Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:
Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.
In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business.
As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:
The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers.
A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students.
Postgraduate Internship Programme
Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All full-time Masters students at the Business School have the opportunity to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies.
The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to twelve weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes. A dedicated team are on hand to guide you through this process.
Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.
Our research in business and law brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.
Teaching staff on this programme are from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics and combine a rich mix of industry qualified and research active academic staff.
Meet the lecturers:
Clive Richardson | Senior Lecturer
Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation.
You will study the following units:
Corporate Finance and Strategy
This unit will develop your knowledge and skills in designing and implementing business strategy in the context of the external environment and internal capabilities. Key themes of the unit include:
Governance, Risk and Management Control
This unit will develop your expertise in evaluating the role and function of governance in the effective management and control of organisations and the resources for which they are accountable. Additionally, you will develop competencies that will allow you to:
Investigating Business Practice
You will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that enables students to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.
This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level.
You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.
You can select one unit from the following option units, enabling you to specialise in a particular subject area. Option units include:
The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).
This unit will develop your knowledge and skills in designing and implementing business strategy in the context of the external environment and internal capabilities. Key themes covered in this unit include: Corporate strategic theories; Implementation issues/approaches; external and internal environmental analysis; financial risk management; financial objective settings and financial analysis techniques.
To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.
This unit is your chance to undertake a Consultancy Dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.
You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:
- Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.
- Empirically Based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
- Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
- Library Based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
In this unit you will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that will enable you to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.
You will apply a problem-based learning approach through:
Project Management techniques
Scoping and parameter setting
Problem identification and problem solving
Full time students will conduct this as a team project. Students may be permitted to complete an individual project based in their workplace, provided they can demonstrate that they have an evidential base to reflect on their team/leadership skills in their learning log.
This unit will prepare you for your Master's Dissertation. It aims to develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level. The unit will introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examinations. Research and academic skills will be taught to support the successful completion of your taught units and dissertation/research project.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/afe/
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications.
Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.
Graduates from this programme have successfully developed rewarding careers in a number of sectors and industries. Recent graduates from this programme have taken up roles in industry including:
You will be well placed to move into the finance function of both large and small organisations in the private and public sector. Alternatively you may prefer to seek work in financial analysis, international asset management, securities and investments or commercial lending. A career in management consultancy is also viable for graduates from this programme.
The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.
You are encouraged to explore your employment options during studying for your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships.
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