Thursday, May 10, 2007

TDB - MA Management, Bristol Business School

About this 'new' programme

Bristol Business School has successfully run an MSc Management programme for many years. However in recognition of changes in working practice and the extensive hours that many professionals now work, this programme has recently been redesigned and restructured. The new programme provides the following features:

  • the full MA programme now has only nine modules enabling in-depth study and integration as well as requiring fewer student assessments

  • a range of optional subjects to enable specialisation in your chosen area of management

  • assessment linked to your current role and organisation

  • a choice of study routes - the programme is now available via one evening session per week or through three-day blocks, or a combination of both. You can choose whichever route suits you or your employer the best

  • study at your own pace - this new programme will enable you to choose how many subjects you study each year (normally up to a maximum of two taught modules per term)

  • flexibility - you can decide when and how much you want to study at the start of each year

  • the opportunity to meet with and learn from managers in other organisations

What are the benefits of the MSc Management?

  • enhanced knowledge and skills

  • confidence in your abilities

  • improved performance in your current role

  • enhanced career progression

  • distinguish yourself from candidates that have only an undergraduate degree

Intense competition and changing customer expectations have meant significant changes in the nature of organisations; networks, partnerships, strategic alliances, mergers and de-mergers, all making the manager's role more complex and demanding.

This newly designed flexible programme will enable you to develop management capabilities in order to complement your specialist expertise, developing and continually upgrading your portfolio of skills and knowledge.

The programme will enable you to link theory and practice relevant to managing in today's organisations. The staff who teach on this programme have a wide range of experience of researching, consulting and working with a variety of organisations including those in the private, public and not for profit sectors.

How is the programme structured?

We expect most students to complete the full Master's programme, which includes taught modules at Certificate and Diploma phases (normally six core modules and two elective modules chosen from a variety of options) and a final dissertation module in the Master's phase.

If for any reason you are unable to complete the programme you can leave with a recognised university qualification providing you have built up sufficient credits (either Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma) and you may be able to return to complete the full Master's programme at a later date.

Entry to the programme is normally at Postgraduate Certificate level with most students commencing in late September each year. The six core modules at Certificate and Diploma phases cover the areas of:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Information Management
  • Human Resource
  • Management
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Strategic Management

In addition you will normally be able to choose two electives from a variety of options covering contemporary issues in management such as:

  • Consulting with Organisations
  • Managing Change
  • Digital Business Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Services Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Leadership

In the final Master's phase you will undertake a dissertation module where you will be able to carry out a research project on a topic of your choice.

When will I have to attend?

This programme has been designed to offer maximum flexibility and you can choose when you attend, depending on the speed at which you want to proceed through the programme. It is possible to study in the evening, or by block sessions, or via a combination of the two. You could expect to complete the programme in 33 months, or 24 via the fast track route.

The evening session runs from 4.00pm - 8.30pm (with a half hour break) one day per week. The three-day block sessions will take place during October, mid November, late January/early February and mid March, usually on a Wednesday to Friday. Prior to starting the programme additional information will be sent to you, enabling you to choose how you wish to study. Those wishing to fast-track through this programme should discuss this with the Programme Director at the time of application as this route is dependent on student numbers and will require additional attendance on block modules in the early summer.

The Dissertation

This Masters programme places great emphasis on a dissertation completed during the summer term. You will receive research methods training during the year to equip you to undertake a significant piece of international management research. Your topic may be practical or theoretical, and once you have identified your proposed study a dissertation supervisor guides your progress.

Entry criteria

You should have:

  • A degree or equivalent business professional qualification, or

  • An HND in Business Studies or equivalent business professional award at NVQ 4, plus two years of relevant work experience or

  • At least two years in a management role with in-house management education/development. You may be interviewed prior to acceptance and asked to undertake an additional pre-entry assessment.

How will I be assessed?

The programme primarily uses continuous assessment, chiefly through marked assignments which are either organisation or role focused and of great practical benefit to you as an individual and to your organisation.

How will I learn?

You will be encouraged to learn through a wide variety of participative and learner-centred methods which include; case studies, syndicate-based exercises, group experiential learning exercises, presentations, formal lectures, and self-directed independent study.



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