Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Introduction

The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences comprises subjects that sit together logically and dynamically, allowing collegial and mutually beneficial relationships to be formed.

Within the College are featured the following departments: Arts and Humanities; Politics, History and Law School; Economics and Finance; Social Sciences, Media and Communications; Education; and the Brunel Business School. Drawing upon the previous School Structure of the University, the College combines excellence from various disciplines, such as the Brunel Business School that holds a Times Higher Education Award.

Attracted to the University from across the globe, students who study in the College will be taught by international leaders in their respective fields. We offer education programmes that promote innovation, entrepreneurship and creative thinking, ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared for their future careers and can contribute to society.

Together, the College departments produce ground-breaking research and educational programmes that addresses the challenges facing society. Alongside other research produced by the University, the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences changes the lives of people around the world by bringing economic, social and cultural benefits.

Facts and Figures

Brunel Business School

  • Brunel Business School won the Business School of the Year Award by the Times Higher Education Awards.
  • The Complete University Guide 2015 ranked Brunel Business School 2nd in London for student satisfaction and 8th in London for business studies
  • Sunday Times University Guide 2014 ranked Brunel Business School 7th in London and 39th in UK for business and management studies.
  • Guardian University Guide 2015 ranked Brunel Business School 7th in London and 60th in UK for business and management studies.

Arts and Humanities

Brunel's English Literature and Creative Writing (CW) subject areas are now amongst the Top 6 in the country, as recently announced in the Guardian University Guide 2015 Subject Tables. Brunel's Music department also rose to 7th place in the listings.

This school offers programs in:
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Programmes

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MSc

MSc Accounting and Business Management

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. [+]

About the Course Accounting information lies at the heart of management and is also used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties. Therefore, the MSc Accounting and Business Management appeals to graduates with a business-related degree who want to develop their understanding of accounting and management in a business context and develop skills that enhance their employability. The rigorous and integrated syllabus emphasises the value of developing knowledge and skills progressively. It supports personal learning and development through managed choice and encourages personal initiative, enthusiasm and positive study habits. Aims This programme offers students an opportunity to: Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability. Special Features Valuable accounting and management skills for students intending to seek employment in today's competitive job market and those who will work in the family business Strong foundation for entrepreneurs planning to set up and manage their own businesses Graduating students receive accreditation from ACCA in respect of three papers at Foundation Level Graduating students receive accreditation from ICAEW in respect of three papers at Proffessional Stage Graduating students receive accreditation from CIMA in respect of two papers at Certificate Level, one paper at Operational Level and two papers at Management Level Firm foundation for future doctoral studies Accounting and Auditing Research Centre Academics who teach on this exciting programme are part of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC) which is directed by Dr Jill Collis, who is also Director of the MSc Accounting and Business Management programme. It provides a focus for investigating current issues in corporate financial reporting, assurance and corporate governance in large and small entities. Specialist areas include impact assessments of government policy on the accounting and auditing needs of SMEs and the effect of deregulation on users of their financial statements and the accountancy profession. The AARC provides a vibrant environment for experienced and emerging researchers. Members are also engaged in supervising and examining doctoral students. Students on the MSc Accounting and Business Management programme will be invited to the annual Brunel Accounting Symposium which is hosted by AARC. Teaching and Assessment Teaching Teaching and learning methods typically comprise weekly lecture/workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The virtual learning environment provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. There will be opportunities for active-learning and formative feedback. The dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor. Assessment is based on the project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination. Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the programme (September to April) includes eight modules, which are delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. 1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four between January and April, and four between September and December). Delivery is via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. The dissertation is undertaken between May and August, and completed between January and March. Employability Business Life is a unique Employability Programme designed to maximise students’ employability by providing an intensive programme of professional workshops and events that run in parallel with academic studies. Business Life was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector. Business Life features at-a-glance: High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates. [-]

MSc Anthropology of Childhood, Youth & Education

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc was the first degree of its kind in the world when it was established and is still unique in its thoroughgoing anthropological perspective on what it is to be a child or to be young. [+]

About the Course The Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc was the first degree of its kind in the world when it was established and is still unique in its thoroughgoing anthropological perspective on what it is to be a child or to be young. Its key organising principle is that understanding children requires the study of how their relations with others - peers, older and younger children, parents, teachers and other adults - inform their practices, identities and world views. This course addresses the following issues from an anthropological perspective: Do children of ‘different cultures’ live ‘different worlds’? How does education impact upon children’s worlds and upon social and cultural practices more broadly? How do everyday processes of learning – both formal and informal - help to shape children’s ideas of and engagement with society at large? What is the role of schools in the transmission and acquisition of cultural values to children and youth? And why are adults’ ideas about childhood and youth so important for what children learn and aspire to become? The distinctiveness of this degree derives from an anthropological approach that focuses on the importance of children’s and youth’s perspectives, and on the role that education (formal and informal) plays in children’s learning processes and in the transmission and acquisition of cultural knowledge. Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world – see “Special Features” for more details. Attendance for lectures full-time: 2 days per week - for 24 weeks Attendance for lectures part-time: 1 day per week - for 24 weeks (in each of 2 years) Aims Through an examination of ethnographic cases from around the world (including the UK), you will learn about the different ways in which childhood and youth are understood and conceptualised. You will explore the different educational forms and processes through which cultural knowledge is transmitted and acquired, and how culture impacts upon these processes. Special Features Our course team has worked in countries across the globe including South, West and East Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, as well as Britain. All our degrees (whether full- or part-time) combine intensive coursework, rigorous training in ethnographic research methods, and a period of fieldwork in the summer term (final summer term if part-time) leading to a 15,000 word dissertation. Students are free to choose their own research topic and geographic area, in consultation with their academic supervisor. In all cases, the dissertation research project provides valuable experience and in many cases it leads to job contacts – forming a bridge to a future career or time out for career development. In recent years, students have undertaken fieldwork in locations across the world, including India, Mexico, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, China, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand as well as within the UK and the rest of Europe. A few examples of completed dissertations across our Anthropology courses include: Psychological suffering on the borders of Myanmar/Thailand An Inuit trauma unit in Ottawa, Canada NGOs and youth activism in Trinidad Neo-shamanism in Germany Outcast London: Attitudes and perspectives among hard-to-reach TB patients Volunteer tourism and its impact on children in Nepal Rap music and politics in Equatorial Guinea Ayahuasca use among Westerners in the Amazon Religious education in London’s secondary schools Mental health in Ghana The Tibetan diaspora in India Life on a forensic psychiatric ward in Britain Gender and sexuality in a hammam in Cairo Youth and unemployment in Bari, Italy Cultural factors and the experience of dementia in the UK Management of diabetes in Cambodia Trachoma and medical pluralism in Ethiopia Training as a transcultural psychic in London Teaching and Assessment Teaching You will be taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film. Assessment Assessment is variously by essay, practical assignments (e.g. analysis of a short field exercise), and a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. This dissertation is based upon fieldwork undertaken by the candidate. There are no examinations. Careers Candidates will acquire analytical and research skills that can be used in a wide range of careers. In addition to providing a firm grounding for doctoral research on childhood and youth, graduates will find that the degree enhances professional development in fields such as teaching, social work, counselling, educational and child psychology, health-visiting, nursing and midwifery, paediatric specialisms, non-governmental agencies and international development. Every year, some of our graduates also go on to do further research for a PhD in child-focused anthropology as members of the Centre for Child-Focused Anthropological Research (C-FAR). [-]

MSc Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Anthropology has played a key role in the emergence of new perspectives on humanitarian assistance and the livelihoods of populations caught up in extreme circumstances such as famines, natural disasters and wars. On the one hand, this has led to a radical re-thinking of what has been happening, but on the other hand, it has led to anthropologists sometimes playing controversial roles in agendas associated with the "war on terror". This course examines these contemporary issues and debates, and explores their implications. It also sets them in the context of anthropology as a discipline. [+]

About the course Over the last ten years, global aspirations to reduce the suffering of the "bottom billion" have led to unprecedented attention on international development. International agencies, governments and NGOs are working more intensely than ever before to deliver appropriate policies and interventions. Anthropology has played a key role in the emergence of new perspectives on humanitarian assistance and the livelihoods of populations caught up in extreme circumstances such as famines, natural disasters and wars. On the one hand, this has led to a radical re-thinking of what has been happening, but on the other hand, it has led to anthropologists sometimes playing controversial roles in agendas associated with the "war on terror". This course examines these contemporary issues and debates, and explores their implications. It also sets them in the context of anthropology as a discipline. The course will appeal to graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including: anthropology, sociology, economics, politics, geography, law and development studies. It is suited for those interested in critically assessing the policies and practices of international development and humanitarian assistance to war-affected regions from an anthropological perspective. It will provide the necessary training to enable students to seek employment with NGOs (such as Oxfam and Save the Children Fund), international agencies (such as the World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme) and the civil service (such as the UK Department for International Development). It will also provide a useful stepping stone for those seeking to undertake doctoral research in international development. Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world – see “Special Features” for more details. Attendance for lectures full-time: 2 days per week - for 24 weeks Attendance for lectures part-time: 1 day per week - for 24 weeks (in each of 2 years) Aims You will discover how the apparent insights and skills of anthropologists have a long history associated with ethnographic work on economics, education, health, deprivation and conceptions of suffering dating back to the origins of the discipline. Special Features While its approach is anthropological, this degree offers genuine multi-disciplinary possibilities by drawing on modules from Politics, Health Sciences, Law and Business. Students will have the opportunity to explore the multiplicity of issues arising from critical shifts in global policy across the following key themes: The ways in which economic anthropologists have enhanced our understandings of livelihoods in ways that are dramatically different to dominant approaches in economics. The hazards and limitations of relying solely upon biomedical interventions to alleviate suffering and sickness. The ostensibly positive relationship between education and development, and the role of education as a vehicle for eradicating illiteracy and lowering fertility and mortality rates. An exploration of such themes together will make it possible for students to think and engage in new and critical ways about the relationship between anthropology and development. All our degrees (whether full- or part-time) combine intensive coursework, rigorous training in ethnographic research methods, and a period of fieldwork in the summer term (final summer term if part-time) leading to a 15,000 word dissertation. Students are free to choose their own research topic and geographic area, in consultation with their academic supervisor. In all cases, the dissertation research project provides valuable experience and in many cases it leads to job contacts – forming a bridge to a future career or time out for career development. In recent years, students have undertaken fieldwork in locations across the world, including India, Mexico, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, China, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand as well as within the UK and the rest of Europe. A few examples of completed dissertations across our Anthropology courses include: Psychological suffering on the borders of Myanmar/Thailand An Inuit trauma unit in Ottawa, Canada NGOs and youth activism in Trinidad Neo-shamanism in Germany Outcast London: attitudes and perspectives among hard-to-reach TB patients Volunteer tourism and its impact on children in Nepal Rap music and politics in Equatorial Guinea Ayahuasca use among Westerners in the Amazon Religious education in London’s secondary schools Mental health in Ghana The Tibetan diaspora in India Life on a forensic psychiatric ward in Britain Gender and sexuality in a hammam in Cairo Youth and unemployment in Bari, Italy Cultural factors and the experience of dementia in the UK Management of diabetes in Cambodia Trachoma and medical pluralism in Ethiopia Training as a transcultural psychic in London Teaching and Assessment Teaching You will be taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and film. Assessment Assessment is variously by essay and practical assignment (e.g. analysis of a short field exercise). A final dissertation of approximately 15,000 words based on fieldwork in the UK or abroad, is also required. There are no examinations. Employability Students who complete the MSc in the Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance would be suitable to enter the following areas of specific study and/or general employment: doctoral research in international environment and research assistant positions NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Save the Children Fund, Islamic Agency for International Relief) and international agencies (e.g. World Health Organisation, World Food Programme) civil service employment (the UK Department for International Development) general private sector employment (e.g. administrative/managerial positions and consultancy). [-]

MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management

Campus Full time 12 - 16  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. [+]

About the Course MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is offered in a choice of two routes: MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management – a one year standard master's OR MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) 16 months The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. The MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a 16 week work placement component at a company or a consultancy. The unique feature of the work placement distinguishes the programme from other Master's in the country. The programme covers issues of branding in blue chip companies, the service industry, banks, petroleum companies, lifestyle organisations, corporate brand heritage, nation and place branding. The core contents of branding are examined at the corporate level rather than at the product level. In other words, teaching on the programme focuses on branding of the corporation rather than branding the product. The focus on corporate branding considers the following components: Corporate identity Corporate image and reputation Corporate design Corporate culture Corporate behaviour Corporate brand structure and brand strategy Students undertake a project in collaboration with branding firms as part of their consultancy-based dissertation option. Examples include projects that are concerned with measuring the corporate image and ascertaining brand success of a chosen corporation. Aims In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to study and evaluate not only contemporary theory relating to corporate branding, the programme will also offer you the chance to examine current research relating to the management of an organisation’s corporate reputation, its corporate identity and its corporate communications. You will gain a thorough understanding of the issues related to marketing at a corporate level. You will gain a comprehensive appreciation of how to apply corporate branding and marketing theory and practice in the context of a contemporary organisation. Special Features Besides formal teaching and the Professional Practise, students are exposed to the myriad of practical applications of the theories taught, such as: Guest speakers from the industry and brand consultancies. Visits to brand companies and consultancies. Career talks and presentations. Visits to the Design Museum and Branding Museum in London. Marketing and Corporate Brand Management Research Group Led by John Balmer, a world-renowned expert in corporate branding and identity has built on a well-established background in corporate branding, identity and marketing. MCBM is leading the way in developing international research into corporate heritage identity and branding (John Balmer and Weifeng Chen) – an underexplored concept that has potential to offer powerful symbolic and cultural value in a global, commercial context that is increasingly disengaged from the past. Recent publications on the above have appeared in European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Business Research. Corporate Advisory Board The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. From advising blue-chip companies on brand strategy, to implementing brand communications for employees and customers all over the world, their experience is invaluable to our MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management programme. They also share their expertise with students as visiting lecturers, act as a sounding board for our academic plans, and offer placements, projects, field trips and other practitioner-based components. Teaching and Assessment Teaching A particular feature of this course is the use of case studies to contextualise contemporary theory and practice and the importance attached to class presentations to demonstrate the ability to apply theory in practice. The academic experts contributing to the programme are prominent world class researchers in the branding field, namely, Professor John Balmer from Brunel Business School, and Professor Stephen Greyser from Harvard Business School – who is also a Visiting Professor of Corporate Marketing on the programme. Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes seven modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Careers Previous students of MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management have achieved graduate positions at, amongst others: British Airways London Borough of Harrow (Local Council) Amer Sports Street Market Ltd Radley Yeldar Brand Union McCann Ericson OWL Grey Group The Daily Mail Group Placements Work placements are offered to suitable candidates with companies represented in the Applied Corporate Brand Management Advisory Board. Amongst others are: Heathrow Airport BrandPie Telefónica Europe Radley Yeldar Mars Jim Northover Limited Network Rail leapSTONE Right Management Tata Beverages Tetley Tea Students placement take place over four months, from 1 September to 31 January the following year and previous placements involved roles such as project manager, marketing executive, brand researcher, internal communication officer and marketing officer amongst others. Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary. On completion of the placement students proceed to find full-time employment in branding and advertising roles in the UK or abroad. The purpose of the placement is to provide students with hands-on experience working with a brand consultant or a brand-related department of an organisation in the UK. It is an integral part of the course and students will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement. Corporate Brand Management is growing in importance as a management discipline and we are confident that graduates of this programme will secure managerial positions either 'on the client side' – in organisations (from the public, private and not for profit sectors) or 'on the agency side' within leading branding consultancies. [-]

MSc Business Intelligence and Social Media

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

This exciting new programme explores developments in cloud based and mobile commerce that are changing the way businesses will operate in the future. The Business Intelligence and Social Media MSc draws together technology and business perspectives in order to understand the implications for social-media enabled business. [+]

About the Course This exciting new programme explores developments in cloud based and mobile commerce that are changing the way businesses will operate in the future. The Business Intelligence and Social Media MSc draws together technology and business perspectives in order to understand the implications for social-media enabled business. The course helps students prepare for a career in business and management within and beyond the IT sector by gaining technical skills and an appreciation of the crucial role social web technologies play in today’s organisations and their ability to transform business processes. Aims You will develop sound knowledge and understanding of new-media related business practices and transferable skills designed to meet the challenges of employment within the global economy. You will gain understanding of the importance of information and mass communications technologies to the operations of modern businesses of all kinds. You will be encouraged to reflect on the relevance of concepts to business and apply your newly developed skills in advance studies or professional practice. Successful graduates of the course progress to leadership and decision making roles in industrial organisations or develop successful consultancy and advisory businesses of their own. Practitioners seeking a more commercially relevant and technology oriented master’s qualification in the area of new business technologies rather than an MBA find this course of interest. Special Features The course offers: Curriculum focus on social media in business. Teaching with and through social media. Technologies introduced from non-tech perspective. Focus on consultancy and entrepreneurship. Opportunities for students to practice and develop problem analysis, solution design, advisory and communication skills, as well as to become familiar with business models and the life-cycle of business development. Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Group Academics who teach on this exciting programme are part of the Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Group which is a research centre of excellence that supports a number of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded networks and projects. This group is housed in the Brunel Business School in collaboration with the excellent-rated (RAE score 5) School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics. ISEing is the first multi-disciplinary research group to receive government funding in the areas of Information Systems Evaluation, Enterprise Integration and eGovernment. Teaching and Assessment Teaching The course is structured so that full-time students take four 15 credit modules per term, plus a 60 credit dissertation module in term 3. Each 15 credit module demands 150 hours of study comprised of 22 hours of tutor arranged contact time and a minimum of 128 hours of non-contact student managed time. Each module has its own form of assessment held at the end of the term in which the module runs, and can include essays, projects and group assignments. The dissertation is an extended research oriented task conducted individually and offers the opportunity for students to undertake in-depth investigation in to a topic of their choosing. Students may choose to develop a project in collaboration with an industrial partner, which can be focused on business solutions of practical relevance (rather than theoretical research). Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. 1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes 8 modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December); delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term. Employability The business climate is changing fast and there is a wide spread expectation that new jobs will be created in the technology business sector. However it is also widely perceived that there is a worldwide shortage of qualified managers with the skills to capitalise on newly developing disruptive technologies. As a direct result of new technological advances that enable innovative ways of conducting business and creating value, there are many new opportunities for business professionals to create careers that didn’t exist even just a few years ago. It is reported in the industry literature that these new roles are becoming necessary to handle the responsibilities created by disruptive technologies that have disrupted or changed the traditional business models. It is expected that new job titles will continue to emerge and we anticipate that graduates of the MSc in Business Intelligence and Social Media course will be well placed to fill these new roles in the USA, China, India – essentially globally. Companies that are actively seeking candidates include technology sector businesses, but also banking, insurance, retail and education. In fact, it is expected that virtually all business sectors will need to address Big-data and inevitably will need skilled people to manage development. Hence, we have designed the course to target the types of new job roles being created and anticipated in business. [-]

MSc Global Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics. [+]

About the Course The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics. You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas. Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the supply chain or logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas. Aims This programme will equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area. Specifically, you will be able to: Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation. Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management. Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues. Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations. Special Features The programme includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops.Past visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants, as well as visits from LEAN specialists at Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld. In addition, on completion of the MSc GSCM programme, successful graduates can apply to become full members of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, subject to having satisfied the three year relevant work experience requirement. Also, graduates successfully completing this degree will have met the educational requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. When applying for Chartered Membership, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the experience requirements of four years relevant experience including two years at senior level. This is one of the few supply chain master's programmes in the United Kingdom to have received accreditation from the top Supply Chain and Logistics bodies. The course is taught by internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners who are active members of world-class Operations and Supply Chain Systems Research Centre (OASIS). Students will acquire a wealth of networking and knowledge opportunities to bring them close to a growing supply chain community. They will also get the opportunity to present research to industry specialists. Teaching and Assessment Teaching As a research active university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in student lectures. Professor Michael Bourlakis, Professor Emel Aktas and Dr Afshin Mansouri are active researchers in the field of global supply and logistics management and active researchers within the school’s Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM). Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Typical events have included: Meet the Professionals Showcase A professional association is an organisation formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. There are many advantages to joining professional bodies: typically they offer training and access to research, as well as networking opportunities like conferences and forums. Brunel Business School regularly invites key professional bodies to showcase these benefits to Business School students on campus. Professional bodies who regularly take part in the showcase include: ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA, BCS, OR, CMI, CILT, CIPD, CII, CBI, CFA, CIM and CIPR. Careers This exciting programme is suitable for recent graduates and those seeking to enhance or extend their career opportunities in the field of supply chain and logistics management. [-]

MSc Human Resource and Employment Relations

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

This exciting programme will give you a thorough grasp of current theory and practice relating to the management of human resources and employment relations. [+]

