Level 7 Qualification
180 UK Credits (equivalent to 90 ECTS)
Duration of Study Programme
2 – 3 Academic Years – Part-Time
University of Derby
January, May and September 2023
Operational End Date
Mode of Delivery
Disclaimer: This course is not delivered by Domain Academy. Delivered by UDOL – University of Derby Online
The MSc Strategic Management operates within the Postgraduate Regulatory Framework which covers all the Masters suite of programmes in The Derby Business School. It aims to set the MSc Strategic Management within the context of the broader field of Business and Management enabling learners to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are led. The MSc Strategic Management aims to:
- Provide a modular programme within the Postgraduate Regulatory Framework with sufficient variety and flexibility to maintain the rigour of a postgraduate award and to meet market demands.
- Provide an intellectually challenging, postgraduate learning opportunity that prepares students to “enrich” their chosen career and/or for ‘strategic’ level career development.
- Develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management topics and issues, both systematically and creatively to inform Strategic Management practice.
- Develop relevant transferable professional and cognitive skills that enables participants to make a valuable contribution to their current or future employment.
- Support individual participants’ endeavours for personal self-development and life-long learning so as to be able to work with confidence and originality and to contribute to business and society.
- Allow students to study within a blended learning environment.
- Reflect external frameworks e.g. QAA Qualifications Framework.
- Develop closer links with local, regional and international employers, other Schools within the University and with international partners.
It is designed for a new generation of ambitious business professionals and graduates with an international outlook. The business world is experiencing rapid growth on an international scale and, now more than ever, managers within every industry need to be equipped with a strategy for global scalability.
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
How you will learn
Modules within this course will be delivered by expert academics who are practising professionals too. This ensures that module content remains up-to-date and highly relevant and brings through pertinent examples from the business world which are current and topical.
Delivered entirely online through our user-friendly student portal dashboard and intuitive digital learning environment, you will interact with your tutors and fellow students and through a mix of virtual live classrooms, tutorials and guest lectures. Group discussions and debate are held through forums and community spaces and the use of collaborative tools such as wikis for group projects and assignments. Digital texts, ebooks, journals, databases and more are available electronically via our library.
Where you will learn:
Method of Assessment:
A range of assessments, commensurate with level 7 requirements has been devised and the programmes operate within the University’s Regulatory Framework and conform to its regulations on assessment. A flexible approach has been taken in developing the assessment strategy, to allow for the diverse nature of the student cohorts as well as the different learning styles of individual students. Programme team members have been encouraged to share good practice create and develop relevant assessment. Assessments for all modules have been designed to be inclusive for all students. Formative assessment will be provided across the breadth of modules to assist you in both a structured learning approach but also to provide feedback opportunities, this is particularly important to you in the early stages of the programme, as this gives you clear benchmarks with regard to your progress on the programme. The process may include self assessment, peer review, as well as feedback from the tutor/s following class (and other synchronous) exercises for example based on enquiry based learning and problem based learning activities etc. Summative assessment will take different forms to ensure congruence with the programme aims and learning outcomes identified, and the master’s levels in knowledge, skills and personal development.
Over the course of a programme the student will experience different assessment methods which may include computer aided tests, research projects, work based reports, case study analysis, patchwork assessment, and reflective reports. In all cases, assessment is directly related to either student’s personal development or in diagnosing and applying solutions to their organisations (or comparable case study organisations). To ensure consistency across modules summative assessment will normally be a 3,500 word, or equivalent, assignment for a fifteen credit module. Where assessment has more than one component the weighting will be pro rata. In the MSc Strategic Management programme the final assessment at Master’s level is a major piece of independent study, demanding the demonstration of a wide range of knowledge and skills, including those as indicated in the QAA level 7 benchmarks.
Structure of Programme:
The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend around 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester for the standard study plan.
If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures:
The development of the autonomous and independent learner is further enhanced by a range of technology enhanced learning tools and activities. Students will have access to a range of tools and activities, providing support for research activities, personal diagnostics, additional content, online discussion and self-directed study techniques. Different methods will be used to take account of different learning preferences and include, for example, face to face or virtual lectures, case studies, role play, debates, student presentations, formative and summative enquiry based learning, and problem solving activities. The programme encourages students to apply learning to the work place and this is a central feature of the teaching and learning strategy. This will be achieved through a variety of means with the aim being to encourage and develop critical evaluation and the ability to synthesise and apply solutions to complex real life Management problems. Teaching and learning approaches will be appropriately applied to each cohort in order that the same learning outcomes are achieved, but at times through different methods, whilst facilitating the development of effective peer support networks and learning sets. This will provide a stimulating experience as well as assisting students in their ability to critically evaluate and apply knowledge and intellectual skills to differing situations.
A range of assessments has been devised and the programmes operate within the University’s Regulatory Framework and conform to its regulations on assessment. A flexible approach has been taken in developing the assessment strategy, to allow for the diverse nature of the student cohorts as well as the different learning preferences of individual students.
90-100% Excellent – Distinction
80-89% Excellent – Distinction
70-79% Excellent – Distinction
60-69% Very good – Merit
50-59% Good/Satisfactory – Pass
40-49% Unsatisfactory – Marginal Fail
5-39% Very Poor – Fail
You should normally have the following:
- Undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2) with Honours in any discipline or equivalent
- Where candidates have a Business related degree with a lower classification we would consider entry with an additional 1-2 year’s work experience at a relevant supervisory or managerial level
- we would also consider
- professional qualifications
- relevant work experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree
Students should also be in possession of either of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each module
- TOEFL 550 paper based (213 computer based or 80 internet based)
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate pass · London Tests of English level 5
- International GCE O level English Language grade C
- International GCSE English or English as a second Language grade C
- ASE Proficiency pass
Students should produce copies of certificates, full CV in EuroFormat and passport-size photo.
Fees & funding
Get 70% back on the full course fee upon successful completion.
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Last Updated: 09th November 2021