Plymouth Business School

The Plymouth Business School is launching an online course designed to provide professionals with the skills to deal with contemporary challenges in management practice.

The BSc (Hons) Management Practice, recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), is aimed at professionals wishing to boost their existing CII Advanced Diploma level qualifications or enhance professional experience.

Starting in January 2016, the two-year part-time, online course will offer specialist subject pathways in leadership and human resource management or international trade.

It will complement the University’s existing suite of business programmes, and add to the partnerships it enjoys with industry bodies globally.

Dr Karen Jones, Programme Leader for the new degree course, said:

“All organisations need managers. This programme is designed for professionals who want to acquire and develop competences that will significantly enhance their employability and career prospects. The opportunity to specialise and gain professional accreditation in leadership and HRM or international trade provides routes into management within specialised areas, such as Insurance, Human Resource Management and Export Management. The programme has been designed in line with national and international best practice, and in consultation with local and global partners and professional bodies, and we are delighted to have it recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute in this way.”

It is designed to provide a flexible and innovative online delivery to meet the particular needs of busy professional learners and provide plenty of opportunity to engage with a range of other professionals. Adding value through its innovative design and contemporary commercial content, the programme is distinctive in its emphasis on workplace learning in design and content.

The programme will include modules in five core areas – leading people; managing change; market and customer awareness; managing information and knowledge and managing activities and resources.

Learners will also be able to tailor their degree to match their specialist interests, choosing from a selection of modules available in: leadership practice; managing people and performance; international trade operations and strategy; international trade policy and compliance; management research and evaluation; work based action research; and personal development planning.

Caspar Bartington, Relationship Manager from the Chartered Insurance Institute, said:

“We are delighted to continue our work with Plymouth Business School. As a professional body with a global membership, we want to be able to offer our highly-qualified members the opportunity to broaden their skillsets and gain a respected, valuable UK degree without having to leave their home country. The part-time model also allows for busy members to get involved.”