About the Course This exciting programme will give you a thorough grasp of current theory and practice relating to the management of human resources and employment relations. Whilst the UK is the primary focus for the study of employment relations issues, students will also consider the human resource management challenges of organisations operating across national boundaries. The course is designed both for fresh graduates and HR practitioners alike or anyone planning to undertake research in this area. Students will benefit from an entire module dedicated to the issues in employee relations which focuses on the key role played by employers, employees and their representatives in enhancing effective organisational working. Key issues of employee communication and the impact of EU directives on work arrangement will also be considered. A number of leading edge elective modules are available on the programme including Global Diversity Management, International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance. Aims You will gain a critical theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of human resource management and employment relations. Graduates as prospective entrants to human resources management roles, as 'thinking performers', should be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making contributions to improved organisational performance and delivery of sound personnel/human resources practice and services. Special Features Full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), enabling graduates to achieve associate status, subject to membership. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour Research Group (HRM-OB). The course considers key HR systems and processes from an international perspective with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity Management. Members of HRM-OB undertake applied research into all aspects of performance in the workplace, individual well-being and performance, and Human Resources Management in its broadest sense. Using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, our work investigates current and pressing issues in performance at three levels of analysis - the individual, the workteam, and the wider organisation. We publish in top-tier outlets internationally, advise organisations in partnership, and seek to generate innovative scientific understanding and professional practice in a diverse set of areas of work performance. Accreditation Brunel Business School is proud to announce the accreditation of MSc Human Resources Management and MSc Human Resources and Employment Relations by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). CIPD is the world’s largest Chartered HR and development professional body working together with over 100 institutions around the world to set global standards for HR and support development of HR professionals. CIPD accreditation enables students and graduates of the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Management and Employment Relations to gain access to the wealth of resources provided by the institute. These include a bi-monthly magazine, People Management, which provides key insight into contemporary HR issues in practice. The CIPD also commission major research studies into key areas of HR and HR-ER practice, providing information to students and informing decisions of practicing managers. Through their nationwide branch network, the CIPD provide a forum for practitioners and students to meet on a regular basis, engage with high profile speakers and network in respect of areas of common interest. Teaching and Assessment Teaching As a research intensive university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in student lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the school’s Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM - OB). Modes of Study One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules, delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. One-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December). Delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability Previous students from MSc Human Resources and Employment Relations have secured graduate positions at: Ehret Ltd HSBC Southern Publishing Group Yo! Sushi [-]

MSc Human Resource Management

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The objective of this MSc Human Resource Management program is to provide an understanding of contemporary theoretical and analytical issues in the management of human resources and the role this may have in organisational success. [+]

About the Course With employees now recognised as a key resource, the MSc in Human Resource Management offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theoretical and analytical issues in the management of human resources and the roles these play in organisation success. Students will examine a full range of HRM approaches, techniques and methodologies. The course is designed for those who wish to become himane resource practioners in academic, consultancy or commercial settings. It is also suitbale for students looking to undertake further research in academic consultancy or commercial settings. The compulsory modules on the course are in relation to Human Resource Management contexts, concepts and practices, and contemporary issues such as talent and leadership recruitment and selection, reward management, performance management and facilitating learning and development in organisations. Issues in international human resource management such as expatriation, managing across cultures will also be covered, as well as HR systems and processes from an international perspective. A number of leading edge optional modules are available on the programme including Global Diversity Management; Ethics and Corporate Governance. Aims You will be provided with a critical theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of human resource management. Graduates as prospective entrants to human resources management roles, as 'thinking performers', should be able to address business and professional situations knowledgeably, making contributions to improved organisational performance and delivery of sound personnel/human resources practice and services Special Features Full accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), enabling graduates to achieve associate status, subject to membership. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC). The course considers key HR systems and processes from an international perspective with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity Management. Teaching and Assessment Teaching As a research intensive university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in student lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of HR and active researchers within the school’s Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM-OB). Modes of Study One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules, delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. One-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes eight modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December). Delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability Previous students from MSc Human Resource Management have achieved graduate positions at: Accenture (UK) Limited Cap Gemini Cyprus (Government) PriceWaterHouseCoopers CORMED International. [-]

MSc International Business

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. [+]

About the Course The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. The programme aims to enable students to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and the ability to make integrative links across various disciplines. Some aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets. Graduates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact of contextual factors on organisations - within the context of internationalisation: the management of resources and operations the financing of business enterprise the management and development of people the use and the limitations of a range of research methods and on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies. The programme offers training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process. Aims The programme will enable you to further develop transferable skills suitable for engaging with the challenges of employment/self-employment within the global economy. You will gain comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person. You will develop comprehensive knowledge and skills for successful careers in multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, international laws, and academic institutions. Special Features This specialist programme is designed for pre-experience students seeking a career in international management/international business Tutors are active members of the Strategy Entrepreneurship and International Business Research Group Teaching and Assessment Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Modes of Study One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. Employability Outcomes Previous students of MSc International Business have achieved graduate positions at: HMV Greenpower Boots Pro-Bank [-]

MSc Management

Campus Full time 12 - 16  January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

MSc Management offers students a critically aware understanding of management and organisations relevant to career paths through an advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing contexts in which they operate. It provides preparation and development for a career in any sector. [+]

About the Course The Management MSc programme offers: Specialist pathways which reflect the distinctive strengths of Brunel Business School: marketing and branding, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and research. Emphasis on developing employability and career development skills. UK commercial visits and the option of a week-long overseas study tour. Optional 14 week work placement. The programme possesses considerable strengths including the existence of a diverse and international mix of faculty and students. Students benefit from research-informed teaching, as well as practical and professional support to their academic and vocational development. MSc Management is offered in four specialisations: MSc Management (General Management) – developing a generalised knowledge of theory and its practical applications to business, public sector and third sector organisations. MSc Management (Branding and Marketing) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of marketing and branding issues followed by a related dissertation topic. MSc Management (Technology and Innovation Management) – combining a generalist study of technology and innovation issues followed by a related dissertation topic. MSc Management (Creative Industries) – combining a generalist study of management with a specialist study of the media industry and media management issues followed by a related dissertation topic. Aims MSc Management offers students a critically aware understanding of management and organisations relevant to career paths. This is achieved through an advanced study of organisations, their management and the changing contexts in which they operate. This course provides preparation and development for a career in any sector. Special Features You can be both generalist and specialist at the same time with bolt-on specialist areas of choice such as: Marketing and Branding, Innovation Management or the Creative Industries. Employment experience and work placement of 14 weeks Career progression and finding suitable jobs are key for our students; hence employment experience is part of the degree programme. From your placement you identify a project, linked to the dissertation, and produce an internal consultancy report for a company. Showcasing the degree certificate to future employers Your specialist study and specialist placement experience is showcased on your actual degree certificate, to make it obvious for any potential employer looking for a candidate who really stands out. Engaging with businesses at high level The Business Life programme is really supportive to your career prospects with a range of opportunities such as meeting with industry guest speakers, visits to companies and factories, and international business tours. Accreditation Chartered Management Institute (CMI): A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'. Teaching and Assessment Teaching As an active research university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of management and active researchers within one of the six centres of research within the school. Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. 1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes 8 modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December); delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examination assignments place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these various skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design in detail and execute a major project. Assessment may include some numerical analysis tasks as well as reporting on published financial data. Tasks related to the gathering of published data or field investigation to new data. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability Employability Outcomes Previous students of MSc Management have achieved graduate positions at: British Airways Santander Bank HSBC Bank Pharmanel Pharmaceuticals S.A. Surrey County Council Allegis Group [-]

MSc Marketing

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc in Marketing provides graduates, professionals or consultants with critical insights into marketing, and the marketing management practices of national and international organisations. [+]

About the course The MSc in Marketing provides graduates, professionals or consultants with critical insights into marketing, and the marketing management practices of national and international organisations. This course offers students the opportunity to understand traditional and contemporary marketing philosophies and theories adopted by practitioners, based on knowledge gained from academic research and industrial practices. The programme will develop critical and creative skills, procedural thinking and expertise that enable students to generate, implement and evaluate organisational activities that satisfy the requirements of their employer and the customers. Aims MSc Marketing is designed for anyone wishing to become a marketing professional or planning to undertake research in an academic, consultancy or commercial setting. Those with little or no marketing experience will appreciate the breath of management subjects covered in the degree, specifically how marketing fits within organisation practice. This programme offers an excellent preparation for a career in marketing or associated fields and in a myriad of organisations employing marketing professions. Special Features The Business Planning module provides practical experience in creating a business plan and route to marketing for a real entrepreneurial venture (see Capstone Event on the Employability tab). Career talks and presentation are available to students on this course. Tutors are internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners who are active members of the School’s Marketing and Corporate Brand Management Research Group (MCBM). Students will benefit from discussions with subject experts and practitioners who visit us as guest speakers Marketing and Corporate Brand Management Research Group (MCBM) Led by John Balmer, a world-renowned expert in corporate branding and identity, MCBM has built on a well-established background in corporate branding, identity and marketing. MCBM is leading the way in developing international research into corporate heritage identity and branding (John Balmer and Weifeng Chen) – an underexplored concept that has potential to offer powerful symbolic and cultural value in a global, commercial context that is increasingly disengaged from the past. Recent publications on the above have appeared in European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Business Research Accreditation A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate:'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'. Teaching and Assessment Teaching As a research active university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in lectures. Tutors on this programme are leaders in the field of management and active researchers within one of the six centres of research within the School. Modes of Study 1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation. 1-year full-time in January: The taught element of the programme includes 8 modules which are delivered in two terms (four in January to April, and four in September to December); delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. The dissertation is undertaken May to August, and then can be completed January to March after the second teaching term. Assessment Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May. Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups. Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively. The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project. Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors. Employability Outcomes Previous students of MSc Marketing have achieved graduate positions at: Barclays H&M Self-employment/Freelance Profound Ltd Diamond Air International FPDC I-CREST KAE Antenna TV MyCityDeal S.E. World One [-]

MSc Media and Communications

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

This well-established postgraduate course is taught as an intensive year-long programme and offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. [+]

About the course This well-established postgraduate course is taught as an intensive year-long programme and offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. It aims to explore: How does the media shape culture and society? What role does the media play in people's lives? Is the media creating a global culture? Are audiences now producers? Do social networking sites influence personal communication? Are young people disconnected from traditional politics? The Media and Communications course focuses on the rapid changes in global media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context. Students have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the broadcast, advertising and marketing industries and we also organise field trips (e.g. to the BBC TV Centre). The Master’s course combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies. The department scored highly in the 2008 RAE exercise with a rating that made it the top department of its size in the UK. We have a long tradition of research in Sociology and Communications and all of our staff are research active. Aims The course will meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines. The course is also perfectly suited for professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries. Special Features This postgraduate course is taught by leading academics in Sociology and Communications. Throughout our research we aim to tackle core theoretical questions and also engage with the international community and relevant groups of practitioners in industry, government and the wider public. Where possible we invite professionals who are working in the media and broadcast industry (advertising and marketing; television documentary and different PR organisations) to come and talk to our MSc students and offer careers advice. We have also organised a field trip to BBC Television Centre in West London. Students are invited to our academic research seminar programme and to attend our social events. We offer additional bespoke workshops and lectures to enhance students' employability skills, including ‘pitching yourself to employers’. All students can benefit from our programme of workshops and informal ‘drop in’ sessions on information literacy to enhance academic writing skills. Facts and Figures Recent research projects within the department at Brunel include: mass media coverage of young people and politics; free speech and the public sphere; file-sharing and live streaming; health and science communication; public involvement in health policy; multiculturalism and institutional racism; the anti-globalisation movement, the media and 'new wars'. Teaching and Assessment Teaching Taught modules of the MSc Media and Communications are delivered via traditional lecture/seminar format along with other workshops and set activities. Students may be required to keep diaries of media consumption, contribute to online blogs and engage in critical analysis of visual media. Assessment Assessment is by a mixture of essays, report writing, blog entries and online group work. Students also complete a 15,000 word dissertation. Employability Students of this Master's course typically go on to further advanced academic research or to pursue careers within the media industries (e.g. Press and Communications Officer; Head of Information). Past students have worked in developing countries for NGO’s or as technology consultants. [-]

