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Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates. Read more
Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.

The MBA evolves with the changing needs of a competitive economic environment and our teaching is based on high quality research.

Our MBA will provide you with:
- detailed knowledge relating to problems of management in different contexts;
- conceptual tools for analysing management in the private or public sector;
- critical awareness of research methodologies;
- a learning environment where students will use their experience of organisations to engage with and challenge both the theoretical and case material;
- an environment where students can work together on new intellectual and management problems.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mbainternationalmanagementyib.aspx

Why choose this course?

- the MBA is a degree that is recognised all over the world.
- the Royal Holloway MBA is an intensive one year programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
- our international student cohort, from a wide range of business backgrounds, provides you with excellent network opportunities globally.

Department research and industry highlights

- ESRC funded project ‘Branded Consumption and Social Identification: Young People and Alcohol’: Professor Chris Hackley with colleagues from University of Bath and University of Birmingham.

- ESRC funded project ‘Entrepreneurial capacity to exploit opportunities, new product development and firm performance: A comparative study of UK and Chinese high-tech firms’: Professor Catherine Wang with colleagues from Royal Holloway and Loughborough University.

- ESRC funded project ‘Talent management in the NHS managerial workforce’: Professor Mark Exworthy with colleagues from University of Birmingham and University of Surrey.

- Researcher Development Initiative funding for advancing visual methodologies in business and management in conjunction with inVISIO (International Network of Visual Studies in Organisations): Professor Jane Davison with colleagues from University of Surrey, University of Bath, University of Exeter and University of Sheffield.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- demonstrate intellectual and practical skills and experience gained from undertaking a sustained independent research endeavour drawing on work experience;

- identify a suitable current business problem and then design and implement a robust individual research project, being able to draw from a wide knowledge of qualitative and quantitative business research methods;

- analyse complex data and draw substantiated conclusions, drawing on extent relevant knowledge and primary research insights;

- present research findings using both academic and business oriented approaches;

- understand ethical responsibilities expected from a management perspective

- reflect upon and critically evaluate the project

Assessment

You will be assessed on written assignments, group work and presentations. Preparation for assessments will involve either group work or working on your own.

Employability & career opportunities

The RHUL MBA is a rigorous and challenging programme which sets out to ensure that its graduates are ready for the challenges inherent in making their next step towards senior management roles.

- Associate Director (Global Strategic Growth Markets) at Ernst and Young
- Senior Chain Manager and Buyer at Jaguar Landrover
- Senior Commercial Manager at Everything Everywhere
- Financial Analyst EMEA at Shell International Petroleum Company
- Marketing Manager at Wrigley Jr Company

Career planning and development therefore forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is an important feature of the Royal Holloway MBA and is fully integrated into the core curriculum, ensuring that students have:

- continual access to individual careers coaching
- up-to-date job market information
- corporate speaker sessions
- skills workshops.

These services are provided by the School of Management in collaboration with The Careers Group, University of London – one of the biggest careers services in Europe.

The MBA Personal Development Portfolio is designed to build on the management skills you already have. The module incorporates training in presentation skills, CV writing, interview technique, negotiation, leadership, handling conflict and dealing with the media.

Our MBA Corporate Speakers are business leaders from a wide range of sectors. Previous speakers have come from:
- HSBC
- Nomura
- Xerox
- Microsoft
- DHL
- Continental
- Reuters
- Capital One
- Cap Gemini

The MBA Careers Adviser is available throughout the year for individual careers coaching. Sessions take place at regular hours during the week, and students are free to book as many sessions as they require.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates. Read more
Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.

The MBA evolves with the changing needs of a competitive economic environment and our teaching is based on high quality research.

Our MBA will provide you with:
- detailed knowledge relating to problems of management in different contexts;
- conceptual tools for analysing management in the private or public sector;
- critical awareness of research methodologies;
- a learning environment where students will use their experience of organisations to engage with and challenge both the theoretical and case material;
- an environment where students can work together on new intellectual and management problems.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mbainternationalmanagement.aspx

Why choose this course?

- the MBA is a degree that is recognised all over the world.

- the Royal Holloway MBA is an intensive one year programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- our international student cohort, from a wide range of business backgrounds, provides you with excellent network opportunities globally.

Department research and industry highlights

- ESRC funded project ‘Branded Consumption and Social Identification: Young People and Alcohol’: Professor Chris Hackley with - colleagues from University of Bath and University of Birmingham.

- ESRC funded project ‘Entrepreneurial capacity to exploit opportunities, new product development and firm performance: A comparative study of UK and Chinese high-tech firms’: Professor Catherine Wang with colleagues from Royal Holloway and Loughborough University.

- ESRC funded project ‘Talent management in the NHS managerial workforce’: Professor Mark Exworthy with colleagues from University of Birmingham and University of Surrey.

- Researcher Development Initiative funding for advancing visual methodologies in business and management in conjunction with inVISIO (International Network of Visual Studies in Organisations): Professor Jane Davison with colleagues from University of Surrey, University of Bath, University of Exeter and University of Sheffield.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- demonstrate systematic understanding of international business and management practice together with a critical awareness of current issues at the forefront of business and management in society;

- evaluate critically the relevant academic literature;

- evaluate methodologies and undertake research into international business and management in society;

- evaluate and employ a variety of academically based business and management techniques and practices.. You will have developed a theoretical and empirical knowledge of business and management;

- employ a range of conceptual, technical and personal skills;

- understand the use and value of the case study method

Assessment

You will be assessed on written assignments, group work and presentations and exams. Preparation for assessments will involve either group work or working on your own.

Employability & career opportunities

The RHUL MBA is a rigorous and challenging programme which sets out to ensure that its graduates are ready for the challenges inherent in making their next step towards senior management roles.

- Associate Director (Global Strategic Growth Markets) at Ernst and Young
- Senior Chain Manager and Buyer at Jaguar Landrover
- Senior Commercial Manager at Everything Everywhere
- Financial Analyst EMEA at Shell International Petroleum Company
- Marketing Manager at Wrigley Jr Company

Career planning and development therefore forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is an important feature of the Royal Holloway MBA and is fully integrated into the core curriculum, ensuring that students have:

- continual access to individual careers coaching
- up-to-date job market information
- corporate speaker sessions
- skills workshops.

These services are provided by the School of Management in collaboration with The Careers Group, University of London – one of the biggest careers services in Europe.

The MBA Personal Development Portfolio is designed to build on the management skills you already have. The module incorporates training in presentation skills, CV writing, interview technique, negotiation, leadership, handling conflict and dealing with the media.

