University of Stirling

Introduction

The essence of the University of Stirling is its great people: our graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world. Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. We retain our pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence in all we do.

We aim to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and well-being, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

Students are at the heart of what we do and we provide one of the best all round student experiences in the UK. In learning and teaching, we work with our student community to deliver high quality programmes that produce intellectually able graduates who are highly sought after by employers. We are ambitious for our students, and our flexible learning opportunities enable them to explore and discover new subjects and interests.

There is a vibrant and growing postgraduate community and we welcome students, researchers and staff from around the world. This gives our research and teaching a global outlook, while remaining relevant to our Scottish culture and economy.

Our vision

To be acknowledged worldwide as a distinguished University that addresses the social and environmental needs of society through innovative, interdisciplinary research and education.

Our mission

To be a University of distinction that is ambitious, accessible and self-reliant, and whose purpose is to develop these qualities in our students, staff and the communities we serve.

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Applied Social Research (MRes)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This MRes programme covers six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Film, Media and Journalism, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a... [+]

Applied Social Research (MRes) This MRes programme covers six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Film, Media and Journalism, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. There is a core of four shared modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students. This programme prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. The MRes offers a combination of high quality, flexibility and choice. It is also focused on the employability of its graduates. Research work of the 100+ staff and postgraduate students at Stirling is supported by a state-of-the-art Information & Communication Technologies room, one of the best in the UK. Course objectives The objectives are to: Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative social research Develop your understanding of the relationship between research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use Structure and content The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises six compulsory taught modules, two further taught module options and (for the MRes) a dissertation. The compulsory modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry Research Design and Process Quantitative Data Analysis Qualitative Data Analysis Comparative Social Research Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research You must also take two further modules from a list including the following: Thinking Sociologically Research Placement Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis Criminological Perspectives Criminalisation, Social Control and Human Rights Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies Management and Change Managing Information Paying for Housing Renewal and Regeneration Housing Health and Wellbeing Discourse Analysis or other modules by arrangement with the Programme Director. In addition to the above modules, MRes students will complete the following: Research Dissertation: MRes students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision Examples of recent dissertation topics from our established MSc course include: A Study of High Risk Behaviour Young People and National Identity Substance Use Prevalence and Looked-after Young People in Scotland Women’s Decisions about Returning to Work After Childbirth Delivery and assessment Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work. Full-time and part-time MRes/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation. There are no examinations. Career opportunities Over the past five years, over half of the graduates from our established MSc course have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, for example, a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation. In general, one in ten graduates have enhanced their practice in current posts by undertaking studies in Applied Social Research, with support from their employer. Over one third of our graduates continues with academic study and undertake a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

Business and Management Research Methods (MRes)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is a specialised degree for those looking to develop the skills to conduct high quality research into business, management, organisations and related areas. Many take the MRes in preparation for undertaking a doctorate (or take MRes modules as part of their first year PhD training) but the skills developed on the MRes will also be invaluable to those looking to conduct, evaluate and commission... [+]

Business and Management Research Methods (MRes) The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is a specialised degree for those looking to develop the skills to conduct high quality research into business, management, organisations and related areas. Many take the MRes in preparation for undertaking a doctorate (or take MRes modules as part of their first year PhD training) but the skills developed on the MRes will also be invaluable to those looking to conduct, evaluate and commission research in non-academic settings (for example in consultancy, development and policy making roles). The emphasis is on producing researchers who are reflective and aware of the assumptions, strengths and limitations of their research; who are highly skilled in a multitude of management/organisational research techniques; and who are readily able to apply this knowledge in new and diverse domains. Whilst the programme provides specialist research training for those seeking academic careers employability is also key, with a strong practical focus. Accreditation The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is accredited by the ESRC and the SGSS for training of PhD students. Structure and content Stirling’s MRes in Business and Management Research Methods follows two taught semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January until the end of May. Three modules are taken in each semester. After the Spring semester students undertake a dissertation over the summer months (see below). Students on the MRes in Business and Management Research Methods will start the semester at Stirling Management School with an intensive period of 'learning to learn' and teambuilding activities. This induction period (15th to 26th September) is introduced to enable students to develop new learning styles and understand the expectations that will be placed on them through an engaged and exploratory approach. Students will learn about themselves and their own interactional and learning styles. Students also learn about others and gain an appreciation of a diverse range of approaches to learning, along with cultural and individual differences. They will also discover more about the exciting year ahead, and what is expected of them. This induction period provides a foundation of activities to help students to fully integrate with the course and their fellow students so that they have the opportunity to gain the maximum out of the course and their interactions with others. The overall aim is for students to be fully engaged so that they are equipped to embark on the formal teaching course invigorated and committed to the journey ahead with newly developed intellectual, interactional and presentational skills. The taught content of the course furnishes students with expertise and skills across the whole range of techniques that are relevant for research in the areas of Business, Management and Organisations. Students learn the philosophical bases of research and how research questions may be developed and answered. The course then provides in depth coverage of quantitative, qualitative and experimental research methods, their uses and limitations and how they may be practically applied within research projects. The specific modules taken are: Autumn Semester Fundamentals and Philosophy of Management Research. Qualitative Methods for Management Research 1. Understanding and Using Statistics. Spring Semester Qualitative Methods for Management Research 2. Experiments for Decision making in Business and Policy. Survey Measurement and Analysis. Dissertation MRes students write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved in advance by the Course Director. The dissertation is the student’s chance to develop their own research questions and apply the methods they have learnt to their own research project. Students each have an expert supervisor for their dissertation who provides guidance and support throughout the process. The dissertation must be submitted within three months of completion of the taught course. The examiners may allow a dissertation which is considered unsatisfactory to be revised and submitted for re-assessment within a specified time period. Career opportunities The course is aimed at those who wish to embark on an academic or commercial career in business, management and related research. The course is also invaluable for those working in public policy areas who need to conduct, analyse and commission research. It also provides essential research training for those planning to study for a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

Master in Creative Writing (MLitt)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MLitt Creative Writing offers the opportunity to produce a body of work – poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction – over the course of a creative and stimulating year. The degree combines intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused option modules, and one-to-one tuition by the distinguished writers on staff, along with stimulating visits from authors, agents and publishers.... [+]

Master in Creative Writing (MLitt) The MLitt Creative Writing offers the opportunity to produce a body of work – poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction – over the course of a creative and stimulating year. The degree combines intensive writers’ workshops, technique-focused option modules, and one-to-one tuition by the distinguished writers on staff, along with stimulating visits from authors, agents and publishers. Course objectives The course is designed to develop the talents of creative individuals, allowing them to focus in-depth on a project while offering them creative encounters with a range of genres and working practices, drawing on Stirling’s rich expertise in contemporary literature, publishing, film, media, and journalism.
 Students learn skills in listening and diplomacy, advocacy, and in producing fine, nuanced writing. Structure and content The teaching year at Stirling is divided into two semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January to the end of May. Delivery and assessment Assessment for the workshops will depend on the literary form chosen (prose or poetry) but will be based on reading journals and/or working notebooks, book reviews and in some cases completed pieces of creative work. Assessment for each option module will likewise vary but may include a critical essay, a journal, a creative project. The most significant piece of work in the course is the creative dissertation, due at the end of the summer. This will be circa 15,000 words of prose or a collection of circa 15 poems. A dissertation may be a portfolio of shorter texts – stories, personal essays, poems – or part of a novel. It is expected to be revised and polished original work, written and presented to professional standards. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma. The work of the best students completing the course may be deemed worthy of an MLitt with Distinction. Career opportunities Our Creative Writing students find a place for their creativity in many fields: teaching, broadcasting, publishing, community work. Many chose to become self-employed as writers and tutors. Some develop their interest further by studying for a PhD. Some actually publish books! Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must supply a sample of their creative work: For the prose strand - up to eight pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) or a portfolio of eight poems. A half-and-half mix is also acceptable. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MLitt Digital Media, Publishing and Law offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments shaping the creative industries. Core modules explore legal, theoretical and industrial perspectives on the contemporary communications environment. Optional modules offer students the potential to specialise in aspects of media, law and/or publishing studies, including media economics, news and digital media, advertising... [+]

MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law The MLitt Digital Media, Publishing and Law offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments shaping the creative industries. Core modules explore legal, theoretical and industrial perspectives on the contemporary communications environment. Optional modules offer students the potential to specialise in aspects of media, law and/or publishing studies, including media economics, news and digital media, advertising, marketing management and communications, and information technology law. The culmination of the degree is the final, independent research project, devised by the student in consultation with an academic supervisor. This course will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its legal, regulatory and industrial contexts. Structure and content The degree of MLitt comprises a total of eight modules plus a dissertation. In Semester 1, which runs from September to December, all candidates take core modules in Publishing Dynamics, Intellectual Property Law, and Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities, along with one optional module. In Semester 2, which runs from January to May, all candidates take a core module in Digital Cultures, along with three optional modules. All candidates for the MLitt then write a 12,000-word dissertation, which is due in August. Delivery and assessment Teaching involves a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops, and one-to-one supervision, all of which are delivered on campus at Stirling. Assessment tasks vary between modules and include essays, reports, presentations, practical assignments, exams, and collaborative course blogs. A grade is given for each assessed module according to the University’s Common Grading Scheme for postgraduate courses, which is set out in the General Regulations section of the Taught Postgraduate Calendar. Module titles Intellectual Property Law (LAWP03) Publishing Dynamics (PUBP16) Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities (ARTP01) Digital Cultures (MCCPX1) Information Technology Law (LAWP06) Media Economics (MMAP11) News, Journalism and Digital Media (MCCPX8) Marketing Management and Communications (PUBP17) Editorial Practice and Content Creation (PUBP18) Skills for Publishing Management (IPMP19) Publishing, Literature and Society (PUBP21) Sport and the Law (LAWP12) Advertising (PCMPX3) Media Rights (MMAP15) Media Policy and Regulation (MMAP14) Dissertation (ARTP08) Career opportunities This degree will be of particular interest to those who plan to work in the creative industries, as well as those already working in this field. It will also provide an excellent preparation for those wishing to continue their studies to PhD level. It will benefit those seeking a competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking. Entrance requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands). If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in English Language and Linguistics

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MLitt English Language and Linguistics offers students the opportunity to study the intricate workings of language and explore its central role in society. We investigate how language works, how people use it, what people use it for, where it came from and how it changes. The range of research expertise represented by the three dedicated members of staff teaching on the course are reflected in a comprehensive suite of modules that... [+]

MLitt in English Language and Linguistics The MLitt English Language and Linguistics offers students the opportunity to study the intricate workings of language and explore its central role in society. We investigate how language works, how people use it, what people use it for, where it came from and how it changes. The range of research expertise represented by the three dedicated members of staff teaching on the course are reflected in a comprehensive suite of modules that include cognitive, sociolinguistic, historical, evolutionary, and discourse analytical topics. Delivery and assessment Teaching takes place in the form of small group tutorials, occasional lectures, and sometimes lab sessions, depending on the module taken. All modules offer close and careful supervision, but students are expected to take proper responsibility for their studies. Assessment is via module coursework and the dissertation. Each module is assessed by means of one assignment, some of which may involve practical research investigations. The most significant piece of work on the course will be a 15,000-word dissertation, written during the Summer under supervision. Career opportunities Postgraduate degrees in English Language and Linguistics are much sought-after by students across the world, providing a grounding in theories and methods essential for a range of research and teaching careers in disciplines including English Studies, Education, English as a Foreign Language and English for Specific Purposes. Students with postgraduate degrees in English Language and Linguistics are prized for their excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and their ability to analyse and synthesise information rapidly and accurately. They are generally very adaptable and go on to a wide range of careers in all sectors of the economy, such as: private and public sector management and research, marketing and advertising, government administration, journalism, banking and finance, speech therapy. Former graduates from the MLitt have gone on to, for instance, Linguistics Research (in the Healthcare sector) and further study in Speech Therapy (for which a Master's in Linguistics was a prerequisite). In a recent report, graduates of English were as likely (if not more) to be in professional or managerial jobs three to three and a half years after graduation than graduates in other subjects (including science and social science subjects). Almost fifty percent of English graduates pursue further education within three years of graduating from their undergraduate degree, often as a route to a professional career, such as teaching or law. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Sample of work (e.g. English Essay) is required. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Stirling Master's course views Scottish literature in the light of this ambiguity from a perspective shaped by critical theory as well as traditional literary history. Our focus is the unusually strong role played by literature in sustaining the reality and difference of Scottish culture over the past three centuries – not forgetting the role of novelists and poets in integrating Scottish identity into the project of Britishness... [+]

MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing The Stirling Master's course views Scottish literature in the light of this ambiguity from a perspective shaped by critical theory as well as traditional literary history. Our focus is the unusually strong role played by literature in sustaining the reality and difference of Scottish culture over the past three centuries – not forgetting the role of novelists and poets in integrating Scottish identity into the project of Britishness. As debate intensifies over Scotland’s political status, the time is ripe to examine the role of writing in shaping the image and reality of the nation. Course objectives This course explores modern Scottish literature in relation to the ambivalent condition of Scottish history and identity. We focus on writing from Robert Burns, Walter Scott and James Hogg, through Victorian and late 19th-century writers (Galt, Buchan, Stevenson) to the modernist experiments of Hugh MacDiarmid and his followers, and on to provocative 20th-century experiments in language, textuality and historical re-telling (Welsh, Galloway, Kelman, Spark, Gray, Saadi, Robertson). No previous experience in studying Scottish literature is required. Leading Scottish writers and critics feature prominently in assigned reading, as do theorists of cultural modernity. Structure and content The Autumn core modules provide a thematic and historical overview; the Spring core module explores Scottish Romantic and Modernist writing in relation to specific themes of authenticity, representation and democracy. Option modules allow students to pursue deeper knowledge of specific texts and issues. Full-time students take one option in each semester; part-time students take options in Year 2 of their course. It is now possible to study Modern Scottish Writing jointly with Creative Writing; students on this pathway do ‘critical’ modules in Modern Scottish Writing alongside Creative Writing workshops. Dissertation The most significant piece of work on the course will be a dissertation of 15,000 words, written during the summer on a subject of your choosing in consultation with a member of teaching staff. You may choose to develop work initiated on one of the modules you have studied. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma. The work of the best students completing the course may be deemed worthy of an MLitt with Distinction. Career opportunities Completing a Master’s degree as a prelude to further academic research is an increasingly common pattern of study for young scholars and is a route encouraged by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Advanced education in the Arts, the practical experience of research and the production of a dissertation are significant transferable skills for many careers in business and the professions. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A sample of work (e.g. English Essay) is required. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in Philosophy

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are now fully merged for all postgraduate degrees and together form Scotland’s premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy institutions in the United Kingdom... [+]

MLitt in Philosophy The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are now fully merged for all postgraduate degrees and together form Scotland’s premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy institutions in the United Kingdom. The programme maintains a staff of authoritative researchers that is large enough to teach a comprehensive and flexible range of graduate courses, and to supervise research projects. It offers graduate teaching at a level that matches the best graduate programmes elsewhere in the world, in a wide range of areas, including the history of philosophy. Course objectives The taught MLitt provides the foundation year of the programme. Modules are offered in three fundamental areas of philosophy: logic and metaphysics, moral and political philosophy, and history of philosophy. The degree is primarily designed as a preparatory year for entry to postgraduate work in philosophy. It provides a firm foundation of general understanding and skills in philosophy which will serve as a basis for sound philosophical research. Graduate students are taught in dedicated graduate classes. Structure and content The programme involves a one-year taught MLitt, delivered largely in St Andrews by staff from both universities, after which you may progress to a PhD within the SASP programme. The MLitt programme lasts for one year and involves six modules over two semesters and a dissertation written over the summer. The Diploma involves a nine-month, taught programme and requires satisfactory completion of all taught modules. In addition to a Research Methods module and two core modules (one in each semester) on current issues in Philosophy, the programme offers a range of options in the history of Philosophy and in special areas of philosophy. Delivery and assessment The programme is taught by seminars (normally one two-hour seminar each week for each module) and individual supervision. Assessment is normally by coursework: each full module is assessed by two essays. To gain the Diploma, you must satisfactorily complete all the taught modules. To gain the MLitt, you must satisfactorily complete the taught modules and write a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words. Career opportunities Students on the MLitt have proceeded to the further study of Philosophy at PhD level. Some have remained within the SASP Graduate Programme, either at Stirling or at St Andrews, and others have gone on to leading institutions in the UK and abroad. A large number of former MLitt students have secured permanent university teaching positions. The general training in research and analytical thinking it offers also prepares you for a wide range of careers in various areas of public policy, public administration and governance. Academic requirements Applicants for the MLitt should normally have a good first degree in philosophy: a UK upper second class Honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma). Applicants with other qualifications may be admitted on the recommendation of the Programme Director. English language requirements All SASP courses are taught in English. Applicants who are NOT native speakers AND whose undergraduate degree was NOT taught in English must submit a recognised English Language test. We normally require a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based). 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based). A copy of your TOEFL certificate will be sufficient. Alternatively an IELTS score of 7.00 is also acceptable/sufficient. (Ideally we prefer the IELTS exam.) If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component IBT TOEFL: 100 with no sub test lower than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in Publishing Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MLitt in Publishing Studies teaching course is devised, and continually updated, to reflect current publishing industry practice and standards. It produces graduates who will have an enhanced opportunity to succeed in publishing and publishing-related careers. The course is demanding, stimulating and enjoyable, and many publishers now consider it to be the equivalent of a year’s experience within a publishing company. Our graduates occupy... [+]

MLitt in Publishing Studies The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication provides a comprehensive and coherent approach to all forms of publishing. The course covers the whole process of planning, editing, production, marketing and publication management in print and digital environments. It is dedicated to teaching the best current publishing practice, so the detailed content is updated each year as a result of the rapid changes that are transforming the industry worldwide. The MLitt in Publishing Studies teaching course is devised, and continually updated, to reflect current publishing industry practice and standards. It produces graduates who will have an enhanced opportunity to succeed in publishing and publishing-related careers. The course is demanding, stimulating and enjoyable, and many publishers now consider it to be the equivalent of a year’s experience within a publishing company. Our graduates occupy senior positions in both commercial and not-for-profit publication organisations throughout the world. The MLitt in Publishing offers: Strong publishing industry links and networks Enhanced publishing career pathways International environment with a student cohort from all around the world Intensive publishing research environment Course objectives In close contact with publishing businesses and the changing needs of the industry worldwide, the teaching team equips you with the qualities — intellectual and practical — that are needed for a successful working life in publishing and related organisations. Structure and content The MLitt in Publishing Studies is a one-year, full-time course (two years, part-time) designed to enable students' career development in Publishing. In Semester 1, students take compulsory modules in Publishing Dynamics, Editorial Practice and Content Creation, Marketing Management and Communications, Skills Training for Publishing, and the Publishing Project. These modules offer a coherent introduction to the publishing and related industries, offering students a thorough grounding in contemporary publishing. In Semester 2, students continue working on the Publishing Project, and further the modules Marketing Management and Communications and Skills Training for Publishing, in addition to choosing from a number of optional modules: Digital: Process and Product; Publishing, Literature and Society; Skills for Publishing Management; and the internship module Publishing in the Workplace. The MLitt is completed via the Publishing Dissertation over the summer. Part-time students take the course over two years. As well as the content of the modules, students attend a regular series of Visiting Speakers, have the opportunity to attend industry events such as the Publishing Scotland conference and the London Book Fair, go on field trips to locations including a printer and a book distributor, and to undertake a variety of internships and work placements. Delivery and assessment The MLitt in Publishing Studies is delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops (including sessions in the Publishing Computer Lab) and one-to-one teaching. Assessment is based on a range of practical and academic activities, including the creation of a physical publishing product (a book, magazine, e-book or app), marketing plans, presentations, and a dissertation. Students have opportunities to undertake work experience and internships, and to go on industry visits and field trips. There is also a weekly series of visiting speakers. Career opportunities The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has over 30 years of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries. Entry level jobs our students have gone into in recent years include: Publicity Assistant, Canongate Publicity Assistant, Faber & Faber Marketing Assistant, Taylor & Francis Events & Marketing Assistant, The Bookseller Sales & Marketing Assistant, McGraw Hill Production Assistant, Oxford University Press Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press Production Editor, Cicerone Press Publishing Assistant, Cengage Learning Web editor, Digital Publishing Department, China Social Sciences Press Foreign Rights Specialist, Suncolor Publishing Group Web Editor, BooksfromScotland.com Some of our alumni who have worked in the publishing industry have gone onto the following job roles: Group Sales Director and President (Asia Region), Taylor & Francis Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland Managing Editor, Little Island Books Higher Education Texts and eBook Sales Manager, Taylor and Francis (Asia Pacific) Director, World Book Day Production Editor, Taylor & Francis Founder and Publisher, Tapsalteerie and Lumphanan Press Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt in The Gothic Imagination

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MLitt in The Gothic Imagination at the University of Stirling provides students with the unique opportunity to steep themselves in the scholarly appreciation of this mode, providing a rigorous and intensive historical survey of its literary origins and developments, and charting its dispersal across a broad range of media and national contexts. In so doing, the course equips its graduates with the necessary theoretical vocabulary to address... [+]

MLitt in The Gothic Imagination Contemporary culture is characterised by nothing if not a reawakened interest in the Gothic, be that in the form of the current vogue for horror film, in the heightened preoccupation with terror and monstrosity in the media, the extraordinary success of writers such as Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer, or in manifestations of an alternative Gothic impulse in fashion, music and lifestyle. As the countless adaptations and retellings of texts such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818; 1831) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) in our own day attest, the Gothic, though once relegated to a dark corner of literary history, has assumed a position of considerable cultural prominence. The MLitt in The Gothic Imagination at the University of Stirling provides students with the unique opportunity to steep themselves in the scholarly appreciation of this mode, providing a rigorous and intensive historical survey of its literary origins and developments, and charting its dispersal across a broad range of media and national contexts. In so doing, the course equips its graduates with the necessary theoretical vocabulary to address, and critically reflect upon, the Gothic as a complex and multi-faceted cultural phenomenon, while also preparing them for further postgraduate research in the rich and vibrant field of Gothic Studies. In addition to these subject-specific objectives, the MLitt in The Gothic Imagination also provides its graduates with several invaluable transferable skills, including critical thinking, theoretical conceptualisation, historical periodization and independent research. Course objectives The MLitt in the Gothic Imagination consists of four core modules, two option modules, and a dissertation. Across these components, the course aims to provide students with a rigorous grounding in the work and thematic preoccupations of the most influential Gothic writers, both historical and contemporary. Supplemented by relevant historical and theoretical material throughout, the course aims to provide as rich and varied an exposure to the academic study of the Gothic as possible. The first two core modules seek to provide a searching historical overview of the genesis and development of the Gothic aesthetic, taking students systematically from the circulation of the term ‘Gothic’ in the political and aesthetic discourses of the late seventeeth and eighteenth centuries, through the late eighteenth-century writings of Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and Charlotte Dacre, and into the nineteenth-century fictions of writers such as Charles Maturin, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, the Brontës, Sheridan Le Fanu, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. The second and third core modules, on Gothic in modern, modernist and postmodern writing, include texts by authors such as Gaston Leroux, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, Djuna Barnes; Mervyn Peake, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison and Patrick McGrath. Option modules vary from year to year, depending on student interest and demand. Recent option topics have included the Gothic on the Romantic Stage; Nineteenth-century American Gothic; Transmutations of the Vampire; The Gothic in Children’s Literature; Monstrosity; The Female Gothic; Queer Gothic; and Gothic in/and Modern Horror Cinema. At the dissertation stage, students are encouraged to undertake independent, supervised research on any particular interest within Gothic studies that they might wish to pursue. Subject to the agreement of the course director, a creative writing dissertation may be undertaken at this stage. Structure and content The teaching year at Stirling is divided into two semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January to the end of May respectively. Both full-time and part-time students take four Gothic core modules over two semesters. For part-time students, these core modules are completed in year 1. The core modules in the Autumn semester are as follows: Early British Gothic, 1764-1820 (20 credits) and Victorian Gothic, 1820-1900 (20 credits). The core modules for the Spring semester are Twentieth-century British and American Gothic (20 credits) and Twenty-first-century Gothic (20 credits). In parallel with the core modules, students are required to take one optional module in each semester, each weighted at 20 credits. Part-time students take one optional module in each semester in the second year of study. In addition to allowing for the development of a range of subject-specific skills, these two optional modules are also designed to provide students with a rigorous training in research and employability skills. These modules vary depending on teaching staff, but in the past have included the following: American Gothic: An examination of the emergence and development of Gothic in 19th-century American fiction with particular attention to the ways in which these texts transform the optimistic narratives of the new American republic Gothic in Contemporary Film: An analysis of the ways in which Gothic tropes have been appropriated and reworked in a selection of contemporary films The Female Gothic: A study of selected contemporary texts as reworkings of the female Gothic tradition of Ann Radcliffe Transmutations of the Vampire: An investigation into the cultural significance of the vampire over the past 50 years The most significant piece of work on the course will be a dissertation of 15,000 words, written during the summer, on a subject of your choosing, in consultation with a member of English Studies. You may choose to develop work initiated on one of the modules you have studied. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma. The work of the best students completing the course may be deemed worthy of an MLitt with Distinction. Delivery and assessment Two hours of seminars per module per week, plus individual consultations and supervisions with members of staff. Assessment is by means of a 4,000-word essay for each core module, and a variety of skills-based assessments (such as presentations; portfolios; blog-entries) for optional modules. All students complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice once optional and core modules have been completed. Employability With course-work assessed solely by means of independently devised, researched and executed essays, the MLitt in The Gothic Imagination equips students with a number of the skills and abilities that are prized and actively sought after by employers across the private and public sectors. These include the ability to process and reflect critically upon cultural forms; the ability to organise, present and express ideas clearly and logically; the ability to understand complex theoretical ideas; and the ability to undertake extended independent research. Previous graduates of the course have gone on to pursue successful careers in such fields as teaching, publishing, research, academia, advertising, journalism and the film industry. The 15,000-word dissertation that is submitted towards the end of the course allows students to devise, develop, support and defend their own academic ideas across an extended piece of written work; addition to the skills of independence, organisation and expression fostered by this exercise, the dissertation also provides an excellent point of entry into more advanced forms of postgraduate research, including the Doctoral degree. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A sample of work (e.g. English Essay) is required. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. 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MPP in Public Policy

