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Advertising and management skills are in high demand, with graduates working at all ends of the advertising spectrum from traditional print-based advertising to new digital media. Read more
Advertising and management skills are in high demand, with graduates working at all ends of the advertising spectrum from traditional print-based advertising to new digital media. Commercial, theoretical and creative units are combined to provide graduates of this programme with a significant advantage in this fast-paced and dynamic industry.

The programme is taught by industry professionals and highly experienced tutors, who are able to draw upon their substantial experience in marketing, digital and creative advertising management to bring lectures to life and help direct practical student projects.

The programme has excellent professional links nationally and internationally - Manchester is acknowledged as a world-leader in digital marketing activity. Completing the programme can enhance a student’s career prospects, as graduates will have the digital, creative and cutting-edge business skills required by advertising agencies internationally.

Special Features

• This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing which means you can gain exemptions from the Institute's professional qualifications
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
• Extensive use of the University's online virtual learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions
• Adding value to your employability skills

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:

Live business project

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a marketing consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, please check mmu.ac.uk/business-school for more information.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.

Consultancy dissertation

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specfic sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.

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Open to graduates holding degrees in any subject, this course assumes no prior knowledge of public relations (PR) and is suitable for UK, EU and international students wishing to progress their academic knowledge of PR. Read more
Open to graduates holding degrees in any subject, this course assumes no prior knowledge of public relations (PR) and is suitable for UK, EU and international students wishing to progress their academic knowledge of PR. It is also suitable for those who do not have a degree but who possess relevant experience.

Combining a unique blend of academic and practical public relations skills, the course will enable you to develop a successful career in an incredibly dynamic sector. With a strong emphasis on application of knowledge to practice industry skills such as PR writing, media relations, digital communications and client management are underpinned by academic rigour focusing on PR strategy, campaign planning and PR specialisms.

You will have the opportunity to work with real clients, including individually creating a press pack for use by a client, in addition to working as part of an account team on a live PR project.

You will be able to network with professional PR practitioners and guest speakers, and have the option to undertake an internship to gain additional work experience. Completing the programme will enhance your career prospects, equipping you with the skills required by PR consultancies as well as private and public sector organisations.

Special Features

• This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter time frame. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
• This course is approved and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and we are a partner university of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). As a PR student at Manchester Met, you can gain FREE student membership of these professional organisations whilst on the programme, with a range of benefits including access to professional conferences and training.
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
• This programme will position you as a 'plus-two' candidate capable of rapid promotion through a strong portfolio of professional skills as well as academic theory.
• Read the Man Met PR blog to keep up to date with industry comment and observations: mmupr.wordpress.com
• Access to a strong network of professional mentors who also contribute to the programme as guest speakers.
• Access to our PR network of practitioners and alumni on LinkedIn offering contacts, work experience and employment opportunities.
• Access to our international alumni network of graduates working in public relations.

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activites that include:

Live business project

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. You will work as part of an account team on a live project under the guidance of an academic tutor who is also an experienced PR manager. You will work with an external client organisation to prepare a press pack containing original material for the media, including a press release, social media press release, Q&A, social media content and photography for distribution to target media. This enables you to develop your client management skills and you are supported by an academic tutor who is also an experienced PR consultancy manager.

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

• Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
• Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
• BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
• Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.

Consultancy dissertation

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.

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Important information. academic review of Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus. Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. Read more
Important information: academic review of Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus

Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. It has now been confirmed that the University will withdraw from the Cheshire campus. This means that we expect the campus to close in the summer of 2019.

As the withdrawal from the campus will be a phased process we are still pleased to receive applications for one year full time postgraduate taught courses starting in 2017 on the Cheshire campus. We also continue to welcome applications for part time postgraduate courses of two years in duration in the Exercise and Sport Science department starting in 2017. Applications for courses that are expected to take longer than two years to complete are currently on hold.

Please visit our website for the latest information on the review: http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/campusreview

Designed as a flexible programme to accommondate your employment and personal circumstances, this course has been devised to enhance your practical marketing management skills. With an additional focus on deepening your understanding of the core concepts and competencies that underpin this increasingly important business area, this course will provide you with an opportunity to combine your real world experiences with theory.

This programme ensures development of both personal and professional skills and knowledge through four core units while your marketing expertise will be developed through three marketing electives and a specialised research project culminating in the production of a dissertation.

By studying this internationally recognised award, you will develop a keen awareness of the most up-to-date management thinking and practice. You will also develop an appreciation of cutting edge techniques for managing people, thinking strategically and a full range of dynamic marketing techniques.

Units

• Academic Professional Practice
• Principles of Management
• Global Marketing Strategy
• Integrated Marketing Communications
• Sustainable Relationship Marketing
• Strategic Management Practice
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

You will be assessed continually through a series of case study presentations and written assignments. Your dissertation will usually be based on empirical research.

