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Welcome from the Dean of the Business School

A School to be proud of

Benefits of studying with us

Facilities Postgraduate and professional courses

Management

Marketing Accounting Innovation and Entrepreneurship Human Resources and Leadership Other postgraduate and professional courses

Undergraduate courses

BA (Hons) Business Management

Other undergraduate courses


2 Welcome

Welcome to the University of Wolverhampton Business School The University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) has a distinguished history of supporting business in the West Midlands and Black Country. Established for over 80 years, we have trained thousands of local and regional managers and supported organisations in their development.

We were one of the first business schools in the country to offer MBA programmes, coaching and mentoring qualifications and have a tradition of innovation in developing courses which meet the needs of business and managers.

The School continues to be one of the largest providers of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accredited programmes in the country. Our MBA has CMI (Chartered Management Institute) recognition and accreditation and we prepare managers for CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) professional qualifications. Our relationships with professional bodies result in our provision being informed by the latest professional practice.

Research also underpins the activities of the School. In the last research assessment exercise (RAE) the School outperformed other post-92 universities in the region in the area of business. Our research engaged staff advise managers, organisations and even government, and they and their work contribute to making sure all our courses are research informed and contemporary.

As Dean of the School I wish to welcome you to our community. Our programmes will provide you with a challenging, developmental, relevant and supported experience; I hope you will join us.

Dr Anthea Gregory, Dean


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A School to be proud of Professional body accreditation

We are approved by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and an accredited study and examination centre for 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 Leadership and Management (ILM). Furthermore, we have devolved status with the CIPD which allows for the internal assessment of all professional HR programmes.

Partnerships with industry

We know how important partnerships with business are and we work closely with organisations to ensure the relevance of our programmes. As the leading UK business school in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships we have worked with a wide variety of regional businesses to advise them in their development.

Established School: great history, growing knowledge The University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) has grown in size and importance over 80 years by focusing on the needs of participants and organisations in the region, across the country and throughout the world.

The School has a faculty of over 60 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.

Active engagement in research

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

Benefits of studying with us • Two entry points per year in October or January. • Completion of part-time Masters courses in two years. • Innovative and flexible learning environment. • Vocationally relevant courses with an emphasis on the practical application of theory. • An international outlook reflecting the growing impact of globalisation on organisations. • Research informed curriculum. • Tutors who draw upon their current business experience and applied research knowledge. • Professional body recognition and accreditation.


4 FACILITIES

Facilities Study on-campus: Learning Centres

We have three Learning Centres (based at Telford, Wolverhampton and Walsall) with certain sites open seven-days-a-week. The Centres not only hold textbooks and journals, but give you access to a wealth of online multimedia resources, with everything you’ll need to help you complete your assignments or revise for an exam. If you have your own computer, we provide one of the largest wireless networks in UK higher education, allowing you remote access to the Internet across all campuses. Furthermore, the Learning Centres have laser-printing facilities, a video conferencing suite, satellite TV for international business programmes and individual study rooms for group work or silent study.

Study off-campus: WOLF

We are committed to blended learning in order to enhance your learning and development. We use the WOLF (Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework) system to provide you with learning support and resources. This can be accessed on or off-campus.

Support you all the way

Both personal and academic support is available through the University Student Offices. So whether it’s an assignment extension, help with funding issues or queries with your timetable, this is where you will find the answers!

Employability Unit

We are at the forefront of employability development. Our dedicated Employability and Placement Unit offers a variety of services including support to find a new job, or advice on securing a promotion.


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6 Postgraduate and professional courses

Business and Management Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Course length: 2 years

MBA (Top-up) Course length: 1 year

Outline

Outline

This course develops your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will also expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, innovation and stakeholder management. By the end of the programme you will have enhanced your knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts and principles, theoretical frameworks, and applied analysis, through a range of learning experiences such as live case studies, visiting speakers and blended learning. You will also develop key skills in formulating and managing research, presentations, problem-solving and organising and managing group-based projects. The course has CMI professional body recognition and accreditation, giving you the CMI Level 7 Diploma.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those with a minimum of two years’ general management work experience. You will normally have held a managerial role at an operational/functional level and will be looking for career progression to a more senior/strategic role.

