The programme has a strong focus on employability prospects and offers an excellent grounding in the key aspects of business and management, which are covered by a range of different modules. You will graduate from the MSc in Strategic Business Management ready to launch your career in the industry you choose. Students can choose to study the course face-to-face or online.
Our faculty has many years of professional experience, with great links to the industry. As class sizes are small, you will benefit from the contact time you receive, and will get plenty of opportunities.
This course is successfully accredited with the professionally recognised CMI qualifications.
Who is this course for?
This degree is ideal for those interested in securing a career in business and management in an industry of their choice, and is especially relevant for those with an interest in the roles of manager, consultant, analyst and entrepreneur.
How will you learn?
On campus study
The programme is delivered in an interactive way with a real-world focus, and learning takes places both in and outside the classroom environment. Face-to-face learning is supported by online resources, including the Financial Times, case studies, simulations, learning videos, reading materials, online testing and feedback. There will be 5 contact hours per week, split into two 2 hour workshops and a 1 hour lecture.
Examination and assessment - On campus students will be assessed in a number of ways throughout the duration of the programme. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations and examinations.
Study materials and online support - Students will receive their core textbooks free of charge. All De Broc programmes are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Elite. Elite will be your first point of call for academic information. In addition, you will gain access to our online library facilities, and learning resources from the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Financial Times. These resources provide a range of professional and business-focused materials that represent up to date market trends, sector-based articles and analysis reports.
As an online student, you’ll get access to programme content and learning activities at any time and from any location. In addition, you’ll receive support, guidance, and careers advice throughout the course:
- Professionally produced HD video lectures 24/7
- Online forums where you can discuss new concepts with your tutors and fellow students
- Student support services from De Broc School of Business and our online learning provider, InterActive
On campus study
Learning inside the classroom and beyond, the MSc in Strategic Business Management has a real-world focus, preparing you for the dynamic business environment you will face after your graduation. Traditional lectures and workshops are combined with a wealth of online resources to ensure that you get the most out of the programme. You will benefit from access to case studies, online testing, video content, and more. You will also receive all core textbooks free of charge and will be supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Elite.
As an online student, you’ll benefit from access to programme content and learning activities at any time and from any location, allowing you to make your own schedule and fit your studies around your life.
Full-time and online students will study for one year, which is divided into two semesters and the summer period for the dissertation. Students will study three modules, each worth 30 credits; two modules, each worth 15 credits; and another module worth 60 credits, totalling 180 credits.
Part-time students will study for two years. Over two semesters in year one, students will study two modules, each worth 30 credits and two modules, each worth 15 credits. In year two over two semesters, students will study one module worth 30 credits and another module, worth 60 credits, totalling 180 credits.
The course will cover the following core modules:
- Global Business Strategy and Leadership (30 credits)
- Management of Business Operations (15 credits)
- Performance Management and Reward (15 credits)
- International Marketing Leadership (30 credits)
- Financial Information for Business Decisions (30 credits)
- Research Methods, Professional Development and Dissertation/Project (60 credits)
Global Business Strategy and Leadership
This module will teach you about global corporate strategy and leadership, increasing your confidence in planning and executing strategic changes, taking ethical factors into account. You will also become equipped with a critical understanding of the relevant concepts, theories and frameworks that will enable you to develop your competence in leadership and strategic decision making. This module focuses on the positioning of and solutions for improving competitive strategy in a global context.
Management of Business Operations
This module assesses the applicability of operations management strategies across various cultures and investigates the factors that underpin the application of operations management strategies in an international context. This module also addresses and utilises information technology tools and packages.
Performance Management and Reward
This module equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to examine the design of performance management systems that aim to transform an organisation’s objectives and performance outcomes. The module focuses on effective performance review processes, at team level and individual level. It places importance on the communication skills used in the performance review process and the module also evaluates the need for employee involvement, as well as transparent, ethical and justifiable rewards for performance.
International Marketing Leadership
This module will assist you in developing effective international marketing strategies relating to suit an organisation’s corporate and business strategic intent. The module offers insight into international marketing leadership and planning concepts, and how these are applied to deliver results. In addition, you will be able to build and refine the skills necessary to anticipate and adapt to future international environment changes
Financial Information for Business Decisions
This module will equip you with sound knowledge in accounting and corporate finance, enabling you to analyse the key decision areas in accounting and corporate finance and evaluate how businesses are financed. This module will provide you with an understanding of the use of financial information for business decision making. In addition, you will be required to evaluate the main financial and business problems facing modern financial managers in a changing economy.
Research Methods, Professional Development and Dissertation/Project
Here, you will critically evaluate a business issue of your choice. The module will equip you with the necessary tools for researching within a professional environment, and provides you with an opportunity to diagnose and investigate a complex business issue.
This degree will be invaluable when it comes to securing a career in business management. Potential roles include consultant, analyst, operational manager and entrepreneur.
Students who graduate from this degree may consider the following options if they wish to continue their studies:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) postgraduate qualifications
- 2:2 or above from a UK Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent qualifications.
- International requirements - an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or above with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
- Non-standard entry
Fees and funding
On Campus (September 2017, January 2018):
Online (September 2017, January 2018)
Programme fees are £7,160 with a 10 step instalment plan available.
A deposit of £250 deposit is required to start.
Online (May 2017)
Programme fees are at £6,950 with a 10 step instalment plan available.
A deposit of £250 deposit is required to start.
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