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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and International Business course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and International Business course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager. You’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, understanding international cultural differences, and managing and motivating staff in businesses on an international scale.

You will experience working in internationally diverse student team based projects collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports and presentations as part of module assessments reflecting the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

What's covered in the course?

Initially in the first stage, you will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly diverse cultural context.

During the second stage of your course, you will begin to explore the complexity of international operations management integrated with corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the role of innovation.You’ll be taught international strategy while also developing your research skills in preparation for your major project.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options;
-A work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer;
-A ‘consultancy project’ option where you find a client who has an international business problem that you feel you can solve;
-A traditional dissertation involving an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international business using primary research.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of International Business tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination. Previous projects have involved International marketing strategy, global supply chain management in the food sector and sustainability issues in the sourcing of cotton.

Why Choose Us?

-You will develop fundamental skills in business management while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the complex and challenging field of international business operations.
-On graduating you will receive an industry recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
-You will work alongside a diverse range of international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers from a range of diverse cultures from Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America .
-You will have the opportunity to visit a leading service or manufacturing company to gain insight into the complexity of real world global operations, such as Jaguar Land Rover.
-You will be supported with Business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.
-You’ll be taught by highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience of a range of management and international business roles.

Other admission requirements

Entry on to Stage Two
-A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage

Entry on to Stage Three
-A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits)* in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance or marketing).
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.
-Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits)* and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.

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The Management and Entrepreneurship MSc is a challenging but highly rewarding pathway that will provide an innovative gateway into starting your own business, as well as helping you develop a legitimate business plan that you can use to start your company. Read more
The Management and Entrepreneurship MSc is a challenging but highly rewarding pathway that will provide an innovative gateway into starting your own business, as well as helping you develop a legitimate business plan that you can use to start your company. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and Entrepreneurship course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful entrepreneur.

You will work in internationally diverse student teams, collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports, reflecting the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential, and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

What's covered in the course?

At Stage One you’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, developing core skills in key areas, including finance, people management, operations and marketing. You will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses, to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly culturally diverse business context.

Stage Two develops your specialist knowledge, understanding and skills via the New Venture Creation module which specifically focuses on the applied aspects of entrepreneurial activity. In parallel, you will also learn about strategic management and develop your skills in research practice to prepare for your major project.

The Stage Three module of Entrepreneurship in Practice is a lecture and seminar series of specialist topics giving real world practical insights into entrepreneurship practice. You will explore critical issues faced by entrepreneurs, such as entrepreneurship capital, buying a business, succession planning and start-up marketing. You will be given the option to develop your business concept into a substantial piece of research and business plan via the Entrepreneurship Project module. You will be able to self-appraise and reflect on your entrepreneurship skills at all three stages of the programme.

Why Choose Us?

-You will develop fundamental skills in business management, while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you develop your own business idea as an entrepreneur.
-You will have the opportunity to create a truly unique business model using the latest entrepreneurial tools and techniques, while still receiving a thorough grounding in the business fundamentals of finance, marketing, operations, people management and strategy.
-On graduating you will receive an industry recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
-You will work alongside a diverse range of international students, giving you an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on your business idea by your peers from a range of diverse cultures, such as Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America.
-You will receive expert tuition and mentoring from tutors, who have a range of practical experience in starting up and developing small to medium sized businesses.

Employability

You’ll have the opportunity to:
-Take part in a funded company visit to a leading company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world.
-Choose to deliver a work-based study project or consultancy project in the final stage of the course using a current employer or a client you find yourself.
-Seek support and engage with events and activities provided by Birmingham City University’s careers service.
-Take part in Birmingham City University’s Graduate Plus scheme.
-Receive employment advice and support via your Personal Tutor.

Our graduates have obtained employment in management positions, or have set up their own successful businesses. Former students are employed in managerial positions across the globe, including land management (Kenya), manufacturing (China), HR (Germany), finance (Canada), insurance (France) and teaching (India, UK and Sri Lanka). You’ll learn new perspectives on a changing business world, enabling you to provide employers with relevant and cutting-edge information. The research skills you develop doing your Major Project will also look good on your CV.

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’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

Other admission requirements

Entry to Stage Two
-A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.

Entry to Stage Three
-A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.
-Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits) and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.

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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and Finance course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager in the finance sector. Read more
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and Finance course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager in the finance sector. You’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, developing core skills in managerial finance and managing and motivating staff in businesses on an international scale.

What's covered in the course?

Initially in the first stage, you will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly diverse cultural context.

During the second stage of your course, you will explore international financial management, including international investment strategies, Capital Asset Pricing and the financial aspects of national and international merger and acquisitions. You’ll learn how to navigate the risks of foreign exchange rates and the intricacies of dividend policy theory and practice for international firms.

You’ll be taught international business strategy while also developing your research skills in preparation for your major project. In addition to the Major project, you will also study both personal and institutional portfolio management, covering key areas such as shares, bonds, property chattels and commodities, and fund management principles and issues.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options:
-A work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer;
-A consultancy project option, where you find a client who has an international business problem that you feel you can solve;
-A traditional dissertation involving an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international business using primary research.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of finance, tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination.

You will work in internationally diverse student teams, collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports, reflecting the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential, and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

Why Choose Us?

