Master in Management MIM

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in any discipline. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered.
2017-18

Module details

Programme Structure

Students take two Optional modules* in Semester 2 and will have a choice of one of the two the 60 credit modules in the summer (either ULMS873 Strategy, Planning and Implementation or ULMS874 Dissertation).

* Optional modules will be run dependent upon viability/student numbers and resources.

Compulsory modules

Marketing Management (ULMS869)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

To provide students with an understanding of marketing in terms of academic principles;

To provide students with an understanding of marketing in terms of practical applications.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To be exposed to current academic and practitioner issues in marketing management;

(LO2) To be familiar with the key elements of the extended marketing mix;

(LO3) To be able to evaluate the key components of the marketing environment;

(LO4) To appreciate the business advantages of understanding customers: buyer behaviour; marketing research; segmentation, positioning, targeting;

(LO5) To be able to follow contemporary marketing debates.

(S1) Adaptability. Adaptability will be developed in doing presentations and responding to questions.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Problem solving skills will be developed by preparing answers to case study questions.

(S3) Commercial awareness. Examples in lectures and three guest speakers on the module will assist students with the development of their commercial awareness

(S4) Teamwork. Teamworking skills will be developed by preparing presentations and responding to questions.

(S5) Organisational skills. Students will develop organisation skills in preparing for the essay and exam.

(S6) Communication skills. Students will develop their verbal communication skills by engaging in group work and presentations. Written communication skills will be developed in preparing for the essay and exam.

(S7) IT skills. Students will develop their IT skills by preparing the essay and presentations.

(S8) International awareness. International awareness will be developed by working with students from across the globe and learning about international case studies in lectures.

(S9) Ethical awareness. One of the case studies covers marketing ethics as does one exam question.

Managerial Finance (ULMS870)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

A framework to allow understanding of the role of accounting and finance in management and business and of the information provided by accounting and finance to support decision making by managers;

An understanding of the basic principles of accounting and finance;

An understanding of the basic techniques of preparation of accounting and finance information;

An understanding of the fundamentals of financial management and finance;

An understanding of the use of accounting and finance information in managerial decision-making;

An understanding of the relationships between accounting and finance and other management disciplines;

To introduce students to alternative and traditional forms of finance;

An understanding of why intiatives such as crowd funding are growing areas of the new financial landscape.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of the role of accounting and finance in management and business and of the information provided by accounting and finance to support decision making by managers;

(LO2) Articulate the basic principles of accounting and finance;

(LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of financial accounting systems;

(LO4) Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of financial management and finance;

(LO5) Undertake basic techniques of preparation of accounting and finance information;

(LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of the use of accounting and finance information in managerial decision-making;

(LO7) Demonstrate an understanding of the links between accounting and finance and other managerial activity;

(LO8) Explain why an alternative finance market has become fundamental to an entrepreneurial economy.

(S1) Problem solving. Students will develop problem solving skills by using worked examples/case studies in lectures and class discussion.

(S2) Numeracy. Students will develop numeracy by doing practice exercises.

(S3) Commercial awareness. Students will develop commercial awareness by using worked examples/case studies in lectures and class discussion.

The Strategic Management of Business Analytics (ULMS876)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Understand the principles and role of business analytics in product and/or service organisations;

Understand the concepts of business analytics and their implications for competitive advantage;

Understand how managers use business analytics and disseminate results and the process of formulating and solving business problems and to support managerial decision making, using techniques such as pattern discovery, segmentation, clustering, market analysis, rule discovery and intuitive data display.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to critically evaluate the management of business analytics;

(LO2) Students will be able to explain the role of business analytics in managerial decision making;

(LO3) Students will be able to evaluate the personal and organisational competencies necessary to deploy analytics;

(LO4) Students will be able to apply basic planning and analysis techniques to particular cases;

(LO5) Students will be able to evaluate the role of business analytics in creating and sustaining competitive advantage.

(S1) Adaptability. Engaging with case studies that present complex and ambiguous organisational problems.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Analysis of case studies to arrive at a set of proposed solutions to organisational problems.

(S3) Commercial awareness. Engaging with case studies and worked examples.

(S4) Numeracy. Analysis of quantitative data presented in case studies.

