University of Bedfordshire

Introduction
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The University of Bedfordshire has a growing, global reputation. The number of applications to the University continues to rise with around 20,000 applications from hopeful students trying to secure a place this year (2011) – a rise of nearly 16 per cent on last year. That’s five applications for every place available.

University is your best career move and students who come here enjoy a number of benefits:

  • High quality teaching. Many of our staff are experts in their field and a number have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.

  • Enhanced job prospects. Some 92 per cent of our graduates are either in work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers survey 2009)

  • Strong student support (including, for instance, our generous scholarships and bursaries).

  • Access to world-class facilities. We are investing £180m in new facilities. Our Bedford campus has undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment including a new Campus Centre. Further investment is now taking place in Luton. A new £34m Campus Centre opened in October 2010. New £40m halls of residence are due to be up and running in September 2011 and a £20m postgraduate and continuing professional development centre is planned to open in 2013.

  • Helping students beyond the curriculum through mentoring, volunteering, work placements and internships.

The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county, providing excellent opportunities for more people to access top quality higher education. We work closely with employers on our curriculum, while forging close links with UK companies to provide a broad range of training and accredited industry courses.

With large campuses in Luton and Bedford, the University is the single, major provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education in Bedfordshire.


Our Vision

The University of Bedfordshire’s vision is of a world where all are able to benefit from transformational educational experiences.

Our Mission

We create a vibrant multi-cultural learning community enabling people to transform their lives by participating in excellent, innovative education, scholarship and research.

Outstanding reputation for teaching

  • Applications to study with us have more than doubled in the last three years (UCAS)
  • We have been awarded top marks – a ‘confidence’ rating – in our most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit
  • Our Graduate Teacher Programme was rated ‘outstanding’ in our 2010 Ofsted report
  • Our staff have received a number of National Teaching Fellowship Awards for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning
  • We have won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011, the most prestigious corporate award
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Programmes

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Accounting and Finance

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

This MSc Accounting and Finance delivers a broad foundation of analytical skills essential for accounting and finance in a range of organisations. [+]

MSc Accounting and Finance

 

This MSc Accounting and Finance delivers a broad foundation of analytical skills essential for accounting and finance in a range of organisations.If you have an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or other related areas and want to further your academic aspirations in Accounting and Finance especially with a view to developing your career then this programme will fit your requirements.The technical knowledge gained from this programme is enhanced by the application and integration of theory and practice with particular focus on quantitative and research skills.You will have access to a range of Financial Databases (e.g. Datastream, FAME) and statistical software (Eview, STATA and SPSS) to enable you to access the data you need for your projects and to provide you with the tools necessary to analyse your data.The development of applicants theoretical foundations in accounting and finance will enhance employment opportunities for a career in a finance-related field.A core aim of the course is to provide you with the ability to synthesis information from different sources, from different contextual approaches, from different perspectives in order to solve complex problems and implement solutions.Accounting and finance must also be treated as international in context to ensure relevance to accounting regulations and to the global economy.We will be delivering the programme at our historic Putteridge Bury management centre (photo), which is situated near Luton in a pleasant country location ideal for study.Some specialist activities will take place at Luton campus, Park Square, Luton town centre.... [-]


MSc Business and Management

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course is designed to introduce non-specialists to a range of business areas to become knowledgeable and effective managers. [+]

MSc Business and Management

 

The course is designed to introduce non-specialists to a range of business areas to become knowledgeable and effective managers. You will develop a deep understanding of organisations, their external context and how they are managed.You will be able to apply this knowledge to a range of situations, taking account of the relationship and interaction with other areas of the business. The experienced and supportive teaching team will help youdevelop a critical awareness of current issues in business and management.The course is varied in content and delivery methods. There will be a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also work in smaller groups to discuss case studies, prepare for assessments and do presentations. All courses in the MBM Suite can beconverted into an MBA when you have gained three years of business experience by undertaking creditbearing projects totalling to 90 credits.These projects can be undertaken using supported learning while you are in employment over a period of up to two years.... [-]


MSc Business Information Systems

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The MSc Business Information Systems course is designed for those who require a broad overview of business information applications and technical knowledge of applied programming [+]

MSc Business Information Systems

 

The MSc Business Information Systems course is designed for those who require a broad overview of business information applications and technical knowledge of applied programming, secure data communications, information management security, financial analysis, data modelling and management, professional project management and business data analysis.The course covers research methodologies, including ethics, legal aspects and professional applications of business systems development. You will also develop skills in communication, problem solving and teamwork, all of which are invaluable to employers.There is also a strong focus on the design and development of internet applications. You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, which have more than 450 workstations, fi ve servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computer Society.Research is used to underpin all aspects of this Masters course. By 2009 the department had attracted more than 5m of funding from UK and European funding bodies, and the research in the department is going from strength to strength.Additionally, our Masters courses demonstrate a strong appreciation of industrial and real-life needs. The department has won a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placements with local companies and, in 2006, we launched the Academic into Business Computing centre (ABC) to provide computing students with work experience in a professional environment.... [-]