MSc Medical Anthropology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world. [+]

About the course Brunel was the first university in Europe to establish a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology. Since then we have continued to develop our programme to reflect the changing world in which we live. In short, Medical Anthropology can be described as the study of cultural beliefs and practices associated with the origin, recognition and management of health and illness in different social and cultural groups. Literally hundreds of students – doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and other medical professionals among them – can testify to the quality of our programme, having used it either to enhance their professional practice, to change career or to develop their research interests for future studies. Anthropology at Brunel is well-known for its focus on ethnographic fieldwork: as well as undertaking rigorous intellectual training, all our students are expected to get out of the library and undertake their own, original research – whether in the UK or overseas – and to present their findings in a dissertation. Students take this opportunity to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world. Attendance for lectures full-time: 2 days per week - for 24 weeks Attendance for lectures part-time: 1 day per week - for 24 weeks (in each of 2 years) Aims The degree aims to equip students with a broad, general understanding of anthropology and how it might be applied to medical and health-related problems. You will develop a deeper understanding of how people’s ideas about the world, as well as the structural constraints within which they find themselves, have an impact on their understanding and experience of health, sickness and disease. You’ll achieve this through close study of key texts in medical anthropology, the original fieldwork experiences of your lecturers, and through designing and undertaking your own research project. If you’ve wondered about some or all of the questions below – all of which are addressed in the degree – this could be the course for you: How does poverty contribute to the profiles of diseases such as diabetes and tuberculosis? Why are some diseases, such as leprosy or AIDS/HIV, feared and stigmatized? Why do some biomedical interventions seeking to control infectious and non-infectious diseases work, and others fail? What might stop some patients seeking conventional treatments for cancers and other conditions – even when they are offered for free – despite the apparent efficacy of the medicines available? How does one make the distinction between the healthy and the pathological? Is being ‘disabled’, for example, always a negative state, or might some consider it just another, equally valid, way of being? What are the effects of political, economic and other social conditions on people’s experiences of what, from a biomedical perspective, might be considered the same diseases? How and why is it appropriate to combine insights emerging from clinical and epidemiological research with ethnographic understandings of health, illness and disease? The Brunel Medical Anthropology MSc addresses these issues and more in a lively and challenging way, through a programme of lectures, class discussions, and your own – personally directed – final dissertation research project. Special Features All our degrees (whether full- or part-time) combine intensive coursework, rigorous training in ethnographic research methods, and a period of fieldwork in the summer term (final summer term if part-time) leading to up to a 15,000 word dissertation. Students are free to choose their own research topic and geographic area, in consultation with their academic supervisor. In all cases, the dissertation research project provides valuable experience and in many cases it leads to job contacts – forming a bridge to a future career or time out for career development. In recent years, students have undertaken fieldwork in locations across the world, including India, Mexico, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, China, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand as well as within the UK and the rest of Europe. A few examples of completed dissertations across our Anthropology courses include: Psychological suffering on the borders of Myanmar/Thailand An Inuit trauma unit in Ottawa, Canada NGOs and youth activism in Trinidad Neo-shamanism in Germany Outcast London: attitudes and perspectives among hard-to-reach TB patients Volunteer tourism and its impact on children in Nepal Rap music and politics in Equatorial Guinea Ayahuasca use among Westerners in the Amazon Religious education in London’s secondary schools Mental health in Ghana The Tibetan diaspora in India Life on a forensic psychiatric ward in Britain Gender and sexuality in a hammam in Cairo Youth and unemployment in Bari, Italy Cultural factors and the experience of dementia in the UK Management of diabetes in Cambodia Trachoma and medical pluralism in Ethiopia Training as a transcultural psychic in London Special scholarships Cecil Helman Scholarship Fund Set up to honour the life and work of leading light in international medical anthropology Professor Cecil Helman (1944-2009), the Doctor Cecil Helman Scholarship Fund provides fieldwork support for between two and four students on our MSc Medical Anthropology course. Dr Helman taught at Brunel University London from 1990, and became a Professor of Social Sciences in 2005. In 2004, he was awarded the American Anthropological Association’s career achievement award, and the following year he won the Royal Anthropological Institute's Lucy Mair medal. As well as leading the way in Medical Anthropology, Dr Helman exercised his artistic talents through his paintings, poems, fables, and short fiction – all of which revolved around a theme of the human side of medicine and the narratives that surrounded the doctor-patient relationship. Scholarship The Cecil Helman Scholarship Fund offers between two and four students up to £1,000 to help them to complete field research for their dissertations. Selection The scholarship will be awarded to MSc Medical Anthropology students who demonstrate excellent academic performance and the ability to undertake an original field research project. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Assessment is by essay, practical assignments (e.g. analysis of a short field exercise) and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. This dissertation is based upon fieldwork undertaken by the candidate. There are no examinations. Employability Students will acquire analytical and research skills that can be used in a wide range of careers. For instance, graduates will find that the degree enhances professional development in fields such as midwifery, general practice, sexual health, psychiatry, nutrition, psychotherapy, public health, non-governmental agencies and international development. Some of our graduates also go on to do further research for a PhD in medical anthropology. [-]

MA

MA/MMus Experimental Music

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Brunel University London's MA/MMus Experimental Music is the UK's first master's programme in Experimental Music and offers you the opportunity to develop your own programme of study, based around your particular interests in contemporary music-making. [+]

About the Course Brunel University London's MA/MMus Experimental Music is the UK's first master's programme in Experimental Music and offers you the opportunity to develop your own programme of study, based around your particular interests in contemporary music-making. As a postgraduate student of MA/MMus Experimental Music you will be able to take advantage of the presence of the professional musicians who form Brunel University London’s tutoring staff, ensembles-in-residence and other musicians within Music at Brunel’s postgraduate community in your practice-based work. Aims You will develop a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of a range of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary musical materials, and of their historical and cultural contexts. You will be encouraged to foster an advanced creative and critical engagement with issues in contemporary music practice whilst building the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the music industry as a performer, composer, improviser and/or commentator. Special Features The MA/MMus Experimental Music programme is delivered by a team of tutors who specialise in contemporary music practice and theory. Brunel University London has the largest proportion of active music practitioners on its staff of any UK university or conservatoire, which makes it the ideal place to study for your master’s degree in the subject. The majority of your contact time with tutors is through one-to-one tutorials where you will be guided through your work from inception to completion. Through presentations, seminars and critical discussions you are encouraged to develop your communication and problem-solving abilities alongside other transferable skills such as prioritising, self-management and meeting deadlines. As an MA/MMus Experimental Music postgraduate student, you will be encouraged to attend Brunel University’s regular Research Seminars. Organised by the Centre for Contemporary Music Practice they are led by invited composers, musicologists and performers. Facts and Figures The MA/MMus Experimental Music programme is taught by a team which includes composer and improviser Jennifer Walshe, sound artist Carl Faia, composer and writer Christopher Fox, and pianist Sarah Nicolls. Teaching and Assessment Teaching MA/MMus Experimental Music at Brunel University London will be taught via tutorials, seminars and workshops. Students of the master's course will be required to deliver presentations, written assignments, learning journals, a dissertation (MA) or a practice-based project (MMus). Assessment As a full-time music student you will study all three 30 credit modules in the first two terms of the academic year, followed by a 90 credit Major Project module. Part-time students will study Experimental Music Techniques and Experimental Music Portfolio in Year 1 and Locating Practice and the Major Project in Year 2. Employability Graduates with an MA/MMus in Experimental Music are employed as performers, composers, improvisers, professionals within arts management and administration, and as cultural commentators. [-]

MA Children, Youth and International Development

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

This programme is unique within the UK in catering specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development. The Children, Youth and International Development MA will equip you with the conceptual understanding and breadth of empirical knowledge to critically evaluate policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development. [+]