(S5) Teamwork. Team collaboration on case study analysis.

(S6) IT skills. Secondary data research, analysis of spreadsheet data, preparation of audio//visual material.

Personal and Professional Development (ULMS864)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to develop students’ self-awareness in relation to their values, behaviours, motivations, and development of their skills in leadership and management. It enables reflection on current and future skill and knowledge needs, and supports personal and career development planning. The module aims to develop students as reflective management practitioners within their own context.    Specific skills development activities are supported through an action learning that encourages students to examine real management problems or issues using their own experiences and case study material.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Recognise and reflect upon own values, perspectives, motivations and behaviours and those of others in a global context, and the impact these can have within groups and organisations. Explain how values and ethics impact on professional practice.

(LO2) Explain and interpret the types of professional and ethical dilemmas managers may encounter and have to deal with. Use and apply theory appropriately to explain the nature of these situations and why they occur and propose how managers’ workplace behaviour may be consciously adapted to recognise and resolve them.

(LO3) Identify own needs for development of the management and leadership skills both relevant to students' own context and to the wider field of management in a globalised world.

(LO4) Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness by generating, analysing and reflecting on feedback from a range of sources in relation to personal/interpersonal/leadership and management skills.

(LO5) Recognise the need for managers' continuous learning and development, and to acquire skills and techniques to improve practice.

(S1) Reflective and reflexive approach to own learning. This will be developed through module readings and action learning.

(S2) Resilience and the ability to absorb and act on feedback. This will be developed through the discussion board, action learning and reflective exercise throughout the module.

(S3) An action orientation. This will be developed through action learning and the coursework.

(S4) Ethical awareness. This will be developed through lectures and application of scholarly work to case material.

(S5) Teamwork. This will be developed through VLE activity and the coursework.

Organisational Theory: Behaviour, Power and Politics At Work (ULMS863)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to enhance student understandings of organisation theory in order to facilitate them in relating such theory to practices in organisation and management. While not intended as a research methods module, there will nevertheless be a focus on how differing and different research methods may offer varying perspectives on organisations.

The module aims to offer readings which are relevant, focused and manageable in length. However, while the majority of readings will be recommended, selected and provided for students, the module aims to encourage them to read widely, beyond the course texts and with an interdisciplinary focus.

The module aims to offer students opportunities through group work and discussion to develop their capacity to reflect upon, and develop insightful perspectives on organisations both internally, and within wider social contexts. This is intended to help students develop their own analytical capabilities enhancing their capacity to shed light on and manage problem situations.

The module aims to facilitate students in developing their abilities to evaluate organisational decision making processes and to explore the relationships and tensions between production and well-being.

The aim is that having completed this module, students will be well positioned to discern the links among and between complex organisational problems and to relate theoretical perspectives to contemporary organisational practices.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain enhanced understanding of how traditions from other fields eg sociology, psychology, health and gender studies can assist management and organisation theorists and practitioners to better understand the organisational worlds that they are researching/working within;

(LO2) Students will be facilitated in discerning the links among and between complex organisational problems and to relate theoretical perspectives to contemporary organisational practices;

(LO3) While not intended as a research methods module, students will be assisted in understanding on how differing and different research methods may offer varying perspectives on organisations;

(LO4) Students will become familiar with the benefits of reading scholarly work ‘in the original’ selected shortened readings to be provided by the module leader.

(S1) Adaptability. Working in groups to interpret complex organizational issues through reading about (in course materials) and discussing in class different theoretical viewpoints.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Examining and critiquing in assignment and group discussions how organisations solve problems, drawing upon course reading (including original as well as introductory materials) and case studies.

(S3) Communication skills. Working in groups to discuss different theoretical perspectives, requiring skills in being heard but being able to listen to others.

(S4) Lifelong learning skills. Developing abilities to read and think about organisational problems and theories which will extend beyond the module.

(S5) Teamwork. Working in groups to discuss and work through complex issues pertaining to organisational theory.

(S6) Ethical awareness. Considering in class notions of equal opportunities.

Strategic Organisation (ULMS871)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The aim of the module is to develop knowledge and understanding of multi-level processes involved in the conduct and performance of formal organisations and their constituent groups and individuals. Participants will become familiar with leading-edge theory about organisation and management and how such processes relate to strategy, organisational environment and performance. The module will serve as an intellectual platform to proceed to further modules of study.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to explain why organisation is a strategic act integral to performance in and of organisations.