Campus Full time Part time August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. It allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills required to flourish in the policymaking world, preparing you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy... [+]

MPP in Public Policy The Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) provides an advanced qualification in research and policy analysis. It allows you to develop the conceptual, analytical and practical skills required to flourish in the policymaking world, preparing you for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy. The course can also be used as a springboard for further postgraduate research and combines core modules in policy and policy-making with optional modules in social research and policy-relevant disciplines. If you want to use the degree to pursue research, to PhD level for example, you can take five courses in Applied Social Research. If you want to pursue an interest in other policy-relevant disciplines, you can combine a focus on policy and research with options in areas such as: law economics behavioural science social marketing energy environmental and international politics The course is designed to meet your specific, individual requirements and the course is delivered by small weekly group seminars, with dedicated contact with the course leader. You complete the course by producing a dissertation which applies intellectual rigour to a real world policy problem to equip the policymakers of the future. Additionally, there is some scope to take modules from the new MSc in Gender Studies. Structure and content The course (of 180 credits) combines core modules on Policy Theory and Practice with optional modules in Social Research and policy-relevant disciplines. Its core modules (45 credits) focus on multi-level policymaking, identifying the responsibilities and policies of local, devolved, national and international decision-makers. We then identify the concepts, models and theories used to study policy and policymaking, comparing theories in political science with a range of policy-relevant disciplines (including economics, communication, psychology, management and social marketing). We also combine theory and practice by inviting a range of policy actors to give guest seminars as part of the core modules. You can choose up to five 15-credit modules in Applied Social Research (ASR), including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Research Design and the Philosophy of Science. You can choose two 15-credit modules in law, economics, behavioural science, social marketing, gender studies, energy, environmental and international politics. If appropriate, you can also choose to replace some ASR modules with research methods modules in your chosen subject (such as the Gender Studies course ‘Feminist Research’ which is a prerequisite for its Research Placement module). The norm is to maintain a generally high level of contact between students engaged in the MPP and a small cohort of staff (teaching core and common ASR courses), but with the flexibility to take your own path. You complete the course by producing a 60-credit dissertation (around 12,000 words) which applies intellectual rigour to a real world policy problem. You will have the option to pursue a placement with a relevant organisation to allow you to tailor your research to a policymaker or policy influencer audience. Delivery and assessment The core modules are delivered in weekly seminars and the assessment is one piece of coursework. The 15-credit module titled ‘How Does the Policy Process Work’ includes a two-hour seminar per week and 3,000 word report. The 30-credit ‘Policymaking: Theories and Approaches’ has two two-hour seminars per week (combining weekly political science theory discussions with weekly guest seminars from practitioners and other policy-relevant disciplines) and a 5,000-word report. Most ASR modules are delivered in a series of half-day, one-day or three-day blocks and involve coursework from 3,000-4,000 words. Most policy-relevant options follow the core module format of the core modules – weekly seminars and one piece of coursework. Career opportunities The course combines subject-specific knowledge of the policy process with transferable skills in research and analysis. These are the skills required to flourish in a range of organisations in the public, private and third sectors. It prepares students for a career in the public sector and vocations that make a contribution to the development or delivery of public policy. It is also flexible enough to allow students to continue their postgraduate studies. Although the MPP is new, it builds on successful courses taught by the School of Applied Social Science. Over the past five years, over half of the graduates from the MSc Applied Social Research course have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, including a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation. Over one third of its graduates continues with academic study and undertake a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Criminological Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. The MRes offers a combination of high quality, flexibility and choice. It is also focused on the employability of its graduates. Research work of the 100+ staff and postgraduate students at Stirling is supported by a state-of-the-art Information & Communication Technologies room, one of the best in the UK... [+]

MRes in Criminological Research This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. The MRes offers a combination of high quality, flexibility and choice. It is also focused on the employability of its graduates. Research work of the 100+ staff and postgraduate students at Stirling is supported by a state-of-the-art Information & Communication Technologies room, one of the best in the UK. Course objectives The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma Criminological Research provides training in the methods and approaches used in criminological research. The objectives are to: Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin criminological and socio-legal research Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative criminological and socio-legal research Develop your understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use Structure and content The MRes/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises seven compulsory taught modules, one further taught module option and (for the MRes) a dissertation. The compulsory modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry; Research Design and Process; Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Data Analysis; Criminological Perspectives; Criminalisation, Social Control and Human Rights; Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Educational Research

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This innovative course prepares you for doctoral studies and a career in Educational Research through a series of taught modules and a dissertation. Under the expert guidance of a team of leading academics you will learn the skills of research, from conception through to design, methodology and data collection, to analysis, interpretation and dissemination. As part of the course you will engage closely with cutting edge research... [+]

MRes in Educational Research This innovative course prepares you for doctoral studies and a career in Educational Research through a series of taught modules and a dissertation. Under the expert guidance of a team of leading academics you will learn the skills of research, from conception through to design, methodology and data collection, to analysis, interpretation and dissemination. As part of the course you will engage closely with cutting edge research projects currently being undertaken by the School of Education. Accreditation The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as meeting its requirements for postgraduate research training, and it now forms part of the recognised pathway in educational research for the Scottish Graduate School in the Social Sciences. Structure and content The course is designed to meet the Economic and Social Research Council’s requirements for broad knowledge, practical skills and both generic and specific competencies in educational research. It comprises taught modules and a dissertation. The taught modules are delivered by a number of subject areas, including Education. They include a short research placement in an educational setting. Further details of the modules and their content are available on our website: Dissertation Students will be required to conduct a small piece of educational research and write this up as a 15,000-word dissertation to be completed during May to September (May to December for part-time students). Career opportunities The MRes is designed to enhance the career prospects of researchers in education, training and related areas of work, and professionals requiring the capacity to understand and commission research in these fields. It is essential preparation for doctoral research in education and is recognised by Economic and Social Research Council as meeting its criteria for postgraduate research training that helps students improve their employability while acquiring core research skills. Employability is an important focus of this course, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £12,000 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements To be considered for admission to the degree, a candidate will normally have a good honours degree in Education or cognate subject from a Higher Education institution in the United Kingdom, or a degree of equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom. Exceptionally, a candidate with learning gained through extensive relevant professional experience may be considered for admission. Candidates are expected to have good numeracy skills and a willingness to engage in depth and breadth with statistical analysis English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Historical Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft... [+]

MRes in Historical Research The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. The Master's of Research (MRes) is designed: to enable students to become well-trained historians and to demonstrate their fitness to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas. Both are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training, under supervision. There are three variants of the MRes in Historical Research: MRes in Historical Research: The American Revolutionary Era MRes in Historial Research: Medieval Scottish History MRes in Historical Research: Environmental History Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Accreditation The MRes programme and all constituent modules are constructed in line with the University's academic procedures and are fully assessed and externally examined. The programme is recognised by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The former has awarded scholarships for the programme and both councils have given PhD awards to outstanding Stirling graduates of the MRes. Course objectives This programme prepares you for further research: to co-ordinate the provision of additional or external skills training and to develop the application of research skills students will obtain practical experience of devising and applying a research method to interrogate primary sources qualitative and quantitative analyses the application of IT in information retrieval, especially bibliographical database software, communication skills, written and oral project design involving the conceptualisation of research questions and the presentation of data and data analysis Structure and content The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year programme that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. Historiography: Students taking the MRes undertake independant study of the historical literature of a chosen field. Coursework comprises a 10,000-word paper that critically reviews historians' works and identifies a topic suitable for original research in a dissertation (module 4 below). There are no classes; one-to-one supervisory sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient times. Delivery and assessment Delivery is primarily through one to one sessions with the member of staff who will supervise your dissertation and provide direct feedback on Historiography and Sources and Methods. Training and skills elements are planned in discussion with your supervisor and these will comprise activities in four areas: generic skills; employability skills' breadth of knowledge, subject-specific skills. Students must attend the one-week programme and history and related discipline skills in early December and must give a short paper on their own research at the Stirling postgraduate conference in early June. Career opportunities The MRes has been designed with three career destinations in mind: to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level as a route to an academic career as a higher degree in its own right The MRes will also enhance continuing professional development, particularly in teaching, journalism, marketing, and heritage management through in-depth study of particular fields; by aiming to develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the programme provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors. Most of our graduates go on to study for a PhD either by continuing at Stirling or at another University in the UK, Europe or North America. Recent graduates have secured posts in firms and institutions as varied as Historic Scotland, Sea World, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Research proposal required (1,500 word maximum). English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Humanities

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MRes offers you the opportunity to pursue a personalised, tailor-made programme of Master’s study in a structured, interdisciplinary, and research-driven environment. Even within the specified pathways, much latitude is provided for your own individual pursuits in each of the areas. The programme is designed to enable you to become a well-trained researcher in a Humanities subject area, showing strong capacity for self-directed... [+]

MRes in Humanities The MRes offers you the opportunity to pursue a personalised, tailor-made programme of Master’s study in a structured, interdisciplinary, and research-driven environment. Even within the specified pathways, much latitude is provided for your own individual pursuits in each of the areas. The programme is designed to enable you to become a well-trained researcher in a Humanities subject area, showing strong capacity for self-directed work and initiative. Should you wish to do a PhD, the programme enables you to demonstrate fitness in undertaking doctoral research. But it also qualifies you with specialised expertise at the postgraduate level for a professional career within a wide range of employment areas. Structure and content The MRes in Humanities offers two tracks: a bespoke research track, in which students develop, in conjunction with their supervisor(s), their own research agenda from beginning to end; and a specified pathway with a taught element in Semester 1 (in either Hermeneutics, Religion and Politics, or Cultural Representation of Spain and Latin America), which then leads to personalising the respective areas of interest in the remainder of the course. The programme follows two semesters - which run from mid-September to late December and from January to the end of May - and a summer period for dissertation writing. Delivery and assessment You will attend individual supervisory sessions and/or weekly seminars (specified pathway). The research skills training will provide opportunities for various different learning environments, including Divisional and School seminars, Graduate School workshops, off-campus visits, etc. In addition, students are entitled to take existing advanced level (level 10 or 11) tuition in the subject areas concerned and/or to undertake language tuition at all levels in French and Spanish, or in earlier varieties of English (Old and Middle English), if appropriate. Assessment will include essays, reports (which may take the form of written documents, websites or PowerPoint presentations, depending in your particular research interest), and a research skills portfolio that includes personal reflection. At the end of the second semester, you will also give a twenty-minute presentation of your intended dissertation to other postgraduates and staff at the Postgraduate Day event. Where are our graduates now Students who have graduated from this degree have emerged highly qualified for employment in manifold areas, including the public sector, the voluntary sector, the civil service, the foreign office, non-governmental organisations, international relations, primary and secondary teaching, journalism, the civil service and publishing, the media, the arts, and in many other professional fields and positions well-suited to the training and knowledge gained in the programme. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Media Research

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The Master’s degree in Media Research, which can also provide the first year of the doctoral course, is designed to give you the necessary skills to carry out advanced interdisciplinary research in the broad field of media studies... [+]

MRes in Media Research Our graduate media studies Master's award, Media Research (MRes), has an illustrious background, and with our other degrees has received awards. 1st in Scotland for research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (most recent Research Assessment Exercise) 1st in Scotland for Communications and Media (The Independent Complete University Guide, 2011, and The Guardian University Guide, 2011) The Master’s degree in Media Research, which can also provide the first year of the doctoral course, is designed to give you the necessary skills to carry out advanced interdisciplinary research in the broad field of media studies. Course objectives A suite of MRes courses has been developed concurrently by six subject areas: Applied Social Science, Education, Communications, Media and Culture, Management, Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Sports Studies. These courses have a shared core of four modules in generic research skills, plus specialist disciplinary modules and a range of options. They combine high quality with flexibility and choice for students. Employability is another important focus, with the opportunity for a research placement offered to all MRes students. This course is designed to provide a basic but extensive training in media research methods. The training provided is multidisciplinary, covering social sciences and humanities approaches. Ideal candidates are those looking for employment in the media for which research training is seen as valuable, as well as those intending to pursue academic careers in the field. Delivery and assessment The course involves lectures, seminars, tutorials, a research project and case study work. Assessment is by means of coursework as specified for each module and includes essays, a literature review, a research report, a seminar presentation and a media text. A dissertation proposal must be submitted by the beginning of the Spring Semester when supervisors are allocated (you will be expected to stay within the areas of current staff interest and expertise). Each dissertation is approximately 12,000 words in length and may take the form of a written publishable academic article or a project report, depending on its focus. Research interests Research interests in Communications, Media and Culture currently include: film theory and analysis; television studies; creative industries and cultural policy; media economics and regulation; digital media and activism; journalism; political communication; sport and the media; public relations; national identity and globalisation; representations of gender and ethnicity; celebrity culture; new media and intellectual property and other aspects of media and popular culture. Module titles The MRes Media Research consists of two components: a taught course followed by a dissertation. The taught course takes place over an academic year. You will take three modules in the Autumn Semester and three modules in the Spring Semester, making a total of six taught modules across the year. Semester 1 Research Design and Process Quantitative Data Analysis Media Research Methods 1 Semester 2 Applied Methods 2 Qualitative Data Analysis One module from the following options: Media Regulation and Policy Media Rights Media Research Placement The Nature of Social Enquiry Advanced Quantitative Methods (tbc) Advanced Qualitative Methods (tbc) Employability The MRes provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of social science research methods and an ability to apply these to the study of the media. The degree is primarily targeted at students needing research training prior to registration for a higher research degree, such as a PhD. The course also offers an excellent grounding in social science methods which are transferable to media research for industry, marketing and advertising research, production research and wider aspects of social research consultancy. Former graduates have successfully developed careers as academic researchers and a range of media industry related careers. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Renaissance Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MRes Renaissance Studies is aimed at those who are interested in the literary and broader cultural aspects of the Renaissance and who wish to acquire a more specialised knowledge of this field. A primary objective is to investigate factors that contribute to the distinctiveness of the cultural productions of Northern Europe, including Scotland... [+]

MRes in Renaissance Studies The MRes Renaissance Studies is aimed at those who are interested in the literary and broader cultural aspects of the Renaissance and who wish to acquire a more specialised knowledge of this field. A primary objective is to investigate factors that contribute to the distinctiveness of the cultural productions of Northern Europe, including Scotland. Course objectives The research-based MRes course aims to: Introduce you to key areas of critical debate in Renaissance Studies by comparing different canonical accounts of the period Explore the distinctiveness of northern Renaissance culture, including Scotland. Develop a critical understanding of the variety of genres, media and signifying practices employed by Renaissance writers and visual artists Equip you with the technical skills necessary for conducting research in this field, presenting information and constructing scholarly arguments Structure and content The core of this MRes course is a sustained period of independent study, assessed by coursework over two semesters. This involves a course of directed reading and research, to be agreed by each individual student with his/her supervisor, and tailored to his/her interests. In addition, students take two taught modules from a menu including: Politics and Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Renaissance Sovereignty: Politics and Representation Writing and National Identity Please note that not all these optional modules may be offered in each academic year. Arts Research Training Our innovative training for graduates enables students to build up a portfolio of skills that prepare them for academic and professional life. All graduate students will work with their supervisors to select what’s right for them from a menu of activities. Each student will build up a portfolio of skills every year. On a taught postgraduate degree, you may be given specific guidance on what activities you need to undertake for those qualifications. Dissertation The most significant piece of work on the course will be a dissertation of 15,000 words on a subject of your choosing in consultation with a member of English Studies. You may choose to develop work initiated on one of the modules you have studied. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma. Career opportunities Completing a Master’s degree as a prelude to further academic research is a route encouraged by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Advanced education in the Arts and the practical experience of research and the production of a dissertation are significant transferable skills for many careers. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A sample of work (e.g. English Essay) is required. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Translation Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

A postgraduate degree in Translation Studies is of the highest value. Not only will it equip you with professional level translation skills in international dialogues, enabling you to play your part in developing a global community, it will also give you an opportunity to fine-tune your communication skills and awareness of the wide range of challenges and opportunities that arise every time intercultural dialogue occurs... [+]

MRes in Translation Studies Available across six in-demand language pairings: English and one of French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian and Polish A postgraduate degree in Translation Studies is of the highest value. Not only will it equip you with professional level translation skills in international dialogues, enabling you to play your part in developing a global community, it will also give you an opportunity to fine-tune your communication skills and awareness of the wide range of challenges and opportunities that arise every time intercultural dialogue occurs. Recent research has shown that the fall in the number of language learners over the past decade has come at a big cost to the UK economy. While we may be able to continue to trade and to develop partnerships with countries, regions and companies whose first language is English, we’ve been cutting ourselves off from large swathes of the new markets emerging in East Asia, in Latin America, and in West Africa, to name but three regions. This trend has had an impact even at EU level, according to a recent CFA Skills report. The reasons for this recent decline in language learning are varied, but the tide is turning as Scottish and UK business and industry recognises the benefits of speaking the languages of truly global trade. Course objectives The Master’s in Translation Studies has a strong focus on practical translation and on specific situations in which people communicate with one another across different cultures. We offer the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish (available subject to demand and availability). The course provides extensive practical translation work on a theme or topic of your choice. It is structured so that you can have considerable flexibility in choosing what areas of translation you wish to specialise in, as you build up a portfolio of translations with your tutor. You may also choose to undertake an extended translation as part of your final dissertation and will be given an opportunity to examine some of the key topics in contemporary Translation Studies. Students on the course also examine some major debates surrounding the opportunities and problems that arise when people from different cultures communicate and translate, through seminars led by experts in the field of intercultural communication. There will also be some opportunity for work-based study and exercises, as well as a chance to develop your skills using translation software packages. If you wish to study for a PhD subsequently, you have the opportunity to demonstrate you have attained a level that prepares you for a higher research degree. For candidates of a suitable level, there is an opportunity to continue in Stirling with a practice-led doctorate involving translation. Structure and content Stirling’s MRes in Translation Studies has all the taught elements of an MSc course, while still retaining the flexibility of research-led learning and teaching. This established course has a number of features which will enhance your learning experience. The teaching year follows the two semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January to the end of May. Portfolio of Translation: This module develops critical ability and autonomy in applying theories and approaches to different types of translation texts. It will also introduce students to the core translation theories, research methods and approaches in Translation Studies. After that, the students will develop, with their tutor, their own portfolio of practical translation exercises, relating to their own interests. The portfolio will consist of four pieces of translation, each approx. 500 words in length. Students will also discuss and comment on the issues arising in translating your portfolio in a commentary of around 1,250 words. Terminology and Translation Project Management: This module focuses on introducing students to the theoretical framework of the disciplines of terminology and project management, familiarising them with the practice of terminological research and glossary compilation - both essential adjuncts to the work of a professional translator - and developing the students’ career awareness and enterprise skills. Cultural Translation and Transfer: You will engage in seminar discussions with experts in the area of cultural translation and transfer, analysing the opportunities and problems that arise when information is communicated across cultures. You will be assessed by means of essays reflecting on a major topic of debate, as well as reports based on site visits to our partner institutions engaged in cultural translation. Research Skills: Our innovative Arts Graduate Training modules enable students to build up a portfolio of skills that prepare them for academic and professional life. All graduate students will work with their supervisors to select what’s right for them from a menu of activities. For many of our students a key part of these modules involves participating in work placements and work experience with local businesses, museums and film festivals. Translation with Computer Technology (option module) (subject to demand): This module trains students to apply their theoretical and conceptual background to a practical approach to translation and to address the significant and growing demand for basic skills in translation studies. The module will include translation corpora, terminology bank, machine translation (MT) and computer-aided translation (CAT) tools in the fields of translation memory (TM) management, translation project management, translation of documentation, and software localisation, to exploiting translation resources available on the internet and legacy translation data. Specialised Translation (option module) (subject to demand): The module addresses the significant and growing demand for specialised translation within human situations and professional contexts, across different degrees of specialisation in a range of subject matters, including business, legal, medical, audiovisual, academic, journalistic, political, religious and cultural texts either from two languages into English or one language into and out of English, at a professional level. Dissertation: Subject to successful completion of all elements of the assessment in both Semesters, you will choose one of the following as your dissertation project: an extended piece of translation and related research and commentary based on it a ‘traditional’ dissertation on a topic drawn from Translation Theories a ‘traditional’ dissertation focusing on a topic drawn from the field of Cultural Translation You are expected to begin collating materials during the Spring. The main writing period will follow on from the end of teaching in May, and all dissertations are submitted at the end of August. Delivery and assessment You will attend seminars and workshop sessions which will focus on translation theories, cultural translation and transfer, but also on the practical activity of translation. Each semester will also include a site visit to one of our partner institutions which engages in cultural translation, broadly construed. Assessment will include essays, reports (which may take the form of written documents, websites or PowerPoint presentations), and the portfolio of translation. Career opportunities Our taught MRes in Translation Studies is, first and foremost, a fantastic gateway into a career in Translation, whether you want to work freelance or in-house, and there’s much more that you could end up doing with a qualification in Translation. In a world of globalisation, criss-crossing travel and trade routes, and multi-lingual, multi-platform media, your translation skills will set you apart from the crowd. Whether you’re interested in developing a career in Europe, or working for one of the many international companies with offices in Scotland and the UK, or playing your part in the ever-expanding, diversifying tourist industry, this is the course for you. Scotland’s exports increased by £1.6 billion over the course of 2010 according to the latest Global Connections Survey (2013) and the upward trend looks set to continue. For organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, up and coming translators who can expand Scotland’s business partners and look towards new horizons are extremely highly valued. And our course's five, in-demand languages (French, Spanish, Chinese, Polish and Russian) are indicators of some of these new horizons towards which the country is turning with an increase of more than 14% in exports to the EU, strong growth in emerging Asian markets, and a marked interest in new, innovative areas such as renewables. And wherever Scottish businesses seek to expand their marketplace, they call on translators to help smooth the path. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Language competence requirement; a native speaker of or holding a degree in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian or Polish. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc

LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Graduates of the LLM/ MSc in International Energy Law and Policy will be well placed to pursue careers in the legal firms, the environmental sector, government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organisations, business, pressure groups and charities. Expert staff within Law, Economics, Politics, and Environmental Science have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which... [+]

LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy Graduates of the LLM/ MSc in International Energy Law and Policy will be well placed to pursue careers in the legal firms, the environmental sector, government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organisations, business, pressure groups and charities. Expert staff within Law, Economics, Politics, and Environmental Science have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will provide graduates with developed understanding and knowledge of the key areas of environmental policy and governance. Structure and content The course is multi-disciplinary and consists of eight taught modules which are delivered by staff in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Management and Natural Sciences. A combination of four specialist modules is taken in both Semesters and students will also complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the period 1 June to the middle of August. The objectives of the LLM in International Energy Law and Policy are: to provide graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business; to provide graduates with a broad and clear insight into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels; to provide graduates with an understanding of the dynamics of past, current and future energy law and policy-making and governance; and to provide the academic foundation for progression to PhD level study. Delivery and assessment All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which provides opportunity for interaction with staff and to develop communication skills through discussion and presentation of key issues. Students are encouraged and expected to undertake independent study and to read widely from a variety of sources. The necessity of independent study culminates in the dissertation written in the summer. This piece of work provides students with opportunity to produce independent research in their chosen area. Modules are assessed typically by a combination of coursework and examination with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught. An integrated assessment strategy is adopted. Students must pass all seven modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM). Module titles Energy Law and Policy Regulating CSR (Part l) Investment Law Environmental Impact Assessment Low Carbon Energy Law Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities Dissertation Career opportunities Energy law and policy has become one of the most topical issues within society at the moment. The battle against climate change represents the challenge of our generation. Law firms are increasingly opening their own specialised Energy Law divisions. Consequently, there is a great demand for employees who have a specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy. Graduates will significantly enhance their employability within this growing field. Employment destinations beyond the legal sector include posts in: corporate strategy and corporate management; public sector organisations, specialised legal practice (for those already qualified as legal practitioners), journalism, third sector (voluntary) organisations, and NGOs. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies (Applied)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc/MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied) equips students with conceptual and practical skills in gender analysis and research, underpinned by feminist theory. Through core modules – Understanding Gender, Feminist Research, and Key Feminist Thinkers – students are exposed to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying gender. We give history and context to the development of key feminist debates, exploring commonalities and... [+]

MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies (Applied) The MSc/MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied) equips students with conceptual and practical skills in gender analysis and research, underpinned by feminist theory. Through core modules – Understanding Gender, Feminist Research, and Key Feminist Thinkers – students are exposed to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying gender. We give history and context to the development of key feminist debates, exploring commonalities and differences in the ways they have played out in different disciplines. At the heart of the course is a concern about how academic debate informs, is shaped by, and is – at times – distanced from, how gender ‘works’ in real world contexts. Students explore these issues through a seminar-based course and are offered the opportunity to apply their learning in real world contexts through the Research Placement module. This course is interdisciplinary, but, within this, students can emphasise Arts and Humanities (MLitt) or Social Science (MSc) approaches. The MSc places a greater emphasis on research methods and data analysis, and is the recommended route for students interested in PhD study in Social Sciences. The MLitt offers students more optional modules and is better suited to students looking for an all-round education in Gender Studies and/or is interested in PhD study in the Arts and Humanities. The MSc/MLitt in Gender Studies (Applied) at the University of Stirling is unique in the UK in that it places the application of learning to real-world contexts at the heart of its course. It is housed within the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and students have access to its seminar course of visiting academics and practitioners working on gender and feminist issues in a variety of professional contexts. Students have the opportunity to apply their learning to a real-world research placement and the course team have established links with potential placement providers from the feminist third sector as well as with a number of organisations who are committed to gender equality as part of their work in arts, culture and sport. Structure and content Gender Studies (of 180 credits) combines interdisciplinary core courses on gender theory, feminist research and the history of feminist thought, with optional courses within a range of disciplinary traditions. Its core modules (45 credits) focus on providing students with an interdisciplinary frame for the critical study of gender that is underpinned by feminist theory and acknowledges the ways in which gender informs – and is informed by – other structural inequalities. Collectively, they equip students with a knowledge and understanding of key feminist debates about ontology, epistemology and methodology, and enable them to identify both commonalities and differences in the ways these debates have played out in different disciplinary contexts. Students following the MSc route take two further core modules in Quantitative Data Analysis and Qualitative Data Analysis (worth an additional 30 credits), which provide advanced Social Science-oriented research methods training, essential for students considering undertaking further postgraduate research (e.g. at PhD level) in the Social Sciences. The optional courses – of which MLitt students take five (totalling 75 credits) and the MSc students three (totalling 45 credits) – offer opportunities for more discipline-based learning, collectively providing a multi-disciplinary perspective for the study of gender issues. The Gender Studies Research Placement module is open to both MLitt and MSc students and allows students the chance to put their learning into practice in diverse real-world contexts. Students complete the course by producing a 60-credit dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on a topic of their choice within Gender Studies. Given the disciplinary reach of the course team, we are well qualified to provide expert supervision in a range of fields. Delivery and assessment The core modules are delivered in weekly seminars and the assessment is all in the form of coursework. The assessments are designed to allow students to develop and enhance academic skills in writing and research. The Understanding Gender, Feminist Research and Key Feminist Thinkers modules all have more than one assessment point to allow for feedback and improvement. In the Research Placement module, students will deliver their research in a form agreed in advance with the placement provider so as to best meet their needs and give students the opportunity to develop skills in delivering research in real-world contexts. Career opportunities The course combines subject-specific knowledge of Gender Studies with transferable skills in research and analysis. These are the skills required to flourish in a range of organisations in the public, private and third sectors, with the subject specialism being particularly advantageous for graduates seeking to work on gender and equality issues. The Research Placement allows students to develop skills in delivering research in real-world contexts and will be valuable in enabling students to build relevant networks in sectors in which they might be seeking employment post graduation. The course is also flexible enough to allow students to continue their postgraduate studies. Although the MLitt/MSc is new, the MSc in particular builds on successful courses provided by the School of Applied Social Science. Over the past five years, over half of the graduates from the MSc Applied Social Research have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, including a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation. Over one third of its graduates continue with academic study and undertake a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MRes in Publishing Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond. The MRes in Publishing Studies is a course which enables students to develop strong research skills in the fields of publishing studies, either with regard to contemporary publishing issues and trends or to the history of... [+]

MRes in Publishing Studies The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond. The MRes in Publishing Studies is a course which enables students to develop strong research skills in the fields of publishing studies, either with regard to contemporary publishing issues and trends or to the history of the book and print culture. It enables and encourages an analytical and research-driven approach to publishing, leading either towards further study and research, or allowing publishing practitioners to examine in depth issues affecting their current practice. The MRes in Publishing offers: Strong publishing industry links and networks Enhanced publishing career pathways International environment with a student cohort from all around the world Intensive publishing research environment Course objectives The MRes Publishing Studies is a research preparation Master’s course that offers students the opportunity for tailor-made Master’s study in the field of publishing studies. It also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research with a specialism in publishing. Structure and content The MRes in Publishing Studies is a one-year, full-time course (two years part-time) designed to enable students to research aspects of contemporary or historical publishing. The course offers maximum flexibility so that students can tailor their course to fit their research interests and professional practice. The course has both a September and a February intake, and benefits from access to the modules in the MLitt in Publishing Studies, independent research modules, and a long dissertation. As well as the content of the modules, students attend a regular series of visiting speakers, have the opportunity to attend industry events such as the Publishing Scotland conference and the London Book Fair, and go on field trips to locations including a printer and a book distributor. Delivery and assessment The delivery of modules is via a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, self-guided study and one-to-one supervision. Assessment includes a variety of written assignments and presentations, including a portfolio of publishing research and an extended dissertation. Career opportunities The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has over 30 years of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries. Entry level jobs our students have gone into in recent years include: Publicity Assistant, Canongate Publicity Assistant, Faber & Faber Marketing Assistant, Taylor & Francis Events & Marketing Assistant, The Bookseller Sales & Marketing Assistant, McGraw Hill Production Assistant, Oxford University Press Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press Production Editor, Cicerone Press Publishing Assistant, Cengage Learning Web editor, Digital Publishing Department, China Social Sciences Press Foreign Rights Specialist, Suncolor Publishing Group Web Editor, BooksfromScotland.com Some of our alumni who have worked in the publishing industry have gone onto the following job roles: Group Sales Director and President (Asia Region), Taylor & Francis Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland Managing Editor, Little Island Books Higher Education Texts and eBook Sales Manager, Taylor and Francis (Asia Pacific) Director, World Book Day Production Editor, Taylor & Francis Founder and Publisher, Tapsalteerie and Lumphanan Press Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a research proposal of 2000 words. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Education and Leadership

Online & Campus Combined Part time 1 - 3 years September 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The School of Education has worked in partnership with local authorities over a number of years to develop a suite of highly-regarded professional education programmes designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes. [+]

The School of Education has worked in partnership with local authorities over a number of years to develop a suite of highly-regarded professional education programmes designed to impact directly on professional practices and pupils’ learning experiences and outcomes. During 2013-15 researchers at the School of Education worked with a wide range of practitioners from our partner local authorities on three government-funded research and development projects. The findings of these have greatly informed this exciting new programme, which is offered for the first time in 2015. It offers an opportunity for participants to further develop their professional learning and leadership practices in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment. Building on the success and impact of previous programmes, it is also designed taking account of current policy and the Professional Standards framework (GTCS, 2012) to offer participants the opportunity to develop leadership at all levels through developing a critical and enquiring stance to practice. The benefits of the programme will extend not only to participants but also to colleagues and the wider school community and will lead to the development of strong professional networks both within and beyond the course. The following optional pathways have been developed to meet individuals’ professional learning interests and career aspirations. Advanced Professional Practice Middle Leadership Curriculum Coaching and Mentoring Digital Social Trends and Professional Practices (Autumn 2016) Key information Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma Study methods: Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Campus based, Distance learning Duration: Three years Start date: September Structure and content Year One: Postgraduate Certificate Pathways In year one students have an opportunity to select one of four pathways (Advanced Professional Practice, Middle Leadership, Curriculum and Coaching & Mentoring (and Digital from 2016)) to meet their individual professional learning interests and career aspirations. Each of the postgraduate certificate pathways starts with the core online module EDUP001 Engaging critically with professional practices (20 credits at SCQF level 11)and is completed with a selected 40 credit module at SCQF level 11. Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma Year two starts with the core module EDUP007 Examining Professional Practices: Work-Based Learning (20 credits at SCQF level 11) and is completed with the selected 40 credit module atSCQF level 11. Students have an opportunity to select either EDUP003 Middle Leadership: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11) or EDUP006 Coaching and Mentoring: principles and practices (40 credits at SCQF level 11). N.B. Students who have completed EDUP003 in year one must do EDUP006 in year two and vice versa. Year Three: MSc in Professional Education and Leadership Students complete their Master’s degree through successfully undertaking the final modules in the programme: EDUP008 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 1 (20 credits at SCQF level 11) and EDUP009 Leading Critical Collaborative Professional Enquiry 2 (40 credits at SCQF level 11). These modules provide students with the opportunity to enact leadership in practice through planning and leading a critical collaborative professional enquiry in their work setting. Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Students on the course must have access to /be employed in an appropriate work environment (e.g. a school). Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately cannot accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 [-]

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate in Applied Professional Studies

Campus Part time 12 - 30 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme accommodates a range of modules to allow students to build credit towards either a “generic” Masters qualification (MSc in Applied Professional Studies) or a range of specialist qualifications by following prescribed pathways of study... [+]

This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme accommodates a range of modules to allow students to build credit towards either a “generic” Masters qualification (MSc in Applied Professional Studies) or a range of specialist qualifications by following prescribed pathways of study. Study pathways include: Child Welfare and Protection Management and Leadership in Social Services Adult Support and Protection Advanced Practice Skill in Child Welfare and Protection Social Work Practice Education Key information Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate Study methods: Mixture of online and classroom delivery Duration: This programme is flexible so durations are for guidance PG/UG Cert: 12 months, PG Diploma: 24 months, MSC: 30 months Start date: Both Spring and Autumn start-dates are available Course Director: Duncan Helm Location: Stirling Campus Course objectives This course is a post-qualifying award designed to support experienced professional staff in developing advanced knowledge, skills and understanding. Child Welfare and Protection (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate) Safeguarding their future This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention. The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development. Management and Leadership in Social Services (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate) A flexible programme of study recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as an appropriate qualification for registered managers. The programme is appropriate for frontline managers and supervisors working in diverse roles and specialisms. Participants on the course may come from a health, social work, education, occupational therapy or housing background and may be working in residential, day services or fieldwork settings. The modules involve direct teaching days which include group discussions and activities; structured learning sessions for independent study and action learning sets. There are extensive online learning materials to complement the teaching sessions and to support collaborative learning. Adult Support and Protection (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate) Reflecting, developing and improving Practitioners and managers are required to deliver support and protection services to a varied population, in imaginative ways and within a challenging wider context. The pace of change in law, policy and service structures adds to this complexity. Our courses offer a valuable space where health and social care practitioners and managers from across Scotland will: Bring their knowledge around law and policy right up to date. Explore and develop their theoretical, ethical and practical understanding of delivering individual support and contributing to service delivery Engage with leading researchers and practice experts Exchange and debate varying approaches to policy and practice with professionals from across Scotland Reflect and refresh their own framework for thinking about adult services, support and protection that they can then share with their team and agency Advanced Practice Skill in Child Welfare and Protection (Postgraduate Certificate) Every Childhood is worth fighting for Delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland, this fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families. Unlike most other postgraduate courses in the field, this course has an emphasis on gaining practical skills and experience. In particular the course is designed to bridge an existing gap in practice skills development, and students will gain knowledge, skills and experience for working within the most challenging settings. The syllabus will provide access to the latest insights, from experts in fieldwork and clinical practice across a range of settings, which inform contemporary practice in Scotland. It will include a variety of innovative learning and assessment methods including videotaped role-play, extended case study work, peer review. Introducing a more intensive model of skills validation for experienced practitioners, the course will encourage criticality and a culture of evidence informed practice and interventions, and approaches to self-evaluation. Social Work Practice Education (Postgraduate Certificate) This is a new postgraduate level course for professionals who want to become Practice Educators with social work students on practice placements. It promotes analytical & reflective practice and aims to equip Practice Educators and, in turn, students for effective practice in complex contemporary social work environments. The course is positioned within the MSc in Applied Professional Studies structure. Students can choose to combine this award with other postgraduate level study in order to achieve the MSc in Applied Professional Studies. Entry requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Students must be working in or have experience of working in a relevant profession. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc Data Science for Business

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling Inverness Stornoway + 1 more

This new programme is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the industrial and scientific relevance of advanced analytics and their application in strategic and operational decision making for organisations across all sectors. [+]

This new programme is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the industrial and scientific relevance of advanced analytics and their application in strategic and operational decision making for organisations across all sectors. Students in this programme will: Acquire knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in roles requiring data driven decision making Develop an understanding of the application and implications of data analytics in organisations across different sectors Develop knowledge and skills of data analytics tools and techniques for business decision making Enhance capabilities and confidence for championing data analytic projects across all type of organisations Enhance and develop critical, analytical, interpersonal and other transferable skills The programme offers the students the opportunity to develop specialist skills by choosing electives (40 credits) under four areas – finance, energy, data analytics and management. The decision to offer these electives came as a result of the discussions with the DataLab and HSBC, both organisations highlighting the attractiveness of offering specialist classes in these areas to students and industry. All electives modules included are already running in current MSc programmes. Scholarships If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity, regardless of your financial circumstances. That is why we offer a substantial package of funding opportunities to encourage and support well qualified, ambitious students to come and study at the University of Stirling. Please use the search function on this page to find funding opportunities available to you. You can apply for a range of University funding as well as funding provided by UK and international government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, a number of research councils, industry and employers. We use different terminology such as scholarship, bursary and studentship and there is a helpful glossary of terms to help guide you. [-]

MSc Education Studies and TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. [+]

The MSc in Education Studies and TESOL combines a broad exploration of educational issues, practical experience of observing local schools, and training in TESOL theory, practice and research. On the TESOL side, the degree will provide you with a solid grounding in the principles of language learning and teaching and an understanding of research methods in TESOL, as well as giving you the opportunity to pursue an interest in teaching young learners, computer-assisted and online language learning, or English grammar and discourse analysis. In education studies, you will join a programme of visits to local schools and learn about the wider pastoral role of being an educator in a professional context. You will engage in discussions around the issues of difference and diversity and consider critically some of the wider theoretical and policy-based contexts for professional practice. You will also explore different approaches to educational research and their underlying assumptions. Who is this course for? This degree is particularly appropriate for teachers (with at least one year’s experience) who want to study for a post-graduate degree with a strong education element as well as a focus on TESOL. You may be attracted by a broader qualification than the MSc TESOL, or you may want to extend your teaching experience with knowledge about TESOL. You may be planning to teach in a state school or in an international school, and you may teach other subjects as well as English. The degree will also be relevant to you if you wish to go on to study for a PhD or to work in teacher education or school management. TOP Reasons To Study With Us You will gain a Master’s level TESOL qualification in teaching from an Education centre for excellence that is ranked 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016. The qualification combines a focus on TESOL with a broader understanding of educational theory and practice. It involves visits to local schools, which will give you a first-hand experience of the pastoral role of teachers in schools. You will have the opportunity to work with home and international students from a wide range of backgrounds. You will be taught by TESOL professionals who have combined experience of living and teaching in all continents of the world What Makes Us Different ... [-]

MSc Environmental Science (Integrated Masters)

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2016 United Kingdom Stornoway Stirling Inverness + 3 more

Environmental Science makes a vital contribution to these questions by advancing our understanding of natural processes and how they are affected by humans. Environmental scientists are at the forefront in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, and habitat degradation. [+]

Study Environmental Science and graduate with an integrated university masters degree The world's growing population places great pressure on environmental resources. How do we meet our needs for food, clean air and water, energy and materials, whilst safeguarding resources for future generations? Environmental Science makes a vital contribution to these questions by advancing our understanding of natural processes and how they are affected by humans. Environmental scientists are at the forefront in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, and habitat degradation. This course is designed to give students the key knowledge, skills and career awareness they need to go on to forge successful and rewarding careers within the rapidly growing environment sector. Degree course The first two years of the programme gives students the basic knowledge and practical skills within environmental science, ecology and physical geography that underpin the degree. Students will be advised on their module choices to ensure these complement the skills and expertise they bring to the programme. In the third year the focus turns towards career management and employability skills with professional development and placement modules running alongside a choice of environmental science and environmental management modules that allows the student to start specialising in their own areas on interest. The students also have to organise and present at a symposium on environmental career options for students in earlier years. In year 4 the students undertake a significant piece of independent research in partnership with an environmental organisation and alongside this choose from a range of specialist environmental management modules that are focussed on the energy, conservation and environmental sectors. Teaching and assessment Our teaching methods include lectures, field and laboratory practical exercises, tutorials and group projects, a placement and individual research project. A wide range of natural and human landscapes in the Stirling area are used for field teaching. Residential field classes are currently held in Year 2 in the Scottish Highlands and in Year 3 in southern Spain or Iceland. Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations. Career opportunities This programme is directly aimed at students that want to gain employment in the environmental sector whether that is in research institutes, environmental consultancies, environmental protection agencies, water authorities, or conservation bodies. Others may go on to further their careers through postgraduate research culminating in the award of a PhD. We place great importance on teaching subject-specific and transferable skills that enhance your employability. Regular careers sessions and professional development skills are embedded into our core teaching. The placement module allows students to gain experience and all important contacts within the environmental sector and this will be built on during their dissertation, which is undertaken as an industry partnership. Entrance requirements Standard entry would be the equivalent of year 2 of the standard BSc programme with ABB at advanced highers or A level to include one of biology, environmental science, geography or geology. IB diploma 35 points. Entry may be possible with HND in a Science based subject. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 [-]

MSc in Applied Social Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary... [+]

MSc in Applied Social Research This course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation, leading to careers in research, research management and commissioning or using research. Our MSc is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the research training guidelines for undertaking a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or Socio-legal Studies, as well as preparing you for an ESRC-recognised interdisciplinary PhD in Families, Relationships and Demographic Change and Social Care. A course on Applied Social Research (Criminology) is also available. Accreditation The course is recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3), and is also recognised by the ESRC for Master’s Course plus Research Studentship (1+3) purposes. Course objectives The objectives are to: Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin social scientific research Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative social research Develop your understanding of the relationship between research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use Structure and content The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research comprises eight compulsory taught core modules, a group project and (for the MSc) a dissertation. The modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry; Research Design and Process; Introduction to Information Technology and Library Services; Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Data Analysis; Comparative Social Research; Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research. You must take one of three Applied Social Research option modules: Thinking Sociologically The Principles of Social Policy Theorising Social Work These modules comprise a series of reading groups in which a number of central ideas are debated. In addition to the modules, you will complete both of the following: Group Project: An opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of research techniques, data collection strategies and group work with the guidance from staff. Research Dissertation: MSc students must undertake an original social science research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision. Examples of recent dissertation topics include: A Study of High Risk Behaviour Young People and National Identity Substance Use Prevalence and Looked-after Young People in Scotland Women’s Decisions about Returning to Work After Childbirth Delivery and assessment Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work. Full-time and part-time MSc/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation. There are no examinations. Career opportunities Over the past five years, over half of our graduates have entered social research-related careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors, for example, a manager commissioning research for a local authority, a research fellow at a university and a senior research executive for a European-wide commercial research organisation. In general, one in ten graduates have enhanced their practice in current posts by undertaking studies in Applied Social Research, with support from their employer. Over one third of our graduates continue with academic study and undertake a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. 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MSc in Applied Social Research (Criminology)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation in criminal justice and criminology, leading to careers in research, research management, and commissioning or using research.‌.. [+]

MSc in Applied Social Research (Criminology) The course prepares students for undertaking social research and evaluation in criminal justice and criminology, leading to careers in research, research management, and commissioning or using research.‌ Accreditation The course is recognised as research training by the ESRC for those who are studying or going on to study for a PhD (+3), and is also recognised by the ESRC for Master’s Course plus Research Studentship (1+3) purposes. Course objectives This MSc has been designed to run concurrently with the MSc Applied Social Research, a long-standing course in Applied Social Science that is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the standards of their Research Training Guidelines. The objectives are to: Provide you with the skills and knowledge base required to collect, analyse and report qualitative and quantitative data, taking account of ethics, reliability and validity Enable you to examine critically the theoretical foundations that underpin criminological and socio-legal research Enable you to examine issues concerning comparative criminological and socio-legal research Develop your understanding of the relationship between criminological research and policy, and the meanings of evaluation, its terminology, practice and use Structure and content The MSc/Diploma in Applied Social Research (Criminology) comprises eight compulsory taught core modules, a group project and (for the MSc) a dissertation. The modules are: The Nature of Social Enquiry; Research Design and Process; Introduction to Information Technology and Library Services; Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Data Analysis; Comparative Social Research; Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-legal Studies; Criminological Perspectives. In addition to the modules, you will complete both of the following: Group Project: An opportunity to obtain first-hand experience of research techniques, data collection strategies and group work with the guidance of staff. Research Dissertation: MSc students must undertake an original criminological or socio-legal research study and complete a research dissertation with academic supervision. Examples of recent dissertation topics include: Explaining Crime through Narrative Nurses Perceptions of Workplace Violence and Aggression within an A&E Department Policing a Democracy The Effect of Anti-Terror Legislation on Liberty Delivery and assessment Teaching methods are designed for each module to facilitate your acquisition of skills and progressive development. You are expected to participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and group work. Full-time and part-time MSc/Diploma students experience a range of different forms of assessment across the compulsory taught modules. These include essays, critical review essays, book reviews, research proposals, a computer lab-based assessment for quantitative data analysis, group project reports and the research dissertation. There are no examinations. Career opportunities 90.5% of Stirling students are in employment or further study six months after graduation. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course provides an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on social statistics and quantitative methods. The course includes orientation material on social research methods as a whole, and detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods, with advanced modules on data management and emerging priority research areas, such as big data and social network analysis. [+]

This course provides an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on social statistics and quantitative methods. The course includes orientation material on social research methods as a whole, and detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods, with advanced modules on data management and emerging priority research areas, such as big data and social network analysis. Teaching covers the theories behind the methods, and the practical work in using datasets and analysing them with statistical software. Students will gain a variety of highly marketable skills in the areas of social research and social statistics. Key information Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based Start date: Full-time: SeptemberPart-time: September/JanuarySee semester dates Course Director: Dave Griffiths Location: Stirling Campus Course objectives This course provides an understanding of social research, with a particular focus on social statistics and quantitative methods. The course includes orientation material on social research methods as a whole, and detailed training on a wide range of statistical methods, with advanced modules on data management and emerging priority research areas, such as big data and social network analysis. Teaching covers the theories behind the methods, and the practical work in using datasets and analysing them with statistical software. Students will gain a variety of highly marketable skills in the areas of social research and social statistics. Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant social science subject. Applicants without such qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A willingness to learn advanced statistical methods is more important than a strong background in the area. Basic experience of a statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata, R or Excel is useful but not essential. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content Students will undertake four core modules, two option modules and complete a 15,000 word dissertation. In the full time programme, 3 modules are completed during the Autumn semester, 3 in the Spring, and the dissertation submitted in the summer. Module either cover wider topics in social research, or focus on understanding and implementing advanced quantitative methods. Core modules Research Design and Process Quantitative Data Analysis Advanced Data Analysis Advanced Data Management Using Big Data in Social Research Option modules Students will also select two option modules from a range of applied social research topics. The recommended option is Social Network Analysis. Other options include The Nature of Social Enquiry, Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research, Qualitative Analysis and Research Methods in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Some of these modules will be particularly suitable for students with an interest in mixed methods research. Delivery and assessment Modules are generally a combination of lectures and workshops. Teaching largely takes place on Tuesdays, although some components might take place on other days. The contact hours are sympathetic to those working alongside their studies. Most teaching is performed in smaller classes, with group activities. Modules are usually assessed by an examination, software based assignments, and essays. Career opportunities Social statistics are an important area within applied social research, offering employment opportunities within the private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as further study. Students will develop thorough knowledge of software and learn a range of sought-after technical skills, including accessing, preparing, analysing and summarising complex quantitative datasets. The course is also designed to provide the technical skill set required for further PhD study. [-]

MSc in Applied Studies (Child Welfare and Protection)

Campus Part time 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

A part-time, flexible course from a leading Scottish child protection hub aimed at experienced professionals involved in child welfare and safety who are seeking to improve and develop practice. This course responds to the recent review of National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland and recognises the need for an integrated response to child welfare and protection. By studying the latest theory and best practice in child welfare and... [+]

