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This is the typical course structure at WMG. Moving forward, WMG will be adopting more of a blended teaching model; this is a combination of independent online learning and small group face-to-face sessions that are interactive and provide a more flexible and personal learning experience for you.

For this coming academic year, to cater for students unable to arrive by October 2020, we aim to deliver some online module teaching during the autumn term. However, the majority of the blended module teaching will start in January 2021 and continue through to July or August. Please contact us if you would like further information: or visit our FAQs for Offer Holders page.

Course Structure

  • Our courses are one-year, full-time postgraduate courses. All courses will start on the 5th October 2020 and have a duration of 12 months.
  • Most courses we offer are structured so that you take 90 credits worth of modules (we have 10 and 15 credit modules), complete post module assignments for each module, and execute a major research project.* (see 'Important Information' below for courses with exceptions to this structure)
  • For most courses, the project represents 50% of the Master's credit and you should work on it throughout the year, alongside your modules. The projects for CSE and HOM are 60 credit points, and the project for MBE contributes 100% of your Masters grade.
  • Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks from Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.30pm. Some modules are taught over two weeks, and occasionally, you may be required to attend weekend sessions. 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 (up to 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, although for some modules there may be a test that will form part of the assessment.
  • There are additional study skills sessions to assist you with your assignments and project work. These lectures and workshops are not assessed, but are compulsory for you to attend. Please note that these additional sessions may run at weekends.

- - Important Information - -

Course 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.
Elective Modules
  • In order to give you some flexibility to tailor your course in line with your interests, most students will be able to select at least one elective module. Please see the course pages for specific details.
Assessment - Post Module Assignments
  • At 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 (or 110 hours for 15 credit modules).
  • 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.
  • For most courses, 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 during 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. For MBE, your project is worth 100% of your grade - MBE modules use formative rather than summative assessment. For CSE and HOM your project is 60 credit points - 33% of your final grade.
  • 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 (or 600 hours of learning for CSE and HOM).
    Academic Regulations

    For the award of MSc you must:

    • Successfully attend and complete at least 90 credits worth of modules, which should include the specified core modules for the relevant degree. NB: CSE and HOM require you to complete 120 credits worth of modules.
    • Pass at least 70 credits worth of modules (including all essential core modules) with a mark of at least 50%; (NB: CSE and HOM require you to pass at least 100 credits worth of modules); a further 20 credits worth of failed modules may be accepted for the MSc, providing they achieve a mark of at least 40%.
    • Pass the 90 credit project with at least 50% (oral and dissertation elements must both be passed). NB: For CSE and HOM the project is 60 credits rather than 90.
    • An MSc with Merit is awarded if you pass all modules with a mark of at least 50%, the 90 (or 60) credit project with a mark of at least 60% and with an overall (weighted) average of 60% .
    • An MSc with Distinction is awarded if you pass all modules with a mark of at least 50%, the 90 (or 60) credit project with a mark of at least 65% and with an overall (weighted) average of 70%. NB: All marks for MSc Management for Business Excellence are gained from the project, therefore in order to graduate with distinction, the MBE project must be passed with a mark of at least 70%.
    Course Structure Exceptions

    Cyber Security Engineering and Healthcare Operational Management have 120 credit points worth of modules. These are all compulsory and there are no elective options on these courses. The project is worth 60 credit points.

    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. They are formatively assessed so carry no credit rating. All modules must be successfully passed in order to achieve your MSc, however your MSc grade will be determined by your dissertation.

    SAP Add-on Certification Course
    • WMG offer a SAP Consultant Certification add-on course to students studying on our full-time MSc programmes. Attending this non-mandatory course is your first step in becoming an SAP ERP Business Process Expert. On completion of this course you will be prepared to take the C_TERP10_67 certification exam.
    • The SAP Consultant Certification: SAP Certified Application Associate - Business Process Integration with SAP ERP 6.0 EhP7 is awarded to those passing this exam. See the brochure for detailed information.
    • This add-on course is available at the heavily discounted rate of approximately €550+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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