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Postgraduate guide 2011/12

University of Wolverhampton Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton West Midlands, WV1 1LY United Kingdom

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The higher reaches of education are a good place to view the world ahead of you. Most probably, you can now see the route you want to take. Maybe it’s a taught Masters course to hone your knowledge, bringing more substance and integrity to your CV. Perhaps some research and a chance to add to the sum of everyone’s knowledge. Or a course to develop yourself professionally, equipping you to offer strategic insight and competitive advantage to the company you work for. However, if the path to your educational summit is still unclear, the University of Wolverhampton offers focus, direction and preparation for the next stage of your life, whether professional or academic. We’re well qualified to do so.

Our research, in several areas, is officially rated as world-leading. One of our professors is ranked number one in the world in his field, and our business courses have the full backing of professional bodies. Not only that, primary and secondary school teacher training at Wolverhampton is classed as ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All taught courses have a direct relevance to the employment markets they address, and the software, technology and resources at your disposal are those employed by the most advanced commercial enterprises. Over the following pages, you’ll discover much more about how Wolverhampton can help you meet the challenges of a changing world. Together, our collective energies offer the inspiration and opportunity you’re looking for. And with teamwork, trust and time well spent, you’ll find deep personal satisfaction and significant professional reward.

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A University to be proud of Taught or research? Introducing our campuses Learning facilities Accommodation Support for students In their own words Careers and Employment Our business links Investing in your future What our students say Postgraduate Open Evening Our Academic Schools and courses Applied Sciences Art and Design Business

Education Health and Wellbeing Law, Social Sciences and Communications Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Technology Research

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Academic quality

Blended learning

Academic quality and standards at the University have been highly commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which reviews UK higher education teaching. The University was praised for its ‘regard for the student voice’ and QAA concluded that confidence could be placed in the management of academic standards and the high quality of learning experiences available to students.

Wolverhampton was the first university to establish a virtual learning environment – Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework (WOLF) – across campus. Since then, a succession of initiatives has kept us at the forefront of developments in blended learning – the combination of face-to-face teaching with technological interactions.

Research excellence The University of Wolverhampton has areas of research ranked among the best in the world. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise produced outstanding results for the University, with research achieving the highest four-star rating, which equates to world-leading. Eight of the 11 research areas examined had work in this category. As a result, our allocation from the Higher Education Funding Council of £1.9 million for Quality Research was the highest amount for any new university in the West Midlands.

WOLF 2 is a second generation system offering a podcasting facility; the option to receive messages by text; a polling and survey tool, and can be used with portable web-enabled devices such as smart phones and personal digital assistants. Our students benefit from one of the most extensive wireless networks in UK higher education, and PebblePAD – invented and developed at the University – enables students to record achievements, work collaboratively and share what they have achieved with prospective employers. PebblePAD is now being adopted by universities around the world.

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PROUD O Olympic presence

Our Walsall Campus Sports Centre has been named as an official training base for the 2012 Olympics. It’s included in the Guide for National Olympic Committees for the Olympic sports of Basketball, Judo and Taekwondo. The Guide will be used by countries organising their training programmes in the run-up to the London Games.

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World-leading expertise

A University of Wolverhampton academic has been ranked number one in the world in a list of leading researchers in his field. Computer scientist and mathematician, Professor Mike Thelwall, has been named the most prolific researcher in the field of ‘informetrics’ – the science of measuring information to assess the importance of a set of documents. Professor Thelwall specialises in the newest area: measuring the value of web pages.

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International connections With 150 years of pioneering education for all, the University is now a global provider of entrepreneurial education. With over 2,500 overseas students from some 100 countries studying with us, the University continues to have influence across the world. We have strong links with several overseas universities, and our offices in China, Central Europe, South Asia, South East Asia and West Africa give us excellent bases from which to expand our educational activities. We also use Contracted Educational Advisors in 25 countries who help students with course applications, correspondence with the University, questions regarding visas, plus information on courses, tuition fees and accommodation.

Supporting enterprise Our e-Innovation Centre provides start-ups and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) with high quality business accommodation and funded support from a team of expert IT consultants. The Centre houses 60 growing businesses, with a waiting list for its business incubator units. Praised for its crucial role in boosting the local economy by the National Audit Office, the Centre has nurtured 77 new businesses and helped create 73 new jobs with almost ÂŁ3 million in new sales, in addition to assisting over 140 businesses with IT, business and marketing consultancy. Not only that, Wolverhampton Science Park provides fledgling businesses with floor space, support services and flexible lease arrangements, as well as conference/seminar facilities, including video-conferencing and an air-conditioned 180-seat auditorium.

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Graduates boosting business

Students’ Union (SU)

The University is the leading provider of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) in the West Midlands and one of the highest ranked in the UK. KTP is a government-subsidised programme which places recently qualified graduates within businesses to work on strategic projects to help boost performance and profitability. KTPs are strategically important to the regional economy, and on average the benefits to business from a single KTP project include an increase of over £220,000 in annual profits before tax, the creation of three genuine new jobs and an increase in the skills of existing staff.

The Students’ Union is the representative body for all students enrolled at the University of Wolverhampton. The SU is run by an elected Executive Committee of students who, as your officers, are in post to support you during your time at University and to help you get the most out of your studies.

Outstanding teacher training Ofsted inspectors have praised the standard of our primary and secondary school teacher training, rating the University‘s provision as ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’. Inspectors found key strengths, amongst many others, were the high employment rates at the end of the course, the recruitment of well qualified staff who are expert trainers, and the internal and external assessment of the trainee’s teaching.

The Students’ Union has just become an independent charity and has a newly designed Union building on City Campus. This stylish and contemporary social space has been created with students in mind and new facilities include: • a luxurious coffee lounge with comfy seating and Fairtrade tea/coffee • a smart, hi-tech Activities Centre with PC access, free wireless access and the cheapest printing on campus! • a new, state-of-the-art student training and meeting room • an events and activities room for student clubs and societies. As a postgraduate student, you can be sure that the Students’ Union has your best interests at heart. There is a dedicated Postgraduate Students’ Officer on the Executive Committee to support and represent you during your studies. If you have an issue that’s affecting you, the Postgraduate Students’ Officer will help you to resolve it. There are lots of other opportunities for you to get involved. You can: • get specialist advice on housing, finance, academic and international student issues through a friendly advisor in our Advice and Support Centre • sign up to any of the wide range of societies that are run by students – or set up your own • get involved in an Athletic Union sports club and benefit from membership to a whole range of recreational and competitive sports • enhance your professional development by working towards our volunteering certificate within the University and the wider community • campaign with us for the changes you want to see. Read more about us at: You can contact the Postgraduate Students’ Officer at:

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Research opportunities (MPhil/PhD)

A postgraduate course is ideal if you want to enhance the knowledge gained at undergraduate level in a specific area. Professional courses may lead to internationally recognised qualifications and meet the requirements of professional bodies, such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing or the British Psychological Society. They allow you to enhance your professional development and add further weight to your CV.

A research degree – MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) – is an individual academic investigation carried out under the supervision of a small team of specialists who offer high-level advice, support and training. Typically, for both degrees you are required to review literature in the field; to apply an appropriate methodology or theoretical framework to your investigation; and to develop and articulate a clear model or research question.

A new challenge?


A taught postgraduate course might also allow you to change direction. For some postgraduate courses, you don’t need any prior knowledge of the subject at undergraduate level. So if you decide on a career in law, for example, you could take the LLM (CPE) which is specifically aimed at non-law graduates.

MPhil degrees usually take two years full-time or three years part-time. You are asked to produce a thesis which reflects your ability to apply appropriate research methods to recent developments in a particular field.

Full or part-time?

A PhD is a more complex project that makes a significant and original contribution in the field. Students normally register for an MPhil in the first instance and then transfer to a PhD; in which case, full-time study lasts approximately three years.

Most postgraduate taught courses are available full or part-time. Full-time courses typically occupy a full calendar year, culminating in a substantial dissertation or research project. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll cover the same material over two-three years, perhaps attending the University for one day, or perhaps two evenings per week.

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Taught and research - MRes In certain subjects we also offer the MRes (Master of Research) degree. This is a taught postgraduate degree which places emphasis on a research project.

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City Campus

City living

Part of the city’s fabric and now displaying some of its most striking architecture, City Campus stands just yards from St Peter’s Church, the oldest site in Wolverhampton. As with any institution of real value and substance, past meets future.