MSc in Applied Studies (Child Welfare and Protection) A part-time, flexible course from a leading Scottish child protection hub aimed at experienced professionals involved in child welfare and safety who are seeking to improve and develop practice. This course responds to the recent review of National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland and recognises the need for an integrated response to child welfare and protection. By studying the latest theory and best practice in child welfare and protection, you will be able to make improvements to your own practice. For example, you will be encouraged to use what you have learned to develop strategies that promote better outcomes in cases of abuse and neglect. The University of Stirling hosts Scotland’s national child protection agency, WithScotland, and as such is a centre for expertise in this critical field. Course objectives This course is a post-qualifying award designed to support experienced professional staff in developing advanced knowledge, skills and understanding of child welfare and protection. Structure and content The course is part-time and modular, comprising six taught modules with related study and practice assignments. Successful completion of 60 credits can lead to a Postgraduate Certificate, and 120 credits to a Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates for the Master’s degree additionally undertake a dissertation (60 credits), based on an empirical study which is submitted after completion of the taught modules. Students who have previously studied Child Welfare and Protection to Graduate level and who wish to further their studies towards Master's can undertake a Professional Portfolio which together with RPL recognition of 30 credits at level 10 from their previous study will allow entry in to Year 2. The Professional Portfolio is studied over six months and requires students to attend University three days during this period. The curriculum covers: Year 1 Understanding children’s needs: context and frameworks (20 credits) - In this module, students are oriented to the course, study resources and the historical, political and theoretical background to the current context for child welfare and protection. Direct teaching by experienced practitioner academics covers essential learning in areas of child development and parenting capacity. Law tutors provide direct teaching on key legislation. Understanding Children’s Experiences: Assessment and Decision-making (20 credits) - Assessment of risk and need have received significant attention in practice and academia in recent years. Set within an ecological framework this module helps students make sense of current assessment models and practice by examining the components of accurate and empathic assessments of the impact of adversity on children and young people. Students will gain an improved understanding of the processes of analysis, judgement and decision making. Psychological, sociological and practice-specific research will be used to help students explore their own practice and consider how individual and agency practice can be further developed. Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People (20 credits) - This module focuses on multi-disciplinary plans to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. With a solution-focused approach and drawing on the concept of resilience the module will enhance and promote interventions that are focused on the needs of the children. Consideration of outcomes for children and young people will be at the heart of planning, implementation and review of care plans. The module will facilitate a better understanding of the student’s own role and the roles of others, including the wider community, within the widening agenda for child welfare and protection. Year 2 Risk and Decision Making (15 credits) - Explores theoretical frameworks for understanding and working with risk. Students will consider how risk is managed in their own organisations and explore current debates about the political and social context of risk and risk aversion and consider the impact in practice. You will be encouraged to explore contemporary literature and research which seeks to learn from past experience Research Methods and Application (15 credits) - Prepares you to become more research ‘minded’. Students will explore the nature of evidence and develop a critical approach to the understanding of research and data collection. These two modules will provide a foundation for the undertaking of your dissertation. Developing Practitioner and Organisational Capacity (30 credits) - Explores current debates in theoretical approaches to, and models of, assessment and theory which informs practice in working toward change. Consideration will be given to the development of critical thinking skills and the development of reflective and reflexive practitioners. There will be an exploration of the organisational context of your work with consideration of the impact of organisational culture and structure, and the management of change within organisations. Year 3 From September to February students will complete a dissertation based on empirical research. Research This course is delivered by staff in the Social Work Section of the School of Applied Social Science. This is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in sociology, social policy and criminology, social work, dementia and housing studies and a number of specialist centres. It has a strong research and academic reputation in all these areas. Delivery and assessment Students attend eight teaching days per semester which will comprise of lectures, seminars and workshops. Teaching is delivered over full days with a seminar approach and use of small group discussions and other participative activities which are linked to the lectures. Each of the modules is assessed by an assignment which is designed to test the student’s learning by application to practice. Career opportunities The course is designed to enhance the careers and practice of experienced professionals working in a number of child protection related fields, including social workers, health workers, police officers and teachers. Employers are increasingly seeking individuals with a specialist Master’s degree in child protection when seeking to appoint leaders in this key area. Fees 2015/16 Overseas PG Cert - £3,967 PG Dip - £7,933 MSc - £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU PG Cert - £2,000 PG Dip - £4,000 MSc - £6,000 2014/15 Overseas PG Cert - £4,725 PG Dip - £9,450 MSc - £11,500 2014/15 Home/EU PG Cert - £2,100 PG Dip - £4,200 MSc - £5,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Students must be working in or have experience of working in a child welfare and protection context. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Applied Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services)

Campus Part time 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

In Scotland, the Changing Lives, 21st-Century Social Work Review (Scottish Executive, 2006) has highlighted the need for enabling leadership and effective management at all levels within the social care sector. The University of Stirling offers flexible options for social services managers from across the public, voluntary and independent sectors to pursue their professional development and gain management qualifications directly... [+]

MSc in Applied Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services) In Scotland, the Changing Lives, 21st-Century Social Work Review (Scottish Executive, 2006) has highlighted the need for enabling leadership and effective management at all levels within the social care sector. The University of Stirling offers flexible options for social services managers from across the public, voluntary and independent sectors to pursue their professional development and gain management qualifications directly relevant to their work. Accreditation The MSc/PG Diploma and PG Certificate Applied Studies (Management and Leadership in Social Services) is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council as an appropriate award for registered managers in social services. Structure and content The course is part-time and modular, comprising six taught modules with related study and practice assignments. Successful completion of 60 credits can lead to a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits to a Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates for the Master’s degree additionally undertake a dissertation based on an empirical study, submitted after completion of the taught modules. The modules you will study are: Managing in the Context of a Social Services Agency (30 credits): Identifies current trends and developments in contemporary social work, the fiscal arrangements for social work, best value and value for money in social work, reviews the manager’s role and accountability, and considers Scottish and UK social services in the international context Managing and Supervising Staff (15 credits): Applies leadership theories and management style analysis to your own work, identifies management tasks in relation to ethical issues and anti-oppressive practice, applies employment legislation and policy, analyses methods for the recruitment and selection of staff, monitors the effectiveness of staff appraisal, training and development programmes, and building and managing effective teams Collaborative Practice (15 credits): Helps you to apply organisation theory, consider the impact of organisational culture on service delivery, and explore the challenges and opportunities of collaborative practice Managing Change and Innovation (30 credits): Helps you to apply theories of change management in your organisational context, plan, implement and evaluate innovation, analyse effective leadership strategies for managing change and transition, and explore meaningful ways of strengthening service user and carer involvement in service planning and evaluation Evidence Informed Practice and Evaluation (15 credits) and Research Methods and Application (15 credits): Prepares you to become more 'research minded’. You will explore the nature of evidence and develop a critical approach to the understanding of research and data collection. These two modules will provide a foundation for the undertaking of your dissertation Students who have previously studied Management in Social Services to Graduate level and who wish to further their studies towards Masters can undertake a Professional Portfolio which together with RPL recognition of 30 credits at level 10 from their previous study will allow entry in to Year 2. The Professional Portfolio is studied over six months and requires students to attend University three days during this period. Research This course is delivered by staff in the Social Work Section of the School of Applied Social Science. This is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in sociology, social policy and criminology, social work, dementia and housing studies and a number of specialist centres. It has a strong academic reputation in all these areas. Delivery and assessment Each semester will involve the equivalent of eight teaching days at the University. These are spread over four months with attendance at University on two consecutive days per month, September to December and January to May. The teaching day consists of seminar presentations, group discussion and small group work. The course makes substantial use of the management experience you as students bring with you and your daily work provides the evidence of practice competence as a manager that is integral to assessment for the academic award. This course is delivered by staff in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team within the Social Work Section of the School of Applied Social Science. On this course you share your learning with international students registered for the MSc Applied Studies (Management of Social Welfare Organisations) and for three of the six modules you will be joined by students studying across a range of Applied Studies courses with a focus on social service provision. Joint teaching works to the advantage of all students by promoting challenge, diversity and exploration of assumptions and ways of working. Academic and management practice assignments form the assessment for each module, the practice being drawn from your employment. Career opportunities Successful attainment of a social services management qualification has been seen to enhance participants’ future career opportunities. During the course and on its completion candidates have experienced the benefits of undertaking Advanced level study by securing promotion or moving into strategic planning or senior management posts. Fees 2016/17 Overseas PG Cert - £4,150 PG Dip - £8,300 MSc - £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU PG Cert - £2,033 PG Dip - £4,066 MSc - £6,100 2015/16 Overseas PG Cert - £3,967 PG Dip - £7,933 MSc - £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU PG Cert - £2,000 PG Dip - £4,000 MSc - £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Students must be working in or have a minimum of two years' experience of working within a management role within a social services context. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture

Campus Full time 1 - 5 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions world-wide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of aquaculture science... [+]

MSc in Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions world-wide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of aquaculture science including: Reproduction and Genetics Health Management Nutrition Environmental Management Aquaculture Systems and International Development Course objectives Students will attain background knowledge in the principles of aquaculture and key factors influencing viability of aquatic animal production systems, including an understanding of aquatic animal biology, environmental issues, nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease and health management. The course provides advanced knowledge in chosen areas from; advanced broodstock management, aquaculture policy and planning, livelihoods analysis, geographic information systems, environmental management and biodiversity, feed formulation and resources, economics, marketing and business studies, shrimp culture, aquaculture engineering, aquatic animal health control, epidemiology, and ecotoxicology. Students will be able to appraise aquaculture operations and contribute to management decision making. The student will have the skills necessary to establish, manage and appraise aquaculture enterprises and development projects from within the industry or public sector. Structure and content The MSc course at the Institute of Aquaculture is highly modularised and is designed to give considerable flexibility for learning, while maintaining a high standard of training. This structure allows students to make more subject choices which will benefit their future career and also have greater flexibility of learning over time. There is a number of degree outcomes available. These differ primarily in their defined path of required modules; specialised outcomes have more compulsory modules where the Sustainable Aquaculture degree has greater choice. The degree outcomes are: Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture and the Environment Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture Business Management Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture and Development Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Aquaculture Biotechnology The full Master’s course for each degree outcome is divided into four taught modules, containing 18 subject areas or topics, and a single research project module. Delivery and assessment In addition to lectures, tutorials and seminars, a number of assignments must be completed. Laboratory-based practical sessions and fieldwork are also important elements of the course. Taught module assessment is continuous, involving short tests, seminars, essays, practical reports, critical and computational analysis, field assignments and set project reports. The Research Project module is examined through written dissertation and seminar presentations by both examiners and the external examiner. Module titles Foundation modules: Principles of Aquaculture (topics: Aquatic Animal Biology and Health, Aquatic Animals in the Environment, Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Food Safety) (AQUPX1) Aquaculture Production (topics: Aquatic Animal Reproduction & Genetics, Aquatic Production Systems, Aquaculture in Practice) (AQUPX2) Advanced modules (choose two from five): Aquatic Environmental Resources (topics: Environmental Management, GIS and Remote Sensing, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development) (AQUPY1) Animal Health & Breeding (topics: Broodstock Management & Genetics, Epidemiology & Health Control, Ecotoxicology) (AQUPY2) Advanced Aquaculture Production (topics: Aquaculture Engineering, Practical Feed Production, Non-fish Aquaculture) (AQUPY3) Aquaculture Development (topics: Policy, Planning & Management, Livelihoods & Aquatic Resources Management, Business & Financial Management) (AQUPY4) Aquaculture Biotechonology I (AQUPY5) Career opportunities This course has run for over 30 years and has trained over 620 students from all over the world. The comprehensive nature of the course and our close links with UK and overseas industry allows good potential for employment in any aspect of commercial aquaculture. Approximately 30 percent of our students follow a direct route into industry. Additionally, the course is an excellent grounding for research and further education, often building on the dissertation, and about 30 percent of graduates choose this route. Links with government departments throughout the world allow many of our graduates to establish careers in aquaculture development and aquaculture management in developing countries. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £17,350 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £16,600 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Aquatic Food Security

Campus Full time 1 - 5 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Food security is a complex issue of global significance and understanding the role and contribution of seafood within food security is an emerging research area. Seafood products are provided by both aquaculture and capture fisheries and are one of the most highly traded food products globally. Including seafood in our daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development... [+]

MSc in Aquatic Food Security Food security is a complex issue of global significance and understanding the role and contribution of seafood within food security is an emerging research area. Seafood products are provided by both aquaculture and capture fisheries and are one of the most highly traded food products globally. Including seafood in our daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development. This course is designed to introduce the global issues affecting seafood production and trading, and will promote an understanding of the key factors affecting aquatic food production, post-harvest protocols, post-mortem metabolic events and microbial/chemical processes key for food safety and quality. Sensory assessment and shelf-life extension technologies will also be covered. The course will also examine other key issues in seafood trading such as traceability systems, certifications as well as the impact of governance and legislation on the global seafood sector. This is the only aquatic food security MSc currently available in the UK. It will comprehensively follow the food chain from production through to consumer health and welfare. Structure and content This course shares some modules with the MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture and there is flexibility within the system to change the degree title depending on what advanced modules are taken. The course is divided into four taught modules, containing 18 subject areas or topics, and a single Research Project module. Delivery and assessment In addition to lectures, tutorials and seminars, a number of assignments must be completed. Laboratory-based practical sessions are also important elements of the course. Taught module assessment is continuous, involving short tests, seminars, essays, practical reports, critical and computational analysis, field assignments and set project reports. The Research Project module is examined through written dissertation and seminar presentations by both supervisors and an external examiner. Module titles Foundation modules: Principles of Aquaculture (topics: Aquatic Animal Biology and Health, Aquatic Animals in the Environment, Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Food Safety) Aquaculture Production (topics: Aquatic Animal Reproduction & Genetics, Aquatic Production Systems, Aquaculture in Practice) Advanced Modules: Food Quality and Safety (topics: Seafood Safety and Quality assessment, Spoilage and Sensory Assessment, Global Certification, Food Chain and Legislation) One of Animal Health & Breeding (topics: Broodstock Management & Genetics, Epidemiology & Health Control, Ecotoxicology) Aquaculture Development (topics: Policy, Planning & Management, Livelihoods & Aquatic Resources Management, Business & Financial Management) Numerical Skills (topics: Handling data, statistical analysis, using mathematical models) (AQUPMM) Research Project module Career opportunities Demand for well qualified postgraduates to contribute to food production and the supply chain will continue to increase in line with demand to double food production over the coming decades. This course provides each student with the appropriate knowledge and practical experience important for a career in aquatic food security. The course has been developed to provide students with core knowledge and practical skills on aquaculture, food safety/quality, numerical analysis and legislation appropriate to aquatic food security. These skills will be equally applicable to those wishing to pursue an academic career as well as those seeking employment in Government or industry. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £17,350 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £16,600 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Aquatic Pathobiology

Campus Full time 1 - 5 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions worldwide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of... [+]

MSc in Aquatic Pathobiology The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions worldwide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of aquaculture science including: Reproduction and Genetics Health Management Nutrition Environmental Management Aquaculture Systems and International Development Course objectives You will gain an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, in addition to specialist expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of aquatic animal diseases in cultured organisms. It is also intended as preparation for students who plan to pursue a PhD in the area of aquatic animal health or disease. Structure and content The full Master’s course for each degree outcome is divided into four taught modules containing 12 subject areas or topics; two foundation modules, two advanced modules and a single Research Project module. Delivery and assessment The course is delivered though a variety of formats including lectures, practical classes, seminars, field visits and directed study. Assessment consists of a number of assignments in a range of formats. The Research Project is graded on your activities during the project, your dissertation and a seminar presentation made in front of your peers, supervisors and examiners. The dissertation is examined by Aquaculture and external examiner. Module titles Foundation modules: Principles of Aquaculture (topics: Aquatic Animal Biology and Health, Aquatic Animals in the Environment, Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Food Safety) (AQUPX1) Aquaculture Production (topics: Aquatic Animal Reproduction & Genetics, Aquatic Production Systems, Aquaculture in Practice) (AQUPX2) Advanced modules: Aquaculture Diseases & Diagnosis (topics: Systemic Pathology & Histopathology, Parasitic Diseases, Microbial Diseases) (AQUPW1) Aquaculture Disease Treatment (topics: Immunology, Epidemiology and Health Control, Ecotoxicology) (AQUPW2) Research Project Career opportunities This course has run for almost 40 years and has trained over 200 students (in combination with Aquatic Veterinary Studies) from all over the world. It equips graduates with expertise applicable to a wide range of potential careers. The career path selected depends on your personal interests, as well as your previous experiences. Our graduates generally find employment in their area of interest and the world employment market in the area of aquatic animal health remains buoyant. The course provides a natural career progression for most candidates and a conversion course for others wishing to enter the field. It also provides training for those who wish to pursue a PhD, especially in aquaculture, aquatic health, fisheries and aquatic resources management. Over the last five intakes, in combination with the Aquatic Veterinary Studies degree, about 30 percent of graduates have gone on to a PhD or further research, about 25 percent have taken employment as aquatic health consultants, about 20 percent work in government fisheries departments, about 15 percent are university lecturers and the remainder are managers of farms or aquaria or have other types of employment. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £17,350 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £16,600 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Banking and Finance

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This MSc develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a successful career in banking, finance and related areas. It is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or accountancy... [+]

MSc in Banking and Finance This MSc develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a successful career in banking, finance and related areas. It is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or accountancy. Course objectives The overall objective of the course is to impart the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in banking and finance, or a related field. Developments in banking and finance are occurring rapidly, and with growing complexity. So people working in this area must be able to understand and analyse current developments, and also be able to anticipate future developments. The course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds, and does not require any previous training in economics or accountancy. The specific objectives of the course are: to provide knowledge and understanding of the nature of financial systems, and the particular roles of banks and the central bank to develop the capacity to appraise and compile economic and financial reports to understand those aspects of economics that are most relevant for a career in banking and finance to develop an appreciation of the international dimension of financial systems to develop the ability to apply appropriate risk management techniques to develop the capacity to understand, assess and comment on company accounts to develop the facility to use spreadsheets and econometric techniques to analyse corporate performance, and to identify trends in financial markets to develop the ability to appraise investment projects with capital budgeting techniques to develop an understanding of the key financial decisions made by corporations, and their use of the equity and bond markets to raise finance to provide knowledge and understanding of different types of banking and financial systems, including those in emerging countries and countries in transition to provide an understanding of the theory, methodology and techniques of research in banking and finance, and also of the potential limitations of this research Structure and content September 2014 saw the introduction of an intensive and invigorating period of ‘learning to learn’ for Stirling Management School’s postgraduate students. Activities, workshops and information sessions were held during this period to help students better prepare for the year ahead in order to ensure that they make the most of their time at Stirling. By the end of this period, students were fully prepared to embark upon the formal teaching course invigorated and committed to the journey ahead with newly developed skills. Providing students with the very best start to their studies, these activities support students to: discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead; develop an understanding of the course expectations; get to know the teaching team and support staff; learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning; understand what it takes to work as part of a successful team; develop presentation skills and build confidence in public speaking; learn about cultural and individual differences; discover all that the University campus and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer; maximise their time studying at Stirling; have fun and make new friends. Students were introduced to their course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enabled students to develop skills to get the most out of their studies and to progress quickly in their career. Delivery and assessment Modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group teaching, in the form of seminars, workshops or computing labs. Assessment in most modules includes coursework, often a mid-semester test, and an end-of-semester examination. Resit examinations are available. Successful completion of the taught element of the course leads to the award of the Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of the MSc by completing dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught modules. Career opportunities There is an excellent employment record among graduates, many of whom now work in financial institutions in the UK and abroad. MSc Banking & Finance graduates are currently working around the world in countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, China, India, Norway, Ghana, Turkey, Greece and Malta. They are actively contributing to the performance of the following organisations: Alpha Bank, Ministry of Finance, Greece, Citibank, Santander, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Jones, Lang LaSalle, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Bank of China, Vodaphone, CITIC Trust, Emporiki Asset Management. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Behavioural Science for Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This MSc is aimed at students with a very strong intrinsic motivation to study the link between economics, psychology, business and policy. The MSc is taught by dedicated staff from the Behavioural Science Centre who have extensive experience in integrating insights from economics and psychology to address key societal challenges... [+]

MSc in Behavioural Science for Management Behavioural science is a rapidly growing area for policy and business with fascinating insights into human behaviour and wide-ranging practical implications. This exciting, new course teaches the core theory and methods of behavioural science and behavioural economics, and how these can be applied to important business and policy-relevant issues. This MSc is aimed at students with a very strong intrinsic motivation to study the link between economics, psychology, business and policy. The MSc is taught by dedicated staff from the Behavioural Science Centre who have extensive experience in integrating insights from economics and psychology to address key societal challenges. The MSc offers students the opportunity to gain advanced training in behavioural theory, to learn a comprehensive suite of behavioural methods, and to understand how this ‘toolkit’ can be applied to understand and inform the decisions made by stakeholders, workers and consumers. Behavioural science and behavioural economics seek to answer key questions about how people behave and what influences the decisions they make, for example: What determines whether people are impulsive, take risks, or cooperate? What factors influence behavioural change? What influence do different cultures and societies have on human behaviour? Behavioural science uses the knowledge derived from the study of such questions to develop solutions to crucial economic, political, commercial and social challenges, for example: How can we increase the efficient use of energy? How can pension savings rates be increased? How can randomised controlled trials be used to test and evaluate public policy? How do we ensure consumers find value and make purchases they are satisfied with? How can compliance with laws and regulations be increased? Structure and content This full-time course consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period. Delivery and assessment You have an active role in your learning experience. Delivery includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, article discussion groups, and presentations, followed by a three-month dissertation period. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of the Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of the MSc by completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught modules. Module titles In Semester 1 you take the following modules: Behavioural Economics 1: Concepts and Theories Psychology of Work Understanding and Using Statistics Statistics: The teaching introduces the packages available to behavioural scientists at advanced methods such as multivariate statistics and at the rationale of using statistical methods. In Semester 2 you will take the following modules: Behavioural Economics II: Business & Policy Applications Experiments for Decision Making in Business and Policy Survey Measurement and Analysis During the summer you will undertake your dissertation. Career opportunities On completion of this course students will be ready and able to contribute innovative solutions to many businesses, governments and society. The specialist knowledge they acquire in behavioural science will be invaluable in building long-term careers in business (e.g. human resource management, advertising, regulation, consumer marketing, social marketing and survey research) and those who wish to inform the design and implementation of public policy. The course also provides an excellent entry for those thinking of progressing to doctoral research in this area. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component IBT TOEFL: 100 with no sub test lower than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Big Data

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Big Data skills are in high demand and they attract high salaries. The MSc Big Data at the University of Stirling is a taught advanced Master's degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics. The course is taught in the beautiful Stirling campus in the heart of Scotland with support from companies who recruit data scientists... [+]

MSc in Big Data This is a one year, full time taught MSc. designed to lead to a job in data science or analytics. Big Data skills are in high demand and they attract high salaries. The MSc Big Data at the University of Stirling is a taught advanced Master's degree covering the technology of Big Data and the science of data analytics. The course is taught in the beautiful Stirling campus in the heart of Scotland with support from companies who recruit data scientists. The course covers Big Data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications. The syllabus includes: Mathematics for Big Data Python scripting Big Data theory and computing foundations Big databases and NoSQL Analytics, machine learning and data visualisation Optimisation and heuristics for big problems Hadoop and MapReduce Scientific and commercial applications Student projects Course objectives An understanding of the issues of scalability of databases, data analysis, search and optimisation The ability to choose the right solution for a commercial task involving big data, including databases, architectures and cloud services An understanding of the analysis of big data including methods to visualise and automatically learn from vast quantities of data An appreciation of the size of search spaces in large problems and the ability to choose an appropriate heuristic to find a near optimal solution The programming skills to build simple solutions using big data technologies such as MapReduce and scripting for NoSQL, and the ability to write parallel algorithms for multi processor execution. Structure and content Our Big Data MSc is a mix of practical technology such as Hadoop, NoSQL, and Map-Reduce, important maths and computing theory, and advanced computational techniques. The course will teach you what you need to know to collect, manage and analyse big, fast moving data for science or commerce. Foundation Maths and Computing Our foundation maths and computing courses make sure you have the theoretical grounding to build on for the rest of the course. Big Databases After a recap of SQL, this course takes you through the various NoSQL databases such as document stores like MongoDB, column stores like Cassandra and graph databases like Neo4j. You'll learn to pick the right database for your application and how to build, search and distribute the data in them. Big Data Analytics Sometimes, the more data you have, the better hidden the important facts become. Distilling information from big data needs fast, parallel analytics. We guide you through machine learning, data visualisation, web analytics and sentiment analysis. You'll learn the practicalities of big data analytics with techniques from data mining, machine learning, statistics, data visualisation and web analytics. Learn how we are training computers to understand the present and predict the future with data from finance, marketing, and social media. Hadoop and MapReduce This course covers distributed data processing with Hadoop and MapReduce in addition to the use of Condor for distributed computation. Heuristics for Big Problems Many big problems from scheduling a large airport to routing a fleet of trucks cannot be solved to perfection. This course covers computational heuristics for function optimisation where the search space is far too large to search exhaustively. Scientific and Commercial Applications With guest lectures from science and industry, this course presents a set of case studies of Big Data in action. You'll learn first hand how companies are using big data in fields such as banking, travel, telecoms, genetics and neuroscience. Projects Each student will carry out a project using a Big Data technology of their choice. With support from our staff you will choose a specialist topic and become a real expert. You'll start with an indepth analysis of the topic and its technology. Then you'll build a solution that will showcase your skills to employers and give you the knowledge to win a high level, high pay job. Assessment This is a practical course and the assessment reflects that. Each module has an assignment and an exam, but the emphasis is on the course work. Career opportunities Demand for people with big data skills is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years. Average salaries are higher in Big Data jobs than the IT average and the skills shortage will make that gap bigger. The Stirling Big Data MSc is run in partnership with industry and is designed to produce graduates with the skills that companies need. e-Skills UK estimate that: The number of Big Data jobs in the UK rose by 41% from 2012 - 2013 By 2020 there will be 56,000 Big Data jobs in the UK alone Big Data professionals earn on average 31% more than other IT professionals 77% of companies say it is difficult to recruit people with the Big Data skill they need Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as maths, computing, engineering or an analytic science. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Business and Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The University of Stirling has developed an enviable reputation for delivering world-class business and management courses, and for undertaking internationally recognised research. Students are supported by expert academic staff who seek to maintain Stirling’s position as a leader in producing excellent business and management graduates. This is achieved by embedding our research within a 'real-world practice' perspective in our teaching. Such an... [+]

