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Southampton Solent University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Business & Management

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Do you work for an international business? Would you like to improve your employment or promotion prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Business Management programme can equip you with the broad range of decision making, critical thinking and people management skills required to become a well-rounded and globally aware business executive. Read more

Do you work for an international business? Would you like to improve your employment or promotion prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Business Management programme can equip you with the broad range of decision making, critical thinking and people management skills required to become a well-rounded and globally aware business executive.

Southampton Solent University’s international business management master's programme focuses on genuine industry insight and practical workplace skills. Our expert teaching team maintain strong links with industry professionals, giving students access to guest lectures, live assessment briefs and work placements.

The course itself covers three main themes: personal management development, applied contemporary international management theory, and management research. Individual units are designed to prepare students for the everyday challenges of decision-making and leadership roles. 

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. 

What does this course lead to?

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

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

  • HR Manager 
  • Financial Consultant 
  • Purchasing Coordinator 
  • Project Developer 
  • Account Manager.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those working in international business who wish to progress their career and improve employment prospects, whether it’s within their own organisation or looking for a new challenge.

What you will study

The course covers three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development 
  • This unit will support you in articulating your individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership 
  • A unit to provide skills leadership support for the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary International Management Theory

  • International Management in Context 
  • This unit will provide you with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager in the international arena.
  • Organisational Development 
  • This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • International Business Issues and Practice 
  • This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by international organisations, preparing you for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in your career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods 
  • This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project, but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • International Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project 
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report with an international focus.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere. You will have gained experience and knowledge through live briefs, case studies and guest speakers. The course is also recognised by the Chartered Management Institute, giving you a great opportunity to be part of a professional membership.

Industry links

Where appropriate, you’ll have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This could involve case studies and live briefs (working on a real project with an industry client).

Placements

Full-time students have the opportunity to complete a work placement. This may form the basis of their final research project.



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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. Read more

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.

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. 

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.

What does this course lead to?

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere. Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

  • HR manager
  • Financial consultant
  • Purchasing coordinator
  • Project developer
  • Account manager.

Who is this course for?

The CMI-recognised master’s degree in management is suited to professionals who are looking to progress their management career within their current organisation or elsewhere.

The flexible delivery of the course makes it ideal for those who wish to study around their work commitments.

What you will study

The course focuses on three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development:

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development (CPD) 
  • This unit will support students in articulating their individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership 
  • A unit to provide skills support for the leader in the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary Management Theory

  • Management in Context 
  • This unit will provide the student with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager.
  • Organisational Development 
  • This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • Business Issues and Practice 
  • This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by organisations, preparing students for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in their career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods 
  • This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project 
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Postgraduate business management courses at Solent are recognised by the Chartered Management Institute and you have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.



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Ready to take your career to the next level? Southampton Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. Read more

Ready to take your career to the next level? Southampton Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. You will study different methodologies, techniques and processes of project management and the chance to gain professional qualifications such as PRINCE2® and Agile Project Management™ (Foundation and Practitioner level)*.

The course is split into eight distinct units, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification. To find out more about the content of each specific unit, please see the ‘course content’ tab.

As well as helping to equip students with specialised project management skills, the course also encourages the development of leadership abilities, financial acumen and people management techniques. Students will gain a general understanding of governance, develop management accounting skills, and explore the methodology behind the world’s most popular project management qualification, PRINCE2®.

Students will also examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to deliver a project effectively, explore the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership, and learn the Agile Project Management methodology, specifically the proven DSDM Atern framework.

*Subject to Solent University professional course guidelines, for example passing Solent's mock exams. 

What does this course lead to?

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Anderson Economic Group, 1.5m additional project management roles will be created globally every year until 2020. Following this course, you will be well placed for a variety of careers in a wide variety of sectors.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for project management professionals who wish to enable the enhancement of their career in project management with a higher-level qualification.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

The MSc Project Management course is delivered by a team of academics with strong links to the project management profession and the wider industry. The course content aligns with requirements for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) Body of Knowledge and the University has strong links to APMG-International, ensuring the course team and students are kept fully up to date with current trends in project management. This will put you in an excellent position to start, or further, a career in project management.

Industry links

This course has input from the Association of Project Management (APM) and is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge. The University also has strong links with APMG-International to identify current trends in project management.



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Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s International Maritime Business master’s programme aims to leave graduates well-equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, both in the UK and internationally. Read more

Keen to learn more about the business of maritime? With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, Southampton Solent’s International Maritime Business master’s programme aims to leave graduates well-equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, both in the UK and internationally.

This stimulating and intellectually challenging course helps to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully within the international maritime industry.

The course has a strong business focus and explores the complex factors involved in the management of ships and shipping operations worldwide. Students will also reflect on the key aspects of maritime law, operations and risk management techniques and look at the impact of international trade on management strategies in the industry.

Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

What does this course lead to?