Our MBA Corporate Speakers are business leaders from a wide range of sectors. Previous speakers have come from:
- HSBC
- Nomura
- Xerox
- Microsoft
- DHL
- Continental
- Reuters
- Capital One
- Cap Gemini

The MBA Careers Adviser is available throughout the year for individual careers coaching. Sessions take place at regular hours during the week, and students are free to book as many sessions as they require.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. Read more
The innovative Business Information Systems course provides you with sound, theoretically informed and relevant knowledge of modern information and communications technologies and its use in key business and organisational settings. This course is open to those who have not studied management or technology based qualifications previously.

The course has been designed to:
- Respond to the increasing need for greater understanding of the role advanced information and communication technologies plays in the workplace and at home.

- Address the need for managers to understand and appreciate the strategic value of technologies and processes as a source of competitive advantage, both nationally and internationally.

- Enhance learning, employability and reflexivity in line with international educational standards.

Jointly taught by the School of Management and the Department of Computer Science, you will have the opportunity to study a range of elective units, including those from our world-renowned Information Security Group.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscbusinessinformationsystems.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This programme is a unique joint hybrid offer of courses run by the School of Management and the Department of Computer Science.

- You will explore up-to-date research into new ways of working, enabled by advanced information and communications technology and its profound impact on organisational life in general.

- Industry connections have informed the content and design of the course. External contacts in both academia and industry enrich the programme of seminars and guest lectures, which are an integral part of the course.

- Directly relevant to current business sectors and technology

- Our students come from an international community and with interdisciplinary qualifications and experience. They graduate as ‘hybrid’ managers, equally familiar with business and with technology aspects of modern organisations.

- Technological and business components are integrated to provide a sound, cross-discipline course.

- Teaching incorporates a mix of theory and practice in lectures and in practical, interactive sessions to provide you with the best grounding for post-study employment.

Department research and industry highlights

- There is a high degree of industry involvement in this course. Participant companies include Hewlett Packard, IBM, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and Arup Communications. These companies take an active interest in the course and form part of the panel that judges end of year student industry project presentations. We also involve other companies as guest lecturers in our sessions and enable our students to get to use latest communication technologies from companies like Tandberg.

- Staff members teaching in this course have undertaken consultancy in the areas of e-government and green IT. They also conduct research in cloud computing, agent technology, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction and others, often involving the course students.

Course content and structure

You will study six core units and and one elective units in Management and one or two in Computer Science over the first two terms. In the third term you will complete a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to analyse a complex problem by combining knowledge of both management and information technologies.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- the ability to evaluate critically current research and research methodologies within the fields of Management and Business Information Systems and Technologies

- the ability to apply critical methodologies in analysing Management and Business Information Systems and formulating effective solutions to relevant problems concerning IT systems planning and management

- the ability to make well-informed decisions when dealing with both tactical and and strategic issues of IT investment

- appropriate professional levels of attainment in information technology; production and analysis of quantitative data; oral and written communication of complex business information to both professional and non-specialist audiences; independent and team-working skills.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different business information systems-related areas, including:
- Business Analyst at Ford Motor Company

- Information Security Consultant at Barclays

- SAP HR Functional Consultant at Satyam Computer Services

- Business Analyst at Oracle

- Technology Consultant at Hewlett Packard

- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Applications Analyst at Whitbread

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This course is designed for ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life. Read more
This course is designed for ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life. It includes all the major management functions and will enable you to build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a wide international network of associates. This course is demanding: teaching delivery is normally five days a week (Monday to Friday), for a total of 15 hours per week in both the autumn and spring terms, for a total in excess of 300 hours.

This is one of only 11 MSc courses in the UK to be accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs). It is ideal for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in general management with an international orientation and will prepare you to enter the globalised world of work on a competitive footing, maximising your potential and widening your choices.

Graduates with an interest in a functional specialism, such as marketing or human resources management, may pursue a career with a multinational enterprise, and important skills are also gained for those entering fields, such as finance or accountancy, with professional, regulatory bodies. In addition, we recognize the role of family-owned and closely-held businesses to some graduates.

This MSc is particularly relevant if you have less than two years full-time work experience and is suitable if you did not study management as part of your undergraduate degree.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscinternationalmanagement.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This unique conversion course gives you the opportunity to study general management at a postgraduate level in order to advance your professional career.

- This is one of the few courses in the UK accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs).

- You will build effective management skills in order to understand organisations, their management and the global environment in which they operate.

- You are offered comprehensive and integrated course units taught by leading researchers.

- You will have access to a stimulating calendar of guest lectures and speakers.

Department research and industry highlights

As a Management School we aim to apply the insights of social science to the management of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. A shared feature of our research is its international and comparative focus, with a strong historical, sociological and political-economic approach to management issues and activities. Research in the School of Management is organised into several areas with an established international reputation:

- Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Marketing
- Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
- Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship
- Technology and Information Management

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and understanding of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate

- awareness of personal skills development, including opportunities for self-reflection, and the significance of group interaction and dynamics within organisations

- career management and employability skills to make competitive applications to multinational enterprises, non-governmental organisations or as a platform to pursue additional qualifications (such as in accounting or finance).

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including written assignments, closed-book examinations, in-class tests, oral presentations, group work and independent research.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international management-related areas, including:
- Senior Associate at Bank of China International
- Reporter at Xinhua News Agency
- Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Finance Officer at Ealing Borough Council
- Relationship Manager (Investments) at Barclays Bank

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The Royal Holloway International Management (Marketing) MSc is a rigorous - and rewarding programme aimed at ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life who have studied management previously. Read more
The Royal Holloway International Management (Marketing) MSc is a rigorous - and rewarding programme aimed at ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life who have studied management previously. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in general management (marketing) with an international orientation and will prepare you to enter the globalised world of work on a competitive footing, maximising your potential and widening your choices.

On graduating you will have a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and understanding of organisations, their management and the marketing environment in which they operate. As part of this, you will have examined accounting and finance from a managers point of view and evaluated the impact of internal and external factors on the kinds of human resource strategies drawn up by international organisations. The course will focus on an understanding of how international marketing fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation.

As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.

•Demanding course with teaching normally five days a week for 15 hours, totally in excess of 300 hours in both spring and autumn terms.
•Career management and employability skills to make competitive applications to multinational enterprises, non-governmental organisations or as a platform to pursue additional qualifications (such as in accounting or finance).
•Innovative and effective Marketing ranked 4th (Complete University Guide 2017).
•Vibrant international community: 60% of our Management students come from overseas and the 8,500 students at Royal Holloway, University of London are from 130 countries.

