What is it?
This flexible programme is a part-time Masters level programme for current practising managers who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace. It provides a rounded introduction to the principles of management and is designed to have immediate relevance and application in your current role whilst also providing the potential for future progression in both study and career. The programme allows you to achieve a Masters level qualification in 3 stages, or leave and rejoin the programme after the Certificate or Diploma stages. Once you have the Diploma, all you need to achieve the MA is to complete the module in Research Skills and a dissertation. As the programme focuses on core management skills and practice, it is applicable to both public and private enterprises, the profit and not for profit sectors and small to large organisations.
What will I gain from it?
The programme covers theoretical management perspectives which can be critically applied to the organisation and its environment. The focus is on your personal development as a manager and on the managerial techniques, knowledge and skills that are required in the modern working environment. Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to apply your studies to the organisation in which you work and to discuss your experiences in class to create a dynamic learning environment. As many students are already in management positions, the opportunity to share in the experience of your peer group is an invaluable part of the programme.
How will it help me?
The teaching hours are designed to have minimal impact on a working day and additional study is undertaken in your own time, so there is no need to give up your job or to ask your employer to release you for significant amounts of time. You can, however, still benefit from regular contact with lecturers, tutors and your fellow students. The CMS and DMS courses run over four terms, usually between 4.00pm - 9.00pm. Normally the courses start in September and April each year, although this can vary depending on student numbers. The MA course runs over 4 terms. There are 3 entry points (January, May and September). Students who leave the programme after the first four modules with a pass will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies. Successful completion of a further 4 modules leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. On completion of the DMS, you have the opportunity to be awarded the MA in Management Studies by completing an additional taught course in Research Methods and a dissertation.