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The MSc Marketing and International Finance programme benefits from our considerable strengths in marketing and finance. The programme is a ‘skills’ based degree containing 8 marketing and finance modules and a short focused business report. Read more
The MSc Marketing and International Finance programme benefits from our considerable strengths in marketing and finance.

The programme is a ‘skills’ based degree containing 8 marketing and finance modules and a short focused business report. The structure of the report has been developed following feedback from employers who indicate that they prefer graduates who are able to write concisely, accurately and clearly in a focused report rather than write in the style of a lengthy and less focused dissertation.

The programme begins with a two week foundation programme where students become familiar with a range of concepts in business, statistics, economics and finance. The programme helps students to understand how the University operates and how to make the most of the range of student services that are freely available. The foundation programme importantly introduces you to your fellow students who will become a major part of your learning experience at Dundee and will continue to be part of your network of friends and business connections after you graduate.

Off-Campus Learning Events: The programme includes off campus learning events embedded in the modules of some of the modules. These events aim to extend your leaning skills in ways that are directly relevant to the pathway and your personal development. These off campus events are one or two days in length and the cost of the transport, event and any necessary accommodation is covered by the MSc programme. At present there are off campus events embedded in the marketing, finance and banking pathways. More off campus events are being arranged and further events are being developed to begin this year.

Urban Experience Event: The MSc programme places considerable importance on ‘team building’ and understanding the role that international and domestic cultural variation plays in the workings of firms, and product and employment markets. These issues are addressed through a unique ‘Urban Experience’ event that helps team building and the development of learning skills. Business themes are also explored in the event

Distinguished Visitor Series: A feature of the programme is the Distinguished Visitor and Enterprise Gym Lecture Series. Distinguished practitioners in the field are invited to the University to hold seminars highlighting critical aspects of business, finance, banking, management, marketing and human resource management. It offers students a unique opportunity to meet with business leaders and explore current issues with them.

The programme is focused clearly on the applied and theoretical aspects of marketing and finance so as to develop you for a marketing career in the finance sector. The inclusion of a shorter business report allows the programme to expand the opportunity for you to undertake more skills based modules that will improve your career prospects.

In the modern world marketing and finance takes an ever increasing role in business, development and the economy. The MSc Marketing and International Finance programme provides you with the skills and training to play an important role in a career in marketing and finance. To achieve this the programme provides you with the right mix of applied and theoretical skills to both understand the issues facing firms and how to deal with these issues.

This course is developed for students who have completed their undergraduate study and are now looking to develop their marketing and finance related skills so as to pursue a successful career in marketing.

We provide a fresh approach to marketing and finance that is suitable if you have already studied economics, business management or accountancy or if you are new to the subject. Around half of the students on the programme have a business background while the rest of the students come from a very wide range of non-business backgrounds. The programme has been designed with these students with non-business backgrounds in mind while still challenging students whose first degree has been a business related subject.

What you'll study

Teaching focuses on the applied and real world aspects of marketing and finance. The programme is delivered mostly within a framework of lectures, workshops and tutorials although other methods of teaching are offered on modules when they aid in understanding and learning.

- Compulsory modules
Foundation Economics and Statistics for Business
Principles of Marketing Practice
Experience Design
Marketing Management and Strategy
Digital Marketing
International Business Finance
Applied Business Statistics

- Choose two optional international finance modules from:
Global Financial Markets
Derivatives and Risk Management
Global Risk Analysis
Current Issues in Banking and Finance
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
Forecasting for Business and Finance
Econometrics for Finance*

* Requires prior knowledge of econometrics.
# not included for the purpose of degree classification.

- Students will also complete in the summer term:
Business Project

Assessment

Module content is assessed through a combination of coursework, quizzes, and end of module exams. The weighting on the coursework component varies depending on the content of the module but may account for as much as 40-50% of the overall degree.

Employability

The MSc Marketing and International Finance programme prepares you for a successful career in marketing and for working in the financial sector. You will develop the skills and understanding to work in a range of operations in a variety of businesses.

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This professionally-orientated course will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in regeneration and related professions. Read more
This professionally-orientated course will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in regeneration and related professions. You'll study issues of regeneration in depth across a range of different strategic contexts. You may choose to study this course to extend existing knowledge within the regeneration field or to allow a change of career direction.

The course is accredited by the RTPI as a Specialist Masters. This means that along with additional core modules, it allows full RTPI membership - subject to completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence, (APC).

Residential

The course includes a compulsory one week residential European field study visit. For all new entrants from September 2012, field study visit fees are included in the tuition fees.

Our students are typically at officer or middle management level wishing to consolidate their professional experience with structured learning through the course, in order to advance within their profession, and take on a more strategic policy and management role. In addition the course is designed to be of value to recent graduates wishing to reorient themselves along a specific vocational career path.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/urban-regeneration-ma

Modules

Year 1:
- Development and regeneration
This module provides an advanced introduction to urban regeneration and development. The focus will be on understanding the nature of development, the economic and social drivers, financial appraisal of schemes and the development process. The reasons for, and nature of, urban regeneration interventions will be critically examined, exploring both property-led and community-led schemes and the links between property development and social/community benefits derived from planning gain.

- Regeneration strategies and projects
The module focuses on contemporary regeneration practice, which in recent years has taken place within an increasingly competitive context including declining public finance. The module seeks to link theory to practice and requires students to explore elements of regeneration theory in the context of a specific 'major' project and the regeneration strategy that provides a framework for development in the wider area. The module allows students to explore the links between theory and practice in contemporary approaches to regeneration and between individual 'flagship' projects and the wider regeneration strategy within which they are situated.

- Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
This module examines sustainability issues and challenges and the initiatives and responses from spatial planning and related agencies, institutions and organisations in the context of a European field study visit. The module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the different forces at work within a region or city context. It will develop the students' understanding of sustainability issues and the impact of climate change; recognise the processes of change and identify issues and mechanisms that allow an area to develop to fulfil its potential as well as respond to environmental and related challenges.

