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MA Renaissance Studies explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it. Read more
MA Renaissance Studies explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it. The programme considers different aspects of Renaissance culture, particularly the social and intellectual histories of England, France, Italy and Spain. You will study with Birkbeck's internationally recognised experts in Renaissance English literature and culture, history of art, French, history and Spanish, tailoring your module choices towards chosen specialisms. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the questions associated with the study of the Renaissance and will have had the opportunity to either specialise or work in an interdisciplinary way. From the start, you will undertake training in postgraduate research skills.

You begin with a core course which examines the way the Renaissance has been understood and then you go on to take 3 options in areas of specialist interest. You can see detailed descriptions of our core course and all the option modules below. Finally, you will be individually counselled in your choice of dissertation topic.

We are based in Bloomsbury in central London and the unrivalled resources both within and near to Birkbeck will enable you to develop advanced research skills, which will support your dissertation writing and provide a thorough preparation for PhD study. Many of our students progress to MPhil/PhD level at Birkbeck and other institutions, including other colleges of the University of London and the University of Oxford.

In addition to the core teaching and individual research support, students benefit from many Birkbeck Renaissance events. This includes the London Renaissance Seminar, which brings many internationally renowned academics to Birkbeck, and events specific to the Birkbeck Renaissance group, including our day on 'Researching the Text'.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

What is special about this MA?

You decide how to use the MA. You can choose to work within a discipline (e.g. English literature) or explore the full interdisciplinary possibilities of Renaissance Studies.
We offer research internship placements at the Globe Theatre.
Students specialising - in Spain, Shakespeare, Rome or London, for example - benefit immensely from putting that specialism into a wider context by learning about a range of approaches to the Renaissance in the core module.
We are committed to personal tuition. Each student has many opportunities to discuss their work and plan one-to-one meetings with specialist tutors who are working at the cutting-edge of Renaissance studies.
You can decide as you study if you want to progress beyond your MA and undertake further, independent research.
Birkbeck's prestige in this area means it has an unrivalled range of Renaissance activities: join the early modern society, bring your friends to Renaissance events in Arts Week and take part in our 'Researching the Text' day, as well as attending the London Renaissance Seminar.

What our students say

'Deciding to undertake an MA in Renaissance Studies was one of the wisest things I have ever done. It gave me huge intellectual satisfaction and insight into curatorial and research skills that are essential to my role in running a national museum.' (Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group)

'I thoroughly enjoyed my course in MA Renaissance Studies, especially researching on the theme of women and Islam during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I am very appreciative of all the help I was provided with during the MA and couldn't have developed my career without doing this course. When applying for jobs as an English teacher, my MA helped immensely during the application process, as well as continuing my professional development in this field.' (Maarya Desai, English teacher)

'Deciding to do the MA Renaissance Studies course at Birkbeck was one of the best decisions I could have made, especially as a student coming from the USA. The evening modules allowed me to explore London to its fullest during the day and to use the British Library for my research.' (Christeen Abee)

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Our MSc Management is an intensive one year programme aimed at transforming recent graduates into highly responsible, effective and successful decision makers in global business. Read more
Our MSc Management is an intensive one year programme aimed at transforming recent graduates into highly responsible, effective and successful decision makers in global business.

The MSc Management programme’s distinctive combination of business-focused learning encompasses theory and its application to the real world via practical case studies and hands-on tasks involving companies and other external institutions. Our students are inspired by the value of creativity and socially responsible thinking, and they leverage the richness of their teams to devise solutions that foster innovation, financial performance and business sustainability. Our graduates thrive in the corporate, consulting and entrepreneurial world.

The programme

Core modules are the backbone of our programme and give you a solid base of practical knowledge in every subject area. During the programme you will study core management modules, while tailoring your needs through a choice of pathways and summer term electives.

Core modules:
• Accounting and Corporate Reporting Analysis
• Business Economics
• International Marketing
• Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
• Global Operations and Projects
• Finance
• Innovation Management
• Strategic Management
• Entrepreneurship
• Management Report


The pathways currently offered are:
• Strategy and Leadership pathway
This pathway introduces advanced concepts in strategic management, and a practical collection of tools that can be used to be an effective leader and decision-maker. It is particularly relevant to those students targeting the consulting and financial sector, although can be applied to any future career.

• Digital Business pathway
This pathway explores the economic foundations for analysing competition in digital markets and the strategic insights necessary to succeed in the digital era.

• Energy Business pathway
This pathway explores the challenges of producing and trading energy sustainably in the global market place.

• Financial Services pathway
This pathway introduces the foundations of two subjects, namely risk management and mergers and acquisitions. A practical
understanding of these subjects is critical to successfully operate in the financial services industry.

