Wu Siu-wai, business development director at an electronics factory, enrolled in a master of science (MSc) in management programme as he thinks it's a great way to reacquaint himself with theory while absorbing ideas on innovative management.
The programme, offered by De Montfort University through the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), is ideal for busy executives such as Wu.
"The course on critical perspectives strengthened the theories I've learned and made me think of problems from various perspectives," says Wu. "Classes are on Friday evenings and on [weekends] so my working hours are hardly disrupted."
Dr Johnny Leung, the associate programme director, says many of their students are busy middle managers or higher. "To give them the best learning experience, they study only one subject at a time," he adds.
"Students have to complete a dissertation to graduate. The topic is usually related to their work. It is an opportunity for them to put theory into practical use and to critique their work. As topics for their dissertations, students can focus on business solutions, operational improvements or new product ideas," Leung adds.
Students can finish the programme in 12 to 18 months of part-time studies.
Applicants need to have a lower second Honours Degree in any discipline and hold professional qualifications at postgraduate level.
The course is a fast-track route for holders of selected professional qualifications to attain a master's degree. Students without such qualifications can apply for the master of science in international business and management.