Course Structure

You will study seven mandatory units in general management over the first two terms. In addition, you will study three research units, including the Independent Report (6-8,000 words) in the last term, giving you the opportunity to study an International Management issue in depth, or to specialise the area of Marketing Communications . You will also participate in a developmental unit over the first two terms, and workshops over three terms.

‌•Mandatory Course Units
-International Accounting and Finance
-International Marketing Management
-International Strategy and Entrepreneurship
-International HRM & Organisational Behaviour
-Professional Business and Applied Research Skills
-Principals of Business Management and Economics
-Information Systems and Operations Management
-Management in Context (workshop series)

‌•Research course units
-Project Work for Managers (I): Integrated Marketing Communications
-Project Work for Managers (II): Marketing Research Skills
-Project Work for Managers (III): Independent Report (Marketing)

Please note that this course is under re-development and this proposed course structure could change, although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff.

Your Future Career

On graduating with a MSc in International Management (Marketing) from Royal Holloway you will be in a position to take a variety of different career paths. You may choose to combine this qualification with your first degree studies to indicate a market sector or a functional specialism. Important skills are gained for those entering fields such as finance,accountancy and regulatory bodies; we also recognise the role of family and closely held business enterprises for some.

We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.

•Graduates have entered many different international management-related areas, including Senior Associate at Bank of China International, Reporter at Xinhua News Agency, Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Finance Officer at Ealing Borough Council and Relationship Manager Investments) at Barclays Bank.

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This dynamic MSc course is designed to equip you with a specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship. The course draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of academics within the School of Management. Read more
This dynamic MSc course is designed to equip you with a specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship. The course draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of academics within the School of Management.

Our units in specialist entrepreneurship subjects are designed specifically for their relevance to contemporary entrepreneurship research, policy and practice. Our course is further enriched by the knowledge and expertise shared by our visiting speakers which include entrepreneurs running successful and in some cases highly innovative SMEs and large corporate organizations.

We aim to provide you with some of the key skills and knowledge required to develop your own projects, whether it be starting a new organization or developing an entrepreneurial project within an existing organization, in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscentrepreneurshipyib.aspx

Why choose this course?

The course aims to provide you with :
- gaining a critical understanding of entrepreneurship research, enabling you to explain key concepts and theories and appreciate ‘why’, ‘how’ ‘where’ and in ‘what capacity’ entrepreneurship takes place.

- appreciating the impact of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial processes at international, regional and national levels, as well as at the level of the community, the firm and the individual.

- through manageable class sizes, engaging in active teaching and learning methods to stimulate your knowledge and skills in the subject matter

- preparing you for a career as an entrepreneur, business owner or manager.

Department research and industry highlights

- ESRC grants: "Socio-cultural factors, entrepreneurial orientation and firm growth: A comparative study of Turkish and Chinese entrepreneurs in London".

- Monash University research grants. The project compares the organisational factors that influence UK and Malaysian high-tech firms’ entrepreneurial capacity to identify new opportunities and convert new ideas into new products and services.

- ESRC grants: “Entrepreneurial capacity to exploit opportunities, new product development and firm performance: A comparative study of UK and Chinese high-tech firms”.

- Research Strategy Fund, Royal Holloway: Pilot study: “Assessing the Gurus- Testing for Excellence.”

- Westfocus: “ICT Adoption and Use in SMEs.”

Course content and structure

You will study six core and two elective courses over the first two terms. In the summer term you will complete a dissertation analysing an issue pertaining to the field of entrepreneurship in depth.

Core course units:
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course will develop awareness and understanding of various aspects of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures with reference to both theoretical underpinnings and applied and public policy measures. The themes which are covered include:
- economic approaches to entrepreneurship
- sociological & psychological approaches
- habitual entrepreneurs
- family firms
- outcomes: enterprise barriers, growth & performance

- Business Opportunities, Ideas and Planning
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the basic theories and practices related to business planning and the entrepreneurial start-up process. Particular, emphasis is given to:
- the discovery of business opportunities
- the development and assessment of business ideas
- the formation of founding teams, and the preparation of a business plan

- Corporate Entrepreneurship
In this module you will learn to critically evaluate corporate entrepreneurship, exploring the strategic and organisational models behind new venturing, innovation and strategic renewal.
In doing so, examine both large and small company perspectives in the management of new business opportunities.

- Entrepreneurial Finance
This course offers a blend of applied finance with appropriate theoretical underpinnings. More specifically there is a strong emphasis upon the following:
- entrepreneurial value creation, understanding financial statements and value techniques
- the range of sources of finance available
- increasing awareness of the various Government initiatives to assist SMEs and enterprise

- Entrepreneurial Marketing
You will cover key topics in marketing with a concentration on perspectives of small organisations with limited resources, and entrepreneurial organisations as follows:
- selling & negotiating
- market analysis & customer segmentation
- consumer behaviour
- creativity & innovation
- leveraging limited marketing resources
- customer relationship management
- brand building

- Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
This unit will help you prepare for your dissertaiton. You will:Recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based will:
- equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis
- be able to conduct research; evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner
- evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

- Dissertation
The dissertation provides an excellent opportunity to analyse an issue pertaining to the field of entrepreneurship in depth and is written over the summer months. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

A systematic understanding of current issues in entrepreneurship, informed by the forefront of the discipline and area of professional practice
- an in-depth and critical understanding of the entrepreneur, the entrepreneurial process, and the entrepreneurial event itself

- the ability to evaluate critically the relevant academic literature and gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts in entrepreneurship research

- the ability to evaluate opportunities for developing new and innovative projects and an awareness of the different forms of support available to entrepreneurs

- an increased ability to shape business ideas and structure them into a plan of action

- an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and their impact on shaping the entrepreneurial process

- transferable organizational skills including working to deadlines, prioritising and delegating tasks, organising meetings and work time.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation based on your year in business. Some modules are assessed by in-class tests and group projects.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different entrepreneurship-related areas. Graduates may find employment in existing businesses – i.e. large/multinational organisations (e.g. in product development/research) or in small-to-medium sized organisations (e.g. in business planning, growth, and operations/strategic management); they may create new businesses; they may work in areas pertaining to business support and advice (business planning and incubation, financing, skills training, firm internationalisation); in entrepreneurship policy (promoting innovation and enterprise development); or in entrepreneurship research and education.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This innovative and highly-respected course will provide you with an important commodity for today’s employer; an interdisciplinary education. Read more
This innovative and highly-respected course will provide you with an important commodity for today’s employer; an interdisciplinary education. The MSc Sustainability and Management is taught jointly by the Department of Geography, which is recognised for expertise in the research and teaching of environmental and social sustainability and the School of Management, which has a long tradition of research into sustainable businesses and corporate social responsibility.