- Planning in London
This module examines the planning context of London; as a World City, as a centre for financial industries, as a home to millions of people. It is of particular interest to those who wish to study town planning in the UK, and to understand how a major city functions. The module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the different forces at work when shaping a major World City. Where specialism areas have been chosen, the students will undertake their work for this module within the context of that planning specialism i.e. urban regeneration, design and physical planning, or environmental policy and planning.

Two options from:
- Housing management and renewal

- Housing and urban development

- City marketing
Cities, be they historic, seaside, regional or capital, are the power houses of the tourism and hospitality industry. They shape and are shaped by tourism and hospitality which has become a major economic driver and re-imaging agent of city governance agencies as they seek to re-invent their themselves in the new global order. This module seeks to explain the role of tourism and hospitality and the visitor economy in the modern city and to critically analyse this in relation to a number of theoretical perspectives. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of broader perspectives required to manage and market tourism in the modern city and inform city marketing strategies.

- Planning practice project
You'll have the opportunity to develop an individual project based on your chosen specialist area of study. The project must link together both theoretical and practice debates within the area of specialism (where required) and must be practice focused. You'll be able to relate the subject content contained in the specialist area of study to practical problems that may be encountered in a work situation. You'll be encouraged to explore the links between planning education and practice through a particular practice relevant project. In addition, the module will prepare you for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Part-time students attend classed one-day-per-week, with one or two modules being taught in each semester plus the dissertation being completed by the end of January in the third year.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, including: essays, professional style reports, design and practice-based projects, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams on this programme.

Employability

At the centre of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialisation – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

- Demand for town planners
Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high especially in London and the South East of England. Successful students may find jobs in central government, local government, non-governmental organisations, housing associations and quangos. Given our extensive links with public, private and voluntary sector employers we often find that employers often approach us first seeking suitably qualified and motivated applicants. Major employers regularly come in to give graduate recruitment presentations and we work with several employers to provide work experience and internships.

A significant proportion of our graduates are taken on by public sector agencies and private planning and regeneration consultancies in planning, property, utilities companies and in the property sections of large PLCs, such as the major retailers.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The full Masters course is accredited as a specialist masters by the Royal Town Planning Institute. This provides full accreditation for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in Spatial Planning.

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Cities are the vibrant and dynamic focal points of today’s society. These diverse agglomerations of people, companies and organisations are both locations for innovation and for conflict. Read more

Master's specialisation in Urban and Cultural Geography

Cities are the vibrant and dynamic focal points of today’s society. These diverse agglomerations of people, companies and organisations are both locations for innovation and for conflict. Cities are regarded as creative places as well as conflictual places for divergent communities. In this Master's specialisation you will study how different actors influence the physical form of cities but also the way in which they present and understand the character and identity of cities and how they make use of the typical urban environment in their daily activities. They create and make cities.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ucg

Entry Requirements (Additional)

The requirements for admission include:
- a bachelor degree in Human Geography received from Radboud University or another relevant bachelor degree with at least 24 EC in conflict studies and/or political geography
- Having successfully completed a course in social scientific research methods is highly recommended and will increase your chance of getting selected for this specialisation
- excellent proficiency in English
- a letter of motivation
- two letters of recommendation
- list of your grades obtained during previous training

Career prospects

The Master's specialisation Urban and Cultural Geography prepares students for a professional career in government, semi-government, and business. It also provides a stepping stone towards a research career in academia or consultancy. You will be able to apply the scientific insights and the practical skills you have acquired to topics including the development and marketing of cities, multi-culturality and integration, innovative and creative urban milieus, urban identities, cultural industries.
This would qualify you for a whole range of different jobs. Some of you might find a job in a government agency, e.g. as city-manager, city marketeer, city planner, integration agent, city-network manager, PR- manager, etc. Others will end up in semi-government agencies such as development agencies, cultural planning agencies, but also research institutes, etc. Finally also private industry offers a number of opportunities for urban and cultural specialists. One might think of jobs such as event manager, museum director, city marketeer, consultant, journalist, innovation consultant, communication manager or media specialist.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ucg

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Change the neighbourhood, the world, or the organization with North America’s only MBA in Community Economic Development. A desire for change is what steered you here to Cape Breton University, to the Shannon School of Business and our innovative MBA in Community Economic Development (CED). Read more
Change the neighbourhood, the world, or the organization with North America’s only MBA in Community Economic Development.

A desire for change is what steered you here to Cape Breton University, to the Shannon School of Business and our innovative MBA in Community Economic Development (CED). The only MBA program in the Americas with community at its core; one that delivers advanced business knowledge and skills to make a difference in the local and global community.

Our one-of-a kind MBA in CED is designed for a new generation of leaders; for learners who aspire to be instruments of change in the public and corporate sectors and in not-for-profit organizations. Our MBA in CED offers a leading edge curriculum that includes all business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, with an emphasis on economic development, leadership, governance, and management of change. Specializing options include electives in Strategic Leadership, Peace Building, Public Administration, First Nations, Sustainability or International Business.

About Our MBA

Flexible delivery: Our MBA in CED fits with your busy life. We offer flexible delivery formats including short, on campus residencies in July and weekend classes in Toronto, Kingston, Saskatoon, Edmonton, or Whitehorse. Full time students can complete the program at our Sydney campus over a 12-month period.

Accessible: Cape Breton University’s MBA in CED is flexible. It is open to those starting their careers and to experienced managers. Our program works well for those who have completed an undergrad program, (not just business) and for those who have extensive business and community experience, but without formal academic credentials. For those who already have a degree in business or commerce, credits may be applied for as many as four foundation courses.

Nationally Recognized Faculty: Faculty members have strong backgrounds in teaching, business and community economic development, in addition to holding high academic credentials. Our faculty are award-winning teachers and includes honorees of the prestigious Order of Canada.

Research Focus: CBU’s MBA program includes a core Research Methodology course and the completion of an applied research project. Preparing this research component enables our students to compete for the coveted $17.5K SSHRC Canada Graduate Studies scholarships or continue their studies in a PhD program. A number of our full-time students have been successful in winning scholarships while others are now enrolled in a PhD program.

