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University of Buckingham, Full Time Masters Degrees in Business & Management

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The MSc in Financial Service Management is a rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of financial service management based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. Read more

Course outline

The MSc in Financial Service Management is a rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of financial service management based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial service sector, through a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies that are utilised today for valuation using financial service tools.

The programme aims to provide a coherent analytical framework for the study of finance and management, focused towards the financial service sector. The emphasis throughout the programme is on contemporary financial service theories and their application in real-world decision-making in the financial industry and the roles and responsibilities attached.

It is particularly designed to develop a range of conceptual and analytical skills for dealing with a variety of financial service theories, issues, practical financial service business situations or cases and the strategic nature of demands within the financial sector.

The programme is a 12-month full-time programme designed for postgraduates with an entry point in the Autumn Term of each year. The programme has been developed to produce practical and proactive financial service management specialists, geared towards fulfilling the demands of the financial service sector, both locally and abroad.

The programme is aimed at students who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in management or service related fields and wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

Find out more about our Business School on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business.

Teaching methods

Teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. Members of the Business School faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.

We frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision-making in the world of work. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business/msc/financialservicemanagement.

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Over 70% of the world’s economy is services. The MSc Management in a Service Economy aims to equip graduates with the ability to create and deliver reliable customer centred service - a key differentiator for business today. Read more

Course Outline

Over 70% of the world’s economy is services. The MSc Management in a Service Economy aims to equip graduates with the ability to create and deliver reliable customer centred service - a key differentiator for business today. In many industries, profit margins on product sales have shrunk enormously, leading to an increased focus on generating profits through value-added services. Thus, the best firms now bundle customer-centred service with a manufactured product and create service centred solutions. Some, like IBM have moved completely to service and solutions.

Service Management as a body of knowledge has made immense progress in the last decade. Economies are more and more service-focused and it has become imperative to study all aspects of managing service. Buckingham is among the very few universities in the world to have responded to the demand for the creation of expertise in this area and to have established a track-record of success.

Find out more about our Business School on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business.

Teaching Method

Teaching across our postgraduate programmes is through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our lectures aim to encourage healthy dialogue between faculty and students, and between students themselves, while our small tutorial groups ensure that students can engage even more closely with their teachers. Members of the Business School faculty also make a point of being available to students outside the scheduled teaching sessions – something which our postgraduate students find particularly valuable.

We frequently use case studies to examine business decisions taken in real situations, and business simulations and games give you first-hand experience of decision making in the world of work. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises help you to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures and you will have the opportunity to undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues.

Modules available on this course

• Dissertation
• Financial Information for Business / Accountability, Responsibility and Governance / Business Simulation
• Integrated Service Management and Marketing
• Managing People Across Cultures
• Managing People and Leadership in Services
• Practical Research Methods
• Project Management
• Service Operations

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If you plan to start your own business, work for a start-up or develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses, then you should seriously consider our new Master’s programme. Read more

A new type of Master’s Degree for Entrepreneurial Graduates

If you plan to start your own business, work for a start-up or develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses, then you should seriously consider our new Master’s programme. This innovative one-year MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice (MECP) has been designed, with support from KPMG Enterprise, to develop your entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviour. This will be achieved by providing opportunities for you to combine theoretical studies in entrepreneurship and business and with real work experience as junior business consultants.

You will be working with a range of entrepreneurs, helping them to develop and grow their innovative businesses by identifying, researching and resolving the problems faced by most start-up businesses as they grow.

As you will be representing the University of Buckingham and KPMG Enterprise in your external work, you will spend your first term developing your entrepreneurship and business knowledge and learning how to work as a member of a consultancy team. In your second term you will work on two consultancy projects. This will be followed by two more complex projects in your third term. During your final term you and your team must complete a major consultancy project for a larger growth business.