-You will develop fundamental skills in business management while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the complex and challenging field of finance.
-On graduating you will receive an industry-recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
-You will work alongside a diverse range of international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers from a range of diverse cultures from Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America.
-You will have the opportunity to visit a leading financial services organisation such as the London Stock Exchange to gain insight into the complexity of real world global financial operations.
-You will be supported with Business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.

Course Structure

The course runs for 12 months (full-time, September start) and is split into three stages, each lasting at least 10 weeks. Assessment is of a practical nature, including assignments, reports, presentations and examinations.

Each module consists a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, online interactive activities and assessments. Typically each module is taught on a weekly basis during term time, consisting of three hours per module per week split into one, two or three-hour sessions. A total of 9 contact hours per week is typical over a 10 week period for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 3 will consist of three hours of contact time per week, supplemented with project supervision meetings as and when required for the Major Project.

Each 20-credit module is designed to require 200 hours of study, of which 30 hours or more will be via direct contact with module tutors. The remaining time will consist of independent learning, which will be structured with guidance from the module tutor to incorporate activities such as online learning, reading and group or team based work.

Emphasis will be placed on the group as a resource for learning. There will be group discussion of practical management situations and problems, making use of case studies, problem situations and scenarios and, where relevant, the participants' own experiences.

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of your learning process, enhancing and demonstrating your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided to you through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessment, examinations and the dissertation or project. You may be required to defend the dissertation or project through a viva, drawing on the skills developed in the programme.

All of our Management pathways have professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as ensuring the courses are relevant and cutting edge, it means you will receive a CMI QCF Level 7 Certificate in addition to the Master’s degree upon graduating.

You will be provided with CMI membership for the duration of the course, benefitting from full access to Management Direct, CMI’s market-leading online support tool for managers and leaders. You’ll also be eligible for the CMI’s mentoring scheme and have the opportunity to attend events, helping you network and create industry links.

Employability

You’ll have the opportunity to:
-Take part in a funded company visit to a leading company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world.
-Choose to deliver a work-based study project or consultancy project in the final stage of the course using a current employer or a client you find yourself.
-Seek support and engage with events and activities provided by Birmingham City University’s careers service.
-Take part in Birmingham City University’s Graduate Plus scheme.
-Receive employment advice and support via your Personal Tutor.

Our graduates have obtained employment in management positions, or have set up their own successful businesses. Former students are employed in managerial positions across the globe, including land management (Kenya), manufacturing (China), HR (Germany), finance (Canada), insurance (France) and teaching (India, UK and Sri Lanka). You’ll learn new perspectives on a changing business world, enabling you to provide employers with relevant and cutting-edge information. The research skills you develop doing your Major Project will also look good on your CV.

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’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

Other admission requirements

Entry to Stage Two
-A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship).
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.

Entry to Stage Three
-A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.
-Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits) and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.

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Accredited by both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), our MSc Management and Marketing course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful manager and marketer. Read more
Accredited by both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), our MSc Management and Marketing course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful manager and marketer. You will learn how to negotiate the challenges and issues that international businesses face, as well as having the option to learn how to become adept at marketing.

You will experience working in internationally diverse, team-based projects, collaborating to deliver professional reports and presentations as part of module assessments. These assessments will reflect the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

What's covered in the course?

You will learn about the fundamental principles of business within a global context, principles that cover finance, operations, marketing and people management. This will enable you to develop key skills in leadership, managerial decision making and problem solving.

In the second stage of your course, you will begin to develop your chosen specialist expertise. You will establish the importance and impact of efficient marketing, developing the skills and insights of a successful marketing manager. Customers are at the heart of every business, and marketing places you at the centre of corporate strategy and its application. You’ll become knowledgeable in knowing how to make a company stand out from the competition, developing innovative brand and communications plans, while also developing skills in digital marketing in the final stage of the course.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options - a work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer, or a ‘consultancy project’ option where you find a client who has a marketing problem that you feel you can solve; or a traditional dissertation involving both the theory and practice of marketing.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of marketing, tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination. Previous projects have involved fashion branding, customer relationship management in the finance sector and customer loyalty within sports marketing.

Why Choose Us?

-You’ll be taught by highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience in a range of management and marketing roles, including international marketing, marketing management, digital marketing and marketing consultancy.
-You will develop fundamental skills in business management, while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the exciting and dynamic marketing profession.
-On graduating you will receive an industry-recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as receiving the maximum possible number of exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)’s Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing
-You will work alongside a diverse range of international students, creating an exciting atmosphere and a range of ideas.
-You will have the opportunity to visit a leading service or manufacturing company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, helping you gain insight into the complexity of real-world global operations.
-You will be supported with business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.

Course Structure

The course runs for 12 months (full-time, September start) and is split into three stages, each lasting at least 10 weeks. Assessment is of a practical nature, including assignments, reports, presentations and examinations.

Each module consists a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, online interactive activities and assessments. Typically each module is taught on a weekly basis during term time, consisting of three hours per module per week split into one, two or three-hour sessions. A total of 9 contact hours per week is typical over a 10 week period for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 3 will consist of three hours of contact time per week, supplemented with project supervision meetings as and when required for the Major Project.

