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MSc Course Structure

  • Our courses are a one-year, full-time postgraduate course. All courses will start on the 1st October 2018 and last for 12 months.
  • Most courses we offer are structured so that you take a combination of nine modules, complete nine post module assignments and execute a major research project.* (A number of courses including CSE, HOM, SCAV, MBE have a slight different structure or project weighting - see bottom of the page for details)
  • 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 credit is different for CSE and HOM - see below for more information.
  • The taught part of the MSc is delivered through modules. 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 modules 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 are not assessed, but are compulsory for you to attend. Please note that these additional sessions may run at weekends.
Typical Course Structure

 module chart

Course 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
  • For some courses, in addition to the course modules, you will be able to select additional elective modules from this full list of modules. It is very important that you refer to the individual MSc course page for guidance on this, as there are some courses which only have core modules and do not allow elective modules.
  • Most of our courses require nine modules in total comprising of course (core) and elective modules. HOM and CSE are exemptions to this, requiring eight core modules only.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 have 8 x modules at 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:
1st October 2018

One year, full time

Tuition Fees
Overseas: £24,640
Home/EU: £13,440

Online £55 application fee

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

Application Deadline
31st July 2018

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