What our students say Ilyas, MBA graduate and winner of the Chartered Management Institute Rose Bowl award for the best dissertation. The course was very professionally organised, and my course colleagues and I were extremely well looked after. I made good lasting friendships with my cohort and academic staff, and I would strongly recommend the University and course to others!

This programme builds upon your studies at Masters level by developing strategic management perspectives and analysis, and provides the opportunity to research a critical area of management or business. The course has CMI professional body recognition and accreditation, giving you the CMI Level 7 Diploma.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those with a minimum of two years’ general management experience and a Masters in a Business Management related area. The MBA is designed to accelerate and enhance career opportunities within your existing organisation, or provide for a career change by enhancing knowledge and understanding.


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Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) Course length: 2 years

MA Management Course length: 2 years

Outline

Outline

Successful completion of the DMS provides a qualification which is recognised as enhancing career prospects in a number of operational and managerial roles across a wide range of business sectors. The DMS may provide the basis for further study in a range of professional subject areas such as accounting, marketing and human resources. It also provides the opportunity to top-up to an MBA within a five year period of completing the DMS.

You will study a blend of functional and operational aspects of management, including functional areas such as marketing, accounting and human resource management, before moving on to integrate and contextualise your knowledge and skills. When you have completed the MA Management and gained two years’ management experience you are able to convert you MA into an MBA through a short distance-learning programme and research project.

Who is the course aimed at?

Who is the course aimed at?

This course develops your knowledge of key business functions and their relationship with the wider strategic and international environment. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of the current changes in the business environment through the study of leadership, organisational change and transformation, and strategic management.

Those with a minimum of two years’ general management work experience. This nationally recognised management programme is designed to satisfy the aspirations of practising middle managers seeking career development in both small and large organisations within the private, public and not-for- profit sectors.

What our students say Joss, DMS graduate I believe my professional and personal confidence has grown no end since I joined the course. I found the postgraduate course changed the way I think about professional issues and helped me understand and reason solutions better.

The MA Management is invaluable for anyone starting, or aspiring to start, a career in management. The course is perfect if you have limited managerial experience or management education, and will help you develop the mix of skills, knowledge and understanding that a manager needs.

Those who may not have any qualifications or background in business related subjects but are looking to enter a business management career at an operational level.


8 Postgraduate and professional courses

Marketing MSc Marketing Course length: 2 years

CIM Introductory Certificate in Marketing Course length: 6 months

Outline

Outline

The MSc Marketing prepares you for a management career as a professional marketer. The course structure allows you to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the theory and applications of marketing across a wide range of functions and contexts such as small and large businesses, not-for-profit organisations, and the retail and commercial sectors. You will consider the complexity of factors, including technology, enterprise and innovation, which have a significant impact on marketing systems and functions. Offering first-hand insights into the marketing issues and problems which are experienced by real businesses, the course is aligned to the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma.

Who is the course aimed at?

Managers operating at senior levels who wish to advance their knowledge, skills, career prospects and employment opportunities in the exciting and dynamic business area of marketing. If you hold the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing or the CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, you will be eligible for exceptions from the programme, it will build upon what you have already learnt, develop new and enhanced skills through the research project (which can be work based), as well as additional relevant marketing modules.

What our students say Samarjit, MSc Marketing graduate “When I decided to pursue a Masters in Marketing, I wanted two things: a course with in-depth theory knowledge, and the opportunity to learn about how these theories work in real life. The University of Wolverhampton gave me what I wanted; they helped me to combine my knowledge and expertise in the real world by making case study based learning part of the course, and putting real world experiences into the classroom.�

This course will ground you in the essentials of marketing theory, providing you with practical knowledge to take back into the workplace, whether you are in a job that involves marketing or not. It provides information about what marketing is and aims to develop knowledge and skills for people who are working to support others in basic marketing tasks.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone interested in developing their knowledge about marketing. You do not need experience of, or prior qualifications in marketing to take this course. It is ideal for those undertaking junior marketing, secretarial or administrative roles, as well as the wealth of people on the periphery of marketing, event management assistants, personal assistants, non-marketers with some marketing involvement and customer service assistants/call centre employees.