Each 20-credit module is designed to require 200 hours of study, of which 30 hours or more will be via direct contact with module tutors. The remaining time will consist of independent learning, which will be structured with guidance from the module tutor to incorporate activities such as online learning, reading and group or team based work.

Emphasis will be placed on the group as a resource for learning. There will be group discussion of practical management situations and problems, making use of case studies, problem situations and scenarios and, where relevant, the participants' own experiences.

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of your learning process, enhancing and demonstrating your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided to you through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessment, examinations and the dissertation or project. You may be required to defend the dissertation or project through a viva, drawing on the skills developed in the programme.

Employability

You’ll have the opportunity to:
-Take part in a funded company visit to a leading company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world.
-Choose to deliver a work-based study project or consultancy project in the final stage of the course using a current employer or a client you find yourself.
-Seek support and engage with events and activities provided by Birmingham City University’s careers service.
-Take part in Birmingham City University’s Graduate Plus scheme.
-Receive employment advice and support via your Personal Tutor.

Our graduates have obtained employment in management positions, or have set up their own successful businesses. Former students are employed in managerial positions across the globe, including land management (Kenya), manufacturing (China), HR (Germany), finance (Canada), insurance (France) and teaching (India, UK and Sri Lanka). You’ll learn new perspectives on a changing business world, enabling you to provide employers with relevant and cutting-edge information. The research skills you develop doing your Major Project will also look good on your CV.

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’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

Other admission requirements

Entry to Stage Two
-A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.

Entry to Stage Three
-A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship)
-Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage.
-Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits) and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.

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Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence. Read more
Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence.

What's covered in the course?

To understand the design of Enterprise Systems and the benefits, you will firstly gain a broader understanding of systems thinking. Case studies and live project briefs underpin reinforcement of the learning and teaching.

The modules studied in this highly rigorous course are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs. You will be challenged to think outside the box, and apply knowledge and skills to provide robust and innovative solutions to a range of business problems.

You will study at our Enterprise Systems Centre at the City Centre Campus, where you will learn how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective management of robust business processes.

You will also be given access to SAP systems based on a virtual industry. This practical element of your programme provides an applied learning experience to develop knowledge in enterprise systems.

The Master's Project module will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and investigate an enterprise systems management research topic.

Why choose us?

-The course explores systems and activities within an enterprise that bring together processes, people and technology to help streamline operations to gain competitive advantages, improved performance and reduced operational costs, as well as implementing efficient business processes and improving real-time decision-making capabilities.
-Enterprise Systems Management students will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.
-You will participate in ERPsim to gain experience of enterprise systems, using virtual business scenarios to evaluate the impact of integration of processes on manufacturing and business analytics.
-The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP certification in a number of key areas including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Course in depth

Our teaching philosophy revolves around you both ‘learning by doing’ and also transferring acquired knowledge to others. Activities will be conducted both individually and in teams, with tutors providing leadership and mentoring aimed at supporting your transition into independent learners. In this partnership, we will be encouraging you to become proactive, so that you can develop your confidence to undertake a range of progressively complex and challenging tasks.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions, as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advanced preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars.

You will be assessed in a number of different ways, including coursework, patchwork assessment, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Semester One
-Enterprise Systems 20 credits
-Manufacturing Systems 20 credits
-Strategic Information Systems Planning 20 credits

Semester Two
-Technology Relationship Management 20 credits
-Business Intelligence and Technology Entrepreneurship 20 credits
-Principles of Project Management 20 credits

Semester Three
Postgraduate Project 60 credits

Accreditation

The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP Certification in a number of key areas, including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Enterprise Systems Management students have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work-ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills, enhancing your employment options when you leave university.

The programme will help you with crafting your CV, personal statements, covering letters and presentations, and will also help you seek part-time work experience and voluntary placements.

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The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Read more
The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Such an industry calls for skilled professionals who can deal with the challenges ahead.

What's covered in the course?

Accredited by RICS and CIOB, this course gives you a broad yet rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects, and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed as a project manager. Our Construction Project Management postgraduates are highly sought-after and have secured positions with companies such as Turner & Townsend, Miller Construction and Acivico.

The MSc Construction Project Management course will enable graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, architecture, civil engineering and real estate to enter the construction management profession. Practitioners with extensive construction work experience but without a first degree will also be considered, subject to entrance exam and interview.

The course gives you a broad knowledge of the challenges of a changing construction industry. You’ll cover law and contract, sustainability, business management, project management and innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is embedded in the course for integrated project delivery. An overseas study trip is an exciting opportunity to look at construction project management in a globalised construction environment.

Professional staff with industry experience will offer support and guidance. We are constantly reviewing and researching the most up-to-date construction developments to be able to pass on the latest industry knowledge. This is supported by guest speakers such as Andrew Hornby, one of our graduates, who now works for Arcadis. We also have excellent links with companies in the region, including Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council.

This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our City Centre Campus location is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, means there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based near construction sites, including our new Conservatoire development and the new high speed rail track, HS2, giving you invaluable insight into the construction industry.

Why choose us?

The course is fully accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

On completion of the course you’ll have covered both the core content and areas of specialism needed for the opportunity to register for the membership of RICS and CIOB.