A short walk from City Campus, and next to the convenient supermarket, over 1,000 students live in three separate Halls of Residence. Safe, secure, comfortable and well-appointed, there’s even a mature students’ block for those who look for a quieter, study-friendly home.

A centre of learning technology The inner courtyard is where you’ll find our Millennium City Building which provides advanced teaching facilities, a 300-seat lecture theatre, large exhibition gallery, food court, as well as our Social Learning Space, incorporating a coffee/sandwich bar alongside islands of PCs and comfortable seating. You’ll also find the spectacular Technology Centre which is both a highly advanced centre for teaching, research and business consultancy, and a major addition to the city’s growing technological profile. Across the courtyard you have the flagship Harrison Learning Centre which has four floors of electronic, online, hardcopy and audio-visual materials to help you study the way you want to.

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Also on the north side of the ring road, you’ll encounter the School of Art & Design where a multi-million pound refurbishment of departments and workshops, together with a staff line-up that includes some of the most respected artists in their fields, provides space for your creative investigations.

A spot of culture You may prefer to furrow your brow in appreciation of a masterpiece, or mop the sweat from it on more physical pursuits. In Wolverhampton there’s plenty of opportunity to do both. Wolverhampton’s Art Gallery has won several awards for the way it presents its exhibitions of fine and decorative art, as well as displays of local history and geology.

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City leisure The nationally acclaimed Pop Art collection is housed in a spectacular new extension; giving a stage for the explosive works of artists who saw beauty in everyday commerciality. This is the largest Pop Art exhibition outside London. Over the road and part of the campus, the Arena Theatre is an outstanding small-scale venue full of intimacy and atmosphere, while around the corner the Grand Theatre’s popularity is reflected in the quality and quantity of national touring players who tread its boards.

Sporting pursuits If you like to keep in shape or just enjoy your sport, the Students’ Union organises many activities to keep the body healthy and mind sharp – go to: for details of the sort of activities you can look forward to. Alternatively, if you prefer to watch, you can experience a Molineux matchday when Wolverhampton Wanderers FC are at home; go horseracing at Dunstall Park; or speedway and greyhound racing at Monmore Green.

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Wolverhampton has lots of cheerful little cafés and coffee bars that will offer you something substantial or light. You’ll come across pubs that are cosy and calm (and at night, plenty of bars that are lively and loud). Nearly all serve decent food and drinks at reasonable prices. The Mander Centre and Wulfrun Centre shopping areas are bright, busy, traffic free and under cover with all the shops you’d expect and a few you’ll be delighted to find. You can experience live music at the Civic/Wulfrun Hall, one of the best combined live music venues in the country. All the major (and new) bands call in here. It’s always busy, acoustically outstanding, and a stone’s throw from City Campus.

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Compton Park Campus

A technological revolution

Compton Park Campus has plenty of green space, lots of mature trees and not much noise from traffic. It more or less marks a point where the city starts to give way to South Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside and some of the most idyllic English scenery.

The Campus gives you some of learning’s most advanced resources. The Automotive Systems Laboratory has a hydraulic vehicle hoist and three engine test beds, including a gas-powered Ford Zetec and the supercharged Jaguar V8 engine. The e-Innovation Centre is a brand new home for start-up business, providing affordable access to our outstanding IT facilities, expertise and resources. Our Innovative Product Development Centre has Europe’s first direct metal laser sintering machine to run using titanium, and is one of only five centres worldwide to be approved by the Munich-based machine manufacturers.

A friendly community If you stay in Halls of Residence, you’ll join around 140 students, with a fair percentage of them from different countries. You’ll get to know many of them well. You’ll probably get on friendly terms with the local shopkeepers, too. You can take a stroll to buy a newspaper, and pick up a few things from the mini-supermarket. There’s a chemist, video shop, post office and plenty of takeaways to choose from and the bus stop is just over the road if what you need is in the city. Compton has a couple of good local pubs you might feel inclined to wander to, and some decent places to eat including (of course) the campus food court.

Peaceful and pleasant Areas of Compton Park are included in the University’s vast wireless network, which gives you freedom to use the Internet in a secluded, peaceful place. With studies rooted in nature, the Crop Technology Unit is where you’ll meet students carrying out plant and environmental research within our Research Centre in Applied Sciences. Internet student radio station KICfm is based at Compton Park Campus’s studio facilities. Working with our School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, their experts help pass on the fundamentals and complexities of the art of the broadcaster, producer, reporter, technician or researcher. You’ll find them at:

Telford Campus With its origins in the Industrial Revolution, Telford is now enjoying a place at the forefront of the Information Age. It’s home to over 3,000 companies from all over Britain and overseas.

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A friendly, cosmopolitan campus The modern campus is set in the grounds of a Grade II listed, 18th Century mansion. It’s close to the M54 motorway and just a 10 minute hop on the bus from Telford town centre, yet, as it’s located in one of our greenest counties, you’re never very far from open fields and rural calm. The Campus is home to a large number of international students, so you’re likely to make friends with people from all around the world. You’ll study alongside students of engineering and the built environment, as well as those studying certain computing courses. Halls of Residence share the attractive grounds of Priorslee Hall. There are almost 500 en-suite student rooms with wireless-internet network access, and the reassurance of CCTV and 24-hour security staff.

Taking a break Telford is surrounded by greenery. The 450 acre park is one of the largest town parks in Europe, with colourful gardens, nature trails and woodland areas. Don’t miss the world heritage site at Ironbridge, the Severn Gorge and the fully working Victorian village at Blists Hill, where you can step back in time and take in the sounds, smells and even tastes of Victorian life. Back to the 21st Century, you can go shopping at the town’s 150-store centre, go bowling or ice-skating, see a film or try skiing at one of the UK’s only dry ski-slopes.

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Walsall Campus

Learning technology

Three of our liveliest Schools have made Walsall their home. You’ll rub shoulders with students pursuing their goals in music, dance, sport, education, health, events management, tourism and hospitality. It’s a fun and energetic mix, with every discipline benefiting from a campus that’s new and fit-for-purpose.

The new teaching building provides a flexible IT teaching and learning area, three highly-advanced lecture theatres, as well as specialist teaching rooms, ranging from primary science laboratories to specialist design and technology teaching facilities. It’s also a home for our Institute for Learning Enhancement, which leads innovative practice in learning and teaching across the University.

Walsall Sports Centre The multi-million pound Sports Centre has expertly staffed and highly equipped sports science laboratories. There’s a 12-court, multi-activity sports hall, a six-lane, floodlit athletics track, all-weather floodlit pitch, throws and jumps area, dance studio and swimming pool. The Centre has been named as an official training base for the 2012 Olympics. It’s included in the Guide for National Olympic Committees for the Olympic sports of Basketball, Judo and Taekwondo.

The Performance Hub The Performance Hub is the University’s major new landmark on Walsall Campus. Due for completion in 2011, The Performance Hub will bring together the departments of Dance, Drama and Music under one state-of-the-art roof. Superbly equipped practice, rehearsal and audio-video technology rooms; recording, dance and drama studios; and a ‘black box’ performance space, will allow your passion for the performing arts to take centre stage. You’ll be joining a long list of talented and successful students who have gained critical acclaim in major competitions including Live and Unsigned, BBC Upstaged, The Musicians Benevolent Fund Songwriting Awards and XFactor. Visit: to find out more.

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The freshly refurbished facilities at Walsall’s Boundary House allow trainee nurses and other healthcare professionals to follow the academic part of their course here on campus. If you’re a health-based student, you’ll have access to revamped study-skills laboratories, lecture theatres and excellent IT resources. The on-campus Learning Centre, which is open seven-days-a-week, offers all the relevant information for your studies, as well as somewhere you can access expert help.

Walsall Student Village The Student Village is a CCTV-monitored courtyard development with 24-hour security presence. Safe, comfortable and stylish, it provides some of the UK’s most modern student accommodation with over 300 individual en-suite study bedrooms with inclusive heating, electricity, contents insurance, launderette facilities and wireless Internet access.

Walsall nights and sights Walsall has an excellent selection of bars, pubs and clubs, as well as some fine restaurants. With its reputation for having some of the country’s friendliest people, you can unwind during the evening in good places and in good company. The New Art Gallery houses the Garman Ryan collection which, like our campus, reflects many different cultures from around the world. The Leather Museum tells tales of past times and trade, and at Walsall Arboretum, a beautiful Victorian park, you can explore around 35 acres of lakes, trees and gardens.