With a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, our graduates are well equipped for careers in ship management or port operations/management, either in the UK or internationally.

Our graduates have pursued a variety of careers in organisations such as BP; The Baltic Exchange; DHL; Grimaldi Group; IKEA; Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Rio Tinto; Royal Caribbean International and Transport Malta.

Who is this course for?

This Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers-accredited course will enable maritime professionals or recent maritime or shipping graduates to progress their career or diversify into ship management or port operations/management.

What you will study

Core units:

  • Maritime Management
  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • International Trade and Commercial Law
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Finance and Business Risk
  • Research Methods and Proposal

Project:

  • Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems to lead changes in policy or practices. You’ll develop these skills by identifying, planning and implementing research in your chosen area, and analysing and communicating the findings.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • General and project management roles within relevant maritime organisations and businesses.
  • Ship and shipping company management.
  • Marine accident investigation.
  • Marine business development manager. 
  • Voyage operations manager.
  • Port development manager.
  • Marine client manager.
  • Charterer.
  • Vessel operator.

Industry links

You will be taught by a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry. You’ll also have access to first-rate industry-standard facilities in and around Southampton. We have designed the course in conjunction with maritime industry representatives to ensure that you graduate with the necessary work-based skills to enhance your career prospects.



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Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects. Read more

Got an undergraduate finance degree? Looking to advance your career in accountancy or corporate finance? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping you to improve your employment or promotion prospects.

Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Accounting and Finance programme combines academic theory and practical application, helping students to understand the impact of accounting information on business performance, stock markets and corporate finance. It is also designed to prepare our graduates for essential professional accreditation.

Students study financial accounting and corporate finance, exploring their contribution to the strategic development of organisations through real-world examples and case studies. Students will also cover contemporary global issues in accountancy and finance, preparing them well for careers with multinational businesses.

The curriculum is taught by lecturers with professional qualifications and industry experience. This helps them to teach academic theory alongside practical application, enriching the student experience and ensuring that graduates understand how the skills they have learnt relate to ‘real world’ practise.

The accountancy, finance and economics tutoring team have significant experience of delivering postgraduate, professional accountancy and finance units. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible.

What does this course lead to?

The MSc International Accounting and Finance will provide a foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance. It has been specifically designed to be a stepping stone to professional qualifications in accounting. 

Students will graduate in a good position to pursue chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant status.

Who is this course for?

Specifically designed as a stepping stone to professional accountancy qualifications, this course is ideal for those with a business or accounting undergraduate degree who wish to further progress their career in accountancy or corporate finance.

What you will study

Year one

Core units

  • Risk, Governance and Ethics
  • Financial Strategy
  • Financial Aspects of Decisions (Strategic Management Accounting)
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Strategy and Performance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Project.

Plus one of the following options:

  • Taxation
  • Finance in Context
  • Current Issues in International Accounting and Finance
  • Financial Risk Management.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

  • Auditing
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Financial management
  • Tax 
  • Corporate finance 
  • Consultancy.

Industry links

Solent's strong links with industry help provide students with access to live briefs, case studies and guest speakers. Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insight.

All members of the course team have professional qualifications (chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant) and connections with the various professional bodies of which they are members.

Placements

The course team runs two employability weeks for students interested in careers in accounting and finance, with visiting speakers from over a dozen individuals and organisations. Students will also be encouraged to enter various business competitions and attend industry events.



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Over 90 per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, making shipping and shipping logistics a vital part of world trade. Read more

Over 90 per cent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, making shipping and shipping logistics a vital part of world trade. Southampton Solent University’s international shipping and logistics master’s degree will help you develop the key skills and knowledge required to tap into this exciting, global industry.

Shipping managers in the current marketplace need to understand all aspects of international supply chain management. As the shipping industry evolves towards an integrated, multimodal, door-to-door logistics approach, such knowledge becomes increasingly important. 

Southampton Solent’s intellectually challenging international shipping and logistics master’s degree is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge sought after by employers within this dynamic industry. The units studied during the course aim to enable students to develop a detailed understanding of the operations and strategies of shipping as a single transport mode within the context of international multimodal logistics.

To complement their studies, past students have had the opportunity to visit key maritime organisations, such as the ports of Southampton, Antwerp and Rotterdam, the International Maritime Organization and the Baltic Exchange. Some of these visits were funded outside of the course fees.

Recently, Southampton Solent University launched the China Centre (Maritime) with the key aim of growing a number of strong links with industry and with maritime universities in China, allowing the University to be at the forefront of international research and global trade developments.

What does this course lead to?

With a mix of theoretical and practical skills, our graduates are well equipped for careers in maritime business, logistics and/or supply chain management, either in the UK or internationally.

There are further study opportunities are available through a developing PhD programme within the school.

Who is this course for?

This master’s degree is suited to maritime professionals who wish to progress their shipping and logistics career, or for those with a business background who are looking to move into the global shipping or logistics industries.

