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Organisational Knowledge MSc

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  • Objectives
    The Cranfield MSc in Organisational Knowledge is specifically designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and practical experience required to formalise precious information and to use it to form commercially sound processes and knowledge transfer. Graduates will be able to carve out a successful career in organisational management, or in a general People in a meetingmanagement position at a variety of organisations. On successful completion of the MSc course a student will be able to: * Demonstrate a thorough understanding and critical awareness of the key concepts of organisational knowledge within the context of a health based organisation. * Critically evaluate appropriate methodologies to acquire knowledge of products/processes/systems. * Critically evaluate and apply tools and techniques to communicate organisational knowledge to a range of audiences. * Develop coherent strategies to manage organisational knowledge within a health based organisation. * Work in a team and apply tools and techniques of project management to scope and schedule a project and to communicate the project outcomes orally and in writing. * Undertake independent research involving critical project assessment, development of understanding, critical planning analysis and evaluation of results. Effectively communicate technical information in writing and in an oral presentation.
  • Entry requirements
    A minimum of a 2nd class (or above) UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. In exceptional cases, however, a candidate may be admitted with appropriate professional experience. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English such as achieve a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
    Available full or part time
    Funding available

    The need for organisations to capture, extract and make use of its knowledge assets is greater than ever, in particular in the area of human knowledge. Growing competition, changing customer requirements and rapid economic changes mean that Organisational Knowledge is becoming increasingly important in business.

    Health is a business sector which has traditionally depended on informal and undocumented knowledge. This Organisational Knowledge course has been designed to equip MSc students who have an interest in the Health sector with the knowledge, skills and experience to maximise knowledge assets in their current and future roles. The course brings together expertise from different industries which can be applied to the Health sector.

    This course is suitable for anyone looking to pursue a career in organisational management with particular reference to the Health sector, or a general management position in a variety of organisations. Previous students have come from a variety of backgrounds - some have degrees in business-related subjects such as Law, Economics or Applied IT and others have been part-time staff from the NHS.

    Duration of course:

    Full time - one year
    Part time - up to three years

    Award type:


    Funding: This MSc has been awarded funding from the University's EPSRC Collaborative Training Account, meaning many of this year's UK/EU full-time students will have access to up to £10,000 financial assistance to study the course.

    Course start date:


    Course structure

    The course is divided into four parts:

    Taught modules

    The taught section of the course will consist of eight compulsory one-week modules, comprising a mixture of teaching and hands-on sessions which cover the principles of knowledge management.

    This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark. The marks for each module are obtained from examination or written assignments.
    Business Week

    Organisations that provide knowledge management solutions or that have implemented knowledge management will share their experiences.
    Group project

    A three month group project which will enhance your team-working and problem solving skills.

    This element constitutes 20% of the overall mark.

    Research project and thesis

    A four-month individual research project carried out either at Cranfield or in industry.

    This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained through a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.

    The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as an opportunity for you to meet potential future employers and practically apply your new knowledge.

    Course Content

    The content of this course has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in organisational management.


    1 Organisations and Knowledge

    2 Business Management and Health Economics

    3 The Learning Organisation

    4 Organisational Transformation and Change

    5 Knowledge Acquisition

    6 Organisational Modelling

    7 Organisational Operations

    8 Knowledge Management Systems


    Business Week
    Group project
    Research project and thesis

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