You consider the complexities and ethical implications of business strategies and emerging issues confronting organisations in an era of increasing globalisation and ethical, social and environmental concern. Study is strategic in nature to allow you to further develop critical thinking skills. The programme is closely linked to industry and you learn through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning, to include project and consultancy-based work with professionals from a variety of specialisms. An integral part of your learning at this level is the Extended Independent Study. You act as a consultant and undertake research that responds to the challenges faced by a business or industry, or you can define and resolve your own research problem. Both options provide the opportunity to demonstrate the ability for self-directed study. Alternatively, you may complete the taught module, Researching Contemporary Management Issues, which aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate approaches to research into contemporary management issues. This provides the opportunity for you to research and critically assess a range of these issues in your own research paper.