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Birmingham City University, Full Time MA Degrees in Business & Management

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The world of fashion is one of the globe’s fastest growing industries, as well as one of the most competitive. Our Fashion Management MA course equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager in this exciting industry. Read more
The world of fashion is one of the globe’s fastest growing industries, as well as one of the most competitive. Our Fashion Management MA course equips you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager in this exciting industry.

You will gain a technical understanding of the sector, combined with a solid foundation of management principles. Both of these qualities will help give you a winning edge that employers really value.

What's covered in the course?

We will help develop your overall understanding of the modern fashion industry, as well as the necessary skills for working in the sector.

The industry looks for passionate, knowledgeable people when it comes to employment, so with this in mind, we will give you valuable insights into the subject. You will look at the fashion supply chain, global fashion perspectives, ethical fashion and how brands are promoted, established and maintained, amongst others.

You will also be trained in marketing and communications, learning how to maximise market penetration and consumer value. You’ll sharpen your research skills to enable you to apply them to different product strategies, evaluating visual merchandising and how to product different fashions effectively.

Alongside gaining intricate knowledge of the fashion industry as a whole, you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a topic or subject of your choice.

Our course covers all the topics you’d need to become successful in the fashion business, from strategies that inform fashion marketing and branding, right up to articulating trend forecasting. This broad approach ensures when you will graduate you’ll be able to perform a number of roles in a competitive, worldwide industry.

Why Choose Us?

-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
-You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, helping you gain knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
-Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
-Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial positions.
-Study at our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which opened its doors in September 2015 and is a hub for our students, boasting state-of-the-art facilities, including a richly stocked library, a new Students’ Union and student support facilities.

Course Structure

Subject specific modules for this course include a lecture and seminar programme, a portfolio of concepts and treatments, research strategy, portfolio – short projects (management), and a major project / dissertation, where you can write about a subject you enjoy in much greater depth.

Theoretical concepts will be delivered in a lecture, followed by smaller group seminars based on case study analysis. Short, post-lesson ‘fact’ tests will be made available over Moodle, with discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of business and management.

You will study the course full-time for one year. Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, and it’ll take on various forms within the modules, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessments, exams and your final dissertation. Formative feedback will be provided by students through a combination of self-reflection and tutor and peer feedback.

Employability

The course generates career opportunities in fashion manufacturing and production, fashion studio management, fashion brand management, fashion supply chain management and research.

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

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On this Masters in Innovation Management, you’ll learn how to develop management strategies to facilitate the innovation process from concept to execution in an increasingly competitive business environment. Read more
On this Masters in Innovation Management, you’ll learn how to develop management strategies to facilitate the innovation process from concept to execution in an increasingly competitive business environment.

This course helps you to develop the skills and competencies of a manager, incorporating frameworks for reviewing, reflecting, analysing and critiquing existing individual and organisational practices.

What's covered in the course?

You will learn the principles of strategic thinking in the context of innovation and it will also equip you with the ability to manage the process financially. These will all be achieved through the continuous use of a cross cultural management lens, enabling you to work with innovative people, processes and products across cultural boundaries.

Why Choose Us?

-Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
-If your first language is not English, our course offers you the opportunity to develop a high level understanding of the international business language of English.
-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
-Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial and directorial positions.

Course in Depth

You’ll be trained to make important and crucial decisions, how to devise winning strategies and methods and how to use these skills across a range of disciplines.

You’ll learn how to evaluate and apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to the solution of business and management problems and will graduate with a solid understanding of innovation management and the ability to apply your knowledge to succeed in a competitive industry.

Employability

The rapid growth of emerging economies and the need for design and innovation leadership means graduates from the course will find opportunities to work in a wide range of manufacturing and the service sector roles.

The course generates careers opportunities for brand and design managers, business development managers, project management and creative directors.

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This is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at ambitious designers, and non-designers working in the design industry who want to develop their personal skills, and gain business and marketing insight. Read more

Summary

This is a multi-disciplinary programme aimed at ambitious designers, and non-designers working in the design industry who want to develop their personal skills, and gain business and marketing insight.