About the course This programme is unique within the UK in catering specifically for those working, or interested in working, in the field of children, youth and international development. The Children, Youth and International Development MA will equip you with the conceptual understanding and breadth of empirical knowledge to critically evaluate policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development. The core modules focus on key issues relating to children, youth and international development, including the rights and participation of young people. They also prepare students in research design and practice. The optional modules offer a unique opportunity to appreciate in depth how children and youth-related issues are addressed from alternative disciplinary perspectives. Aims Working with and for young people in the Global South offers an exciting career full of challenges and rewards. This MA provides a varied programme with a global perspective that equips students for roles at senior levels in international development organisations, government ministries and global agencies. The programme equips you with: The conceptual understanding and breadth of empirical knowledge that will enable you to critically evaluate research, policy and practice in the area of children, youth and development. An understanding of differing disciplinary perspectives on childhood and youth, and their theoretical and empirical contributions. The skills necessary to design and undertake research relating to children, youth and international development. Methodological, cognitive and transferable skills and substantive knowledge that will prepare you for employment, further study and civic engagement. Special Features High value placements: Students may opt for the ‘Applied Learning’ module which involves a short placement (one or two days a week for 10 weeks) with an organisation that works in the field of children, youth and international development. Through the placement, a series of workshops and coursework assignments they will examine the relevance and responsibility of their academic studies to community work, voluntary action and paid work, as well as having the opportunity to develop transferable, personal and subject specific skills to enhance their employability on completing their postgraduate degree. Examples of the placements students have undertaken on the Applied Learning module include: Anti-Slavery International – A Nepalese student worked on a project aiming to eradicate caste-based bonded labour from her home country. She created district profiles for 10 areas and communicated with project partners in order to identify cases for ASI to follow up. Basti RAM – This is a very small organisation run from the home of its founders which seeks to improve health and education in rural India (especially Rajasthan). The student’s task was to plan lessons for a Global Citizenship project. BookAid International – The Brunel student built up an evidence base for Book Aid’s international programmes. Action Aid – The student worked on a campaign targeting exploitation in the garment industry. Commonwealth Secretariat – The students worked on the CS’s Youth Programme in Uganda. International Refugee Trust – A Brunel student helped to develop an online classroom from which children could learn about refugees. She posted articles on their blog and created some online learning activities. The Mouth That Roars – The student worked with children in London and Saudi Arabia to create videos through which they communicated their everyday lives to each other. National Deaf Children's Society – The student helped to develop a programme of international exchanges for deaf young people. Innovative, interdisciplinary programme: Unlike other childhood studies programmes, which are almost exclusively located in a single department and taught from a single disciplinary perspective, the proposed programme allows you to select options modules that draw upon expertise and modules from a range of disciplinary traditions. Pioneering research: In both core and specialist option modules, students will be exposed to innovative high profile research in the field of children, youth and international development. The MA programme benefits from the research conducted within the College of Health and Life Sciences research centres. This represents a concentration of over 30 academic staff from across the University with extensive research experience in children and youth. Many of the Centre’s members conduct research with young people in the Global South, from a range of disciplinary perspectives including geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology, health sciences, social work and sport sciences. Eramus Exchange: An Erasmus agreement exists between the Brunel University’s MA in Children, Youth and International Development, and the MPhil in Childhood Studies at the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The exchange programme has two places for students from the MA Children, Youth and International Development. The exchange period is the second term / semester (approximately January to May). Erasmus students do not pay tuition fees at NOSEB, and are entitled to an Erasmus grant (€375/month) to cover any additional costs. Teaching and Assessment Teaching A range of teaching and learning techniques are employed on the programme, most of which stress the active involvement of students in discussion and debate. The MA also emphasises reflective, independent learning, both by individuals and groups, and students are well supported to achieve this - through tutorials, workshops and seminar discussions. Staff place a strong emphasis on tutorial support and all students are assigned to a tutorial group. Regular tutorials focus on the development of study skills (critical reading and writing), careers support, exam and assignment preparation, feedback on assessments and help in developing research proposals. Employability Students from the programme have progressed to a variety of careers in different types of organisations, primarily in international development NGOs or in government ministries and agencies in countries in the global south. A number have pursued PhDs following completion of the MA. Here are a few examples: National / International NGOs AbleChildAfrica Anti-Slavery International Community Development Foundation Fairtrade Foundation Feed the Children Operation Mobilisation Restless Development Save the Children SOS Children’s Villages. Government ministries / agencies Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Trinidad and Tobago British Council International organisations Commonwealth Secretariat (Youth Affairs). Education and youth work Social worker in Mexico Teachers in India and Zambia Youth work in the UK and elsewhere. PhDs Students at Liverpool John Moores University and University of Manchester Studentship at University of Reading (Geographies of Care, Disability and Family Relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa). [-]

MA Creative Writing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

MA Creative Writing at Brunel University London is designed for writers who want to express their creativity in a number of forms – novels, film scripts, poems, journalism – rather than specialise in only one. [+]

About the course MA Creative Writing at Brunel University London is designed for writers who want to express their creativity in a number of forms – novels, film scripts, poems, journalism – rather than specialise in only one. The Creative Writing master's course will appeal to writers who wish to try out a number of areas before deciding which they are best at or those who already know their strongest form, but feel the need to gain expertise in other fields to fund their speciality. In addition, the course provides instruction on writing in the community, creative writing teaching and the organisation and funding of arts events. We seek to create a supportive but constructively critical environment for circulating and evaluating students’ creative and journalistic work and to foster a broad span of creative and critical writing skills, including the ability to work independently on a long creative/critical project. All applications should include a sample of writing. Aims This degree will give you instruction and practice in a broad range not only of writing forms, but also of strategies and techniques within those forms. You will be introduced to the latest theories of creativity and up-to-date thinking on literary and journalistic genres. We seek to create a supportive but constructively critical environment for circulating and evaluating students’ creative and journalistic work and to foster a broad span of creative and critical writing skills, including the ability to work independently on a long creative/critical project. The Creative Writing master's programme will prepare you for: a career as a creative or feature writer. progression to doctorate-level creative writing or journalistic research. employment in the creative industries or other areas of work where writing skills are a central requirement. Special Features MA Creating Writing students are taught by some of the most talented, original, exciting and experienced writers publishing in the industry today. Brunel’s creative writing staff have between them published over 80 books and have written for television, film and radio. The team includes writer and broadcaster Will Self and renowned performance poet, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah. The broad range of forms, techniques and strategies taught on the MA Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to experiment and discover which suits you best. If you are already specialising in a particular area of writing, it will underpin your expertise by equipping you with a varied knowledge of other methods. Teaching and Assessment Teaching The course offers various forms of teaching and learning methods such as: 3-hour lectures, combining presentation and practice workshops seminars presentations project supervision tutorials independent learning and practice. Assessment Students of the master's course will need to gain 180 credits to complete the Creative Writing MA degree; you will therefore take all the four modules of Strand A (120 credits) and the project of Strand B (60 credits). Full-time Creative Writing students will take two taught modules in Term 1 and two in Term 2. Part-time students will generally take the morning module in Terms 1 and 2 of the first year, and the afternoon module in Terms 1 and 2 of Year 2, although, if circumstances require, this pattern can be reversed. Employability Graduates of the MA Creative Writing Programme will be able to pursue careers in authorship, creative writing teaching, arts administration, the media (journalism, advertising, publishing, television, radio, the internet). [-]

MA Creative Writing - The Novel

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

We designed the Creative Writing: The Novel MA quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. [+]

About the course We designed the Creative Writing: The Novel MA quite simply to teach everything we think a new novelist ought to know. It combines a focus on the skills of writing full-length fiction with a clear-eyed exploration of the publishing process and related creative fields. The programme is designed around the core activity of producing a major prose fiction project, which can be a novel fragment with synopsis, a novella or a collection of short stories, of publishable quality and produced in a marketable form. This MA has attracted considerable interest among publishers and literary agents, many of whom participate actively in the programme. All applications should include a sample of writing. Aims The Internship Programme offers a unique opportunity in a Creative Writing Master's programme for you not only to understand the role that the creative industries play in shaping a writing career but actually to participate in these fields. Special Features You will be taught by leading writers. The course is career oriented and focused on current professional practice. Our West London campus allows maximum contact with the arts in the capital. The Curtis Brown Prize, worth £1,500, is awarded annually to a student from the MA programme in Creative Writing: The Novel. The winner is chosen by senior agents at Curtis Brown, the leading literary and talent agency, from amongst those students who achieve an A or A* grade for their dissertation. Curtis Brown may also, at their discretion, make an offer of representation to the winner. [-]

MA Education

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The Education MA at Brunel University London is designed for those with a broad interest in education and enables students to undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice. [+]

About the Course The Education MA at Brunel University London is designed for those with a broad interest in education and enables students to undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice. The course develops the skills and confidence needed to enhance professional practice in learning organisations. Attendance (full-time) is required 2 evenings per week. Attendance (part-time) is required 1 evening per week. Classes run from 5.00 to 8.00pm. This course is available as the MA in Education or the MA in Education with a specialism in: Leadership and Management Science, Maths, Technology (STEM) Education Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion The University reserves the right not to run a specialism where the numbers are insufficient to make it viable in a particular year. Aims You will learn to identify problems and questions in areas of interest and to design study plans or research strategies to deal with them. You will undertake a high-level, critical evaluation of educational theory and practice. You will develop the skills and confidence to enhance professional practice in learning organisations. You will undertake a critical and informed evaluation of relevant research. Special Features A distinctive feature of studying Education at Brunel University London is that the process of learning is informed by cutting edge staff research. The MA in Education has been praised in particular by external assessors for the ways in which staff use their research in their teaching, making research integral to students’ experience. You will be taught by enthusiastic tutors who combine broad-ranging expertise with the skills and knowledge needed to develop students’ academic and professional potential. Students are encouraged to enhance their career opportunities and to develop their capacity for employment in complex professional environments that require sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative. There is a possible exemption from two of the MA modules prior to the dissertation for teachers with a PGCert qualification with 60 M-level credits. International students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their own national context. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Taught modules are assessed by an assignment which is submitted at the end of the term. You will complete a 5,000-word assignment (or equivalent) for each 30-credit module. Your final dissertation should be 15,000 words in length. To be awarded a Master’s degree, you will have to: complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits achieve a minimum of grade C in 60 taught credits and a grade D or above in the remaining 60 taught credits achieve a minimum of Grade C for the dissertation. To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Merit, you will have to: complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits achieve a minimum of grade B in 60 taught credits and a grade C or above in the remaining 60 taught credits achieve a minimum of Grade B for the dissertation. To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Distinction you will have to: complete 120 taught credits and a dissertation with a value of 60 credits achieve grade A in 60 taught credits and achieve minimum grades of B or C in the remaining 60 taught credits in which a minimum of grade C may be achieved in no more than 30 credits achieve a grade A for the dissertation. Students who terminate their studies after successfully completing 60 credits may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate depending on grades achieved. Students who terminate their studies after successfully completing 120 credits may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma depending on grades achieved. Entry Requirements A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Relevant professional experience is desirable. Associate students who register for individual modules may progress to the Master's course by successfully completing four modules. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. [-]

MA English Literature

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus. It is underpinned by certain core issues: identity, culture and literary engagement; historical contexts; the ideological and social function of literature; exploring self and others through literary forms and genres; how we might more effectively read texts and the world. [+]

About the course The MA in English Literature at Brunel University London offers a combination of various approaches to the study of literary texts, including the historical, author-oriented readings, periodization and a postmillennial focus. It is underpinned by certain core issues: identity, culture and literary engagement; historical contexts; the ideological and social function of literature; exploring self and others through literary forms and genres; how we might more effectively read texts and the world. The course offers the opportunity to study a range of topics and periods including the contemporary, and it is designed to appeal to you if: you are preparing to undertake further research in literary studies; wishing to take your general studies in English literature to the next level; or, hoping to enhance your career prospects. The introductory module, Reading, Research & Writing, reinforces and further develops all the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, ensuring that from the third term you will be able to pursue self-directed research on an agreed topic of your choice and submit a 15,000 word dissertation. Aims You will explore the diversity of literary and cultural production through innovative modules designed to cross disciplinary, historical, and geographical boundaries, thereby offering a wide scope within which students of the master’s can develop their own interests. The MA in English Literature will equip you with a detailed and sophisticated understanding of English and related literatures. It will support your critical and creative engagement with issues central to and at the cutting edge of English literary studies. If, following the completion of the postgraduate English MA course, you wish to continue your studies at doctoral level, you will have essential research skills, and the opportunity to join a flourishing research culture at Brunel. Special Features This master’s degree is taught by world-leading specialists in post-1789 literature and theory, each with an international reputation for publication, their work informing the content of our programme. The course offers innovative approaches and module topics which combine different periods, author-studies, and both a contemporary and a historical focus. The location of Brunel University in West London places it in the heart of contemporary literary and cultural life in the UK. Access to various Brunel archives, including the Fiction and Cultural Mediation of Ageing (FCMAP) archive, the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies and South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive (SADAA). Our staff have expertise in a wide range of literatures, and you will benefit from events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing. There are financial benefits offered to alumni of the Brunel MA programmes to help you on your way. Teaching and Assessment Teaching The English Literature MA is taught through workshops and seminars, led by distinguished research-active staff working in the field. English students will be expected to contribute to discussions, present your own interpretations and raise new questions for debate. Assessment This English Literature Master's course is taught through workshops and seminars, moderated by distinguished research-active staff working in the field. You will be expected to contribute to discussions, present your own interpretations and raise new questions for debate. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including written work (essays and dissertation), oral presentations, seminar attendance and performance, and organisation and planning of the dissertation. Some assessments will be formative, i.e you will be given feedback but not graded; this will enable you to improve and work towards graded assessments. Employability On completing the English Literature MA, you will have skills which are vital for careers in publishing, print and electronic media, the culture industries and education, as well as other professions such as law, the civil service, advertising, market research and marketing, and financial services and business. [-]

MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

The MA Contemporary Performance Making is a practice-focused programme designed for aspiring artists who want to develop their artistic practice in one or more of Brunel’s specialist areas: writing/directing, live-art/installation, digital performance. [+]

About the course The MA Contemporary Performance Making is a practice-focused programme designed for aspiring artists who want to develop their artistic practice in one or more of Brunel’s specialist areas: writing/directing live-art/installation digital performance. The programme draws upon the expertise at Brunel and the resources of London, offering a combination of critical engagement and practice-based research. A broad training in practices and theories of contemporary performance is delivered through a number of compulsory modules and you will work toward your final project in collaboration with one or more of Brunel’s internationally renowned artists and theorists, including Johannes Birringer, Sue Broadhurst and Fiona Templeton. The programme features regular guest seminars by some of the most influential artists and theorists of today (past guests include Simon Vincenzi, Stacy Makishi, Ron Athey, Kira O’Reilly, Julian Maynard-Smith and Wendy Houstoun). Aims The programme will provide you with a bridge between academia and the professional world, giving you the opportunities to network and engage in a variety of supervised and self-managed projects. The course has a particular focus on preparing you for the challenging working conditions of today's cultural climate. Accordingly, in addition to training in traditional theatre and performance settings, the programme has a strong emphasis on producing work in less conventional and underground venues with limited facilities. It offers students guidance in building their own low-cost DIY interactive technologies if required. Special Features Internationally Recognized Staff All our members of staff are internationally active as artists and/or theorists, and some are world-renowned pioneers in their field. A highly research-intensive department, 100% of our staff have participated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). State of the Art Facilities ​​The MA programme is taught in Brunel University London's Antonin Artaud Performance Centre; a purpose-built venue which encompasses a large scale performance space with a capacity of up to 350 people. It frequently hosts public events, two professionally equipped theatre studios, and a number of additional rehearsal spaces. The centre also hosts media editing suites, as well as a workshop/electronics lab where students can build their own performance artefacts with expert support from our team of professional theatre technicians. Unique Equipment ​In addition to a wide range of professional lighting, sound and projection equipment, the programme features a set of unique plug-and-play sensor toolkits. These user-friendly toolkits enable students to experiment with a wide range of interactive performance setups, regardless of their level of technical experience. Good Location​​ Located in Uxbridge in the west of London, students have easy access to the vast range of performance activity in the city, from international names in established venues such as the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern, to the latest emerging artists in artist-run spaces and abandoned warehouses in the East End. London also features numerous venues where students find opportunities to show their own work. Teaching and Assessment Teaching The course is approximately 70% practice and 30% theory. It is an ideal programme for practising artists developing their own work. Graduating students have gone on to show their work nationally and internationally, work with key UK and international companies and secure funding and support for their work. Full-time students can take the course over one full year. Employability Brunel's proximity to the diverse performance and theatre environment of London allows for direct contact with the work of established as well as cutting edge professionals working in the industry. Through placement learning in collaboration with our national and international partners and through the development and presentation of a final project you will engage with the most current trends in contemporary performance practice. The programme offers you the opportunity to develop skills, increase employment possibilities and build up a network of professional contacts. [-]

MA in Digital Games Theory and Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

With Brunel’s Digital Games Theory and Design MA programme, individuals will engage in, and experiment with, practical game design focussing on the process of devising the gameplay experience itself, including (but not limited to) the creation of rules, gameplay mechanics, narrative, world design and user experience, among many other aspects that make up the art of game design. [+]

About the course The video game industry is a vastly growing sector in both the UK and worldwide and the need for highly skilled and educated individuals is in high demand across the globe. With Brunel’s Digital Games Theory and Design MA programme, individuals will engage in, and experiment with, practical game design focussing on the process of devising the gameplay experience itself, including (but not limited to) the creation of rules, gameplay mechanics, narrative, world design and user experience, among many other aspects that make up the art of game design. Coupled with a theoretical underpinning that focuses on the formal characteristics of games and analysis as well as the social and cultural contexts that shape the development of games, players, and society, this exciting programme offers students the opportunity to develop a range of skills that are required for success in today’s competitive job market. Our programme is staffed with seasoned games designers and internationally published scholars who bring with them an extensive understanding of the nature of the video game industry, the importance of networks and the need for scholarly engagement in order to create innovative games for the future. "I believe this award to be the best of its kind in the country, and continue to be both impressed and envious of the quality of students it attracts." Professor Richard Bartle, University of Essex Aims You will gain a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of digital games and the techniques and principles used in their design. You will be provided with the relevant expertise, teaching and learning environment to support your critical and creative engagement with issues at the cutting edge of analysing and designing digital games. You will contribute to the process of defining ‘game studies’ as a new academic discipline. You will develop skills and knowledge to gain employment in the digital games industry and make contributions to the development of innovative games that go beyond current markets. You will acquire the skills necessary to undertake doctoral level research. Special Features Students will engage in, and experiment with, practical games creation, with workshops led by designers working in the industry, as well as explore a range of theories and concepts with which to analyse the values of games, play and pleasure. This programme offers a unique focus on practical games design, informed by theory that is not offered by any other university. It is not a software or graphics training programme. We have a team of experienced games researchers teaching on the programme, some of whom have played a pioneering role in making game studies a new academic discipline. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Assessment is via a combination of practical games-making work, presentations and essays of varying length. Careers Upon graduating from Brunel’s MA Games Theory and Design programme, students have the potential to enter the games industry through a variety of jobs including (but not limited to) level designer, Q&A (Quality Assurance), project managers, game user research, etc. The programme may also be of interest to those already working in the industry who desire updating their creative and technical skills. The programme also provides academic support to those who wish to continue on to doctoral studies in digital game research and pursue an academic career. [-]

MA Intelligence and Security Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world. [+]

About the course Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an identified need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment. Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world. Attendance for lectures full-time: 2 days per week - for 24 weeks Attendance for lectures part-time: 1 day per week - for 24 weeks (in each of 2 years) Aims This course will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private and public sectors. It is suitable to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement. A distinctive feature of the course lies in its combining the rigorous study of intelligence and security policy studies with practical opportunities to develop intelligence skills through case studies and simulation exercises dealing with intelligence analysis. Special Features The Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis. It includes one of Britain's most innovative scholars in the field, Dr Philip H J Davies, as well Dr Kristian Gustafson (director of the MA programme), an expert on covert action and military intelligence doctrine. The newest member of staff is Mohamed Gaballa. An alumni of this course, he is a specialist in Structured Analytic Techniques, with a focus on Analysis of Competing Hypothesis. The former senior military imagery analyst, Geoff Oxlee, OBE, joined BCISS as an Honorary Fellow and completes the core team. Together, these scholars not only produce important original research, published worldwide, but actively contribute to the success of government and business in the UK. The Centre, though, is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, and includes participation from some of the leading Brunel University London academics in the fields of cryptography, computer networking, imagery, economics and even law. Many of these experts already assist our teaching. The centre also benefits from the assistance, from time to time, of various officials of Her Majesty’s Government. The degree, therefore, benefits from practitioner input and insight as well as instruction by leading international academics. Teaching and Assessment Assessment All modules are taught on the basis of lectures, seminars and directed reading. Additionally, the second term Case Studies course is a student-led seminar programme in which participants present detailed case studies and are peer reviewed on their presentation skills. The second term Analytical Simulation Exercise will involve students working in groups in a simulated joint, all-source intelligence assessment modelled on the actual joint assessment processes in the US and UK governments. Students are assessed on a mixture of individual and group work. Employability The MA in Intelligence and Security Studies (MAISS) provides solid transferable skills in analysis and drafting, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. Our students have had great success in seeking employment once they have completed their course. Many have come from, and then continue to work for, government agencies in the UK and abroad — we have taught police, military, and other government officials from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Turkey, Japan, Jordan, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Botswana and several other nations beside. Within the UK, students with no service experience have gone on to work for the British Security Service, the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Centres, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and other departments of government. Many students have noted to us that the innovative studies they undertook on our programme were important topics of discussion in their interviews. Those already in Government employment have successfully used their MAs to leverage promotion or commissioning. Students who have sought work in the private sector have likewise had success. Former MAISS students have gone to work for large banks conducting market analysis, to large oil-industry firms, to large consultancies such as McKinsey & Co, to specialist private analysis firms such as MS Risk and cyber security firm Digital Shadows. Indeed, MS Risk have had such success with our graduates that they have offered to fund a prize for the MAISS student who writes the best dissertation, annually. Overall, MAISS students have had a strong record of success in the years after their degrees. [-]

MA Intelligence and Security Studies (Distance Learning)

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies (MA ISS) now available by Distance Learning) offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world. [+]

