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Are you fascinated by business? Could you help to lead growth within an organisation? Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme can help you to improve both your management acumen and your employment prospects, furthering your understanding of employee development, management theory and strategic decision-making.

- Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insights.
- By exploring case studies and industry models, students learn how to apply analytical and creative decision-making to real-life scenarios.
- MSc Management is a flexible course. Learners can spread the curriculum across one, two or three (distance learning) academic years.
- Those who are already in employment are supported to develop a work-based learning plan.
- Full-time students have the opportunity to complete a work placement. This may form the basis of their final research project.
- Postgraduate business management courses at Solent are recognised by the Chartered Management Institute.
- The course is delivered via distance learning, classroom sessions and independent study.
- Students learn a range of essential transferable skills.

The industry -

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. A postgraduate degree in business management will put students in a good position to help lead this growth within a range of different industries.

The programme -

Southampton Solent’s MSc Management programme takes a thematic approach to learning - this is to best reflect the reality of business management. As a result, the curriculum focuses on three main themes across seven core units: personal management development, contemporary international management theory and management research.

Students begin the course by outlining their plan for continued professional development, working with the course team to ensure that learning takes place throughout their entire career. The personal management development unit also looks at the manager’s role in supporting the development of the people around them.

Academic management theory is also explored in depth. Students cover behavioural science as it relates to business leadership and examine some of the most important issues currently facing managers around the world.

The course concludes with a final master’s project, where students will carry out in-depth academic research into an area of management that interests them. This is a good opportunity to specialise knowledge towards individual career ambitions. For full details of each unit, please visit the ‘course content’ tab.

Students benefit from our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and are able to hold a student membership throughout their studies. Graduates will be in a good position to pursue further study and achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status. Students also graduate with a range of transferable skills. These include communication, presentation, research and analysis, teamwork, training, networking, coaching and mentoring.

Course Content

Teaching, learning and assessment -

The course is taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual supervision.

Full-time and Part-time: The course is taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual supervision.

Blended Learning: Four classroom-based weekend sessions each academic year, running from Friday until Sunday. The dates of the sessions vary, but will be approximately 8-10 weeks apart.

Between sessions at the University you’ll carry out individual home and work-based study, using our specially developed virtual learning environment (VLE) to access readings, journal articles, relevant business news and other course information. You’ll be able to join a study community with your cohort, taking part in online group discussions and receiving peer and tutor support through Skype, forums and feedback exercises.

Work experience -

You will have the option to complete a work placement, which may form the basis of your final project report. You can also choose to write about an organisation with which you are familiar or your own workplace.

Assessment -

Assessment is through individual coursework, which includes portfolios, written work, presentations and the final project.

Web-based learning -

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, case studies, suggested reading and peer/tutor interaction.

Why Solent?

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Facilities - http://www.solent.ac.uk/about/facilities/facilities.aspx

City living - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/southampton/living-in-southampton.aspx

Accommodation - http://www.solent.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/accommodation.aspx

Career Potential

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

- Employment in government agencies
- SMEs
- Consultancies and international corporations
- Self-employment
- PhD level study

Links with industry -

Where appropriate, you will have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This may involve using case studies and live briefs.

Transferable skills -

You will develop a range of transferable skills, including group working, presentation, research and analysis, working to deadlines and applying knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates -

Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

- HR Manager
- Financial Consultant
- Purchasing Coordinator
- Project Developer
- Account Manager

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to be an effective manager? By combining the communication skills, business acumen and industry knowledge gained during your time at Southampton Solent University, you’ll be better prepared to work in a range essential management roles.

Visit the MSc Management page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!






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