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management masters degree programme

Start Date
Autumn 2018/January 2019
Duration
1 Year Full-Time
18 Months Part-Time 
Application Deadline
1 September 2018 (Autumn Start)
1 November 2018 (January Start)
Campus
London
Distance Learning
UCAS Code
XXXX

Management Masters Degree: Programme Structure

During your studies, you will have the chance to deepen your knowledge and understanding of innovation and global management theories and practices, through a problem-based approach, an intense use of case studies and team work.

Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars, in distance learning or face-2-face.

You will be able to access reading material and video lectures in MyNCU, at http://elearning.nciul.co.uk.

During the Programme, you will be expected to complete the following modules.

 

Modules
  • GLOBALISATION AND CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT ISSUES

Organisations in the modern era face challenges and issues that are profoundly related to local and global scenarios. It is imperative for managers to recognise and understand the peculiarities that arise from managing a business internationally. The module offers a clear understanding of the contemporary thoughts in global management, and relative issues. It covers aspects such as sustainability, climate and resources issues, corporate responsibility and ethics, social and political aspects of ownership, and changes in HR.

  • MARKETING FOR INNOVATION

The module aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of global marketing environment and the ways to strategically enter in a target market, while subsequently creating and maintaining a competitive advantage that can guarantee success for the business. Previous studies in marketing are desirable but not essential, because of its global dimension that takes into account our modern era of uncertainty and change. Other links are provided by connections with leadership, strategy and corporate responsibility.

  • APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS

The module aims to provide students with the basic tools and techniques to carry out and evaluate quantitative business research. Students will acquire the research tools needed for a relevant and creative piece of research that is able to make a practical contribution to the different areas of management, and will be able to make an informed decision about which methodology suits a particular problem. You will be introduced to statistical methods used in reaching quantitative decisions in business, including methods for organising, summarising, and presenting data. The student will also be introduced to inferential statistical techniques, basic probability concepts, probability distributions, sampling and estimation, correlation, and regression.

  • COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

Creating competitive advantage is a prerequisite for a successful development of any company in any industry and country. Managers have to consider a wide variety of factors affecting their company – including macro and business environment, institutional and regulatory context and global perspective – in order to work out the appropriate strategic decisions. Inadequate knowledge and understanding of these factors can have a detrimental effect on the company. You will learn sources of competitive advantage, strategies for obtaining competitive advantage, market structures, competition issues and strategic positioning. The module introduces techniques for assessing the external and internal environments to enable effective decision making.

  • INNOVATION AND DESIGN PROCESS

Contemporary management theories recognise the fundamental role of innovation and design as ways of thinking and analyse the business in order to gain or maintain a competitive advantage in the market. Furthermore, most of the prominent organisations in the Fortune 500 list are innovation-driven companies. Because innovation has proved to be a difficult, uncertain and risky matter, managers and entrepreneurs will benefit from learning how to strategically and operationally manage innovation in technology, market and processes. Traditionally, managing innovation is strictly related to a deep understanding of strategy, creativity and knowledge management. Processes to develop and design innovation in the business are presented, along with a variety of tools for strategic planning. You are expected to be able to creatively analyse and critically evaluate strengths and risks related to specific innovative strategies, and select the best processes in order to lead the business toward a competitive advantage in the target market.

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING

In the global environment, managers and accountants should always be aware of their impact on social matters, and their ethical responsibilities towards the community in which they operate. In order to foster this attitude, you will be provided with a clear understanding of what (financial and managerial) accounting is and how to properly translate its information to make an informed decision in strategic planning and control. The Module is concerned with the provision and application of accounting information by managers within organisations, and provides them with the information needed to make informed decisions. Unlike Financial Reports which are available to various stakeholders, Management Accounting information is used within an organisation, is usually confidential, and its access is available only to a selected few. In particular, the module aims to give you the practical knowledge of financial accounting principles and processes needed to critically evaluate the information provided in financial statements and annual reports.

Plus, you will be able to choose two elective modules from the following options.

