1 POSTGRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH Business
2 The Liverpool Business School has an established track record of serving the regional business community and enjoys excellent links with business and commerce, operating in all sectors of the economy, both in the UK and internationally. Located within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, the School offers you the chance to study with a dynamic and intellectually challenging postgraduate community. You will enjoy extensive opportunities to interact with professionals from other sectors and be able to engage directly with the latest research being carried out by the School s expert academics across a range of disciplines. This research is varied in scope, dynamic and multidisciplinary in practice; areas of strengths include small businesses and entrepreneurship, stakeholder research, public services management, digital marketing, human resource development, knowledge management and transfer, economic thought and emerging research in language and intercultural communications. This research directly informs our postgraduate taught programmes and helps to ensure that our students are kept up-to-date with the latest thinking and developments in their chosen fields. With a focus on developing the business leaders of tomorrow, the School offers a portfolio of taught postgraduate courses and research programmes. Many programmes provide direct progression from undergraduate degrees offered at LJMU and other institutions; while others focus on the growing needs of the professional and international business markets, such as our suite of MSc Management degrees, MBAs, MSc Digital Marketing and the MSc Entrepreneurship programmes. All courses are shaped by the School s interactions with business leaders, SMEs and other organisations and you can be confident that you will be developing the advanced skills and knowledge required by employers. Whichever programme you choose, you can be assured that LJMU s teaching staff will be dedicated to your ongoing professional and personal development. UNBEATABLE LINKS TO INDUSTRY Liverpool Business School has excellent connections with industry bodies, Erasmus partners, employers and academic institutions. Such interaction results in exclusive seminars and sessions with leading academics and business leaders, exciting work-related learning opportunities where you can apply theory in the work place plus invaluable professional body accreditation, during and after your studies. These partnerships also open doors to different business audiences so you can conduct your own research. Our programmes are accredited by a diverse range of Chartered Institutes in the fields of marketing, personnel and development, management as well as the Institute of Directors.
3 Professional Masters programmes Postgraduate education can be a life changing decision. Whether you are returning to education after a break or progressing directly from your undergraduate studies, Liverpool Business School s portfolio of professional postgraduate degrees and bespoke support will help you achieve your professional ambitions. Digital Marketing MSc n Full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years) n The programme s content is focused on cuttingedge marketing practice n Developed in partnership with industry taught by both academics and industry professionals As the digital economy continues to grow and businesses start to engage with online consumers, a new breed of marketing professional is emerging; a person who is able to combine traditional marketing methods with new techniques for reaching a digital audience. Designed to meet industry demand by equipping the next generation of marketing professionals with the knowledge and practical skills to manage and lead digital marketing campaigns, this flexible Masters-level programme is aimed at both graduates interested in pursuing a career in digital marketing, and professionals who may already be in a marketing role and would like to diversify into the digital arena. The programme offers opportunities to gain professional certification awards and will prepare you for roles in interactive advertising, analytics, media and content management. Entrepreneurship MSc n Full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years) n Designed for students wishing to set up a new business venture or for current business owners wishing to enhance and develop their entrepreneurial skills n Free student membership to the Institute of Directors Governments across the globe are seeking to develop entrepreneurial economies that can improve the social and economic wellbeing of their nations. This programme is designed specifically to equip graduates with essential entrepreneurial skills so that they can contribute to the success of any economy whether in the UK or internationally. This Masters programme delivers high quality entrepreneurial education, producing graduates with a strong mind-set, behaviour, skills and capabilities that can be applied to create value to a range of organisations and new venture start-ups. If you have a passion for commerce and a genuine wish to succeed in your own business, this programme will enable you to achieve your professional ambitions. You will develop exceptional and detailed theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship. Your effective leadership skills will also be enhanced and you will gain a deep understanding of how to apply entrepreneurial principles and methods within organisations of all shapes and sizes.
