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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.

Course Structure

  • Our courses are one-year, full-time postgraduate courses. All courses will start on the 4th October 2021 and have a duration of 12 months.*
Modules
  • Our courses are modular in structure, with modules generally being 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.
  • Modules are taught through a variety of online and face-to-face 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.
  • Modules are scheduled at intervals throughout the academic year, with most being delivered between October and June. Full attendance is compulsory.
  • Modules are predominently assessed by Post Module Assignment (PMA), not through formal exams. Most modules will also have a degree of In Module Assessment (IMA), which will vary by module and may take the form of presentations, online tests, or a range of other assessment methods.
  • We provide extensive study skills training through our Study, Professional and Analytical Skills Programme (SPA) to help with your academic development and provide guidance on carrying out assignments and project work. It is essential that you attend SPA.
  • Please note that some sessions may run at weekends.
Dissertation (project)
  • Alongside your modules you will have a major research project which is assessed through a Dissertation. Depending on your course, your project will take 33% or 50% of your time and effort. That is nominally 600 hours (60 CAT points) or 900 hours (90 CAT points) of learning. Please note that this is not a 'final project'. You will be required to work on your project throughout the academic year alongside your taught modules.
  • At the start of the academic year, you will have access to our project selection system, through which you will engage with potential supervisors in order to select the most appropriate project for you.
  • Your project supports you in developing your personal research skills and provides the opportunity to focus on a topic of particular interest to you, often aligned to your career goals and aspiration.
  • The following courses have 120 CATs of taught modules and a 60 CAT dissertation: CSE, CSM, HOM, e-BM, SAE, SCAV
  • The following courses have 90 CATs of taught modules and a 90 CAT dissertation: EBM, ITM, IAE, ITSO, MBE*, MSEM, PPM, SCLM, SMD. NB. This will be changing to 120/60 for 2022 entry.

** Please note that MBE modules account for 90 CATs, however they are formatively marked rather than summatively marked. Therefore the final grade for MBE is based 100% on the dissertation grade.

*We also offer part-time courses for candidates in full-time employment. For more details see Part-Time Courses

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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 objectives 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.
Project/Dissertation
  • Running concurrently with your modules and assignments, you will undertake a major individual research project.
  • The project accounts for 33% or 50% of your time and effort - this varies according to the MSc course on which you are enrolled.
  • For CSE, CSM, HOM, e-BM, SCAV and SAE - the project is 60 CAT points and represents 33% of your final grade.
  • For EBM, ITM, PPM, SCLM, IAE, ITSO, MSEM and SMD - the project for 2021 is 90 CAT points and represents 50% of your final grade. NB. This will be moving to 60 CAT points for 2022 entry.
  • For MBE, the project is worth 100% of your final grade (50% of your time and effort). This is because MBE modules use formative rather than summative assessment.
  • Your project will be submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 15,000 - 20,000 words during August. You may be required to attend an oral exam where you will present it to your Project Supervisor and an independent supervisor. Or you may be asked to present your project at an end of year event specific to your particular course of study.
  • 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 600 hours of learning for 60 CAT projects or 900 hours of learning for 90 CAT projects.
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    Academic Regulations

    For the award of MSc you must:

    • Successfully complete 180 CAT points. That will be 90 CATs of modules and a 90 CAT project, or 120 CATs of modules and a 60 CAT project depending on your course.
    • Pass at least 70/90 credits or 100/120 credits worth of modules (including all essential core modules) with a mark of at least 50%. A further 20 credits worth of failed modules may be accepted for the MSc, providing they achieve a mark of at least 40%.
    • Pass your project/dissertation with at least 50%
    • An MSc with Merit is awarded if you pass all modules with a mark of at least 50%, and pass your project with a mark of at least 60% and achieve an overall (weighted) average of 60% .
    • An MSc with Distinction is awarded if you pass all modules with a mark of at least 50%, and pass your project with a mark of at least 65% and achieve 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

    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 €600+VAT.
    • Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Applications can only be made once you have enrolled 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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