October/November 2018

New postgraduate courses at the University of Salford

Developing Digital Skills
Salford Business School is launching a suite of brand new postgraduate courses to ensure our offer is cutting edge and continues to provide our students with the skills they need to take the next step in their careers.

One of the big needs for the future economy will be digital skills, indeed a report from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, released earlier this year, has highlighted the digital skills gap as being one of the areas of concern in the Greater Manchester economy.

To help bridge that gap Salford has just launched an MSc in Digital Business. Students will study topics such as Digital Business and Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing (accredited by Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing) , Information Systems and Digital Transformation, Project Management and Leadership Skills and involves an internship and live final project.

Course leader Dr Marie Griffiths said: “This course has been designed by collaborating with business to ensure we know what skills they are looking for and which are lacking in the workforce of the North West. It will teach valuable skills such as how to exploit new technologies such as drones robotics and wearable tech, and how best to use social media marketing and search engine optimisation. It will provide a vital boost to anyone looking for a career in digital business.”

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.

Financial Fraud and Risk
Another new course is aimed at combating emerging forms of financial fraud. MSc Fraud and Risk Management aims to train students to spot the latest forms of financial fraud, and to assess their risk, to prepare them for a career in the financial services.

Ghulam Sorwar, Professor in Finance at Salford, has helped to design the new course. The international finance expert said: “Fraud is becoming more complex all the time and we have seen with things like the Carillion situation that this can impact on many lives and reverberate throughout society. In recent years the nature of fraud has changed and the impact of information technology means that there are now opportunities to commit fraud that did not exist in the past. We will teach students about these using theoretical problems but we will also use real world case studies to look at the limitations of these theories.”

The significant new programme aims to fill a gap where professional financial fraud is examined from different viewpoints including financial fraud, accounting fraud and banking fraud. It will provide students with an understanding of what motivates fraud and how to detect it. This course will prepare students to spot the latest fraud techniques, such as accounting fraud, IT issues and security issues.

Dean of the Business School
Dean of the Business School at the University of Salford, Professor Dave Spicer, said: “I’m excited to be introducing all these new courses. They will ensure that our portfolio of options for both postgraduate students and their employers students is fully up to date.

“Students can be confident that when they come to Salford they get an education which has been developed with industry and will prepare them for all the challenges of the modern business world, putting them in a great place to boost their career or even launch a new one. Digital skills and risk management are two huge areas with an impact on all our lives. These new courses will boost skills and help develop the economy of the region and the country.”

University of Salford Business School
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