4 Human Resource Management MSc n Full-time (1 year), part-time afternoon and evening or evening only (2 years) n Gives you the knowledge requirements at Level 7 from which, with appropriate experience, you will be able to apply for Chartered Membership of CIPD. n LJMU is a CIPD approved centre This well respected Masters programme focuses on the academic requirements of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Advanced Level Standards and builds on the experience and knowledge that many part-time course members bring with them. We are experienced in developing the knowledge of part-time course members who also have a full-time work role and other commitments. You will develop the ability to apply what you learn to different organisational contexts, and to critically evaluate alternative approaches which will add value to a range of business sectors. The programme includes eight modules covering areas central to the role of HR professionals: Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance, Managing Employment Relations, HRM in Context, Managing Development, Leadership Management and Development Strategy, Research Methods for HR professionals, Business Leadership Skills and Strategies. These are followed by workshops to support work on your organisation based dissertation. Completion of the programme gives the knowledge requirements to apply for Chartered Membership of CIPD. Those who are already Chartered Members of CIPD can progress their professional qualification to an Masters by undertaking the Research Methods Module and Dissertation. International Human Resource Management MSc *Subject to validation n Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and you will be eligible for Associate Membership when you graduate n LJMU is a CIPD approved centre n Study in the state-of-the-art Redmonds Building n Programme linked to, and shares some content with our highly regarded Human Resource Management MA Contemporary global business demands a new breed of HR professional: strategic thinkers who understand the needs of international professional services across diverse and multi-cultural dimensions. This new MSc degree programme will develop your abilities to critically examine and apply contemporary approaches to HR management within organisations operating in a global environment. The degree will develop your ability to act in the capacity of a HR professional who is required to fulfil an organisations growing need to recruit and outsource talent. You will critically examine the needs of the global market place and the integration of skills, systems and knowledge required within organisations so that they can operate efficiently and effectively in dynamic commercial environments. Using international business case studies highlighting best practice across a variety of sectors, industries and stakeholders, you will also evaluate different approaches to managing human resources. In addition to core and elective modules you will be expected to produce an internationally-focused dissertation. use
5 Public Relations MSc n Enrolment is now open, and the course commences in 2016 n Full Time (1 year), Part Time (2 years) n A new programme aligned closely to Public Relations Consultants Association and Chartered Institute of Public Relations knowledge standards n Enhanced career and promotion prospects n Taught by expert staff with experience of working in PR and event management industry Public Relations practice is relevant in every type of organisation; from small and medium sized enterprises to multi-national organisations operating in sectors as diverse as not for profit to finance and retail. This new integrated Masters programme focuses on how stakeholders can be persuaded to change their perceptions of a product or issue through public relations and effective event management. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in the public relations and/or event management sectors, embracing corporate communications, internal communications. You will also become expert in the emerging discipline of online public relations, including search engine optimisation and social media strategy development. The programme will be delivered by an expert team of academics who have a broad range of practical and teaching experience in this field and are members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). During the validation period, the programme team will be seeking professional accreditation from PRCA and CIPR so that the programme s learning outcomes are closely matched to those of the industry s key professional bodies. Masters in Management programmes Our diverse range of MBA and MSc management programmes will enable you to gain an advanced understanding of management and strategy development while also offering you opportunities to specialise in a specific business discipline. Executive Development MBA n Part-time (18-24 months) n Totally customisable MBA - you choose a range of option modules to complement and build-on core modules n Delivered partly in blocks and in evenings for extra flexibility and to fit studies around existing commitments The MBA Executive Development programme is aimed at managers and professionals who have a minimum of two years relevant management experience and wish to develop a portfolio of leadership skills and business competencies. The MBA framework is designed around five key areas: finance, people, information, change and operations. Throughout the programme of study, you will be able to take control of your learning by customising your MBA experience by electing one option module from each of the key areas of learning as well as core modules. The MBA is delivered in two modes of study to suit your requirements - by block study on Wednesday afternoons and alternate weekends over 18 months in four taught semesters straight through over summer, or alternatively over 24 months with a summer break. Management MSc Subject to validation n Full-time (1 year) n Develops the skills and knowledge required for entry into a successful career in management n Research and internship opportunities available with a major company specialising in developing the region s Superport and business-to-business trade This new programme provides theoretical and practical perspectives on business and management issues. It integrates theoretical content and research with contemporary analyses of international business topics. Active case studies developed in collaboration with commercial and industry partners directly link theory with practice. Operational and strategic level business simulations are used to provide immediate feedback on decisions you have applied, enabling detailed discussions on effective problem solving in a realistic and practical context.
