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Course content

Why take this course?

This dynamic programme will prepare you for a wide variety of different careers in all kinds of organisations, It will provide you with the knowledge and skills in order to ‘hit the ground running’ once you graduate and move into a business or management role. It will particularly suit those of you who wish to pursue a broad-based postgraduate management Master’s.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use case studies to analyse complex problems, explore the uncertainties involved, evaluate possible solutions and plan their implementation
Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and internationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings, both in the UK and overseas.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Business development and consultancy
Recruitment
Emarketing
Publicity
Financial and risk analysis

Module Details

Autumn:

This first period develops key aspects of management subjects that support you in your development,

Four core units are:

Marketing

Which focuses on:
Marketing Planning
Segmentation, targeting, differentiation and positioning
Marketing communications tools and media

Human Resource Management

Which focuses on:

Human Resources Management
Labour Supply and Demand
Resource Based Strategic HRM
Training and Development

Economics

Which focuses on:

Markets, Competition and Strategy
Uncertainty, Risk and Return

Operations Management

Which focuses on:

Supply Chain Management
Quality, Project Management
Uncertainty, Risk and Return

Spring:

Develops your strategic understanding of management building on the preceding core units. Also tailors your development through our range of options.

Two core units are:

Corporate Strategy

Which focuses on:

Competitive Positioning and RBV
Intervention, Implementation and Managing Change
International Strategy
Blue Ocean Strategy, M&As
Internal Improvement and Turnaround
Financial Management

Which focuses on:

Interpreting Accounting Reports
Costing and Decision Making
Investment Appraisal
Planning and Control

Specialist options to choose from include:

Management
Strategic Marketing Management
Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Managing Human Resources
Tourism Management
Business Systems

Summer:

Specialise further in your chosen option which will also be the topic area of your business research project.

Dissertation unit options include:

Management
Critical Marketing/Sales
Innovation and New Product Development
International Human Resource Management
Tourism Management
Business Systems
Work-based Research Project (subject to availability)
International/Independent Learning Project (subject to availability)

Which focusses on your specialist area and:

Research methods skills
Management skills
Employability and recruitment

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of key business and management subjects that are highly relevant for any management career.

There are designated units for those who do not wish to specialise but would rather have a generalist postgraduate management experience.

The specialist option unit: this will develop a deeper understanding of management in an area of your choice. Choices are subject to availability.

The research-based specialist option unit: is a double-sized unit and relates to your chosen specialism. It requires you to undertake a substantial management research project that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic with primary or secondary data collection and analysis.

Programme Assessment

Our friendly and supportive environment uses formal lectures and seminars to provide the basis for the development of relevant knowledge, further enhanced by activity-based case studies.

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

Individual and group coursework
Examinations
Online activities
Practical exercises
Your choice of independent research

Student Destinations

This course enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector and is ideally suited as an early career step into a wide range of business or management roles and responsibilities. You may find careers as management graduate trainees, financial analysts, commercial managers, trainee traders and technical business consultants. You may even want to start your own business or consider further study towards an MBA.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Market researcher
Business development officer
Recruitment consultant
Sales and marketing coordinator
Account manager

Visit the MSc Business and Management page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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