Studying business and administrative subjects – including management, human resources, marketing and finance – may provide you with a wide array of career choices upon graduation. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of students enrolled on postgraduate courses and between 2010/2011 – 2011/2012 this increased further by 2%.
Business education and research at postgraduate level receives partial funding from the Economic and Social Research Council which has a budget of approximately £200 million (2012). This funding currently supports more than 2000 postgraduate students and funds more than 2,500 research projects.
Postgraduate Search has a wide variety of courses available to potential students looking to further their knowledge. Topics in this area cover international business, finance and marketing along with other related area such as entrepreneurship and development.
The UK’s academic strengths within this specific subject area reflect its professional strengths, The city of London is one of the world’s largest hubs for international business and is one of the two leading global financial sectors (the other being New York). Its significant presence within a wide range of financial and international markets has a significant impact upon the content and structure of the postgraduate teaching offered across the country.
Areas of specialism
Management MAs and MScs normally cover a whole range of topics such as accounting, information and operations management, international business, human resources, marketing, and strategy and development.
Human resource (HR) management
HR normally looks at best practice, the legal requirements of employers and industrial relations. Some courses will be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and may help gain exemptions in becoming a member of the Institute. Research projects in this area can include the role of trade unions, personality testing and psychology, the effect of training and development on an organisation, and reward strategies.
Accounting and finance
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) accredit many taught master’s programmes. Research projects can cover corporate accountability, financial econometrics, financial analysis, financial management in the public sector, financial theory and history, and international accounting.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing is a well-regarded professional qualification for marketing practitioners. Holders of this diploma are entitled to use the letters ‘DipM ACIM’ after their name and are eligible to begin working towards Chartered Marketer status. Other non-accredited master’s and postgraduate diplomas specialise in certain areas of marketing relating to specific industries or service sectors.
Research topics can look at areas such as retail strategy, consumer behaviour, brand management, quantitative methods and social contextualisation.
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