About the course Intelligence and security policy issues are now one of the fastest growing areas of academic and public concern, especially since '9/11' and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today more than ever before national governments, international agencies and most major international corporations have an identified need for staff with a strong grasp of intelligence and security issues who can also demonstrate first-rate skills of research and assessment. Taught by the internationally respected scholars of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, backed up where required by practitioner expertise, the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies (MA ISS) now available by Distance Learning) offers a unique opportunity for practical, policy-oriented graduate study of intelligence issues applicable across the private and public sectors around the world. Aims This course will be of value to individuals seeking to go into security-oriented careers in both the private sectors, as well as to individuals engaged in the security professions who seek further qualifications and professional enhancement. A distinctive feature of the course lies in its combining the rigorous study of intelligence and security policy studies with practical opportunities to develop intelligence skills through case studies and simulation exercises dealing with intelligence analysis. Special Features BCISS The Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies is Britain's first academic centre dedicated to intelligence scholarship and policy-analysis. It includes one of Britain's most innovative scholars in the field, Dr Philip H J Davies, as well Dr Kristian Gustafson (director of the MA programme), an expert on covert action and military intelligence doctrine. The newest member of staff is Mohamed Gaballa. An alumni of the MA, he is a specialist in Structured Analytic Techniques, with a focus on Analysis of Competing Hypothesis. The former senior military imagery analyst, Geoff Oxlee, OBE, joined BCISS as an Honorary Fellow and completes the core team. Together, these scholars not only produce important original research, published worldwide, but actively contribute to the success of government and business in the UK. The Centre, though, is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, and includes participation from some of the leading Brunel University London academics in the fields of cryptography, computer networking, imagery, economics and even law. Many of these experts already assist our teaching. As well, the centre benefits from the assistance, from time to time, of various officials of Her Majesty’s Government. MA ISS, therefore, benefits from practitioner input and insight as well as instruction by leading international academics. Thematic Video Lectures (TVLs): The thematic video lectures and reading materials will provide grounding in the theoretical, methodological and practical issues upon which good research in intelligence and security studies is conducted. It will focus on providing conceptual mapping to the subject. The Lecturer video interaction with students will be supported by well-structured lecture slides. This is to be followed by problem based learning where students engage in practical exercises, case studies, and simulations. Residential Block Week (RBWs): Students join Brunel campus for one week in each year, dedicated to supporting the teaching and assessment. Each module assessment has one element – at least – to be conducted while students are on campus. The week consists of Workshops – involving Presentations and Exercises – that will be used as opportunities to test ‘test-fly’ students’ arguments that they wish to make in their final essay in a setting of open discussion and challenge by their peers as well as academic staff. RBW (1) covers the two modules of the first year and introducing students to the research methods and support available at Brunel for their practical dissertation. RBW (2) hosts the Syndicate Meetings of Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise (BASE), where students’ teams engage in discussions and produce their joint assessments. Attendance of the two RBWs is compulsory. Each student will be hosted in on campus accommodation. Brunel Analytical Simulation Exercise (BASE): BASE, the jewel in the MA ISS crown, provides a hands-on, practical experience in the skills and techniques of simulations in intelligence collection and analysis. It provides students with a conceptual understanding of the strengths and pitfalls of collective intelligence analysis, assessment, and decision-making; and gives students first hand insight into the management problems of generating an agreed, collective or joint assessment. Flexible and Interactive Features Online office hours with lecturers, Timely feedback on students’ regular short assignments. Individual and team assignments. Use of multimedia materials and software resources in teaching and assessments. Pre-recorded lectures and materials are available throughout the week. Materials can be accessed via standard and Apple computer devices. Teaching and Assessment Teaching Students will undertake a practical dissertation project over one year where they will have support from the first stage on research methods and guidance on their research proposal through the final stage. Each of the four taught modules will be taught over two terms to enable students to absorb and reflect on their learning. The three compulsory modules will provide students with the core knowledge, while choosing one out of two options will enable students to specialise in their area of interest. Effective Interaction In additions, the design addresses the need for effective interaction with and among students via live online office hours with lecturers, who will also provide timely feedback on students’ regular short assignments, where they demonstrate understanding of key concepts. Online Resources: To further utilise the online platform, students learning will be supported by the use of specialised analysis software tools in intelligence and they will engage with multimedia material where possible. Moreover, students will have access – via the integrated online platform – to supportive teaching materials and workshops provided by Brunel Graduate School and the several units of Brunel Educational Excellence Centre. Students will have access to Online Journals, E-Books, Digital Copies, and other online materials (such as government declassified documents). Assessment All modules are taught on the basis of lectures, seminars and directed reading. Additionally, the second term Case Studies course is a student-led seminar programme in which participants present detailed case studies and are peer reviewed on their presentation skills. The second term Analytical Simulation Exercise will involve students working in groups in a simulated joint, all-source intelligence assessment modelled on the actual joint assessment processes in the US and UK governments. Students are assessed on a mixture of individual and group work. Employability The MA in Intelligence and Security Studies provides solid transferable skills in analysis and drafting, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. Our students have had great success in seeking employment once they have completed their course. Many have come from, and then continue to work for, government agencies in the UK and abroad — we have taught police, military, and other government officials from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Turkey, Japan, Jordan, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Botswana and several other nations beside. Within the UK, students with no service experience have gone on to work for the British Security Service, the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Centres, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and other departments of government. Many students have noted to us that the innovative studies they undertook on our programme were important topics of discussion in their interviews. Those already in Government employment have successfully used their MAs to leverage promotion or commissioning. Students who have sought work in the private sector have likewise had success. Former MAISS students have gone to work for large banks conducting market analysis, to large oil-industry firms, to large consultancies such as McKinsey & Co, to specialist private analysis firms such as MS Risk and cyber security firm Digital Shadows. Indeed, MS Risk have had such success with our graduates that they have offered to fund a prize for the MAISS student who writes the best dissertation, annually. Overall, MA ISS students have had a strong record of success in the years after their degrees. [-]

MA International Journalism

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The International Journalism MA is designed to provide our students with digital multiplatform journalism skills and advanced understanding of the context of journalism in the fast changing world of news media. This is a challenging, employment orientated course in a major London university focussed on international reporting. [+]

About the Course Do you want to report the news from the most interesting and important parts of the world? Are you committed to a career in journalism but need the professional skills? From the moment you start our International Journalism MA course you will learn to deliver high quality video, audio, online and print journalism. The International Journalism MA is designed to provide our students with digital multiplatform journalism skills and advanced understanding of the context of journalism in the fast changing world of news media. This is a challenging, employment orientated course in a major London university focussed on international reporting. We believe the sooner you get practical experience of a real journalism workplace the sooner you will be ready to join the industry. All our students find placements in the news industry while they are with us. The course features a synthesis of practical and theoretical skills contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. If you want to get a sense of what we do please visit our public facing website Journalism@Brunel which includes examples of student work, staff publications, our guest speaker roster and our discussions over topical journalism issues. As a research university we are able to offer small course groups so we provide a bespoke service where we know and advise each student individually in their skills and journalism career. We choose students from all over the world. (For UK and EU applicants who specifically want to start in the UK news industry we recommend our MA Journalism course - UK Industry Accredited). This course is suitable for: A recent or mature graduate from a wide range of degree disciplines wanting a career in journalism or to develop a research interest in international news media. A mature student without a first degree, but with some relevant professional experience. We consider each individual on their merits. Aims You will acquire the skills and knowledge to immediately enter the journalism industry in an international context, and will be equipped to undertake further postgraduate level research. You will gain comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of international journalism, and the techniques and principles applied in practice. You will be provided with the relevant expertise and learning environment to support your critical and practical engagement with issues at the heart of analysing and practising international journalism. Journalism@Brunel employment rates are excellent, with graduates working for news organisations like BBC World Service, Norway’s DTK TV News, Italy’s Il Mattino and London’s China Weekly. Special Features The International Journalism MA has the following signature characteristics: multi-skilling in journalism technology an emphasis on writing for global journalism specialist activity for informed career choice journalism practice contextualised within a framework of technological, legal, political and broader cultural change work placement, with experience of real-world journalism, supported by strong Brunel/industry links international news agenda where students from all over the globe share their journalism and cultural experiences. 8 Reasons to study International Journalism MA You will be a multi-platform journalist From the moment you start our course you will learn to deliver high quality video, audio, online and print journalism in our fantastic, 24-hour, state-of-the-art digital newsroom and studios. You will develop the mind-set to find lots of ways to report and present a story or feature to deadline using the very latest techniques. We push you hard and help you develop your personal, professional and intellectual skills. Our course is transformative. You will be highly employable Editors come to us when recruiting journalists. Brunel Journalists are now working as staff in top newsrooms across the globe, including the BBC, Norway’s NDK, The Guardian, The Independent, news agencies, glossy consumer magazines, business-to-business journals, websites, local and regional press and broadcasting. Several are now award winning journalists. You will receive individual attention As a research university our course groups are small and we can provide individual tutoring. All full-time lecturers are available at least four hours per week for personal consultation on academic issues. A structure of senior tutor and year tutors provides students with an easily accessible system for addressing queries about the programme. Each student has access to top journalists for career guidance. We have top weekly guest speakers Journalism@Brunel features an impressive record of top level guest speakers from the news industry. This year we have speakers from Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, the Independent, BBC, Sky, Daily Express, C4 News and more. Great work placements Brunel journalists land all the best placements, gain enviable referees and see their bylines in leading publications. We have one of the best university Professional Development Centres in the UK who coach our students not only in CV and application writing but also help them develop the necessary skills to exceed at job interviews. We have great contacts with local media including Trinity Mirror newspapers which provides for very easy work experience. You are taught by top industry names Our staff team and visiting lecturers comprise some of the biggest names in the business, such as leading investigative journalist Paul Lashmar (World in Action, The Observer, The Independent), Jacquie Hughes (Granada, BBC) and many more. You get the very best expertise preparing you for your career. London-based campus environment Brunel’s campus is a lively and attractive environment that buzzes with creativity and diversity, and is within easy reach of Central London. There is always something going on and a wide variety of amenities ranging from the bars and cafés to the computing clusters and the Library. Journalism@Brunel visits to some of London’s major news organisations. Recent visits have included Sky News, Bloomberg and The Guardian. There’s great student media on site Whether you fancy going on air, online or in print, you can do it here at Brunel. There’s student radio, a student newspaper and a host of online opportunities at your fingertips to enhance your CV and boost your employability. You will also have the opportunity to compete in national student media awards. But it’s not all hard work… There are industry trips, days out, screenings, quizzes, networking events to build your contacts, confidence and just to have fun. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Assessments will take the form of practical projects and tasks, essays, exams, case studies, presentations, reflexive reports and dissertations. Assessing students’ knowledge and understanding of theoretical debates, hermeneutic skills and understanding of the historical and institutional context of different international journalism practices will be undertaken via written essays. The assessments covering these cognitive skills are practical exercises, written work and productions which test the acquisition of practical skills and strategies; essays which test theoretical and historical knowledge; and the final journalism project (and accompanying written analysis) which requires a summation of the critical, creative and practical skills learned during the programme. The Major Project will test students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills (with supporting reflexive practice) to A-Level commensurate with a Master's qualification. Dissertations are usually agreed in advance with the supervising tutor. Careers Graduates from the International Journalism MA will be able to consider future careers as: Reporters for international news agencies War and foreign correspondents Online journalists Magazine journalists Investigative journalists Content producers for mobile platforms Communication officer in non-government and private sector organisations Further research in academia (e.g. MPhil/PhD). The programme will appeal to a broad range of candidates with an interest in journalism across all sectors, including print journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, TV journalism and especially in areas of convergence. Our particular appeal will be to students looking for advanced skills for global journalism. Our skill base will enable you to be an effective journalist in any international setting. The programme will also cater for students hoping to enter other sectors as media skills play a major part in public relations, marketing, advertising plus non-governmental organisations and the public sector. [-]