You’ll take part in workshops with students from other built environment postgraduate courses. This leads to genuinely multi-professional learning and develops your understanding of all aspects of this industry.

Our strong industry links help you make vital contacts and gain practical experience to back up theory.

Course in depth

The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy of this course is that you are at the centre of learning and teaching, which has a particular focus on the reflective learner and the development of professional skills and applied research. To achieve this and to ensure that you are exposed to a wide range of learning and teaching methods, we use lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning sets, group work, problem based activities, guest speakers, on-line learning via Moodle, site visits, study trips and discussion forums.

Our teaching is very interactive, and you are encouraged to share your experience and opinions with your peers. Critical thinking is vital in Master’s study, and you are required to develop your own ideas and come up with solutions to problems based on solid evidence and logical analysis. You’ll also be expected to complete reading and assignments outside of class hours.

Although this programme is module based, each module forms part of one of the programme themes. This ensures that module design and associated teaching and assessments link together in progressive subject development. Our part-time students attend lectures on day-release basis, and share the modules with our full-time students.

Modules
-Construction Law and Contract 20 credits
-Project Management Methods 20 credits
-Business Management 20 credits
-Sustainable Construction 20 credits
-Innovation in Construction 20 credits
-Integrated Project Delivery 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

This course is accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is fully accredited by both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). All their required competences / learning outcomes are covered in this course.

We have a very close working relationship with our accreditation professional bodies RICS and CIOB. We have annual partnership meetings with them to steer the development of our course. You can participate in regional events such as seminars and site visits as a student member to not only get updated industry knowledge but also network with the practitioners. A visit to RICS HQ during our domestic study trip will provide you with very useful insights into your future career development.

We also work very closely with our industrial partners such as Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council. They are not only actively involved in our course development, teaching and assessment but also contribute in various ways as guest speakers, as well as offering site visits, summer placements, research projects and employment.

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This new, innovative course has been designed with a focus on management consulting across the board, enabling you to examine and place contemporary project and change issues in a local, national and global practice-based environment. Read more
This new, innovative course has been designed with a focus on management consulting across the board, enabling you to examine and place contemporary project and change issues in a local, national and global practice-based environment.

Designed in consultation with students, employers and the Institute of Consulting, you will be given extensive knowledge of the management consultancy industry, in order for you to gain an appreciation of the latest techniques and research. You’ll be exposed to modern consulting techniques and methodologies, developing a range of transferable skills, as well as valuable industry contacts and experience.

What's covered in the course?

Through a programme of academic and practical study, the course provides you with knowledge of the key theories, tools and practices used in management consultancy. You’ll focus on developing professional consultancy skills and competencies using a combination of internship opportunities, simulations, business games and live case studies.

Birmingham City Business School boasts established relationships with a number of high-profile corporate organisations, as well as small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). Being based in the heart of the city provides excellent networking and business connections across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Why Choose Us?

-The course is an opportunity to complete your studies in the new modern purpose built Birmingham City Centre campus.
-This new programme provides an ideal gateway into a career in management consultancy and related fields.
-You will work on live projects from companies and with organisations, as both a member of a consultancy team and as an independent consultant.
-Projects will be local, national and international to give you the widest experience possible of the differing demands of management consultancy.

Course Structure

In order for graduates of the programme to evidence the acquisition of the desired holistic skill sets, it has been designed in consultation with employers to incorporate a number of assessment types including; examination, video presentation, report writing, online international learning and internship projects.

This course is entirely coursework based. This allows you the opportunity to go in-depth with all of your assessed work, meaning you can progress at a pace that suits you. No matter what the topic, you will be able to have enough time to research, comprehend and report on it to the best of your abilities.

Employability

To support your employability aims, the MSc Management Consultancy programme places a key emphasis on practice-based learning and research. You will also have the opportunity to attend Management Consultancy career workshops, which will provide valuable advice on networking, CVs, covering letters and interviews. As a University, we also boast a dedicated student support careers service department.

With Birmingham City University being based in the heart of the city, the location also provides excellent networking and business connections across private, public and the non-profit sectors. During your course, you will have access to cutting-edge research, be in touch with emerging trends, and interact with and influence key business decision makers during events, lectures and workshops.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship and deliver your own consultancy project, in order to practice a range of consultancy skills, from initial project conception through to presenting solutions to your client.

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The MSc in Real Estate Management is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses. Read more
The MSc in Real Estate Management is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses.

What's covered in the course?

Our programme reflects synergies with the Master’s courses in Planning Built Environments and Environmental Surveying in order to create a programme that works across the whole built environment profession and disciplines.

The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. It integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.

The theoretical underpinning of the course is rooted in real estate which stresses the need for interdisciplinary approaches and solutions.

This course will help you to connect the theory and practice of real estate to a range of real life case study challenges. It will give you a framework of knowledge, skills and tools to start understanding the complex world of property, whilst supporting you to become an independent learner and reflective practitioner.

Our programme builds on applied academic research and contemporary real estate practice. The course design and delivery utilises our expertise across real estate, sustainability and planning and also brings in external experts and practitioners to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.

Our courses are designed and developed with support from relevant professional bodies (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and local professional individuals and practices. Owing to the need to meet these professionally-set learning outcomes, there is little choice in modules within these programmes, although it is possible to begin to specialise with dissertation and project topics.