(LO2) Ability to elaborate on the theoretical and practical linkages between organisation and factors of the environment, corporate strategy and performance.

(LO3) Ability to describe and evaluate critically, classic and contemporary theories about organisational and managerial effectiveness.

(LO4) Ability to identify processual and structural dynamics in and around formal organisations that shape organisational form, conduct and performance in contemporary environments.

(LO5) Ability to diagnose organisational situations and appreciate alternative choices and approaches for managing people and processes in and around organisations.

(S1) Problem solving. Case studies are used to develop skills in problem solving.

(S2) Commercial awareness. Developed through group work, class discussion, peer learning, case studies.

(S3) Empirical research skills. Developed through preparation of the group portfolio.

(S4) Ethical awareness. Developed through working with case studies.

(S5) Organisational skills. Developed through preparation of the group portfolio.

(S6) Critical thinking. Developed through group work, class discussion, peer learning, case studies.

(S7) Leadership. Developed through preparation of the group portfolio.

(S8) IT skills. Developed through preparation of the group portfolio.

Strategy, Planning and Implementation (ULMS873)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Support the development of students’ business analysis and strategic decision making skills, and for the students to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and present information coherently to support a recommended course of action;

Develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of how to conduct business research within an academic framework;

Enable students to work together in groups to set up and manage a simulated business of their own design. In doing so, participants will manage the interaction and relationships with other group members through negotiation, persuasion, influencing and managing conflict.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate critical awareness of current research in business and management through independent analysis of a relevant business case;

(LO2) Select and apply appropriate models, frameworks or tools to provide critical analysis of a business case;

(LO3) Research and present convincing and reasoned arguments to formulate solutions for strategic action;

(LO4) Analyze ambiguous information and make reasoned judgements and recommendations within a dynamic and changing environment.

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Numeracy

(S4) Commercial awareness

(S5) Teamwork

(S6) Organisational skills

(S7) Communication skills

(S8) International awareness

(S9) Lifelong learning skills

(S10) Ethical awareness

(S11) Leadership

Dissertation (ULMS874)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To givestudents the opportunity to research a topic related to their programme ofstudy, which is not covered in depth by any taught module being offered. 

To provide the opportunity to develop critical understanding of relevanttheoretical and empirical literature and acquire and apply skills and knowledgeto investigate specific research question(s).

To givestudents the opportunity to plan and manage their own research and to producean extended written dissertation.  The exact nature of knowledgedevelopment in this module will be dependent upon the nature of the researchproject undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

​Ability to demonstrate awareness of current research and advanced scholarship in relation to their chosen topic.

​Ability to demonstrate critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights in relation to their chosen dissertation topic and area of professional practice.

Ability to critique the strengths and weaknesses associated with those methodological approaches in relation to their chosen topic area.

Ability to plan how they will identify and collect appropriate and meaningful evidence in order to investigate fully their selected organisational issue.

​Ability to demonstrate a critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of evidence.

​Ability to plan a large independent study project that includes literature search, data collection, data analysis and writing up.

​Ability to demonstrate critical awareness of current theories, models, concepts, ideas and writing related to the management and/or organisational problem.

​Ability to critically evaluate current research and scholarship.

​Ability to select appropriate models and frameworks to investigate management and organisational issues and to deduce frameworks, formulate solutions, or to test effectively, any hypothesis presented.

​Ability to evaluate, select, justify and apply appropriate research methods to the chosen area of study, in order to ensure that the evidence generated, its analysis and the conclusions drawn from it are valid, reliable and ethical.

​Ability to research and present convincing and reasoned conclusions and recommendations on the evidence collected.

Optional modules

Operations and Supply Chain Management (ULMS862)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The module aims to enable the student to:

Understand the principles and role of operations management in organisations;

Understand and thereby select suitable types of inter-relationships within the supply chain;

Select suitable tools and techniques to achieve efficient and effective operations management and supply chain management for a given application.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be ableto select methods of inventory management and capacity management fora given application.

(LO2) Students will know when to apply lean and agile supply respectively and how to combine both strategies in a whole supply chain.