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CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing Course length: 1 year

CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing Course length: 1 year

Outline

Outline

The Professional Certificate in Marketing gives you the practical skills and knowledge to devise and execute marketing activities and gain marketing credibility. Providing a practical insight into the principles and application of marketing at a tactical level, the syllabus reflects the changing issues and practices within marketing, and employers’ views of marketing in today’s business environment.

Who is the course aimed at?

Ideal for junior marketers, those working in marketing support roles (such as personal assistants), or if marketing plays some part in your current job description, the course can also benefit individuals in more senior roles, particularly from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), where marketing is only part of a role.

This course provides you with knowledge and skills in marketing planning and across a range of marketing themes. You will learn how to plan, implement and measure marketing activities at an operational level and understand the impact of marketing decisions on other functions within businesses.

Who is the course aimed at?

Marketers responsible for managing the marketing process at an operational level who may wish to progress into management positions. These include those moving into a mid-level marketing position and marketers who are looking to build on knowledge gained at certificate level.

What our students say Jon, CIM Professional Diploma graduate The CIM is a well-recognised, relevant, and respected qualification. I studied part-time in the evening alongside my work commitments and have since secured a promotion and associate membership of the CIM.


10 Postgraduate and professional courses

Accounting CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Course length: 1 year

CIMA Operational, Managerial and Strategic Levels, Course length: 1 year for each level

Outline

Outline

This challenging, high-level marketing qualification will allow you to demonstrate specialist professional knowledge across a range of areas and provides a route to Chartered Marketer status. It is ideal for anyone looking to manage and influence marketing strategy at the highest levels in an organisation.

Who is the course aimed at?

Marketers working; or aspiring to work; at a strategic level who wish to gain a professional postgraduate qualification.

This is an internationally recognised and acclaimed financial and strategic management qualification. It is a unique financial award as it extends beyond pure accountancy to embrace the principles of general management. The course combines the latest financial, statistical and strategic tools with a range of core management disciplines to give you the knowledge and skills you need to lead organisational decision-making. Our vibrant and diverse accountancy department has over 20 years’ experience of providing financial education. This programme is taught using CIMA’s own study materials and past examination papers, and is assessed through a series of three-hour examinations, set and marked by CIMA. Successful completion of the Operational Level modules leads to the award of CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting. Following this, completion of the Management Level modules leads to the award of CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. Completion of the Strategic level modules, plus the required practical experience leads to full Chartered Management Accountant status.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those who wish to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant. To do so you must complete the Operational Level, Management Level and Strategic Level (nine modules) as well as meeting additional criteria stipulated by CIMA, including achieving the requirements of the Test of Professional Competence in Management Accounting.

What our students say Robbie, CIM Postgraduate Diploma student The Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing challenges you to think strategically about a variety of marketing issues. It is relevant and up-to-date in its content and rewards creative thinking and hard work. The lecturers facilitate lively group discussions in class and are a great source of knowledge and guidance. Upon completion of the award I will get exemptions from elements of the MSc Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton.


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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Human Resources & Leadership MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course length: 2 years

MA Coaching and Mentoring Course length: 2 years

Outline

Outline

The course has CMI professional body recognition and accreditation, giving you the CMI Level 7 Diploma.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course introduces the business tools, techniques and theories which will enable you to operate more effectively in an entrepreneurial employment setting, and will provide the competencies to act entrepreneurially. The content includes the different theoretical concepts and the practical application of innovation in terms of product, process or techniques; and the management skills required to effect the organisational change necessitated by innovation.

Who is the course aimed at?