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Learning facilities

Other services you’ll find useful

At Wolverhampton, you’ll find favourable conditions to take your focused enquiry to a higher level. Facts are delivered to your fingertips using the most advanced electronic systems. As well as printed and electronic information resources, you will find a range of study spaces, IT facilities and help with study skills. Expert information managers are on hand and can advise and help you find the quality learning resources you’ll need.

Academic Resources Librarians offer their expertise in your subject area and can advise and support you in your studies. Almost 90% of our journal titles are available online, and you can reserve a book that’s based at a Learning Centre on any other campus and have it delivered to a campus that’s convenient to you. Campus Learning Centres are open seven-days-a-week in term-time, with a weekday service at Queen’s Hospital Burton-upon-Trent. You’ll find extended access to computer suites and all Learning Centre facilities until midnight on four weekdays at City and Walsall Campus during term-time.

Learning Centres There are Learning Centres on each of our teaching campuses and also at Queen’s Hospital Burton-upon-Trent, providing a vibrant blend of traditional library services and the latest learning resources. Our largest Learning Centre, on City Campus, has an extensive collection of over 350,000 books, a broad range of journals and more than 300 open access PCs. E-learning facilities keep you in touch with the service 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week, and our online catalogue system and telephone service means you can renew or reserve books without leaving the house. Electronic auto-service machines in the Centres enable you to borrow, renew or return items yourself. Our online ‘chat’ service, ASSIST, means that you can talk to our staff without visiting the Centres. You can use personal study carrels, as well as booking rooms for group work and presentations. You’ll also find a wide range of enabling technology facilities.

As a postgraduate, we recognise that you may have additional study needs. That’s why, in the Harrison Learning Centre, we offer an IT facility that’s just for postgraduate students, as well as silent study rooms for maximum concentration. You’ll enjoy an extended book loan period, access to other academic libraries at universities including Aston, Birmingham, BCU, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire, Warwick and Worcester and a range of other special benefits.

To find out more For further details about the Learning Centres, including online information about academic subjects, visit the Learning Centres’ website at: or tel: 01902 322300

Ahead of the game The University is constantly updating its facilities and services in response to students’ needs. Some of our very latest advances include 40 new multi-function devices (MFDs) installed in Learning Centres and Student Offices for photocopying and printing. All you need is your University Print/Copy card and some credit in your Pcounter account. We’ve recently replaced 300 computers in Learning Centres and computer labs with RM ecoquiet All-in-One PCs, specifically designed to use two thirds less power, be quieter and emit less heat, therefore creating a more comfortable learning environment. We’ve installed about 60 extra wireless access points, providing further coverage on Walsall Campus and in MC and MK Buildings on City Campus, and introduced the JANET Roaming Service which enables you to use your laptop on the wireless network of another institution – at home or abroad. You’ll be able to use your University of Wolverhampton IT username and password to access the network at any other participating institution with ‘visited’ status.

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Our University accommodation is modern, convenient and secure; a comfortable place to revise, relax or rest your head. You’ll even find quiet accommodation available in corridors where noise must be kept to a minimum, but please note that these are popular and (like the rest of our accommodation) offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t forget to request it when you apply. Rest assured, safety sits as high on our list of priorities as it does on yours. That’s why there’s a 24-hour caretaking/security service, and CCTV installed on every campus. We are proud of the close, friendly community spirit in our University accommodation, and of the reputation we have already earned for ourselves in this field.

A welcome place to stay There are over 2,000 places available over four campuses (1,200 en-suite), with a number of rooms designed for people with disabilities. You’ll find all the furnishings and fittings you’d expect, such as duvet and desk, washbasin and wardrobe; and the shared kitchens are well-equipped with microwave, cooker, fridge-freezer and lockable cupboards for your food. Not only that, our Halls are part of one of the largest wireless Internet networks in UK higher education. At City Campus, Compton Park Campus and Telford Campus, you have wireless access in the bedrooms and communal areas, while Walsall Student Village and Walsall Gorway Halls of Residence offer plug-in access in the bedrooms and wireless in the kitchens.

Getting around

Renting privately?

If you’re a cyclist, you can store your bike securely and for free on City and Walsall Campuses, and if you’re driving, you’ll find limited free parking on all campuses. Don’t forget that our free shuttle bus service operates to and from every University campus from early in the morning to late at night.

If you’re looking to rent privately, Studentpad ( is a great starting point. This is a respected, searchable database of places to live. It features a list of landlords that have accommodation in close proximity to all of the campuses and gives you dates of gas and electrical inspections, facilities, availability and what the rent includes. Renting privately will cost you approximately £50 per week; however, this does not include gas, electricity, water, insurance etc, and you will also have to pay a deposit.

What’s the cost? Heating, gas, electricity, contents insurance and internet access facilities are all inclusive within the weekly rent which (for the 2011/12 academic year) ranges from £64-£95 per week. You have the option of paying in advance or by Direct Debit. Contact us for the latest details. Full details and an accommodation application form will be sent to you with your course offer. Then it’s up to you to get your request in as quickly as you can.

Student couple/family accommodation We also have a limited number of rooms for couples. These range in cost from £67-£115 per week. Contact our Accommodation Services team directly for more information. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide family accommodation on campus.

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We can tell you all you need to know The Accommodation Services team is here throughout the year to help with any accommodation query. You can call into the office on weekdays between 9am and 5pm. Accommodation Services Office University of Wolverhampton Lomas Street Wolverhampton Tel: 01902 321268 Email: Website:

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support Disabled & D/deaf student

The University has a long-standing commitment to promoting equality for disabled people. We pride ourselves on being accessible to the whole community.

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Student Enabling Centre (SEC) SEC provides a comprehensive range of services to students with sensory, physical or specific learning difficulties and our aim is to ensure that each student’s experience at the University of Wolverhampton is enjoyable and rewarding. The Centre has four dedicated teams designed to assess, advise, support and assist each student based on their requirements.

Wide-ranging expertise The Support Services Team has a pool of professionally trained support co-ordinators that provide a wide range of services including electronic and manual note-takers, qualified BSL interpreters, specialist support tutors, facilitators, mentors, study buddies, and other similar support. The support co-ordinators are sensitive to individual requirements and will match you to an appropriate support worker based on academic and personal needs. Our Finance and Administration Team is the central hub of the Student Enabling Centre – managing students’ confidential and personal documents; arranging assessment appointments, and dealing with initial student queries. Support arrangements can be fairly complex and can involve working closely with parties including funding bodies, access centres and educational psychologists. You will be guided every step of the way.

If there are any parts of your course or research which are likely to create particular barriers for you, we’ll discuss your options and endeavour to come up with alternatives in consultation with you and your school of study.

Ongoing support Our Disability and Enabling Technology Advisors facilitate institutional change by examining the working practices of Schools and departments and recommending practices in line with equality legislation. They work closely with academic staff and service departments by identifying the individual support requirements of students. You will be allocated your own personal advisor whose wide range of skills and knowledge are used to assess and support you to achieve your full learning potential. Our advisors give advice and training, and supply a wide range of assistive software contained within USB pens. If a student is waiting for an assessment or funding approval, then the software programmes available on the USB pens can be invaluable. To find out more, visit:

Before you arrive At the application stage we work closely with you to identify what support is needed to access the University’s educational environment. We have in-house and freelance educational assessors who are able to assess for dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties. They liaise with internal and external schools, departments and organisations to ensure you are fully prepared and equipped to commence your studies. In addition, we provide information and advice on support and funding that may be available to you – if you are eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) you may also qualify for funding to pay for a range of hardware and software such as computers, printers, Dictaphones, speech to text/text to speech and magnification programmes, or services such as support workers, specialist tutors or similar.

Personal attention Once you’ve made a formal application to the University, you may be asked to provide more information or invited to an interview so we can meet your individual needs and come up with solutions to any potential obstacles. We will seek to keep you informed of current and new procedures or professional requirements relevant to your studies.

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Working closely with other students and staff and honing my skills has increased my confidence and assurance as a musician. It can be tricky combining work and study but it really helps if I pace myself through the semester rather than leaving assignments to the end of term.

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Fitting the workload around a full-time job is difficult, although the support, flexibility and having the lecturers easily contactable via e-mail is a great help when receiving feedback and advice throughout modules. With the step up from BA to MA study, I initially felt my confidence drop a little, but with the support of the Drama Department, the School and my peers, I feel optimistic about the remaining 18 months of the course.

James MA Drama and Performance

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The guidance I’ve received from tutors has been second to none. I gained confidence to develop as a teacher, I very much enjoyed my time learning at University and appreciate the knowledge I gained.

