Online course details

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Part-time: 1-3 years

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Online course description

Please Note: May 2020 term starts on the 26 May. Application deadline is 10th May.

Due to launch May 2020 for first intake*

The University of Derby Online Learning is pleased to be introducing a new and contemporary Strategic Management Masters programme, with an optional specialist Strategic Sustainability Management pathway and exit awards, suited to team leaders and supervisors, managers and leaders in all professions, around the world. The programme will provide an advanced understanding of key strategic business disciplines through practical application and leading-edge theory. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of strategic planning, formation, innovation and entrepreneurship; analysis, implementation, execution, management and leadership; and internal strategic awareness, incentives and governance and strategy. All highly applicable to competitive global markets. Covering all subject matter in a local and global context with real-life case studies and guest speakers, the course aims to prepare you for a career in strategic management and leadership whatever your profession.

Specialist Pathway in Strategic Sustainability

There is increasing demand for Sustainability professionals who can lead and drive strategy and organisational change towards a sustainable future.    This Programme will incorporate a specialist pathway in Strategic Sustainability Management, at MSc and PG Dip level, to enable you to develop specialist sustainability and management skills to effectively tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. 

To meet the growing need for sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation, the programme pathway focuses on the challenges and opportunities of transformative and practical management for sustainability.   

Sharing modules with our online MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management programme (which is accredited by IEMA), on this pathway you'll join this cohort to further enrich your learning and deepen your knowledge and understanding from a multi-disciplinary and internationally based student group.

The Strategic Sustainability Management pathway has been developed in close alignment to the sector professional body requirements and accreditation will be sought upon validation.

A cutting-edge, globally oriented curriculum based on real-world learning

You will be gain a holistic view of strategic management, exploring the subject in a global context and across professional disciplines.  Your learning will be enriched by an international and multi-disciplinary student cohort, all sharing experiences, local practices and cultures.  Throughout the course, you'll develop the ability to develop, implement and lead innovative strategy, an attractive and valuable skill set sought by employers world-wide.

Flexibility of shorter postgraduate awards for CPD

If you are seeking a postgraduate qualification and do not feel ready to commit to a full Master’s award, then the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit awards mean that you will be able to opt for a shorter award to meet your level 7 continuing professional development requirements.

ILM Accreditation

This programme has been designed to offer a dual accreditation route with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management - a pioneering practice-theory approach around the world.  ILM Accreditation is part of the validation process and, subject to approval, will be announced in the spring.

Choose from an Independent study or an Academic Paper

The Masters programme incorporates an independent study which is an in-depth research project that you can undertake around a work-based project suited to your workplace and professional interests.  Alternatively, if you are keen to pursue a passion for academic research, then you can option to undertake an Academic Paper to be put forward for publication in a Peer Review Journal or equivalent.

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Business and Management Webinar

Friday, 24 April 2020 15.00 - 16.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying Business and Management online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Dr Valentina Gorchakova, Academic Lead for Business and Management.

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