Primarily for graduates already in employment, the programme will enhance your academic and professional skills and understanding, thus enabling you to accelerate your career within your organisation or, alternatively, seek employment in another organisation at a higher level. It will enable you to operate effectively in a dynamic and innovative setting, providing you with the competencies to act entrepreneurially.

The MA in Coaching and Mentoring will allow you to develop and enhance your coaching and mentoring skills as well as encourage a more critical understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that underpin these increasing popular interventions. The course will build on your practical skills, introduce related theory from associated fields, encourage you to analyse and reflect on both theory and practice and to be able to develop your professional capabilities further.

Coaching and mentoring practitioners, those who have used coaching and mentoring skills as Managers/Leaders, or those who have an interest in supporting the potential of others.


12 Postgraduate and professional courses

MSc Healthcare Leadership Course length: 2 years

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development and Organisational Change Course length: 2 years

Outline

Outline

These are explored in the context of rapidly changing policy and regulatory frameworks, and within a societal climate of everincreasing demands and expectations on health services. The programme provides participants with focused self-development in the areas of team leadership, communication, conflict resolution and people development skills. It further aims to challenge participants to develop their thinking and decision-making capabilities in the context of the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare settings.

This course is aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the CIPD.

Providers of healthcare recognise the need to equip existing and potential middle and senior level healthcare managers with high-level management and leadership capabilities. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to lead change and improvement initiatives within a healthcare setting.

It also addresses the need to give voice and involvement to the interests of patients and communities, and the need to reconcile the rising demands and expectations, demographic pressures, resource constraints and ethical considerations on the provision of healthcare at primary and acute levels.

Who is this course aimed at?

This programme has been designed specifically to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in a leadership role in the health and social care sectors. You will need to be working in the health or social care context or have access to a placement, to comply with the requirements of some assessments within the regime.

This course will enable you to make contributions to the development of an organisation, particularly in the arena of organisational development, change and transition. You will improve your critical understanding of complex managerial, human resource, human resource development, and organisational change issues; develop an informed approach to professional practice; and the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate to middle and senior management and advanced practitioners in the human resource development field.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those seeking to develop their professional career in Human Resource Development and Organisational Change and gain a greater knowledge and understanding of its disciplines.


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MSc Human Resource Development and Organisational Change Course length: 2 years

MSc Human Resource Development and Organisational Change (Top-up) Course length: 1 year

Outline

Outline

You will develop leadership skills, management competency and HR skills appropriate to middle and senior management and advanced practitioners engaged in organisational change and development; improve your knowledge and critical understanding of complex developmental, managerial, leadership, HR and organisational issues; and develop an informed approach to professional practice, with opportunity to apply your research to your own organisation.

Who is the course aimed at?

This programme develops your knowledge, understanding and skills for effective operation at a strategic level in the areas of organisational development, change and transition.

This course is aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the CIPD.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those already in, or that aspire to, a position of strategic influence within an organisation, either as an advanced HR practitioner, senior manager or management consultant.

This course will develop your research skills for effective operation at a strategic level in an organisation, particularly in the areas of organisational development, change and transition; assist you in making a strategic contribution to any organisation; and help improve your career prospects and progress within the field of human resource development.

Those who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma Human Resource Development and Organisational Change. You will already have, or aspire to, a position of strategic influence within your organisation, either as an advanced HR practitioner, senior manager or management consultant.


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Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management Course length: 2 years

MA Human Resource Management Course length: 2 years

Outline

Outline

This rigorous academic programme has a contemporary focus and allows you to develop the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge for an effective career in human resource management. Successful completion of this course enables you to apply for professional membership of CIPD. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the disciplines of human resources; critical reflective thinking; and independent personal development skills. This course is aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the CIPD.

Who is this course aimed at?

