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Programme structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Leading and Learning in a Dynamic Era (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to equip you with a range of learning and skills for leading and learning in a contemporary organisational context. The module employs an experiential learning pedagogy focused on the integration of practice and theory.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical self-reflection by applying feedback and knowledge gained from this practice
  • Identify and develop your leadership competencies relative to your current and future career requirements
  • Apply varied perspectives on leading and learning to practice
  • Discern and articulate personal values, principles and goals and the implications for effective leadership in different contexts
  • Synthesise elements of personal and professional development into a comprehensive plan for growth
  • Critically assess alternative conceptual models of leadership and the implications for personal, team and organisational effectiveness

Strategy and Innovation (10 Weeks)

The Strategy and Innovation module seeks to equip you with the necessary knowledge and strategic skills to contribute to an organisation’s sustainable competitive advantage. You’ll develop the knowledge and personal skills to utilise creativity in strategic management and deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply key tools and techniques to facilitate the choice, implementation and evaluation of strategic scenarios
  • Identify opportunities for business development and the characteristics of the markets in which they operate
  • Critically review, select and apply a range of approaches to the strategic development and management of an organisation
  • Evaluate leadership actions and behaviours in establishing an environment that fosters creativity and innovation

Managing People and Organisations (10 Weeks)

Managing People and Organisations seeks to develop and promote your analytical skills, creativity and independent thinking around the contribution that organisational behaviour and human resource management can make to organisational performance.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate theories of organisational behaviour and how they are operationalised through human resource strategies
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to organisation and management
  • Analyse organisational needs and human resource capabilities
  • Critically assess implications of building and developing a diverse workforce

Marketing and Brand Management (10 Weeks)

The aim of the module is to develop a clear understanding of marketing as a strategic activity in any organisation, with cross-functional implications for management. The module focuses on brand management as an essential component to convey the overall organisational value proposition to its customers and other important stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse the contribution of marketing and branding as customer-focused strategies
  • Evaluate different approaches to strategic marketing planning and brand management
  • Apply marketing and brand-management techniques to a range of business scenarios
  • Develop appropriate implementation strategies by selecting from a range of established and emerging media and technologies

Financial and Performance Management (10 Weeks)

This module seeks to equip managers with appropriate tools and techniques to manage financial resources to optimise organisational performance. This covers the theory and practice of planning, decision-making and control.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse sources of revenue and expenditure in a financial plan
  • Apply the principles of cost-volume-profit analysis to make management decisions
  • Critically evaluate the nature, role and limitations of budgets and budgetary control
  • Critically evaluate techniques to assess capital expenditure projects and their impact on the value of the firm
  • Identify and recommend appropriate sources of finance, their risks and costs

Managing Projects (10 Weeks)

The aim of this module is to develop the essential knowledge and key skills needed to conceptualise, plan and manage projects successfully within defined quality, time and cost constraints.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Systematically review and evaluate the concepts of managing projects and have a critical awareness of the key factors involved in successful project management
  • Understand the organisational context of projects and critically analyse important factors affecting the success or failure of a project
  • Analyse and apply appropriate techniques to each stage of a project’s life cycle
  • Assess the role and skill set required by a project manager; in particular leading, negotiating, communicating and cooperating
  • Reflect upon individual and team performance in project management

Research Methods (10 Weeks)

The module will prepare you to critically evaluate a range of research approaches and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate relevant issues. It forms the basis of a research proposal that you will take forward into the Management Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand and appraise the various approaches to management research
  • Critically evaluate published research in a relevant field of management literature
  • Identify and assess appropriate research methods for your management research project
  • Conceptualise a management-related or organisational issue and formulate an appropriate research question
  • Design an appropriate research strategy to address a specific management research question

Management Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Management Research Project will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific management problem. The result will be the presentation of a research report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant management research question
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data
  • Present research results in a critical fashion
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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