What you will study

Core units

  • Maritime Management
  • International Maritime Law
  • Maritime Operations and Transport
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Research Methods and Proposal
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operational Risk Management

Project:

  • Maritime professionals need to be skilled in identifying and analysing problems to lead changes in policy or practices. You’ll develop these skills by identifying, planning and implementing research in your chosen area, and analysing and communicating the findings.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wi-fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

Our graduates have pursued a variety of careers in organisations such as:

  • BP
  • The Baltic Exchange
  • DHL
  • Grimaldi Group
  • IKEA
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
  • Rio Tinto
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Transport Malta.

Industry links

Taught by both academics and a highly skilled team with wide-ranging experience in the maritime industry, the course has been designed in conjunction with key maritime industry organisations to enable students to graduate with the necessary knowledge and work-based skills that will enhance their career prospects.



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Solent’s MSc Marketing will help prepare you for a leadership role in the contemporary world of marketing. You’ll build skills in strategic planning, service delivery and customer relationships with a focus on content marketing in a global context. Read more

Solent’s MSc Marketing will help prepare you for a leadership role in the contemporary world of marketing. You’ll build skills in strategic planning, service delivery and customer relationships with a focus on content marketing in a global context.

The marketing industry is fast-moving, dynamic - it must respond and adapt to changing customer needs. Digital story-telling is becoming more and more central for brands. Social and mobile channels offer many opportunities for content and engagement. They deliver detailed analytics to help practitioners develop and evaluate marketing plans. The course explores the relationship between paid, owned, earned, and shared media, as well as the traditional marketing roles in an increasingly agile world.

Graduates with creative and digital skills can tap into and help drive the importance of content. Predicted trends include the central importance of mobile, the need for content - in particular, visual and user-generated content - and the growth of social channels. All driven by the visualisation of ‘big data’.

As a student on this course, you’ll have the opportunity to work within Solent Creatives, Solent’s in-house agency. Here, you’ll work on live client briefs to build relevant industry experience. You’ll also be encouraged to collaborate with students on related courses through shared units. 

What does this course lead to?

This course will help prepare you for leadership roles in a marketing environment. Graduates could pursue roles such as account executive, marketing executive, market researcher, communications coordinator, media buyer and creative leader. 

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who wish to further delve into the specifics of marketing with a focus on content and strategy. Candidates should have a relevant honours degree and should expect to attend an interview.

What you will study

Year one

Teaching period one:

  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing 
  • Strategic Marketing

Teaching period two:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Research Methods
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Teaching period three:

  • Masters Project

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

This course will help prepare you for leadership roles in a marketing environment. Graduates could pursue roles such as account executive, marketing executive, market researcher, communications coordinator, media buyer and creative leader. 

Industry links

Students participate in live client briefs in most units. For the Professional Practice unit, students must undertake a work placement or freelance project. Students who are in work while taking the course have the opportunity to adapt the topic of their assignments in several units to suit the needs of their employers.

Previous students on Solent’s marketing courses have benefitted from talks by guest speakers from Google, M&C Saatchi, Mathy & Fran, and Campbell Rowley during the Professional Practice unit.

Placements

For the Professional Practice unit, students must undertake a placement, project or other experiential learning opportunities as part of a reflective assessment. This must have a focus on industry analysis and personal development planning. The nature and duration of the project is negotiated with the course leader.



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In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking… Read more

In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking architectural project management master’s degree is designed to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to manage both the design and construction stages of complex buildings, while dealing effectively with the technological challenges in the building industry.

An architectural project manager ensures projects are designed and built on time and to budget while protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations and sustainability standards and benchmarks. Using current knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to produce these specialist managers equipped with the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and internationally.

During your studies you’ll apply the same tools and techniques used by the construction industry and learn the most up-to-date procurement routes to gain the skills to be able to deal with risks arising from liabilities of contracting parties. The programme will help you demonstrate a good understanding of Building Information Management (BIM), and you’ll employ advanced design techniques coupled with knowledge of project management at both a technical and strategic level to produce high-quality designs that meet the industry’s environmental requirements.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to rethink design processes using value management principles. The course also places great emphasis on sustainable design, and you’ll use the internationally recognised environmental and sustainability assessment methods BREEAM and LEED for planning projects, buildings and infrastructure.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

What does this course lead to?

Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies, including contractors, developers, architectural practices, and building owners.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to those from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines who wish to learn and apply project management principles in an architecture and construction environment. Candidates must submit a portfolio and should be prepared to attend an interview for enrolment. 

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue roles such as project manager, design manager, sustainability champion, strategic advisor, BIM manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of building projects. The course could also lead to further research opportunities at PhD level.

Industry links

Students will benefit from the extensive and established links staff have within industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the University’s architecture and construction programmes by providing real-world-based projects, guest lectures, and site visits.



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