6 International Business and Management MSc n Full Time (1 year) n Strong emphasis on developing the skills and knowledge required to enter the world of international business n Excellent reputation for research and collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally n Study in a key location for international business and trade, uniquely placed to offer academic business study within a truly global commercial context The Liverpool Business School has a thriving and well-connected academic community dedicated to developing the best, most creative and forward thinking business leaders of tomorrow operating within an international marketplace. You will be taught and supported by the experts, and through active case studies, will experience a carefully designed course relevant to contemporary global business operations. With a thorough grounding in a combination of classical research and theoretical content, you will be able to apply and recognise relevant analyses of current worldwide business topics. You will also develop a greater intercultural awareness and the essential communication skills required for effective international business negotiation while internal business issues will also be addressed, alongside the management skills necessary to achieve the best staff performance and competitive advantage within a global context. As the programme is delivered by academics involved in innovative research and exciting consultancy projects, you will benefit from a curriculum that is kept up-to-date and secures accreditation by key professional bodies. The teaching team s research interests reflect the generalist nature of international business management. We are actively involved in management consultancy, risk management, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing, operational performance, international finance, information systems, e-commerce, intercultural communication and international negotiating. The academic team is highly regarded and sought after as supervisors of Masters and Doctorate levels. Management and Digital Business MSc Subject to validation n Full-time (1 year), part-time (2 year) n Develop your analytical and technological knowledge, while enhancing your strategic development skills n Strong focus on developing technological skills This cutting-edge MSc covers a range of management studies and will give you an advanced understanding of how to manage and exploit the digital technologies required by modern global businesses. It is anticipated that graduates from this degree will deliver the next generation of digital applications and platforms to a wide range of industries. The programme will prepare you for a variety of job opportunities, including business operations, business analysis, and project management. Financial Management MSc n Full-time (1 year), part-time (2 years) n Prepares graduates for a career in a wide variety of positions within the finance profession n Learn to think strategically about finance with an emphasis on research and critical analysis This in-depth programme will develop your practical skills through an analysis of current literature, case studies and worldwide events by applying financial and management knowledge to improve your organisational effectiveness and efficiency. You will carry out research on various industries via a range of assessments and a dissertation. This realworld focus will provide immediate value to present to potential employers and boost your future career prospects. Close links with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment will also give you a range of networking opportunities and important recognition from a major professional body.
7 The University understands the importance of gaining experience while learning, applying theory and knowledge in the real world. I started on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with LJMU, and the company I now work for as a Management Consultant offered me the chance to apply for the MBA courses. The skills and knowledge gained on the course are regularly applied with my clients today. Siobhan Doran, Masters in Business Administration Executive Leadership (part time), also studied the BSc (Hons) in Information Systems at LJMU. She is a Management Consultant at TQMI, a consultancy and advisory service for businesses.
8 Professional Doctorate (DBA) Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) n Part-time over a duration of 3-7 years so the DBA can be completed alongside fulltime employment n September 2015 and January 2016 start dates n Qualification equivalent to PhD so is appropriate for those pursuing a professional career The DBA provides senior executives and managers with the opportunity to achieve the highest academic qualification while remaining in full-time employment. It will appeal to managers who are looking for a challenge and want to pursue a doctorate that will lead to new areas of professional practise. The DBA offers a structured programme including four residential workshops - two in year one, followed by one each in years two and three. LJMU will cover all accommodation costs for the residential workshops, and students will take part in action learning sets every four to six weeks over three years. DBA students will receive on-going personal supervision to ensure your research is on schedule. This qualification will enhance your ability to develop new knowledge and research skills, and by applying this in a professional context it will make a tangible impact to individuals and organisations. Employers of DBA graduates have demonstrated a direct benefit from the research their employees have undertaken in areas of interest, in particular gaining invaluable and objective feedback that provides them with a considerable piece of original and focused consultancy. Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) MPhil or PhD n MPhil (full-time months, part-time months), PhD (full-time months, part-time months) n Opportunities to conduct an individual and exciting body of research in areas such as business, commerce, digital marketing, strategic management, human resource development, knowledge management, sustainability and social enterprises n Research within the School can either be conducted by individual accomplished faculty members or aligned to one of our research centres Our Doctoral programmes attract national and international research students who complement our areas of research expertise and are valued members of the School s research community. This is an exciting time to carry out research at Liverpool Business School. Our current research students and academic staff are working across a range of topics, covering social enterprises, corporate and social responsibility, social return on investment, ethnography, place marketing and entrepreneurship. Doctoral students are encouraged to publish their research, in collaboration with their supervisors, during the life of the programme. Doctoral students have access to their own research suite in Redmonds Building, so they can establish a base at the University from which to conduct their research and forge supportive networks with other students and staff. Students also have access to LJMU s comprehensive library service and regular meetings with supervisors.