Diversity: Our MBA in CED attracts a large number of women, aboriginals and non-business graduates from Canada and around the world.

At the core of this unique program is community. Cape Breton Island is rooted in community-based efforts that overcome obstacles, face difficulties with creativity and use innovation to solve age-old problems. The island heritage includes community economic development giants like Father Jimmy Tompkins, founder of the co-operative and credit union movement in English Canada and is home to growing community ventures like New Dawn Enterprises – the oldest community economic development corporation in Canada.

It is a heritage Cape Breton University is proud to continue.

Options

Strategic Leadership Option
Leadership techniques for advancing organizations and communities; challenges in making changes in an existing organization and understanding the dynamics with various leadership theories and styles.
-MBAC6219 Social Dynamics of Leadership
-MBAC6233 Contemporary Issues: Change Management and Governance

First Nations Option
Delves into community economic development issues facing Indigenous communities across the country. For Aboriginal and non-aboriginal learners.
-MBAC6209 Land Claims, Self-Government and CED
-MBAC6211 The Dynamics of Community Economic Development in First Nations

International Business Option
Advanced content and strategies needed to grow the global organization; builds on modules in the core International Business course.
-MBAC6228 International Marketing
-MBAC6226 International Finance

Peace-Building, Reconstruction and Good-Governance Option
These courses are designed to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the role of CED in dealing with local and national emergencies and the role of CED in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict restoration activities.
-MBAC6215 Emergency Management
-MBAC6217 Conflict Resolution and Community Reconstruction

Public Policy
-MBAC 6221 Public Policy
-MBAC 6223 Government, Business and Third Sector Relations

Sustainability
-MBAC 6227 Environment, Energy, and the Economy: strategies for sustainable futures
-MBAC 6229 Sustainability Marketing

Marketing (2 courses)
-MBAC 6206 Cultural Tourism Marketing
-MBAC 6205 Cultural Tourism Marketing
-MBAC 6228 International Marketing
-MBAC 6229 Sustainability Marketing
-MBAC 6231 Marketing Strategy

Tourism
-MBAC 6205 Cultural Tourism Marketing
-MBAC 6206 Tourism Management & Planning

What to Expect

As a career professional, you have developed an expertise in your field. You have a comprehensive understanding, study the trends and see opportunities that others with less experience, often miss.

An MBA in CED from the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University will highlight the interaction between community and business and expose you to development practices and advanced management concepts and skills in a whole new way.

Our graduates are prepared for senior leadership roles. Utilizing their previously acquired professional expertise blended with a new, broad, general management perspective, means decision-making skills are integrated across their entire organization. Courses demand critical analysis and include deliverables, such as marketing plans, business models and plans, development of community plans and organizational strategy.

Program depth-and-breadth characteristics:
-Program requires completion of 16 courses, including an individual research project, 48 credits in total
-Program curriculum focuses on the critical areas for performance of organizations: accounting, marketing, strategy, finance, organizational behavior, leadership, venture analysis
-Core curriculum includes subjects that provide insights in community economic development, such as comparative development, business and community development, economic geography
-Core program has an intense research component, typically found in social science graduate programs, requiring completion of a research methods course and an individual applied research project, accompanied by a mini-thesis of 70-90 pages.
-Curriculum allows for 2 elective courses that provide specialization in First Nations urban and rural economic development, peace-building and community reconstruction, strategic leadership or international business.
-Courses require application of theory and concepts into practical objectives such as marketing plans and business models.
-The classes are often a mixture of early career and mid-career managers. This provides for a unique experience of enriching exchanges of knowledge and ideas. In-class and after-class interaction among students and faculty creates an environment of critical reflection.

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This master's degree enables students to understand, analyse and intervene in the social and cultural life of a plural and constantly changing urban society, with special emphasis on migrations and cultural diversity. Read more
This master's degree enables students to understand, analyse and intervene in the social and cultural life of a plural and constantly changing urban society, with special emphasis on migrations and cultural diversity.

The theory and methodology is largely taken from the fields of social anthropology and social work. The students receive training in urban anthropology; migrations and cultural diversity; and social intervention. The focus of the programme is interdisciplinary and it is designed to lead to a professional or research career.

Student Profile

This master's degree is designed for graduates of the degree in Anthropology and Social Work, but is also offered to graduates of humanities and social sciences (sociology, political science, geography, social education, etc.) and graduates in architecture and urbanism who are interested in training in urban studies from a social and humanistic viewpoint.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in University Master's Degree in Urban Anthropology, Migrations and Social Intervention are enabled to work in:
-Social and cultural research
-Social diagnosis and urban planning
-Social intervention
-Equality management
-Immigration and integration management
-Socio-cultural mediation
-Social marketing
-Cooperation
-Socio-cultural leadership

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Wherever in the world you want to work, the hospitality and tourism industry provides opportunities like few others. Read more
Wherever in the world you want to work, the hospitality and tourism industry provides opportunities like few others. The sector - ranging from international hotel chains, airlines and tour operators to conference venues, tourist boards and government organisations - is one of the most diverse and exciting industries around, providing management opportunities worldwide in business operations, marketing, sales, customer service, HR, research, logistics and policy. Employment in this sector is set to grow over the next few years and the demand for senior and specialised roles will increase.

To excel in this industry you need to be a good leader, manager, entrepreneur and show awareness of the ethical, cultural, environmental and social settings within which you are working.

This Masters degree helps prepare you for this. We encourage an entrepreneurial and questioning approach to the industry, examining growth and development through the prism of social responsibility and sustainability. The degree also emphasises the management of strategic issues that arise in the sector, through the specialist modules of marketing, business development and management, leadership and cross cultural management.

We examine the needs of both the commercial and non-commercial elements of the sector and the networks and partnerships that link them.

- Field trip
Postgraduate students enrolled in the MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management join a residential five day trip Semester 2. For the last three years we have been to Belfast where we study the processes of city marketing. On your return we analyse the issues that the city faces in becoming a competitive destination and you write a City Marketing plan for Belfast.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management Top-up

If you already hold the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management from either the Confederation for Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) or the Organisations for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM) you can top-up your qualification to a full MSc by studying a research methods module and researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.

