essay based tasks. The emphasis is on the links between theory and practice and all assessments locate knowledge within practice contexts.

Careers

The MSc in Social Work provides graduates with the professionally required social work qualification and opens up employment opportunities across a broad range of social work roles in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. The qualification is generic and equips graduates to work across the broad range of service user groups and practice contexts.

"Absolutely delighted that *all* of my MSc Social Work tutor group have got jobs!"
Jon Bolton, course tutor, 2012

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Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. Read more
Engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships. Contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice.

The MA Social Policy is one of a number of new and exciting programmes developed by the Department of Social Sciences. This Social Policy programme will be of particular interest to you if you are:
-An experienced practitioner looking for advanced Continuous Professional Development opportunities
-An international student wanting to study and practice in the UK
-An undergraduate student looking to move directly onto postgraduate education incorporating work based experiences and strengthening your employability prospects.

If you are interested in making a difference with opportunities to theorise social policy in practice this challenging programme will engage you in a high quality, transformative educational experience. The programme will provide opportunities to actively engage in professional networks across a range of vibrant partnerships as well as contribute to socially just and sustainable academic research with impact in practice. A key feature of the programme is the emphasis on both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts.

The Programme aims to:
-Introduce students to the study of social policy both from British and international perspectives. It explores the subject in the context of personal perspectives and position within broader political, social, cultural, economic and environmental developments.
-Develop opportunities for global, employer and digital engagement through which to create a greater capacity for social policy practice and knowledge exchange.
-Develop confidence, capabilities and creativity to flourish in the worlds of study and employment.

If you are currently working in social policy or interested in building on your undergraduate degree in order to pursue a related occupation in health, housing, social services or social security, then the MA Social Policy could be for you. You’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and transferable skills throughout the programme, including sophisticated skills in research, communication and analysis that will be useful in a variety of jobs.

Modules

*denotes a compulsory module and you will study a total of six modules:
-Contemporary issues in social science research
-International social policy analysis
-Social policy analysis
-Research in social policy contexts
-Independent social policy learning project*
-Applied social policy*
-Dissertation*

These modules will be focused towards developing both breadth and depth of understanding of social policy analysis in its broader economic, social, environmental and political contexts. The independent social policy module enables students to undertake a small research project linked to their own research interests. The applied module provides opportunities for students to undertake work based experience in a social policy setting of their choice and gain first hand experience of impact of social policy in practice. Through the dissertation module students will have an opportunity to develop an extended piece of social policy research.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates will be able to pursue a diverse range of career routes including progress to further PG Study via a doctoral route leading to a career as a researcher; managing and leading across a range of welfare contexts nationally, regionally and locally. The University also has partnerships with a range of organisations that are welfare orientated and that seeks to influence social policy. "Social Policy graduates could expect to find work in a wide range of posts across the third-sector public services, government and business. These could include roles in central and local government departments, community bodies, charities, housing and health organisations, research consultancies and advocacy or campaigning body." Jo Lake, Head of Employability at the University.

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Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit… Read more

Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit recipients to follow strict activation requirements while others do not? Maybe you’ve thought about what the expected and real-life benefits and challenges of the decentralization of care are? Or how societies are changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality?

If you are interested in studying such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing, in particular related to work, care and participation. More specifically, you will look into problems such as:

  • Combining work and care
  • (Youth) unemployment
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Social inequality and exclusion
  • Social care and participation

You will also study people's strategies for dealing with social risks, including:

  • Life-long learning
  • Labour market mobility
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Innovative care networks
  • Multicultural collaborative efforts
  • Cultural diversity and integration
  • Neighborhood initiatives

This will be done by combining knowledge from the behavioural and social sciences.