Why Choose Us?

-This course aims to develop the real estate professional of the future who is equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills to operate efficiently, effectively and confidently within an ever-changing environment.
-The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. The course integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.
-The course design and delivery uses our expertise across the School to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.

Course in depth

Elements of the course are closely related to real-world scenarios. These build upon current practice issues identified through, for example, Parliamentary debates, revised planning documents and government guidance. We make significant use of professionals as Visiting Lecturers to ensure both continuing professional relevance and that you have direct access to people in current professional practice.

Every student on the programme is allocated a personal tutor and our students are invited to both group and individual meetings throughout the year. We provide set times (known as office hours) during the week where academic staff are available to see students, and staff also frequently arrange to see students by appointment outside these times if additional help or support is needed.

We invite you (normally by making individual appointments) to discuss assessment feedback/feedforward with the marking tutor to ensure that the detailed comments provided are supplemented verbally, and that they are understood, so that you can use comments to enhance future submissions. We collaborate closely with the Centre for Academic Success which offers workshops, individual advice sessions and small group tutorials to all University students on a variety of subjects including use of English, study skills, maths and other technical topics.

Modules
-Valuation 20 credits
-Commercial Inspection and Surveying 20 credits
-Development Project 20 credits
-Law 20 credits
-Property Management 20 credits
-Professional Practice 20 credits
-Dissertation 40 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

Staff from the professional bodies at local and regional levels visit on a regular basis to promote the professions, explain routes of access to full professional membership, and respond to your questions about employability.

Our long-standing links with the professions mean that we are informed about, and so able to advertise, details of relevant job opportunities, and ensure that you are well prepared for application and interview processes.

Key employment skills and career planning are embedded into modules through real life scenarios, local case studies, and a wide range of assessment methods that replicate typical workplace requirements, helping grow your skillset and confidence. The skills and attributes you develop throughout the course are highly transferable to the context of professional employment, helping you to set goals and to enhance your employability in a wide range of professional and business contexts.

The course also prepares you for professional membership APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) processes, which require individual reflection and personal development planning.

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.

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Our International Human Resource Management / International Human Resource Development programme is ideal for people who want to qualify professionally with the CIPD (approval pending). Read more
Our International Human Resource Management / International Human Resource Development programme is ideal for people who want to qualify professionally with the CIPD (approval pending).

For full-time students the Masters programme is ideal as it allows you to complete the requirements of the Institiute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development.

If you complete the part-time mode you will also complete the requirements of the Institute for the award of the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Human Resource Development after 2 years of part time study.

Successful completion of the core and the option modules will enable you to become Associate Members of the CIPD with eligibility for upgrading to Chartered Membership.

We have an experienced teaching team who combine real work experience of human resource management with the academic qualifications, bringing a strategic and conceptual view to the topics covered. Sessions are interactive and we invite guest speakers, encourage students to work together on case studies, arrange visits and incorporate role-playing activities to develop practical HR skills.

What's covered in the course?

For full-time students, the course runs over one full year. For part-time students it will run on one afternoon and evening over two years for the PG Diploma HRM / HRD stage, with an additional third year (part-time) for the MA IHRM. For some sessions, full-time and part-time students will be taught together, allowing UK-based and international students the chance to share experiences and bring a global perspective to HR issues.

One of the CIPD core modules requires you to apply the knowledge and skills gained on the course to conduct a piece of research on a ‘live’ HR issues and this further enhances individual skills and enhances employability.

Why Choose Us?

-Our course will be fully approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is equivalent to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma which allows you gain associate level membership and eligibility to upgrade to Chartered Membership status on meeting the CIPD requirements.
-The programme allows you to study either on a full-time or part-time basis, so that you can combine work with achieving your qualification
-The course covers the core CIPD modules but allows you also to select modules in specialist areas so you will either focus on HRM or HRD. It also allows you to apply to the CIPD for upgrading to Chartered Member in either discipline.
-Interactive teaching sessions with guest speakers and professional skills development sessions.
-The Master’s stage of the course allows you to consider HRM and HRD from an international perspective.

Course Structure

Each 20-credit module involves 60 hours of learning activities which will include some lectures, seminars, group discussions, research activities and case study work. There will be a good mix of individual tasks and group work to foster learning. In addition to the 60 hours of guided study there is a requirement for self-directed study for all modules.

For the CIPD core modules the assessments include two exams, the compilation of a portfolio to show skills-based learning and a business report covering a piece of relevant research. For the optional and additional modules, assignments will include essays, practical case studies and an open book exam.

Employability

The course is designed around the skills and competencies required to become a professional HRM or HRD practitioner. A core module of the course is called Developing Skills for Business Leadership, and covers the skills and competencies specified by the CIPD.

You will be able to participate in practical, work relevant activities such as conducting a negotiation with an employee representative, holding a grievance and disciplinary interview with a member of staff, selection interviews and many more skills-based sessions.

The course is closely tied into the CIPD profession map, which has been developed by consideration of what the leading experts working in HRM and HRD need to know and understand to contribute effectively to the performance of their organisations.

