Duration of Study Programme
1.5 – 3 Years of Part-Time Study
University of Derby
September, January & May
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.
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
How you will learn
You will study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.
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.
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