Research-led teaching

The academic staff in our faculty participate in a wide variety of research projects into the problems that are central to this Master's programme, including themes as diverse as:

  • Social justice and social wellbeing
  • Capabilities for combining work and care
  • Youth and parenting in risk societies
  • Social innovation in social care
  • Social influence in health behaviours
  • Social diversity, health and wellbeing
  • Interethnic relations, cultural diversity and integration
  • Health communication and health promotion

International programme

Our Master’s programme is truly an international programme, in both its teaching and its orientation. Many of the problems focused on in this Master's programme have a strong European or global dimension, such as: ageing and care, migration and ethnic relationships, individualization and solidarity, gender and sexual diversity, and social environments and health. The same goes for the policy and intervention approaches that are used to tackle these issues. You will find that this international perspective is a key feature of the programme. You will learn to take this international perspective in a global teaching environment, with staff and students from the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

Interdisciplinary

In addition to its international, comparative perspective, the programme is also characterized by its interdisciplinary and multi-method approach. This international, interdisciplinary and multi-method focus also applies to the research you will undertake for your master’s thesis, as well as in the exploration of professional practices. In your research, you will draw on a combination of scientific perspectives from the behavioural and social sciences, in particular psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. In exploring professional practices, you will also draw on a combination of scientific perspectives, through a focus on social policies, mostly informed by social science, and interventions, mostly grounded in behavioural sciences.

Scientifically grounded intervention research

Programme objective

This Master's programme is intended to enable you to become an academic professional. As a graduate of the Social Policy and Public Health programme, you will be able to study social problems from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. You will also have acquired the professional and academic skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate social policies and interventions. These skills will allow you to pursue a career as a social scientist, working with government agencies, social service organizations, civil society organizations, or private sector companies.



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Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion. Read more
Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion.

This exciting new course is designed to offer people, who are working in horticulture or therapy, the opportunity to further develop their skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. They will also reflect upon, debate and critique their current practice.

This programme is the first to be developed in the UK and will build upon Coventry's well-established and vocationally focussed qualification, the Professional Development Diploma.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The development of the MSc course has been actively supported by practitioners in the field, service-users and others; including the national charity, Thrive; Pershore College and the Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners. Its creation will bring this developing profession in line with established international practitioners in the USA, Canada and Japan.

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will provide students nationally and internationally with a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. The target market for this programme includes a wide range of working individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors related to health, social care and disability.

Expressions of interest and applicants include:
-Occupational therapists
-Social workers
-Horticulturalists, environmentalists and green care workers
-Social and therapeutic practitioners
-Practitioners across education including main stream and special needs
-Charity workers (trustees, practitioners and managers)
-Doctors, nurses (mental health, adult nursing) and psychologists
-Probation officers
-Speech and language therapists
-Teachers of children and adults with special educational needs
-Care managers, private practitioners and project managers

Studying on the MSc Social and Therapeutic programme MSc will help students to:
-Develop as innovative, enterprising, evidence based practitioners of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Critically appraise and reflect on practice within the changing context of health and social care from the service users’ perspective and with deep consideration of their needs
-Critically evaluate the context of social and therapeutic horticulture within service delivery and the wider arenas of health, social care and nature-based care
-Actively engage in and be responsible for the critical analysis of their own learning, recognising areas for development and strengths
-Be a dynamic participant within support networks/communities of practice to develop and promote a deep consideration and further exploration of the potential and use of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Actively engage in the critical analysis and evaluation of the evidence base

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc is a blended learning programme that combines experiential and online learning with independent study. Innovative teaching and learning techniques will utilise real site partners, digital technology and practical activities that will focus upon communities and sustainable practice.

Critical discussion and debate with social therapeutic horticulturalists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health and social care professionals are promoted within the modules of study, enabling students to develop their skills in clinical reasoning, reflection and research. This course will give students the confidence and authority to explore, appraise and critique current and contemporary practice and the evidence base that supports the use of social and therapeutic horticulture. By completing the programme students will be boosting their managerial knowledge, leadership and communication skills in this exciting new area. They will be the first of a new generation of master’s graduates who are able to fulfil leading roles in the social and therapeutic workplace, education or research.

