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University of Central Lancashire, Full Time MA Degrees in Business & Management

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The MA Internship in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management offers students the opportunity to study core modules whilst enabling further academic preference towards either the tourism or hospitality and event management sector. Read more
The MA Internship in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management offers students the opportunity to study core modules whilst enabling further academic preference towards either the tourism or hospitality and event management sector. There is a strong focus upon employability within the service sector industries throughout the course and the management abilities required to work succeed in this demanding and dynamic industry. From the successful completion of studying principles and practice in tourism, hospitality and events and personal management development, the student progresses onto a specific period of internship within industry. Appropriate work experience upon which reflective practice may be gathered in any four different, yet complementary forms of independent student learning exists - each reliant upon the individuals specific knowledge, personal interest and independent/professional career goal. The four forms of industrial practice are; a period of work placement within industry, the opportunity to mentor/shadow key personnel, contribution to a specific consultancy initiative or involvement within an active project management scheme.

INDUSTRY LINKS

We have great links with a range of varied employers across the service sector, both within the UK and overseas. The School is a full member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and enjoys all the benefits of cross industry participation and employability support and guidance for students. In addition to this, we remain affiliated to the Association of Tourism in Higher Education – a tourism led body that both informs the curriculum and future developments across tourism education today.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Students will find the teaching and learning environment worthwhile and challenging. The learning environment is organised to ensure that key concepts, theories, and where appropriate, practices relevant to management in the tourism and hospitality industry form a central role in teaching and learning.

Throughout the programme students will engage in a range of learning activities including lectures, seminars, tourism management-related projects, presentations, group work and many more.

Assessment on each of the module(s) is designed to maximise the students’ learning in relation to subject-specific knowledge and personal ability to use problem-solving skills within a real working environment. Additional inter-personal skills include communication, teamwork and active learning shared with others. Assessment types include reports, essays, oral and multi-media presentations, debates and a management consultancy dissertation.

PROGRAMME AIMS

-Develop your ability to critically assess knowledge and understanding of tourism, hospitality and event management theory within a vocational context and improve business and management practices within the tourism, hospitality and event management industry
-Prepare and develop you for a career in tourism, hospitality and event management or a related occupation by developing professional and transferable skills
-Extend your applied and critical understanding of the management issues underpinning the study of hospitality, events and related areas

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The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. Read more
The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies.

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme also enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and study CIMA through the Master’s Gateway route.

The Master’s Gateway route involves sitting CIMA’s Gateway exam/ Management Case Study Exam. (The content of the MA in Accounting and Finance programme prepares you to sit this examination during the course). Once you have passed this three hour exam, you’ll be granted 12 exam exemptions from the certificate, operational and management levels and you’ll also gain the intermediary award ‘CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You can then start studying the strategic level of CIMA’s Professional Qualification and work towards completing it to gain the full Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The Accounting & Finance MA Programme enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route.

The Accounting & Finance MA programme prepares and enables you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing the one three hour examination allows you to claim 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA ‘Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting’.

You then only need to sit and pass 3 strategic level examinations, the case study, and fulfil the work based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership.

Many of our Accounting and Finance staff have extensive industry experience through working in the private and public sectors and third sector organisations. Our academics have also gained advanced qualifications at some of the leading academic institutions in the world and are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Gateway Exam focused programme to enable students to gain CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting whilst studying for the MA in Accounting and Finance.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Assessment by means of examinations, coursework and practical assignments.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Accounting & Finance MA programme offers you the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills in the area of Accounting, Finance and Financial Management through a structured and focused programme of academic studies. The MA in Accounting & Finance is linked to and approved by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

We seek to enable our graduates to gain a competitive edge in pursuing managerial, management consultancy and professional careers in accounting and finance and to make an outstanding contribution to the performance of their employing organisations.

The Programme builds on our reputation for providing employer-relevant postgraduate education in business and management and finance and addresses the development of those key skills that are sought by employers throughout the world.

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MA Music Industry Management & Promotion is designed to facilitate the commercial exploitation of music related activities and is suitable both for aspiring music business people and for music creators who wish to manage their own careers. Read more
MA Music Industry Management & Promotion is designed to facilitate the commercial exploitation of music related activities and is suitable both for aspiring music business people and for music creators who wish to manage their own careers. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Students will combine their academic studies with industrial experience, including activities at the Factory 251 venue in Manchester, providing contact with significant industry figures connected with this culturally important company.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The University has established good links with theatres and arts organisations across the North West including the New Continental in Preston, the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, hÅb in Manchester, the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, and LANWest as well as other arts venues in the region. The School has in the past hosted a number of visiting artists and companies of national and international standing.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

All practical classes are delivered in the Media Factory which houses three fully equipped theatres as well as sound recording studios, film and photography studios and a range of music rehearsal rooms and seminar spaces. Lectures take place in purpose built suites which are equipped with digital projection facilities. The programme is taught by professional artists and theatre practitioners who are established leaders in their own field.

