University launches postgraduate Business course that ‘more than pays for itself’

Posted on 5th July 2012

Two of Chester’s leading institutions have teamed up to give graduates an edge in a competitive postgraduate market by launching a new Master’s that literally pays for itself.

This programme allows students to gain invaluable work experience while working towards a Master’s degree and, as an added bonus, students are paid a salary that more than covers their course fees.
Professor Danny Moss

The University of Chester has joined forces with MBNA to offer the work-based Chester Business Masters programme which will allow students to earn a salary worth more than the cost of their training, while gaining practical and academic business skills.

Designed to attract and develop top business talent across the region, candidates will be put through a vigorous application process but those selected can expect to earn around £8,000 during their work placements which will more than cover the £5,850 course costs.

During the programme – which is one of the first business courses of its type in the UK – students will complete two 20-week periods of paid placements in some of the North West’s top companies, accounting for two thirds of the Master’s degree assessment.

Danny Moss, Professor of Corporate and Public Affairs at the University of Chester, said: “This is an innovative new programme unlike any other Business Master’s degree in the UK. It allows students to gain invaluable work experience while working towards a Master’s degree and, as an added bonus, students are paid a salary that more than covers their course fees.”

“A course of this type is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to achieve a great qualification and improve their future job prospects by getting a foot in the door with businesses across the region. I strongly believe the structure of this course will provide the blueprint for the future of Master’s degrees in the UK.”

Chester-based credit card lender MBNA has been announced as the principal sponsor of the new course and will offer up to four placements during the first year. Other companies including Vauxhall Motors, EA Technology, Mornflake and B&S Group Ltd will also be providing graduate placements.

Karen Gresty, MBNA’s Learning Executive, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Chester on this new innovation as it will help nurture business talent across the region.

“The professional development of UK graduates is so critical for the future of the economy and the Chester Business Master’s is an excellent way for graduates to enhance their skill-set, showcase their abilities and make a positive contribution to businesses across the region.”

Successful applicants will be able to draw upon the experience of a network of experienced mentors for help during their studies, consisting of consultants and professionals from other businesses in the North West.

Places for this programme are limited to 15 graduates and the University is only accepting applications until the end of July.

You can visit www.chester.ac.uk/cbm  for more information about the course or to apply. Alternatively, contact Professor Danny Moss on d.moss@chester.ac.uk, 01244 511811 or 07595 372722 or Lisa Rowe on lisa.rowe@chester.ac.uk, or 01244 511178.