Elective modules:
• International Study Tour
• Business Simulation
• Family Business
• Business Analytics
• Sales Force Management
• Consulting Project
• Work Placement
• Social Project
• Study Abroad


The programme also offers an intensive career development journey specifically designed for MSc Management students. This enables you to develop a deep understanding of several industries, develop personally and professionally and maximise your employability.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether you wish to study to enhance your career prospects or prepare for doctoral research. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Archaeology will enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether you wish to study to enhance your career prospects or prepare for doctoral research.

You can choose from a wide selection of modules, tailoring the course to meet your needs or specialising in one individual topic. You can also use your PgCert as a stepping stone towards one of our three Masters degrees: in Archaeology and Heritage, Historical Archaeology, or The Classical Mediterranean.

Studying by Distance Learning allows you to fit your study around your existing work and family commitments. You will be provided with support from our expert archaeology staff and allocated a tutor whom you can contact directly for advice and guidance.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Start Dates

February, June and October each year

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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Master’s degrees are becoming a requirement for practitioners working at a higher level in health and social care. These posts often integrate a range of roles and challenges, including management, education, and direct client care. Read more
Master’s degrees are becoming a requirement for practitioners working at a higher level in health and social care. These posts often integrate a range of roles and challenges, including management, education, and direct client care. This course offers opportunities to integrate your studies to meet the differing demands of modern job roles, tailoring your choice of modules to meet your needs and individual interests.

Why Study Professional Studies with us?

The Faculty of Health and Social Care offers this flexible modular course, which will give you the opportunity to tailor your choice of modules to suit your individual needs and interests.

You can effectively develop your own bespoke Master’s course, thus enabling the degree to refl ect the differing demands of modern job roles in an ever-changing working environment.

What will I learn?

The course has three core modules: Research; Leadership, Development and Change; and the Dissertation.

For the dissertation, you have a choice of the traditional research-based Dissertation or a Work Based Learning Project.

You may choose modules from the postgraduate provision within the Faculty for the remaining 80 credits. There may also be opportunities to transfer in credits undertaken at other higher education institutions.

How will I be taught?

Our course is delivered at Riverside Campus. Teaching is by a variety of methods. Some modules are taught via e-learning, others a mix of e-learning and classroom teaching, and others by tutorials or work-based learning.
Contact hours are variable depending upon the module delivery. Each module, apart from the dissertation, has 20 credits and equates to 200 hours of learning over the duration of the module, including approximately three contact hours per week per module.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake a range of assessments, including practical assessments, essays, reflective writing, presentations and work-based learning.

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Our taught MA provision offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study. Read more
Our taught MA provision offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary crime narrative. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities.

Our programmes offer up-to-date training in research methods and skills and a wide selection of literature modules from which you choose three; you will also write a dissertation. You will have the opportunity to follow up particular interests by studying a named pathway, or to designate your own area of study within the broad MA in English Literary Studies, tailoring an individual programme based on period, theme or genre. An MA in English is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Course Structure

If you choose to take one of the named pathways, you will be expected to select two modules from those available within a pathway and to write your dissertation in an area related to your named pathway. You need not confine your choices to a named pathway, as on the broad MA in English Literary Studies you may choose any three from the full list of modules on offer if you prefer. Students may, with permission, take one module from other modules on offer elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. All students must take the core Research Methods and Resources module and the dissertation alongside their three optional modules.

Core Modules:
Research Methods and Resources
Dissertation

Typical optional Modules might include:
Old Norse
Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies
Old English Language and Literature
Narrative Transformations: Medieval Romance to Renaissance Epic
Middle English Manuscripts and Texts
Issues in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Renaissance Tragedy
Renaissance Humanism
Lyric Poetry of the English Renaissance and Reformation
John Milton: Life, Works and Influence
Women and the Novel in the Eighteenth Century
Reflections on Revolution, 1789-1922
Second-Generation Romantic Poetry
Romantic Forms of Grief
Women in Victorian Poetry and Painting
Thinking with Things in Victorian Literature
Literary Masculinity at the Fin-de-Siècle
The Literatures of Slavery
Literature of the Supernatural
Modernism and Touch
Representing the Self: From Sophocles to the Sopranos
Life Narratives
Post-War British Drama
Modern Poetry
The Contemporary US Novel
Blood and Soil: Regionalism and Contemporary US Crime Narrative
The Writing of Poetry

Modules are subject to staff availability and normally no more than twenty of the above will run in any one year.

Learning and Teaching

One of the distinctive features of the Durham MA in Literary Studies is that it permits both a broad-based, eclectic study of literary topics from the earliest periods of literature to the present and the possibility of specialisation through designated pathways in such areas as Medieval and Renaissance Studies or Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Studies. All students take 3 optional modules, taught in small seminar groups of up to 10, with each module generating 18 hours of contact time (9 seminars x 2 hours) over the academic year. A strong emphasis is placed on independent research, and seminars usually involve a considerable amount of preparation, including short presentations and workshop activities. Assessment for these modules is usually by coursework essay.