The course will enable you to understand connectivities beyond the borders of just one discipline and you will develop the skills to communicate with experts across a variety of backgrounds. By the end of the year you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to help you become an expert in sustainability for leading companies, governmental agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/geography/coursefinder/mscsustainabilityandmanagement.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This course is unique as it is taught jointly by experts in the Department of Geography and the School of Management. You will benefit from cutting-edge teaching across the two subject areas.

- The course brings together two perspectives and will develop your understanding of how business and sustainability work together.

- You will benefit from innovative teaching including real-life case studies, mock debates, field work and volunteering units.

- You will have the opportunity to attend lectures by a wide-range of highly respected guest speakers on current sustainability and business issues.

- The course is truly multi-cultural with students from all over the world studying and working together.

Department research and industry highlights

The Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS) makes an impact at various levels:
- Research focuses on the problem of creating sustainable societies, in particular sustainable organizations and sustainable eco-systems.

- We collaborate with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to transform organizational practices towards the goal of greater sustainability

Course content and structure

Core course units:
Sustainability, Development and Governance
This course will equip students with a detailed understanding of the development of sustainable development as a discourse. Students will explore key sustainability issues such as climate change, globalisation, and human responses with an emphasis on the emergence of environmental governance as a means to pursue sustainability.

Sustainability, Development and Society
You will develop a detailed understanding of key social / environmental relationships incorporating contemporary issues in the geographies of sustainability. These will include \'risk society\', sustainable cities, and the impacts of corporate sector activities on the environment. You will also understand the challenges to sustainable development at household and community levels, with a focus on community-based approaches to sustainable development.

Business Ethics and Enterprise
The aim of the course is to equip students with the moral frameworks and critical abilities necessary to understand the role of business in society from an ethical perspective. The course will cover different types of business including large publicly traded multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises, social enterprises and family firms. Students will be expected to understand the different issues in these organizational types and to articulate moral arguments from a range of different perspectives.

International Strategy
This course provides the student with an understanding of how international business strategy fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation. The lectures are used to illustrate the key points under each topic as well as real business examples. Workshops will be used for case studies and applications of the material covered in the lectures. The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the way in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage through strategy.

Community Volunteer Project
You will undertake an independent volunteer project which will give you practical experience in gaining sustainability related work experience in a non-for profit organisation. The project will enhance your employability whilst and provide an opportunity to gain practical experience of third sector organisational objectives, cultures and practices.

Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
The Research methods unit will help prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.

You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

Dissertation
You will analyse a sustainability or CSR issue in depth. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

- Elective course units:
International Sustainability Management
This course provides participants with an understanding of how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) informs sustainability management issues in large, transnational organisations. It will focus on issues such as consumption and sustainability as dichotomised between the apparently incompatible tensions of economic and environmental interests.

Technology and Development
This course provides you with an introduction to the role of technology in development, focusing particularly on mobile phone and computer technologies. The course combines an understanding of key theoretical debates and how technologies have been applied in diverse sectors such as health and education. The course also includes training in the use of GIS (geographical information systems) within a development context.

Participatory research
This course combines detailed understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of participatory research and methods with practical experience of using different participatory research techniques. These include participatory diagramming, participatory video and participatory environmental monitoring.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- Gained insight and experience in the fields of sustainability and management and be well prepared to work in a number of related areas.

- Developed a thorough understanding of graduate research, enabling them to pursue further study at postgraduate level.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different sustainability-related areas, including:
- Director at Sustainable Travel International
- Consolidations and Reporting Analyst at Tetra Pak International
- Researcher at the Institute of Business Ethics
- Carbon Consultant at DHL

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This course adopts an intellectually rigorous and critical approach to international human resource management strategies and practices, assessing them from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives, explaining them in terms of their social and economic context, and considering their implications and impact for a range of stakeholders and interest groups. Read more
This course adopts an intellectually rigorous and critical approach to international human resource management strategies and practices, assessing them from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives, explaining them in terms of their social and economic context, and considering their implications and impact for a range of stakeholders and interest groups.

This MSc has a substantive international content (centred on the analysis of MNC strategies and practices), combined with a significant comparative dimension, considering national, regional and global contexts.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscihrm.aspx

Why choose this course?

- It adopts a rigorous analytical approach to international human resource management.

- You will be taught by professors and academics who are working on cutting-edge quality research, relevant to the course.

- You will be engaged in exciting teaching, contributing regularly in class discussions and seminars.

- You will develop a solid knowledge base equipping you to work in the area of international human resource management with confidence.

Department research and industry highlights

Our professors and academics are all engaged in active research relevant to this course. You can find out more about our current research by visiting our staff profiles and research groups.

Course content and structure

You will study five core units over the first two terms. In the third term, you will complete a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to analyse an international human resource management issue in depth.

Core course units:
- Globalisation and Employment Relations
You will gain a broad overview of some of the major areas of international human resource management and employment relations policy within multinational companies (MNCs). These policy areas will be examined within the context of frameworks for understanding MNC strategies and structures, as well as competing arguments about the impact of national and regional differences upon international HRM.

- Managing Across Borders - Contemporary Challenges
National borders continue to matter. Even within regions which have removed formal barriers to the flow of goods, finance, labour, and knowledge, a variety of differences (institutional, legal, cultural, identity, and so forth), albeit not static, exist between, and within, countries. These multi-level, multi-dimensional differences shape the contexts of ongoing transnational operations and reorganizational programmes. You will focus on the unique managerial challenges and differences between and within, that countries create for companies’ operation in multiple countries.

- International and Comparative Employment Law
You will critically evaluate national and regional differences in the regulation of labour, and their implications for international human resource management practitioners. This unit focuses on the nature of the employment contract in comparative perspective, as well as specific areas such as discrimination, recruitment and termination law.

- Organisational Learning, Change and Innovation
You will examine how organisations learn, create and utilise knowledge and respond to the competitive pressures in a globalising knowledge-based economy. This unit focuses on the interactive relationships between societal institutions and the micro-dynamics of organizational learning and innovation.

- Strategic International Human Resource Management
You will gain an understanding of the major current themes and debates in the field going beyond operational approaches to managing people and focusing on core international HR issues and functions at the strategic level. It emphases on the integration of organisational strategy and IHRM, and explores how the issues and problems in managing a global workforce can be conceived strategically and operationalized through organisation practice.

