MSc Course Structure
Note that the information on this pages applies to most of our courses, however the structure of Cyber Security Engineering and Healthcare Operational Management is slightly different, with larger credit for the taught component, and slightly lower credit for the project. Please refer to the specific pages for these courses for more information. You can contact us if you have any further questions.
All the other 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.
All courses start on 3rd October 2016 and last 12 months.
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.
Core modules are specified for each of the MSc courses and these are the modules you must do. The core modules for each course are listed on the relevant course pages. On some courses it is possible to gain exemption from a core module if you have relevant prior study or work experience in that area. If you are exempted from attendance on a module, you must make up for it by selecting an additional Elective Module. We will explain how to apply for exemption from core modules once you start the course.
In addition to the compulsory core modules you must select additional Elective Modules from this list of modules. You should select sufficient elective modules to bring your total number of modules to at least nine, although you will be permitted to select a tenth. For some courses there is a list of recommended electives, but we will try to accommodate your wishes wherever possible. You do not selective modules in advance, we will explain how you choose electives once you start the course in October.
At the end of every module you will be given a post module assignment (PMA). This is a piece of assessed, written work which you must complete in your own time. It should take you 40-60 hours to complete and the submission deadline is four weeks after the end of the module. The assignment is marked by the tutor.
At the same time as the modules and assignments, you must undertake a major individual research project. This is 50% of the overall credit and must be submitted in the form of a dissertation around the end of August. Once you have submitted your dissertation you must attend an oral exam where your Project Supervisor and an independent supervisor will discuss your project with you. Both your dissertation and the oral will be marked.
You do not need to choose your project in advance, you will be provided with a list of projects soon after you start the MSc course. You must choose a project relevant to your degree which is in line with your research interests. All projects are supervised by a WMG member of staff or associate. Many projects relate closely to research developments in industry or research at WMG.
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.
SAP 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 £500+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.
"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
3rd October 2016
One year, full time
Online (£50 application fee)
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)
31st August 2016