All students also register for the Research Methods and Resources module, which generates an additional 20 hours of contact time over the academic year. Again, a strong emphasis is given to independent research. Both pieces of assessed written work for the Research Methods and Resources module involve significant preparation for the MA dissertation (and in some cases for doctoral study later on). The MA dissertation is supported by 3.5 hours of dedicated individual supervision time. Drafts of the dissertation are read and commented upon by the supervisor.

Each MA student is assigned an Academic Advisor who can guide and support her or his progress during the programme of study. Throughout the taught MA degree programme, all students are strongly encouraged to participate in a lively series of staff-postgraduate research seminars, usually involving invited guest speakers from the UK and beyond.

Other admission requirements

Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement. In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed direct to the Department if you wish (). We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.

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The MA in Business and Management has specialist pathways in Marketing, Enterprise, Accounting and International Business. Read more
The MA in Business and Management has specialist pathways in Marketing, Enterprise, Accounting and International Business. This exciting programme is specifically designed to help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of business and management and be able to implement this effectively across a wide range of complex business-based scenarios as well as in an international context.

You will engage in the advanced study of a diverse range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You will enhance both your academic research skills and the practical management skills that you will need in order to manage human resources, complex organisational systems and the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

The programme is offered in a modular format offering you the greatest choice in tailoring your final degree content to match your academic interest and future career development. You will take a mix of taught modules in the first two trimesters (120 credits) and complete a dissertation/research project (15,000–20,000 words) in the third trimester (60 credits). To achieve the MA you will need to complete 180 credits in total.

In addition to the general MA in Business and Management, there are also specialist pathways available in Marketing, Enterprise, Accounting and International Business. The specialist pathways in Marketing and Enterprise are accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing as meeting the qualification criterion for entry into the Professional Diploma in Marketing.

MODULES

Trimester 1
By the end of the first trimester you will have developed a core of knowledge about the contemporary business environment and the management skills, through the core 30 credit module. In addition, you will have begun to gain an insight into the key themes that will comprise your final degree, taking one further compulsory 15 credit module dependent upon your specialist pathway choice, together with one optional 15 credit module.

- Management in Practice
- Business Economics
- Marketing Management
- Financial and Management Accounting
- Managing innovation, Creativity and Change

Trimester 2
All students take four 15 credit modules. If you are following a specialist pathway you will take two compulsory 15 credit modules, each one forming a key component of your discipline of choice. You can then choose two further optional 15 credit modules, designed to enable you to tailor your degree, whilst demonstrating the broadening of your knowledge and understanding from an interdisciplinary perspective.

- Strategy and Governance
- Managing People
- Services and Relationship Marketing
- Entrepreneurship
- Marketing Communications
- Managing the Organisation
- Non-Profit Management
- Financial and Management Accounting
- International Financial Management
- International Business and Management

Trimester 3
In Trimester 3 you will work on your consultancy project or dissertation (60 credits). This is supported by a nominated supervisor. The teaching commences with a series of taught interventions designed to promote scholarly endeavour in the research context - resulting in the formulation of a clearly articulated research proposal outlining your research questions and the framing of the detailed work to be undertaken.

The consultancy project or dissertation gives you the opportunity to explain to yourself what you have learned about business and management and to demonstrate how you will apply this knowledge. Writing the consultancy project or dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to consolidate the evidence you have assembled during the course and to subject it to rigorous academic analysis and practical application. As a guide the consultancy project or dissertation will be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

TEACHING METHODS

- Lectures
- Seminar discussions, group- work, presentations
- Case studies and problem based learning
- Role plays
- Management exercises
- Field research
- Internet searches

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the time you complete the programme, you will be able to:
- Understand the major business functions - understanding markets, developing plans, understanding and improving delivery, managing relationships with people, managing finance, technology and other resources;
- Develop skills and techniques - in gathering, analysing and evaluating information, planning, applying concepts and models to the solution of problems, evaluating risk, making decisions, communicating, working in teams, thinking effectively and in flexibly managing your own work and that of others;
- Evaluate and challenge both the positive and negative effects of a range of business and management practices and be able to make judgements about their value and implications;
- Apply your learning in a variety of business contexts ranging from the experience of large multinational organisations to sole party ownership; through different industry and sector specific experience; and through analysis of enterprise at different stages of development - self- employment, start- up and small business.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This programme is designed to prepare participants for a wide range of careers in general management across all industry sectors and in the international environment. It will prepare you for entry level into management and ready you for progression to middle management positions. The advanced learning that it provides delivers practical management based skills and techniques that are directly applicable to a wide range of occupations. Study within the specialist pathways allows for further concentration of skills and techniques in marketing and in business start- up and small and medium size business management. The specialist pathways in Marketing and Enterprise are accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing as meeting the qualification criterion for entry into the Professional Diploma in Marketing. The content of the programme is also directly applicable to those participants who wish to work in a self- employed capacity in the creative and performing arts sectors.

