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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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This MA in Business and Management will develop your understanding of business and management in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world. Read more

This MA in Business and Management will develop your understanding of business and management in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world. Through business links, and professional and industry networks, our MA offers you professional career development, underpinned by practice-based interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Our distinctive MA puts you in control, offering you the opportunity to specialise, or pursue a more general programme of study. We have a range of professional recognitions and you’ll engage in a diverse range of organisations, along with the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. On the course, you’ll enhance both your academic research skills and the practical management skills needed to manage human resources, complex organisational systems and the challenging issues affecting all businesses today.

COURSE STRUCTURE

You’ll be able to tailor your degree content to match your academic interest and future career development. You’ll take a mix of taught modules (120 credits) and complete a dissertation/consultancy project (60 credits). You’ll need 180 credits to complete the MA.

In addition to the general MA in Business and Management, there are also specialist pathways available:

• Marketing

• Entrepreneurship

• Accounting

• International Business

MODULES

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 and complete a dissertation/consultancy project. To achieve the MA you will need to complete 180 credits in total.

Core modules include:

• Marketing Management

• Managing People

• Financial and Management Accounting

• Governance, Ethics and Risk Management

• Research Methods and Project Management *

• Dissertation/Consultancy Project

Optional modules include:

• Marketing Communications

• Entrepreneurship

• Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture

• Events and Festivals Management *

• International Business Environment

• International Business Practice

• International Financial Management

• Advanced Academic and Business Skills

* Modules subject to approval for 2017

For more information on course structure and modules, please view the course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-business-and-management/

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, and research projects.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in arts and cultural management. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We’ll work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace.

ASSESSMENT

On this course you are assessed by a variety of assessment methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

• Reports on work-based assignments

• Research project reports

• Portfolios

• Reflective learning and work-experience journals

• Reviews

• Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents

• Project progress reports

• Project evaluations

• Presentations

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This MA programme is designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in general management across all industry sectors and in the international environment. It delivers practical management-based skills and techniques applicable to a wide range of occupations including marketing, enterprise and business start-ups, accounting management, and international business.

For more information on opportunities, please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-business-and-management/



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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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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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There are four separate areas of design specialisation that may be studied. knitwear, footwear, accessory design and millinery. Specialism students follow the Fashion Menswear curriculum and have teaching and technical courses in their specialist area. Read more
There are four separate areas of design specialisation that may be studied: knitwear, footwear, accessory design and millinery. Specialism students follow the Fashion Menswear curriculum and have teaching and technical courses in their specialist area.

Technical courses relevant to the discipline and specialisms are integral elements to this process. Professional presentation and portfolio development focus on communication skills and the ability to present work coherently. Profile analysis and marketing clarify the students’ aspirations through product, positioning and use of the media. Our aim for students is that they fulfill their potential and exert a creative influence on the future of menswear.

In the first year, students undertake a series of workshops, lectures and projects including fabric and fibre technology, fitting and tailoring, drawing and illustration. Students also undertake the Critical & Historical Studies lecture and seminar programme, culminating in the submission of a dissertation at the start of their second year.

External, industry-set projects provide students with the experience of working professionally, and are timetabled in both first and second years. Recent projects included IFF, Brioni, Manolo Blahnik, Bill Amberg. These professional contacts frequently lead to sponsorship, international placements and freelance design work for our students.

In their second year, students are expected to work more independently, developing a pre-collection and a final collection. Every student will have the opportunity to show their work at the end of their final year. In addition, selected students will have the opportunity to show their final collection in the catwalk shows.

Critical & Historical Studies

The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first year studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.

In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline (though it is possible to elect to join a series being offered to students on other programmes) whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.

In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted at the start of the second year. The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will be not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.

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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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Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice. Read more

About the course

Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Literacy and Numeracy tests are being held as part of the centralised application process for Health Visiting and School Nursing. To gain sponsorship for the Health Visiting and School Nurse pathways most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Click the link below for further information and to book your place.

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If you are considering studying Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.


The following specialisms are available:

Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.

Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.

School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

Mental Health and well being

Optional Modules - all programmes:

Nursing Prescribing

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership
Approaches to Research
Consolidated Practice
Dissertation

Occupational Health Nursing Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-OHN

School Nursing Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-SN

Health Visiting Programmes:
Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-HV

Work Placements

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.

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IN BRIEF. The MSc Midwifery will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice. It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The MSc Midwifery will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice
  • It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision
  • You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence for career advancement
  • Part-time study option
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

The University of Salford is a supportive and thriving student community with modern learning spaces, shops and cafes. The dedicated team of midwifery and neonatal lecturers pride themselves on tailoring study to your needs and helping you reach your full potential. The MSc Midwifery will empower you to take forward your practice in any environment such as clinical, management, leadership and research roles. There is also a dedicated pathway for those with, or planning to have educational responsibilities.

You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the North West. The teaching environments are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom facilities and dedicated midwifery and neonatal clinical skills simulation suites. Creative learning and participation is encouraged through reflection and critical discussion.

Please note that some modules require a clinical placement which must be in place prior to application. In some circumstances assessment and practice can be undertaken via simulation.

One to one support and preparation is provided for assessments which emulate the real life environment and allow practitioners to develop their skills and confidence. Although this might seem daunting you have opportunity to learn at an achievable pace with a group of like minded peers which students find friendly and supportive.

You will be encouraged and supported to present and publish your work.

COURSE DETAILS

The MSc Midwifery is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.

TEACHING

As students have a variety of different learning styles, the mode of delivery is varied and includes:

  • Seminars
  • Masterclasses
  • Peer teaching
  • Hands-on practical workshops using simulation
  • Audiovisual and online materials

ASSESSMENT

Contemporary midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these according to individual need. The MSc Midwifery allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Seminar presentations
  • Viva voce

FACILITIES

Simulation Suite and Immersive Suite 

The University has state-of-the-art simulation facilities for clinical skills and simulation scenarios in a variety of high and low risk environments. The immersive suite, one of only a handful of its kind in UK universities – will enable students to practice dealing with any kind of incident in a virtual setting. A series of cameras project realistic images onto three walls of the room as well as onto the floor, while sounds can be piped into the room by specialist technicians working from a separate control room.

The room can be transformed into anything from the back of an ambulance transporting women between hospitals or from home to hospital or to a challenging environment such as a house boat where a woman has chosen to give birth.

The dedicated counselling suite with therapy and psychotherapy rooms can also be utilised for learning such as debriefing and coaching sessions.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Sim Mom which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after the birth.

EMPLOYABILITY

Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. By undertaking this programme, you can therefore demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality service for childbearing women.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course has close links with the maternity and neonatal services and module teaching teams are multidisciplinary. This means your learning will be current and relevant to contemporary midwifery practice.

The MSc Midwifery: Education confers NMC accredited teacher status for those wishing to move into midwifery education.

FURTHER STUDY

After completing the MSc in Midwifery you may wish to further your study with a research degree or PhD.



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