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A course that makes business sense. Our research maintains both strong connections with the Derbyshire region and active international links. Read more

Why choose this course?

A course that makes business sense

Our research maintains both strong connections with the Derbyshire region and active international links. We try to make sure it has a genuine relevance to current business practice, so that organisations benefit from its findings and enjoy a real-world advantage.

You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award of a Master of Philosophy degree.

These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

MPhil is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

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Start date: You can enrol between August and May.

Course length: The MPhil is studied over two years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Business

About this course

Research plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues. You can make a name for yourself by contributing directly, not only to the development and well-being of the region, but also to the body of knowledge in the business community at large.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

With an MPhil you’ll be able to start your academic career in a university with a teaching focus.

You can enter business and establish yourself as an expert in areas of practical significance.

You’ll be supported and supervised throughout by our team of experts and, studying alongside research students from many countries, you’ll gain from sharing insights and experiences from worldwide business activity.

We have a number of staff highly active themselves in research and scholarly activity, and you can benefit from, and hopefully add to, the expertise of our SYTOC research group which focuses on systems thinking and organisational change.

How to apply

Postgraduate research students can enrol at the University of Derby any time between August and May.
All enrolments are arranged by appointment once your application is successful. Please be aware that it can take between six and twelve weeks to consider a complete application.

Information for applicants: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/

Fees and finance

2016/17 Fees
Find out more about fee information for our research degrees: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/tuitionfees/

What our students say

"I've not only gained and increased my knowledge of marketing, but also learned empirical research skills. This will last with me forever and be of immense benefit to my future career in marketing." Nan Jiang

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This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources. Read more
• This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources
• As a postgraduate student at Derby Business Schol you will have access to the Bloomberg service for study and research and the potential to publish your research
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

The MSc International Business and Finance is designed to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and finance operations in an international context, as well as providing the personal and employment skills appropriate for a career in business or financial management, in either an international business or the financial sector.

You will be part of a highly diverse international student cohort which will enhance your understanding of cultural diversity and international business awareness. You will also receive dedicated support and advice from a personal tutor as well as access to a first class professional career service even after graduating.

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You will benefit from our unique approach to employability, networking and working with our regional experts and international business leaders. Read more
• You will benefit from our unique approach to employability, networking and working with our regional experts and international business leaders
• This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

The MSc International Business is designed to develop a thorough knowledge of the economic, financial, legal and cultural factors facing international business that is crucial in today’s world. It integrates analysis from various disciplines including international business strategy, management and marketing, international economics and international trade legislation. You will have access to the Bloomberg service for study and research and also the potential to publish your research.

You will be part of a highly diverse international student cohort which will enhance your understanding of the operation of business and organisations in an international context. You will become strategically aware of the cultural and regulatory diversity of international markets, taking into account international policies, culture and regulatory diversity in international business.

Dedicated support and advice from a personal tutor is available to all students as well as access to a first class professional career service after graduating.

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You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and human resource management operations in an international context. Read more
• You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and human resource management operations in an international context
• Acquire the personal and employment skills you need for a successful career in business or HR, nationally or internationally
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

What makes this programme stand out is the integration of key disciplines, including economics, international business, management, employment law and HRM, reflecting what you will experience in your management career. It is designed to give you a deep knowledge and understanding of business analysis and strategy in a global context and it expertly develops your skills in evaluating HRM operations and strategy in international organisations.

Our teaching team uses a mixture of lectures, group work, discussions, workshops, case-study analysis, practical data analysis and personal networking, supported by specific guidance on study texts, online study materials and the use of blended learning.

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There is an increasing global demand for areas such as engineering operations management, logistics and supply chain, continuous improvement techniques such as lean and six sigma and sustainable development in many sectors. Read more

About this course

There is an increasing global demand for areas such as engineering operations management, logistics and supply chain, continuous improvement techniques such as lean and six sigma and sustainable development in many sectors. On completion of this course, you will be equipped with a wide range of modern engineering and operations management tools and techniques required to manage 21st century engineering and manufacturing organisations. This course provides a number of opportunities for technical and management advancement through a selection of optional modules in specialist areas, which will enable you to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities and improving performance.

This course is academically rigorous and designed to enable engineering graduates and other professionals with an engineering background to pursue careers in management positions within engineering and manufacturing sectors. You will study through a variety of teaching methods including real case studies, workbased learning, research-based learning, laboratories, guest lectures, individual and group project work and interactive online materials.

You’ll study modules such as:

Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Enterprise Systems and Project Management
Negotiated Module
CPD and Strategic Management
Driving Change through Business Excellence
Manufacturing Systems Optimisation and Simulation
Independent Scholarship

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Our Spa Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. We are pioneers in internationally recognised spa management and wellness qualifications and this was the first masters of its kind in the world. Read more
• Our Spa Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• We are pioneers in internationally recognised spa management and wellness qualifications and this was the first masters of its kind in the world
• You will study in Buxton, a leading spa and hospitality town, and have unrivalled access to our award-winning commercial day spa located in the inspirational Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome.