The curriculum has a professional focus and embraces business management, marketing, design strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, design leadership and design practice including project management, intellectual property law and finance.

Strong emphasis is placed on the development of evidence based decision making, high level leadership and communication skills.

Students can focus within their chosen area of specialisation and work-based learning students relate their study directly to the workplace, gaining credit for their work-based learning.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

PgCert: Research Methods; Professional Development; Business Perspectives; Design and Innovation Strategy.

PgDip: Leadership Project; Design Practice; Placement/Case study.

Master's: Major Project / Dissertation.

Assessment

Assessments are designed to be directly relevant to the design industry. The course provides continuous formative assessment via group and individual tutorial feedback. Summative assessment is based up on a combination of individual seminars, team presentations, industry standard reports, individual essays, team reports and briefings plus the final major project / dissertation.

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This course helps you explore how arts organisations, cultural spaces, and visual and performing arts projects are managed in different social, political and economic environments. Read more

Summary

This course helps you explore how arts organisations, cultural spaces, and visual and performing arts projects are managed in different social, political and economic environments.

You will strengthen your knowledge and awareness of arts policies in different regional, national and international circumstances while gaining advanced organisational and marketing skills. This prepares you for life as a professional project manager, a PhD researcher or to work in other career sequels.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules include: Strategic Marketing for the Arts; Managing Events and Projects; Research in Practice; Final Presentation or Dissertation.

Option modules are shared within the Art Based Masters Programme. These include Discourses in Art & Design, Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics, Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination, Social Practice in the Visual Arts, Photography as Research, Queer strategies and practices, Well-being and Mindfulness: Environment and Context, Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice, Arts Policy and Cultural Planning, Technical Methods, Workshop Practice and Learning and Small Arts Business Set Up.

Assessment

The emphasis on professional practice in teaching and the final project are intended to give the students practical experience in their chosen field of cultural activity and opportunities to network and deepen their understanding of how organisations, projects or events work; students complete essays, presentations and practical collaborative work.

Career Prospects

On completion of the course you will be more critically aware of the regional, national and international context in which arts organisations and projects operate. You will be able to pursue a career in managing arts organisations and spaces, working within a management team on large scale events and festivals or be a freelance arts project manager. Jobs might include gallery administrator, arts officer, theatre manager, festival administrator or manager of an arts organisation.

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This course has been designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers, marketers and distribution experts. Read more

Summary

This course has been designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers, marketers and distribution experts.

Graduates from this course have secured roles with companies including Film London (UK), Koch Media (Germany) and Gariza Films (Spain). Taught by a team including Oscar-nominated producer, Lee Thomas, and film industry marketing expert, Eugenio Triana, students will develop the strategic skills needed to apply new and emergent models of film financing, get to market and engage audiences in a competitive, fast changing, global entertainment business.

Course Modules

Your Audience
Film Distribution and Marketing
Film Financing and the Value Chain
Digital Departures
Project Management and Solutions
Project Development and Deployment
MA by Practice

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Full-time (Sept start). 12 months. On this innovative course students will develop the professional skills necessary for a successful events and exhibition management career. Read more

Course Duration:

Full-time (Sept start): 12 months

Summary:

On this innovative course students will develop the professional skills necessary for a successful events and exhibition management career.

This course has been developed with The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), meaning students will learn straight from top industry professionals. This course has a real emphasis on gaining practical skills and utilising your creativity.

Graduates have gone on to work for the NEC group, established event production companies both in the UK and abroad, and some have gone on to establish their own event management companies.

Modules:

Core modules inlcude;
The Events and Exhibtions Industry
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Exhibition Production
Production Lab
MA by Practice

Assessments:

The modules are assessed through presentations, reports and practical event management experience.

Employment Opportunity

With the core knowledge of theoretical approaches to the events and exhibitions industry that this MA will give you, you will leave set up for a successful career in the industry. You will have an understanding of scholarly and professional techniques, as well as the current intellectual challenges you will face in a role in events and exhibition management.