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Become a competent, innovative practitioner with our MSc Logistics Supply Chain Management (CILT) course. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, our course addresses the key concerns of the subject, ensuring you graduate with the skills the industry demands. Read more
Become a competent, innovative practitioner with our MSc Logistics Supply Chain Management (CILT) course. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, our course addresses the key concerns of the subject, ensuring you graduate with the skills the industry demands.

What's covered in the course?

With companies facing ever-increasing competition, coupled with the need to reduce waste and improve the overall service offered to customers from initial design to final delivery, the need for highly skilled logistics practitioners and managers has never been more pronounced.

Supply chain management addresses the main operations aspects of both product-based and service industries. It is concerned with the initial design process, sourcing materials for the long-term satisfaction of the customer. Customer satisfaction is achieved by ensuring the supply of the right goods, in the right quantity, of the right quality, at the right price, to the right place, at the right time.

Why choose us?

-Our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) ensures our course remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry insight.
-You'll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as manufacturing and electronics.
-The course is flexible in delivery, allowing you to decide the best method of study, and ensuring you can fit your course around work and personal commitments.
-You’ll be able to relate real-life, problem-based learning to industry and commerce, while also getting to grips with new technologies and techniques.

CILT

This degree course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Course in depth

You will acquire knowledge and understanding through formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, as well as a range of independent learning activities.

There is an emphasis on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process. This independent learning includes an element of peer review in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Lectures introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, where appropriate, through online resources, discussion forums and other activities.

Transferable/key skills, such as team-working, are pervasive and incorporated into modules and assessments as appropriate. You are encouraged to plan your own work schedules and required to meet deadlines. The course will foster your skills in reflection and self-awareness.

Modules
-Research Methods and Professional Development 15 credits
-Developing Financial Capability 15 credits
-Developing Human Capability 15 credits
-International Logistics and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
-Enterprise Systems Design 15 credits
-Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
-Logistics and Distribution Systems 15 credits
-Business and Information Strategy 15 credits
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates with the knowledge and practical skills that are taught on this course are in high demand.

This is because the logistics sector has identified a growing need for managers who can competently identify and provide solutions to a wide range of logistical and supply chain problems.

It means when you graduate from this course, you will stand out as a candidate who can operate at a senior level in this field. Typical roles that are suited for graduates of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management include supply chain managers, distribution managers, logistics managers, logistics analysts, and procurement managers.

Our graduates have gone on to forge very successful careers with world-leading organisations including WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd, Ishida Europe, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services, Palletways UK, APL Logistics, BAE Systems, and Staffordshire Perkins UK.

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Designed to equip those working within or intending to join the internal audit profession with the conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the organisations that they work for, our Internal Audit Management and Consultancy course will help to develop you into a director, manager or consultant in today's challenging but rewarding audit sector. Read more
Designed to equip those working within or intending to join the internal audit profession with the conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the organisations that they work for, our Internal Audit Management and Consultancy course will help to develop you into a director, manager or consultant in today's challenging but rewarding audit sector.

Close ties with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland (IIA UKI) and accreditation from the Internal Auditing Educators Partnership program from the IIA Inc. ensures our course is fresh and relevant.

Our course is designed to enhance your skills and train you to become a qualified internal auditor, manager and head of department. Past graduates have gone on to work with high-profile organisations, including Cancer Research UK, the Department of Work and Pensions and Royal Bank of Scotland.

With the drive across the globe for integrated reporting to increase transparency, increased regulation such as the introduction of the Sarbanes Oxley Act in the US, and the general publics access to real time information, boards and their audit committees are ever more in need of independent and objective assurance and internal audit has a vital role to play in providing this.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers not just the operational aspects of internal auditing, but also the strategic and tactical. It considers internal audit’s role in many key risk areas that organisations face, such as ethics, CSR and sustainability, and examines how internal audit can influence an organisation and be a catalyst for change. It also looks at innovation within an organisation and specifically for internal audit, and you will have the opportunity to complete a research project of your choice relating to the field.

We encourage your communication and confidence with active learning methods, such as group work, seminars, debates and quizzes. The assessments are designed to mirror an internal auditor’s working life as far as possible, and many students comment on how this has helped them improve their skills at work.

Why Choose Us?

-We are an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering courses accredited by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Internal Auditing Educations Partnerships (IAEP).
-We now boast a Route to Chartered Status from the IIA UK.
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
-The lecture team is supported by guest speakers, who regularly visit to provide valuable practitioner insight.
-We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support.
-The delivery is flexible so you can choose full-time or part-time with block release and distance learning as options. This means you can fit your studies alongside work and personal commitments.

Course Structure

Our course is available to study in a range of options, ensuring you don’t have to miss out.

Full-Time
You can choose to study one year full-time or three years part-time, with qualifications achieved at the end of each year:
-Term / Year One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Term / Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma
-Term / Year Three – Master’s (MSc)

Distance Learning
This course is also offered as a distance learning option, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module with an exam has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via Moodle.

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination.

Block Release
This option sees you attend intense face-to-face teaching on campus from Monday to Friday for each module, one a term for years one and two. In year three the block weeks take place in the first term for both modules in order to support early initiation of your research project.

This option also provides the flexibility to incorporate some distance learning, to accommodate your work and personal commitments. You can do this at no extra charge and with no penalties.

