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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Programme Catalogue 2011/12

THSP-APM02: MSc Business and Community


Mode of attendance: Part-time

Click here for further information NFAAR-PGT assessment regulations for students commencing study in 2011/12 onwards (students who commenced prior to 2011/12 should consult their programme handbook for their assessment regulations):
  • This programme has the following designated alternative programmes (DAPs): PG Diploma; PG Certificate
  • Assessment Regulations: Appendix 11 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view
  • Programme progression requirement: 40%
  • Taught credits: 60; Dissertation/Project credits: 30

Part-time students must complete the compulsory units (and a selection of optional units) as listed below however, the units selected, and the balance between one year and the next, will vary with the individual students' specific requirements. This will be determined through discussion with, and subsequent agreement by, the Director of Studies. Possible patterns include: (a) completion of stages 1, 2 and 3 at different times over a maximum of five years. (b) part-time MSc students complete the taught component of the programme over a 21-month period (stages 1 & 2 over two academic years), followed by a 6-month dissertation. In such a pattern, students will typically take either two or three units in each semester, aiming to complete 30 credits in the first year and 30 in the second year. Preference is given to completing as many of the compulsory units in the first year of studies (so as to provide the core knowledge). Optional units along with any remaining compulsory units are taken in the second year. However the actual balance will be flexible but subject to agreement by the Director of Studies (for example the number of compulsory units as well as the actual units taken each year may vary slightly).

Semester 1: Taught Units

Designated Essential Units Click here for further information
SP50123 Business, society and states: corporate power and accountability 6 Credits
Compulsory Units
SP50250 The politics of policy in international perspective: actors, arenas and conflict 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select 18 Credits from the following list:
Students with no prior social research tuition/experience must choose at least 1 from XX50134 & XX50136.
XX50134 Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods 6 Credits
XX50136 Qualitative methods 1 6 Credits
XX50170 Principles & skills of social research 6 Credits
MN30170 Fundamentals of accounting and financial management 6 Credits
MN50169 Business economics 6 Credits
MN50174 Human resource management 6 Credits
SP50162 Governing contemporary societies 6 Credits
SP50217 Sociology & social anthropology of development 6 Credits
SP50249 Advanced policy analysis 6 Credits
ZZ50001 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits

Semester 2: Taught Units

Compulsory Units
SP50142 Morals, markets and politics 6 Credits
SP50153 Dissertation planning 6 Credits
SP50202 Ecology, management & organisational performance 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select 12 Credits from the following list:
MN50166 Methods of management research 6 Credits
MN50176 Strategic management 6 Credits
MN50332 Strategy and human resource management 6 Credits
SP30096 Global regimes & new social movements 6 Credits
SP50080 Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges 6 Credits
SP50122 Comparative research methods 6 Credits
SP50225 Globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation 6 Credits
ZZ50005 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits

Dissertation Period: Project/Dissertation Units

Compulsory Units
XX50054 Dissertation, business & community 30 Credits

* This programme catalogue is applicable for the 2011/12 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2012/13 and beyond should not assume that later years of a programme will be in the format displayed here for 2011/12.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.