(LO3) Students will be able to make "make or buy" decisions.

(LO4) Students will be able to select suitable types of supplier relationships for a given application.

(LO5) Students will be able to explain the changing role of purchasing within total supply chain management.

(LO6) Students will be able to analyse the impact of service features for operations management.

(LO7) Students will be able to evaluate the role of negotiation in business-to-business and supply chain contexts.

(S1) Problem solving skills. Developed by case studies and discussion.

(S2) Commercial awareness. Developed in lectures and discussion of case studies.

(S3) Communication skills. Developed through class discussion.

(S4) International awareness. Developed in lectures and discussion of case studies.

(S5) Ethical awareness. Developed through discussion and case studies.

Strategic Risk Management (ULMS865)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Introduce students to the role of strategic risk management, its function in the organisation and relationship with the organisational strategy;

Provide students with relevant tools and techniques to identify, assess and mitigate risk through development of key problem-sets which demonstrate the impact ofboth good/bad risk practices within organisations;

Develop student competence to effectively measure and mitigate organisational risk towards better strategic performance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a clear understanding of thetheories/concepts associated with strategic risk management;

(LO2) Undertake an assessment of risk at either a functional or enterprise-wide level with an organisation or unit and develop a preliminary risk framework;

(LO3) Demonstrate the ability to independently structure an EWRMS and make recommendations on feasibility;

(LO4) Work collaboratively in both virtual and face to face teams, disseminate ideas regarding risk profiling strategies, and critically analyse strategic risk mitigation choices based on case findings;

(LO5) Demonstrate the ability to identify and engage with debates and controversies in the academic literature relating to strategic risk management.

(S1) Problem solving skills. Developed through case study analysis, class discussion, model development.

(S2) Communication skills. Developed through discussion boards - identification of key risk variables, determination of probable ranking and impact on unit of study and creation of risk briefs for online discussion.

(S3) Ability to work under pressure. Developed through in-class group assignments utilising problem-based approaches such as simulations and quantitative scenarios.

(S4) Teamwork. Developed through group-work assignment. Each group will be required to work together to identify their mini-case, its risks and work collaboratively to assess probable impact.

(S5) Leadership. Developed through group-based election of team members with each responsibility for an individual component of the risk case analysis and impact.

Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ULMS867)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to explore the challenges and issues related to “doing” innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the aims are to:

Review the key theories and recent research relevant to understanding the dynamics and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship;

Discuss the main types, strategies and processes of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the main challenges that are encountered in successfully implementing change;

Understand the different definitions and types of innovation and identify the relationships between innovation, entrepreneurship and the performance of organisations in a range of sectors, including the private, public and third sectors;

Examine the approaches that can be employed to analyse organisational strategies, structures, cultures and business models as a basis for enhancing innovation and entrepreneurial activity;

Describe the phases of the process of innovation and entrepreneurship including ‘recognising the opportunity’; ‘finding the resources’; ‘developing the venture’; and ‘creating value’.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understand why innovation and entrepreneurship matter to developing growth in organisations;

(LO2) Describe and critique theories of innovation and entrepreneurship and their relevance for understanding approaches to strategy and day-to-day operational management and change;

(LO3) Evaluate critically the key theories of creativity and innovation and their implementation as a means for developing an organisational culture which supports these;

(LO4) Evaluate and describe relevant resources and strategies for innovation as well as the individual and organisational barriers to innovating and entrepreneurship in a variety of contexts;

(LO5) Analyse and critique relevant ways of developing new products and services, as well as carrying out effective corporate venturing strategies;

(LO6) Evaluate the importance of a range of tools and approaches to effectively manage innovation and entrepreneurship.

(S1) Adaptability. Developed via the group work and presentation students will be able to manage contrasting priorities and deal with matters arising.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Developed via the course work, group report and presentation; the students will need to choose a particular problem to address or question for the essay as well as the group work.

(S3) Commercial awareness. Developed throughout the module in lectures, class discussions and needs to be exhibited in the respective assessments.

(S4) Teamwork. Students need to work proactively during the group work and presentation.

(S5) International awareness. Developed throughout the module in lectures, class discussions and needs to be exhibited in the respective assessments.

