Experienced middle and senior managers who are full members of their institutes and have been in management positions for a minimum of 5 years can enrol on this top up programme with exemptions allowing them to study only 2 modules and a dissertation and complete within 12-18 months. In offering this fast track route the University recognises the levels of knowledge attained in the achievement of full institute membership.
Busy executives can often not afford to take time out every week to study in a typical university part-time course. However the top up MSc allows individuals to gain a major management qualification whilst still in their jobs, as teaching takes place over 2 residential weekends supplemented by online group support via MDC’s own technology, Webucate. Assignment completion typically takes 10-15 hours per week but can be fitted around existing work and family commitments. The programme offers the unique opportunity to continue working as you study rather than taking the time of to complete a part time or full time course based on campus.
The executive programme creates a tremendous group dynamic where approximately 30 like-minded individuals join together for the 2 intensive weekends. This creates an extremely stimulating experience for all course participants and it ensures that individuals are helped to complete the programme.
All students who enrol on the programme are practising managers. This enables them to apply the 'action learning' concept and utilise the theoretical knowledge learned during the modules back to their own organisations. This has proven to be both an effective way of learning for the individual and of real benefit to the individual’s company. The programme involves a 18,000 word dissertation which can equate to a large and expensive piece of consultancy work for an individual’s employer or company. The subject of the research project is chosen by the student, depending on the issues currently facing their company and the needs of their business. The aim of the project is to not only conduct a one-off piece of consultancy work, but to change the way students think about the business as a whole in order to become more proactive in areas of the company other than their day-to-day tasks. It encourages employees to reach beyond their job descriptions, to proactively seek opportunities and combat problems within the company strategy.