Students can study the programme either full-time across one academic year or part-time. The course consists of six mandatory modules and the research dissertation.

The mandatory modules for this programme are:
-Social and Therapeutic Horticulture: Diversity of Theory and Practice
-The Expert Practitioner: A Practical Analysis
-Nature Assisted Practice
-Evaluating Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice
-Research Methodology, Designs and Methods
-Data Analysis
-The research dissertation which can be based on empirical research study or a systematic review of the evidence to support social and therapeutic interventions

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will be offered on a full-time and part-time basis and as stand-alone CPD opportunity. It will be delivered in a flexible learning format, comprising face-to-face contact with attendance normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, guided study, independent studies, and online resources to be completed at home or in the workplace.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You are assessed in a variety of ways both in groups and individually. You will have a combination of practical, presentation and written assessments. These may include group and conference style presentations, reflective critiques, an online annual report and action plan, project report writing and dissertation.

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Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you. Wide variety of research interests. The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Read more
Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests
The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in social policy, social justice, race and identity, public health, safeguarding, social work, coproduction.

Excellent supervision
Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.

Resources
Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Social Work and Social Policy team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; extensive regional networks of social work partners able to support research activity. The University has a vibrant Service User and Carer Group, IMPACT, whose members are happy to be involved in research, advise on research or participate as subjects..

Projects being undertaken by current Social Work and Social Policy research students include: social worker influence and perceptions of power; the promotion of social worker resilience in education and practice and child sexual exploitation.

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Designing at the forefront of communication technology. The rapid expansion of digital networks such as YouTube, Wikipedia, Flickr and Facebook have changed user expectations. Read more
Designing at the forefront of communication technology.

Overview

The rapid expansion of digital networks such as YouTube, Wikipedia, Flickr and Facebook have changed user expectations. These advances have created a demand for graduates who understand social and participatory design principles and have the skills to design new interactive technologies.

The MSc in Social Media and Interactive Technologies provides an innovative mix of social and technical skills. You will gain an understanding of the social, political and economic factors that affect the use of interactive technologies, examining how technology is perceived and employed by the user, and you will develop the skills to design and create usable and accessible devices and applications.

Course content

Understand social media and interactive technologies through the key roles they play in society. Explore topics in human-computer interaction, user-centred design, social and cultural theory and human psychology and learn to apply them to the practical problems of designing interactive pages, devices and systems.

Modules for this social media degree are taught by experts from both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Computer Science.

The MSc in Social Media and Interactive Technologies includes eight core modules:
-Understanding Social Media
-Metrics and Society
-Themes and Issues in Contemporary Sociology
-Research Methods for Interactive Technologies
-User-centred Design for Interactive Technologies

You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. You will analyse the data and produce a 15,000-word dissertation based on your research project.

Examples of previous projects include:
-Accessibility of iPhone/iPad apps
-Democracy and participation in York City
-The use of social networking sites by the older generation
-Social robotics and companionship
-Living with the h-index?
-Investigating immersion in games with inattentional blindness
-Immersion and cognitive effort when playing videogames
-Immersion in audio-only games

Careers

You'll develop the skills and knowledge needed to play a leading role in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies in industry, commerce, academia and public service. This social media degree also provides an ideal basis to progress to further study at PhD level.

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

About the course

The Management MSc programme offers:

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

Emphasis on developing employability and career development skills.

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

Optional 14 week work placement.

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

MSc Management is offered in four specialisations:

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

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

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

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

Aims

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

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

Course Content

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

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

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

Pathway-specific modules

MSc Management (General Management)

Choose two elective modules from:

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

MSc Management (Marketing and Branding Management)

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues
International Marketing

Plus one elective module from:

Organisational Behaviour
Technology Management
Creative Contexts

MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management)

Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Technology Management

Plus one module from:

Creative Contexts
International Marketing
Organisational Behaviour

Work Placements

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

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

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

Teaching

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

Modes of Study

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

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

Assessment

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

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

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

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

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

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

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

Special Features

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

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

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

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

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

Accreditation

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

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The MSc Construction Economics and Management postgraduate course equips graduates with the skills to become senior managers, policy advisers and decision-makers in any branch of the construction industry. Read more
The MSc Construction Economics and Management postgraduate course equips graduates with the skills to become senior managers, policy advisers and decision-makers in any branch of the construction industry. It can also provide teachers and researches in these subject areas with professional academic development.