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The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Finance (full-time) programme is one of the world’s leading generalist finance master's degrees. Predominantly aimed at pre-experience students, the programme has been designed to meet the needs of high-level graduates from fields not specifically related to finance, whose career objectives lie broadly within the financial services sector. The programme benefits from teaching by the Department’s leading faculty in a range of innovative and cutting edge courses.

You will gain an in-depth grounding with core courses in corporate finance and financial markets, before tailoring the degree to your goals with a range of elective courses, including a number of specifically designed applied courses. You will have the opportunity to gain deeper practical insight and links to the City, and will benefit from close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group, which attracts leading international finance researchers to present at its many academic research seminars and practitioner conferences.

The programme enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employers, with alumni now working in a diversity of institutions including leading investment banks, financial institutions, consultancies and boutique firms.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates look to join Analyst programmes at major investment banks. Other students have joined consultancies, boutique firms, hedge funds, asset management firms, start-ups or have gone on to further study. This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).

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Are you passionate about the dialogue between science and the public? Are you curious about how scientific knowledge is created and consumed in the past, present and future? Scientific change in disciplines ranging from biological and physical sciences to engineering and medicine feels like it has never been so rapid. Read more
Are you passionate about the dialogue between science and the public? Are you curious about how scientific knowledge is created and consumed in the past, present and future? Scientific change in disciplines ranging from biological and physical sciences to engineering and medicine feels like it has never been so rapid. It is increasingly important that developments in science, medicine and technology are effectively communicated so as to allow individuals to have an informed opinion on controversial issues.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/93/science-communication-society

Course detail

The Kent MSc in Science, Communication and Society gives experienced, practical, professional and critical perspectives on science communication. Students will explore how journalists, documentary makers, lobbyists, museum curators, politicians and government research bodies enter into scientific dialogue with the public. The course evaluates different strategies for tailoring science to particular audiences, and is illustrated by specific historical examples and present day issues and controversies. It provides training in practical transferable skills pivotal to communicating science across a range of professional settings, making appropriate use traditional modes of communication alongside current and developing technologies.

Purpose

It is intended primarily, though not exclusively, for the following:

• Science graduates intending to pursue a career in media, education, policy or other communicational area of science;
• Practising scientists wanting a career change into media, education, policy or other communicational area of science;
• Continuing professional development for scientists or teachers of science;
• Humanities graduates with an interest in history of science, technology or medicine.

Format and assessment

The MSc has been developed by the School of Biosciences, a leading school in teaching, research and science communication, and the School of History, which has a dedicated research centre in the History of the Sciences. It integrates current theory and practice in communicating science with insights from historical and ethical perspectives. Two core modules have a case study-driven approach to science communication, learning from key scientific moments in history and from science communicators who work in a variety of different professions (eg, media, politics, education, journalism).

Two optional modules allow you to specialise in a particular area relevant to science communication, based on your interests and experience, focusing on either practical/scientific or humanities-based approaches to the study of science communication. An extended research project allows you to take a practical approach to science communication, or to do in-depth research on a historical or contemporary episode in science.

In some cases, these projects may be undertaken in conjunction with external partners, such as Research Councils, charities and NGOs.

You can opt to take only the core modules, resulting in a postgraduate certificate, or to take the compulsory plus two optional modules, leading to a postgraduate diploma.

Continuous assessment throughout the year is diverse, innovative and context-driven, from short pieces of writing to longer essays, and from the development and evaluation of science communication activities to mock professional reports and grant applications. The aim of each assessment is not only to monitor understanding, but also to integrate information across modules and give you practical experience in a range of transferable skills for future employability.

Careers

The opportunities for careers in science communication are significant as professional science organisations recognise the increasing importance of public engagement. Graduates of this MSc bring together skills drawn from both sciences and humanities, and the programme is designed to build a portfolio of outputs that can be used in subsequent applications, including blogs, funding applications and the development of specific science communication events. Graduates from the programme have moved into roles in museums, medical writing agencies, research funding councils, public engagement roles in professional science organisations, as well as PhD positions in science communication.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply-online/93

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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Got a passion for business and entrepreneurship? Hoping to boost your career prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme will help you to improve your understanding of four key areas of business. Read more

Overview

Got a passion for business and entrepreneurship? Hoping to boost your career prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme will help you to improve your understanding of four key areas of business: marketing, operations, HR management and finance. You’ll graduate having learnt to think critically about a broad range of business issues, using your knowledge to reach creative solutions for day-to-day business management problems.