Assessments
All modules are tested by assignment, except for
-Organisation environment risks and controls which has an assignment and a 27 hour test to be completed remotely
-Organisational Leadership which is a closed book exam
AND
-Professional Innovation and Development which is a presentation (which can be done remotely over Skype, for example) and reflective diary

Employability

There are planned field trips each term to local organisations. These trips will be accompanied by a seminar from a visiting professor on a related topic.

We also have a guest speaker programme, bringing the working world into the University. These talks are delivered in the block weeks, and presentations are posted on Moodle so that they are available to everyone.

All assignments are grounded in the real working organisations, allowing students to apply their knowledge into a real working environment.

Skills assessment takes place at the start of each term and students are encouraged to create a development plan to enhance their skills and work experience over the duration of the course. Lecturers will support students in finding opportunities to support this wherever possible.

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Taught by professionally qualified academics with a wealth of industrial and professional experience, this course focuses on the practical application of accountancy in the real world and theoretical aspects of related research with a clear objective of preparing you for a career in accountancy, finance or management. Read more
Taught by professionally qualified academics with a wealth of industrial and professional experience, this course focuses on the practical application of accountancy in the real world and theoretical aspects of related research with a clear objective of preparing you for a career in accountancy, finance or management.

Based at the University’s new campus in the UK’s second city, you’ll live and study in an exciting, vibrant environment and engage with local, national and international businesses.

What's covered in the course?

The programme is highly flexible, allowing you to customise your degree to align more closely with a particular professional body or specialise in particular areas of accounting or finance. The flexible course explores a range of business disciplines, offers real world examples and case studies and is recognised by the major global professional bodies enabling fast track progression to internationally recognised professional accounting qualifications upon completion.

Why Choose Us?

-Our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) helps boost your postgraduate qualification even more, giving you professional qualifications employers would be hard pressed to ignore.
-Birmingham City University is proudly accredited as an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, demonstrating the high quality of our teaching and course.
-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-The course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions.

Course Structure

The programme is designed to offer you the upmost flexibility, enabling you to customise your own pathway through the programme to specialise in particular areas of interest or align yourself more closely with a particular professional qualification.

During our specially designed induction programme you will be making informed decisions about the modules you study. In addition to a full briefing and the chance to discuss modules with academic staff you’ll have the chance to meet on a one to one basis with your personal tutor who will guide you through the process and assist you in making the best possible choices to meet your own aims. The programme itself will be delivered by experts in their related fields and is underpinned by cutting edge research into the subject area.

All modules will be delivered via a blended learning approach, mixing face to face with online activities and independent study. Whilst face to face sessions will vary in format including large and small group interactive sessions and workshops you will be expected to examine and research the material presented, question ideas and theories as well as challenging your tutors. You’ll be fully supported in engaging with these activities.

Modules will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework assignments to take account of the professional alignment of the programme and the need to develop a wide range of skills and competencies as you progress through the programme. You may be involved in writing reports, conducting presentations, developing project plans and drafting proposals.

Employability

You will have the opportunity to go on relevant trips such as visiting the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange. In the past, students have also visited established companies, such as Sadler’s Ales.

You’ll also gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, as well as our Leadership Challenge programme. Both give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and exciting projects, industry talks and workshops. You’ll also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs.

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Our MSc Environmental Surveying focuses on the environmental challenges faced by professionals in today’s construction industry. We aim to produce graduates who desire to pursue continued excellence in both their personal and professional life, aiming to be the best at what they do. Read more
Our MSc Environmental Surveying focuses on the environmental challenges faced by professionals in today’s construction industry.

What's covered in the course?

We aim to produce graduates who desire to pursue continued excellence in both their personal and professional life, aiming to be the best at what they do.

To this end, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies, in order to support your future employability and maximise the investment you have made in your education.

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify, implement and evaluate the processes, tools and outcomes of surveying to create more sustainable places across the built and natural environment.

Over the course of the programme, you will learn to critically assess surveying theory and practice within the context of the environment and sustainability in order to respond to the growing demand for surveying practitioners and consultants who can address contemporary and future challenges within an environmental context.

You will develop the skills required to assess, analyse and offer practical, sustainable solutions to building and development related problems, and will acquire the knowledge needed to interpret the law across a range of environmental subject areas.

You will have the opportunity to apply your learning in an autonomous manner through the use of real problems and case study materials.

You will develop your problem-solving abilities, practical competencies, critical appraisal and written and oral communication skills.

The course will also encourage you to work in an inter-disciplinary manner with graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds employed within a planning, surveying, real estate and environmental context.

Why choose us?

-This course has been developed in consultation with industry experts and in collaboration with our students.
-This course is underpinned by extensive staff knowledge and skills.
-You will develop as a confident independent and team problem solver who is willing to take on new challenges and experiences.
-You will become technically proficient and have the ability to transfer your knowledge to a diverse range of activities on graduation.

Course in depth

We take an experiential and practice-led approach to Learning and Teaching, and opportunities to develop relevant employability skills are embedded throughout the programme. This programme will support you in becoming an active, autonomous learner through the teaching, learning and assessment process.

The emphasis is on interactive learning, including student-led workshops, role-plays and simulations to achieve deeper learning and understanding.