Ideal for both those already working in management, and those seeking to establish a career, this course seeks to enhance your skills and increase your understanding of marketing management. It provides opportunities to gain an internationally-recognised and career-enhancing qualification and to share experience whilst developing new skills and expertise. Graduates with broad-based Masters in business and management or specialist business Masters are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.

Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector while many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.

Those with good language skills have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.

Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy.
Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.

Special Features

- Opportunity to build on Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications.
- We offer a supportive environment for your studies; you will be allocated a personal tutor and dissertation supervision is carried out on a one- to- one basis.
- Find out more about our courses by watching these short introductory films on the department and strengths and contact times by the Head of Department Diane Wright

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Advertising and management skills are in high demand, with graduates working at all ends of the advertising spectrum from traditional print-based advertising to digital media. Read more
Advertising and management skills are in high demand, with graduates working at all ends of the advertising spectrum from traditional print-based advertising to digital media. This course will offer you a combination of commercial, theoretical and creative units to provide ensure you have a significant advantage in this fast-paced and dynamic industry.

The programme will develop your creative thinking skills in helping to create and implement effective creative advertising solutions to complex advertising challenges.

You will be taught by industry professionals and highly experienced tutors, who are able to draw upon their substantial industry experience, bringing lectures to life and offering practical support on student projects.

This course is also approved and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has been developed to meet the demand for skilled marketing communications professionals to work within the ever-changing marketing communications industry.

Special features

• This course is approved and professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised, multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
• The Business School enjoys established links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct Marketing as well as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Our students can obtain student membership of these professional bodies.
• This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter time frame. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:

Live business project

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a marketing consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of successful companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, find out more on the mmu.ac.uk/business-school website.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.

Consultancy dissertation

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.

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This course provides a direct route into 21st century journalism. Graduates of all disciplines are equipped with knowledge and skills in journalism through intensive practical training and tuition. Read more
This course provides a direct route into 21st century journalism. Graduates of all disciplines are equipped with knowledge and skills in journalism through intensive practical training and tuition. Designed to meet the requirements of media employers in the UK and beyond, the course is taught by dedicated staff with media and industry experience, and strong professional connections. You will benefit from a mandatory placement providing key networking opportunities and enhancing your employability. The course will prepare you to take a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry where you will explore the global potential of multi-platform news and features publishing. You will learn how to cover any story for print, web, TV or radio, and how to adapt a story from one medium to another. The emphasis on your work output will enable you to amass a full and varied portfolio to present to potential employers on graduation.

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Filmmaking provides a supportive, creative environment for you to explore your ideas and stories through film practices. The rich, immersive, and inspiring environment of the Manchester School of Art enables you to undertake far reaching, challenging, and experimental approaches. Read more
Filmmaking provides a supportive, creative environment for you to explore your ideas and stories through film practices. The rich, immersive, and inspiring environment of the Manchester School of Art enables you to undertake far reaching, challenging, and experimental approaches. The course focusses practical, critical and creative development around filmmaking through further investigation of individual visual language and film style.

Although the progression of ‘ideas’ will be central to the activity, there will also be a strong emphasis on film craft and the professionalism of your work. Manchester School of Art has a well established culture in filmmaking, ensuring a lively environment and experience together with a breadth of expertise and outstanding resources to draw upon.

Features

Filmmaking is part of the Department of Media at Manchester School of Art which has an established community of interdisciplinary staff, and research students with expertise in fields that include Animation, Filmmaking, Photography, Media Theory and Multimedia Digital practices.

The Department promotes a blending of arts practices responsive to current cultural and digital industries demands; inspiring students to engage with real world scenarios through creative and imaginative responses.

It has developed a framework that fosters interesting and diverse approaches to engage with external partners within the city, the region, nationally and internationally. Recent partners include HOME, BBC (Media City), CITV, Manchester City and Regional Art Galleries, Open Eye Photography Gallery, Red Eye Photography Network, International Anthony Burgess Foundation and international partnerships in China, India, Brazil, Russia and Europe.

Core to all of the teaching and research in the Media department is the continuing exploration of new modes of expression through digital technologies and support students in developing a robust and individual creative practice that has relevance to a diverse range of cultural industries.

Resources

We have developed a dedicated postgraduate area occupying an entire floor of the main School of Art building, offering an exciting space to be, both intellectually and practically. The centre is located in the newly refurbished Chatham Tower with studios, design laboratories, seminar rooms and extensive workshops that form the nucleus of this vibrant, cross-disciplinary learning environment.

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In an international business climate, which has undergone tumultuous economic change during the last decade, graduates with excellent marketing awareness and management skills have never been in greater demand. Read more
In an international business climate, which has undergone tumultuous economic change during the last decade, graduates with excellent marketing awareness and management skills have never been in greater demand. The shifting balance in world trade, the emergence of fast growing economies plus an increasing pool of world consumers means that businesses need to be increasingly focused on how they develop their competitive marketing strategies.