- Students benefit from the University’s close links with industry, working with businesses on real projects.
- These projects provide students with realistic insight into corporate thinking, analysis and decision-making.
- Students pick from a range of optional units, tailoring the course to their own unique career ambitions.
- Solent’s MBA programme can be delivered flexibly over two years, ideal for students who are intending to work alongside their studies. Multiple start dates are available.
- The course concludes with a dissertation or consultancy project, allowing students to apply their newfound skills to their own business interests.
- Campus facilities include a 24-hour library, group working spaces and modern IT suites.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. An MBA from Southampton Solent University will help students to demonstrate their business knowledge and secure higher level roles with corporate employers.

The programme -

Students will study a diverse range of units throughout the MBA programme. These include units in enhanced leadership, financial decision making, marketing, innovation and managerial economics. The regular curriculum is complemented by guest lectures, networking events and live client projects, giving students a genuine insight into the corporate workplace.

Students work alongside an academic team with experience in many different industries. Final project supervisors are assigned to students based on the topic they wish to study, ensuring that each student receives the specialised guidance required to succeed.

Entrepreneurs will find a number of support networks and specialist units available to them here at Solent. Our student enterprise centre is equipped to provide mentoring to students who are starting their own business, helping them to navigate any issues that they may encounter along the way. Within the MBA programme itself, units in entrepreneurship and enterprise cover the essential planning, fundraising and marketing skills that students will need to get their business off to the right start.

Course Content

Our MBA covers all the key areas of study for a successful career in business.

Units:
- Financial Decision-Making in Business
- Managerial Economics
- Contemporary Organisational Behaviour
- Enhanced Leadership
- The Principles of Marketing
- Leadership for Innovation and Change
- Contemporary Operations Management
- Strategic Management
- Project and Research Skills.

Two option units from:
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Global Financial Markets
- Financial Strategies
- Entrepreneurial Marketing Management.

Programme specification document - http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6152

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course combines classroom-based workshops, group work and supervised study. You will also work on live client briefs with businesses.

For your project you will be allocated a supervisor who specialises in your chosen subject area.

Work experience -

This course is aimed at students who are studying alongside their job, so there is no work experience option.

Assessment -

Assessment is through presentations, written assignments, role-play, a business simulation exercise and live briefs.

Web-based learning -

Flexible learning is supported through our virtual learning environment, which provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Our MBA programme offers excellent prospects if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur or to progress your career at senior management level.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Company director
- Managing director
- Consultant

Links with industry -

We have extensive links with industry and employers, giving you opportunities to work with businesses on real projects. In the past year, students have:

- Helped an entrepreneur to commercialise an invention
- Developed a marketing plan for a business
- Worked with an events company on organisational change.

Transferable skills -

You will develop your critical analysis and business-planning skills, along with experience in presentation, time management and planning your professional development.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

Our MBA graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of roles, including:

- Performance manager
- Employability specialist
- Researcher
- Company director
- Marketing manager
- Financial analyst
- Corporate communications manager
- Sales director.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,785

International full-time fees £12,360

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,895 per year

International part-time fees £6,180 per year

UK and EU part-time unit fees: £815 per 15-credit unit

International part-time unit fees £1,030 per 15-credit unit

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Do you think you could benefit from an MBA education? With flexible delivery option, expert tutors and close links to UK industry, Southampton Solent University’s MBA programme is the ideal way to boost your business acumen and improve your employability.

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Would you like to learn the intricacies of managing staff? Could you help businesses to get the most from their employees? This fully accredited master’s programme will help you to learn the essential practical skills required to succeed as a modern HR professional. Read more

Overview

Would you like to learn the intricacies of managing staff? Could you help businesses to get the most from their employees? This fully accredited master’s programme will help you to learn the essential practical skills required to succeed as a modern HR professional.

- Human resource management at Solent is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
- Students study a range of topics including learning and development, business and management contexts, leadership, talent management, recruitment and conflict management.
- Students work towards associate level membership of the CIPD alongside Southampton Solent’s postgraduate HR curriculum.
- The course is delivered by tutors with a wide range of first-hand industry expertise.
- Those who are seeking CIPD membership will undertake a six week long work placement. Course tutors and the student employability service can help students to find these placements.
- Students will also pick optional units, tailoring the degree programme to their own unique career ambitions.
- Solent’s on-campus facilities include a 24 hour library, comfortable group work spaces and a range of high-end IT equipment.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. HR professionals help to facilitate this growth - bringing top talent into an organisation and enabling existing staff to develop new skills.

The programme -

In today's workplace, HR professionals must tackle many different employment issues. Southampton Solent University’s postgraduate human resource management programme offers students an in-depth understanding of HR management functions and the business contexts that underpin them.

Students will find out how professional development can contribute to enhanced performance within an organisation; how internal and external factors can affect success, and how people are managed within contemporary businesses. For full details of each individual unit, please visit the ‘course content’ tab.

Membership into the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is built into the course. To earn this membership, students will need to complete a six week work experience project and write a management research report. The human resource management teaching team can help students to secure these placements throughout the year.

Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

This course is taught through a mix of group work, individual study, case studies, lectures and seminars. Students are supported in their research by an individual supervisor and mentor.

Work experience -

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement. During this placement, you’ll work on live projects for companies and produce a research project for your CIPD accreditation.

Past students have completed placements and projects with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the NHS, Sainsbury’s, the University of Winchester and many other organisations.

Assessment -

Assessment methods vary across units and include written assignments, skills and exams.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

Our graduates are well placed for general roles in HRM/personnel, or specialist positions in HR development, managing diversity, people resourcing, and learning and development.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Specialist or generalist human resources with learning and development functions
- Management consultancy
- Line management positions

Links with industry -

Industry professionals helped to design the course and several organisations support and mentor the work placement and live brief. Our students therefore develop broad work-based knowledge and experience, giving them clear advantages in the workplace.

The Solent Human Resource Network for professional HRM practitioners is run by the course leader. The group, which meets quarterly, welcomes many guest speakers from industry. You will be invited to these events, which provide excellent professional development and networking opportunities.

Transferable skills -

You will gain a range of skills encompassing communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork (particularly cross-cultural), training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

Past students have pursued careers in a variety of organisations, such as IBM, Red Funnel Ferries, the National Air Traffic Service and Exxon Mobil.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £4,635 per year

International full-time fees: £11,260 per year

Other costs -

Professional body accreditation CIPD - £130 (2014/15 price)

Graduation costs -

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
For more details, please visit: http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Next steps

Think a career in human resources might be for you? With close industry links, an experienced teaching team and ample opportunities to earn valuable work experience, Southampton Solent University’s MA Human Resource Management programme could be the ideal next step towards your dream career.

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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has grown rapidly to become a major component of information technology, creating distinctive methods of data analysis, algorithms and software tools. Read more

Why take this course?

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has grown rapidly to become a major component of information technology, creating distinctive methods of data analysis, algorithms and software tools.

This course emphasises the acquisition of practical GIS skills. We use a wide range of industry-standard software tools and a structured approach to the analysis of spatial data through project work.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Get hands-on experience of using instruments such as GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners
Be taught by experts, who have extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios
Practise your GIS data collection skills in a range of environments

What opportunities might it lead to?

The wide range of career opportunities across public and private sectors and in university-based research, coupled with the rapid rate of technological change, mean that major organisations and industrial firms are finding it essential to update their skills through advanced study. We therefore aim to meet this demand by tailoring our course to the needs of both regional and national markets.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Environmental consultancies
Geographical information science specialists
Working for the Environmental Agency
Working for the Ordnance Survey

Module Details

The academic year is divided into two parts. The first part comprises the lecture, workshop, practical and field work elements of the course, followed by a dissertation which will take approximately five months to complete.

Here are the units you will study:

Principles of Geographic Information Science: Beginning with an overview of the development of GIS, the first part of this unit examines data sources and data capture, as well as hardware and software tools. The second part deals with vector-based data structures and data management, followed by vector GIS operations, such as overlay and buffering. You will undertake a project to create a GIS of your own, which may be presented as a seminar session. Practical exercises are undertaken using MapInfo. You will then go on to develop an understanding of raster-based approaches to GIS, cartographic modelling and related areas of image processing which are often applied in remote sensing. Topics include raster data models and data compression techniques, raster GIS and cartographic modelling, imaging systems and image processing, geometric correction techniques and GIS/remote sensing integration in the raster domain. Practical work uses MapInfo, ArcGIS - ArcMap and ERDAS Imagine.

GIS and Database Management Systems: Your major focus on this unit will be the use of industry-standard methods and tools to develop competence in the successive stages of database design, development and implementation. You will have an introduction to data analysis techniques, followed by an examination of alternative types of database system and the rules of relational database design. There is extensive treatment of the SQL query language in standard databases and for attribute query within a GIS. You will be introduced to advanced topics including database programming and computer-aided database design. You will also consider the Object-Relational databases and spatial data types, explore the use of spatial queries using the ORACLE relational database management system and examine procedural database programming and web database connectivity. Practical work for this unit uses the ORACLE relational database management system, running in full client-server mode.

Applied Geographic Information Systems: On this unit you will develop a general, inferential, model-based approach to the analysis of quantitative data within a geographical framework. You will examine a range of underlying concepts including model specification, bias, linearity, robustness and spatial autocorrelation. You will subsequently develop these in the context of a unified framework for analysis. Practical work is based on ArcGIS - ArcMap.

Research Methods and Design: This unit will introduce you to the basic principles of research design and methodology, enabling you to develop a critical approach to the selection and evaluation of appropriate methods for different types of research problem.