MSc Computer Animation

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course will develop your understanding of current computer animation software and underlying debates about the representation of reality in the media [+]

MSc Computer Animation

 

The course will develop your understanding of current computer animation software and underlying debates about the representation of reality in the media, as well as fundamental theoretical aspects of computer animation.Drawing on the expertise of staff from Media, Art and Design, as well as the Department of Computer Science and Technology, you will benefit from differing outlooks and backgrounds relating to computer animation.You will study 2D and 3D computer animation, and develop understanding in the analysis of visual material, the principles of computer generated imaging and problems involved in creating animation.There is a focus on current developments in the field, as these provide substantial opportunities for practical experience. You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, with more than 450 workstations, five servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computing Society.You will also develop skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork, all of which are invaluable to employers.... [-]


MSc Computer Networking

Campus Full time 18  August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of, and advanced technical and academic skills in, the real-world application of computer networking technologies [+]

MSc Computer Networking

 

The course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of, and advanced technical and academic skills in, the real-world application of computer networking technologies. It is designed for individuals who require an advanced level of proficiency in computer network administration and specific areas including network systems; grid services and distributed networking; wireless networking; distributed and parallel computing; networking administration and management; secure data communications; emerging technologies; and professional project management.An optional training course covers network management, server configuration and administration, and computer hardware technology. The course is available during the summer at Barnfield College, Luton, and is complemented by vendor-supported training.You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, with more than 450 workstations, five servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computer Society.Research underpins all aspects of the course. By 2009 the department had attracted more than ¬5m of funding from UK and European funding bodies, and the research in the department is going from strength to strength.Additionally, the course has a strong appreciation of industrial and real-life needs. The department has won a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placements with local companies and, in 2006, we launched the Academic into Business Computing centre (ABC) to provide computing students with work experience in a professional environment.... [-]


MSc Computer Science

Campus Full time 18  August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course provides specialist internet knowledge and programming skills. The main focus of the course is on gaining an advanced level of proficiency in computer [+]

MSc Computer Science

 

The course provides specialist internet knowledge and programming skills. The main focus of the course is on gaining an advanced level of proficiency in computer science and internet applications.

 

Areas of interest include online databases; intelligent agents; wireless networking; cryptography; network systems; distributed and parallel computing; systems architecture; and professional project management. You will also develop communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, all of which are invaluable toemployers.You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, which offer more than 450 workstations, five servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computer Society.Research underpins all aspects of the course. By 2009 the department had attracted more than ¬5m of funding from UK and European funding bodies, and the research in the department is going from strength to strength.Additionally, our Masters courses demonstrate a strong appreciation of industrial and real-life needs. The department has won a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placements with local companies and, in 2006, we launched the Academic into Business Computing centre (ABC) to provide computing students with work experience in a professional work environment.... [-]


MSc Computer Security and Forensics

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course is designed for individuals who require a broad overview of computer security as well as technical knowledge of forensics data analysis, law of evidence, [+]

MSc Computer Security and Forensics

 

The course is designed for individuals who require a broad overview of computer security as well as technical knowledge of forensics data analysis, law of evidence, cryptography, secure data communications, systems architecture, emerging technologiesand project management.There is also a focus on research methodologies, including issues relating to ethical hacking and legal aspects. You will also develop communication, problem solving and teamwork skills.You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, with more than 450 workstations, fi ve servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computer Society.Research underpins all aspects of the course. By 2009 the department had attracted more than ¬5m of funding from UK and European funding bodies, and the research in the department is going from strength to strength.Additionally, our MSc courses demonstrate a strong appreciation and refl ection of industrial and real-life needs. The department has won a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placements with local companies and, in 2006, we launched the Academic into Business Computing centre (ABC) to provide computing students with work experience in a professional environment.... [-]


MSc Embedded Systems Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

This MSc in Embedded System is ideal if students are looking to gain deeper knowledge and to develop further skills and capabilities of embedded system design, [+]

MSc Embedded Systems Engineering

 

This MSc in Embedded System is ideal if students are looking to gain deeper knowledge and to develop further skills and capabilities of embedded system design, evaluation and maintenance. It has the following distinctive features:*    Provision of combined knowledge on both modern computer science and electronic engineering at theoretical level*    Development of capabilities and skills of using embedded techniques to solve real world engineering problems, in terms of analysis, design, implementation and testing, and in the sense of project management*    Opportunities for gaining hands on experience in industry standard software and hardware toolkits*    Teaching and learning activities supported by R&D research to ensure that emerging computing and engineering technologies are informed*    Teaching and learning supported by industry links with local and regional industry partners*    Opportunities for students to be involved in real world R&D projects*    Development of awareness of possible equality and diversity issues in electrical / electronic engineering... [-]


MSc Finance and Business Management

Campus Full time 18  August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

This course is designed for students who are new to accounting and fi nance, and who wish to develop a more strategic and integrated orientation to fi nance and business. [+]

MSc Finance and Business Management

 

