Masters Level Learning
This exciting unit is an introduction to the world of postgraduate study for all of our students. This unit brings together students that will have a wide range of prior educational and professional experiences. The focus of this unit will be on demonstrating how we can convert this wide range of experiences into the tools and capabilities needed to successfully engage in this postgraduate qualification. As such, it will incorporate encourage critical thinking and writing through a range of learning and teaching approaches. At the end of this unit, all students, regardless of their prior academic experiences, should feel more confident in their ability to engage with a postgraduate qualification in Accounting, Finance and Banking.
Extended Research Proposal/Dissertation
In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. This project is split into two different assessment points to allow for targeted activity and feedback to be utilised in specific timeframes.
This unit presents a particularly exciting opportunity for students to engage in some independent research, with the support of a dedicated supervisor. The chosen topic will be one that interests and challenges you. If you were intrigued by the social responsibility practices of organisations or fascinated by the dividend decisions made by top management teams, this is your chance to explore these areas in further detail. Perhaps, you’ve figured out where you want to focus your graduate career and accordingly engage in some independent study related to that position.
As you will be supported by a dedicated dissertation supervisor, you can run ideas and drafts past this person. You can also avail of a wide variety of workshops to support this independent study. But above all, you will be able to develop a whole range of skills that you should feel confident of when seeking future graduate positions.
Innovations in Technology
The unit is intended to give the student a grounding in financial technologies and their many promising applications within the financial sector. As part of this, the student will critically examine the disruptive impact of these technologies as well the many risks they entail. While many of us are familiar with some of the more prominent financial technologies that have emerged in recent years, the extent to which innovations in technology have captured the market is unprecedented. By exploring innovations in technology through real-life developments and applications, you will have an opportunity to more fully appreciate the extent to which they have begun to merge and replace traditional activities.
Financial Strategy, Regulation and Avoidance of Business Failure
As financial technologies become more prevalent in the day to day activities of business and individuals, it is essential to understand past business failings.
This unit will develop student understanding of financial risk and regulation using a case study-based approach to explore historical examples of both corporate and market failings. By exploring this combination of events more thoroughly, you will be better positioned to understand how financial technologies may interact with regulation going forward.
Business Model Innovation and FinTech
Business Model Innovation & Fintech is concerned with the theory and practice of innovation and digital disruption as applied in the context of Financial Services and Financial Processes. While the term disruption is often used to discuss businesses like Uber and Deliveroo that appear to have quickly captured markets and delivered a new approach to service, this unit explores what disruption really is in the above context. As such, it provides an opportunity to explore cutting edge activity and research using real life cases.
Digital Leadership and Transformation
The aim of this unit is to develop the strategic thinking and leadership skills required of students for managing the strategic contribution of digital technologies to organisational success and transformation. The unit focuses on business transformation and addresses several key areas, including Strategic Planning, Business Leadership, Change Management, Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Digital business transformation is a highly contemporary subject in the business world, and the subject of many high profile consultancy projects in digital transformation. Developing effective leaders in this area, who understand the complex interplay between technological, operational and business drivers in supporting digital transformation projects in crucial.
Fundamentals of Programming
Most programming languages have similar basic constructs for building logic within them. In this unit, students will learn some of these constructs or concepts - including, variables, data types, decision and looping structures, basic algorithms, arrays, structured programming and reuse of code. Students will use the C# language because its syntax is similar to Java and C++ which are popular languages used in industry.