It is intrinsic to the course to engage in "real world", professional domain, industrial projects. Some of these activities are initiated by the course tutors however, as part of the curriculum, students are encouraged to identify and develop their own projects that resonate with their individual professional aspirations and career goals. Such activities provide exposure to people and organisations outside the university, hence providing the opportunity to develop extensive networks of contacts and professional relationships that may prove useful on completion of the course.

FURTHER INFORMATION

On this course you will study current practice in the music industry, both in the recording industry and in media and live events. You will consider different business models within the industry and look at the way creative products are marketed and promoted. You will engage with the key issue being confronted by the industry; the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace. You will undertake research into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of rapid technological change in the creative industries.

The course will also give you the opportunity to engage with music industry practice at a professional level and in industrial context. Working on and contributing to field based commercial projects under the direction of an experienced industrial practitioner will enable you to gain hands on experience of a range of Music Industry activities and develop your practical and interpersonal skills. It will also provide a vantage point for in depth reflection on Music Industry practices and a chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.

One of the significant distinct advantages that distinguishes this course from others is the supported engagement in real world professional activities. On completion of the program each student will have worked on a number of projects affording them important experience of key music business activities and numerous items to add to their portfolio of professional experience.

Tutor initiated projects include the generation, release and promotion of a compilation album, and the construction, management and promotion of live music event activity at Factory251, Manchester. Additional projects and experiential learning opportunities are sourced throughout the program duration.

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MA Intercultural Business Communication will be of interest to those wishing to work in careers related to, or who have already worked in international business and management contexts. Read more
MA Intercultural Business Communication will be of interest to those wishing to work in careers related to, or who have already worked in international business and management contexts. It will also be relevant to those who wish to become more successful in understanding communication or who are cultural specialists in their own professions.

The postgraduate course raises awareness of theories of communication, culture, language and society and their applications in business interactions. The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s three principal components: emphasis on intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related contexts in International Business; multi-disciplinary pathways; and Research Training.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

You will receive input from a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module.

COURSE OUTLINE

You have to complete a total of nine modules of which the Dissertation or Work Placement Project (based on a work placement of at least 6 weeks) are triple modules. Four modules are taught-core compulsory modules and two are option modules.

OPPORTUNITIES

At the end of the course, you will have acquired knowledge and understanding of principles and theories of communication, language, culture and society; developed an awareness of how cultural differences can create conflict; and learned skills for undertaking independent research.

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MA Music Industry Management and Promotion is intended for people who wish to work within the music industry. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Read more
MA Music Industry Management and Promotion is intended for people who wish to work within the music industry. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Students will combine their academic studies with a placement in a commercial music industry institution working on real world projects. The course offers industrial experience which will involve working in the Factory 251 venue in Manchester, providing contact with significant industry figures connected with this culturally important company. Alternatively, it may be open to students to use their own current industry work to satisfy the work experience element if appropriate.

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The course is designed for clinicians and managers in the UK health care system. It provides a blend of up to date management theory and techniques with health service management policy and practice. Read more
The course is designed for clinicians and managers in the UK health care system. It provides a blend of up to date management theory and techniques with health service management policy and practice. It will include a focus on core topics such as: health policy, strategy making, managing organisational change, leadership, and human resource management. You will be encouraged to develop critical awareness, analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to apply these to the health care context.

The course will be particularly relevant to the needs of individuals with some managerial experience, interested in applying the results of their study to their own practice and organisation. The programme is delivered by a mix of short lectures, case studies, discussion groups and experiential learning methods. The programme uses a variety of work based assessments, including case studies, assignments, reports, projects and student presentations.

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The MA Sports Coaching degree is the new programme developed to support the strategic objectives outlined in the UK Coaching Framework. Read more
The MA Sports Coaching degree is the new programme developed to support the strategic objectives outlined in the UK Coaching Framework. Sports Coach UK have provided the strategy for the UK to be considered the number one coaching system in the World by 2016. Our challenge is to support this and produce postgraduates with a high degree of knowledge and understanding so that they can challenge and innovate their own coaching practice. This will require knowledge of leadership, communication, pedagogy, allied sport sciences and relevant management principles. Students will be afforded the opportunity to work in an environment relevant to their developmental needs.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to speak to students within the modules on this course.

