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The MA in Business Management provides an exciting opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding the field of business management. The overall aim of the new MA in Business Management is to promote opportunities to develop understanding of management of people and organisations. The programme adds value by allowing them to acquire an integrated and strategic view of management within organisations in a rapidly changing world of business. It explores various aspects of business, including: the factors that drive firms to develop and grow, the tools they use to market their offerings, the challenges of managing people, the trials of leading organisations successfully and the promotion of the organisation's ethical standards and social responsibility that research has shown to be the foundation of enduring success in modern business. You will have the opportunity to work on real projects for a range of organisations, both large and small. You will be taught by industry experienced staff with backgrounds in the retail, finance and law sectors. Our teaching staff have many years of experience in HE. *Subject to validation.
Aims of the course
This course is designed for students with at least a relevant Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). It presents an excellent opportunity to build upon most recent advanced study and provides a direct progression route from Level 6 to Level 7. Students will develop knowledge and understanding in creating an appreciation of the complexities and skills needed for working in a contemporary business environment.
The MA in Business Management has two parts which spans over three semesters: Part 1: Six taught modules (120 credits) Part II: Dissertation or Work Related Project (60 credits) Total Award Credits: 180
Within Part I, all the modules are core and are compulsory for all the students studying for the Award:
Accounting for Decision Makers (20 credits) This module aims to develop understanding of financial data and managing budget to expedite judgments and decision making and financial issues and proposals. The module specifically focuses on three major uses of accounting information by management: problem-solving, decision making and planning and control.
Marketing - Strategy and Planning (20 credits) This module will provide students with the principles of marketing, both business to consumer and business to business, as well as give students a broader perspective of how marketing strategy is created and developed by organisations
- Management of HR (20 credits) This module will provide insights into strategic HRM and the factors influencing the behaviour of people within organisations and how these influences might be taken into account to achieve maximum organisational effectiveness by effective people management. Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics (20 credits) This module is about enabling students to engage in critical debate on ethical issues through a combination of academic study and critical reflection, with the aim of developing skills relevant to ethical decision-making, problem solving and deeper consideration of issues within both social and personal responsibility, both locally and globally. Strategic Management (20 credits) This module aims to develop strategic thinking through the development of a strategic organisational perspective and provide the basis for advancement and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capabilities. Research Methods (20 credits) This module provides a comprehensive introduction to research as practised in business and management disciplines by providing an overview of the key quantitative and qualitative methodologies that are needed to undertake, evaluate and present a research project which is robust and realistic. Part II of the programme The Dissertation (60 credits) The dissertation module provides an opportunity for in depth study of a topic relevant to management where students will critically evaluate main management theories, undertake empirical/real world research and draw conclusions about the implications of the results for managerial decision-making. The Work Related Project ? WRP (60 credits) This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to conduct work based informed research and study in a relevant subject domain located primarily at a place of work, to assist student's ability to apply originality and analytical skills alongside theory and practice which is workplace based.
You will have the opportunity to undertake exciting work placements with international organisations such as Barclays and Santander Banks and with local companies: independent accounting firms, law firms and local government organisations. Guest speakers from the industry will share knowledge and experience with you and advise you on career pathways. You will benefit from industry expertise through our guest-speaker lectures. You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs from industry to give you an idea of what it's like to work in the sector.
You may choose to progress academically through either a PhD or Doctorate within a business discipline.
The MA aims to develop transferrable skills which can open a wide range of opportunities in business, administration and management careers, both in the public and private sectors. Applicants should normally have an honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution. Additionally, applicants will be asked to undertake an assessment task, usually a written essay on a given topic. Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to have as a minimum an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with none of the tested component scores less than 5.5. If you have previously completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Degree which was taught in a majority English-speaking country (as identified by UK Home Office) you will not need to provide an IELTS test.
External placements ? We encourage students to find placements and support them in preparing and improving their CV and Interview skills. The course involves training and support around the use of specialist software in business report writing and accountancy.
We provide help and support around applying for student membership of professional bodies and associations (ILM, IoD etc.).
Key staff hold active membership of professional bodies or associations and can support you with membership and networking, particularly: Lincoln's Inn, ACCA, The Institute of Learning.
Staff have recent industrial experience in retail, accounting and law and are also active on industry advisory boards and employer forums.
We provide support to build a professional profile during your time at college: for example, with LinkedIn.
This course is designed for students with at least a relevant Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)
You will study in our recently redeveloped £40 million Southwark Campus. Our building is one of the most comprehensively- equipped learning environments in the UK, shortlisted for the New London Architecture Award. Course teaching is delivered in our state of the art classrooms using modern learning technology.
You will be required to meet the essential costs of buying text books, stationery and prinitng. Other costs may include external visits and travel.
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