Three new postgraduate degree programmes have been launched in Dundee as part of a new partnership between Abertay University and the city’s Al Maktoum College of Higher Education.
The courses - MSc Moral Economy and Sustainable Development, MSc Law and Sustainability, and MSc Strategic Organisational Learning – will all see modules taught at Al Maktoum, with the research and dissertation components based at Abertay.
Close neighbours in Dundee city centre, the two institutions have a history of collaboration, and both share a common aim to provide transformational opportunities for people in the local area and further afield.
'As key anchor institutions in the city, both Abertay and Al Maktoum play essential roles in providing educational opportunities to the people of Dundee and beyond - so, to be joining together on this excellent new postgraduate offer is a hugely positive step, which I’m confident will be a great success' - Abertay Principal, Professor Liz Bacon
The MSc Moral Economy and Sustainability is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to encounter and address challenges facing decision makers in the fields of human development, social work, environmental protection, policy making, and sustainability. It explores sustainability through the lens of morality and social responsibility and in a variety of fields from governance, civil society activism to policy making.
The MSc Law and Sustainability covers sustainability in relation to law, policies and legal practices and in a variety of fields from environmental law, sustainable housing law to corporate social responsibility. It provides students with advanced and specialist knowledge in key areas of environmental law and liability and housing law, together with a detailed understanding of corporate governance.
The MSc Strategic Organisational Learning – the first of its kind in the UK - teaches the fundamental concepts of both organisational learning, as well as individual, team and machine learning. It builds on diversified bodies of knowledge, including total quality management, open innovation, organisational development, and workplace learning.
All three MSc courses are also available at PhD level.
Professor Liz Bacon, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Abertay University said: “As key anchor institutions in the city, both Abertay and Al Maktoum play essential roles in providing educational opportunities to the people of Dundee and beyond - so, to be joining together on this excellent new postgraduate offer is a hugely positive step, which I’m confident will be a great success.
"Only by creating a mix of pathways to a university education can we truly claim to be serving the needs of our students, and to be launching these latest MSc degree routes really reaffirms our commitment to diversifying our postgraduate offer, while remaining true to our aim of delivering programmes designed for the modern world.”
Dr Abi Abubaker, Head of College and Vice-Chancellor of Al Maktoum College of Higher Education said: “These innovative and high-quality programmes cater to the growing interest in Organisational Learning, and the significance of Sustainable Development and the opportunities this presents. There is growing demand for these programmes as the topics increase in relevance and relatability to many contemporary issues in society.
"This is a key alliance between two progressive and ambitious institutions and this partnership will be of major benefit to students seeking to undertake studies in these areas. As a centre of academic excellence, we look forward to what is certain to be a mutually positive collaboration with Abertay University.”