Degree information

This RICS accredited programme aims to develop students' knowledge and skills under two mutually supporting themes for which the School of Construction and Project Management has an international reputation:
-The economics and finance of construction at project, firm and industry levels.
-The management of construction projects and enterprises.

Construction is taken in its widest sense to include design, infrastructure and the supply chain.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional/elective modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules, four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
-The Economics of Construction: Economics, Sectors and Industries
-The Economic Institutions of the Construction Industry
-The Management of Construction Projects
-The Management of Construction Enterprises

Optional modules
-Construction Booms and Slumps**
-Construction Clients and the Market for Contracts**
-Economics of Appraisal of Construction Projects: Leading Issues**
-Economics of Speculative Construction Development**
-Construction Industry Development**
-Managing Professional Practice*
-Relationships between Firms*
-Capturing and Delivering Value*
-The Construction Firm: Contractors and Subcontractors*
-Marketing and Project Business Development*
-Managing Change in Organisations*
-Environmental Sustainability in the Construction Sector
-Integrating Project Information Systems with Building Information Modelling
-Managing Construction
-Managing the Enterprise-Project Relationship
-Organisations and People in Projects
-Social Networks in Project and Enterprise Organisations
-Social Networks in Project and Enterprise Organisations

*Students choose at least one
**Students choose at least two

The fourth optional module is selected from the remaining choices displayed above.

Dissertation/report
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation related to the main themes of the programme, under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work on case studies, exercises and problems. Lectures include industry guest speakers. Assessment is through written examination, term papers and the dissertation.

Careers

The career options for graduates are varied, and many students go on to work for construction, engineering and design enterprises, professional consultants and commercial research organisations, and client enterprises with significant project portfolios such as retailers or banks. Graduates are keenly recruited by many of the UK's very best construction-sector firms. The MSc can be used as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Junior Engineer, Shanghai Geographical Institute
-Project Manager, IKEA
-Project Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Risk Analyst, Bank of China
-Associate Consultant, KPMG

Employability
The programme offers an understanding of financial and other kinds of management within the context of the project, the project-based firm and the construction industry in its widest sense. There are some elements which can be put to use straight away combined with other elements of a strategic nature which will prove useful as the graduate's career moves into more senior management. It is thus an excellent graduate qualification to offer employers by those trained in a technical discipline without previous economic training or those trained in economics or finance without previous exposure to construction.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our school is part of the UCL Bartlett which is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment. It brings together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, finance, design, procure, construct/refurbish and operate the buildings, infrastructure and urban environments of the future.

Outside the faculty we have links within UCL with those involved in engineering, computing and other areas of management.

Located in London, UCL is at the heart of a large cluster of architectural, engineering, surveying, real estate and management consultancies which, together with major construction/infrastructure clients, contractors and financial institutions, are next to the UK's centre of government with all the resources of a world city to hand.

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“Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” – Richard Branson. This CIPR-accredited public relations (PR) course is designed to give practitioners the skills and ability to think creatively and adopt the latest tools in modern PR campaigns. Read more
“Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” – Richard Branson.

This CIPR-accredited public relations (PR) course is designed to give practitioners the skills and ability to think creatively and adopt the latest tools in modern PR campaigns.

PR is rapidly evolving as consumers/stakeholders increasingly take control on instantly accessible worldwide communication channels, and organisations rely less and less on newspapers and traditional media to disseminate information. According to the 2013/14 Public Relations Association (PRCA) census, the sector has seen a turnover of £9.62bn in the UK. With new technologies and social communication media on the rise, PR practitioners are more in demand than ever.

