University of Chester

Programme Specification
Management MSc
2015 - 2016

Master of Science


Management (GCM)

University of Chester

Global College Malta


Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

6 Years

Biannual - January - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Business and Management Marketing, HRM and Events Management

QAA’s Benchmark statements for Master’s awards in Business and Management                                


Postgraduate Module Assessment Board

Thursday 1st May 2014

  • Create a learning environment suitable for the advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.
  • Develop within students a sound understanding of complex management issues, to be able to synthesise their knowledge and to create improvements to business and management practice as a result.
  • Facilitate an early and significant contribution by the student to his/her future employing organisation. 
  • Instil within students a positive attitude towards the need for lifelong learning and the ability to be a lifelong learner.

All modules on this programme are studied at level 7. 


Application of management knowledge, skills and research techniques developed during the programme to the identified area of management interest.


Ability to design and implement a management research project using methodologies and methods appropriate to research questions and objectives.


Relevant understanding of the theoretical techniques, concepts and methods employed in strategic financial management.


Relevant understanding of the theoretical techniques, concepts and methods employed in strategic people management.   


Relevant understanding of the links between strategy, process, information and knowledge.

Develop a critical understanding of the role and importance of E-Business as an enabler for contemporary business activities.


Develop relevant knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of managing and leading in contemporary organisations. 


Gain a critical understanding of the nature of integrated marketing communication strategies within communication plans.






Development of students’ intellectual ability in terms of problem solving, critical analysis and conceptual thinking.


Ability to analyse and report management research findings to meet academic and practitioner standards.

Develop ability to critically evaluate of findings of management research.


Ability to apply the theoretical to the practical, through the analysis of data and application of relevant techniques in the context of varied situations.


Ability to synthesise relevant knowledge together with awareness of wider contextual issues, in order to develop appropriate responses to business management situations.


Ability to plan and implement a range of E-Business strategies.

Ability to critically evaluate the moral, legal and societal implications of developing, implementing & maintaining E-Business systems


Develop a heightened critical awareness of the social, cultural and political aspects of managerial and organisational activities.

Ability to critically evaluate key aspects of management and apply them within contemporary contexts.


Ability to evaluate the use of marketing communications in the relationship between an organisation and its stakeholders.


Create within students the enabling mechanisms to support their development towards independent learning.


Ability to analyse and report management research findings, using appropriate media, to meet academic and practitioner standards.


Evaluative, critical and reflective awareness skills applied to relevant, available techniques for the enhancement of strategic financial decision making and business performance within a complex environment.


Ability to synthesise relevant knowledge together with awareness of wider contextual issues, in order to develop appropriate responses to complex situations.


Develop a heightened critical awareness of the social, cultural and political aspects of managerial and organisational activities.

Ability to critically evaluate key aspects of management and apply them within contemporary contexts.


Ability to develop marketing communications, methods and processes within complex, changing contexts.

Communication skills are developed throughout the programme, and within many modules.


All modules:

Effective use of Information Technology. 

Two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others.

Oral and written communication using a range of media.


Preparation of financial data and information using appropriate formats.


Operating effectively in a variety of team roles and taking leadership roles, where appropriate.


The programme consists of six (20 credit) taught modules and a (60 credit) Management Research Project, all at level 7.  Three taught modules are studied in each semester (full-time) and then followed by the Management Research Project. There are two entry points for this programme, September and January.  The part time programme is delivered over two years, with three taught modules studied in each year and again followed by the Management Research Project. It is essential that students reach an understanding and appreciation of the inter-relatedness of management subjects and as such the need to maintain the Management Research Project as the final element. This in turn will facilitate the students’ ability to function at the strategic level. 

The programme has been designed as a general programme, following the QAA guidelines for a general programme in Business and Management.  The programme has been designed so as to present a coherent whole and as such the programme of study is predetermined, having been carefully designed by the programme team, with there are no optional modules available to students.  A Postgraduate Certificate in Management will be offered to those students who have amassed sufficient credits (60) and who exit the programme prior to its normal completion.  A Postgraduate Diploma in Management will be offered to those students who have amassed sufficient credits (120) and who exit the programme prior to its normal completion.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BU7001 7 Management Research Project 60 Comp
BU7002 7 Management Research Methods 20 Comp
BU7007 7 Strategic People Management 20 Comp
BU7020 7 Strategic Issues for E-Business 20 Comp
BU7023 7 Managing in Organisations 20 Comp
BU7024 7 Contemporary Marketing Communications 20 Comp

All study occurs at level 7. With the exception of BU7001 Management Research Project, all modules are worth 20 credits. BU7001 is worth 60 credits. Successful completion of the taught modules and the Management Research Projectamasses 180 credits at level 7.

The normal entry requirement for students is the possession of a second-class Honours degree in any discipline, or equivalent as a minimum.  All applicants will complete an application form and be invited to attend an informal interview where feasible to do so.  Candidates should also meet the University's requirements for English.  Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme.   