Studying this course will prepare you for work in key management roles in spa and wellness as you develop a critical understanding of the global spa industry, its practices and the changing nature of consumer behaviour.

You will increase your understanding and appreciation of academic theory and research and its practical application in the workplace, studying spa operations, project management, sustainable management systems, risk management, marketing, financial planning and strategy.

We have strong links with the world’s leading spa and hospitality providers and possess an enviable teaching reputation. Throughout you will meet key industry representatives from organisations such as Six Senses, Danubius, Mandarin Oriental and Elemis, so you can be confident you are learning the latest techniques and practices for today’s industry.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study while in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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Our new online MBA Global Finance will give you with the strategic knowledge and understanding in order to challenge and lead change in an ever-changing sector. Read more
Our new online MBA Global Finance will give you with the strategic knowledge and understanding in order to challenge and lead change in an ever-changing sector. It is cleverly structured so you can move beyond a domestic business mind-set, to consider issues and seek solutions in a truly global context.

During this course, you will gain a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, business research methods and data analysis.

Become a Chartered Manager
Our MBA Global Finance is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders. Allowing you to apply for prestigious Chartered Management status directly with CMI once you’ve graduated. Chartered management is the most prestigious status that can be achieved in the managerial profession.

When can I start?
Choose from three start dates – January, May or September.
Visit our website to learn more.

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Qualifications have a strong impact on the career development of managers, and as these roles in hospitality organisations become more complex, the nature of the management role will increasingly require the skills and knowledge that a Masters degree can develop. Read more
Qualifications have a strong impact on the career development of managers, and as these roles in hospitality organisations become more complex, the nature of the management role will increasingly require the skills and knowledge that a Masters degree can develop.

Our MA International Hospitality Management online degree is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and has been designed to meet the needs of the dynamic international industry, equipping you with practical and relevant skills, which combined with your existing experience, can help you to advance your career within the industry.

Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme (EMS)

Through our partnership with the Institute of Hospitality you'll be given free access to the Institute's Educational Membership Scheme (EMS) once you've enrolled onto this course. This gives you access to management guides, monthly specialist newsletters, e-journals, webinars and much more.

Theory and skills for direct application

You'll gain an understanding of operational, tactical and strategic issues, coupled with the necessary management tools which will allow you to apply theories directly to your workplace situation.

You'll develop skills and awareness of the various management functions, as part of the total business structures in a variety of organisations. This will include an understanding of globalisation and the impacts of a multicultural workforce that can present organisational and operational challenges, as the concepts of service quality and customer satisfaction change rapidly in the market place.

As all of your resources are online, you have the flexibility to fit your study periods around your existing work commitments and shift patterns. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures. Through webinars and online discussion forums, you will connect with your online tutor and fellow students from around the world to discuss and debate key topics and share experiences within this dynamic industry.

Learn more about our online Hospitality courses

With a choice of dates to start your course (September, January or May) and interactive online learning materials, you've got the flexibility to study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. The course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, evenings or at the weekend instead of having to attend fixed lectures.

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Our Events Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. You will develop links with local, national and international industry representatives such as for example TUI who regularly collaborate with us and offer opportunities for consultancy work. Read more
• Our Events Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• You will develop links with local, national and international industry representatives such as for example TUI who regularly collaborate with us and offer opportunities for consultancy work
• Our award-winning team specialise in events management, not just generic business. They are heavily involved with the needs of the events industry and are members of professional groups such as the Association for Events Educators (AEME) and the Professional Event Safety Advisers Group, amongst others.
• Your campus is the inspirational Grade II* Devonshire Dome in Buxton, a major events and conference venue in its own right

This highly respected masters course is ideal if you are looking to develop your leadership and management potential in the events sector.

During the course you will increase your understanding of events operations, planning, risk management, marketing, finance and strategy in the context of a wide variety of events, including conferences, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study while in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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Since it's conception at Harvard over 100 years ago, the MBA has become recognised worldwide as the premium management and leadership qualification. Read more
Since it's conception at Harvard over 100 years ago, the MBA has become recognised worldwide as the premium management and leadership qualification. The MBA provides formal recognition of your knowledge and insights into a wide array of business functions, enabling you to become a successful and inspiring business leader.

Become a Chartered Manager
Our MBA Global programme is only a few in the UK that have been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - the UK's professional body for managers and leaders. This proves our course meets the highest professional management standards and means you can apply for Chartered Manager status directly with CMI once you've finished.

When can I start?
Choose from three start dates – January, May or September.

Visit our website to learn more and speak with our admissions advisors to check your eligibility.

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Our Hospitality Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. It is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality which will enhance your leadership and management potential in the hospitality industry. Read more
• Our Hospitality Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• It is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality which will enhance your leadership and management potential in the hospitality industry
• Your campus is the inspirational Grade II* Devonshire Dome which is a major hospitality veue in its own right and has a fine dining restaurant and bistro, state-of-the-art training kitchens.