Paramjit PGCE Post Compulsory Education

n words There is a strong work ethic at the University that as a student body we share ideas, work together as a team, and particularly on the course, help each other by sharing resources. There is a sense of community in the tutorials and workshops that makes for happy and productive learning. You are made to feel part of the Uni and the sense of equality between staff and students embodies the work environment.

Kate PGCE Post Compulsory Education

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towards your By choosing to continue with higher level study, you have demonstrated your willingness to put something extra on the employer’s table. Whilst you’re working hard towards your qualification, our careers and employment advisors can help make sure that your postgraduate study continues to work hard for you.

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Friendly, professional support is available from the Careers and Employment Centre throughout the year, even during vacations. We are accredited under the matrix standard, which means the service you use is nationally recognised for its quality of advice, information, and employer relations.

Just register your CV with us and scan our database. If we think a vacancy is particularly suitable, we’ll contact you. Our employer liaison officers are constantly talking to employers. They source the latest vacancies and may even find out about openings before anyone else. For more, tel: 01902 323400, or email:

How we can help

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Excellent postgraduate advice is available at all our campuses, with the main service in the Student Services Gateway on City Campus. You’ll find an approachable, professional team to help with your career-related issues, and offer advice on CVs and applications, as well as on funding.

Lasting up to three years, KTPs allow graduates to demonstrate their skills and make their mark on projects of strategic importance within a placement company.

You can have career interviews with our qualified and experienced advisors. Practise sessions are available for interview skills, selfassessment questionnaires, personality and psychometric tests, and assessment centre exercises. You also get access to a comprehensive careers library – and a website: – full of information and guidance. To find out more, tel: 01902 321414 or email:

The Workplace This is our smart job shop which offers a job matching service exclusively for our students. You can look up the latest graduate opportunities and match your skills to graduate jobs from employers interested in students from this University.

As a graduate employed on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you gain all the advantages that employment brings (a fixed-term contract, regular salary, valuable experience) plus a host of other benefits, including the opportunity to: • • • •

apply your degree directly to your job project manage from day one gain a Diploma in Management undertake further study at university.

In addition, you will be mentored in your role by an academic. KTPs are available in a variety of disciplines whether you are an engineer or a psychologist looking to accelerate your career. On average 73% of graduates are offered employment on a permanent basis at the end of their KTP.

Active Volunteers Why not join the growing number of students who’ve benefited from becoming Active Volunteers? As well as getting involved in a worthwhile community activity, volunteering is an opportunity to demonstrate your personal commitment, initiative, leadership and problem-solving skills away from an academic setting; just the sort of experience future employers look for. Not only that, it can even help you gain credits towards your final award or lead to a further qualification. Whatever role you’re interested in, our advisors at the Active Volunteers office can help you find the right opportunity and give you ongoing support and advice.

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All student volunteers are eligible to register for the University of Wolverhampton Volunteering Certificate. This records and acknowledges contributions to local communities and the importance of volunteering, as well as recognising achievements, skills and experience gained through volunteering. Registered students are then able to be nominated for the University of Wolverhampton Volunteer of the Year Award, in recognition of outstanding contribution to volunteering. To find out more, tel: 01902 322900, email: or visit:

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Demonstrating expertise in identifying the needs of businesses and responding to them, Wolverhampton is recognised as one of the most entrepreneurial, business-facing new universities in the region. The University continues to be in the top 10 UK universities for delivering economic development and regeneration programmes with companies, and in 2008, became the leading new university in the region for business engagements, providing consultancy, skills development and research worth £25.6 million, an increase of 10% on the previous year.

Knowledge Transfer Our links with industry are strong, and together we’re working on major initiatives to benefit the West Midlands region. One of the key areas is Knowledge Transfer. By establishing a partnership between a company, a graduate and an academic from within the University through the national Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme (KTP), organisations can tap into our groundbreaking research, the latest thinking in management and organisational practice and the knowledge of a high quality graduate.

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The University is the leading provider of KTPs in the West Midlands and ranked second in the UK. Findings from recent schemes have shown the considerable benefits for businesses of: • an increase of over £220,000 in annual profits before tax • the creation of three genuine new jobs • an increase in skills of existing staff

Graduate placements The Knowledge Innovation Technology Transfer Scheme (KITTS) aims to match the skills of recently qualified graduates with the specific needs of companies within the West Midlands. Graduates are given the opportunity to put theory into practice through a ‘real-life’ work-based project during a 10-12 week placement. Companies benefit from having a high-calibre graduate working on a short-term project that previously they may not have had the resource to implement.

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Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre The University is proud to be working in partnership with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, City of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton City Council and Business Link West Midlands to provide integrated business solutions to companies of all sizes and sectors through the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre. The partnership aims to provide local companies with a one-stop solution to their business queries and needs, at any point in their life cycle.

Accelerated start-up The University is leading the national Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education (SPEED) project, involving 13 UK universities, to support students in creating their own businesses whilst they are studying. The project helps students become the entrepreneurs of the future by helping them to realise the true potential of a business proposal, and providing a package of support.

Entrepreneurial exchange `Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’ is a new European exchange programme aimed at helping new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise by spending time working in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur in his/her company. Under this programme, a project called EPICentRE – European Placements in Centres of Regional Excellence, aims to assist in the development of the entrepreneurs of the future.

Providing a great start The University has two incubation facilities providing support to new business start-ups and those in the early stages of operation – the e-Innovation Centre (e-IC) in Telford, and SP/ARK, based at Wolverhampton Science Park. The incubation space is ideal for individuals who want to develop their embryo business ideas without incurring vast expense. Shared,

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furnished workspace, support with the latest technologies and meeting facilities are offered in a stimulating and supportive environment. Both sites offer access to a wide range of business support and advice, including: • business start programme, supported by the Business Solutions Centre • onsite business advice from specialist consultants • onsite seminars and training events • networking and promotional activities • access to high-tech facilities, centres of excellence and consultancies within the University, which have been proven to enhance the success of new ventures. Companies can also tap into the multitude of skills and high-tech support on offer from a team of consultants whose specialisms include web technologies, IT strategies, smart card development, near field communications, radio frequency identification and multi-media technologies.

Support for inventors For all of those innovative product ideas, our spin-off company, Caparo Innovation Centre, is a specialist unit providing new product development services to inventors and businesses. With access to development and prototyping resources at the University, as well as the manufacturing and distribution expertise of the Caparo Group of Companies, the CIC is an imaginative new approach to turning product ideas into business realities. The team of experts offer support you with the whole process including market research, testing new product development prototypes, and help with intellectual property rights and patenting. To find out more, contact: tel: 01902 321272 or visit:

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Full-time postgraduate fees

Part-time postgraduate fees

The standard fee in 2011/12 for full-time home/EU students studying a postgraduate course is £4,065. Depending on the type of course you choose, fee variations may apply. Please ensure that you contact the School or Research Institute/Centre responsible for your area of study in advance for detailed fee information.

The standard fee in 2011/12 for postgraduate part-time home/EU students is charged at £22.58 per Level 4 credit.

PGCE course fees for 2010/11 are £3,375. Postgraduate fees are different for international (non-EU) students. The standard international fee for postgraduate courses is £9,760 per academic year, but remember that there are international fee variations on some courses. You should always check with your Academic School or Research Institute/Centre to confirm the final price. A Loyalty Discount Scheme also operates for international students who progress to a full-time postgraduate course following an undergraduate course at the University of Wolverhampton.

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To give you a rough idea, most courses bear 180 Level 4 credits, but there are exceptions. The fee per credit varies for non-standard postgraduate courses. Again, please check with your Academic School or Research Institute/Centre.

Flexible payment option It is possible to pay your tuition fees in instalments by direct debit from a UK bank. This is done in three equal instalments, so you don’t have to find the entire sum all in one go. For more information, visit:

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ing s Funding for trainee teachers (all figures refer to the 2010/11 academic year; the latest available at the time of printing)

Providers of teacher training courses (PGCE for Primary, Secondary and Post-compulsory Teaching) can charge students for their tuition fees. You will need to make an arrangement to meet these.