The applied nature of this course ensures that you study the latest thinking and techniques within the discipline of marketing and acquire the capabilities to enhance your employability and career prospects. More specifically, this course will develop your awareness for and critical understanding of the latest issues within the discipline of marketing, marketing strategy and consumer behaviour.

The course is taught by highly experienced academic tutors and industry practitioners, who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenges posed in today’s business environment. The course combines strong academic principles and theories and examines these within a focused and applied teaching approach. Contemporary business issues are discussed within appropriate academic and practical contexts whilst students develop their knowledge in international branding and digital media. At the end of the course, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to be a skilled marketing professional.

Special Features

• This course is approved and professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
• You will be taught in the internationally recognised multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus.
• The Business School enjoys established links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct Marketing as well as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Our students can obtain student membership of these professional bodies.
• This programme has an advanced standing route for mature students who have relevant professional qualifications or who have previously studied for a postgraduate certificate or diploma. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter time frame. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
• Experience a real work scenario in acting as a consultant on "live" client projects for businesses within the Manchester region.
• Enhance your digital skills - the course's extensive digital content increases your knowledge of digital marketing techniques.

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:

Live business project

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a marketing consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

• Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
• Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
• BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
• Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.

Consultancy dissertation

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations.

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.

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This new Masters programme offers innovative and hands-on training in the fascinating field of science communication. You will learn how to communicate scientific, research and findings effectively, and how to articulate complex scientific and technological concepts to engage a variety of audiences. Read more

Description

This new Masters programme offers innovative and hands-on training in the fascinating field of science communication. You will learn how to communicate scientific, research and findings effectively, and how to articulate complex scientific and technological concepts to engage a variety of audiences. The course will show you how to balance the excitement of scientific discovery and development of innovative delivery methods with an accurate representation of the facts and data that underpin it.

The taught aspects of the course combine practical skills of science journalism, medical writing and SciArt, (the interdisciplinary study of science and art), with theoretical learning about the history and philosophy of science and the study of science communication as an academic discipline.

You will also have the opportunity to work on live science communication projects with external organisations. The programme will give you the necessary analytical and communication skills to be a successful science communicator – in person as well as in writing.

Core units

- Live Project
- Practical Science Communication
- Science and Society
- Science Communication as an Academic Discipline

Option units

- Science Journalism
- Medical Writing
- SciArt

Career prospects

The academic team uses information gained from alumni, graduate destinations and also from industry regarding graduate prospects for science communication students. This information is used to inform curriculum design, e.g. in the development of the curriculum for employability. The programme provides the foundations for future study or advancement on to a variety of professional pathways, including working in outreach or public engagement. In particular, this MSc in Science Communication can lead to career opportunities in medical communications, science journalism, science communication research, science advocacy, and scientific publishing.

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Aligned to professional practice and aimed at students seeking a career in the industry. Graduates of all disciplines are equipped with knowledge and skills in journalism through intensive practical training and tuition. Read more
Aligned to professional practice and aimed at students seeking a career in the industry. Graduates of all disciplines are equipped with knowledge and skills in journalism through intensive practical training and tuition. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and designed to meet the requirements of media employers in the UK and beyond, the course is taught by dedicated staff with media and industry experience, and strong professional connections. You will benefit from a mandatory placement providing key networking opportunities and enhancing your employability. The course will prepare you to take a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry where you will explore the global potential of multi-platform news and features publishing.

As part of your course you will be expected to sit exams set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in order to achieve the nationally recognised Diploma in Journalism. This is as well as the assessed coursework which forms part of your masters course.

As such the MA Journalism is a demanding and rigorous course with a heavy timetable which requires students to be on campus 4 days a week, as well as engaging in work placements and newsdays alongside their normal study and contact hours.

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This course is based on theories and techniques relating to the study of communication, the message and its channels; with a specific focus upon the behaviour and interactions of provider(s) and receiver(s). Read more
This course is based on theories and techniques relating to the study of communication, the message and its channels; with a specific focus upon the behaviour and interactions of provider(s) and receiver(s). Its aim is to equip you with the requisite knowledge and skill sets to assess the credibility of content, its delivery and, where relevant, any potential deception and assessment of intentions, motivations and/or emotional states. The interdisciplinary programme will develop your research skills in Communication Behaviour and Credibility Analysis drawing on the core disciplines of Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and Information and Communications. This includes the specialist areas of Forensic Linguistics, Criminology, Communication Theory and Digital Information.

Length

Students entering the MSc with 60 credits of accredited prior learning (APL) typically take 20 months to complete the programme of study. They commence their first year of studies in January and move into the second year in September.

There is also the option of those entering the MSc with 60 credits to commence their studies in September on a 12 month course. It should be noted, however, that this particular avenue is an intensive one, requiring students to be able to study almost full time.

Students entering the MSc with 90 credits of accredited prior learning (APL) typically take 12 months to complete the programme of study. This programme of study commences in September.

Assessment details

This course is assessed through coursework.

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