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MSc Course Structure

  • All courses start on 3rd October 2016 and last 12 months.
  • Most courses we offer are structured so that you take a combination of at least nine modules, complete nine post module assignments and execute a major research project.* (see below for exceptions)
  • The Project represents 50% of the Masters credit and you should work on it throughout the year, alongside your modules.
  • The taught part of the MSc consists of 9-10 modules. Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.30pm. They are taught through a variety of learning activities: lectures, seminar work, syndicate group activities, industrial games, practical exercises and case studies to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the material. E-learning and forum activities are widely used to complement these activities.
  • These week long sessions (at least nine in total over the course of the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June and attendance is compulsory. Modules are assessed by assignment, not exam.
Course Structure


Couse Modules (Core Modules)
  • Course modules are specified for each of the MSc courses and these are the modules you must do and they are listed on the respective course pages.
  • It may be possible to gain exemption from a core module if you have relevant prior study or work experience in that area. We will explain how to request exemption from a module once you start the course. You will still have to take 9 modules so this will give you the opportunity to select an additional elective module.
Elective Modules
  • In addition to the course modules you will be able to select additional elective modules from this full list of modules.
  • In total, you should have nine modules in total comprising of course (core) and elective modules. We will allow you to take a tenth module for flexibility - you should gage whether you have time for this and can get advice from your personal tutor.
  • For some courses there is a list of recommended electives, but we will try to accommodate your wishes wherever possible. You do not select modules in advance, we will explain how you choose electives once you start the course in October.
Post Module Assignments
  • WMG students laptop v2At the end of every module you will be given a post module assignment (PMA) based on the learning objective of the module.
  • This is a piece of assessed, written work which should take around 60 hours to complete.
  • You should submit your PMA four weeks after the end of the module.
  • At the same time as the modules and assignments, you must undertake a major individual research project.
  • Your project is worth 50% of your overall Masters grade and must be submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words at the end of August. Once you have submitted your dissertation you will attend an oral exam where you will present it to your Project Supervisor and an independent supervisor.
  • Towards the start of the academic year we will provide you with a list of projects relevant to your chosen MSc. However, we can usually accommodate supervision on projects proposed by students specifically focused on thier individual career paths or aspirations.
  • You will have regular progress meetings with your project supervisor throughout the academic year.
  • We provide extensive support to strengthen your academic and research skills with regular workshops and seminars dedicated to academic writing, project planning, research skills and mind-mapping in addition to the research methodology module.
  • Work on your project runs alongside your module work and you are expected to devote an appropriate portion on your time and intellectual effort to the project throughout the year. This is nominally 900 hours of learning.
Academic Regulations

For the award of MSc you must:

  • Successfully attend and complete nine modules.
  • Pass nine post module assignments with all scores 50% or higher.
  • Pass the project with at least 50% on the dissertation and a pass awarded for the oral component.

You can elect to attend a tenth module if you wish, but are required to attend only nine.

  • An MSc with Merit is awarded if you achieve an average of 60% across your MSc assessments (i.e. the combined average of your project mark and the average of your best nine modules). You must score at least 60% for the project.
  • An MSc with Distinction is awarded if you achieve an average of 70% or above across your MSc assessments (i.e. the combined average of your project mark and the average of your best nine modules). You must score at least 65% for the project.
* Course structure exceptions:

Cyber Security Engineering and Healthcare Operational Management modules are 15 CAT points each (rather than 10) and the project is 60 CAT points (rather than 90).

The additional CAT points come from an additional assignments based on each module.

Management for Business Excellence course specific modules are generally delivered over a two-week session of 60 hours rather than a one-week session of 40 hours.

saplogo.gifSAP Add-on Certification Course

  • WMG offer a SAP Consultant Certification add-on course to students studying on our full-time MSc programmes. This is an optional additional course for the award of Solution Architect ERP - Integration of Business Processes with SAP ERP 2005.
  • This add-on course is available at the heavily discounted rate of approximately £600+VAT.
  • Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applications can only be made once you have enroled as a student at the University.
  • Students on all the WMG MSc programmes are eligible to apply. Note that this SAP course carries no credit towards your MSc.

More details on the SAP add-on course.

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"The business network you can get access to just from being at WMG and being part of the Alumni is fantastic and will open doors for you all over the world"

Zoe Chilton, MSc Engineering Business Management

Start Date:
2nd October 2017

One year, full time

Tuition Fees
Overseas: £23,460
EU: £12,800

Online (£50 application fee)

Entry Requirements
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)

Application Deadline
31st July 2017

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