However: • you can take out a student loan to cover the full fee amount. This doesn’t have to be repaid until after university • UK students can apply for a maintenance grant of up to £2,906 which will be assessed against your family income • if you receive the full grant from the Local Authority (ie. £2,906, see above), the University will give you an additional £329 in the form of a Start Right Bursary, which does not have to be paid back •

you may also be eligible for a Training Bursary. In 2009, these were £4,000-£9,000 for secondary teaching and £4,000 for primary. Bursaries vary depending on the subject you wish to teach. More information can be found at:

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• you could also receive an additional payment, once you have completed your induction year as a newly-qualified teacher; this could be up to £5,000 depending on the subject you teach. For more, visit the Teaching and Development Agency for Schools website at: Alternatively, call the Teaching Information Line on tel: 0845 6000 991 or call our Education Guidance Advisors on tel: 01902 321032 – you can also contact them for the latest on funding for the PGCE Post Compulsory Education courses. Funding for the MA Social Work is available and will be administered in future by the NHS Business Services Authority. Visit: Research Councils across the UK can offer studentships and research grants, but these are highly competitive. Applications are usually made through the Academic School or department that offers the course or research place you are interested in. For more information on UK Research Councils, visit their website at:

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Funding from University of Wolverhampton Research Studentships We offer a very limited number of research stipends (formerly known as bursaries) through Research Studentships. Funds are accessible from the relevant Research Institute and are project-based only. They are designed to support specific projects as determined by the Research Institutes rather than individual student-led projects. For more information, please contact the relevant Research Institute directly.

Funding through Scholarships The University has always offered excellent scholarship opportunities. We currently operate two schemes, awarded in recognition of high levels of sporting or academic attainment prior to enrolment at the University. The Sports Excellence Scholarship is open to talented and elite athletes and is worth up to £1,000 each year. Scholarships are awarded each October and successful applicants receive financial and/or other support (such as free access to facilities, strength and conditioning support and mentoring).

Access to Learning Fund This is open to UK students studying a minimum of 50% of a full-time course (60 credits). It’s available if you have already made provision for your main study costs, but still have expenses over and above those of the average student e.g. child care or high travel costs. It’s also for help towards living and course-related costs such as books and equipment, although it’s not available for help towards tuition fees. Payments are given as grants which means they don’t have to be repaid. More information can be found at:

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) This is for full and part-time students (although part-time students must be studying at least 50% of a full-time course). The DSA helps pay the cost of equipment, non-medical helpers, additional travel costs or other related course costs which arise because of disability. In 2009/10, the maximum allowance for postgraduate students is around £10,000. It’s not means tested and doesn’t have to be paid back. To find out the latest situation, go to:

For an application form or to find out more, go to:, email: or tel: 01902 518900. There are also International Excellence Scholarships for students outside the EU with outstanding academic performance. These scholarships are awarded in two payments up to a total of £2,000. For an application form and more information, visit: or contact the Central Enquiries Unit on tel: 0800 953 3222, or email:

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Funding through Charitable Trusts Details for this are available on the Association of Charitable Foundations website at: You will need to apply as much as a year in advance as funding is very limited and very specific.

Help with fees for part-time courses In 2010, the University is offering a limited number of fee waivers to part-time postgraduate students on a low income studying certain courses. Check: for up-to-date details. It’s worth remembering that even if you are eligible for a grant, bursary or loan, these funds may not always be available to you on day one of your course. Make sure you have set aside adequate funds to tide you over, just in case your payment is delayed.

Career Development Loan (CDL) This deferred repayment loan can help fund up to two years of vocational learning/education, or up to three years if your course involves a practical work placement. Loans are worth between £300 and £8,000 which can cover up to 80% of your course fees (or 100% if you have been out of work three months or longer at the time you apply). They can help cover the cost of your course, study materials, travel and living expenses.

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For details, including eligibility and an application form, call the CDL Information Line on tel: 0800 585505 or visit: and enter ‘Career Development Loan’ into the search function. There are similar loans available from a number of High Street banks.


Many postgraduate students finance their own studies from job earnings. It may be possible to get support from your employer, particularly if the course you want to do is relevant to your job. Part-time work is also an option you could consider. Register with the University’s online jobs database and view vacancies ranging from temporary, vacation and permanent work to full and part-time positions. Visit: for details. For more information, contact The Workplace on tel: 01902 323400 or email: To find out more, contact our Education Guidance Advisors on: Tel: 01902 321032 Fax: 01902 3222972 Email: It’s also worth visiting: or: where you’ll find details of a wide variety of funding sources.

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Clare MSc Construction Project Management

The lectures were always interesting and the lecturers were very knowledgeable in their subject areas, providing up-to-date thinking in a variety of areas.

Hannah Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Lecturers all had personal knowledge of working as lawyers, so their experiences were invaluable as illustrative tools during lectures and group sessions. They were friendly, helpful and approachable, and always willing to put extra time in if you were struggling with something.

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Alison MA English

I decided to undertake an MA in English predominantly to improve my marketability in what is an ever increasing competitive world. The added bonus of taking this course was that I would be learning more about a subject in which I was truly interested, and would be working both alongside, and together with, a variety of people who shared my interest.

Chen MA Management

The atmosphere is so friendly and passionate. The Student Support Service makes me feel at ease, and I don’t feel like a stranger studying aboard.

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open evening Thursday 24 February 2011, 5.30pm-8pm Come and join us at our Postgraduate Open Evening for a full programme of activities. You can meet our academic staff who’ll provide all the guidance you need. As many of our courses offer the flexibility to build your studies around your weekly commitments, you’ll be able to discuss the method of study that suits you best. Our excellent facilities and expert staff could make a genuine difference to your postgraduate studies. You’ll have the opportunity to speak to our postgraduate bloggers and other current students, as well as find out more about all the support available to you. Our Open Evening allows you to discover more about the wealth of full and part-time programmes available for postgraduate taught study or individual research. You can also get a clear idea of which route – PGCert, PGDip, MA, MSc, MBA, MPhil, MRes or PhD – is best for you. Visit: to find out more.

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If you can’t attend, there will be postgraduate information available at our undergraduate focused Open Days on Sat 12 March, Sat 11 June and Sat 20 August 2011. Look out for our virtual Open Day coming soon. Discuss your course options from the comfort of your own home! To find out more, visit:

Education Guidance Advisors While you’re still considering your options, you can get friendly and professional advice from our Higher Education Guidance Advisors. They have a huge amount of experience answering enquiries on everything from courses, fees and finances to applications and entry requirements. Give them a call on tel: 01902 321032 or email:

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Our scientific community Our helpful, experienced staff have a deep and insightful knowledge of their subject. Many are actively engaged in research, publishing in refereed journals, sitting on journal editorial committees, presenting research at international conferences or are involved with regional, national and international research programmes.

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Fully-equipped facilities

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The School boasts state-of-the-art labs and facilities across all of its subject areas, including a realistic scene of crime suite, first-rate pharmacy facilities and new equipment for exercise physiology support. Biomedical science students benefit from: quantitative real-time PCR, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy and fluorescenceactivated cell sorting. Our biotechnology laboratories include microbial and fermentation facilities, as well as sophisticated glasshouses fitted with supplementary lighting and environmental controls, micropropagation facilities, mist and fogging units, and facilities for growing tropical and xerophytic plants. A scanning electron microscope and a sophisticated image analysis suite, together with an extensive analytical instrument suite, provide outstanding environments for postgraduate study and research. Environmental Science studies are supported by a wide range of laboratory and field instrumentation. Specialist areas include a geographical information system, remote sensing and computer cartography unit; a mineral magnetics unit; a laser granulometer suite; and an X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, diffraction and scanning electron microscope suite.

We maintain two field stations for studies of soil management, meteorology and hydrology, in addition to a specialist plant growth unit. Our pharmacy facilities include well-equipped laboratories exploring molecular pharmacology, natural product chemistry, diabetes, molecular biology, immunology and oncology. We also have specialist facilities for the development of the professional aspects of pharmacy, and a range of specialist software that will support your professional and career development. Our psychology facilities are some of the most advanced in UK higher education and include a state-of-the-art social and developmental psychology lab with a one-way observation mirror, viewing chamber, discreet video cameras and plasma screens. The Test Library holds a diverse range of current psychological and occupational tests and inventories. The counselling psychology rooms have the same relaxing ergonomic seats you’ll find in a typical counselling scenario.

Full accreditation The MSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. All our psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology leads to eligibility for chartered status with

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 322667

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Our courses PG Cert Pharmaceutical Science* PG Dip/MSc Drug Discovery and Design* PG Dip/MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis* PG Dip/MSc Pharmaceutical Manufacturing*

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the BPS and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council. Our MSc in Occupational Psychology is equivalent to Stage 1 of the BPS qualification in that discipline. Students are required by the BPS to submit a portfolio of work after their MSc, at Stage 2, if they wish to become eligible to register as a Chartered and Registered Psychologist.