This PR course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the professional body for public relations and public affairs practitioners. Students enrolled on the MSc Public Relations are eligible for CIPR Student Membership. This provides access to numerous industry and personal development opportunities as well as the member’s area of the CIPR website. The CIPR website includes a dedicated student area which offers help and advice on entering the PR industry and free online training.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/663-msc-public-relations

What you will study

A key feature of modern marketing is the decline of mass communication in favour of multiple person-to-person networks and mobile messenger apps such as WhatsApp. Sitting alongside traditional PR tools, social networks and blog sites are now part of the PR practitioner’s toolkit. This accredited course will expose you to the challenges at the forefront of modern PR and enhance your ability to manage brand and corporate identity effectively.

You will explore the radical shift in PR, as traditional channels such as advertising and sales promotion have changed. The course will further develop your understanding of word-of-mouth marketing, including social networks and the growing popularity of photo and video sharing sites.

From Facebook and Twitter to YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, you will challenge traditional methods and the contemporary thinking associated with marketing and stakeholder communications. The course will also cover the importance of brand reputation and the growing demand for essential skills in crisis management, and enhance your knowledge and understanding of the role PR plays in modern politics.

Modules of study:

- PR Concepts and Practice
This module aims to provide an introductory critique of key concepts and tools of modern PR practice and implementation. It examines the theoretical underpinnings of the subject by exploring how PR is utilised to influence issues within society, industry and the environment.

- Brands & Reputation Management
This module aims to provide a critique of the key theoretical underpinning surrounding the consumption, construction and reputation management of brands – a key responsibility for modern PR practitioners.

- Strategic Marketing
This module critically examines the key elements of strategic marketing and its interface with business strategy.

- Content Marketing & Public Relations
This module provides a solid foundation for writing and factual story-telling as well as verbal communication within a marketing and PR context.

- Managing Professional Development
The aim of this module is to support personal and professional development for a business related professional career.

- Third Sector & Political Public Relations
This module critically evaluates the PR practice within the public/political sector. It accordingly examines how PR is utilised by third sector organisations, such as pressure groups, charities, trade unions and social enterprises, as well as political parties.

- Campaign Planning for Marketing & PR
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the key constructs associated with campaign planning for marketing and PR, notably the use of digital technology.

- Research Methods
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding and skills of research in a management and/or professional development context, focusing on a critical review of research methodologies and methods.

- Management Project
This module introduces you to the intellectual and scholarly requirements of producing an extended piece of written postgraduate research.

Learning and teaching methods

Full-time students study each subject intensively over a period of several weeks. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practicing marketing managers and PR professionals. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of communications materials and networks, as well as specialist guest lecturers from leading professionals. The course also includes potential for a site visit to a media communications organisation.

Through our series of guest lecturers delivered by leading industry experts, you can also gain up to the moment insights into the challenges and practices pertinent to image management and PR planning.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The skills you will gain on the MSc Public Relations course will allow you to help your employer or company gain a competitive edge by managing meaningful relationships through PR. You will also gain the latest intelligence about social networking, new communication techniques and how to manage new and emerging digital channels.

Students will typically be offered the opportunity to meet representatives from PR companies who offer internships by way of guest talks. In addition, the University of South Wales Careers and Employability Service helps students with all aspects of careers and employability. Services range from individual advice and guidance on CVs & applications, interviews, work experience, internships, volunteering, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas.

As a student of this course you will have access to help and advice from a dedicated student area on the CIPR website on starting your career within the public relations industry.

Assessment methods

Assessment is assignment-based, so you can explore each subject to develop your critical and analytical skills. The final requirement is a dissertation or business research project, where you will examine an aspect of PR in depth.

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Course Summary. This programme studies the Web as a foundational technology for the digital economy, including the architecture and services that support a mobile infrastructure of social networks and big data services. Read more

Course Summary

This programme studies the Web as a foundational technology for the digital economy, including the architecture and services that support a mobile infrastructure of social networks and big data services. The programme specialises in web system development and requires a technical background with good programming experience.