- European Employment Relations
You will explore how the European Union and other regional groupings affects the development of employment relations across the member states. Employment relations are generally studied comparatively - for example, in the 'varieties of capitalism' literature - or through the lens of multinational companies, in terms of how HR practices may or may not transfer across borders.

The regional level examines areas such as free trade areas, common markets and currency unions and how the process of economic integration has shaped its institutional development and how it has influenced pressures to harmonise employment policy and individual EU employment policies – such as equal opportunities, health and safety, employee participation and corporate social responsibility – and assesses whether these function in the interests of business competitiveness or not in relation to the rest of the world.

- Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
This unit helps prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

- Dissertation
This is an excellent opportunity to analyse a particular international human resource management issue in depth. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- demonstrated the ability to critically evaluate the practice of international HRM, and consider the kinds of contextual factors that international HR managers need to consider when making decisions

- gained an appreciation of national and regional variations in social and economic conditions, and how these affect the way the employment relationship is conducted

- grasped the significance and efficacy of transnational comparative analysis

- become familiar with the various approaches to the management of human resources within multinational companies

- equipped themselves with the necessary understanding of key policy areas to make an effective contribution as international HR practitioners.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different related areas. You will be well prepared for careers in international human resource management, management consultancy, public policy research, government advisory and research roles, the civil service, think tanks, employers’ organisations and trade unions. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies. Example job profiles include:
- Researcher at Hays Specialist Recruitment
- International Relocation Case Manager at IBM

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Managing Digital Innovation MSc is an exciting new course at Royal Holloway for 2017. It is aimed at recent graduates, from any discipline, seeking to boost their employability in a digital economy, as well as professionals wanting to update their workplace knowledge and skills. Read more
Managing Digital Innovation MSc is an exciting new course at Royal Holloway for 2017. It is aimed at recent graduates, from any discipline, seeking to boost their employability in a digital economy, as well as professionals wanting to update their workplace knowledge and skills. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage digital technologies in the development and delivery of business innovations. It will equip you with an in-depth understanding of how to integrate digital technologies such as mobile computing, enterprise systems, social media, and data analytics tools to innovate business practices. A key feature of the programme is the development of practical knowledge through industry connections and business case studies whilst providing a strong theoretical base on business management in the digital era.

On graduating you will have skills in current digital business practices, models, challenges, and developments in global enterprise management; an in-depth understanding of the key strategic and social issues associated with digital business enterprise, operations, development and implementation; and be adept at using methodologies in analysing and formulating effective solutions to relevant problems concerning digital business innovation and management.

As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.

‌•Strong career prospects in a digital economy where the capacity to innovate and adapt is integral to employability.
‌•New and exciting opportunity to study cutting-edge topics such as Big Data, social media, digital economy, and global supply chain. ‌•Coupled with exposure to highly sought-after skills in financial data analysis, data visualisation, and enterprise systems (e.g. SAP).
‌•Develop an effective network through external contacts with leading academics and senior corporate managers through seminars and guest lectures and work on real business projects through corporate guest sponsorship.
‌•Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.

Course Structure

In addition to the core course units, there will be a number of optional course units available during your degree. Below are a core modules and a selection of the optional course units that maybe available.

‌•Foundations of Modern Management (management conversion course taught during Induction week only)

Core modules

‌•Consultancy in the Digital Era

‌•Digital Business and Innovation

‌•Business Intelligence and Data Analystics

‌•Enterprise Systems Management

‌•Critical Issues in Digital Society

‌•Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods

‌•Dissertation

Optional modules

‌•Global Supply Chains

‌•Managing Globally Dispersed Projects

‌•Managing Social Media and Web Technologies

Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff.

Your Future Career

On graduating with a Masters degree Managing Digital Innovation from Royal Holloway you will possess sought-after knowledge and skills for digital innovation and business consultancy. You will be highly employable and be equipped to work as business analysts, consultants, or innovation managers for different industries.

We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.

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This dynamic MSc course is designed to equip you with a specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship. The course draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of academics within the School of Management. Read more
This dynamic MSc course is designed to equip you with a specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship. The course draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of academics within the School of Management.

Our units in specialist entrepreneurship subjects are designed specifically for their relevance to contemporary entrepreneurship research, policy and practice. Our course is further enriched by the knowledge and expertise shared by our visiting speakers which include entrepreneurs running successful and in some cases highly innovative SMEs and large corporate organizations.

We aim to provide you with some of the key skills and knowledge required to develop your own projects, whether it be starting a new organization or developing an entrepreneurial project within an existing organization, in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscentrepreneurship.aspx

Why choose this course?

The course aims to provide you with :
- gaining a critical understanding of entrepreneurship research, enabling you to explain key concepts and theories and appreciate ‘why’, ‘how’ ‘where’ and in ‘what capacity’ entrepreneurship takes place.

- appreciating the impact of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial processes at international, regional and national levels, as well as at the level of the community, the firm and the individual.

- through manageable class sizes, engaging in active teaching and learning methods to stimulate your knowledge and skills in the subject matter

- preparing you for a career as an entrepreneur, business owner or manager.

Department research and industry highlights

- ESRC grants: "Socio-cultural factors, entrepreneurial orientation and firm growth: A comparative study of Turkish and Chinese entrepreneurs in London".

- Monash University research grants. The project compares the organisational factors that influence UK and Malaysian high-tech firms’ entrepreneurial capacity to identify new opportunities and convert new ideas into new products and services.

- ESRC grants: “Entrepreneurial capacity to exploit opportunities, new product development and firm performance: A comparative study of UK and Chinese high-tech firms”.

- Research Strategy Fund, Royal Holloway: Pilot study: “Assessing the Gurus- Testing for Excellence.”

- Westfocus: “ICT Adoption and Use in SMEs.”

Course content and structure

You will study six core and two elective courses over the first two terms. In the summer term you will complete a dissertation analysing an issue pertaining to the field of entrepreneurship in depth.

Core course units:
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course will develop awareness and understanding of various aspects of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ventures with reference to both theoretical underpinnings and applied and public policy measures. The themes which are covered include:
- economic approaches to entrepreneurship
- sociological & psychological approaches
- habitual entrepreneurs
- family firms
- outcomes: enterprise barriers, growth & performance

- Business Opportunities, Ideas and Planning
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the basic theories and practices related to business planning and the entrepreneurial start-up process. Particular, emphasis is given to:
- the discovery of business opportunities
- the development and assessment of business ideas
- the formation of founding teams, and the preparation of a business plan

- Corporate Entrepreneurship
In this module you will learn to critically evaluate corporate entrepreneurship, exploring the strategic and organisational models behind new venturing, innovation and strategic renewal.
In doing so, examine both large and small company perspectives in the management of new business opportunities.