Expert representation We have representation within Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), the Institute of Biomedical Science, and Health Professions Council.

Excellent links Through placement opportunities and consultancy research work, we have strong links with public health and social care agencies, including Social Services Departments, NHS departments and Primary Care Trusts; as well as private and charitable organisations, local drug treatment services, bariatric services and private consultancy firms. We also maintain an active dialogue with employers as we develop key work-based elements to our awards. We have collaborated extensively with Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association, assisted West Midlands Police with the development of new forensic fingerprinting methods and worked with many other regional industries, such as those in the biofuels sector.

PG Dip/MSc Pharmaceutical Quality Control and Quality Management Systems PG Dip/MSc Pharmacological Sciences* MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology MSc Biomedical Science MSc Biotechnology MSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy MSc Cellular Pathology* MSc Climate Change Management* MSc Clinical Biochemistry* MSc Clinical Physiology* MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology)* MSc Clinical Physiology (Neurophysiology)* MSc Clinical Physiology (Respiratory Physiology)* MSc Cytology* MSc Ecological Assessment* MSc Environmental Management MSc Environmental Technology MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification* MSc Haematology* MSc Management Applications of Psychology MSc Medical Biotechnology MSc Medical Microbiology* MSc Medicines Management* MSc Molecular Biology with Bioinformatics MSc Occupational Psychology MSc Pharmacy* MSc Pollution and Environmental Protection* MSc by research* MSc Waste Management* Doctor of Biomedical Science (DBMS) Practitioner Doctorate Counselling Psychology Practitioner Doctorate Clinical Physiology*

*Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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Drawing inspiration Resources in the School of Art & Design have a significance and polish to match the international reputation of staff members across every creative division. Our School has a long-standing history of design excellence and has been offering specialist education for over a century. The School is home to some of the finest ceramics and glass facilities in Europe, with our staff playing key roles in the creative development of some of the world’s finest glass artists. The Digital Media Division has contemporary animation and video studios, multimedia laboratories and the latest software, while the excellently equipped photography area embraces all formats, in the studio and on location.

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Creative employability and entrepreneurship

Our talented staff are drawn from every spectrum of the international creative community. Many are designers and makers with their own businesses and projects, and are actively engaged in research. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 10% of research in the School of Art & Design was rated as world-leading, 25% as internationally excellent and 50% as internationally recognised.

The Creative Employability Studio is the focus for employability within the School of Art & Design. Since its establishment in 2008, the Studio has been developing relationships with industry to arrange employment-related experiences for its students. If you have an idea for a new business enterprise, our incubation scheme can help you find premises and technical support to underpin your business plan.

Live briefs

Showcasing your talent

Every year, the School collaborates with many public, private and social organisations to enable our students to work on real projects. All of our creative disciplines build live briefs into their modules so that you gain valuable experience working on real projects.

Our Art & Design Degree Show is a fine public showcase for your best ideas. MA degree students who use the summer preparing for the show can often find unprecedented access to rooms, tools and resources for the development of new work that may not be possible during the academic year.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 322058

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Our courses MA Design and Applied Arts* MA Fine Art MA Visual Communications*

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Great history, growing knowledge Established in 1931, the School has the benefit of over 75 years of business acumen in its favour. Our reputation for focusing on the needs of organisations in the region, across the country and throughout the world keeps us abreast of the latest industry trends and practices. The School has a faculty of full-time lecturers and professors drawn from a wide spectrum of management disciplines and backgrounds. Many have held senior positions in multinational and blue chip organisations whilst others have worked in the public sector and in not-for-profit organisations. Their insight will help to bring your studies to life.


Professional body accreditation

Employability and placements

When you study with us, you do so in the knowledge that many highly regarded professional bodies are pleased to put their names to our courses. We are approved by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and an accredited study and examination centre for both the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). We also have links with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).

The University of Wolverhampton Business School is at the forefront of employability development. We have a dedicated Employability and Placement Unit working on initiatives to cultivate your achievement, knowledge and personal attributes which employers look for in order to add value to their organisation.

Furthermore, we have devolved status with the CIPD which allows for the internal assessment of all professional HR programmes. We are also one of a small number of study centres selected by the CIM to offer the new Chartered Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing course.

Active engagement in research We are committed to testing the boundaries of knowledge through applied research. We have a vibrant community of business researchers assigned within designated research clusters including the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Cluster, Corporate Governance and Ethics Cluster, HRM and Industrial Relations Cluster and the Public Sector Cluster. This research underpins learning and teaching, and is an essential element of your postgraduate studies.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 321081

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Our courses CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing

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Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) PG Cert in Medical Education PG Dip Human Resource Development and Organisational Change PG Dip Human Resource Management Masters Entry Master of Business Administration (MBA) MA Coaching and Mentoring MSc Finance and Accounting MSc Healthcare Leadership MSc Human Resource Development and Organisational Change MA Human Resource Management MSc Innovation and Enterprise* MA International Business Management MA Leadership* MA Management MSc Marketing

*Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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Education specialists At the School of Education, we have a range of courses to train the education professionals of the future. There is much more to the education sector than purely careers in teaching, and at the University of Wolverhampton our courses in education and specialist related areas open up many different career opportunities. We are immensely proud of our links with local children’s centres, schools, colleges and local authorities, as well as our connections with institutions further afield. For instance, we work with over 650 local schools and colleges in settings ranging from rural to inner city and affluent to socially deprived, in order to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for our trainee teachers.

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A first-rate record

Both our primary and secondary teacher training departments are Ofsted rated ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ for their provision. Our high quality training means that our graduates benefit from high employability and great long-term prospects. In fact, 93% of 2008 teacher training graduates are currently employed in teaching and education roles with almost all of these as paid teaching positions in schools.

A great environment When you study with us, you will have the very best facilities to support your studies. At our Walsall Campus a purpose-built facility, the Education and Teaching building, was opened in 2008 and is equipped with modern teaching rooms, three state-of-the-art lecture theatres and

social learning spaces. The Campus itself is also home to the flagship sports centre with twelve sports halls, a swimming pool, synthetic athletics track and all-weather pitches, all within easy distance of the Education and Teaching building. The Centre for Developmental and Applied Research is the heart of the vibrant research culture in the School of Education, with their high quality developmental and applied research underpinning learning and teaching across our awards. Our staff are actively engaged in exploring and enhancing educational knowledge, helping to give your studies practical insight and depth.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 518412

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Our courses PG Cert Childhood and Family Studies* PG Cert Education* PG Cert Education (Special needs and inclusion) delivered collaboratively with SERCO centres PG Cert Leadership in Education* PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

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PG Cert Mentoring and Coaching* PG Cert Transforming Education through Technology* PGCE Post Compulsory Education PGCE Primary Education PGCE Secondary Education: Mathematics, English, Information and Communications Technology, Design and Technology, Business Education, Biology, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Psychology, Science and Physics PGCE for Teachers of Adult Literacy PGCE for Teachers of Adult Numeracy PGCE for Teachers of ESOL Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) MA Education MA Education (Leadership in Teaching) MA Education (Leading and Teaching)

*Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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Exceptional treatment The School of Health and Wellbeing is a vibrant learning community committed to raising the standards of health and social care delivery through provision of high quality learning opportunities. Our vision is to work to continuously improve upon the science and art of preventing disease; prolonging life, promoting health and social wellbeing, and contributing to the development of appropriate policies and interventions locally, nationally and internationally. With service users and carers involved in course delivery, the work you do at Wolverhampton will be characterised by honest, open discussion

and the cross-fertilisation of ideas, as well as by a focus on good access to, and real interaction with, the society you’ll serve. Our postgraduate, post-qualifying and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are designed to prepare you for the changing health and social care environment of the future. We have well-established productive partnerships with local NHS Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, local authorities, independent health and social care providers, the local prison service, the voluntary sector and with professional bodies.

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Realistic work environments

We have a range of state-of-the-art facilities. These include simulated hospital wards and Skills Centres for practising and perfecting your clinical skills, alongside a general practitioner room, spacious lecture theatres and classrooms, and advanced IT suites. Within our Skills Centres you will be able to make use of some of the latest teaching technology, including surgical and medical training equipment and our SimFamily mannequins, which can simulate breathing, moaning and heart rate. These portable and advanced patient simulators can support you in the development of essential practice skills in a safe environment.