The degree is jointly delivered with ESHotels in Paris enabling you to integrate with students from this course when you jointly participate on a field trip.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-tourism-hospitality-management-msc

Modules

Year 1:
- Critical issues in tourism and hospitality industry
The module explores and analyses current policy issues in the tourism and hospitality sector as well as how these are interpreted by various stakeholders, how these stakeholders develop their policy preferences on these issues and how they deal with opposition and collaborations to further their goals.
The module will relate mostly to policy-making theory, but will also investigate the often chaotic and complex nature of the tourism and hospitality sector and what impacts this has on trying to set out a clear and unambiguous policy arena within which the industry and resources it depends upon can flourish.

- City marketing
Cities, be they historic, seaside, regional or capital, are the power houses of the tourism and hospitality industry. They shape and are shaped by tourism and hospitality which has become a major economic driver and re-imaging agent of city governance agencies as they seek to re-invent their themselves in the new global order. This module seeks to explain the role of tourism and hospitality and the visitor economy in the modern city and to critically analyse this in relation to a number of theoretical perspectives. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of broader perspectives required to manage and market tourism in the modern city and inform city marketing strategies.

- Cross-cultural management
This module examines concepts of culture and its multifaceted impacts on managerial behaviour in the tourism and hospitality industry. It reviews situations and issues that managers have to meet and resolve when working internationally. This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to cross-cultural management.

- Business and management strategy
The module integrates the learning of management and enterprise theory with the practical processes of developing a business idea to the point of the completion of a business plan aimed to attract the financial backing.The module will cover theories of corporate strategy and strategic choice, human resource development, enterprise and business planning.

- Marketing strategy
Marketing is dynamic, pervasive and exciting. It steers innovation, strategy, revenue generation and profitability and, ultimately, drives economic development and corporate performance. This module, using theory and practice, explores how organisations in both the public and private sector address the key marketing challenges posed by an increasingly competitive environment. It looks at how they develop tactical and strategic responses, research and reach audiences, mount campaigns, create global brands, manage reputation and the importance of working in partnerships and networks to do this.

- Professional leadership
The module focuses on the active, professional aspects of leadership studies and starts from the assumption that all successful organised activity is initiated by leadership of some sort. Alongside engaging with contemporary theoretical perspectives, students will be encouraged to learn from their own and others experiences of leadership in practice, and to engage in classroom activities which enable them to develop their own leadership aptitude.

Optional placement year:

Year 2
Choose from the following options:

- Dissertation
The relevance of the final year project is to give you the opportunity to undertake a piece of primary research and analysis and to enable them to manage your own learning under the guidance of a tutor. You'll choose your own topic, which should show originality and should offer a worthwhile contribution to the existing 'body of knowledge'. The module is double weighted and will be supported by a taught research methods programme that will incorporate the elements crucial for the completion of an in depth research project.

- Extended management report
Part-time = two modules a year for three years then dissertation in Year 4; or four modules in Year 1 then two modules plus the dissertation in Year 2, with dissertation extending into Year 3.

Employability

- International Tourism as a career
Tourism is an international service industry and so you can probably expect a busy, fast-paced job wherever you decide to specialise, interacting with different people and organisations around the globe.

Our LSBU post graduates work around the world. Many work for international companies, tourist boards, policy and development institutes, acquiring senior management skills as they progress.

The nature of the industry - the large majority of organisations in the sector are small to medium enterprises (SMEs) - also provides opportunities for you to start your own business. Web-based tour operations, restaurants and events management companies are all popular options for start-ups. You certainly have choices over the route you take into this vast sector.

- Career progression
There is a worldwide shortage of well qualified tourism and hospitality managers, particularly in Asia, and this professional Masters qualification will help you to progress your career. If you are academically minded this could also be a positive step towards a PhD and academic career.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

We have a wide range of industry speakers on the course and you undertake a range of projects that bring you into contact with managers from the sector. In particular, you'll undertake a research project for the global attractions company Merlin Entertainments in Semester 1 where you analyse their operations and policies, develop solutions to a particular challenge and report back directly to their managers.

Placements

If you are a home or EU student you may wish to consider undertaking a voluntary year-long work placement in the UK or overseas to gain, extend or seek variety in your experience within the industry prior to studying with us. If you undertake such a placement you may use this as the basis for an extended industry-related management project instead of the traditional dissertation. This is subject to prior approval by the Course Director and must be an investigation into an aspect of management that is worthy of investigation and is subject to the usual academic discipline.

This option is not open to overseas students, as Home Office regulations mean that overseas students are unable to get a visa for the placement year.

Teaching and learning

Classroom teaching includes a mix of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and guest lectures from industry stakeholders. We undertake a real life business development scenario with our industry partner Merlin Entertainments and undertake a residential field trip in Semester 2.

The nature of the teaching and assessment will allow you to apply the theories and processes learnt in class to their preferred setting (e.g. public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; UK, European or International).

We are currently negotiating a partnership with InHolland University, Amsterdam, where you could study Semester 1 in Amsterdam and complete Semester 2 and the dissertation at LSBU (This option is open to UK and EU students only).

Academic expertise

Department staff are experts in their respective fields of urban, environment, tourism, heritage and leisure and related educational policy. Many have professional affiliations, appointed positions and research links, for example with the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, Local Economy, The Landscape Research Group, The Organisation for Tourism and Hospitality Management (OTHM), the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Tourism Society. We integrate these links into our teaching wherever possible.

Tools and knowledge

The course develops the appropriate skills, tools and knowledge to operate innovatively in the global tourism and hospitality environments. The nature of the teaching and assessment allows you to apply the theories and processes learnt in class to your preferred setting (e.g public or private sector; tourism or hospitality industries; related policy and government organisations; UK, European or international).

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The growth of new urban landscapes has determined a remarkable change in the organisation of the space. it is no longer the concentrated city, but it is the territory, the landscape, the container of everything. Read more

Overview

The growth of new urban landscapes has determined a remarkable change in the organisation of the space: it is no longer the concentrated city, but it is the territory, the landscape, the container of everything. This new model of contemporary city can be assimilated to an archipelago where each unit has its own connotation, but where the social values as well as the activity are strictly connected with the relations existing with the other units.