- Entrepreneurial Finance
This course offers a blend of applied finance with appropriate theoretical underpinnings. More specifically there is a strong emphasis upon the following:
- entrepreneurial value creation, understanding financial statements and value techniques
- the range of sources of finance available
- increasing awareness of the various Government initiatives to assist SMEs and enterprise

- Entrepreneurial Marketing
You will cover key topics in marketing with a concentration on perspectives of small organisations with limited resources, and entrepreneurial organisations as follows:
- selling & negotiating
- market analysis & customer segmentation
- consumer behaviour
- creativity & innovation
- leveraging limited marketing resources
- customer relationship management
- brand building

- Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
This unit will help you prepare for your dissertaiton. You will:Recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based will:
- equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis
- be able to conduct research; evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner
- evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

- Dissertation
The dissertation provides an excellent opportunity to analyse an issue pertaining to the field of entrepreneurship in depth and is written over the summer months. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a systematic understanding of current issues in entrepreneurship, informed by the forefront of the discipline and area of professional practice

- an in-depth and critical understanding of the entrepreneur, the entrepreneurial process, and the entrepreneurial event itself

- the ability to evaluate critically the relevant academic literature and gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts in entrepreneurship research

- the ability to evaluate opportunities for developing new and innovative projects and an awareness of the different forms of support available to entrepreneurs

- an increased ability to shape business ideas and structure them into a plan of action

- an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and their impact on shaping the entrepreneurial process

- transferable organizational skills including working to deadlines, prioritising and delegating tasks, organising meetings and work time.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework (individual and group projects), examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different entrepreneurship-related areas. Graduates may find employment in existing businesses – i.e. large/multinational organisations (e.g. in product development/research) or in small-to-medium sized organisations (e.g. in business planning, growth, and operations/strategic management); they may create new businesses; they may work in areas pertaining to business support and advice (business planning and incubation, financing, skills training, firm internationalisation); in entrepreneurship policy (promoting innovation and enterprise development); or in entrepreneurship research and education.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The Engineering Management MSc programme at Royal Holloway is designed to help you master current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective business strategies and outcomes. Read more
The Engineering Management MSc programme at Royal Holloway is designed to help you master current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective business strategies and outcomes.

Balancing academic theory with practical opportunities, this course provides tools to manage sophisticated large, complex and multi-disciplinary projects and supply-chains.

The course will provide you with the understanding and tools to manage financial budgets and understand the bigger picture faced by the wider company.

You will also be exposed to Practical Knowledge from the science behind renewable energy through to the diverse new world of modern consumer technology design for the home.

A strong emphasis is placed on the scientific and technological revolutions underway and the process of technological convergence underway which have had a major impact on both the older established engineering industries and the younger electronics, wireless, computer, media and creative industries and internet-based start-ups.

You will learn from highly experienced practitioners, and the course will include input from executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (such as PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course.

Uniquely, the course integrates Technology Strategy with Business Strategy of project-based organisations.

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

This MSc is ideal for engineering, science, technical or management graduates looking to prepare for successful careers across several project-based institutions and businesses in, amongst others:

Consumer Electronics; Software, Wireless and Internet based ventures; Information Technology; Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Industries; Finance and International Banking; International Project Finance; Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Aerospace; Automotive; Government Departments; and Consultancy.

This is a new programme launching for September 2017, jointly taught with our new Department of Electronic Engineering

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This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. Read more
This is a successful and innovative course, based on the research expertise of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group. It was created in response to the increasing recognition of the need to set the theory and practice of accounting in the context of its social, political, natural and cultural environments. The course incorporates reflection on the broader setting and implications of accounting in addition to knowledge and understanding of contemporary financial and management accounting.

This theoretical Masters is of particular relevance to those who wish to enhance their understanding of accounting, or those already working as accountants who wish to acquire more advanced knowledge.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/management/coursefinder/mscinternationalaccounting(msc).aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will benefit from specialised teaching by academics in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway who have published in a wide range of top ranking journals.

- You will develop advanced accounting knowledge and further explore more specialized areas of accounting which are not always available at undergraduate level

- You will obtain a postgraduate qualification recognised the world over which will enhance your understanding of accounting issues within organizations.

- You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and innovative course units enabling you to becoming a skilled international accounting practitioner.

- You will be constantly challenged to improve your accounting, conceptual, qualitative and people skills.

Department research and industry highlights

The Accounting, Finance and Economics Research Group at Royal Holloway has an established and growing reputation. Its accounting branch is known for distinctive research and teaching of comparative, cultural and social aspects of international accounting, drawing intellectually on the social sciences and on arts disciplines. Each accounting unit is taught by an established accounting academic who has specialist knowledge of the field.

The group includes internationally-recognised scholars, who have published in a wide range of top-ranking journals including: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting and Business Research; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations; International Journal of Accounting; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; Journal of Public Economics; and Organization Studies.

Group members have many distinctions, including membership of high-level professional committees and the award of research grants. Members of the group have been advisors and consultants to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, and have long-standing connections with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants); and ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales).

On completion of the course you will have:

Knowledge & understanding of – in the context of society & organizations:
- issues in international financial & management accounting
- more specialised and rapidly developing issues, including communication issues, comparative international accounting or sustainability.

Transferable skills including the ability to:
- critically evaluate accounting documents
- critically evaluate relevant academic literature
- employ different research methodologies
- evaluate and employ a variety of accounting-based techniques
- undertake report-writing, presentations, group work and IT.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different international accounting-related areas, including:
- Personal Relationship Manager at HSBC
- Auditor at Deloitte
- Data Analyst at Newedge
- Senior Risk Analyst at Bank of Azerbaijan
- Project Accountant at Building Design Partnership

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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You will be provided with rigorous training in the analysis of issues in finance and corporate policy while improving your analytical and technical expertise. Read more
You will be provided with rigorous training in the analysis of issues in finance and corporate policy while improving your analytical and technical expertise. The programme is ideal for those whose career objectives lie broadly with the financial services and banking sectors. You will have the opportunity to gain an in depth grounding with core courses such as Foundations in Finance, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods in Finance, and subsequently tailor your programme to match your end goals through the range of optional courses on offer. These include Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives, Investment and Portfolio Management and Decision Theory and Behaviour amongst others.

You will be taught by a top-ranking Department of Economics with expertise in a broad range of areas, including people who have worked and are still working in the finance industry in the broad areas of asset allocation and risk, as well as algorithmic trading.

