Welcome to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Master’s degree in Strategic Business Management. The Master’s degree programme offers eligible CIMA members an exciting opportunity to gain an academic qualification from a leading UK business school.
The programme has been specifically designed to allow students to explore an area of their interest and develop their commercial insight to become successful finance and business professionals.
The Master’s degree programme is delivered entirely online and gives students the flexibility to study for a well respected academic qualification. The programme is intended to have a one year duration and covers two units of learning: Academic & Professional Development and a dissertation. However, there are no set lecture times and students are able to work through the units at their own pace. This does not mean the student is ‘on their own’, with tailored interactive learning material, regular support from specialist academic supervisors and the ability to interact with fellow students, the learning experience is a rich and rewarding one.
Access to university facilities
As an MSc Strategic Business Management student you will have access to the following materials and support:
- Sophisticated online learning materials for your courses.
- Dedicated one to one academic supervisor support.
- Manchester Metropolitan University's extensive business library.
Academic tutor support
A specialist academic supervisor will support you throughout your progress through the learning units in the programme. Your supervisor will be a specialist in their area with academic and commercial experience to help you gain the most from the programme and achieve your full potential.
To help you progress through your learning units you will have 8 scheduled one to one contact hours with your supervisor. In addition to this, you will have direct access to your supervisor to discuss aspects of the learning unit or assessment.
For more details on the support you can expect from your supervisor, please see the Programme format section.
Am I eligible?
You must be a registered CIMA member and hold current associate or fellow membership status.
The Master’s degree in Strategic Business Management is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to become effective finance and business professionals. The programme covers two units: Academic and Professional Development and a dissertation.
The Academic and Professional Development unit equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify and investigate accounting issues and practices that will stimulate and support improvements to the accounting and finance strategies and practices of organisations. You will have the opportunity in this unit, and later through the dissertation, to research a live accounting issue; for example it could be an assessment of the impact of financial reporting standards; an investigation of the effect of the economic climate on management control practices; or an evaluation of sustainability reporting practices in a business sector. The choice of topic will be yours, and you will have the opportunity to follow your interest and develop a real area of expertise.
The Dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant applied research project into a particular accounting issue of your interest. Building on the work you undertake in the Academic and Professional Development unit, you will conduct original research, usually in an organisational setting, with a view to making practical recommendations for organisational practice and deepening the understanding of the issue amongst accounting professionals and commentators.
Course format and duration
The programme is designed to last for one year, with Academic and Professional Development studied over a 3 month period and the Dissertation over 9 months. The units are studied one after another. Once students have submitted assignments for their first unit of study and the assignment submission period has closed, the second unit of study is then open for students to begin
Each unit comprises of 10 sessions of online learning. The online learning portal is designed to provide students with an interactive and rich learning experience and provides students with the framework and support to direct their research activities. As well as the online learning portal, students are supported throughout the programme by their dedicated academic supervisor. The one to one relationship between student and supervisor supports students to maximise their potential and progress toward the submission of the assignments.
Academic and Professional Development
Two supervisor sessions. The first, for your supervisor to introduce themselves to you and the second to discuss the individual business research report assignment.
The supervisor feedback and guidance sessions follow the milestones to the production of the Dissertation:
Session 1: Feedback on your draft proposal.
Session 2: Feedback on your literature review.
Session 3: Feedback on your Methodology chapter.
Session 4: Data collection.
Session 5: Analysis and interpretation of findings.
Session 6: Conclusions and ‘finishing off’.
Features and benefits of the course
- This programme draws on the unique global partnership between CIMA and Manchester Metropolitan University to give CIMA students the opportunity to gain an Honours degree.
- The convenience of part-time online study gives flexibility and the ability to maintain other commitments.
- Sophisticated online learning materials for your courses.
- Learning examples and tutor feedback to help hone your skills.
- Dedicated support from specialist academic tutors and online access to MMU’s extensive library and research material.
The Master’s in Strategic Business Management programme is an exciting opportunity for CIMA members to gain an advanced qualification that represents the next step on their professional ladder, or an opportunity to advance or change their career. The one year online course features extensive one to one interaction with your academic supervisor to provide a flexible and supportive environment for your studies.
Registration is now open for the February intake. If you have questions about registering for the course, please email email@example.com.
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Cost & Fees
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £3,950 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £3,950 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £3,950 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £3,950 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Last updated May 2, 2017