We use visiting teachers, field study visits and research-informed teaching to engage students with practical and topical issues. Appropriate modules are shared across courses, which helps to enrich your educational experience and allows you to encounter the perspectives, values and attitudes of students from other disciplines, which will be helpful in your future career.

Throughout the programme you are given the chance to practice surveying skills within an environmental context in order to develop transferable skills which will be valuable whatever your final choice of career.

Many modules are team taught, thus providing you with a wide variety of rich and diverse academic styles and expertise.

The programme encourages you to participate in activities and discussions which are hosted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle. All learning activities are supported both in teaching sessions and on the VLE. The VLE also offers interactive practice-oriented opportunities to test and apply your knowledge.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advance preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions include lectures and small group interactive seminars. We will provide you with feedback on our VLE following seminar sessions.

The MSc programme offers a diverse range of assessments which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and employability skills within each module. Our assessment strategy is designed at programme level and incorporates a broad range of practice-led techniques including essays, evaluations, verbal presentations, posters, reports, design presentations, group work and role play scenarios. Most modules are assessed through a variety of these techniques in the form of a portfolio linked together by a common theme.

Modules
-Commercial Inspection and Surveying 20 credits
-Environmental Science and Design 20 credits
-Tools for Managing Sustainability 20 credits
-Professional Practice 20 credits
-Transitions for Sustainable Futures 20 credits
-Development Project 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

We recognise the significance of employability and the investment you have made in your education. Therefore, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies.

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook.

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.

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Our MSc Project Management course will help you gain the administrative, organisational and creative skills you’ll need to become one of tomorrow’s leading managers. Read more
Our MSc Project Management course will help you gain the administrative, organisational and creative skills you’ll need to become one of tomorrow’s leading managers.

What's covered in the course?

The course will encourage creative thinking, and the development of leadership and management skills through teamwork, discussion and peer review. You’ll develop new skills to an advanced level, becoming a highly-skilled manager capable of administering major projects within and across different organisations.

In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in management methods and intelligent based technologies, hence, there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry.

Why choose us?

-This programme will offer a route towards membership from APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute).
-You will learn the skills you need to succeed within the industry, as well as valuable transferrable attributes.
-You will be based at the impressive City Centre campus, which boasts a wide range of industry-standard facilities, software and equipment.

APM Academic Accreditation

This course has achieved Academic Accreditation from the Association of Project Management. APM Academic Accreditation helps students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers.

Course in depth

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods such as coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Lectures are used to introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. Technology enhanced learning is used, where appropriate, through the provision of online resources, discussion forums and other activities. Advanced textbooks are used, together with professional material and journal articles, in order to ensure that students develop a critical understanding of work at the forefront of their discipline.

You’ll also a gain of range of valuable transferrable skills, such as time management, organisation, problem solving and more.

You will also be supported by a personal tutor based at the University, who will see you for regular one-to-one meetings. These meetings will generally take place at the beginning of each semester and at the end of the academic year.

Employability

The programme has achieved academic accreditation from the Association of Project Management (APM). This accreditation has been achieved in recognition for demonstrating that the key principles set out in the APM Body of Knowledge (6th Edition) have been incorporated and integrated into curriculum design and module development of the programme. The teaching and learning on the programme focuses and emphasises the importance of the Body of Knowledge and ensures that we incorporate it within the guiding principles underpinning the programme.

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Designed specifically for those already working in multi-unit leadership roles, this course builds on the knowledge gained from the postgraduate diploma in Multi-unit leadership and helps you to develop a deeper understanding of multi-unit leadership and strategy. Read more
Designed specifically for those already working in multi-unit leadership roles, this course builds on the knowledge gained from the postgraduate diploma in Multi-unit leadership and helps you to develop a deeper understanding of multi-unit leadership and strategy.

Our partnerships with multi-site clients such as Premier Inn, Saint-Gobain and Greene King, as well as our expert staff and visiting industry experts, ensure this course provides fresh and cutting-edge information.

What's covered in the course?

We’ll look at the five key attributes of effective multi-site managers – expertise, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurialism, energy and ethics.

You’ll explore staff deployment and use of capacity, as well as devising exciting business strategies and showing great self-awareness. As a multi-unit manager, you’ll be responsible for a number of branch managers and staff, so you must possess a strong amount of trustworthiness and a good moral compass. You’ll also be responsible for helping keep customers happy and sales high, so a strong knowledge of what customers want, alongside a drive to succeed, is highly desirable.

Businesses need to change and adapt to move with the times, so this course will also provide a critical understanding of how to lead change, ensuring you make the right decisions that guarantee a good transition for a business.

A business thrives on cost, speed, quality, safety, dependability and flexibility. These key areas will be explored, and you’ll become an expert at ensuring these topics are used effectively in an everyday business environment.

You’ll study at our new £63 million development, The Curzon Building, which opens its doors in September 2015 and boasts a richly stocked library filled with physical and electronic resources, a new Students’ Union and student support facilities. You’ll be taught by staff with extensive industry experience.

Why Choose Us?

-Our course enables you to become a highly effective multi-unit manager.
-With a wide range of professional accreditations, excellent industry links and a practice-based approach to learning, we’re committed to enhancing your career.
-The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
-You’ll work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which opened in September 2015 becoming a focal point of the City Centre campus and a hub for all of our student support service.

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