9 I was surprised by the amount of time our supervisors spent with us. They gave us lots of support. Dieter Früauff completed a Doctorate in Business Administration. He is Senior Vice-President at Frankfurt Airport and his thesis on knowledge management focused on the Airport s business processes. He is pictured with Marion Kahrens, who works in a senior position for 1&1 Internet AG, who also graduated with a DBA.
10 About Liverpool Business School Liverpool Business School is a modern, civic and student-centred business school with a track record of serving the regional business community for over 40 years. The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application, delivered by supportive and approachable staff. Throughout its history, the School has served the business needs of the North West through programmes which focus on developing professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy. The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, and generating innovation and growth. TOP CLASS FACILITIES The purpose-built 38 million Redmonds Building is located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area. Redmonds Building is only a short walk from LJMU s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
11 Tuition Fees The following 2015/2016 full and part-time annual tuition fees should only be used as a guide. You are advised to contact LJMU for up-to-date course fees. Further information is also available online at: ljmu.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate or ljmu.ac.uk/international for international applicants. Home/EU applicants International applicants English for Postgraduate 20 weeks - 6,000 Studies courses 12 weeks - 3,600 6 weeks - 1,800 Taught postgraduate programmes Full time: 5,500 11,000 (PgCert, PgDip, LLM, MA, MSc, MRes) Part time: per credit Fees vary depending on whether you are MA and MRes programmes consist of studying a class or lab-based programme. 180 credits Research degrees Full time: 3,845 11,000 MPhil/PhD Part time: 1,923 Write up Doctorate in Business Administration 8,000 each for stages 1 and 2, 11,250 (DBA) 4,000 for stage 3 Taught Masters Scholarships Over 100 new scholarships worth 10,000 each will be available to eligible students starting taught Masters programmes at LJMU in the 2015/2016 academic year, as part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme. The funding offers graduates a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. To qualify for the Postgraduate Support Scheme you must be resident in the UK/EU and have paid the higher undergraduate tuition fee since Further eligibility criteria will apply. To register your interest for the new scholarships and request further details, including full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please complete our online registration form: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate Alumni Award Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress to a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for the Award (subject to eligibility criteria). Go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate for more details. PhD Scholarships Support for full-time three year studentships is available via our LJMU PhD Scholarship scheme. Studentships are available for applicants in all disciplines where excellent research is being performed. n Fully-funded three year PhD Scholarships comprise: annual fees (currently 3,845 per year), a contribution towards running costs ( 1,500 per year) plus an annual stipend ( 13,863 per year, normally awarded tax free). n Fees-only Scholarships are also available. All applications for PhD Scholarships must be submitted via your future Director of Studies. The number of Scholarships available is limited. For more details on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please contact the Graduate School: ljmu.ac.uk/rgso Please note: international, part-time and MPhil students plus those completing Professional Doctorates are not eligible for support under these schemes. International Scholarships LJMU offers a range of scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. These scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/international English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary A Bursary is also available for international students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU s International Study Centre: ljmuisc.com This Bursary is worth 700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you progress onto your Masters degree or research programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship application form to receive this Bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this Bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
12 Contact for further information Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies Admissions Team tel: +44 (0) Visit: ljmu.ac.uk/lbs or connect with us on PG151