Modules

Semester one: Web Architecture; Foundations of Web Science; Research Methods for Assessing Technology; Web Development; Designing Usable and Accessible Technologies; Implementing Cyber Security.

Semester two: Semantic Web Technologies; Science of Online Social Networks; Open Data Innovation; Intelligent Agents; E-Business Strategy.

Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.

Visit our website for further information.



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Our modern world is witnessing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including web documents, blogs, social networks, digital libraries and medical records. Read more
Our modern world is witnessing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including web documents, blogs, social networks, digital libraries and medical records. Much of this data contains valuable information, such as emerging opinions in social networks, search trends from search engines, consumer purchase behaviour, and patterns that emerge from these huge data sources.

The sheer volume of this information means that traditional stand-alone applications are no longer suitable to process and analyse this data. Our course equips you with the knowledge to contribute to this rapidly emerging area.

We give you hands-on experience with various types of large-scale data and information handling, and start by providing you with a solid understanding of the underlying technologies, in particular cloud computing and high-performance computing. You explore areas including:
-Mobile and social application programming
-Human-computer interaction
-Computer vision
-Computer networking
-Computer security

You also obtain practical knowledge of processing textual data on a large scale in order to turn this data into meaningful information, and have the chance to work on projects that are derived from actual industry needs proposed by our industrial partners.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).This accreditation is increasingly sought by employers, and provides the first stage towards eventual professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our expert staff

Today’s computer scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our staff are driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence. We are conducting world-leading research in areas such as evolutionary computation, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent inhabited environments and financial forecasting.

Specialist staff working on data analytics include:
-Dr Luca Citi – machine learning, learning from biological signals and data (EEG, etc)
-Dr Adrian Clark – automatic construction of vision systems using machine learning and evaluation of algorithms, data visualisation and augmented reality
-Professor Maria Fasli – analysis of structured/unstructured data, machine learning, adaptation, semantic information extraction, ontologies, data exploration, recommendation technologies
-Professor John Gan – machine learning for data modelling and analysis, dimensionality reduction and feature selection in high-dimensional data space
-Dr Udo Kruschwitz – natural language processing, analysis textual/unstructured data, information retrieval
-Professor Massimo Poesio – cognitive science of language, text mining, computational linguistics
-Professor Edward Tsang – applied AI, constraint satisfaction, computational finance and economics, agent-based simulations

Specialist facilities

We are one of the largest and best resourced computer science and electronic engineering schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7, and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors

Your future

Demand for skilled graduates in the areas of big data and data science is growing rapidly in both the public and private sector, and there is a predicted shortage of data scientists with the skills to understand and make commercial decisions based on the analysis of big data.

Our recent graduates have progressed to a variety of senior positions in industry and academia. Some of the companies and organisations where our former graduates are now employed include:
-Electronic Data Systems
-Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
-Bank of Mexico
-Visa International
-Hyperknowledge (Cambridge)
-Hellenic Air Force
-ICSS (Beijing)
-United Microelectronic Corporation (Taiwan)

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Big Data and Text Analytics - MSc
-MSc Project and Dissertation
-Information Retrieval
-Cloud Technologies and Systems (optional)
-Group Project
-High Performance Computing
-Machine Learning and Data Mining
-Natural Language Engineering
-Professional Practice and Research Methodology
-Text Analytics
-Advanced Web Technologies (optional)
-Data Science and Decision Making (optional)
-Big-Data for Computational Finance (optional)
-Computer Security (optional)
-Computer Vision (optional)
-Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
-Mobile & Social Application Programming (optional)

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Study the legal, economic and business background to the regulation of infrastructure, content and trading relations across the digital economy globally. Read more

Study the legal, economic and business background to the regulation of infrastructure, content and trading relations across the digital economy globally.