MSc in Business and Management The University of Stirling has developed an enviable reputation for delivering world-class business and management courses, and for undertaking internationally recognised research. Students are supported by expert academic staff who seek to maintain Stirling’s position as a leader in producing excellent business and management graduates. This is achieved by embedding our research within a 'real-world practice' perspective in our teaching. Such an approach is designed to enhance the skills and confidence of our business and management graduates. We place an emphasis on Responsible Business, Strategic Management and help inform our students on the contemporary debates and tensions about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact. The major functions of organisations - marketing, operations, people and talent management, finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation, which develops group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills. Course objectives MSc Business & Management gives graduates an insight into modern management practice and an opportunity to develop the functional, strategic and leadership skills required for managing a business. The main elements of this are: An examination of the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations Exploring topical issues in management, comparing different management techniques to understand work issues Developing expertise in the use of key management tools, for example, techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis Developing generic skills relevant to management, such as critical thinking report writing, presentation, problem-solving and group working skills An emphasis on personal and professional development (PPD) to enhance learning throughout the academic year Structure and content The course consists of two elements: two academic semesters of taught courses and a three-month dissertation period. Successful completion of the taught element of the course leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma or allows you to continue studying for the award of the MSc in Business & Management. At Stirling Management School we understand the importance of your postgraduate degree to help you with your career choices. We understand the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual. With such an understanding we have carefully embedded opportunities to identify, practice and develop those skills during your time with us, which is reflected in the personal and professional development modules. We think that the development of these skills is complementary with a world-class management education. From day one, our 'Flying Start Leadership' programme is designed to help you make clear to yourself your learning and development aims and objectives, which will evolve during the year. Our 'Flying Start Leadership' programme provides opportunities for personal and professional skill development that will be the foundation of your successful management career. Our aim is to enable each student to experience a range of activities that we have designed and integrated into our degree whether it is developing presentation and communication skills, developing inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, managing high-performing groups or undertaking strategic analysis and presenting recommendations and proposals to the CEO. We understand the need to negotiate sensitive situations and lead with confidence. In addition, the range of our classes ensures that all of our students gain an insight into each important management function, such as, accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, operations management so that students encounter the rare opportunity to understand all aspects of business and management. We also help you to understand how these functions are integrated through our strategy classes, enabling you to develop helicopter skills – the ability to see the wood and the trees – the big picture and the detail. As one current postgraduate student recently commented: “At Stirling you educate us, whilst back home they teach us” – a clear understanding of the approach we take to our teaching, how it empowers the individual to develop the capability for independent thinking. In Semester 1 you will take: Personal & Professional Development Accounting & Finance Economics Operations Management Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice Responsible Business in Society In Semester 2 you will take: Marketing Management People Management Strategic Management Personal & Professional Development Plus two electives from the following: Quantitative Management Techniques Project Management Fundamentals Project Management in Context Managing in Emerging Economies Business Improvement Delivery and assessment Delivery of the course takes the form of lectures, practical case studies and workshops to allow the theory-practice relationship to be developed and explored, followed by a three-month dissertation period. An important element of the delivery are subject specific practitioners who are able to discuss real-world examples. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework - individual and group, including written assignments and presentations. The two personal and professional development modules are designed and assessed to enable each student to monitor the development throughout the academic year. The MSc award requires you to complete a 15,000-word dissertation. Where are our graduates now? Since the introduction of the course in 2008, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Japan, Norway, Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan, Italy, Netherlands and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of a range of organisations including central government offices, public sector bodies such as the NHS and universities, IKEA Trading, Parabola Ltd (Consultancy), and BDO International. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Child Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This MSc is taught by our expert team of psychologists specialising in early childhood development. The course covers a range of topics from social and cognitive development, to autism and other atypical developmental issues, to the health psychology of infant feeding practices. Teaching is grounded in practice with input from social psychologists, health psychologists, neuropsychologists and primatologists. As well as a... [+]

MSc in Child Development This MSc is taught by our expert team of psychologists specialising in early childhood development. The course covers a range of topics from social and cognitive development, to autism and other atypical developmental issues, to the health psychology of infant feeding practices. Teaching is grounded in practice with input from social psychologists, health psychologists, neuropsychologists and primatologists. As well as a month-long placement, you will also benefit from hands-on learning through our in-house playgroup which is integral to teaching and research on the MSc. What the MSc is for To train you how to conduct research into child development. How the brain and mind develop is critical to our understanding of human psychology. Studying this requires special skills and knowledge that you will acquire on this course. Who the MSc is for Graduates in Psychology or related subjects and professionals working with children as continued professional development. How the MSc is taught In addition to core research methods modules, the course includes a seminar series with topics ranging from social and cognitive development to autism and other atypical developmental issues and the health psychology of infant feeding practices. The research placement allows direct experience tailored to each student’s career aspirations, and the dissertation allows extensive research into a chosen aspect of child development. What you get Office space and equipment, a personal academic supervisor, and inclusion in a vibrant, stimulating and friendly research community. Structure and content The course is made up of the following modules: Child Development: A series of participatory seminars with developmental psychologists covering a range of topics in child development: socio-cognitive development in pre-school children; the social and cognitive characteristics of Autistic Spectrum Disorders; the health psychology of infant feeding practices; representation and social learning in infancy; cross-cultural differences in cognition; language and communication development and assessment. Psychological Research Methods I and II: Covers a wide range of techniques used in psychological research and demonstrates these techniques in relation to topics in a range of areas. Advanced Statistics: Assumes a reasonable knowledge of statistics, although an additional introductory module is available. The main statistics teaching is aimed at introducing advanced methods such as multivariate statistics and the rationale of using statistical methods. Key Skills for Psychology Researchers: Focuses on the research process, including ethical reviews, professional conduct and disseminating research effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Qualitative Research Methods: Provides a broad but solid grounding in qualitative research methodology. Research Placement: This month-long placement, which can be in an applied setting in a childrens' charity, school or child services or within an academic setting such as a Research Assistant, is carried out in the Spring Semester, allowing students to broaden their practical research experience and enhance their employability skills. The Division of Psychology also has its own Playgroup which supports developmental research and teaching. We also offer some flexibility, allowing students to opt for a module from another subject area if this can meet personal training needs. Dissertation For those who go onto the MSc, approximately half of the course of study is devoted to a research project, leading to a 12,000-word dissertation. Delivery and assessment Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based. Students are typically taught in small groups in specialist classes, with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses). The individual module components contribute towards 60 percent of the MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent. Career opportunities The course is designed for those going on to do further research in developmental psychology and careers where a knowledge of developmental research is beneficial. The research placement enables you to gain direct experience tailored to your career aspirations and the dissertation allows extensive research into a chosen aspect of child development. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Computing for Business

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration... [+]

MSc in Computing for Business Combine business and management skills with computing expertise. Gain specialist, up-to-date computing, business and management knowledge with this intensive MSc. The course covers the application and development of key computer technologies, as well as business management principles. You will be offered a choice of computing modules, so that you can adapt the course to your previous computing experience. Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education and experience. As such the course offeres a high degree of flexibility. You will also get prepared for finding and securing a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre strategies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques. Course objectives The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that do not have any previous training in computing or management. This MSc will equip you with required knowledge in management and computing to embark on a successful career in the management of IT systems and teams. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry. Structure and content This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc dissertation project over three months at the end. Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. Delivery and assessment You will learn about computing and management approaches through lectures, tutorials/seminars and practical sessions. Lectures involve the whole class, while tutorials and practicals are for small groups. Practical work is a key component in our degrees, and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. It builds from self-contained tasks in the first semester, over a larger programming assignment in the winter break to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project is your largest single piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. After two semesters of classes you will embark on a three-month project working on your dissertation topic. At the end of the project you will write up your findings as your MSc dissertation. For the MSc projects, we will make a number of industrial placements available. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. To support your work in and outside of classes, our computing laboratories offer 24-hour, seven-days-a-week access to state-of-the-art networked PCs, with full internet access. Throughout the course, a mixture of assessment techniques are used to allow you to give your best. Assessment on individual modules is usually based on both examination and practical work during the semester. Career opportunities The MSc in Computing for Business will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Computing for Business, you will be in demand to manage and lead IT projects in a range of sectors including IT software organisations, service enterprises, large corporates, financial institutions. Previous postgraduate students in the department have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the computing field in a considerable diversity of posts - with small companies, with major international organisations including Accenture, IBM, HP, Yammer, Google, Microsoft, Reuters and major financial institutions such as HBOS, as well as with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Advanced Computing have continued their studies towards a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. No formal qualifications in Computing Science or Management are required. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Science, Computing and Engineering and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Computing for Financial Markets

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course provides knowledge in key areas involving three subjects: Computing, Economics, and Finance. Together they offer a unique combination of expertise required for a successful career in the financial sector. This MSc offers a choice of computing modules so that the student can adapt the course to their previous computing experience... [+]

MSc in Computing for Financial Markets This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles. This course provides knowledge in key areas involving three subjects: Computing, Economics, and Finance. Together they offer a unique combination of expertise required for a successful career in the financial sector. This MSc offers a choice of computing modules so that the student can adapt the course to their previous computing experience. The course has a distinct international dimension as financial markets today are international in scope: trading in equities, bonds, derivatives and other securities occurs across borders and on a global scale. It emphasises the key characteristics of today's globalised financial world. Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks. You will also get prepared to find and secure a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme called ‘Lift-Off’. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre startegies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques. Course objectives The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that do not have any previous training in computing, economics or finance. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education, training and experience. Appropriate module choices facilitate adjusting the course of study according to a student’s preferences and prior expertise. The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. On completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to embark on an IT career in the financial sector. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry. Structure and content This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Semester 1 concentrates on fundamental techniques. Semester 2 integrates, develops and applies these skills. Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger Winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. Delivery and assessment Students will learn about computing, finance and economics topics through lectures, tutorials/seminars and practical sessions. Lectures involve the whole class, while tutorials and practicals are for small groups. Practical work is a key component in our degrees, and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. It builds from self-contained tasks in Semester 1, over a larger programming assignment in the winter break to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, you will embark on a three-month project working on your dissertation topic. At the end of the project you will write up your findings as your MSc dissertation. For the MSc projects, we will make a number of industrial placements (usually unpaid) available through the Making the Most of Masters scheme (www.mastersprojects.ac.uk). We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. Other project suggestions both from external bodies and from within the University are also offered. Furthermore, students' own ideas for projects are encouraged and welcomed. Often students bring in their previous expertise. Career opportunities The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Computing for Financial Markets, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including banks, insurance business, IT software organisations, and service enterprises. Previous postgraduate students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the computing field in a considerable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major organisations such as HBOS, Prudential and RBS, with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Computing for Financial Markets have continued their studies towards a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. No formal qualification in economics, finance or computing is required. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Science, Computing and Engineering and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Conservation and Sustainability

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The University of Stirling has offered an innovative postgraduate course in Conservation and Sustainability since 2013, leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides both a secure foundation in the scientific principles of conservation and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include habitat restoration, land and... [+]

MSc in Conservation and Sustainability The University of Stirling has offered an innovative postgraduate course in Conservation and Sustainability since 2013, leading to the qualification of Diploma or MSc. The course provides both a secure foundation in the scientific principles of conservation and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas via the selection of relevant modules and the research project. Areas of potential specialisation include habitat restoration, land and water management, environmental economics, habitat and biodiversity management and application of GIS and remote sensing. There is a compulsory residential course in field techniques, which takes place in the Cairngorm National Park. The course is equally relevant to recent and mature graduates seeking a career in conservation science, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Our course gives students: An understanding of the scientific principles that underpin conservation and sustainability An understanding of the economic, social, political and legal frameworks for conservation A comprehensive training in relevant practical, investigative, research and generic skills. Course objectives Graduates from this course will have gained knowledge in the broad field of conservation science, including collecting and analysing relevant data for sustainable decision-making and transferable skills relevant to future employment at national and international level. Structure and content The basic structure is three modules in each of Semesters 1 and 2 followed by a dissertation with each module worth 20 credits at level 11 and the dissertation worth 60 credits. There will be some modules offered at 10 credits to allow flexibility and to accommodate the needs of part-time students. See the module list below. Students who successfully complete the taught course over two semesters will qualify for the Diploma and may proceed to the MSc. This involves completion of a three-month Research Project, often in collaboration with an outside agency. Students frequently choose a topic complementary to their option selection, allowing them to develop a high level of competence in aspects of conservation science relevant to their future employment. Delivery and assessment Contact hours in all modules will be 27-30 hours. Delivery will include a mixture of conventional lectures, workshop sessions, field excursions, student-led debates and oral presentations. A variety of means of assessment will be used as appropriate to the content and outcomes of the individual modules. For example, the Field Techniques module is a practical skills-based course, so assessment will be based on tests of these skills and on a collection of specimens put together by the student. Other modules are based on lectures and seminars and have a more traditional mix of essay assessments and exams. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Campus Part time 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This MSc provides advanced study in professional counselling which has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It is designed to suit the adult learner who has commitments during the week, making weekly attendance difficult: for that reason most of the course takes place at weekends or week-long blocks over three years. It benefits from being largely residential allowing regular periods of intense and... [+]

MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy This MSc provides advanced study in professional counselling which has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It is designed to suit the adult learner who has commitments during the week, making weekly attendance difficult: for that reason most of the course takes place at weekends or week-long blocks over three years. It benefits from being largely residential allowing regular periods of intense and focused work. As part of the diploma students will be required to do 150 placement hours over the two years. The course provides the opportunity, environment, resources and support for students to undertake accredited training in professional counselling. There is a primary focus on the central concepts and theories of the person-centred approach in counselling and this then extends to include other theories of human growth and development and their related therapeutic approaches, models of psychopathology and related mental health issues. It provides a structure within which students consider their own internal processes, reactions, thoughts and feelings in support of their development as reflective as well as evidence-based practitioners. The course also supports the development of student's competence in their clinical practice by focusing on the integration of: counselling skills underpinning knowledge of therapeutic processes personal reflectiveness and understanding of intra-psychic and interpersonal processes Structure and content Certain aspects of the course are presented in lecture form and there are presentations by external specialists covering different topics relevant to counselling. Interactive workshops are the principal learning environment for exploring specific themes and issues. Other structures used include: Encounter Groups, Study Groups and the Course Community Group. Supervision Groups also form a key part of study. By providing opportunities for counselling work to be linked to course work, students gain a broader understanding of certain client issues they may not have the chance to work with directly. In addition, it allows students to give and receive feedback to each other. Students meet in small groups with supervisor-trainers throughout the course. During this MSc, students develop their competence as counsellors through a range of different activities; some of this work is video/audio recorded and discussed by small groups with the support of a member of the course staff. This provides both a useful learning opportunity and also a helpful record of the development of the students' counselling work. Outwith the course, there is a requirement for students to arrange their own counselling practice opportunities. Staff advise on the suitability of a counselling setting and do their best to assist students who are having difficulty, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are able to meet the minimum Diploma requirement of 150 hours of supervised counselling practice. The course supports and monitors the counselling work undertaken by students but it is also a requirement that students engage a separate personal supervisor who has been approved by the course. Students are expected to meet with their supervisor regularly. Delivery and assessment Each module requires the submission of at least one written assignment. Students are also required to submit a minimum of four recordings of client sessions. Assignments vary in length from 2,000–5,000 words. There is also one collaborative presentation required by students within their study groups Module titles There are six modules leading to the Postgraduate Diploma and two further modules leading to the completion of the MSc. The course has two academic terms each year. Module 1 The Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Change Module 2 Personality Theory, Psychological Wellbeing and Psychopathology Module 3 The Reflective Practitioner and Evidenced-based Practice: the Associated Clinical and Research Issues Module 4 Difference, Diversity and Integration in Therapeutic Provision Module 5 Clinical Competence and Practice Development Module 6 Reflective Practice and Processing Module 7 Psychotherapeutic Integration and Depression Module 8 Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling Career opportunities Graduates of these courses have gone on to work within the NHS, schools and dedicated counselling organisations. The status of psychotherapy and counselling in the UK is such that employment opportunities do exist but are not plentiful. In specific areas (such as Employee Counselling Services, Student services, Schools) counselling provision continues steadily. In health settings there is considerable variation depending on the policy of the local NHS trust. In every case where jobs are advertised it is expected that, as a minimum, applicants will have completed a recognised course of study which has been professionally accredited (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, COSCA) and academically validated. This course meets those criteria. Academic requirements Students will have completed a recognised Certificate in Counselling Skills (one-year course). They will also have an additional qualification or appropriate and extensive relevant experience in the helping professions. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Energy and the Environment

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc in Energy and the Environment builds on the success of our respected and long-running Environmental Management course (600 graduates). It utilises new and existing expertise or research strengths in Environmental Impact Assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power within Biological and Environmental Science, and expertise in Energy Management and Environmental Economics within the... [+]

MSc in Energy and the Environment Britain seeks to be a world leader in renewable energies and its generating potential is recognised globally, but it is equally renowned for the quality of its natural environment. This creates the potential for conflict and a need to better understand the various environmental costs associated with 21st-century energy technologies, whether renewable or non-renewable, and how these costs can be evaluated, managed and mitigated. The course draws on the University’s existing expertise or research strengths in environmental impact assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power as well as its expertise in energy management and environmental economics. The University also has long established links with regulators, consultancy and the energy industry. We work closely with a variety of relevant organisations including SEPA, Environment Agency, the nuclear industry, Scottish Coal and Scottish Renewables. The MSc in Energy and the Environment builds on the success of our respected and long-running Environmental Management course (600 graduates). It utilises new and existing expertise or research strengths in Environmental Impact Assessment, carbon trading, planning and impacts of wind, hydro and nuclear power within Biological and Environmental Science, and expertise in Energy Management and Environmental Economics within the School of Management with which Biological and Environmental Science have an established teaching link. Structure and content The basic structure is three modules in each of the Autumn and Spring Semesters followed by a dissertation, with each module worth 20 SCQF credits at level 11. There may be some modules offered at 10 credits to allow flexibility and to accommodate the needs of part-time students. Students who successfully complete the taught course over two semesters will qualify for the Diploma and may proceed to the MSc. This involves completion of a three-month Research Project, often in collaboration with an outside agency. Students frequently choose a topic complementary to their option selection, allowing them to develop a high level of competence in aspects of environmental management relevant to their future employment, for example, a project chosen in summer 2013 was Monitoring and assessment of the radioactivity levels around Chapelcross Nuclear Power Plant, Dumfries and Galloway. Delivery and assessment The course is taught primarily by staff within Biological and Environmental Sciences, but also by staff from other departments of the University and visiting professionals from outside agencies. Delivery will include a mixture of conventional lectures, workshop sessions, field excursions, critique of environmental statements, student-led debates and oral presentations. These activities may be undertaken in teams. Both examinations and coursework will be used with a focus on the use of case studies on different aspects of environmental impact, assessment and monitoring in relation to energy production. Modules will be assessed either by examination and coursework (typically 50:50 weighting) or, where appropriate, by coursework alone. Coursework will be based on written work and/or oral presentation. Career opportunities While this course is still in its early years our long-standing MSc Environmental Management has a very good record with most students swiftly moving on to employment in the environmental sector. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Energy Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This MSc develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed to equip students for a successful career in the energy sector; whether in the private, public, or non-profit sector. This course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or finance... [+]

MSc in Energy Management This MSc develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed to equip students for a successful career in the energy sector; whether in the private, public, or non-profit sector. This course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or finance. Course objectives On completing the course, you should have a good knowledge of how economic analysis can help understand problems related to energy; be able to analyse alternative energy policy options in terms of benefits and costs; have a good understanding of world energy markets; and be able to analyse the risks associated with energy options. You will have acquired the skills needed to structure, analyse and evaluate energy-related problems. Structure and content September 2014 will see the introduction of an intensive and invigorating period of ‘learning to learn’ for Stirling Management School’s postgraduate students. Activities, workshops and information sessions held during this period will help students better prepare for the year ahead in order to ensure that they make the most of their time at Stirling. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the necessary skills required to ensure that they can interact and engage with others and fully explore the subjects and themes covered by their course. Providing students with the very best start to their studies, these activities will support students to: discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead; develop an understanding of the course expectations; get to know the teaching team and support staff; learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning; understand what it takes to work as part of a successful team; develop presentation skills and build confidence in public speaking; learn about cultural and individual differences; discover all that the University campus and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer; maximise their time studying at Stirling; have fun and make new friends. By the end of this period, students will be fully prepared to embark upon the formal teaching course invigorated and committed to the journey ahead with newly developed skills. You take four taught modules in the autumn from September to December and four more taught modules in the spring from January to May. Then you write a dissertation in the summer, from June to August. Delivery and assessment Modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group teaching, in the form of seminars or computing labs. Assessment typically includes coursework, presentations and an end-of-semester examination. Re-sit examinations are available. Career opportunities The MSc Energy Management opens up a range of employment opportunities in the energy sector at the national and international level. Some example placements for alumni of this course are: Head Economist - Zero Waste Scotland Director of Economic Affairs - Mining Association of Canada Market Analyst - Coal Marketing Company Head of Natural Gas Markets - Gen-I Funded PhD studentship - University College London Energy Institute Energy Analyst - International Energy Agency (OECD) Renewable Development Officer - Ullapool Community Trust Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy has been developed to provide interdisciplinary training at an advanced level for existing practitioners in the heritage sector or those seeking a career in that sector. The course offers an ideal balance between the practical and intellectual elements of heritage and heritage policy. Students both explore cultural, natural, tangible and intangible heritage through the lens of environmental... [+]

MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy The MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy has been developed to provide interdisciplinary training at an advanced level for existing practitioners in the heritage sector or those seeking a career in that sector. The course offers an ideal balance between the practical and intellectual elements of heritage and heritage policy. Students both explore cultural, natural, tangible and intangible heritage through the lens of environmental history, whilst also developing a strong practical skills-base. The course provides: a foundation in the concepts, ideas, theory, practice and application of heritage and heritage policy skills in the principal subject areas contributing to the study of cultural and natural heritage advanced study in the main subject areas of candidates’ primary disciplines training in appropriate quantitative and qualitative research, interpretative and presentational methodologies. Students have the opportunity to work with members of staff on a one to one basis, and experience the Scottish cultural and natural environments first-hand on a number of field trips designed to enhance class based teaching. The course of study prepares students in the concepts and ideas of the field and in one year enables them to investigate issues such as: Protected Spaces/Legislative Framework Designation; Heritage, Identity and Place ‘The Highlands and the Roots of Green Consciousness’ World Heritage and National Parks Public Relations and Marketing and Interpretation Media and apply their skills in an individual research project. Placement opportunities will be available in a range of venues across the sector. These will include heritage attractions and outdoor centres, museums, galleries and libraries, NGOs, and private sector industry partners. Delivery and assessment Depending on module content, delivery is by weekly, three-hour seminar or workshop and/or field visit/class. Assessment for both 30-credit core modules and 15-credit options is 100% coursework including assessed oral presentations, plus a 15,000-word traditional dissertation (100% of final grade) or work-based project portfolio (70% of the final grade) and a 5,000-word critical essay (30% of final grade). Module titles Academic Year 2015/16 Autumn An Introduction to Heritage: Concepts and Ideas Research Skills Heritage Theory and Practice Spring Three modules from the following options: The Human Planet: Roots to the Anthropocene Sustainability, Resilience and Collapse Strategic Tourism Public Relations and Communication Management Heritage, Identity and Place The Highlands and the Roots of Green Consciousness Protected Spaces: Heritage Law and Designation PR and Marketing of Heritage Interpretation and Interpretation Media Special Skills World Heritage and National Parks (Field Class) Employability This course is designed to produce graduates with advanced skills for careers in the Cultural and Natural Heritage sectors, particularly in cultural heritage resource management and curation, interpretation and presentation of heritage, promotion and marketing of heritage, and sustainable tourism. Typical careers would include management roles within NGOs working in the cultural and natural heritage sectors, National Parks authorities, local and national government agencies, and heritage-focused charities (especially historic and built environment), senior education, interpretation and marketing roles in similar bodies. It is also designed to provide an advanced-level academic qualification for those already employed within the sector seeking professional development opportunities for the step into middle and upper management roles. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Environmental Management

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course was established over 25 years ago and is now widely recognised as an international leader in training environmental managers for work in both the public and private sectors. Environmental managers play a vital role in the protection and sustainable use of resources. Students learn to address issues such as adaptation to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable energy management. At the local level Environmental Management focuses on... [+]

MSc in Environmental Management This course was established over 25 years ago and is now widely recognised as an international leader in training environmental managers for work in both the public and private sectors. Environmental managers play a vital role in the protection and sustainable use of resources. Students learn to address issues such as adaptation to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable energy management. At the local level Environmental Management focuses on conservation and protection of land and water resources and natural habitats. Stirling’s graduates work for organisations such as the Environment Protection Agencies, major conservation bodies, local authorities and independent environmental consultancies, many in senior positions. Course objectives Our course gives students: An understanding of the scientific principles that underpin environmental management An understanding of the economic, social, political and legal frameworks for environmental management A sound training in relevant practical, investigative, research and generic skills that are the most sought after by employers. Structure and content The basic structure is three modules in each of Semesters 1 and 2 followed by a dissertation, with each module worth 20 SCQF credits at level 11 and the dissertation worth 60 credits. There will be some modules offered at 10 credits to allow some flexibility and to accommodate the needs of part-time students. Students who meet the requirements of the taught course will qualify for the Diploma and may proceed to the MSc. This involves completion of a three-month Research Project, often in collaboration with an outside agency. Students frequently choose a topic complementary to their option selection, allowing them to develop a high level of competence in aspects of environmental management relevant to their future employment. An example of a project undertaken in Summer 2013 is A challenge in assessing the visual impact of wind turbines: does one focal length suit all? Delivery and assessment The course is taught primarily by staff within Biological and Environmental Sciences, but also by staff from other departments of the University and visiting professionals from outside agencies. Assessment is via coursework and examination, and may include teamwork and presentations. Exams are held in December and May, and MSc research projects are submitted in early September. Career opportunities Students on our courses have an excellent record in gaining employment in the environmental sector and many of our former graduates now hold senior positions. Typical jobs include: Environmental Consultant (e.g. Jacobs), Environmental Protection Officers and Scientific Advisers in environment agencies (EA, SEPA), Environmental Managers within local authorities, national industries (e.g. Northumbrian Water) and trusts (e.g. Tweed Forum). Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants from other disciplines with a 2:1 or 1st but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Evolutionary Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

You will benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have particular interests in cultural evolution and language, social learning, and mate choice. Our staff are also at the forefront of new developments in applying evolutionary principles to address real world issue. Students interested in comparative approaches and animal behaviour will benefit from other members of our Behaviour and... [+]