International Perspectives On Management (ULMS877)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module will provide an innovative student centred approach to learning. The key themes in international management will be outlined and explored via lectures, and students will then identify and agree a proposal for a self-directed piece of desk-based research, related to one of the key identified themes, and supported by their supervisor. A particular feature of the module will be its research-led nature, in that the students will be exposed to the research interests of the key module staff. The module aims to:

Develop students' awareness and understanding of the key themes in international management;

Develop students' research skills;

Enable the students to explore a key area of interest related to the module themes;

Develop in students the capacity and motivation for self-directed learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the international management environment and its cultural context;

(LO2) Ability to demonstrate aspects of basic research that will take the form of desk-based investigation;

(LO3) Ability to demonstrate cognitive skills of critical and reflective thinking;

(LO4) Ability to demonstrate the ability to analyse international business and management issues effectively;

(LO5) Ability to demonstrate an ability in report writing to a determined deadline;

(LO6) Ability to demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on the theme identified.

(S1) International awareness. Developed through lectures and individual research.

(S2) Communication skills. Developed through discussion and progress reviews with supervisor and production of a 4000 word assignment.

(S3) Research skills. Students will undertake self-directed research on a chosen theme.

(S4) Lifelong learning skills. Students will develop self-management skills.

Business Ethics (ULMS878)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To provide students with knowledge and understanding of business ethics and ethical issues in contemporary business;

To place business ethics in the context of everyday practice to enable students to understand, apply and manage from an ethical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To have developed knowledge and understanding of business ethics;

(LO2) To be able to critically evaluate business ethics theories and their relevance for contemporary business;

(LO3) To be able to analyse the key tools for understanding and practising ethics in business;

(LO4) To be able to appraise the business and personal case for business ethics.

(S1) Problem solving skills. Developed through identifying, formulating and solving organisational ethical issues.

(S2) Organisational skills. Developed through focus on research in current ethical practice in a variety of organisational contexts.

(S3) Communication skills. Developed through academic and business written communication.

(S4) International awareness. Developed through a specific component of group and individually based learning.

(S5) Ethical awareness. Developed through exercise and evaluate practical judgments in decision making concerning a variety of ethical issues.

(S6) Adaptability. Developed through cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis.

(S7) Teamwork. Developed through group based learning / activities.

(S8) Lifelong learning skills. Developed through group and individually based learning.

Managing Learning Organisations (ULMS879)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of this module are to:

Provide students with the concepts and principles relevant to the process of knowledge management;

Introduce to the student current issues concerning knowledge management and its application within contemporary business and the concept of a learning organisation;

Provide students with a solid theoretical understanding of key issues relating to learning organisations;

Enable students to apply theory to case studies and to consider examples of learning organisations around the world;

Support the development of subject specific and transferable skills necessary for future employment in careers that ultimately have a managerial component;

Support the enhancement of skills in written and spoken communication.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role, value and function of knowledge management theory and the concept of a learning organisation;

(LO2) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the underlying theories supporting knowledge management and how this is manifested within organisations across different sectors;

(LO3) Students will demonstrate criticality and a depth of analysis across the multiple aspects of knowledge management within a learning organisation;

(LO4) Students will understand the criteria for an organisation to be regarded as an effective learning organisation;

(LO5) Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse case studies covering knowledge management in organisations in different sectors in a global market;

(LO6) Students will learn to work and understand the limitations of operating with complex processes and the challenge of designing iterative procedures in a learning organisation.

(S1) Self motivation. Developed through individual research of theory and case studies.

(S2) Organisational skills. Developed through preparation of research material.

(S3) Critical analysis. Developed in lectures.

(S4) International awareness. Developed through analysis and understanding of international case studies throughout the module.

(S5) Commercial awareness. Developed through analysis of case studies throughout the module.

(S6) IT skills. Developed through researching library databases for company information, WP, using AV equipment.

(S7) Problem solving skills. Students will develop the ability to understand complex issues.

(S8) Lifelong learning skills. Students will develop research skills; ability to research organisations; find, organise and analyse relevant information; apply theory to real-life situations.

(S9) Ethical awareness. Developed through understanding case studies from a wide range of sectors.

(S10) Communication skills. Developed through report writing.