MSc Course Structure
All courses are structured so that you take a combination of ten modules, complete ten post module assignments and execute a major research project.
All courses start on 29th September 2014 and last 12 months.
The Project represents 50% of the Masters credit and students should work on it throughout the year, alongside their modules.
The taught part of the MSc consists of ten 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 (normally 10 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 ten. For some courses there is a list of recommended electives, but we will try to accommodate your wishes wherever possible. You do not need to select elective 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 ten modules if you wish, in which case we will generally consider your best nine assignment marks.
- MSc with Merit will be awarded if you achieve and average of 65% - 70% across your MSc assessments
- MSc with Distinction will be awarded if you achieve and average of 70% or above across your MSc assessments
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.
Masters by Research
It is possible to study for a Masters degree by research rather through the taught route. Contact the course management for more information.
"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
29th September 2014
One year, full time
Online (£35 application fee)
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)
31st August 2014