Our LLM Digital Economy will help develop your analytical tools in assessing different governance and legal claims, and develop rational and consistent argument in discourse about dilemmas in regulation of digital content, information and infrastructure. The course provides a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of communications (infrastructure) and content (intellectual property) and information law (including social networks) practice to promote knowledge of transactional and regulatory work in the digital economy. You will study alongside students from across the globe and interact with tutors and guest speakers working at the highest level of digital economy / industry.

You will study specialist modules in the Digital Economy, as well as Information Law, Intellectual Property & Social Networks. You’ll study some modules alongside other students on our other LLM courses, which will give you a broad understanding of the context of international commerce and business which provides the essential underpinning for an understanding of the Digital Economy. In addition you’ll have the opportunity to choose optional modules in topics such as globalisation and world trade, transnational law, competition law or corporate governance.

Throughout the course you’ll develop research skills vital both to your assignments and your future career. Our teaching team consists of professionally qualified legal practitioners as well as research-active academics; in 2014, the Government acknowledged our ‘world-leading’ law research (REF 2014). You can be confident you’ll receive up-to-date career advice as well as the latest legal theory and case studies.

Knowledge and skills

The course develops three inter-related knowledge and skills sets. Firstly, you will critically apply legal discourse to legal dilemmas in the regulation of communications infrastructure. Secondly, students will gain skills to critically appraise how intellectual property and information is protected, and importantly how international trade structures impact on digital economy goods and services. And thirdly, students will understand governance structures, either corporate governance mechanisms or the regulation of anti-competitive practices.

This new LLM Digital Economy aims to critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical and evidence based practice. Students will be required to demonstrate skills of independent thinking through the completion of a research project. A key theme will be to develop professional skills to become the independent researchers in the digital economy who understand the complex interplay between infrastructure, content, competition and trade in digital goods and services.



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The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. Read more
The modern world is experiencing a growth of online data in a variety of forms, including social networks, web documents, digital libraries, blogs, medical records, biological data, remote sensing, imaging, forecasting etc. This data may not be fully structured but still contains valuable information that needs discovering, such as emerging opinions in social networks, consumer purchase behaviour, trends from search engines, and other patterns that emerge from such huge data sources.

These developments mean traditional applications are no longer appropriate to the processing and analysis of the amount of data available. Companies, such as Google, are leading the movement from a large-scale relational database reflecting the desire to analyse data automatically and on a larger scale than previously seen.

Course content

The course is designed to respond to critical skill shortages in the rapidly expanding field of Big Data. It offers a balance of practical skills combined with academic rigour in the field of Big Data. This is a unique offering which builds on the strengths and experience of Staffordshire University in delivering practical scholarship relevant to real world situations.

It is intended to assist students and career professionals enter and succeed in the growing, high demand analytics workforce. The course recognises and acknowledges the changing patterns in study including the growing demand for extended and distance learning modes of study and builds on the many years of experience the faculty has of delivering these modes.

As a full time student, you would study in the first semester:
-Managing Emerging Technologies
-Data Harvesting and Data Mining
-Distributed Storage
-Distributed Processing

This first semester is concerned with those areas of big data fundamentals and is used to examine how big data is stored, processed and how an organisation can start to use tools to examine this data and start to improve businesses awareness of its customer base.

In the second semester you will study:
-Research Methods
-Virtualisation
-Big Data Applications
-Data Modelling and Analysis

This semester encompasses a module on how to manage big data within a network, a maths module on algorithms that are required to enhance big data and a module which will prepare you for the master project in the last semester. The last module will examine existing big data applications that can help get the most out of big data.

The final semester is a major research project. The actual content is open to discussion with the award leader and project supervisor must be a discipline related to Big Data.

On completion of the award you will have developed detailed knowledge and understanding of Big Data and the ability to apply this knowledge in an academic or commercial context.

The award also aims to instil sound academic & professional skills required for lifelong learning & development - for example, skills in research methods, critical thinking & analysis, academic and professional report writing, and communication skills.

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