MSc in Evolutionary Psychology You will benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have particular interests in cultural evolution and language, social learning, and mate choice. Our staff are also at the forefront of new developments in applying evolutionary principles to address real world issue. Students interested in comparative approaches and animal behaviour will benefit from other members of our Behaviour and Evolution Research Group whose world-leading research on behaviour and cognition in primates, dogs and elephants are also being applied to real world problems, including conservation, human-animal interaction, and animal welfare. Under the group's expert guidance you will undertake specialists modules, a research placement and a research project. You will also be able to take advantage of our on-site and overseas labs, field sites and links with industrial partners. For example, the University works closely with the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo. Course objectives The course provides advanced training as a preparation for a research career in Psychology, primarily for those intending to proceed to a PhD in the area of evolutionary psychology, comparative cognition or animal behaviour. It may also be suitable for meeting continuing professional development needs for those working in related applied contexts. Structure and content The course consists of a number of different modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods. They emphasise different types of skills, from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools to discussion of different approaches to research. Students may select some alternative modules from the other taught MSc courses at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator. This course includes the following modules: Evolutionary Psychology: A series of seminars will address both theoretical and practical issues relating to the study of evolution and behaviour across topics and research settings. Students will also be expected to participate in our weekly Behaviour and Evolution Research Group meetings, in which they will hear about the current work of staff, other graduate students and also regular presentations from external speakers. Psychological Research Methods I and II: These modules cover a wide range of techniques used in psychological research and to demonstrate these techniques in relation to topics in a range of areas. Advanced Statistics: This module assumes a reasonable knowledge of statistics, although an additional introductory module is available for those who wish. The main statistics teaching is aimed at introducing advanced methods such as multivariate statistics and at the rationale of using statistical methods. Key Skills for Psychology Researchers: This module focuses on the research process, including ethical reviews, professional conduct and disseminating research. Qualitative Research Methods: This module provides a broad but solid grounding in qualitative research methodology. Research Placement This month-long placement is carried out in January/February, allowing students to broaden their practical research experience. The placement may be external to Psychology and can be in a non-academic environment Dissertation For those who go onto the MSc, approximately half of your time is devoted to a research project, leading to a 12,000-word dissertation. Delivery and assessment Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based. Students are typically taught within small groups in specialist classes, with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses). Both taught and research postgraduates are integral to our research group and expected to participate in our regular meetings. All students allocated a peer mentor are provided with appropriate office space and equipment. In addition, each student is associated with an academic from Psychology. The individual modules contribute towards 60 percent of the MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent. Career opportunities This course provides advanced training to prepare you for a research career in evolutionary approaches to behaviour, especially for those intending to proceed to a PhD. You will become an integral member of our lively and active research group and we will support you in making the complex transition towards being an independent research scientist. The placement also allows considerable scope for those interested in more applied areas to develop relevant skills for these careers. The course also seeks to meet the continuing professional development needs of those already working in related applied contexts. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Finance

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship in finance... [+]

MSc in Finance The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship in finance. Course objectives The course provides essential understanding of the theory of finance and of the skills required in practice. You learn about corporate finance, techniques of quantitative analysis, global financial markets, analysis of financial statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management and behavioural finance. You will develop spreadsheet skills and learn econometric techniques for analysing corporate performance and identifying trends in financial markets and have access to financial databases, including DataStream. The dissertation, completed in the summer, enables development of your individual interests. Structure and content This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation. As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career. Delivery and assessment Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation. Where are our graduates now? Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very begining of the course your career is our focus. The MSc Finance opens up a range of exciting career opportunities which include fund management, security dealing, financial market regulation, treasury management, financial engineering and corporate finance work within merchant banking firms. Our graduates are currently contributing to the performance of major financial organisations such as Morgan Stanley, Standard Charted Bank, ABC Bank of China, and HSBC. They are located in countries around the globe including China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, New Zealand, Vietnam, Greece, Taiwan, India and the UK. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Housing Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 22 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling Inverness Stornoway + 3 more

The MSc in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing policy, development, finance and service delivery in the interests of providing better housing for all... [+]

MSc in Housing Studies The MSc in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing policy, development, finance and service delivery in the interests of providing better housing for all. Students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institue of Housing. This includes a structured, assessed period of relevant work experience, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors. Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies. Accreditation The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines. Structure and content The Postgraduate Diploma is taught intensively over two academic semesters, with the professional practice element – internship – running June to September. During the academic semesters you will study eight academic modules, four in each semester. Delivery and assessment You attend induction in Stirling for a week at the beginning of September to commence the course. Academic learning is undertaken through a combination of private study and online interaction with tutors. There is a day on campus at the beginning of each academic module. You will be required to attend on-campus sessions and field visits for the practice module, to build experience for your internship. The course requires full-time participation. Classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - with the rest of the week for private study. (Studying full-time equates to approximately 35 hours on average which includes all structured learning, personal study and assessments). Module titles Providing Housing Services (HOUPA1) Sustainability and Development (HOUPA2) Policy and Law (HOUPA3) Organisational Behaviour (HOUPA4) Strategic Use of Information (HOUPA5) Paying for Housing (HOUPA6) Housing Renewal and Community Regeneration (HOUPA7) Housing, Health and Well-Being (HOUPA8) Contemporary Housing Practice 1 (HOUPC1) Contemporary Housing Practice 2 (HOUPC2) Social Research Methods (HOUP19) MSc Dissertation (HOUP20) Career opportunities Stirling housing graduates normally move immediately into employment, e.g. in housing associations, local authorities, trade organisations, government agencies and research and consultancy. Academic requirements Usually a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with relevant work or voluntary experience, an understanding of the importance of housing in society, and a commitment to improved housing for all are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as: IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill. We consider the following as equivalent test scores: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Housing Studies (part-time)

Online Part time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Housing is fundamental to wellbeing, yet only a small proportion of staff have a professional qualification. Our housing courses contribute to improving housing services and systems. Our experienced team is committed to professional education in housing. The part-time Diploma is geared to the specific strengths and study needs of those already working in housing, who are seeking a professional qualification in Housing Studies... [+]

MSc in Housing Studies (part-time) Housing is fundamental to wellbeing, yet only a small proportion of staff have a professional qualification. Our housing courses contribute to improving housing services and systems. Our experienced team is committed to professional education in housing. The part-time Diploma is geared to the specific strengths and study needs of those already working in housing, who are seeking a professional qualification in Housing Studies. Students are usually sponsored by their employers. Accreditation CIH logoThe postgraduate diploma in Housing Studies (part-time) is a qualification recognised and validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing. Students completing the Stirling Diploma gain full exemption from the CIH’s academic requirements for Corporate Membership. Course objectives In this current climate, a professional qualification is exactly the advantage you need, to stay ahead of the game. The University of Stirling offers people working in practice the opportunity to achieve housing qualifications in ways which meet their needs and fit in with the demands of their lives. With a staff group specialising in a wide range of professional competencies ranging from; housing management, project management, policy and strategy, homelessness, social theory, housing finance and housing law, the University is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age. Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route uses blended learning, with a significant element of online study giving the student the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging. You can opt to undertake one year of study for the Certificate in Housing Studies or embark on the two-year Diploma course. Either way you have options: If you opt for the Certificate you can decide to stay on and do the Diploma at the end of the year. You can also graduate with the Certificate and come back at some point in the future to do the Diploma year You can embark on the two year Diploma and decide to stop at the end of first year, take a break and complete later On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you will have satisfied all academic and most of the practical requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Structure and content Students register for one or two years of study on a part-time basis. The structure of the course consists of four academic modules per year and one practice module. The modules are coordinated by staff of the School of Applied Social Science, building on contributions from various academic disciplines and specialists from practice. Most learning materials are available electronically, supported by textbooks, with tutorials and classroom learning for some elements. Staff actively seek the views of students and employers on the quality of modules throughout the course. Their comments and suggestions are used to continually adapt and improve course content and delivery. Delivery and assessment Most of the learning takes place in a virtual learning environment (Succeed) and students are expected to participate in online learning one day each week September - December; and January - May inc. An induction block introduces students to the course learning environment (Succeed), to course materials, to tutors and each other. All students are expected to attend induction on campus over three days during the first week of September (Year 1). Students are also expected to be on campus for the start of other semesters and attend the end of the course. Taken together, this amounts to approximately 10 days over two years. Learning consists mainly of reading, reflection and writing. Reading covers course materials, notes, textbooks, research reports and academic journals. Reflection involves thinking about and connecting with course materials. This is consolidated through weekly interactions - by participating in discussions online, using a secure virtual learning environment (Succeed). Interaction comes from communication between students and tutors around activities which are a core part of the course. The course is ideally suited to students at a distance, off campus. Online interaction keeps you motivated as you progress through your studies, maximising the benefit of study to you and your organisation. To access the learning materials electronically, you will need access to a computer meeting a series of minimum requirements in terms of memory, operating system, internet connection, CD reader and sound card, anti-virus software. Career opportunities Stirling graduates have a strong track record of making rapid career progress on completion of the Diploma. Potential career opportunities include management in housing organisations, specialist research and policy and strategy work. Increasingly, there are opportunities linked to key government initiatives and policy areas. Our students come from all parts of Scotland, in different roles at different levels. Studying online at Stirling enables you to: carry out your current job with greater confidence and effectiveness have a comprehensive knowledge of how your job links to the rest of your organisation and the work of other agencies in Scotland be well prepared to take advantage of opportunities for promotion or new directions in your work gain a professional qualification in a crucial policy area build a network minimise time spent travelling Academic requirements Usually a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with relevant work or voluntary experience, an understanding of the importance of housing in society, and a commitment to improved housing for all are encouraged to apply. This course is aimed at those already working in Housing if you are interested in this programme but do not work in Housing please look at our other programme Housing Studies (with internship). English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Information Technology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. It is ideal for complementing your expertise with core computing skills... [+]

MSc in Information Technology The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. It provides an opportunity for graduates of non-computing subjects to develop key specialist skills for a career in Computing. It is ideal for complementing your expertise with core computing skills. Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks. You will also get prepared for finding and securing a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme. This programme covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre strategies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques. Course objectives This is an intensive 12-month course which provides an opportunity for non-computing graduates to develop key specialist skills suitable for a career in Computing. It is ideal for those who wish to complement their knowledge and expertise with core computing skills in order to apply them to a new career. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry. The MSc Information Technology is an intensive, practically-oriented course. By studying this course students will study in depth key topics including: software development enterprise database systems web technologies benefit from research-led teaching demonstrate acquired research and development skills by undertaking a substantial piece of software project work prepare for positions in the IT industry Structure and content This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Semester 1 concentrates on fundamental techniques. Semester 2 integrates, develops and applies these skills. Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self-contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. Delivery and assessment You will learn about key areas in computing through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures involve the whole class, while tutorials and practicals are for small groups. Practical work is a key component in our degrees, and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. It builds from self-contained tasks in Semester 1, over a larger programming assignment in the winter break to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project is your largest single piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. After two semesters of classes you will embark on a three-month project working on your dissertation topic. At the end of the project you will write up your findings as your MSc dissertation. For the MSc projects, we will make a number of industrial placements available. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. Career opportunities The MSc in Information Technology will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Information Technology, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including health, IT software organisations, service enterprises, engineering and construction firms as well as in the retail sector. Previous students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the Information Technology field in aconsiderable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major UK organisations, with Local Authority and Government bodies as well as in the field of Higher Education. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent in any subject other than Computing/IT related subjects. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Science, Computing and Engineering and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in International Accounting and Finance

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education... [+]

MSc in International Accounting and Finance Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. Also, in the EU the speed and significance of recent reforms have led to a demand for Master’s level education which reflects these developments and facilitates transition. Course objectives Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. The ACCA Accredited MSc International Accounting & Finance from the University of Stirling Management School reflects these developments and provides a solid foundation for a career in accounting or finance. The course attracts students from every continent presenting a valuable opportunity to establish a worldwide network of contacts that last beyond the time spent studying on our beautiful campus. In 2014/15 the ACCA recognised MSc in International Accounting and Finance was the most popular Master’s degree at Stirling. Structure and content The Master’s course is a one-year, full-time course with an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, with a supervised dissertation in the final period. As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career. Delivery and assessment Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on, satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to accounting and finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation. Where are our graduates now? Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very begining of the course your career is our focus. Since the introduction of the course in 2007, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Malaysia, China, UK, Ethiopia, Italy, Oman, Kazakhstan and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of organisations including investment banks, universities, car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in International Business

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This course will provide the students with an opportunity to learn and understand how business is conducted in the international arena, in particular focusing on the development of managerial skills necessary to survive and thrive in an interconnected world. It provides a solid foundation for a highly successful career by developing problem-solving and critical thinking abilities within the context of trading across national boundaries. [+]

MSc in International Business This course will provide the students with an opportunity to learn and understand how business is conducted in the international arena, in particular focusing on the development of managerial skills necessary to survive and thrive in an interconnected world. It provides a solid foundation for a highly successful career by developing problem-solving and critical thinking abilities within the context of trading across national boundaries. The MSc International Business offers a choice of pathways, allowing students to specialise in marketing or human resourse management. This flexible format allows students to select a specialisation to suit career aspirations. This means you can graduate with your specialism in Human Resource Management or Marketing reflected on your degree certificate. By the end of this course, students have a nuanced understanding of operating across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. In addition, they are better equipped to engage with stakeholders from different cultures and work effectively in a team that is scattered in different geographic regions. What is International Business? International Business is the specialisation of core business subjects, adding theoretical and practical dimensions relevant to operating in an increasingly globalised economy. Foundation content, from accountancy and finance to strategic management, is explored in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives. Students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation. An MSc International Business from Stirling is designed to develop deep understanding of different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries and create awareness of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on businesses and managers. Postgraduate education in International Business equips graduates to work in roles that require an understanding of how businesses are financed and taxed in different jurisdictions as well as other legislative issues that must be taken into account. A strong emphasis on ethical and environmental issues of relevance to commercial operators with international interests is a major strength of this course. The International Business with Human Resource Management pathway is ideally suited to individuals who wish to blend their interests in general business strategy with the management of people. The International Business with Marketing pathway enables students to develop marketing expertise that will enable them to thrive in a global business context. Course objectives The aim of the MSc International Business is to incorporate the new dimensions of international business competencies. It is an innovative, rigorous and challenging programme that will give you a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge of international business. The International Business course is specifically designed to achieve the following: An understanding of the relevance of international trade in today's business environment An understanding of the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation A knowledge of the different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment An awareness of the emergence of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on business and managers An awareness of the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation and its impact on consumers Course Structure All students must take the following core modules: Semester 1 Multinational Enterprises in the 21st Century Managing Across Cultures Responsible Business in a Global Economy Semester 2 Research Methods Business in Europe and the Competing Economies International Strategy Depending on your pathway, you will choose two modules from the following electives in semester 2: International Business Brand Marketing Entrepreneurial Marketing Sport Marketing Retail Marketing Leadership & Decision Making Current Challenges in HRM Developing International Managers Managing Change & People International Banking & Development Finance International Business with Human Resource Management Current Challenges in HRM (compulsory) Leadership & Decision Making Developing International Managers Managing Change & People International Business with Marketing One of the following compulsory modules: Retail Marketing Brand Marketing And one of the following elective modules: Entrepreneurial Marketing Sport Marketing Delivery and assessment Teaching involves lectures, seminars, workshop-based sessions and presentations. You are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of MSc in International Business by completing a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic agreed with the Course Director. This must be submitted by the end of August. Career opportunities Highly qualified individuals with a multi-faceted understanding of business opportunities and risks are in high demand among organisations with global operations. As the world is increasingly interconnected, even graduates who choose to remain at home will find that a broad business degree with an international flavour will set them apart from other employment-seekers. Virtually every facet of most larger businesses is inextricably linked to the wider world. The proven ability to work in a multi-cultural team is an added advantage for individuals seeking careers at higher management levels in organisations with stakeholders in other countries. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc combines core modules in International Conflict and Cooperation and International Organisation in Semester 1 with a research methods course. In Semester 2, research methods continues and students take two option modules from a range of choices that focus on the Middle East, Africa, Migration and Resource Conflicts amongst others. The course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major developments such as... [+]

MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation The MSc combines core modules in International Conflict and Cooperation and International Organisation in Semester 1 with a research methods course. In Semester 2, research methods continues and students take two option modules from a range of choices that focus on the Middle East, Africa, Migration and Resource Conflicts amongst others. Course objectives The course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major developments such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks and the Arab Spring. The course takes a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations to focus on the role of conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas in addition to the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors such as natural resources and migration. Structure and content The MSc contains core modules related to international conflict and cooperation as well as a range of options modules to explore issues in more depth. It also features a research skills module. Delivery and assessment Modules will typically be delivered in the evenings by lecture and seminar, although the emphasis will be on student participation and discussion, workshop sessions, as well as a variety of formal and informal presentations. Assessment is by presentations, essays and the dissertation. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in International Human Resource Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc International Human Resource Management (IHRM) provides a broad understanding of the importance of people management in organisational development and business operations. The course builds on current trends in the internationalisation of work, occupations and management activities by offering a unique perspective on the challenges facing the HR profession and HRM practice in a global economy. It addresses both contemporary... [+]

MSc in International Human Resource Management The MSc International Human Resource Management (IHRM) provides a broad understanding of the importance of people management in organisational development and business operations. The course builds on current trends in the internationalisation of work, occupations and management activities by offering a unique perspective on the challenges facing the HR profession and HRM practice in a global economy. It addresses both contemporary debates on HR management practices, and reflections on business organisation governance and strategy in an international context. The course develops HR managers and leaders who are able to deliver responsible, particpatory and sustainable service to their organisation, whether they work, in a private firm, a public agency or a not-for-profit organisation operating with an international workforce or across the world. It is especially designed for those who wish to work in organisations employing an international and diversified workforce, and to have responsibility for developing local and global HR systems that incorporate corporate social responsibility, innovation and participatory practices. Course objectives This course provides a critical and academic assessment of the Human Resource Management (HRM) approach and its application by employers in international contexts. Particular attention is paid to understanding issues of responsibility and sustainability in HR management, as well as exploring the influence of various forms of business organisations on HR practices. Stirling Management School is committed to the principles of the PRIME* agenda, and the MSc International HRM reflects this engagement by integrating considerations of social responsibility and sustainability issues in the core curriculum. The curriculum for the MSc International HRM builds on mainstream HRM scholarship to incorporate specialist topics which are regularly updated to ensure topicality and continued relevance. The course is taught from the Management, Work & Organisation Division, so students have access to specialists in a variety of fields. The curriculum, and how it is delivered, is innovative and challenging for all students regardless of their academic background. The course uses a variety of assessment methods ranging from the more traditional examinations and essays, to formative assignments (short essays and group feedback). The course seeks to provide recent graduates with a conceptual foundation for a career in the field of international human resource management or for further academic study in the subject, or to update the knowledge and qualifications of personnel/HR practitioners, managers and trade unionists. It will also provide you with a wider perspective on the principal issues and concerns affecting work and provide the basis for more effective decisions. * PRiME stands for Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRiME). Its mission is to encourage responsible management education, research and thought-leadership globally. To this end, PRiME provides a voluntary engagement platform for business schools and management-related academic institutions. Structure and content The full-time course consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules and a three-month dissertation period. The course is structured around five core modules (20 credits each) spread across two semesters (three modules in Semester 1, plus two modules in Semester 2), and the choice of two 10 credit electives in the second semester. Students undertake a dissertation project over the summer period. Delivery and assessment You have an active role in your learning experience. Delivery includes lectures, seminars, case studies, group-work, presentations, and workshops, followed by a three-month dissertation period. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of the Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of the MSc International HRM by completing a 15,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught courses. Employability Throughout the course of their studies, our students are introduced to a broad range of topical issues which enable them to better understand the challenges of work in various types and sizes of organisations operating both locally and globally. Students on the MSc in International HRM learn significant transferable skills valued by employers, such as the ability to research relevant data and critically analyse these to inform contextual decisions, the ability to work in a team, to conduct projects and deliver effective presentations in time and to a high quality, and the ability to reflect upon contemporary management practice in an informed manner. Their learning and development is further supported by encounters with guest-speakers with various industry expertise, as well as field trips (e.g. New Lanark) and the opportunity to take part in business-simulations with fellow students across the Management School (eg. the Strip Steel Business Challenge). Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Investment Analysis

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide... [+]

MSc in Investment Analysis The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide. Structure and content This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation. As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career. Course objectives The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession. Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts. The Stirling MSc in Investment Analysis team has an unrivaled reputation in the UK CFA© Institute Research Challenge. Stirling has won the UK final of this competition and reached the final in seven out of eight years. As a Programme Partner we are also able to offer on a competitive basis in the spring semester of your studies CFA Scholarships for the CFA level 1 exam. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Marine Biotechnology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This skills-focussed MSc provides students with a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while receiving practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology. Students learn about existing products developed by marine biotechnologists and gain insight into new and emerging global market opportunities. Seminars led by distinguished... [+]

MSc in Marine Biotechnology This skills-focussed MSc provides students with a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while receiving practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology. Students learn about existing products developed by marine biotechnologists and gain insight into new and emerging global market opportunities. Seminars led by distinguished industrialists and commercial marine biotechnologists encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, provide inspiration and allow for appreciation of commercial realities. In addition, students are equipped with key employability skills, including: problem solving and critical thinking information retrieval, evaluation and presentation data interpretation and report writing group working, organisation and leadership Through an active approach to learning, students develop confidence to work independently and are encouraged to pursue their main interests. Course objectives This course provides students with: An awareness of the diversity of marine organisms and the adaptations that enable them to prosper in their natural habitats. A thorough knowledge of the fundamental science and methodologies underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology. An understanding of the latest advances and global opportunities that exist in the burgeoning field of marine biotechnology. Training in practical, investigative and research skills, as well as commercialisation and intellectual property protection. Structure and content The MSc is achieved through the satisfactory completion of 180 SCQF credits. There are two 30-credit taught Foundation modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and two 30-credit taught Advanced modules in Semester 2 (January to April). The remaining 60 credits are achieved by undertaking a Research Project (April to August) on an area of expertise within the School of Natural Sciences. Students completing just the taught modules qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma. Delivery and assessment The course is taught primarily by staff at the Institute of Aquaculture, with numerous seminars given by leading figures from industry. Student performance is evaluated by continuous assessment via various coursework tasks, including written and oral presentations. Career opportunities The course provides each student with knowledge and practical experience important for a career in marine biotechnology. The course content has been developed by experienced academic staff in partnership with industrialists from the marine biotechnology sector and is designed to meet the demands of employers in this rapidly expanding industry. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £17,350 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £16,600 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements Second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc Marketing is a specialist, 12-month full-time taught postgraduate course. The course is not restricted to those who have already studied Marketing or related Business subjects. As such it offers students from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to understand and combine academic concepts and practice-related marketing issues. Participants are encouraged to draw on their own backgrounds and any... [+]

MSc in Marketing The MSc Marketing is a specialist, 12-month full-time taught postgraduate course. The course is not restricted to those who have already studied Marketing or related Business subjects. As such it offers students from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to understand and combine academic concepts and practice-related marketing issues. Participants are encouraged to draw on their own backgrounds and any existing management skills and work-based experience throughout this course. The course is modular, so the credits awarded at the end of each assessed module can be accumulated towards a postgraduate qualification. As a student of Marketing, there are three core topics of study in the Autumn Semester which will provide you with a depth of relevant and up-to-date knowledge. In the Spring Semester MSc Marketing students have to apply this knowledge through a project undertaken for an external company and through an appreciation of Contemporary Issues in Marketing. In addition students may choose two elective modules to study alongside these core modules. The student must also complete an individual dissertation or group research project in a field relevant to the degree pathway. Course objectives The MSc provides you with an understanding of the concepts and systems underlying marketing practice and allows you to develop your skills of diagnosis and implementation in marketing management and research processes. On completion you will be able to: Nurture and consolidate a customer-focused management approach in a variety of different market settings, organisation types and policy situations Design, plan, implement and evaluate research-based marketing strategies Gain exposure to ethical issues that arise from marketing activities and to understand the impact marketing has on society in general Conduct research into contemporary marketing practice Structure and content The course begins with the two-week Flying Start Leadership Programme. This programme introduces all MSc students in the Stirling Management School to the University and explores what will be expected from them over their year at Stirling. Through discussions, group work, team-building exercises and meetings with local business people, it provides a solid platform for their future studies. Nigel McFarlane, MSc Marketing student quoted: "having completed this two-week programme I am feeling settled in and am now prepared to take on the modules ahead. I must commend the University for this initiative as it has served as a good orientation, especially as an international student." After completion of the Flying Start Leadership Programme, a series of three core modules in the Autumn semester will equip you with the essential skills needed to understand the theory and practice of marketing/brand management/retail. These skills are practised using marketing cases and the Markstrat computer-based marketing simulation which allows students to develop and run a portfolio of brands in the safety of the classroom. Our links with various commercial industries in Scotland and throughout the world allow our staff to draw on a wide range of marketing experiences and practices as well as providing guest lectures by practitioners and site visits to local businesses. The MSc in Marketing is a one-year full-time course where you can choose to specialise in Brand Managment or Retail. Course Structure All students must take the following CORE modules: Semester 1 Flying Start Leadership Programme Responsible Marketing Management Strategic Marketing Practice Marketing Communications and the Consumer Semester 2 Marketing Management Applications Contemporary Issues in Marketing MSc Marketing students choose TWO modules from the following electives in Semester 2: Brand Marketing Digital Marketing and Advertising Retail Marketing Marketing and the Supply Chain Entrepreneurial Marketing Social Marketing Sports Marketing Delivery and assessment The taught modules of the MSc course are delivered using a variety of methods, for example, lectures, tutorials, case studies, role playing, computer simulations, fieldwork exercises, site visits, guest speakers and company projects. Much of the assessment is continuous and may include research reports, essays, briefings, management reports, case analyses, debates, literature reviews, marketing communication plans, poster sessions and presentations. Assessed work is often conducted in groups, as developing teamwork and communication skills are seen as important. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encourage to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Media Management