The Master’s objective is to enable professionals to manage complex urban, architectural and territorial issues, by using innovative analysis tools and design methods on different levels with a particular stress on planning, landscape design, environmental sustainability and renewable energy.

The final goal is to provide an adequate training to professionals playing a role in the process of Urban and Architecture transformation and development.

The program includes an internship in a company working in the disciplinary field.

Audience

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate and with a knowledge of the English language (IELTS 5.0 academic or equivalent certificate).
The program is addressed to candidates with a curriculum in urban planning and/or architecture, as well as those who have a degree in economics, humanities, social sciences and communication, or other disciplines related to the program’s field of study.

Job Opportunities

The Master Urban Vision and Architectural Design offers several job or requalification opportunities:

Public administration, on a local, national and European level, to face and manage the complexity of formulation, implementation, evaluation and communication of territorial policies;

Acting as Project Managers in territorial development agencies, real estate companies, NGOs, non-profit organisations, research centres for urban and territorial transformation, companies working in the field of consultancy and designing development scenarios;

In engineering or architecture studios, dealing with the development of projects, as well as national and international competitions;

Urban designers, planners or advisors;

Consultants, in the public and private sector, in communication and territorial promotion activities (design of services, urban marketing, egovernment, urban centres, city network, public offices of relation with citizens), planning and management of events, cultural initiatives, tourist and recreational activities.

Companies

A network of professionals and leaders in different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction and collaboration with the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design at Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

Students have access to a wide network of connections and relationships with the most prestigious companies, including

Castel Monastero ARUP, Bayer Material Science, CNS spa – Tecnologia per l’ambiente, Hines Italia Srl, Ing Real Estate Development ItalySrl, Legnolandia, Le FondBelval, Milano Metropoli – Development Agency, MU.VI.TA. – Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente, Peverelli – Giardini e Paesaggi d’Autore, Prelios, Pirelli RE.

Each individual company is a useful contact for the future professional life of every student, as well as being indispensable mentor and point of reference throughout the course of studies.

Academic and Institutional Partners:

California State University Florence, i2a – international institute of architecture, Milan Municipality.

The Master has worked with:

ARUP, Bayer Material Science, CNS spa – Tecnologia per l’ambiente, Hines Italia Srl, Ing Real Estate Development ItalySrl, Legnolandia, Le FondBelval, Milano Metropoli – Development Agency, MU.VI.TA. – Museo Vivo delle Tecnologie per l’Ambiente, Peverelli – Giardini e Paesaggi d’Autore, Prelios, Pirelli RE.

For more information please visit http://www.domusacademy.com/

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This joint Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business. Read more
This joint Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business. The programme is delivered by schools which enjoy an international reputation in their field.

The marriage of both disciplines is a natural one, as understanding behaviour and specifically consumer behaviour in the world of business can be crucial to the success of businesses.

Today’s successful businesses and organisations need highly trained people who can help them understand their consumers and understand issues such as: What makes them choose one product over another? Do brand names and advertising really affect our thinking? Will the internet change the face of urban and suburban shopping areas?

In the first semester, Business and Consumer Psychology studies will be in equal proportions; however in Semester 2 there will be a greater focus on business, and the dissertation is undertaken in a business-related subject. It is also possible to undertake a Consumer Psychology and Business Masters degree that will involve a dissertation in Consumer Psychology. Please click here for further details.

Candidates may choose between the MA or MSc routes, which are differentiated by the nature of the dissertation. The MSc dissertation will involve undertaking empirical research, whilst the MA dissertation will involve an extended literature review.
Course Structure

The MSc and MA degrees in Business with Consumer Psychology are scheduled for a duration of 12 months. Each degree programme consists of two parts.

Part 1:

Is a wholly taught component, contributing 120 credits. All taught modules carry a credit weighting of 15 credits. Part 1 is taught during the two semesters which make up the academic year. Teaching during semester 1 normally runs from late-September to December, with examinations in January. Teaching during Semester 2 normally runs from late-January to early-May, with examinations in May and June.

Part 2:

Consists of a supervised Dissertation of around 10,000 words completed during the summer months, from late May to September. You are expected to submit your Dissertation by September in the calendar year following your initial registration for your postgraduate degree.

Compulsory Modules:

Consumer Psychology: This module is an introduction to consumer science as it is currently practiced in the marketplace and to relevant research in academia.
Nudges and Behaviour Change: Module details are currently not available.
Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.
Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches.
Applied Consumer Psychology: This module’s aim is to provide practical research experience in consumer psychology and involves hands-on work with viable commercial enterprises. Students are partnered with local companies and are required to design and conduct a practical consumer research project, typically involving field work.

Optional modules (choose 3):

European Business: This module examines the opportunities and constraints faced by businesses that operate on a pan-European basis. Emphasis is placed on the multi-dimensional characteristics of an economic and social space that is subject to a unique system of supra-national governance
New Venture Creation: This module examines the advantages and disadvantages of the various routes to business start-up, including new venture creation, or establishing a business based on your own expertise, experience and ideas; buying an established busi9ness; purchasing a franchise; and succession through a family firm, an increasingly common way of becoming involved in entrepreneurial activity.
Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.
Enterprise by design: module information currently unavailable.
Marketing Communication: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.
Entrepreneurial Marketing: This module explores relationship marketing theory and practice in a range of global environments and business contexts. Theoretical approaches, integrated with relationship marketing models and analytical tools will be used to develop managerial understanding and competence.

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The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Read more
The Place Management and Leadership programme is an international part-time course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Place management encompasses a range of professions internationally, including town and city centre management, market management, Downtown and Mainstreet management, destination management and marketing, Business Improvement District management and city marketing and branding. It is increasingly involving civic society and the third sector, and embraces new approaches to place change such as the Transition Town movement. For this reason the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives

The programme has been designed around the worldwide professional standards developed by the Institute of Place Management to support those that are already in, or wish to move into, a strategic role in place management. A blended learning delivery model is adopted. Each 30 credit unit is delivered through a 3 day block of master classes, followed by distance learning and tutor support.