With a relatively small intake each year you will benefit from a strong sense of group identity and will enjoy close contact with the academic staff of the department. The course director and course coordinators serve as your personal advisors up until the spring, when you will then be assigned a personal dissertation supervisor.

The MSc Finance is an excellent preparation both for a career in the financial services, banking and business sectors and policy making, as well further academic study.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/economics/coursefinder/mscfinance.aspx

Why choose this course?

- The course offers an excellent opportunity to get a strong grounding in core areas of Finance and to specialise your knowledge further through the optional courses on offer.

-You will be taught by academics who produce world leading research some of whom are also currently working in the Finance and Banking sectors. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were ranked among the top 10 Economics Departments in the UK

- Students attend a two week pre-sessional quantitative methods course to ensure they are in a good position to start this challenging Masters courses

- The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway is unique in being a young department, created in 1995, in an established and prestigious college of the University of London.

- Our courses are small and select, thus ensuring that you will receive individual attention from the academic staff.

Department research and industry highlights

Economics is among the top departments in the UK for Research Excellence. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 80% of the Department's research submitted was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (rated 3* and 4*).

A recent analysis of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) shows that the Economics Department at Royal Holloway is ranked 8th best department in the UK for publications. The study by Jim Taylor and Ian Walker provides further insight into the research standing of UK economics departments. Previous rankings from the data already showed the Department in the top 10 in the UK.

We run a weekly Internal Seminar which provides a lively forum for work at an early stage of development. Our External Seminar Series runs weekly during term and during the last academic year, welcomed over 20 external speakers from prominent places. Invitees are the usual mixture of established names and newer entrants to the profession thought to be doing exciting work. Our Discussion Paper Series provides a forum for journal-ready work.

Course content and structure

You will study five core course units and, in addition, a mathematics refresher course and a dissertation, as well as choosing two elective course units.

Core course units:
- Pre-sessional mathematics refresher course
All students attend the compulsory pre-sessional mathematics refresher course, which runs for 2 weeks in September, before the start of term. There are no additional fees for this course however students will need to pay for accommodation for the period of this course.

- Corporate Finance
You will be introduced to the techniques of financial analysis and their applications to corporate finance. The concepts developed form the foundation of most elective finance course units. You will learn about the time value of money and the net present value rule, how to value financial assets, capital budgeting decisions, uncertainty and the risk-return trade-off and corporate governance.

- Quantitative Methods in Finance
This course unit will introduce you to mathematical statistics and theories that are applied in financial econometrics. The second half of the unit concerns the analysis of time series data including ARMA models, the analysis of non-stationary time series data, cointegration analysis, vector autoregressive models, modelling volatility in asset returns, forecasting and bootstrapping.

- Foundations of Finance
The course unit in finance will expose you to the structure of the financial markets, the instruments traded and the participants. You will be provided with the necessary tools with which to analyse how the financial markets function and how problems arise from their operations.

- Research Methods
While conducting research sounds like an easy task, it can present difficulties. This unit aims to help you avoid such traps and to assist you in developing strong research skills so that you can conduct an efficient piece of research at the end of your degree.

- Dissertation
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to analyse an economics issue in depth. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and, by the end of March, will submit a preliminary dissertation report that contains a clear statement of the problem under consideration, the structure of the project and the research methods that are going to be applied. The dissertation is then written over the summer.

Elective course units:
- Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives
You will gain an introduction to the alternative forms of financial assets that are traded in addition to stocks. Fixed income securities are bonds, bills and notes that offer a certain stream of income to holders. Derivatives are contingent and non-contingent claims on financial assets and are widely used for hedging risk. You will learn how to price these assets, and how to use them effectively in managing portfolios and hedging risk.

- Empirical Finance
The broad aims of this unit are to give you advanced-level training in evaluation of empirical models in finance. It will enable you to apply both quantitative techniques and qualitative methods, learnt elsewhere, to test theories and get acquainted with the existing literature in the field of finance.

- Investment and Portfolio Management
Underlying theory and empirical evidence in portfolio management will familiarise you with its practice in the finance sector. You will acquire an understanding of how funds are allocated when constructing a portfolio.

- Decision Theory and Behaviour
This course unit will deepen your knowledge of rational decision making through the exploration of behavioural models, their formalization and their scope, including applications to finance. You will also become familiarized with both theoretical and experimental methods for research in decision theory and behavioural economics.

- Public Economics
Public Economics is concerned with the study of the effects of government policy and the design of optimal policies. You will assess the implications of basic welfare economics in public policy. A number of recent research areas in public economics are then discussed including income taxation, tax evasion, externalities and social security.

- Political Economy
This course will provide an advanced treatment of the tools used in political economy to tackle some major questions faced by public sector economists. It will in particular focus on the modelling of voters and politicians’ behaviours to address the role played by incentives and constraints faced by politicians when choosing public policies. The effect of different forms of institutional arrangements on public decision making and electoral accountability will be analysed from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different economics-related areas, including careers as economists, financial analysts, accountants, bankers, journalists and business analysts. Our graduates are currently working for firms such as Accenture, TNS, RBS, Deloitte, and Baker and McKenzie. At the same time, this course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies. Your careers ambitions are supported by our College Careers Service, located right next door to the economics department. They offer application and interview coaching, career strategy discussions, and the opportunity to network with major finance employers on campus. Our careers service is provided by the Careers Group, the main provider of graduate recruitment services in London. Thus, you will have additional access to a wealth of presentations and networking opportunities which make the most of London’s financial centre.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online.

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This degree, offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Economics, allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling. Read more
This degree, offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Economics, allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling. This is an attractive advanced qualification, especially suitable if you are seeking employment in asset structuring, product pricing or risk management, among other fields.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/computerscience/coursefinder/msccomputationalfinance.aspx

Why choose this course?

- Big Data is now part of every sector and function of the global economy, in particular of financial services and insurance. Planning and strategic decision-making processes rely on large pools of data that need to be captured, aggregated, stored, and analysed.

- You will learn modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modeling. People with this set of skills are in short supply and high demand.

- You will have the opportunity to choose options among an exciting range of topics in Computer Science, Economics, Information Security, Management and Mathematics.

- Industry connections have informed the content and design of the course. External contacts in both academia and industry enrich the programme of seminars and guest lectures, which are an integral part of the course.

- Royal Holloway is located in the ‘M4 corridor’, west of London, a major high-technology hub also called ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

- Royal Holloway is a very prestigious university in which to study. We are ranked not only as one of the 16 most beautiful universities in the world, but also one of the best: in 2012/13, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed the College 15th in the UK, 45th in Europe and 119th in the world.