Those who are looking for a professional career in human resource management and wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of its disciplines.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills pertinent to your development as a Human Resource professional in the UK or in international environments. The course is intellectually challenging and upon completion, you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to function effectively as an HR professional. This course is aligned to the professional standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and upon successful completion offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the CIPD.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those who are looking to develop a career in the HR profession and require a Masters course that is accredited by the CIPD, which is internationally recognised for developing the standards for the HR professional.

What our students say Memory, MA Human Resource Management graduate I studied with the University because it was my local CIPD accredited centre. What I didn’t realise when I applied was the excellent academic advice and support I would receive from the staff as they supported me throughout my studies.


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MA Human Resource Management (Top-up) Course length: 1 year

MA Leadership Course length: 2 years

Outline

Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

You will develop your critical understanding of both the organisation and the environment in which you operate, and the range of responses at your disposal as an effective leader.

If you would like to progress at a professional level, this Human Resource Management Masters top-up, which is accredited by the CIPD, can help you to achieve your career goals. As part of your studies you will undertake an independent research project of your choice, fully supported by an academic supervisor. If you are not already a member of the CIPD the successful completion of the course enables you to apply for Chartered Membership Status.

Those who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Providing a thorough understanding of leadership in a range of organisational contexts, this course places emphasis on exploring and understanding contemporary leadership issues, and adopts a critical and applied perspective ensuring that learning is transferred to your work environment throughout the programme.

The course offers an alternative to conventional approaches to leadership development, through a broad focus on development of appropriate insights on leader behaviour and leadership strategies. Your learning is focused on the development of self-awareness and personal skills, knowledge and competence, as well as addressing key contemporary organisational issues and the application of theory and research to practice. The course builds students’ knowledge and skills profile and culminates in planning for future career development and progression.

Who is the course aimed at?

You will have a minimum of one year’s management/supervisory experience, and will occupy an early leadership and management position. The course provides the foundations for advancement into more senior leadership roles. The reflective and critical capabilities you will develop throughout the course will provide you with a sound basis for your next and subsequent career moves. This is a highly personalised course, tailored to the development of an effective leader persona in the organisational context.


16 Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate Certificate Medical Education Course length: 1 year Outline

This vocationally-focused programme prepares hospital-based doctors (at Senior House Officer, Registrar, Specialist Registrar and Consultant level), GPs, Senior Clinical Grades and related health professionals, to become medical educators in the workplace and to improve existing skills and knowledge. While exploring the role of teaching and learning in the clinical environment, focus is placed upon how a medical teacherpractitioner may facilitate learning through a range of different techniques. You will also investigate the rationale and methods by which clinical learning is assessed across a range of metrics, whilst evaluating the effectiveness of these metrics.

Who is this course aimed at?

Participants will normally be qualified doctors at Senior House Officer, Registrar, Specialist Registrar, GP or Consultant level. Applications from Senior Grades will also be considered, together with related health specialities of podiatry, ophthalmic, dentistry, etc. This programme has been specifically designed to provide relevant knowledge and skills for those acting in the role of medical educator in the health sector context.

Undergraduate courses If you are not ready to study at postgraduate level, we also offer a range of part-time undergraduate courses.

BA (Hons) Business Management Course length: 4.5-6 years

Outline

This course develops your knowledge and understanding of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance, and operations and management systems. Entrepreneurship and innovation, key drivers for economic and business development, are a particular focus of the course as well as globalisation and internationalisation.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is appropriate for participants from a range of backgrounds including those early in their career who have recently obtained A-levels (or equivalent) or those without formal previous qualifications but who have a number of years’ work experience and who find they need a degree in order to progress in their career.

Other postgraduate courses we offer

Other undergraduate courses we offer:

We also offer a range of Postgraduate Certificates which can be studied in one year.

We also offer undergraduate degrees which may be completed on a part-time study basis in the following areas:

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Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership Postgraduate Certificate Leadership Postgraduate Certificate Management Studies Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing Postgraduate Certificate in Sales Management

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Human Resource Management BA (Hons) International Business BA (Hons) Marketing Management FD (Arts) Business Management (3 years part-time) at City of Wolverhampton College


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