The QAA Subject Benchmarks for Business and Management indicate that a graduate should possess knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

a The impact of contextual forces on organisations including legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance.

b Markets and customers; the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and equivalent stakeholders, service and orientation.

c The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services; the management of resources and operations.

d The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations: sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications.

e The management and development of people within organisations: organisational theory, behaviour, industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management.

f The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment.

g The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations.

h The use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy.

i The development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.

j A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples may include innovation, creativity and enterprise; e-commerce, knowledge management; sustainability, business ethics, values and norms; globalisation.

Within this programme, students should study and acquire both management theory and management skills.  Some learning and teaching will be class-room based: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations and tutorials constitute examples of the ways in which the tutor/student contact time may be utilised in this way. Additionally, it is anticipated that learning and teaching will take place through analysis of live case studies, and use of video. Learning opportunities such as this should enable students to apply elements of their academic learning to a real-life context.  They should also serve as valuable integrative experiences, enabling students to enrich and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding.  Further support to learning is afforded through weekly 'drop-in' sessions for each of the modules where students can follow-up issues they identify with their tutors in a more informal setting.  Additionally, learning will be acquired through extensive tutor-directed and student-directed independent reading and research, much of which will inform the class-tutor contact time.  The value of developing within students the ability to work and learn autonomously is recognised, to the extent that it is acknowledged as a programme aim.  To facilitate the development of this, emphasis will be placed on a shared responsibility for learning, on the importance of independent work to support the tutor-led sessions and on student self-directed learning.  Student autonomy and autonomous learning will be particularly developed within the dissertation, and it is appropriate that this element occurs in the latter half of the programme, after students have had the opportunity to develop appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding in the earlier stages of the programme. A pastoral support hour will be offered throughout the taught part of the programme. This will support the students learning on this programme.  Examples of typical subject matter to be covered here are; referencing correctly and avoiding plagiarism, designing and giving presentations, structuring and writing level M assignments.  The Tutor/ librarian will also be using these sessions for research workshops on occasions throughout the year. In addition, international students may attend two hours of English language support per week, as required.

For all 20 credit modules, students will undertake two pieces of assessment.  One will be administered approximately one third to half way through the taught component of the programme, and the other at the end of the taught component.  The first, shorter piece of work will fulfil several functions.  Recognising that some students may have no previous knowledge of business, this first piece of work  can act as a valuable diagnostic tool, enabling both the student and the tutor to recognise areas of strength or weakness in performance at an early stage in their studies.  It is envisaged that the shorter piece of work will take the form, for example, of an in-class test, a critique, summary, proposal or evaluation, and will be approximately 1250 words equivalence in length.  An indicative example of an assignment of this nature could be: a presentation on a student’s critical evaluation of a range of literature on a certain topic, or a written response identifying and evaluating a range of business problems in relation to a case study.Towards the end of the taught part of the programme, students will undertake a longer piece of work, in the region of 3,000 words.  This piece of work will give students an opportunity to synthesise and integrate  the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired, demonstrate their ability to think strategically, and allow them to develop their abilities through a more in-depth study of a particular problem etc.  A longer piece of assessment will also provide opportunity for students to demonstrate exit velocity from the programme.  This assessment may take the form of an exam, a critical evaluation, a written proposal or a presentation for the development of a new product or service, or problem solving analysis etc.   In this way, students have an opportunity to achieve integration of their learning.

The Management Research Project of 10,000 words will be submitted for assessment in the last trimester of study (full-time)or similarly positioned for part-time students. In this way the student has a extended time frame in which to consider and complete this work.   A further reflective piece will be required upon completion of the project. This is intended to act as a valuable tool to enable staff to verify the authenticity of the work and the student to consider how they have benefited from the learning experience, and how they will take their learning forward.   

The assessment strategy will be communicated in writing to each student, at the commencement of the module.

The qualification MSc in Management opens to students a wide range of potential employment opportunities.  Graduating students may find attractive career opportunities within a wide range of businesses, at a management level.   Typical first appointments could be in trainee management, first line management and team leader roles. The qualification is one within general management, however, the inclusion of modules within the three functional areas of business (Finance, HRM and Marketing), may mean that students could also be successful in pursuing specialised management roles.     For example, previous graduates from this programme have secured careers within the telecommunications, finance and banking sectors, international trade, and in HRM.

This programme of study in the Department of Business fully embraces the University’s commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity.  The  University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students.  The ultimate objective of the programmes delivered are to ensure all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society and in whose activities all students can participate to the best of their ability. This programme is designed to ensure inclusivity and to ensure that the diverse needs of our students are provided for.  In addition, within this programme:Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality. 

- Each module has been developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning.

- There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Department works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans where appropriate.

- The induction activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues.  Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality.

- Supportive formative exercises are presented in modules  to give all students an equal chance of succeeding. Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills. The introduction of anonymous marking  also enhances equal opportunity to all students.

- In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and promptly notified to the University for removal or for reasonable adjustment to be made based on requirements. 

- All students are made aware of the Department structures to discuss issues should a concern arise. 

- The programme Leader acts as PAT for all students.  An appointment system also exists whereby any student can make an appointment to see any member of staff, including the head of department and Dean.

Limited class size and friendly, accessible tutors provide opportunity for students to develop and practice complex skills and abilities within a supportive learning environment.

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