You will also be given a chance to develop your own business ideas, working in teams during the first term, and at the end of the term you will ‘pitch’ the idea you have developed to our ‘Buckingham Angels’ venture capital panel.

Why study at the University of Buckingham?

The University of Buckingham is the Times University of the Year for Teaching Excellence 2015/16 and also the UK’s only campus-based independent university. It has been operating successfully for nearly 40 years without any Government funding by being innovative and entrepreneurial.

Programme overview

Over the course of the programme you must complete 5 business consultancy projects, in teams of up to 3 people. The aim of each project will be to advise SME management about the best ways to develop and grow their businesses. This will involve you working with the owners and managers of a diverse range of SMEs and tackling business problems of varying complexity that are preventing growth.

Modules

Prior to starting any consultancy projects you will take two introductory modules in the first term, ‘Overview of Business Functions’ and ‘Consulting for Level 1 Projects’, to ensure that you are well prepared for your initial consultancy projects.

To prepare you for increasingly difficult projects, you will be taught two additional modules (‘Consulting for Levels 2 and 3 Projects’) in each of the following two terms and these will further develop your skills and knowledge.

Support from KPMG Enterprise

To ensure that you will be well prepared for your roles as junior business consultants, KPMG Enterprise has agreed to:

- Facilitate a number of classroom-based sessions as part of the four training modules, including a session explaining to you how you would be expected to ‘behave / act’ in a place of work, in particular in a scenario where you may be seconded to work for a client.
- Use their existing network locally to recommend to the University possible companies for the Business School to contact about offering appropriate consultancy / intern roles for MECP postgraduates.
- Provide a mentor role to MECP teams undertaking business consultancy projects.

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We offer two different levels of postgraduate research, each in either full-time or part-time mode. These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline. Read more

Course Outline

We offer two different levels of postgraduate research, each in either full-time or part-time mode. These degrees by research require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

DPhil -3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.
MPhil -2 academic years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study.

Normally, postgraduate students wishing to register for our DPhil programme must first register for the MPhil and seek conversion at a later stage. The School operates a system of preliminary registration for all research degrees so as to allow students to prepare a formal proposal during their first two terms of study. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.

Postgraduate research is not to be taken lightly! Above all, we seek to achieve an acceptable match involving a capable and well-motivated student, an appropriate research topic, and a member of faculty able / willing to supervise the research. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Start dates are available in January, April, July or September.

Find out more about our Business School on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business.

Teaching Method

Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

Research Options

Recent examples of doctoral work include dissertations on:

- transformational management in Eastern Europe
- the role of knowledge management in creating a customer-driven service organisation
- the development of effective call centre agents.
- the professional service firm: designing delivery systems
- the effective call centre employee
- pricing decisions and the neo-classical economic theory of the firm

Research proposals are invited from areas of marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, organisational behaviour and service management.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business/mphil/business.

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If your first degree is not in a business-related subject, you may join our Pre-Master’s programme, running from September to December, which will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree in the Business School. Read more

Course outline

If your first degree is not in a business-related subject, you may join our Pre-Master’s programme, running from September to December, which will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree in the Business School.

It is designed to introduce you to core business and management subjects and to develop your academic and English language skills.

Our small group focus will help familiarise you with study methods in UK Higher Education. It will also help you to manage the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study successfully.

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Our new flagship MBA programme takes advantage of Buckingham’s unique student-centred pedagogical approach, to give you an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with expert-faculty to develop considerable specialised and general business knowledge. Read more

Course outline

Our new flagship MBA programme takes advantage of Buckingham’s unique student-centred pedagogical approach, to give you an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with expert-faculty to develop considerable specialised and general business knowledge. It will help you achieve a more rewarding career and lucrative lifestyle.

