Aims and Philosophy

Conceptual knowledge combined with skills for employability

The overall aim of the programme is to give graduates, from a wide range of backgrounds in the arts and social sciences, a sound grounding in the knowledge and skills they need to embark on a career in management and business. Recognising the centrality of the human resource and knowledge management in contemporary organising the programme provides an excellent preparation for a professional management career.

The programme is driven by the values of the Department which underpin how the programme is designed and delivered:

  • Critical and reflective – we foster critical thinking and the ability to reflect on practice. Increasingly, organisations need managers who will challenge established ways of working in a sensitive and sensible way.
  • Pragmatism – theory and practice are inseparable. We ensure that theories are not simply abstract and simplistic models, but are ways of developing rich insights into contemporary organising, and the basis for thoughtful management
  • Student-centred and supportive – we foster a learning environment that recognises the importance of individual learning styles and enables you to develop your independent learning capabilities. At the same time we provide a supportive framework and atmosphere, within which you can develop and reflect.

Equipping you for work and management by providing insight and analysis

On completing the programme you will be able to:

  • use highly developed critical thinking skills to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction, insight and originality in researching, thinking through, and solving problems, and act autonomously and professionally in planning and implementing tasks
  • continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level in your chosen work environment.