MA Business Studies (Flexible)

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Description

The course is suitable for managers with middle management experience, possibly with limited academic qualifications or with appropriate academic qualifications and some managerial experience. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds in both the private and public sectors. If you are in full-time employment and wish to further your knowledge, this course will enable you to study at your own pace, taking as many or as few units as you wish each year. While most students follow a three-year study pattern, a learning pattern can be designed between two and six years of study and this can be amended throughout your time as a student to accommodate other work/life pressures.

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The course is suitable for managers with middle management experience, possibly with limited academic qualifications or with appropriate academic qualifications and some managerial experience. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds in both the private and public sectors. If you are in full-time employment and wish to further your knowledge, this course will enable you to study at your own pace, taking as many or as few units as you wish each year. While most students follow a three-year study pattern, a learning pattern can be designed between two and six years of study and this can be amended throughout your time as a student to accommodate other work/life pressures.

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Industrial focus

Tutors are highly experienced in their sectors, offering in-depth knowledge of current business practice, including international organisations, start-up companies and professional bodies.

Course content

The course consists of six taught core units, a further three option choice units selected from the list below, and a final research-led dissertation/management project.

Core units

Personal Development Planning: This unit introduces you to a range of learning and self-assessment tools in order to evaluate your own continuous professional development. An increasingly used tool in academia and industry, this is designed in order to consider how your studies and career fit together and how your master’s study can benefit your future career choices and opportunities.

People in Organisations: This unit introduces the theories that have led to advances in the field of organisational behaviour. You will study examples that relate to theories and practices in exploiting and enhancing competitive advantage. The unit covers three areas of analysis – the individual, the group and the organisation – viewed from ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ perspectives, and their roots in behavioural and social sciences.

Principles of Marketing: This unit develops your understanding of marketing principles that can be applied in a range of organisations. You will cover the nature of customers and markets, marketing mix decisions, and marketing planning and strategy.

Financial Decision Making: You will reflect on a range of theories, processes and practices that can be applied to complex financial management decisions.

Operations Management: You will study a range of operational management theories, processes and practices that you will be able to apply to complex operational management decisions. You will be required to consider your own organisation’s operations and case studies, and mock scenarios will be used to review and contextualisethe information.

Research Methods: You will develop the skills of inquiry and research required primarily for the dissertation but of value in all units studied within your master’s. The unit covers the major theories and concepts associated with empirical and library-based research, developing your ability to apply these concepts to practical research. There will be a strong practical element to this unit which will guide you through the various research choices in setting up the foundation of your chosen dissertation project.

Dissertation/Management Project: The dissertation or management project will follow on from your research proposal designed in the Research Methods Unit. Under one-to-one supervision from your research supervisor throughout the year, you will be supported in producing your master’s dissertation and prepared for your final ‘viva voce’.

Current option choice units

You will select three from the list, subject to availability:

  • Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • International HRM
  • International Marketing Management
  • Cross-Cultural Management Issues
  • Management of Change
  • Managing in the Legal Framework
  • Strategy
  • E-Business for Managers.

Assessment

There are no examinations. All units are assessed by written assignments or presentations, and many assessments are work-based assignments.

Projects/work experience

Reflecting the University’s focus on employability, units focus on live topics and current cases, emphasising the need to apply academic learning in the workplace. Students are encouraged to contribute issues and ideas from their experience and personal interests.

Why Solent is special

  • The use of blended learning enables you to study part-time while in
    full-time employment.
  • The use of a specially developed 'virtual learning environment' (VLE). Our online platform is not only a repository for the information you need for the unit, such as access to reading, journal articles and relevant business news, but the opportunity to enter into a study community with your cohort. This will be supported by online group discussion and peer support, as well as many virtual opportunities for contact with your course and unit tutor through Skype, forums and feedback exercises.
  • The opportunity for non-graduates to study to master’s level (by considering past experiential learning).
  • Unlike most distance-learning schemes, you will have regular class sessions and frequent tutor contact.
  • Formative assessment (opportunity for feedback on assessment/ progress which is not formally marked) is built into the design of each subject to provide every opportunity for academic success in each unit studied.

Attendance

While not mandatory, it is expected that you attend for four weekends each academic year. You are then supported by our VLE, and tutors via email, telephone and personal interview. Our course is not designed for distance learning, although we do all we can to support any missed sessions. The weekend sessions run from Friday lunchtime until Sunday lunchtime, at periods of 8–10 weeks apart. We can provide information
on indicative timetables and scheduled weekends of study for
your academic year.

Course length

2–6 years (flexible)

Fees

Fees for the academic year 2013/14 are:
UK and EU students: £2,250 per year or £375 per unit of study.

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