On the programme you will:

• Develop knowledge and understanding of organisations, their management and the changing internal and external contexts in which they operate.
• Build knowledge and understanding of the complexity of business and management in order to improve the effectiveness of decision-making in organisations.
• Develop as managers who can contribute a balanced outlook which incorporates an understanding of the economic, environmental, social and ethical concerns in the context of managing organisations.
• Develop enduring skills and an appreciation that these skills can be enhanced and developed through life-long learning.
• Develop the necessary knowledge and skills to improve your employability in an increasingly competitive environment.

Modules are designed to enhance your employability by developing your capacity to make high-quality decisions, undertake organizational analysis, lead others and communicate effectively. In particular, the MBA project provides you with the opportunity to develop, but also demonstrate your business acumen through a significant piece of original organizational research or consultancy-style project work.

Modules available on this course

• Corporate Strategy
• Financial Information for Business
• Managing People Across Cultures
• Marketing
• Operations & Information Systems Management
• Practical Research Methods
• Professional Effectiveness
• Project Management
• Project

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The MSc programme in Money, Banking and Central Banking is designed to offer specialised teaching in banking and financial markets which is particularly relevant given all the changes introduced during the last global financial crisis, as well as the changes made by major central banks in the running of their monetary policies since then. Read more

Course outline

The MSc programme in Money, Banking and Central Banking is designed to offer specialised teaching in banking and financial markets which is particularly relevant given all the changes introduced during the last global financial crisis, as well as the changes made by major central banks in the running of their monetary policies since then.

Monetary analysis has been mainly disregarded in the years running up to The Global Financial Crisis and this contributed to high rates of growth of money which ultimately led to unsustainable economic growth and financial instability. Unlike any other degree in the UK ours emphasises the importance of high quality monetary and banking analysis so we can assess those policies compatible with stable economic growth and financial stability over the long term. Expert knowledge of monetary economics and monetary policy, risk management and financial institutions is going to be of crucial important to understand the world after the recent crisis.

The degree will provide the latest research methods and tools to teach students to think analytically and critically, and apply their knowledge to practical problems faced by investment banks and central banks and other financial institutions.

Who is the programme suitable for?

This degree aims to produce graduates with this specialised knowledge and the skills required for a career in central banking and finance (in particular in investment banking), as well as monetary analysis suitable to pursue a career in consultancy businesses, research departments and specialised media. We welcome both recent graduates and those already in employment in these areas who wish to further their careers.

Structure

The bulk of the programme will consist of several modules providing the theoretical and analytical tools for the students to understand central bank operations and policies, as well as banking business, so they can identify how money is created in modern economies and analyse how changes in the amount of money affect overall prices as well as the running of the economy along the cycle. Students will also learn the statistical techniques and use specialised software to gather and analyse macroeconomic and financial data. At the end of the programme students will submit a master’s dissertation.

Modules taught on this degree include:

Central Banking (1), History, Strategies and Operations
Empirical Technique in Economics 1 & 2
Banking Risk Management
The Central Bank, The Banking System and the Macroeconomy
Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling
Central Banking (2), Monetary Policy and Financial Stability
PRMIA certificate (optional)
We offer two entry points, in September and January. We also offer a part-time programme for those professionals already working and looking forward to furthering their education and careers in money and banking.

Professional accreditation in risk management

Students will be offered the option to take an examination and get the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) accreditation in financial risk management. In particular the students will be able to get the Associate Professional Risk Manager Certificate (Associate PRM Certificate), which is a PRMIA programme offered online for staff entering the risk management industry.

The programme covers fundamental concepts of the risk management profession and has become a well-known benchmark in this market both in the UK and in the rest of the world. The materials for preparing for the exams are fully available on the PRMIA’s website and include scheduled readings and webinars series. In addition, the teaching staff of our master’s programme will offer extra academic support to the students willing to take the exam.

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The MSc in Accounting and Finance is designed for managers of the future who recognise the need for businesses to service a wider range of stakeholders. Read more

Course outline

The MSc in Accounting and Finance is designed for managers of the future who recognise the need for businesses to service a wider range of stakeholders.