This course is designed for students who are new to accounting and fi nance, and who wish to develop a more strategic and integrated orientation to fi nance and business. You will develop the skills required to adapt appropriate strategic responses to different market environments through the study of organisations.You will also understand the impact of contextual forces on organisations, including legal systems, corporate governance and ethical, economic and environmental change issues. You will develop your knowledge of the financing of organisations including the sources, uses and management of finance and the use of accounting for managerial andfinancial reporting.You will study the management and development of people within organisations; the impact of information systems; the use of relevant communication within the global economy; and how cultural differences affect buying behaviour and marketing approaches. You will develop your ability to analyse problems logically and apply appropriate decision-making skills, as well as the knowledge to reach feasible and realistic conclusions.All courses in the MBM Suite can be converted into an MBA when you have gained three years of business experience by undertaking credit-bearing projects totalling to 90 credits. These projects can be undertaken using supported learning while you are in employment over a period of up to two years.... [-]


MSc Human Resource Management

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

There is a growing recognition that an organisations success is critically dependent upon effective management of its employees. Whether in the competitive world [+]

MSc Human Resource Management

 

There is a growing recognition that an organisations success is critically dependent upon effective management of its employees. Whether in the competitive world of commercial business, or the changing and challenging context of the public and not-for-profit sector, it is increasingly vital to have skilled, committed and empowered employees who gain satisfaction from meeting the goals of the organisation.To achieve this is not easy professional human resource management practitioners can play a vital role in bringing their special expertise to bear on the challenges presented. This course gives you the opportunity to develop as a professional practitioner, able to provide a high level of practical expertise in contributing effectively to the achievement of successful human resource management.It will enable you to explore the research and debates about human resource management practices that are fundamental to organisations in contemporary society, as well as attempting to answer the critical questions posed. You will assess current thinking within this rapidly developing field at both operational and strategic levels.You will develop a strategic view of human resource management, learning to recognise the key people management implications of corporate goals and problems, to analyse data using relevant techniques and knowledge, and to develop action plans for practical implementation. Through a blend of studying key ideas and theories, case study work and practical investigation of business situations, you will develop the professional expertise to make an invaluable contribution to effective organisational management.... [-]


MSc Project Management

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The course will develop your knowledge and skills to manage projects effectively in the commercial, public and voluntary sector. [+]

MSc Project Management

 

The course will develop your knowledge and skills to manage projects effectively in the commercial, public and voluntary sector.The course content has been developed with reference to the project management professional bodies and with input from project management specialists from a range of organisations, ensuring the course reflects current and best practice.The management of complex projects can be challenging and requires a multidisciplinary skill set, including planning and resource management but also soft skills, such as interpersonal and leadership skills. The course covers a range of study areas to reflect the responsibilities of todays project manager and includes managing international projects for todays global companies. Students will have opportunities to combine theory with practice by delivering proposals and a project for a real client.The course will also provide you with access to PRINCE2 training, giving you an additional professional qualification.You will have access to course materials and discussion groups through the Universitys virtual learning environment to support your study.... [-]


MA

MA Applied Public Policy - Children and Young Peoples Services

Campus Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Public Policy: Childrens and Young Peoples Services is a 1 year part time award developed collaboratively by the Vauxhall Centre [+]

MA Applied Public Policy - Children and Young Peoples Services

 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Public Policy: Childrens and Young Peoples Services is a 1 year part time award developed collaboratively by the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime, The Vulnerable Young People Research Unit and The Child and Family Research Centre and the Social Work, Professional Practice and Law Research Unit at the University of Bedfordshire, located within the Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR). It will be the first non professional M level award in the department.It is a most timely award, geared to the demands of the governments 2020 Children and Young Peoples Workforce Strategy. The course aims to provide advanced career enhancement opportunities for senior practitioners and managers within childrens and young peoples services as well as for graduates seeking employment in these fields.The course will draw upon the unique range of expertise available within the Institute for Applied Social Research and the Faculty more broadly. Each unit would be taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts, engaged in cutting edge, practice and policy oriented research and scholarship. Currently there is no other M level programme of this nature on offer.... [-]


MA Education

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Luton + 1 more

This course is based on research-informed decision-making; co-coaching and mentoring; learning and teaching; evaluating published research to inform practice [+]

MA Education

 

This course is based on research-informed decision-making; co-coaching and mentoring; learning and teaching; evaluating published research to inform practice, and learning how to research your own organisation or teaching to improve practice. It is intended for education professionals who are actively involved in teaching, learning support and educational leadership and organisation. The course allows you to accumulate credit over time, studying at a rate that best suits you.You will be advised on assignment themes in order to organise your studies to suit your own career development and inform improvement within your organisation. This course has named routes to meet the needs of particular groups working within education. The generic route offers a wider choice of units and the opportunity to conduct research in a diverse range of contexts.The MA Education (Effective Learning and Teaching) focuses on the needs of those educators working directly with learners. The MA Education (Leadership and Management) caters for those working in, or aspiring to, educational leadership positions. We welcome the opportunity to work with groups in the workplace. We also offer the possibility of accrediting professional qualifications against your Masters credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course.... [-]