This is a unique course and we are the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management. The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Place Management. Delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, all assessments are designed to have impact on specific locations and you will be able to network with managers and leaders in a variety of places.

Units of Study

Principles of Place Management, Marketing and Branding
Combining theory from both business and geography with real-word practice, this unit will introduce you to the principles of place management, marketing and branding from an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective. Place management, marketing and branding draws from a variety of disciplines and professions. The unit will critically explore the following:
Definitions of place
The application of business principles to place
Cover issues such as place competition
Approaches to understanding exogenous and endogenous development
Neoliberalism and the homgenisation of place
Place communication and promotion
Place marketing and contemporary perspectives on branding
Contested places
Nested places
Concepts of place attachmentment and ‘embeddedness’

Place Leadership, Governance and Partnership Development
Drawing on theory from both public and private sector management, the unit will equip you with the ability to understand leadership and partnership development in the context of place, as well as understanding a range of governance structures within a variety of cultural and other contexts. The unit will also cover leadership theory within the context of place, as well as reviewing various forms of governance and exploring the partnership development process in place.

Place Development Theory and Practice
This unit aims to introduce students to critical perspectives on 21st Century place development drawing on theoretical and empirical material from an international context. Place development encapsulates different types and scales and places; for example, urban and rural places, neighbourhoods, cities and regions. The unit explores the influential theoretical underpinnings of place development, focusing on key readings of urban theorists, and scholars of regional and rural development.

Research Methods
This unit will develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills — including analysis and referencing — to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce students to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

Dissertation
You are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. You may fulfil the requirements of the unit by undertaking one of five types of dissertation:

Consultancy based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance to a specific place. This mainly features conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data) in the place, with the objective of offering an appropriate short to medium term solution to the location, and also drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance. This mainly features conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data) with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Library based: Answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Action Learning: Reflective examination and interpretation of a problem-solving, ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her place through the lens of relevant literature with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider professional practice.
Enterprise-based Location Plan: The development a location plan for a social enterprise, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed location, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise partnership.

Special Features

• You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.
• This course is accredited by the Institute of Place Management

Career Prospects

Two thirds of over 400 surveyed UK town centre managers have identified that they want additional development in this area. Graduates are expected to combine their Place Management qualification with their current qualifications and personal achievements to develop a unique profile that stands out from other candidate.

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This Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business and is delivered by schools that enjoy an international reputation in their respective fields. Read more
This Masters degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in Consumer Psychology and Business and is delivered by schools that enjoy an international reputation in their respective fields. The marriage of both disciplines is a natural one, as understanding behaviour and specifically consumer behaviour in the world of business can be crucial to organisational success. Today's successful businesses and organisations need highly trained people who can help them understand their consumers and understand issues such as: what makes them choose one product over another? Do brand names and advertising really affect our thinking? Will the Internet change the face of urban and suburban shopping areas?

In the first semester, Consumer Psychology and Business studies will be in equal proportions, however in Semester 2 there will be a greater focus on consumer psychology, and the dissertation is undertaken in this field. It is also possible to undertake a Business with Consumer Psychology Masters degree that will involve a dissertation in Business. Candidates may choose between the MA or MSc routes, which are differentiated by the nature of the dissertation. The MSc dissertation will involve undertaking empirical research.

Compulsory Modules
- Research Dissertation - Students will collect, analyse and interpret their data, and present their empirical project in a formal thesis.
- Consumer Psychology: Theory - Provides a basic knowledge of market research, practical issues in consumer science, and an introduction to some of the key psychological perspectives on these problems.
- Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis - The aim of this module is to provide students with in depth understanding of research methods
- Marketing Strategy - Introduces the "fundamentals" of marketing, by illustrating strategies in a wide range of situations, and covering the various schools of thought in marketing, together with relevant analytical models and management practices.
- Organisations and People - Provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.
- Advanced Statistics - This module focuses on the statistical techniques that are used in studying psychology
- Applied Consumer Psych - The module provides practical research experience in consumer psychology and involves hands-on work with viable commercial enterprises.

Optional Modules
- Nudges & Behaviour Change
- New Venture Creation
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Financial Crises & Bank Regulation
- Marketing Communication

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An exciting new cross-disciplinary MA, which studies contemporary UK and international cities from socio-economic, cultural, theoretical and practical perspectives. Read more
An exciting new cross-disciplinary MA, which studies contemporary UK and international cities from socio-economic, cultural, theoretical and practical perspectives.

-Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
-Innovative, multidisciplinary programme taught by expert academics
-Links with leading arts, cultural and creative organisations locally, nationally and internationally
-Excellent pastoral and academic support
-Taught in Liverpool, one of the leading arts and cultural centres outside of London (European Capital of Culture in 2008, UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Through the course of your studies you will consider the importance of creative communities and leadership to the cultural and creative development of the urban environment.
You will gain an understanding of key urban theories, trends, policies and dynamics by drawing upon a range of contemporary local and global case studies to illustrate debates and policy responses. You will reflect on how urban images and identities are constructed and reconstructed, by whom and for what purpose, focusing on concepts such as city marketing, place identity, place brand and branding.