Modelling and Analysis and the Web: This unit gives you the chance to consider the use of GIS technology for creating terrain models and explore the basics of photogrammetry, as well as analytical and digital techniques for photogrammetric data capture. You will also look at Orthophotography, LiDAR and RADAR systems. ArcGIS is used for spatial analysis, such as buffering and overlay techniques. You will also explore and exemplify data transfer between GIS software systems and technologies for internet-based GIS.

Dissertation: This provides an opportunity for you to pursue a particular topic to a greater depth than is possible within the taught syllabus. It can take a variety of forms, for example GIS-based analysis of original data sources and digital datasets, case studies of GIS adoption in public or private sector organisations, the development of new software tools/applications or the design of GIS algorithms. The final submission takes the form of an extended written report or dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words.

Programme Assessment

The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will learn through hands-on practical sessions designed to give you the skills in laboratory, computer and field techniques. The course also includes extensive field work designed to provide field mapping and data collection skills.

The majority of assessment takes the form of practical exercises and project-based activity. This enables you to become familiar with industry-standard software systems and develop your skills by applying your newfound expertise in areas that particularly interest you.

Student Destinations

GIS technology is now very widely deployed in many organisations ranging from utility companies, telecommunications networks, civil engineering, retailing, local and national government, international charities and NGOs, the National Health Service, environmental organisations, banking and finance, and insurance. GIS has become an essential part of the world's information infrastructure.

You can expect to go on to find work in organisations such as local authorities, health authorities, conservation organisations, banks and insurance companies, amongst others. Many of our previous graduates are now employed all over the world, working on a whole variety of GIS-related projects in a very wide range of different organisations and industries.

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The Department offers an MSc course with four separate streams. Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics. Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanics. Read more
The Department offers an MSc course with four separate streams:

Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics

Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanics

Biomedical Engineering with Neurotechnology

Biomedical Engineering with Biomaterials

The Medical Physics stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on human physiology, and the use of radiation in treatment and in clinical imaging (especially MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and optical techniques), as well as the signal and image processing methods needed for the design and optimal use of such systems in diagnosis and research.

The Biomechanics stream is focused on bioengineering problems related to major diseases associated with an ageing population, such as cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, and bone and joint disease (osteoarthritis, osteoporosis).

These are major causes of mortality and morbidity, and this stream prepares engineers for a career in these key growth areas.

The Neurotechnology stream covers the development of new technology for the investigation of brain function, focusing on the application of this to benefit society—for example the development of neuroprosthetic devices, new neuroimaging techniques, and developing drugs and robotic assistive devices for those with central nervous system disorders, as well as in biologically-inspired control engineering.

The Biomaterials stream is offered jointly with the Department of Materials.

It addresses the selection and use of biomaterialsin medical and surgical devices, including their application, properties, interaction with tissues and drawbacks. Existing and new biomaterials are studied, including bioactive and biodegradable materials, implants and dental materials.

Modules also cover the development of materials for new applications, the response of cells and the design of materials as scaffolds for tissue engineering, which involves tailoring materials so that they guide stem cells to produce new tissue.

You will be required to choose your stream at the time of application. All four streams lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering. The Medical Physics and Biomechanics streams are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

The course is full-time for one calendar year, starting in October. It currently has an annual intake of about 60 students.

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The MA Graphic Design course encourages designers to explore ways of developing understanding between co-communicators. Read more
The MA Graphic Design course encourages designers to explore ways of developing understanding between co-communicators.

You will do this by systematically interrogating design practice, through using design methods to analyse and comprehend situations and behaviour and by generating alternative and novel visual solutions. Students apply to the course predominantly from graphic design courses but are welcomed from a variety of backgrounds (if they can show an aptitude for typography) where they may have studied photography, architecture, illustration, interaction design, three dimensional design, fine art, or, subjects such as journalism, philosophy, psychology, anthropology or sociology. Whatever your background, you will be required to reflect on your worldview; the underlying assumptions and understanding that guides and constrains your practice, and to use this reflection as a starting point from which to further develop. Your practice can take many forms: it can be self-expressive, or socially orientated; print, screen-based or three-dimensional. It can focus on an aspect of a well-defined area of design, such as branding, experimental typography, publishing, and user-centred design, or on something more unconventional defined as part of your study.

Depending on what kind of focus you identify you will select one of three different types of Professional Development Portfolio (PDP). These reflect either a business, academic or curatorial/editing focus and provide you with another way of tailoring your study to meet your aspirations.

Graphic designers often work in groups, sometimes comprising members from different disciplines. The MA Graphic Design course provides many opportunities to work in interdisciplinary ways as it sits alongside the courses of other disciplines. Many of the taught sessions such as the introduction to research methods and processes occur in these interdisciplinary groups. At other times however you will be developing your project with your supervisor and other students on your course. This will require you to develop a theoretical framework, methodology and research methods that support your research focus.