This course is ideal for industry professionals looking for career progression in international hospitality management. We focus on application, assimilation, attitude and providing answers - practices that are central to hospitality leaders.

You will develop your understanding of the management of cultural diversity, the internationalisation of the industry, marketing, finance and strategy in a wide variety of contexts, including hotels, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events. You will be taught by lecturers and guest speakers from industry and involved in consultancy work with our industry partners who regularly collaborate with us.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study whilst in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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This course will. Equip you with an internationally recognised qualification, proving you have met a recognised standard in leadership and management. Read more
This course will:

• Equip you with an internationally recognised qualification, proving you have met a recognised standard in leadership and management.
• Help you take a major step towards achieving Chartered Manager status, the highest possible status in the profession.
• Give you maximum flexibility in the way you study – full time, part time, online or even in-company

The letters MBA after your name make a powerful statement. Wherever you go in the world, you’ll be recognised as an inspirational leader – someone who is strategically astute, versatile and influential.

Professionally accredited and designed in collaboration with industry partners, the Derby MBA commands an impressive reputation, reflects latest management thinking and meets the most demanding standards: we’ll prepare you to do the same in your career.

Ours is one of the few MBAs in the country to be accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders. This means that you can apply for a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management at the end of your studies; it’s an invaluable additional qualification which helps towards achieving Chartered Manager status.

At an advanced and in-depth level, you’ll develop an understanding of how organisations work, how they are managed, and the changing external environments in which they operate. Alongside developing a keen awareness of how to improve business and management practice, you’ll learn how to evaluate the need for change and gain the skills to lead change.

During your studies with us, you'll cover various topics including:

Contemporary challenges in leadership and management
Markets, customers and marketing
Sustainable business operations
Improving financial performance
Leading, managing and developing people in the workplace
Strategic management
Business impact study
Independent study

For more information please visit our website

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This online International Hospitality Management MSc is the only online higher education Masters programme accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Read more
This online International Hospitality Management MSc is the only online higher education Masters programme accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

As the dynamic hospitality industry becomes increasingly complex, the importance of qualifications for those in management roles becomes key, calling for a more diverse range of skills and knowledge.

Designed to meet the needs of the dynamic international hospitality industry, this course will equip you with practical and relevant skills, which combined with your existing experience, can help you to advance your career within the industry.

Theory and skills for direct application

You’ll gain relevant, practical, and business-focused knowledge, which combined with an understanding of operational, tactical and strategic issues, and the necessary management tools, will allow you to apply theories directly to your workplace situation.

The programme is particularly suited to those already working within the industry, holding a related or unrelated undergraduate degree, and looking for a practical route to deepen their knowledge of the hospitality industry and build upon existing qualifications.

Interactive and practical learning

This online learning degree is specifically designed by our expert online tutors and contains plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype.

Supported learning

In addition to our academic teams, you’ll be appointed a dedicated online learner advisor who will support you on any non-academic issues throughout your course.

You’ll also benefit from many other university support services such as student wellbeing, eLibrary and resource centre, IT support and careers and employment service.

When can I start?

Choose from three start dates – January, May or September.

Visit our website to learn more.

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Put what you learn into practice with opportunities to undertake internships in local companies, working on real marketing projects to help contextualise your learning and improve future career prospects. Read more
• Put what you learn into practice with opportunities to undertake internships in local companies, working on real marketing projects to help contextualise your learning and improve future career prospects
• A residential course on leadership is included in the programme to equip you for your future career in marketing management
• You will learn from academics that have all worked in marketing and have the real-world experience to relate theory to practice.


The MSc Marketing Management is designed to familiarise you with core concepts and to practice these in safe but realistic business and marketing situations. It has been developed in conjunction with a range of widely respected international and local organisations with visits to companies to work on live projects as a marketing consultant featuring throughout your studies.

You will concentrate on the broad contextual aspects of marketing, further developing your knowledge and understanding. As your studies develop you will focus on creating and managing brands, and specialise in creating and implementing strategic marketing plans.

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Our Tourism Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. Read more
• Our Tourism Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• We are accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and are a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism - assuring you of our good industry links and reputation, and that our course provides you with the knowledge understanding, skills and experience to prepare you for a career in tourism
• Your campus is the inspirational Grade II* Devonshire Dome in the heart of the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for real world learning.

This specialised course will develop your understanding of planning and development, tourist behaviour, marketing, finance and strategy in the tourism industry, including festivals, heritage sites, urban cities and resorts.

You will have the opportunity to get engage in consultancy work and projects with a variety of tourism businesses and organisations such as Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Destination Marketing, Chatsworth House, Malta Tourism Authority, New Zealand Tourism and Research Institute (NZTRI), Botswana Tourism Authority, Novotel Hotels International and the Merlin entertainment group.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study whilst in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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