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Meeting an emerging need for specialist research and teaching on the media industries, the full-time Media Management course focuses on the UK in a European and global context. It was the first course of its kind in the UK, running successfully since 1993... [+]

MSc in Media Management Meeting an emerging need for specialist research and teaching on the media industries, the full-time Media Management course focuses on the UK in a European and global context. It was the first course of its kind in the UK, running successfully since 1993. Applications are particularly welcome from those employed in the media industries. Course objectives Internationally-oriented and comparative in approach, the course provides: a theoretical and case-study based foundation in media economics, finance and business strategy appropriate management skills and an analytical perspective on the media industries an understanding of the evolution of the regulatory and policy environment in which media operate advanced study in contemporary media and cultural theories training in appropriate research methodologies Structure and content The MSc in Media Management has been developed to prepare media managers to meet the challenges posed by unprecedented change and increased competition in the media environment. This full-time academic course is designed to provide media practitioners with a wider analytical perspective on the main issues affecting their work and offers graduates a rigorous foundation for a career in the media industry. The course builds on Communications, Media & Culture's extensive links with the media industry and draws on a range of related disciplines including media studies, economics, marketing and business studies. The MSc consists of two components: a taught course followed by a Dissertation. Based primarily in the Communications, Media & Culture department, the taught component also involves postgraduate modules offered by, or in collaboration with, the Stirling Management School. The taught course takes place within the University's two 15-week semesters and involves lectures, seminars, tutorials and case-study work. Students will take two core modules and two elective modules concurrently in the Autumn Semester, plus two core modules and one elective module concurrently in Spring Semester making a total of seven taught modules across the year. Delivery and assessment The course is taught with a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Formal teaching is augmented by occasional guest speakers, usually experienced practitioners from the media industry who are able to provide a strategic or practical insight into current management issues. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Performance Coaching

Online Part time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

Performance Coaching is an innovative distance learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. The course has been developed to articulate with the emerging UKCC Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote... [+]

MSc in Performance Coaching Performance Coaching is an innovative distance learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. The course has been developed to articulate with the emerging UKCC Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems. Your work will be grounded in performance coaching practice, considering case studies and experiential learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners. Course objectives This distance learning course is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. We have developed the course to link with the emerging UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems. In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will have developed in your practice, we develop coaches who: reflect continuously and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance Structure and content You must successfully complete eight taught modules (120 credits) and an applied research project (60 credits) for the award of the MSc. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete all the taught modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules. Delivery and assessment A flexible approach to learning and assessment will characterise this degree. Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through online lectures and seminars, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Individual staff/student tutorials, eg via Skype are available for providing feedback and for supervision of coursework and the Applied Coaching Project. Students receive a School of Sport Postgraduate Handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, module outlines include details of specific content and assessments. All assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership. Module titles Pedagogy and Practice (SPSP26) Performance Analysis (SPSP32) Coaching Ethics (SPSP33) Planning the Coaching Process (SPSP36) Applied Coaching Project (SPSP37) Coaching Concepts (SPSP50) The Coaching Process (SPSP52) Coaching as Learning (SPSP54) Independent Study (SPSP56) Career opportunities It is anticipated that coaches who apply for this course will already be in employment in performance sport. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning courses. This course has been designed to fully incorporate with the UKCC at Level 4. It will create a shaped learning platform between performance sport and the University in the delivery of a practice-based performance coaching course. Graduates are anticipated to fulfil roles in the ‘top tier’ of employment opportunities for coaches in their sport. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £4,500 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £4,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Five years' relevant/appropriate work experience is required. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Professional Learning and Leadership

Campus Part time 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The course has been designed with the aim of providing a challenging but rewarding qualification that reflects the contemporary developments which are taking place in Scotland’s post-16 education sector... [+]

MSc in Professional Learning and Leadership The Master’s course is suitable for: Experienced lecturers working in the FE Sector Experienced educators working in the wider post-16 education and training sector The course has been designed with the aim of providing a challenging but rewarding qualification that reflects the contemporary developments which are taking place in Scotland’s post-16 education sector. Course objectives Each module within the course has its own set of specific objectives. However, overall the course sets itself objectives which will enable participants to: Reflect, analyse and evaluate policies and practices within the sector Develop their own knowledge and skills for future continuous advancement Structure and content Length of study will normally be three years, but those who are awarded postgraduate entry credit will differ. For further information please contact the Course Director. Delivery and assessment The course is taught using a combination of lectures, seminars and online. Materials are made available via Succeed. The attendance requirement for most modules is equivalent to four half days per module, with all course materials available online in advance. Career opportunities The Master’s course of study is designed to equip those engaged in education and training in the post-16 sector to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills. For those working in this sector, there is an increasing demand for expertise not only within the classroom environment but also for management roles. The achievement of a Master’s degree may be perceived as a career advantage. Fees 2015/16 Overseas £696 per 20 credit module 2015/16 Home/EU £400 per 20 credit module Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. At least one years' teaching experience is required. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Psychological Research Methods

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Psychological Research Methods (PRM) course provides broad training in the fundamentals of psychological science - the modern approach to studying mind and behaviour. PRM combines training in psychological theory with practical skills development, preparing our students for a future career in psychology. Individual modules provide a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data, and... [+]

MSc in Psychological Research Methods The Psychological Research Methods (PRM) course provides broad training in the fundamentals of psychological science - the modern approach to studying mind and behaviour. PRM combines training in psychological theory with practical skills development, preparing our students for a future career in psychology. Individual modules provide a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data, and a critical skeptical approach to psychological science. Opportunities for practical hands-on skills development are built in, ranging from low-tech observational assessment to high-tech eye-tracking, and including training on giving oral presentations. A self-reflective approach to personal development is encouraged, and students on this course are an integral part of Stirling Psychology's research community, housed within a dedicated MSc office. The course will appeal to students wishing to develop a career in psychological research, either working towards a PhD in Psychology, or working in the wider public, private or third sector. Structure and content The course consists of different modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of Psychological Research Methods. We aim to be flexible in meeting personal training needs and students may select some alternative modules from other taught MSc courses at the discretion of the Course Coordinator. Delivery and assessment Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based. Students are typically taught in small groups in specialist classes, with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses). The individual module components provide 60 percent of the MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent. Career opportunities The Psychological Research Methods (PRM) course is designed as a springboard for a career in psychological research and is ideal for students wishing to pursue a PhD in psychology. The course incorporates training in a wide range of skills that are required to conduct high-quality research in psychology, and students are encouraged to develop applications for PhD funding through the course. One essential part of the course is the requirement to carry out a Placement (typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation). This provides a fantastic opportunity to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to develop a network of contacts relevant to future career goals. Students benefit hugely from the Placement experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development. PRM graduates are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching, human resources management and personnel, etc. The skills gained are also readily transferable to other careers: PRM positions students for the growing expectation that graduates have a good understanding of human behaviour, are able to interpret and analyise complex forms of data, and to communicate ideas clearly to others. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Psychology (accredited conversion course)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This is an intensive one year (12 month) or 27 month part-time course. You already have a degree in another subject but want to ‘convert’ to Psychology. This may be because you have noticed in work that a scientific psychology degree would help you, or because you are seeking a career change or a new intellectual challenge potentially progressing to PhD or MPhil studies. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society... [+]

MSc in Psychology (accredited conversion course) This is an intensive one year (12 month) or 27 month part-time course. You already have a degree in another subject but want to ‘convert’ to Psychology. This may be because you have noticed in work that a scientific psychology degree would help you, or because you are seeking a career change or a new intellectual challenge potentially progressing to PhD or MPhil studies. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives you BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership which is of interest both to national and international students wanting to practise as a psychologist or health professional. Structure and content This course will cover the basics of psychology in an in-depth and accelerated fashion. You will take the lectures and read the textbooks that undergraduates also take, but you will get through these quicker and you will critically evaluate concepts, knowledge, and research evidence at a level in keeping with postgraduate study. This way of learning is possible because you have already completed another degree. While you acquire the key concepts and core knowledge of psychology in its broadest sense (e.g. social psychology, cognition, development, individual differences, biological bases of mind and behaviour) you also take research methods modules specially designed for postgraduate students. You will further do a practical placement. This intensive learning experience culminates in a three month (or six month part-time) independent empirical research project supervised one-to-one by an academic specialist. Psychology at Stirling has a vibrant research ‘culture’ and our taught postgraduate students are fully integrated in the research community, meeting up for weekly research seminars and informal specialist discussion groups with staff and students. The facilities are excellent and psychology masters students enjoy a dedicated suite of study rooms. Delivery and assessment Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, practical placement, and one-to-one research supervision. Lectures are typically taken together with honours students, while small group specialist classes are generally taken with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses). Both taught and research postgraduates are integral to our research community and are expected to participate in our regular research discussion meetings and seminars. All students are provided with appropriate office space and equipment. In addition, each student is associated with an academic from Psychology. The individual modules contribute towards 60 percent of the MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent. Career opportunities Graduates of this course are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching, human resources management and personnel etc. The skills gained are also readily transferable to other careers: this course positions students for the growing expectation that graduates have a good understanding of human behaviour, are able to interpret and analyse complex forms of data, and to communicate ideas clearly to others. Completion of this course gives Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in another subject. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Psychology Applied to Health

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Effective delivery of health messages and health care in the 21st century necessitates a high degree of ‘psychological awareness’. It’s important to understand what drives and motivates people, if we are to achieve our aim to be a healthier society. Using a psychological approach to health adds another dimension to existing healthcare provision. It involves applying psychological theories, methods and research to understanding how to... [+]

MSc in Psychology Applied to Health Effective delivery of health messages and health care in the 21st century necessitates a high degree of ‘psychological awareness’. It’s important to understand what drives and motivates people, if we are to achieve our aim to be a healthier society. Using a psychological approach to health adds another dimension to existing healthcare provision. It involves applying psychological theories, methods and research to understanding how to promote wellbeing, improve health, prevent and treat illness and disability, analyse and improve the health care system and formulate health policy. Course objectives Students on this course will understand and critically evaluate the theoretical basis of health psychology and apply this knowledge to understanding health, health behaviours and health care issues. The course has a strong practical focus. It includes contributions from health care practitioners and, where possible, the opportunity to carry out a placement in a health care setting. Delivery and assessment The modules are taught in two- to three-hour seminars which include lectures, workshops, and practical or experiential sessions. You need to complete and pass the seven modules above to be awarded the MSc Psychology Applied to Health. Assessment is by formal exams and coursework (including oral presentations, essays, group work and critical reviews of research). Career opportunities This course is for those without a recognised degree in psychology or non-psychologists. It prepares you to work in many related areas - from health education or health promotion to community-based health improvement projects. The course is also relevant for the personal development of professionals already working in health. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Psychology of Faces

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The University has a long history of face research. Our internationally renowned team of experts study almost all aspects of face perception, including low level visual processing, adaptation, gaze perception, social perception such as mate preference and attractiveness, mechanisms of recognition and forensic aspects such as unfamiliar face matching and eye witness recovery of memories for faces. This research has led to EvoFIT, a unique system for... [+]

MSc in Psychology of Faces The University has a long history of face research. Our internationally renowned team of experts study almost all aspects of face perception, including low level visual processing, adaptation, gaze perception, social perception such as mate preference and attractiveness, mechanisms of recognition and forensic aspects such as unfamiliar face matching and eye witness recovery of memories for faces. This research has led to EvoFIT, a unique system for constructing facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime, which has a suspect identification rate ten times higher than traditional methods used by police. You will become part of this vibrant research community as you study the key research methods related to face research and will put your learning into practice during a month-long placement. Course objectives This course facilitates understanding of this diverse subject whilst allowing students to focus the majority of their efforts in face research, an area for which Psychology at Stirling has long been internationally renowned. Structure and content The course consists of a number of different modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods. They emphasise different types of skills, from explicit hand-on demonstrations of tools, to discussion of different approaches to research. An important part of the course is training in the skills needed to generate stimuli for research, from controlled photography to morphing and editing, in both 2 and 3D. Students may select some alternative modules from the other taught MSc courses at the discretion of the Course Coordinator. Delivery and assessment Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based. Students are typically taught within small groups in specialist classes, with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses). Both taught and research postgraduates are integral to our research group and expected to participate in our regular meetings. All students allocated a peer mentor are provided with appropriate office space and equipment. In addition, each student is associated with an academic from Psychology. Part-time students take the same modules spread over two years. Career opportunities The course provides advanced training for a career involving face research. It is intended primarily for students who already have a degree in Psychology or an allied discipline who intend to proceed to a PhD in this field. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Psychology of Sport / Psychology of Sport (Accredited)

Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. The course has a broad focus and develops a critical understanding of contemporary theory, research and practice in sport psychology, with a focus on developing graduates who are able to integrate and translate theory and research into practice... [+]

MSc in Psychology of Sport / Psychology of Sport (Accredited) There are two Psychology of Sport degree options which will help you develop your career in sport and exercise psychology: Psychology of Sport and Psychology of Sport (Accredited). Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. The course has a broad focus and develops a critical understanding of contemporary theory, research and practice in sport psychology, with a focus on developing graduates who are able to integrate and translate theory and research into practice. Your studies will include: theory and application of psychological skills, exploration of social processes, understanding of individual differences, learning applied research methods and developing knowledge of career transition management. In addition to these core skills, the course places a great emphasis on professional practice and development through a work-based learning experience, alongside developing your own specific interests through a research dissertation. Structure and content Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, the course reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. Staff comprise Chartered Psychologists, registered Sport and Exercise Psychologists with the Health & Care Professions Council, and BASES accredited practitioners, supervisors and reviewers. You can study either full-time or part-time to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc levels. To be awarded an MSc in Psychology of Sport, you must attain 180 SCQF points. You will achieve this by successfully completing the following modules: Applications of Sport Psychology (30-credits) Research Methods for Sport (15-credits) Social Psychology of Sport (15-credits) Key Readings in Sport Psychology (15-credits) Professional Practice and Development (30-credits) Dissertation (60-credits) One Option Module within the School of Sport (15-credits) On successful completion of the above modules, you will be able to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories in sport psychology, including a broad knowledge base of psychological skills, strategies and techniques to facilitate performance enhancement within individuals and teams apply a variety of assessment methods in order to develop comprehensive profiles for performance enhancement work identify areas of practice that could benefit from research, and design, conduct and evaluate an appropriate investigation develop and utilise quantitative and qualitative research skills Module titles Application of Sport Psychology (SPSP40) (30-credits) Social Psychology of Sport (SPSP42) (15-credits) Research Methods for Sport (SPSP39) (15-credits) Key Readings in Sport Psychology (SPSP43) (15-credits) Professional Practice and Development (SPSP41) (30-credits) Dissertation (SPSP10) (60-credits) One Option Module within the School of Sport (15-credits) Delivery and assessment Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, staff/student tutorials, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Individual staff/student tutorials are available for providing feedback and for supervision of the Research Project. Students receive a School handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, module handbooks include details of timetable, content, and assessments. The assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership. Assessment involves a mixture of coursework, presentations and written examinations, and will vary according to the context of each module. Career opportunities This course is a major foundation for a profession in psychology. It is geared towards the field of sport and exercise psychology, but we anticipate graduates acquiring the skills to move into a broad range of career opportunities, including a number of sport and health professions, posts within a number of fields in the science industry, to careers within the civil service and government. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Social Enterprise

Campus Full time 5 semesters August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

The MSc in Social Enterprise is a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives and those wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise. The goal of the course is to support the vitality of the sector, provide advanced expertise and equip the sector to meet the challenges of innovation and sustainability... [+]

MSc in Social Enterprise A formal qualification in Social Enterprise will help to further your career, your work and your organisation’s contribution to society. The MSc focuses on things that matter to social enterprises: delivering excellent services and high social value, building and maintaining stakeholder support, securing investment, and measuring and communicating success. These are set in the wider context in which social enterprises operate, including political, market and community contexts. The MSc in Social Enterprise is a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives and those wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise. The goal of the course is to support the vitality of the sector, provide advanced expertise and equip the sector to meet the challenges of innovation and sustainability. The course offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The in-built flexibility of the course means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student. Prior learning and experience will be fully assessed and accredited. The course culminates with a supported project to conduct research and development within the social enterprise sector. Structure and content This MSc offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The in-built flexibility of the programme means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student. Full recognition of prior experience and learning will be given, subject to application and approval. A key feature of these Advanced courses will be the ‘Social Enterprise Project’, through which we will seek to improve the knowledge base for social enterprise in Scotland and beyond. The course will be part of a Social Enterprise Research Laboratory at the University of Stirling, in which research and development from both inside and outside the University will be presented and disseminated. Delivery and assessment Delivery will be a mix of full day teaching and online resource support. Teaching days will be spread at regular intervals throughout each semester. One day per core module is a ‘Masterclass’ for the Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland. Students work with detailed case studies and input from industry representatives to provide a high-quality learning experience. This is further enhanced with a range of web-based resources to support and reinforce learning on the course. Assessment will be through a mix of coursework, presentations, online participation and an important social enterprise research project. The project will contribute to the Social Enterprise Laboratory at Stirling. Career opportunities The University contributes to the development of a healthy system for social enterprise in Scotland and beyond, upskilling the workforce and providing a base for the presentation and dissemination of research evidence. These courses provide an opportunity for talented professionals within the social enterprise sector to gain formal qualifications that reflect their contribution to social life. Social entrepreneurs often need to be able to compete for contracts and commissions with other agencies. A goal of this high qualitycourse is to provide the ability for individual social enterprises to compete effectively and match the credentials of their private sector competitors. The content of these courses is aimed at improving the functionality of social enterprises to deliver excellent services and high social value, build and maintain stakeholder support, secure investment, and measure and communicate their success. This MSc allows social entrepreneurs to understand more clearly how added value can be driven by integrating these tasks more effectively. This is particularly important where social entrepreneurs may have to fulfil more than one strategic role in their organisation. For students setting out on the path to a career in social enterprise, this course provides an important grounding in the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in the sector. Linked to the practical understanding of cuting-edge new developments in the sector through participation in Masterclasses and the Social Enterprise Laboratory, they will be fully prepared for the road ahead. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. 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MSc in Social Work Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

On the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Social Work course at the University of Stirling you will be taught by a team of qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field and academics who continue to work in practice alongside their University role. You will enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes (50-60) with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. You will experience... [+]

MSc in Social Work Studies Do you want a career that is stimulating, rewarding and makes a positive contribution to society? If so a postgraduate diploma/MSc in social work could be for you. At Stirling University social work education is committed to progressive social change through teaching, research and an active involvement with practice. We believe in a social work profession defined not only by its function but also by its values and integrity. We promote an understanding of social work which is informed by social justice and human rights, a profession that acknowledges the links between 'public issues' and 'private troubles' and seeks to address both. We value social work practice that has prevention at its heart and recognises the importance of collective approaches, actively engaging with and learning from user movements. On the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Social Work course at the University of Stirling you will be taught by a team of qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field and academics who continue to work in practice alongside their University role. You will enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes (50-60) with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. You will experience contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services and carers and on your practice placements, will be supported and assessed by accredited Practice Teachers and Educators. We will help you qualify as a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach to working with individuals, families, groups and communities. Structure and content The taught course consists of nine modules which include two periods of assessed practice. All students have a personal tutor during the course. Year 1 You will study three modules during Semester 1 on: Social Work Law and Policy: Introduction to legal systems and processes, law regarding children, adults and families, community care and criminal justice Human Development and Family Contexts: Development across the life cycle. Dominant themes and challenges associated with developmental stages; complexity of family life Theory and Practice of Social Work: Introduction to core knowledge, skills and values for social work practice; professional identity, communicating, listening, interviewing, assessing, planning, intervening, reviewing and evaluating, reflective practice, anti-discriminatory practice During Semester 2 you will undertake a placement in full-time supervised practice (70 days) in a statutory or independent agency. Year 2 You will study four modules during Semester 3 on: Theory & Practice – Health, Illness and Disability: the impact of illness and disability on the social and emotional functioning of individuals, families and specific service user groups, for example, people with mental health problems, people with drug/alcohol problems. Social and medical models of illness, disability and learning difficulties. The meaning of risk – risk taking and risk minimisation approaches. The influence of social and structural factors. Social work skills and methods in promoting the health of people who use social work services Theory & Practice – Crime, Welfare and Justice: What is crime and who defines crime? Responses to offending behaviour. Theoretical explanations of offending behaviour ‘causes’ of crime. Assessing and ‘managing’ the risk of crime, its extent and nature. Exploration of different areas of practice. Effective social work practice and what it means. Theory & Practice – Children, Families and Society: social work assessment and intervention in relation to children and families. Exploration of different areas of practice. Creative responses to the assessment and management of risk The second supervised practice placement runs through the summer period and during semester four (95 days). You then take one module: Research Methods. The award of Postgraduate Diploma is made at this point, following satisfactory completion of all assessed work. Year 3 Students proceeding to the MSc complete Year 3. The dissertation period, during which empirical research is undertaken and written up, is three months (full-time) or six months (part-time). Delivery and assessment The course is delivered through lectures incorporating small group discussion, student-led project work, micro-skills teaching workshops. Practice Placements are in a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies across a sixty-mile radius and provide the opportunity for classroom-based teaching to be applied in practice. Every student has a qualified practice teacher to supervise and assess their practice. The course is run in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies in Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh City, Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Your learning is greatly assisted by the contribution (to teaching and practice learning) of staff from local voluntary and statutory agencies. You will also benefit from contributions by service users and carers and from the range of research and teaching interests within the School of Applied Social Science, in which Social Work is located. Particular strengths include community care, criminal justice, children and families, skills teaching, values and comparative approaches. A wide range of assessment methods is used: essays, analytical accounts of practice, DVD recorded assessment of practice skills, class presentations, an oral examination on social work practice and assessment of the two practice learning opportunities. Staff are all qualified social workers with a strong commitment to the profession in terms of teaching and research. This is demonstrated by membership of a range of international and national social work organisations within the staff group. Additionally, we have partnerships with local agencies in terms of exchange of knowledge between academia and practice. As a result we have strong representation of practitioners and other agency staff on our assessment boards and in teaching. Career opportunities Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc provides the ‘licence to practise’ as a qualified social worker registered with the regulatory council of the country in which they work. The qualification is recognised throughout the UK and for work in community-based teams, hospitals, day and residential centres and voluntary agency projects. In Scotland and Northern Ireland it is also the qualification for social work in prisons and criminal justice teams. The nature of the work is extremely varied and there is the capacity to move between different work settings throughout your career. Currently, over 80 percent of students find social work jobs within six months of graduating. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Practical experience in a social care setting is essential. Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is a requirement for commencing and remaining on the programme (further information on how to apply will be provided to successful applicants who accept a place on the course). Enrolled students must also be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. 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MSc in Software Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc in Software Engineering offers in-depth knowledge on advanced topics in Software Engineering and Computing Science to existing graduates in Computing or a closely-related discipline. This course has been designed to equip students with the necessary skills to find employment as a software developer or system architect in the IT/Computing industry... [+]

MSc in Software Engineering The MSc in Software Engineering offers in-depth knowledge on advanced topics in Software Engineering and Computing Science to existing graduates in Computing or a closely-related discipline. This course has been designed to equip students with the necessary skills to find employment as a software developer or system architect in the IT/Computing industry. Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education and experience. As such the course offers a high degree of flexibility. You will also get prepared for finding and securing a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre strategies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques. Course objectives This course has been designed to provide up-to-date and in-depth expertise in specialist areas of computing, such as: Telecommunication Systems Mobile Phone Applications Computer Games Technologies Enterprise Database Systems Computer Security and Forensics Approaches This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and expertise to embark on a successful career in the IT and software development industry. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry. Structure and content This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in December/January, and the MSc dissertation project over three months at the end. Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self-contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration. Delivery and assessment Students will learn about advanced topics in software engineering through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures involve the whole class, while tutorials and practicals are for small groups. Practical work is a key component in our degrees, and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over a larger programming assignment in the winter break to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project is your largest single piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. After two semesters of classes you will embark on a three-month project working on your dissertation topic. At the end of the project you will write up your findings as your MSc dissertation. For the MSc projects, we will make a number of industrial placements (usually unpaid) available through the Making the Most of Masters scheme (www.mastersprojects.ac.uk). These will be offered to the best students in the class. Other project suggestions both from external bodies and from within the University are also offered. Furthermore, students' own ideas for projects are encouraged and welcomed. Career opportunities The MSc in Software Engineering will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Software Engineering, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including health, IT software organisations, service enterprises, engineering and construction firms as well as in the retail sector. Stirling computing graduates have a good track record in finding well-paid jobs. Previous students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in a considerable diversity of posts – with small companies, with major international organisations including Accenture, IBM, HP, Yammer, Google, Microsoft, Reuters and major financial institutions such as HBOS, as well as with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Software Engineering have continued their studies towards a PhD. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in Computing Science/Information Technology. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Science, Computing and Engineering and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Sport Management

Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport. The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings... [+]