This represents a valuable opportunity for students to meet potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry. For example, we have had guest lectures given by representatives of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Lancashire Football Association, The Rugby Football League and Preston City Council.

The MA Sports coaching also benefits from a number of unique opportunities within the school. Within the school there are strong links with The Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP) which is Chaired and Directed by David Collins. The school is also responsible the delivery for the PGDip in Elite Coaching (UKCC Level 4 Coach Education: Pentium Group). As both ICAP and PGDip are central to the school there are a number of opportunities to share current research and practice from within the elite coaching environment.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

All face-to-face delivery will use several types of media to encourage learning. The main vehicles will be through seminars, debates, practical workshops and problem-based learning. This will be supported with some electronic learning activities and resources. Those who choose the blended mode of delivery will be taught through a combination of interactive electronic learning activities and face-to-face delivery on residential blocks (for example weekends).

The use of guest speakers on the course is designed to facilitate networking opportunities for students to meet with potential employers.

Every effort will be made to apply theory to practice, and in some cases, practice to theory. There will be a requirement for independent learning throughout the programme, culminating in the Dissertation.

There are no examinations on this course. Every effort has been made to ensure that assessments are relevant to the coaching sector. For example, coach reports, case study reports, debates, critical reflections and presentations are used throughout the programme.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The full-time MA in Sports Coaching course is a 12 month programme comprising three parts. The first two parts are the taught element and the final part is the research element. The taught element focuses on key aspects of sports coaching. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in consultancy or sport-specific placement. For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a nine month period starting in October. Part-time students will normally attend on a one day per week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the programme, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Sports Coaching.

Students wishing to complete the MA in Sports Coaching must complete the research element. The research element comprises a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the three months that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students complete this during the course of an academic session.

An integral part of the course is the Consultancy Project, which is an opportunity for students to work on a “live” sports coaching / coaching science project for an external client, agreed using a project specification negotiated between the student, client and academic supervisor.

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Community sport development is one of the most vibrant and expanding areas of the sport and leisure industry. This course will develop students’ understanding of community development through sport in both a UK and international context. Read more
Community sport development is one of the most vibrant and expanding areas of the sport and leisure industry. This course will develop students’ understanding of community development through sport in both a UK and international context. Particular focus is given to developing a critical awareness of the role of sport in delivering key social policy agendas. Students will be encouraged to analyse the use of sport in this context and consider innovative approaches when using sport as a community development vehicle. Through a varied and stimulating curriculum students will be provided with the professional skills and knowledge to work in this challenging field. The course will particularly appeal to those possessing an undergraduate degree in sports studies, sports development and sport and / or leisure management but will also be suitable to students from non-sport disciplines. Existing professionals in the sport and leisure industry can also enhance their qualifications through this course.

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The MA in Marketing and PR offers you the opportunity to gain both the essential knowledge of marketing and PR theory and practice and its application in a real world context. Read more
The MA in Marketing and PR offers you the opportunity to gain both the essential knowledge of marketing and PR theory and practice and its application in a real world context. The course focuses on skills required to take on a specialist role in marketing and/or PR in a variety of organisations. Specifically the MA programme aims to enable you to develop your capability to build successful marketing and PR careers in a rapidly changing business environment and develop your ability to integrate marketing and PR knowledge and practice in different contexts to improve your own marketing and PR practice. It also develops your understanding of different domains of knowledge from a range of perspectives in the study and practice of marketing and PR in both domestic and international contexts. The course will provide you with an in-depth and intellectually challenging study of marketing and PR at a postgraduate level, whilst encouraging independent judgement.

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The MA Internship in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management offers students the opportunity to study core modules whilst enabling further academic preference towards either the tourism or hospitality and event management sector. Read more
The MA Internship in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management offers students the opportunity to study core modules whilst enabling further academic preference towards either the tourism or hospitality and event management sector. There is a strong focus upon employability within the service sector industries throughout the course and the management abilities required to work succeed in this demanding and dynamic industry. From the successful completion of studying principles and practice in tourism, hospitality and events and personal management development, the student progresses onto a specific period of internship within industry. Appropriate work experience upon which reflective practice may be gathered in any four different, yet complementary forms of independent student learning exists - each reliant upon the individuals specific knowledge, personal interest and independent/professional career goal. The four forms of industrial practice are; a period of work placement within industry, the opportunity to mentor/shadow key personnel, contribution to a specific consultancy initiative or involvement within an active project management scheme.

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