The programme will enable you to play a key role in developing approaches to study and knowledge application in the fields of creativity and culture in urban environment. Another aim of the programme is to develop graduates who have essential skills in research design, project management and relevant major quantitative and qualitative research methods. To examine how cultural policy fits with broader strategies for re-imagining and regenerating cities, you will use key skills to research and critically engage with the theories, principles, debates and intellectual paradigms that underpin the study of cities, culture and creativity. You will be expected to critically reflect on and communicate your research findings, knowledge and understanding throughout the degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

Understanding Cities: Theory, Culture and Social Change

Critically evaluate and understand the main contemporary debates about cities' economic and social importance and wellbeing

Research Methods: Cities, Culture and Creativity

Understand the respective strengths and shortcomings of different aspects of research design

Creative Communities

Evaluate and critically analyse the contribution of creative communities to culture led regeneration, social impact and health and wellbeing

Re-imagining Cities: Using Cultural Policy and Place Marketing

Understand and evaluate the role and contribution of cultural planning and projects to re-imagining cities and the positive and more problematic aspects of such relationships

Dissertation

Design and apply appropriate research methodologies to develop a dissertation in a complex and specialised area. You will be assessed on how well you communicate the results of your research project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The international food and agribusiness industries continue to grow despite significant fluctuations in local and regional economic activity. Read more
The international food and agribusiness industries continue to grow despite significant fluctuations in local and regional economic activity. The rapid technological innovation pace, demographic shifts between urban and rural areas, immigration and access to skilled staff, climate change, water issues, and food security are among the topics studied in the International Food and Agribusiness MBA. Key areas include food processing and manufacturing, procurement, research and development, policy or government service, agricultural and food marketing, and supply chain management.

The MBA in International Food and Agribusiness is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and will therefore become a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). You can then apply to the CMI for full Chartered Manager status if you wish.

Existing and aspiring multinational companies are looking for managers with transnational knowledge and linguistic skills, who are capable of functioning confidently in different regions of the world. Our business-minded graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as food industry experts and consultants, Business Managers, and Project Managers for international organisations.

This MBA provides a unique opportunity for transatlantic study to put the management theories, concepts and strategies learnt into a European or USA context. You will have the chance to study the first term at the Utah State University or the Royal Agricultural University, with the remaining study periods undertaken at the RAU.

Structure

The MBA may be studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two or three years.

You will study six business modules in the autumn term, plus four focus modules, and one or two elective module(s) in the spring term. The Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, problem-based and experiential case studies, workshops, cooperative work, reflective reports, group project work, presentations, lectures, seminars, and industry visits. You will be given guided independent learning tasks and be encouraged to increase your knowledge and understanding through private study and the completion of assessments.

Modules will be assessed through professional reports, presentations, competitive reviews, reflective essays, case study analysis, critical academic papers, marketing plans, business evaluation projects, and written examinations.

Modules

• 4014 Food Chain
• 4023 Operations Management
• 4076 Financial Management
• 4095 International Agri-Food Marketing
• 4111 Critical Issues in Food Technology and Innovation
• 4214 Sustainable Business Strategy
• 4215 Agricultural Economics
• 4216 Leadership and Change
• 4217 International Marketing Management
• 4220 Applied Research Challenge
• 4221 International Agribusiness Finance and Investment

Plus ONE* further elective module(s) from:

• 3084 Entrepreneurship
• 3096 Wine Industry
• 3211 Practical E-Business and E-Commerce
• 4078 International Business
• 4080 Development Project Management
• 4205 Critical Issues in Ethical Leadership*
• 4223 Economics of the Environment*
• 4228 New Product Development in the Agri-Food Industry
• 4229 Adaptive Management in a Complex World

* Please note that to achieve full credits, students must select either ONE of the 15 credit electives or BOTH of the 7.5 credit electives

Undertaking Term One of study in Utah, USA

Applicants who wish to undertake their Term One modules at Utah State University (USU) will need to ensure that they have indicated this in their application by replying the specific question.

Applicants can participate in the US study only if they have paid the required fees (Home/EU: 1/3 of tuition fees, Overseas: 50% of tuition fees) and identified that they want to participate in the US study programme the latest by 30th June.

Please note that the term for the US study in Utah (USU) starts in the first week of August. Late applications for participation in the US term cannot be considered.

Career prospects

Our business-minded graduates progress into successful careers across all areas of the global food and agribusiness sectors, many of whom secure management positions at transnational companies:

• International food industry experts and consultants – for private companies, governments, and international organisations such as FAO, World Bank, European Commission
• Business management
• Import and export management
• Food processing, manufacturing, and supply chain management
• Procurement
• Project coordination – overseeing international projects and operations
• Operational support – building international relations for an organisation
• Research and development

Working for organisations such as:

• USDA National Agricultural Statistics Office
• Garrett Capital
• Agrimarc Ltd
• Schickelsheim
• Co-op farms
• Moet Hennessy
• NSF Agriculture

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.rau.ac.uk/STUDY/POSTGRADUATE/HOW-APPLY

Funding

For information on funding, please view the following page: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

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This MA in International Planning is intended for students who have an international appreciation of planning systems and activities and for students who intend to work outside of the UK after graduating. Read more
This MA in International Planning is intended for students who have an international appreciation of planning systems and activities and for students who intend to work outside of the UK after graduating.

Urban planning and the management of development is a global concern. On this course you'll develop professionally recognised skills to enable employment in the global planning field. You'll have the opportunity to understand the nature of urban and spatial planning in an international context.

You'll study different planning systems and develop your planning skills within a comparative context. You'll develop and in-depth study through the dissertation of an international planning issue or concern and visit a European country to investigate its planning practices - currently students visit the Ruhr in Germany or Turin in Italy. In the past visits have included Barcelona, Bucharest and Venice.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-planning-ma

Modules

Common modules
- Planning history and theory
- Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
- Development and regeneration
- Urban design- the heart of planning
- Comparative international planning
- Dissertation

1 x elective module from a range of Masters level modules:
- City marketing
- Housing in developing countries
- International real estate and construction
- Planning practice project

Assessment
Modules are assessed by a mixture of essays, reports, projects, group work and seen exams.

Employability

This course provides you with a thorough understanding of urban planning in an international context. You'll be prepared for a career in this field throughout the world, and in a variety of international organisations, agencies, central or local government, and NGO's.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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In response to today’s climate change, this course aims to satisfy the demand for new skills in the areas of environmental sustainability and low carbon building design. Read more

Why take this course?

In response to today’s climate change, this course aims to satisfy the demand for new skills in the areas of environmental sustainability and low carbon building design.