MSc in Sport Management Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sport industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport. The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings. Course objectives The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport settings. Throughout the course you will be challenged to evaluate the dynamic environment in which sport organisations in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors strive to flourish, and to apply your developing knowledge and management skills to meet the inherent sport management challenges. Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. Your studies will include: strategic management, finance, research methods, professional practice and integrated sport management studies. You will also have the opportunity to widen or deepen your knowledge through selection of two option modules. On successful completion you will be able to: identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices. apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations. conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events. Structure and content You can study either full-time or part-time to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc levels. You must attain 180 SCQF points to be awarded an MSc in Sport Management. You will achieve this by successfully completing the following modules: Principles of Management in Sport (30 credits) Sports Finance (15 credits) Sport Management Integrated Studies (30 credits) Dissertation (30 credits) Research Methods for Sport (15 credits) Sport Event Management (15 credits) One module from within the School of Sport postgraduate courses or by agreement with the School (15 credits) You will be expected to undertake 30 hours of professional practice during your studies as part of the Sport Management Integrated Studies module. You will have the chance to work on case studies, learn from people in the business and to develop specific interests through a research dissertation. On successful completion you will be able to: identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices. apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations. conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events. Delivery and assessment Management concepts and theories will be delivered through traditional lecturing methods. Theory will be applied to practice through case study analysis, discussion with sport management practitioners, seminars and research. You will acquire ‘softer’ management skills such as problem-solving, team-working, leadership, analysis, evaluation and presentation through a range of learning activities, and which are essential if you are to become an effective manager. The modules are assessed by coursework only and designed to encourage students to link theory to professional practice. Career opportunities Gaining this degree will prepare you for sport management jobs with a local authority, a commercial organisation or with a voluntary sport organisation such as a governing body of sport. A key benefit of this course is the opportunity to gain expert management knowledge that can be applied to a wider range of industrial sectors than just sport. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Sports Coaching

Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Sports Coaching course is for coaches who wish to extend their capacity by engaging in learning experiences which promote analysis and critical reflection of their coaching practice. It will develop skills of analysis, critical reflection, problem-solving and managing the coaching process. Your work will be grounded in coaching practice and research, considering case studies and learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners... [+]

MSc in Sports Coaching The Sports Coaching course is for coaches who wish to extend their capacity by engaging in learning experiences which promote analysis and critical reflection of their coaching practice. It will develop skills of analysis, critical reflection, problem-solving and managing the coaching process. Your work will be grounded in coaching practice and research, considering case studies and learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners. You will be expected to be actively involved in coaching during the course. Course objectives In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will be developing in your practice, we develop coaches who: can analyse and reflect on their coaching practice. evaluate and adjust their coaching process. amend their coaching practice to take account of each individual. understand the socio-ethical context of their coaching practice. develop the capacity to make decisions under pressure. have clear personal development goals. Structure and content You can study either full-time or part-time to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc levels. You must successfully complete seven taught modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) for the award of the MSc. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete all the taught modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules. The Coaching Process (15 credits) Coaching Concepts (15 credits) Coaching as Learning (15 credits) Planning the Coaching Process (15 credits) Research Methods for Sport (15 credits) Professional Practice and Development (30 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) One Option Module within the School of Sport (15 credits) In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills you will be developing in your practice, we develop coaches who: Critically analyse and reflect on their coaching practice. Continuously evaluate and adjust their coaching process. Foster optimal learning environments taking into account each individual. Understand the socio-ethical context of their coaching practice. Have the capacity to make decisions in complex situations and solve problems in innovative ways. Identify areas of practice that could benefit from research, and design, conduct and evaluate an appropriate investigation. Delivery and assessment A flexible approach to learning and assessment will characterise this degree. Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, staff/student tutorials, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Accessibility of the curriculum is in line with institutional policies and it is anticipated coaches with disabilities, as well as coaches of athletes with disabilities, will form part of the cohort on a regular basis. Students receive a School handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, module outlines include details of timetable, content, and assessments. The assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership. Assessment involves a mixture of coursework, presentations and written examinations, and will vary according to the context of each module. Career opportunities The climate for developing sport and coaching in Scotland and the UK has never been more positive. With major international events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games being hosted here over the next decade, coach education and development have become a major focus for policy and funding decisions by the UK Government. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning programmes. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience lead coaching including responsibility for planning, implementing, analysing and revising annual coaching programmes and be able to demonstrate their responsibility for preparation, delivery and review of coaching sessions. Evidence of successful completion of sport-specific coaching qualifications is expected (e.g. UKCC Level 2 or equivalent). Successful applicants are expected to be actively engaged in coaching during their studies on the MSc Sports Coaching. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Strategic Communication & Public Relations (Joint Degree)

Campus Full time 1 year August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling Spain Barcelona + 2 more

This variant of our established MSc Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. This course provides students with a solid international perspective on strategic communication and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Barcelona, Spain... [+]

MSc in Strategic Communication & Public Relations (Joint Degree) This variant of our established MSc Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. This course provides students with a solid international perspective on strategic communication and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Barcelona, Spain. The MSc Strategic Communication & Public Relations is an interdisciplinary, advanced level course taught by established academics and practitioners. It offers a hands-on approach while at the same time providing you with the theoretical foundations necessary to practise public relations at a managerial level. You will be offered the opportunity to attend a Public Affairs and Lobbying seminar series in Brussels, which includes visits to the European Parliament, the European Commission as well as specialist industry seminars with leading public affairs and public relations experts in Brussels. This course is taught completely in English and students will obtain a joint MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Pompeu Fabra University. Students spend the Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then decide if they would like to have their dissertation supervised by Stirling or Pompeu Fabra. Structure and content Students spend Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then go to Pompeu Fabra University for Semester 2. Students then can decide to have their dissertation supervision at the University of Stirling or Pompeu Fabra University. The course covers a range of modules including public relations and communication management theory, strategic public relations planning, public diplomacy and strategic communication, media relations, digital media, public affairs and advocacy, and research methods. Delivery and assessment Delivery methods include lecture, workshops and seminars. Methods of assessment include case studies, timed assignments, essays, presentations and reports. Students also complete a 12,000-word dissertation. Module titles Semester 1 at University of Stirling Public Relations and Public Communication Theories Media Relations and Production Research for Dissertation/Research Design Semester 2 at Pompeu Fabra University Strategic Public Relations Planning Research and Evaluation for Practice Public Affairs and Advocacy Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication PR and Digital Media Dissertation. Students can choose to complete their dissertation at Pompeu Fabra or Stirling. Career opportunities This course prepares students for careers in public relations and related areas in consultancies and private sector companies, (in-house positions, such as communications officer/manager, public relations officer/manager, press officer, internal communications officer/manager) NGOS, international organisations (such as the EU, UN etc.). Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Strategic Public Relations (Double Degree with Lund University)

Campus Full time 21 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling Sweden Helsingborg + 2 more

This course is jointly delivered by the University of Stirling, School of Arts and Humanities, and Lund University (Sweden), Institute for Strategic Communication. Public Relations practitioners provide direction for organisations of all sizes and sectors to communicate with their stakeholders and to manage relationships and emerging issues on the public agenda. Here at the University of Stirling and at the Lund University, we take a... [+]

MSc in Strategic Public Relations (Double Degree with Lund University) This course is jointly delivered by the University of Stirling, School of Arts and Humanities, and Lund University (Sweden), Institute for Strategic Communication. Public Relations practitioners provide direction for organisations of all sizes and sectors to communicate with their stakeholders and to manage relationships and emerging issues on the public agenda. Here at the University of Stirling and at the Lund University, we take a strategic approach to the field, encompassing a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Course objectives This variant of our established MSc in Strategic Public Relations & Communication Management course is delivered jointly with our partner Lund University in Helsingborg, Sweden. This course provides students with a solid European and international perspective on public relations and provides an opportunity to study in both Stirling, UK, and Helsingborg, Sweden. This course is taught completely in English and students will obtain a double MSc degree from the University of Stirling and Lund University. Students spend Semester 1 at the University of Stirling and then move to Lund University for Semesters 2 and 3 before deciding if they’d like their dissertation supervised by Stirling or Lund. This new Master’s course has unique features Opportunities to study in two countries at universities recognised for leading public relations and communication management education within Europe A focus on public relations and communication management, including strategic PR planning, media relations, digital media, public affairs, lobbying and advocacy, and organisational communication all within an international context An internship during the third semester of the course Rigorous research methods modules which enable students to build up confidence to engage in high quality qualitative and quantitative communication research The MSc Strategic Public Relations is also the English language line of the MARPE* – Euprera network and students will be able to interact and collaborate with students on the Iberian, French language lines and attend intensive public affairs seminars and workshops in Belgium The key benefits of this course include: Internationalisation: unique multicultural and intercultural experience Knowledge: an innovative and challenging curriculum which develops both a theoretical and practical understanding of strategic communication Skills: transferable personal and intellectual skills including core management skills required by strategic managers in the developing global public relations industry Career opportunities: graduates are equipped to take up public relations and communication management positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors Contacts: a multi-national course team which is internationally-recognised for teaching and research and an alumni base built up over two decades Additional opportunities: specialist industry seminars and workshops on public affairs and lobbying delivered by leading practitioners and key experts in Brussels The MSc Strategic Public Relations equips you with the necessary practical and analytical skills for an internationally focused professional career by examining how to design, implement and evaluate public relations (PR) and communication management courses. *MARPE is the abbreviation for Master Relations Publiques Européenne. MARPE is a framework for Public Relations courses initiated by the European Public Relations Research and Education Association (EUPRERA) Structure and content Double Award (University of Stirling and Lund University) Students spend an additional semester at Lund University in order to gain the double award. Full-time 21 months Delivery and assessment Methods of assessment include case studies, timed assignments, essays, presentations and reports. Students also complete a 12,000-word Dissertation. Module titles Public Relations and Public Communication Theories Media Relations and Production Public Affairs and Advocacy Research Design and the Philosophy of Science Strategic Brand Communications Research and Evaluation for Practice Crisis Communication Qualitative Methods Quantitative Methods Strategic Communication Theory Internship Strategic Public Relations Dissertation Career opportunities This course prepares students for careers in public relations and related areas in consultancies and private sector companies, (in-house positions, such as communications officer/manager, public relations officer/manager, press officer, internal communications officer/manager) NGOS, international organisations (such as the EU, UN etc.). Graduates of our Master's level courses in public relations have successfully established careers in the public relations field working for a wide range of organisations all round the world. Recent examples include Nike, the UK Government, EU Parliament, Pfizer, Office Depot, the National Museum of Wales, as well as within the non-profit/charity sector. Many of our graduates work for public relations consultancies, including some of the big names in the PR world, and some have even gone on to start their own business. Others stay in academia, going on to gain PhDs and then work as lecturers, teaching and researching public relations in universities all over the world. Academic requirements A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Strategic Public Relations (Online)

Online Part time 30 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling

This online learning public relations course was specially created to provide access to those whose work or domestic commitments prevent them from attending a full-time course. In recognition of the special requirements of online learning, support networks have been set up in the form of a student network, academic tutors and residential schools... [+]

MSc in Strategic Public Relations (Online) This online learning public relations course was specially created to provide access to those whose work or domestic commitments prevent them from attending a full-time course. In recognition of the special requirements of online learning, support networks have been set up in the form of a student network, academic tutors and residential schools. Course objectives The course develops a critical appreciation of the role of public relations in contemporary society as well as key analytical, management and communication skills. The course marries vocational skills, tested through practical exercises, and theoretical knowledge. By the end of the course you should have mastered the skills needed to work at a managerial level in the public relations industry. You should be able to: Analyse environments, issues, organisational cultures and relationships relevant to an organisation’s reputation Set objectives, design and implement public relations programmes Carry out research and evaluation including opinion polls and be able to commission market research Apply mass communication, media and psychological theories in a variety of contexts Analyse and make full use of digital media Structure and content The course includes six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a dissertation. The taught elements of the course run over two academic years. Master's students are then expected to carry out a Research Project, starting in October and ending in May, and to submit a 12,000-word Dissertation. Delivery and assessment Course materials will be delivered in a number of formats. The primary teaching materials are the original course contents presented in each of the modules. Each module is divided into a number of topics. This material will be available via Succeed, the University of Stirling's chosen online learning environment. All the topics for a module will usually be available at the start of each module. This content is originally-produced material, written by the course team especially for this course. As well as core materials, module contents include reading lists of additional sources of information students can use to supplement their studying. Assessments include essays, project work, and reports. Module titles Public Relations and Communication Management Research and Evaluation for Practice Strategic Public Relations Planning Organisational Communication and Communication Management Research for Dissertation Two optional modules from: International and Inter-Cultural Communication and Global Public Relations PR and Digital Media Health Campaigns Dissertation Career opportunities The degree offers the necessary conceptual skills for managerial careers in public relations, organisational communication, corporate communications and communication management and related posts in a variety of contexts and sectors. Graduates of our online public relations course have successfully advanced their careers in the public relations field, working for a wide range of organisations all round the world. Many of our graduates work in public relations consultancy, including some of the big names in the PR world, and some have even gone on to start their own business. Others stay in academia, going on to gain PhDs and then work as lecturers, teaching and researching public relations in universities. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

This course offers a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a level appropriate to graduates who already have a sound academic training. The course is taught by staff in the Centre for English Language Teaching, within the School of Education, also offered with... [+]

MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) This course offers a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a level appropriate to graduates who already have a sound academic training. The course is taught by staff in the Centre for English Language Teaching, within the School of Education, also offered with: MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Applied Linguistics) MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Computer Assisted Language Learning) Course objectives TESOL provides an advanced training and professional qualification for people presently engaged in any area of the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. It also offers professional development to people new to TESOL who are seeking a career change. On completion, you should possess the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher. Structure and content The MSc TESOL programmes are currently in the process of being re-developed for academic year 15/16 and will be updated towards the end of summer when more detail is available. Students registering for the programme in academic year 15/16 will register on the MSc TESOL programme and will have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas which will be confirmed on your award certificate at the point of graduation: Applied Linguistics Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) The areas/topics that will be covered within the programme will be: Autumn Principles of Language Learning and Teaching TESOL Methodology Teaching English to Young Learners Grammar for TESOL Introduction to CALL Spring Microteaching Research Methods in TESOL Syllabus Design and Language Testing Corpora in English Language Research and Teaching Discourse Analysis Designing and Implementing On-line Language Learning Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom Delivery and assessment Delivery of modules is carried out mainly through seminars, workshops and video tutorials. Practical teaching skills are developed through classroom observation and videoed peer teaching sessions. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks. Progress is assessed by coursework assignments and, for the MSc, the dissertation. Career opportunities English is regarded as the most widely spoken language in the world and a qualification in TESOL can open up the opportunity of an English Language Teaching career or, in the case of experienced teachers, can provide access to promoted posts and management positions within English Language Teaching. On completion of the MSc in TESOL, overseas graduates will be well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT. Recent graduates have taken up posts overseas or in the field of ESOL in the UK. For more experienced teachers, the qualification has provided access to positions with the British Council or in the tertiary sector. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £13,950 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £13,500 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in speaking and listening and 6.5 in reading and writing Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with a minimum of 60 in reading and writing and 56 in speaking and listening IBT TOEFL: 90 with minimum 23 in reading and writing and minimum 20 in speaking and listening If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc in Translation Studies with TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 27 months August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

A postgraduate degree in Translation Studies is of the highest value. Not only will it equip you with professional level translation skills in international dialogues, enabling you to play your part in developing a global community, it will also give you an opportunity to fine-tune your communication skills and awareness of the wide range of challenges and opportunities that arise every time... [+]

MSc in Translation Studies with TESOL Available across six in-demand language pairings: English and one of French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian and Polish A postgraduate degree in Translation Studies is of the highest value. Not only will it equip you with professional level translation skills in international dialogues, enabling you to play your part in developing a global community, it will also give you an opportunity to fine-tune your communication skills and awareness of the wide range of challenges and opportunities that arise every time. Recent research has shown that the fall in the number of language learners over the past decade has come at a big cost to the UK economy. While we may be able to continue to trade and to develop partnerships with countries, regions and companies whose first language is English, we’ve been cutting ourselves off from large swathes of the new markets emerging in East Asia, in Latin America and in West Africa, to name but three regions. This trend has had an impact even at EU level, according to a recent CFA Skills report. The reasons for this recent decline in language learning are varied, but the tide is turning as Scottish and UK business and industry recognises the benefits of speaking the languages of truly global trade. Course objectives The objectives of the MSc in Translation Studies with TESOL are twofold. On the one hand, the course has a strong focus on practical translation and on specific situations in which people communicate with another across cultures. We offer the following language pairings: English and French, Spanish or Chinese, and (subject to demand and availability) Russian or Polish. On the other hand, you will benefit from a sustained focus on contemporary theory and practice in the field of TESOL, with teaching provided by staff who have extensive personal experience of TESOL teaching. You will undertake extensive practical translation work and you will have considerable flexibility in choosing what areas of translation you wish to specialise in, as you build up a portfolio of translations under the guidance of your tutor. You may also choose to undertake an extended translation as part of your final dissertation and will be given an opportunity to examine some of the key topics in contemporary Translation Studies. You will also follow a course of seminars on TESOL methodologies which will underpin the development of your own teaching practice through classroom observation and peer assessment of your lesson planning and teaching. Students on the course also examine some major debates surrounding the opportunities and problems that arise when people from different cultures communicate and translate, through seminars led by experts in the field of intercultural communication. There will also be some opportunity for work-based study and exercises, as well as a chance to develop your skills using translation software packages. If you wish to study for a PhD subsequently, you have the opportunity to demonstrate you have attained a level that prepares you for a higher research degree. For candidates of a suitable level, there is an opportunity to continue in Stirling with a practice-led doctorate involving translation. Structure and content The teaching year follows the two semesters, which run from mid-September to late December, and from January to the end of May. Methodology: You will develop an in-depth awareness of the most up-to-date theory and practice in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as in the teaching of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Classroom Observation and Microteaching: In Semester 1, you will develop your critical awareness of contemporary TESOL teaching practice through the observation of highly-experience TESOL practitioners. In Semester 2, you will get the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice by planning, teaching and reflecting on lessons taught to your peers. Portfolio of Translation: This module develops critical ability and autonomy in applying theories and approaches to different types of translation texts. This module will also introduce students to the core translation theories, research methods and approaches in Translation Studies. After that, the students will develop, with their tutor, their own portfolio of practical translation exercises, relating to their own interests. The portfolio will consist of four pieces of translation, each approx. 500 words in length. Students will also discuss and comment on the issues arising in translating your portfolio in a commentary of around 1,250 words. Terminology and Translation Project Management: This module focuses on introducing students to the theoretical framework of the disciplines of terminology and project management, familiarising them with the practice of terminological research and glossary compilation - both essential adjuncts to the work of a professional translator - and developing the students’ career awareness and enterprise skills. Cultural Translation and Transfer: You will engage in seminar discussions with experts in the area of cultural translation and transfer, analysing the opportunities and problems that arise when information is communicated across cultures. You will be assessed by means of essays reflecting on a major topic of debate, as well as reports based on site visits to our partner institutions engaged in cultural translation. Research Skills: Our innovative Arts Graduate Training modules enable students to build up a portfolio of skills that prepare them for academic and professional life. All graduate students will work with their supervisors to select what’s right for them from a menu of activities. For many of our students a key part of these modules involves participating in work placements and work experience with local businesses, museums and film festivals. Dissertation: Subject to successful completion of all elements of the assessment in both Semesters, you will choose one of the following as your dissertation project: an extended piece of translation and related research and commentary based on it a ‘traditional’ dissertation on a topic drawn from Translation Theories a ‘traditional’ dissertation focusing on a topic drawn from the field of Cultural Translation You are expected to begin collating materials during the Spring. The main writing period will follow on from the end of teaching in May and all dissertations are submitted at the end of August. Delivery and assessment You will attend seminars and workshop sessions which will focus on translation theories, cultural translation and transfer, but also on the practical activity of translation. Each semester will also include a site visit to one of our partner institutions which engages in cultural translation, broadly construed. Assessment will include essays, reports (which may take the form of written documents, websites or PowerPoint presentations), and the portfolio of translation. Module titles Academic Year 2015/16 Full-time Autumn Portfolio of Translation (20) Cultural Translation and Transfer (20) Methodology (TESOL) (20) Translation with Computer Technology (10) Spring Terminology and Translation Project Management (20) Microteaching (TESOL) (20) Specialised Translation (10) Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities (audit only) Summer Dissertation (60) Part-time Autumn Portfolio of Translation (20) Methodology (TESOL) (20) Spring Terminology and Translation Project Management (20) Microteaching (TESOL) (20) Autumn Cultural Translation and Transfer (20) Translation with Computer Technology (10) Spring Specialised Translation (10) Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities (audit only) Dissertation (cont. to Summer) Summer Dissertation (60) Career opportunities Our MSc in Translation Studies with TESOL opens up a range of opportunities across diverse sectors where linguistic fluency and language teaching are key. It offers a fantastic gateway into a career in Translation, whether you want to work freelance or in-house, specialising in business or tourism or literary translation, and there’s much more that you could end up doing with a qualification in Translation. In a world of globalisation, criss-crossing travel and trade routes, and multi-lingual, multi-platform media, your high-level Translation skills, your close attention to detail and your ability to work to client deadlines will set you apart from the crowd. Whether you’re interested in developing a career in Europe, or working for one of the many international companies with offices in Scotland and the UK, this is the course for you. At the same time, the course prepares you for a dynamic career teaching English to speakers of other languages, in the UK or beyond. You will be fully-equipped with an in-depth understanding of the challenges of the language classroom, and will be able to build on your own combined experience as a student of languages and of language teaching to provide a supportive and productive language learning environment for your own students. In short, our course will enable you to play an active role in the development of a global community, putting your language skills to excellent use in fostering international dialogue, exchange and cooperation. Fees 2016/17 Overseas £12,450 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100 2015/16 Overseas £11,900 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000 Academic requirements A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Language competence requirement; a native speaker of or holding a degree in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Polish or Russian. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in speaking and listening and 6.5 in reading and writing Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with a minimum of 60 in reading and writing and 56 in speaking and listening IBT TOEFL: 90 with minimum 23 in reading and writing and minimum 20 in speaking and listening If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. [-]

MSc Management and English Language Teaching

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The MSc in Management and English Language Teaching (MELT) is one of only a few such degrees in the UK and is distinguished by the fact that Management skills are taught in the Stirling School of Management. The course is designed around a recognition that well trained, professional teachers can progress into management positions within a few years of graduation, but they often lack management training. [+]

The MSc in Management and English Language Teaching (MELT) is one of only a few such degrees in the UK and is distinguished by the fact that Management skills are taught in the Stirling School of Management. The course is designed around a recognition that well trained, professional teachers can progress into management positions within a few years of graduation, but they often lack management training. Management of ELT involves multi-cultural workforces where success depends more on management skill and cultural sensitivity than on teaching ability. At Stirling, we focus on training both novice and experienced teachers, balancing theory and practice, and taking an innovative approach to teaching which includes special support for non-native speakers of English. Novice teachers on the MELT programme will get a thorough grounding in the theory and research underlying English language teaching and also in teaching methodology, while experienced teachers will benefit from a range of module choices. This is combined with input on management skills relevant to the multicultural working environments that are commonly experienced in language teaching today. The content of your course will vary to suit your experience, so whatever your starting point, you are challenged to acquire knowledge and skills that you can apply in teaching and managing in 21st century ELT. Who is this Course For? This degree is particularly appropriate for novice teachers (less than two years’ experience) who want a balance of training in English language teaching and management skills. It is also ideal for experienced teachers who plan to move into a management position. You may have a medium to long term plan to run a commercial language school or a language teaching department in a school, college or university. The degree will also be relevant to you if you intend to go on to study for a PhD. TOP Reasons To Study With Us You will gain a Masters level qualification in teaching from a department of Education that is the highest ranked in Scotland and one of the best in the UK. You will be taught Management skills by specialists in a highly ranked Management School We specialise in training both novice and experienced teachers. The course offers an excellent combination of English Language Teaching and Management skills. You will experience university life in the historic city of Stirling and one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe. Course objectives The programme aims to provide students with a strong foundation in TESOL and a focus on management issues within the discipline. What Makes Us Different ... [-]

MSc Perception and Action

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The course will explore methods by which it is possible to measure perception with varied content, depending on the specific interests of the student. Lectures from academic staff will form a course introducing the main methods of measuring perception, considering the strengths and weaknesses. [+]

Introduction As we make our way around the world we are continually making decisions and performing actions that are driven by our sense organs. Our perception of the world is not just sensory information, but instead an interpretation based on what our brain expects as well as what it is being told by sense organs. Understanding and measuring perception distinct from sensation is a complex task. The course will explore methods by which it is possible to measure perception with varied content, depending on the specific interests of the student. Lectures from academic staff will form a course introducing the main methods of measuring perception, considering the strengths and weaknesses. Course objectives In addition to broad training in psychological methods, this course ensures that students acquire an understanding of how to measure perceptual experience in a bias-free manner, including the basic framework for understanding such measurements. Students also acquire practical experience in making measurements of perceptual experience through a research project and opportunity to conduct a placement in a laboratory context. Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content Full-time students are required to complete a course of modules for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. The MSc award also requires completion of a dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with teaching staff, one of whom will act as supervisor. Part-time students take the same modules spread over two years. Delivery and assessment Lectures, seminars and workshops are used to deliver a coherent course of study. Teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims of each module and to provide students with the range and depth of learning required by their needs. Students are able to pick a route through the course that fits their interests and needs as a self-motivated learner. Teaching emphasises the importance of systematic empirical research, whether in the laboratory or in the field, as appropriate to the problem at hand. Across the course, students experience a range of different forms of assessment. Specific assessment within the Perception in Action course is a research report. Students will conduct and report (6,000 words) on a small research project involving a measurement of perception. The student will be responsible for the whole process: design of study, programming and other practical aspects of doing the research; data collection and analysis. The main assessment of the report will consider the quality of the research, the level of understanding about measurement of perception, and the competence of the procedures used in the research. The report will also be assessed for clarity and conciseness. Career opportunities This course prepares you for a research career involving perception in action and is ideal if you intend to study for a PhD in Psychology. [-]

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