The course consists of a rigorous and intellectually demanding study of the ‘core’ disciplines of: Financial Reporting and Analysis, Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling, Auditing, Derivatives and Financial Risk Management, Economic Analysis, Empirical Techniques in Finance and a dissertation.

The dissertation, which forms a substantial part of the assessment of the degree, will allow you to develop your interests in either mainstream or wider business and societal aspects of Accounting and Finance.

Who is this programme suitable for?

The programme is designed for students who wish to extend their skills and understanding to an advanced level and enhance their careers opportunities at international accounting and finance level.

Assessment

Students will be required to successfully complete 6 core modules and complete a written dissertation. The modules will be assessed based on a combination of assignments, case studies, formal examinations and dissertation.

Modules available on this course are:

• Derivatives & Financial Risk Management (15 units)
• Strategic Management Accounting (15 units)
• Auditing & Accountability (15 units)
• Empirical Techniques in Finance 1 & 2 (30 units)
• Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling (30 units)
• Financial Reporting & Analysis (30 units)
• Dissertation (45 units)

Facilities

Buckingham Business School offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:

• Real Time Data Software: Thomson Reuters EIKON
• Time Series Database: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream.
• Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata and Matlab.

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Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad. Read more

Course outline

Our MSc in Finance and Investment has been developed to produce practical and proactive finance specialists, able to meet the demand of the financial sector both locally and abroad.

The programme offers rigorous and advanced intellectual training in the area of finance and investment, based on the most current and modern academic thinking and industry best practice. We also place emphasis on our students’ roles in and duties towards the financial community to prepare them for life after they graduate.

Our MSc Finance and Investment offers a well-focused education in the theories and methodologies that are utilised today for valuation using financial tools from both the investor’s and institutional perspective. It also examines the complexities behind the decision making processes required at all levels.

Who is this programme suitable for?

The programme is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial sector who have recently acquired their bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, investment and banking related fields. It is for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of managing and working in organisations within an array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

Assessment

Students will be required to successfully complete 6 core modules and complete a written dissertation.

Our MSc has a unique feature – it provides the opportunity for students to attempt the CFA Level 1 examination (optional) while completing the MSc qualification and support will be provided.

This Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) qualification, adds the professional context to the postgraduate degree and develop skills and capabilities required by investment analysts, finance managers, finance directors and chief financial officers.

Modules available on the programme are:

• Financial Analysis & Portfolio Modelling (30 units)
• Financial Reporting & Analysis (30 units)
• Derivatives and Financial Risk Management (15 units)
• Economic Analysis (15 units)
• Ethical & Professional Standards (15 units)
• Empirical Techniques in Finance 1 & 2 (30 units)
• Dissertation (45 units)

Facilities

Buckingham Business School offers excellent facilities and resources to the postgraduate students including:

• Real Time Data Software: Thomson Reuters EIKON.
• Time Series Database: A full range of economic and financial data is available through DataStream.
• Statistical Analysis Software: A wide range of Econometric software including SPSS, EVIEWS, Stata and Matlab.

Assistance towards registration will be provided to students who wish to attempt the CFA while studying for their MSc in Finance & Investment degree.

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The Master’s in Educational Leadership is a deeply practical course, which aims to develop and improve the quality of leadership in schools. Read more

Course outline

The Master’s in Educational Leadership is a deeply practical course, which aims to develop and improve the quality of leadership in schools.

There are two versions of the course: Secondary/Senior and Prep/Primary. The principles and methods of both courses are identical, and the examples and materials used are relevant to the setting.

Course content

You will attend three three-day residentials over the course of one academic year. Assessment is via oral contribution on the residential courses, as well as the submission of three written assignments, all of which are rooted in your own professional concerns. Our intention is that, at all times, the work should be directly relevant to your interests and professional challenges. The course draws from best existing practice in the independent and state sectors, yet the leadership models on the course are not confined to the world of education. Our approach is heavily influenced by the Harvard Business School’s famous case study model.

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