 

Optional
  • LEADERSHIP

When you ask someone what is actually the difference between a manager and a leader, people don’t know how to answer. Most of the times, they think the two words are synonyms of the same concept. After this module, you will clearly understand that it is not only a matter of verb. Specifically, the purpose of the course is to increase one’s capacity to lead with and without authority, across boundaries, and from any political or organisational position. You will understand that leadership is not just a matter of a person, but can be better looked through six lenses: leadership as a person, as a position, as a process, as a result, as a place, as a purpose. The module aims to provide you with a theoretical basis of leadership, its definition and principles, while emphasising the way it influences organisations, networks and societies through the leaders and their relation with the followers. Skills such as active listening, persuasion and political astuteness will be presented, as well as concepts like emotional intelligence and wicked problems. Contemporary best and bad practices in the global context will provide you with effective role models that can be looked at for understanding the limits and possibilities of leadership.

  • KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN THE INNOVATIVE ORGANISATION

Knowledge has recently been recognised as key topic in management studies. Understanding how to properly unleash the potential of intellectual capital and knowledge resources within the organisation, is said to be the new competitive advantage of the modern era. The module is designed to support students to critically evaluate and analyse the different dimensions of knowledge management and how these affect the way organisations learn, store and produce knowledge. The module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of topics such as organisational learning, communities of practice, storytelling and knowledge management systems, in particular artificial intelligence. You will be supported in researching specific topics and discuss them in student-led seminars and focus group activities with peers and guest speakers from the industry, to enhance specific knowledge as well as presentation and communication skills.

  • MANGING CREATIVITY FOR ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE

This module recognises the crucial importance that solving problems creatively and generate change has in order to gain a competitive advantage in many areas of business management. Furthermore, thinking creatively is a basic skill for innovation and organisational success. Managers at all levels benefit from understanding how to creatively solve problems, identify opportunities, and generate ideas that, in different ways, are innovative and produce benefit to organisations. The module aims to provide you with a clear practical definition of creativity and creative thinking, in order to enhance their ability to innovate and determine strategies and processes to apply creativity in various aspects of organisational management. Great emphasis is also given to management of creative people and to the analysis of different approaches (i.e., design thinking, brainstorming). It also discusses practical examples of organisational creativity.

  • BUSINESS ETHICS

Doing business is becoming more complex by the day, and its global environment requires a deep understanding of different cultures and approaches involved. Managers, leaders and individuals in general are requested to act in respect of ethical values, and business practices must take into account complex ethical dilemmas. You will have the chance to deepen your understanding of the contemporary thoughts in academia about ethics and the relative corporate behaviours that society expects from business agents. The project based approach of this module aims to provide you and your peers with practical key skills, such as self-awareness, team work and independent learning. With your mind set on the global context, you will have the chance to practically evaluate and propose a team project that should show your analysis of business ethical dilemmas.

  • COACHING

Coaching has been gathering global recognition and momentum as a powerful development tool in the past decades. This practice serves several objectives, and is in general a well established method to support reflectiveness, self-awareness, and innovation. The module aims to provide you with the basic tools and techniques to generally “make a difference” to other people’s lives. Through an experiential approach, you will be able to tackle diverse issues such as financial/managerial matters, dealing with difficult situations/colleagues to even family, health or personal issues.

At the end of your studies, you will have the opportunity to work on your dissertation on a topic of your choice, or on a Business Research Project. Whichever you choose, the Faculty of Business and Management and NCIUL will provide you with guidance and support.

Access to placement and internship opportunities are facilitated for students who are interested in them (including after graduation), as a starting point for a future career, making the Faculty of Business and Management a great place to study for your MA Global Management and Innovation.

DISSERTATION

Research is used extensively by organisations to identify customers’ preferences, potential markets, potential competitors, the most effective media campaign, etc. Research underpins all organisational decisions.

The module develops the student’s quantitative and qualitative research skills and knowledge needed to successfully undertake a substantial piece of independent research. Students have the opportunity to apply their prior knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods for business, and deepen them. The module encourages both independence and the critical thinking, which are fundamental skills when performing or assessing a piece of business research.

BUSINESS RESEARCH PROJECT

Research is used extensively by organisations to identify customers’ preferences, potential markets, potential competitors, the most effective media campaign, etc. Research underpins all organisational decisions. The student who secure a placement have the opportunity to use their research skills to complete a project directly linked to their placement.

The module develops the student’s quantitative and qualitative research skills and knowledge needed to successfully undertake a substantial piece of independent research. Students have the opportunity to apply their prior knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods for business, and deepen them. The module encourages both independence and the critical thinking, which are fundamental skills when performing or assessing a piece of business research.

 

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