It will enable you to engage in current debates on the generation of sustainable architecture within our cities. You will examine the complexities inherent in creating well-designed sustainable settlements and get the opportunity to produce your own sustainable designs.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Get involved with some of our regional regeneration projects to test and develop your ideas
Undertake studio-based design projects and engage with our other collaborative projects with academic institutions in a range of countries including Turkey, Spain and Australia
Have the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ by working on real-life contracts through our Projects Office

What opportunities might it lead to?

If you are already working in architecture, environment or planning professions, or are a recent graduate, this course aims to train you to further develop your skills and knowledge in environmentally responsive design.

It will provide opportunities for you to pursue specialist career routes within the architecture field or in other areas such as governments and professional bodies where sustainability is of high priority. Alternatively, you can apply this new thinking to your own practice.

Module Details

The course uses the experience and skills of teaching staff with research interest in environmental sustainability, building simulation modelling, and sustainable development of historic sites and contemporary settlements. It takes place in an exciting inter-disciplinary environment, running in conjunction with programmes on historic building conservation, interior and urban design.

Here are the units you will study:

Practice: This unit enables you to develop your knowledge of the various and multi-faceted theories relating to sustainable architecture and environments. It also covers the principles that govern an appropriate and sustainable response to such designed environments, as well as the technologies that may be adopted and incorporated. You will address these issues and evaluate both the design theory and practice-based applied methodologies, along with the analysis, evaluation and reflection of this practice in sustainable design solutions.

Theory: This unit gives you an opportunity to engage with the current debate on environmental sustainability, climate change and the value of traditional buildings which inspire a more sustainable practice. It introduces the principles of low carbon passive design strategies, as well as advanced daylight and thermal modelling techniques to assess their effectiveness in achieving an environmentally responsive design.

Research Methods and Research Proposal: In this unit you will develop research skills, which will aid you throughout your course and particularly in producing your thesis. You will be asked to establish a critical position within an Outline Research Proposal. You will develop techniques, which will allow you to engage proactively within your area of study. You will be encouraged to explore methods of investigation that are responsive to, as well as inquisitive of, the conditions presented and which therefore speculate around possible critical scenarios. Implicit within these explorations is the need to investigate diverse means of representation and depiction through a variety of possible media and discourse.

Integration: This unit allows you to work in a multi-disciplinary context through groups within your own subject area and across the areas of interior design, urban design, sustainable architecture and historic building conservation, as well as explore the interrelationships of all disciplines. You will need to work collectively on given projects or problems related to staff run studios, which explore a range of given themes. This unit will introduce you to these themes at the start of the course and connect you to research areas within the School.

Work-Based Learning: This unit gives you the opportunity to replace a 30-credit core unit with a work-based version of that unit. Not all units can be replaced and you will need to discuss the appropriateness of a unit with tutors. Work-based learning requires you to engage in critical and reflective learning in the workplace. This will be developed through a learning contract, negotiated by you, your employer and School. The work undertaken in practice will be appraised through critical reflective writing that engages with the practice of the particular subject discipline and this will form the assessment artefacts.

Thesis: Your thesis is a substantial research-based project that enables you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject area of personal interest, which is related to or developed from a theme studied during the course. The proposed research theme should have a clearly defined focus to allow for in-depth theoretical, contextual and visual research. An initial seminar programme will help you develop your research proposal, define a research question and locate suitable primary and secondary sources. You will be allocated an appropriate supervisor on the basis of this proposal, who will work with you toward the final submission.

Programme Assessment

This course is lecture and studio-based, culminating in a written or design-led thesis project. It will involve case study investigations, group work, discussion and planning of sustainable environments, as well as independent study to develop design or research-based responses to sustainable problems.

Design assessment is through studio review and taught courses are assessed by various forms of evidence-based sustainable design decisions and proposals. You will also carry out an in-depth research project into an area of your choice.

Student Destinations

This course enables you to specialise in sustainable architecture and build upon your passion for the design of the twenty-first century urban environment.

On graduating, you will be adept in spatial practice and able to work within design practices, architectural firms and cross-disciplinary environments, engaging in issues from the design of details to the exploration of the urban environment.

The creative skills, professional competencies and expansive learning environment that we provide could also lead to a range of careers in disciplines such as marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and modelling, through to people-centred careers such as project management.

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UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. Read more

Description

UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The UNIGIS network has over 25 years' experience of success in delivering GIS postgraduate courses. Our highly regarded programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in the GI industry - or those wishing to enter the sector. UNIGIS aims to provide a deeper and balanced education in GIS.

Although GIS is a relatively new and emerging branch of geography, the UNIGIS network has over 25 years experience of successfully delivering GIS courses at postgraduate level. You study via web-based distance learning.

The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, transportation and land use interaction, and retail marketing, which opens up a range of opportunties for graduates of these courses.

Three separate pathways are offered up to MSc level:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Providing a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS permitting some choice in application selection. Develop in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by application area and the interactions between data, methods, people and technology.

Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS)

Helps develop an in-depth knowledge of GIS based methods for monitoring social/human and natural environments. Establish an effective understanding of the spatial interaction of social/human and environmental factors and develop the capability to extract information from a variety of sources and to analyse and assess within a GIS framework.

Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies)

Aids critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context. A critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications is forged. Also key is proficiency in the design, implementation and evaluation of small scale database and web-application projects.

Common units Year 1

- Foundations of GIS
- Spatial Data Infrastructures
- Databases

Year 2

- Methods in GIS (Core)

GIS

Choose two from:
- Distributed GIS
- Environmental Applications of GIS
- Remote Sensing
- Social Applications of GIS
- Spatial Databases and Programming

Applied GIS

Choose two from:
- Environmental Applications of GIS
- Remote Sensing
- Social Applications of GIS

GI Technologies

Compulsory
- Distributed GIS
- Spatial Databases and Programming

All study routes employ web-based delivery and aim to provide the conceptual and technical framework required for an in-depth understanding of GIS. Each route has either core or elective units available and all incorporate a project and dissertation which involves the design and execution of an original study.

Career prospects

As a UNIGIS student you will be joining an extensive Geographical Information Systems (GIS) community, with representatives in over 30 countries. The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, transportation and land use interaction, and retail marketing.

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