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Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in fashion communication and the promotion of fashion companies, goods, events and brands. Read more

Summary

Primarily vocational and practical, the course caters for those with career interests in fashion communication and the promotion of fashion companies, goods, events and brands. Students will be actively encouraged to take part in debates about the professional, educational, political and cultural implications of fashion promotion in modern societies around the world. The course encourages different research methods to investigate the branding and promotion of fashion through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity or public relations.

As a graduate, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to fashion promotion, as well as sophisticated marketing and advertising concepts.

The course focuses on ability to develop and manage project proposals and studies related to commercial fashion, fashion communication and fashion promotion. Students can adopt either an entrepreneurial, academic or creative approach to their studies.

Example projects include fashion magazines or blogs, plans for fashion businesses, marketing strategies. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant career planning and research. A series of topical lectures are provided exploring major theories and debates related to the world of fashion and textiles. These are followed by talks from industry practitioners.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules

Modules undertaken include: Portfolio Concepts and Treatments, Lecture and Seminar Programme, Research Strategy, Portfolio: Short Project, Portfolio, Major Project, Dissertation.

Assessment

The programme includes a mixture of practical projects and written work; students develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner; at each stage students also write reflective reports that encourage them to develop a critical and contextual framework within which to understand their practice and future career choices; students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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This course offers students the opportunity to explore the major theories and debates which dominate the study and practice of the beauty and cosmetics industries. Read more

Summary

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the major theories and debates which dominate the study and practice of the beauty and cosmetics industries. Students will be involved in blogging, social media, website development, entrepreneurship and brand development on this postgraduate degree.

The course encourages students to actively participate in debates about the professional, educational, political and cultural implications of beauty and cosmetics in modern societies around the world.

Students will also explore and use different research methods to investigate the branding and promotion of beauty services and cosmetics through marketing, advertising, events management, publicity or public relations.

This course will equip students with the latest knowledge, skills and resources to help them investigate areas of personal and work-based interest.

Students will develop their studies around personal career ambitions and enjoy visits to leading cosmetics and fashion events.

Graduates of the course will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to cosmetics branding and promotion, as well as sophisticated marketing and advertising concepts.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification. Each award is normally achieved within a 15 week study period (30 weeks for part-time students).

Modules

Stage 1 PgCert: Portfolio: Concepts and Treatments; Lecture and Seminar programme.

Stage 2 PgDip: Research Strategy; Portfolio: Short Projects.

Stage 3 Master's: Portfolio: Major project or dissertation.

Assessment

The course includes a mixture of practical projects and written work. Students will develop a portfolio of work that showcases their abilities and ideas and is executed and managed in a professional manner. At each stage, students will also write reflective reports that encourages development of a critical and contextual framework within which to understand individual practice and future career choices. Students are assessed using a mixture of tutorial reviews, project work submissions and oral exams.

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The global luxury sector continues to grow, with increasing profits for both well established and new brands. This course will address the specific challenges and opportunities of the luxury sector and is the perfect choice for students that see their future careers with premium, high-end and luxury brands. Read more

Course summary

The global luxury sector continues to grow, with increasing profits for both well established and new brands. This course will address the specific challenges and opportunities of the luxury sector and is the perfect choice for students that see their future careers with premium, high-end and luxury brands.

We enable you to become a confident leader and an innovative thinker, learning how to approach brands and decide their place within the market. You’ll learn how luxury brands are managed in the international marketplace, as well as looking at branding from producer and consumer perspectives.

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With jewellery design processes and consumer markets always changing, our course equips you with the latest skills, knowledge and awareness to succeed in such a niche, rewarding industry. Read more

Course summary

With jewellery design processes and consumer markets always changing, our course equips you with the latest skills, knowledge and awareness to succeed in such a niche, rewarding industry. You’ll be trained to become a manager within this competitive sector, possessing the skills needed to create effective strategies.

You will examine different marketing ideas to ensure each product becomes a success. The jewellery industry relies on expensive materials like gold and platinum, and you’ll explore how these materials represent symbolic dimensions of luxury.

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