Links with hospices

We have strong links with our partners and in conjunction with Compton Hospice and Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

The School of Health and Wellbeing offers modules and programmes of study focusing upon the subjects of palliative care and lymphoedema care. These will offer you the opportunity to study within the hospice environment and for your learning to be facilitated by clinicians currently working in practice.

Creating opportunities The University is one of the few in the UK to provide a Postgraduate Diploma Physician Assistant Studies and an internationally acclaimed Master of Public Health award. The recent addition of our Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing provides an opportunity for experienced professional practitioners to develop their skills as accomplished researchers through a programme of training in research methods leading to a research thesis.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 518600

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Our courses PG Cert Education for Health Practitioners PG Cert/PG Dip Case Management for People with Long-Term Conditions PG Cert/PG Dip Palliative and End of Life Care* PG Cert/PG Dip Specialist Community Nursing PG Cert/PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PG Dip Higher Specialist Social Work (Mental Health)

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PG Dip/MA/MSc Health and Social Care* PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc Nursing* PG Dip/MA Mental Health Practice* PG Dip/MSc Physician Assistant Studies PG Dip/MA Social Work MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice MA Children, Families, Young People and their Carers (incorporating post-qualifying for social work)* Master of Public Health Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing

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Bringing together expertise The School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications draws together a breadth of knowledge across the humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Many of our lecturers are leading academics in their field and are widely recognised for their publications and research. A large number have come from industry and professional practice, and bring with them their knowledge and experience to give you a more relevant understanding of your subject, as well as using their links to give you a head start in your career. Many courses have direct links with their respective professions and this provides an important path of employability for students and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Learning and teaching Our excellence in teaching, innovative learning materials and first-class facilities create a stimulating learning community where you can develop personally and professionally to reach your full potential.

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Opening doors for you

Media suite

We’ve established links with local businesses and professionals so that you can benefit from the knowledge and experience of experts. Many of our courses include guest speakers from organisations in the local region, and work placement modules offer you the opportunity to gain practical understanding and develop your skills ready for the workplace.

Media and broadcasting students can get to grips with current industry-standard equipment in our state-of-the-art media suite, complete with a multi-camera television studio with chromakey facilities; radio studio; 20 Avid edit suites; the latest mini DV cameras, tripods, lighting kits, portable monitors, steadicam and audio equipment to loan.

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Research excellence

Law students can practise the art of litigation in our purpose-built court room. Complete with judges’ bench, witness box and accommodation for the clerk of the court and counsel, you’ll experience first-hand what it’s like in a real court.

The School has a lively research community and academic staff are widely recognised for their research strength, some of which has been rated as world-leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 322484

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Our courses Legal Practice Course (LPC) LLM Clinical Practice and Ethics* LLM Common Professional Exam (CPE) LLM International Corporate and Financial Law LLM Professional Practice* MA Broadcasting and Journalism*

n ces c ations Many academics incorporate their latest findings into their teaching, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in a variety of specialist areas. The School offers a wide range of postgraduate courses and there are also opportunities for postgraduate research degrees MPhil/PhD – in a range of subjects in humanities, law and social sciences.

MA Conflict Studies MA Contemporary Media MA English MA Film Studies MA History MA Interpreting: (BSL/Eng)* MA International Film Culture and Film Co-production* MA Language and Information Processing MA Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology MA Popular Culture MA Voluntary and Public Sectors MA Writing for Screens of all Sizes*

*Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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45 Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure

A polished performance The School offers quality programmes of study in sport, performing arts and the leisure and lifestyle industries. We have developed and maintained our excellent reputation as the School continues to grow and develop new courses and initiatives. We have expert, award-winning staff renowned for their teaching excellence and research profiles.

Our courses are consistently rated as ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), whilst our Dance and Music departments are rated in the top five nationally for student satisfaction. As a School, we achieved an overall satisfaction rating from students of 84% in the National Student Survey – well above the national average.

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We have a significant reputation overseas; having developed partnerships and courses with prestigious institutions in Norway, Singapore and Malaysia. Our longest-standing international collaboration is with The Asia Pacific School of Sports and Business in the field of Sport Management, and was the first course of its kind to be taught in Singapore.

Our students also have access to the prestigious Arena Theatre on City Campus, where they regularly give stunning performances. Our music department is well-equipped with a music technology lab, which runs Cubase SX and Sibelius software on 22 iMacs. There are two recording studios with high-end digital recording facilities, incorporating G5 computers with audio hard disk recording technology.

Hub of activity

Raising your game

The School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure is committed to continuous investment in the student experience, facilities and the learning environment. In 2011, our state-of-the-art Performance Hub will be open. This brand new, multi-million pound performing arts building will bring the departments of Dance, Drama and Music together under one roof.

For sport, we offer a well-equipped set of physiology, biomechanics and psychology labs which can be used to support athletes and non-elite participants alike, as well as for sport and exercise related research. Located on the Walsall Campus, the laboratories are operated by BASES-accredited (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) members of staff. The physiology laboratories have facilities for online gas analysis, blood analysis and 12 lead ECG monitoring, in addition to blood pressure measurement, lung function evaluation and body composition assessment. Our biomechanics laboratory includes a video editing suite, force platform, motion analysis system and an EMG muscle activity monitoring system. In addition, we have various portable systems for off-site and field-based testing.

The Performance Hub will provide advanced teaching and performance areas for dance, drama and music students. It will incorporate a black box performance space with flexible seating, capable of hosting smallscale student, community and professional performances. In addition, Walsall Campus has two sprung-floor dance studios, rehearsal and workshop rooms.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 322898

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Our courses MA Creative Industries* MA Dance*

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MSc Dance Science MA Drama MA Hospitality Management MA Music MA Tourism Management MRes Leisure* MRes Performance* MRes Sport*

World-class sports facilities have been built at Walsall Campus in the form of our state-of-the-art indoor sports centre, complemented by a synthetic athletics track and all-weather pitches. The sports centre has been named as an official training base for the 2012 Olympics and is included in the Guide for National Olympic Committees for the Olympic sports of basketball, judo and taekwondo.

Well catered for If you wish to join one of the fastest growing service sectors in the world, you’ll find knowledgeable staff, with a wealth of industry experience, ready to greet you. All our staff have industry experience and carry out research and consultancy work for the industry and for publication. We also regularly invite a range of speakers to give talks and share their expertise. The professional relevance of our programmes has been recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), the leading body for UK public sector tourism professionals; our MA Tourism Management degree was the first in the country to be awarded their accreditation. Not only that, we were the first UK university to be awarded the Institute of Hospitality Corpus of Management Excellence. *Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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Recognised expertise The School of Technology has long-established links with industry and with the professional bodies who represent the School’s specialist subject areas. Consequently, the School is able to offer courses that build upon modern, progressive technologies to offer deep insight into current professional practice. The School of Technology boasts a rich mix of staff eager to deliver exciting courses for you to study and help you achieve a sound theoretical and practical knowledge in your chosen area. Many of the academic staff worked in industry before joining the School and hold chartered status, are qualified professionals and members of professional institutions.

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Learn on ‘live’ projects

Fit for purpose

The School has a dynamic relationship with industry that includes consultancy, research and knowledge transfer activities. In particular, help is provided to individuals and companies from concept assessment to full production, covering intellectual property protection, conceptual design, potential market demands, numerical analysis, visualisation, virtual spatial exploration, prototyping, materials selection and materials testing, up to commercialisation including process and factory layout and product licensing.

The School offers a wide range of facilities within its custom-designed spaces in the MI building at City Campus. You can develop your skills in our advanced, professional learning environment which provides space for teaching, research and consultancy. It houses dedicated facilities including a prototyping laboratory and virtual reality suite; construction and infrastructure laboratories covering geotechnics, hydraulics, structures, environmental science and thermodynamics; games, networking and mobile technology laboratories; and engineering and technology facilities, including the Caparo Innovations Centre.

The quality of this work has been rewarded with prestigious awards for its staff, including Lord Stafford Awards for Innovation, Lloyds TSB Award for Flood Research and, recently, a group of students winning a BAFTA Award.

Accreditation and recognition The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredits MSc CPM and MSc Construction Law and we have British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for our computing courses.