MA International Relations

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the 21st Century. [+]

About the course International Relations presents policy-makers and scholars with a wide range of issues that require analysis and evaluation. Students graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations will be equipped to understand and interpret these issues more deeply and to think creatively about the challenges facing the world in the 21st Century. Students on this course will benifit from: Research-led teaching: courses on the International Relations MA are designed and taught by international renowned researchers in International Relations, Contemporary History, and Law. The department hosts an active guest lecture series featuring leading scholars and thinkers in the area of International Relations, Politics, and History. Students takings the Brunel MA in International Relations will have the opportunity to become members of the leading British think-tank, Chatham House. Aims The Brunel MA in International Relations will develop your knowledge of this evolving discipline and will provide you with the opportunity to study topics across its key sub-fields. Special Features Courses are designed and taught by world-renowned experts in politics, international relations, public policy and contemporary history. The department has a distinctive concentration of expertise in the history of modern political thought. We have close links with government, industry, and international organisations, with guest lectures from key political, intelligence, and business figures, as well as placement opportunities in some courses. Academic staff are dedicated to furthering knowledge in their particular fields. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Assessment varies by essay, dissertation and examination. A Master’s degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. Employability Graduates of the MA International Relations at Brunel will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including government, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, business, research institutes and security. A number of masters’ students have also elected to pursue further study at doctoral level. [-]

MA Journalism (NCTJ accredited)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

Brunel’s Journalism MA offers a unique combination of cutting-edge skills and contextual learning. Devised in consultation with senior journalists, the syllabus provides a rigorous foundation to a journalism career. [+]

About the course MA Journalism (NCTJ-accredited) offers you one of the best ways to launch your journalism career – whatever the medium you hope to work in. Our programme is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, ensuring you get a qualification that really counts when you apply for your first position. Unlike other single-medium Journalism MAs, you will be taught journalism from the basic building blocks of online reporting and writing through to substantial news and feature projects in video, audio and print and multi-platform. You will be studying not only for your prestigious Brunel Master's degree but also the NCTJ Diploma, which examines you in Reporting, Public Affairs, Law, Video, Teeline shorthand and a Portfolio. We work in close consultation with senior journalists, ensuring our syllabus provides a rigorous foundation to a career in this dynamic, challenging and often controversial industry. This programme is distinctive in allowing you to develop your own cutting-edge journalistic practice, whether it's exploring 3G news, or on-screen page make-up. At the same time you learn about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues surrounding different forms of journalism. Particular attention will be paid to factors such as ethics, professionalism, media ownership, the regulation of the media, and the role of journalism in the political process. The Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training. Candidates must be from a socially or ethnically diverse background, be able to demonstrate genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on an NCTJ-accredited course. Aims You will gain a systematic understanding of the field of contemporary journalism and a critical understanding of the current problems in the field. You will acquire an understanding of the main theoretical approaches and techniques of journalism. You will be encouraged to use these critically, both in their studies of journalism and their own critical practice. You will be provided with a critical understanding of the journalistic field that will enable you to use most effectively the skills which they acquire on the programme. Special Features We are industry accredited This means you will study for the NCTJ Diploma as well as your Masters degree – two qualifications in one. The NCTJ Diploma doesn’t just prepare you for local media – BBC, Sky and The Guardian are on the Board. You will become a multi-platform journalist by learning how to work in online, print, audio and video journalism in our fantastic, 24-hour, state-of-the-art digital newsroom and studios. You will develop the mindset to find lots of ways to report and present a story or feature to deadline using the very latest techniques. You will be highly employable Editors come to us when recruiting journalists. Brunel Journalists are now working as staff in top newsrooms across the globe, including the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, news agencies, glossy consumer magazines, business-to-business journals, websites, local and regional press and broadcasting. Several are award winning journalists. Find out more about where our graduates are now working. You will receive individual attention All full-time lecturers are available at least four hours per week for personal consultation on academic issues. A structure of senior tutor and year tutors provides students with an easily accessible system for addressing queries about the programme. Each student has access to top journalists for career guidance. We have top weekly guest speakers We have an impressive range of high-profile industry guest speakers, giving you the chance to network with some of the leading journalists in the country. This year we have speakers from Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, BBC, Sky, Daily Express, C4 News and more. Great work placements Brunel journalists land all the best placements, gain enviable referees and see their bylines in leading publications. We have one of the best university Professional Development Centres in the UK who coach our students not only in CV and application writing but also help them develop the necessary skills to exceed at job interviews. You are taught by top industry names Our staff team and visiting lecturers comprise some of the biggest names in the business, such as leading investigative journalist Paul Lashmar (World in Action, The Observer, The Independent), Jacquie Hughes (Granada, BBC) and many more. You get the very best expertise preparing you for your career. London-based campus environment Brunel’s campus is a lively and attractive environment that buzzes with creativity and diversity. There is always something going on and a wide variety of amenities ranging from the bars and cafés to the computing clusters and the library. Our students also benefit from the fantastic links to London and its local, national and global media, not only through expert speakers but also via excellent work placements. There’s great student media on site Whether you fancy going on air, online or in print, you can do it here at Brunel. There’s student radio, a student newspaper and a host of online opportunities at your fingertips to enhance your CV and boost your employability. You will also have the opportunity to compete in national student media awards. But it’s not all hard work.. There are days out, screenings, quizzes, networking events to build your contacts, confidence and just to have fun. Teaching and Assessment Assessment Assessments will take the form of practical projects and tasks, essays, exams, case studies, presentations, reflexive reports and dissertations. Assessing students’ knowledge and understanding of theoretical debates, hermeneutic skills and understanding of the historical and institutional context of different international journalism practices will be undertaken via written essays. The assessments covering these cognitive skills are practical exercises, written work and productions which test the acquisition of practical skills and strategies; essays which test theoretical and historical knowledge; and the final journalism project (and accompanying written analysis) which requires a summation of the critical, creative and practical skills learned during the programme. The Major Project will test students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills (with supporting reflexive practice) to a level commensurate with a Master's qualification. Dissertations are usually agreed in advance with the supervising tutor. Careers Journalism MA graduates will be able to pursue jobs in print, broadcast or on-line journalism. At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself. [-]

MA Media and Public Relations

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This course examines the role of public relations in shaping media output both within media organisations themselves and in relation to the external impact of PR on the media. [+]

About the Course This course examines the role of public relations in shaping media output both within media organisations themselves and in relation to the external impact of PR on the media. The field of public relations has grown dramatically in the past 20 years and this has had profound implications for the media and other institutions that rely on the media to disseminate knowledge. This course will investigate the rise of public relations and its links with global media institutions from historical perspectives and in relation to the contemporary media landscape. It will offer a critical examination of the role of PR in the mediation of power as well as the role of public relations in a range of media arenas. You will be encouraged to reflect critically and theoretically on the function of PR in relation to: the role of the media in political communication, media policy, celebrity culture, film marketing, alternative media, media campaigning, and new media technologies. You will be offered the opportunity to plan PR campaigns and reflect on their role in the knowledge economy. This combination will provide you with the opportunity to examine the context in which PR practice takes place and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work ethically in PR at an international level. Aims You will gain an advanced knowledge of the relevant theories of public relations which explain and debate its significance. You will learn about the history of the role of public relations in the media. You will acquire an advanced understanding of the functioning of public relations in the contemporary media. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake advanced scholarly research in the field of media and public relations. You will be able to reflect critically on public relations practices within media organisations and to reflect intellectually on their PR practice. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the ethical development of your career in Media PR. Special Features The academic study of public relations and the media is very new and this MA puts us at the forefront of this development. Most of the MAs in Britain either focus on corporate public relations and are either predominantly practical or are theoretical courses that sit within more traditional mass communications curriculum and focus on the important area of political communications and the news media. Our MA is innovative because it combines theory and practice. Also innovative is our combined examination of the impact of public relations on the media and the use of public relations practices within media organisations including film, TV and other news organisations, with particular reference to their promotional cultures. This provides students with a broad and advanced understanding of the relationship between public relations and the media. We have experts teaching on the course with both theoretical and practical experience. This programme has grown out of the research interests and expertise of the team, giving it a distinctive character. The focus on PR within the media will range from that of large corporations to smaller-scale, alternative forms including ‘DIY’ practices employed directly by lower-budget producers via social media and other online channels, key areas of contemporary development in PR and marketing more generally. Teaching and Assessment Teaching The Media and Public Relations MA is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings and industry speakers. Assessment The MA will be assessed through a combination of essays, reports, case studies, campaign design and a dissertation. Careers Recent graduates have been employed as: Communications Officers for NGOs Events Officers Self-employed PR consultants [-]

MA Military History

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 30  September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge + 1 more

This Military History MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present. [+]

About the course This Military History MA offers an in-depth study of warfare on land, sea and air across a range of periods and continents, from the Classical Age to the present. The core modules on the course examine: the Royal Navy in the twentieth century. warfare in ancient and medieval times. the impact of the French and Industrial Revolutions on warfare in the age of 'total war'. Optional modules give students the opportunity to study the Second World War, warfare in modern Africa and, additionally, the programme draws on Brunel’s expertise in intelligence studies. Sudents have the chance to take an optional module in this area with Brunel's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). Students will also complete a 15,000 dissertation on any military history topic, drawing on the wide expertise of staff in the department. Aims The MA in Military History will provide students with a systematic understanding and critical awareness of debates and interpretations of military history. Students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in specific subject areas. Students will be encouraged to extend and develop their analytical, evaluative and critical capacities, and increase their ability to reflect on their own learning and intellectual development. The MA in Military History will give students transferable skills in writing, discussion, analysis, and independent judgement. Students will also work independently, thus demonstrating initiative and the ability to organise their time and work through their research project (a dissertation) of 15,000 words. Special Features Taught by internationally recognised academics in the field of Military History, Naval History, War Studies, Intelligence History and Security/Intelligence Studies. Situated in London, the MA Military History has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others. Students on the MA Military History can automatically receive membership to the Royal Institute for International Affairs. Students have access to the Specialist Angus Boulton Military History library held at Brunel University. The MA in Military History regularly invites guest speakers to lecture on specialist subjects. Previous speakers have included, Professor Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter), Emeritus Professor Avi Shlaim (Oxford University), Sir Tony Brenton (Cambridge University), and Professor Brian Holden-Reid (KCL). Employability The MA in Military History provides solid transferable skills in evidence gathering, analysis, problem solving, drafting and communications, skills whose applicability cuts across a wide range of public and private pursuits. In addition, it provides detailed engagement with issues relating to defence, security, intelligence and strategy that are germane to a troubled world and can be used by anyone employed in fields related to such matters. [-]

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