As a graphic designer you should anticipate the possible consequences of your design interventions, including the meanings constructed through your practice, in relation to ethical and sustainability issues as well as to other relevant contexts. Creative approaches are required that respond to complex situations in which many problems reside. Outcomes are not constrained by media or by limited interpretations of what it is to be a graphic designer.

Consequently, an outcome might involve the design of an experience or service, as much as it might concern more conventional forms of graphic production.

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This international programme is offered by three of Europe's most prestigious centres of research and teaching in cognitive studies and neuroscience. Read more
This international programme is offered by three of Europe's most prestigious centres of research and teaching in cognitive studies and neuroscience: UCL, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, and Ecole Normale Superieure. Students design an individualised programme of study, exploring multidisciplinary perspectives.

Degree information

Students develop an understanding of the cognitive sciences and neurosciences, and how mechanisms operating at the molecular, cell, network and system level affect normal brain function. They gain a working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system, along with exposure to leading-edge research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in the first year of the programme at UCL.

The programme consists of up to six taught modules (at 15- or 30-credit weighting to a total value of 90 credits) a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Library Project (30 Credits)
-Research Project (60 Credits)

Optional modules - choose modules from the following:
-Clinical Neuroscience MSc
-Neuroscience MSc
-Neuroscience, Language and Communication MSc
-Speech and Hearing Sciences MSc
-Philosophy MA
-Neuromuscular Diseases
-Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc
-Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
-Linguistics MA
-Advanced Neuroimaging MSc
-Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc
-Stroke Medicine MSc

Dissertation/report
All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials, including hand-outs, reading-lists and references to original papers and/or reviews. Assessment is through coursework, examination, a 5000-word library project and the research dissertation and oral examination.

Careers

Students will graduate with a Master's from UCL, and an international university diploma (Master's level) from UPMC/ENS. Upon successful completion of the two-year joint MSc programme, students will be able to embark upon a successful career in their chosen field of research into the expression of human behaviour and its biological substrate.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, London.
-MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, UPMC (University in Paris.
-MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences.
-Intern at the INSERM, Research Assistant, INSERM and studying MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences, ENS/ UCL.
-Research Degree: Institute of Neurology, University College London (UCL).

Employability
Students will design their own curriculum in both London and Paris, tailoring their studies to their own area of interest. The individualised nature of the programme attracts intellectually mature students who are confident enough to define their own research path. The opportunity to undertake original research in two centres of excellence makes the successful student more attractive to potential PhD supervisors, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of graduating students go on to full time doctoral studies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students on this programme benefit not only from the high-quality teaching and training available through the UCL Institute of Neurology, but also through our partners in Paris.

The programme is two years in length, with the first year spent in London and the second in Paris. Students will undertake two distinct research projects.

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This unique, highly flexible interdisciplinary programme allows healthcare professionals to study a set of modules tailored to their specific needs. Read more
This unique, highly flexible interdisciplinary programme allows healthcare professionals to study a set of modules tailored to their specific needs. Participants at all career stages may study areas that complement and extend their existing knowledge to support their particular ongoing career goals so enabling them to gain the maximum added value from their studies.

Degree information

Led by specialists, this broad, adaptable programme aims to provide personalised professional education which equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed for effective working in contemporary and future healthcare. It provides access to a broad range of modules which reflect the breadth of UCL and span all aspects of clinical practice, professional development, research, service improvement and healthcare delivery.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of one core module (15 credits) and seven optional modules (105 credits), flexible 2-5 years is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprised of one core module (15 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits), flexible 1-2 years is offered.

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
-Research Methods in Healthcare or a suitable alternative

Optional modules - options can be chosen from each of these three categories:
-Professional Development (e.g. leadership, clinical education, research skills, health informatics)
-Clinical practice/patient care
-Service Improvement

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected.

Careers

The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which supports a worldwide interest in the NHS's commitment to incorporating elements of clinical governance/law/ethics, quality improvement, health informatics, leadership and change management, and educational supervision into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers. This is a new programme but it has already enabled some participants to develop their career either by progressing on an existing career path or venturing into new arenas.

Employability
The programme allows participants to add value to their career by studying new areas which are relevant to their current or potential future employers. Participants are encouraged to obtain maximum value from their studies by, for example, using assignments to feed back to employers via workplace initiatives, the facilitation of in-house learning events, and by seeking wider opportunities to publicise their work professionally.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme focuses on the particular needs of the individual. Participants are supported in selecting modules from an ever-expanding 'library' to assemble their own curriculum reflecting their needs and interests and those of their employers.

Key features are:
-Access to a unique and expanding range of generic and specialist healthcare modules.
-Intensive, ongoing use of the personal development process to support participants on a one-to-one basis in reviewing their evolving professional needs and tailoring their studies accordingly.
-Extensive opportunities to network with fellow professionals, senior academics and experts from across UCL and beyond.
-The opportunity to schedule study in a way convenient to participants' circumstances.

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