Department research and industry highlights

- The departments have expertise in a wide set of areas in Computer Science and in Economics, and the topics taught reflect these areas of excellence.

- Computer Science hosts one of strongest research groups in Machine Learning (the science of systems that learn from data).

- In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), Computer Science ranked 11th and Economics ranked 8th for their research output.

- Computer Science is ranked third in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Good University Guide 2013.

- Computer Science has an Industrial Liaison Board that comprises senior representatives from Microsoft, Cognex, CSC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Kalido, Bathwick Group, Pentatonix, Blackrock, Oracle, Investec and QubeSoft.

Course content and structure

You will take taught modules during Term One (October to December) and Term Two (January to March). Examinations are held in May. You then take an industrial placement, after which you come back for your project/dissertation (12 weeks).

On completion of the course graduates will have:
Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to acquire the following skills:

- Knowledge of the working of financial markets and their role in the context of global economy.
- Knowledge of modern mathematical and computational techniques used in finance.
- Knowledge of key ideas, principles, and methods of machine learning and their applications in finance.
- Ability to apply methods of computational finance to practical problems in computational finance, including pricing of derivatives and risk assessment.
- Ability to analyse and critically evaluate methods and general principles of computational finance and their applicability to specific problems; to critically evaluate validity and practicality of results.
- Ability to analyse and critically evaluate applicability of machine learning algorithms to problems in finance.
- Ability to implement methods of computational finance and machine learning using object-oriented programming languages and
modern data management systems.
- Ability to work with software packages such as MATLAB and R.
- Knowledge of and ability to work with relational databases (SQL), non-relational databases (mongodb), as well as with Hadoop/pig scripting and other big data manipulation techniques.
- Knowledge of and ability to work with Python, Perl, and Shell Scripting.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation. The placement is assessed as part of your degree.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different finance-related areas, including careers as financial analysts, accountants, bankers, journalists and business analysts. Our graduates are currently working for firms such as Accenture, TNS, RBS, Deloitte, and Baker and McKenzie. At the same time, this course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

Your careers ambitions are supported by our College Careers Service, located right next door to both departments. They offer application and interview coaching, career strategy discussions, and the opportunity to network with major finance employers on campus. Our careers service is provided by the Careers Group, the main provider of graduate recruitment services in London. Thus, you will have additional access to a wealth of presentations and networking opportunities which make the most of London’s financial centre.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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This degree, offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Economics, allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling. Read more
This degree, offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Economics, allows you to specialise in modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modelling. This is an attractive advanced qualification, especially suitable if you are seeking employment in asset structuring, product pricing or risk management, among other fields.

As part of the course, you will take an industrial placement, where you will gain valuable experience by putting your knowledge and skills into practice.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/computerscience/coursefinder/msccomputationalfinance(yearinindustry).aspx

Why choose this course?

- Big Data is now part of every sector and function of the global economy, in particular of financial services and insurance. Planning and strategic decision-making processes rely on large pools of data that need to be captured, aggregated, stored, and analysed.

- You will learn modern quantitative finance and computational methods for financial modeling. People with this set of skills are in short supply and high demand.

- You will have the opportunity to choose options among an exciting range of topics in Computer Science, Economics, Information Security, Management and Mathematics.

- Taking a placement is an excellent opportunity to gain industrial experience (which gives you an extra edge when applying for jobs in the future) and acquire skills that can only be fully picked up in a work environment.

- Industry connections have informed the content and design of the course. External contacts in both academia and industry enrich the programme of seminars and guest lectures, which are an integral part of the course.

- Royal Holloway is located in the ‘M4 corridor’, west of London, a major high-technology hub also called ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

- Royal Holloway is a very prestigious university in which to study. We are ranked not only as one of the 16 most beautiful universities in the world, but also one of the best: in 2012/13, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed the College 15th in the UK, 45th in Europe and 119th in the world

Department research and industry highlights

- The departments have expertise in a wide set of areas in Computer Science and in Economics, and the topics taught reflect these areas of excellence.

- Computer Science hosts one of strongest research groups in Machine Learning (the science of systems that learn from data).

- In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), Computer Science ranked 11th and Economics ranked 8th for their research output.

- Computer Science is ranked third in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Good University Guide 2013.

- Computer Science has an Industrial Liaison Board that comprises senior representatives from Microsoft, Cognex, CSC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Kalido, Bathwick Group, Pentatonix, Blackrock, Oracle, Investec and QubeSoft.

Course content and structure

You will take taught modules during Term One (October to December) and Term Two (January to March). Examinations are held in May. You then take an industrial placement, after which you come back for your project/dissertation (12 weeks).

Your placement will take up to one year and, if you are an overseas student, your visa will cover the two years of the programme. The placement attracts a salary and is assessed as part of your degree. You will be assigned a supervisor by the host company, who is responsible for directing your work. You will be assigned an academic supervisor, who visits to check if you are integrating successfully and the type of work being undertaken is appropriate, and supports you in general during your placement. If you cannot or decide not to take a placement, you revert to the normal one-year degree.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to acquire the following skills:

- Knowledge of the working of financial markets and their role in the context of global economy.
- Knowledge of modern mathematical and computational techniques used in finance.
- Knowledge of key ideas, principles, and methods of machine learning and their applications in finance.
- Ability to apply methods of computational finance to practical problems in computational finance, including pricing of derivatives and risk assessment.
- Ability to analyse and critically evaluate methods and general principles of computational finance and their applicability to specific problems; to critically evaluate validity and practicality of results.
- Ability to analyse and critically evaluate applicability of machine learning algorithms to problems in finance.
- Ability to implement methods of computational finance and machine learning using object-oriented programming languages and modern data management systems.
- Ability to work with software packages such as MATLAB and R.
- Knowledge of and ability to work with relational databases (SQL), non-relational databases (mongodb), as well as with Hadoop/pig scripting and other big data manipulation techniques.
- Knowledge of and ability to work with Python, Perl, and Shell Scripting.
- Work experience and appreciation of how your work fits into the organizational and development processes of a company.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation. The placement is assessed as part of your degree.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different finance-related areas, including careers as financial analysts, accountants, bankers, journalists and business analysts. Our graduates are currently working for firms such as Accenture, TNS, RBS, Deloitte, and Baker and McKenzie. At the same time, this course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

Your careers ambitions are supported by our College Careers Service, located right next door to both departments. They offer application and interview coaching, career strategy discussions, and the opportunity to network with major finance employers on campus. Our careers service is provided by the Careers Group, the main provider of graduate recruitment services in London. Thus, you will have additional access to a wealth of presentations and networking opportunities which make the most of London’s financial centre.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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