To find out more, visit: • email: • tel: 01902 321402

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Our courses PG Cert/PG Dip Strategic Information Technology Management MSc Advanced Technology Management MSc Building Surveying* MSc Civil Engineering MSc Computer Aided Design and Construction MSc Computer Science

o gy Employability and placements The School has an outstanding record for student employability, with 98% of our construction and property sector graduates gaining employment and 81.7% of our graduates successfully gaining employment in the computing sector.†The University has a dedicated career and counselling service that supports learners throughout their studies. Our Business Engagement and Placements Unit offers services to help you prepare to enter the working world. The Unit organises careers fairs and company talks where students can speak to managers and personnel officers about their career aspirations, as well as operating a drop-in policy provided by a friendly and dedicated team with many years of expertise in careers advice. †

MSc Computer Science (Internet Engineering) MSc Construction Law MSc Construction Project Management MSc Information Technology MSc Information Technology (Data Engineering)* MSc Information Technology Management MSc Interdisciplinary Mathematics MSc Polymer Engineering Design MSc Programme and Project Management* MSc Property Management* MSc Quantity Surveying* MSc Rapid Product Development and Advanced Manufacturing MSc Strategic Information Technology Management MSc Transport, Infrastructure and Environmental Management* MRes Technology*

University of Wolverhampton First Destinations of Leavers Survey 2008/9.

*Course subject to final approval; please contact us for details.

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49 Research

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Brain Tumour UK Neuro-oncology Research Centre

At Wolverhampton, you’ll find a growing research community that fosters a spirit of enquiry and a thirst for discovery. The University has established a number of Research Institutes and Research Centres, and now enjoys extensive involvement in large-scale applied research and development projects, many of which involve industrial partners. The efforts of staff and the University’s ongoing drive for discovery and innovation were recognised during the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, which ranked areas of our research among the best in the world. As a result, in 2009 Wolverhampton received the highest Quality Research allocation for a new university in the West Midlands.

Established in October 2009, the Brain Tumour UK Neuro-oncology Research Centre seeks to identify the genetic causes of brain tumours and the treatments to deal with them. The Centre brings together expertise in cell biology, molecular genetics and experimental therapeutics.

Public Lecture Programme

The Institute aims to develop and promote the University’s increasing activity across the fields of criminal justice, criminology, forensic science, policing, fire and rescue, safeguarding, armed forces, security, terrorism and consumer protection.

The Public Lecture Programme gives University and visiting speakers the chance to talk about their research to staff, students and members of the public. With free entry, our lecture programme provides the perfect opportunity for you to chat to the speaker and other members of the audience on intriguing and topical matters. Recent high profile lectures have covered subjects as wide-ranging as DNA fingerprinting by Sir Alec Jeffreys, the geneticist who developed techniques for DNA profiling, and, of course, our annual Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture, which recently gave the stage to Ruth Barnett, who escaped the terror of Nazi Germany and spent her youth in Britain.

Research Institutes and Centres All Academic Schools have areas of research strength, principally overseen by the following Institutes and Centres.

To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322667 Email:

Central Institute for the Study of Public Protection (CISPP)

To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE) The Centre accommodates its research in five clusters of excellence: Contemporary Design and Applied Art; Interdisciplinary Practice in Art, Society and Environment; Design and Technology: Historic and Contemporary Paths to Creativity; Expression and Representation: Painting, Photography, New Media; and Creative Processes in the Performing Arts. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322213 Email:

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Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE)

Centre for Research in Law

CeDARE promotes high quality developmental and applied research which underpins learning, teaching and consultancy work in education, informs policy and enhances professional practice, development and innovation.

The Centre for Research in Law provides a focal point for legal research involving different research specialisms and diverse doctrinal, comparative, interdisciplinary and socio-legal methodologies. The Centre brings together legal researchers working in Corporate and Commercial Law, and Criminal Justice and Human Rights.

To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 323242 Email:

To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

Centre for Discourse and Cultural Studies

Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR)

The Centre for Discourse and Cultural Studies is a new and exciting development within the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) CHSCI is a multi-disciplinary initiative within the School of Health and Wellbeing. The aim of the Centre is to develop a new understanding between higher education, health and social care organisations, and businesses to improve the planning, delivery and evaluation of services, and development of people. The Centre’s vision encompasses contributing to the development of appropriate policies and interventions locally, nationally and internationally. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 518614 Email:

Centre for Historical Research A team of internationally respected researchers lead the Centre’s research activities in areas including Class, Community and Identity; Conflict Studies; German History; and Retailing and Consumption History. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

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The Centre provides a research environment for interdisciplinary investigation into the history and continuing relevance of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and other inter-cultural configurations of consciousness and identity, including the ways in which these are manifested in national, regional, or local contexts. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

Institute of Gaming and Animation The Institute brings together the University’s expertise in computer games technology, animation, games design and mobile networks. Through our investment in progressive and innovative equipment and skilled academic staff, we provide a rich learning and support environment, developed to promote our students’ capabilities whilst equipping them to meet the requirements of the creative industries. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 321460 Email:

Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE) ILE conducts research in learning, teaching and assessment, e-learning, widening participation, work-based learning, the student experience and informs the development of policy and practice. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322361 Email:

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Institute of Media Arts The Institute provides top-flight professional development opportunities for those working in the industry or who would like to explore doing so, and works with regional, national and European partners on innovative projects. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 322484 Email:

Management Research Centre (MRC) The Centre groups together researchers with an interest in all aspects of business and its relationship to wider society. Staff research has particular emphasis on globalisation, corporate governance, industrial relations, private/public sector issues, enterprise etc, and uses a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Research is organised in clusters which bring together staff researchers, PhD students and external researchers. MRC aims to contribute not just to narrow academic debate, but to the wider discussion of the role of business and management in the region and the wider world. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 321772 Email:

Research in the School of Technology Areas of applied research within the School include: Applied Innovative Digital Technologies Research Group; Communications, Networks, Telematics and Co-operative Technology; Games Simulation and Artificial Intelligence; Information Systems, Management and Strategy; Mobile Computing and Network Communication Systems; Multimedia and Intelligent Systems Technology; and Research to Assist Learning. Research programmes within Architecture and Product Design focus on inclusive design, design sustainability and multi-disciplinary approaches to design. Research in Engineering and Technology brings expertise in research and consultancy applied to industry. Research topics for Construction and Infrastructure fall into two well-defined groups: construction management and sustainable construction.

Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance (RCSEP) RCSEP is the focus for sport-related research in the University’s School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure. The Centre currently has 17 research-active staff and 15 PhD students. It places particular emphasis on applied research within the areas of sports performance, dance, exercise, and learning and teaching. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 323008 Email:

Research Institute in Healthcare Science (RIHS) RIHS is organised into research groups covering Health Policy and Evaluation; Cancer; Diabetes, Clinical Physiology and Metabolic Medicine; Food Biology, Medical Microbiology and Disinfection; Molecular Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology; Pharmacy; Psychology of Health; Sport, Exercise and Health; and Zeolytes. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 321129 Email:

Research Institute in Information and Language Processing (RIILP) The Institute is organised into two research groups: Computational Linguistics and Statistical Cybermetrics. RIILP is well-known for cutting-edge research, tools and resources in the area of natural language processing, as well as for methodologies to exploit internetbased data sources for social sciences research. To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 321402 Email:

To find out more, contact: Tel: 01902 321402 Email:

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Disclaimer The 2011/12 Postgraduate Guide describes in outline the courses and research opportunities offered by the University of Wolverhampton. The University accepts no liability for the accuracy or otherwise of statements in this publication. It is a general guide and there may be changes following publication which affect the contents. Courses and modules may be altered or withdrawn without notice.

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The higher reaches of education are a good place to view the world ahead of you. Most probably, you can now see the route you want to take. Maybe it’s a taught Masters course to hone your knowledge, bringing more substance and integrity to your CV. Perhaps some research and a chance to add to the sum of everyone’s knowledge. Or a course to develop yourself professionally, equipping you to offer strategic insight and competitive advantage to the company you work for. However, if the path to your educational summit is still unclear, the University of Wolverhampton offers focus, direction and preparation for the next stage of your life, whether professional or academic. We’re well qualified to do so.

Our research, in several areas, is officially rated as world-leading. One of our professors is ranked number one in the world in his field, and our business courses have the full backing of professional bodies. Not only that, primary and secondary school teacher training at Wolverhampton is classed as ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ by Ofsted. All taught courses have a direct relevance to the employment markets they address, and the software, technology and resources at your disposal are those employed by the most advanced commercial enterprises. Over the following pages, you’ll discover much more about how Wolverhampton can help you meet the challenges of a changing world. Together, our collective energies offer the inspiration and opportunity you’re looking for. And with teamwork, trust and time well spent, you’ll find deep personal satisfaction and significant professional reward.

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