GAME Changers FAQs

List of Career Development Master’s degrees frequently asked questions


These are new Postgraduate Masters’ degree programmes at the University of Bolton, which focus on employability skills in conjunction with specialist areas. They are called Career Development Master’s degrees. Also known as ‘GAME Changer Master’s degrees’.

Several titles are on offer and these are:

  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSc Data Analytics and Technologies
  • MSc Human Society (with specialisms)
  • MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
  • MA/MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)

All these courses commence on Monday 21st September 2020. Other intakes may be offered later in the academic year 2020/21.

You can study each of our Career Development Master’s degree courses full-time over 12 months, full-time over 18 months or part-time over 24 months.

You can study each course full or part-time. A special feature of these courses is that all classes are planned to allow part-time students to continue with their employment whilst studying, thus allowing working professionals to undertake the programmes. For full-time study, there are two options. You can complete the course full-time over 12 months, or choose the Extended version of the course which has a duration of 18 months. If you choose to study part-time, you will complete the course in 24 months.

Please refer to the course structure, which can be accessed on the main GAME Changers webpages.

The employment market has experienced a fundamental change, where more employers now require specific skills that can only be developed in intensive courses such as these. All these Master’s degrees have two common modules which help to develop commercial and employability skills and knowledge, how to present yourselves and gain traction for employment and career progression. In addition, the courses will provide opportunities for high-level networking, peer-to-peer learning and real-world projects, case studies and presentations. They also provide and excellent grounding for PhD research/studies.

The core structure is: 4 x 30 credit modules & 1 x 60 credit dissertation/project. Overall, the completion of the following credits produces these awards:

  • 60 credits = Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert.)
  • 120 credits = Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip.)
  • 180 credits = Master’s Degree (MSc/MA)

The University of Bolton is No1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West and No5 in the country (Complete University Guide 2020). We are a student-focussed, teaching led university which quite simply means that we ensure that all our teaching sessions are high-quality and led by academics and industrialists who are experts in their respective fields. The result of this strategy ensures the best and up-to-date knowledge is always disseminated in a carefully crafted manner to students.

These programmes are delivered through blended learning, where there is an expectation to have face-to- face learning. However, there is also the opportunity for remote learning with some teaching being delivered by video-link lectures.

These programmes are delivered through blended learning, where there is an expectation to have face-to-face learning.

Tuition fees for Home and EU students is £9,250 (full-time and pro-rata for part-time).

For international students the fee is £12,450. Generous bursary schemes are being offered for these courses. Please see further information on these web pages

The University of Bolton has a number of support packages available for PG study. There is a specific ‘GAME Changers Bursary 2020’ designed to reward those students who embark on one of the five Career Development Master’s degrees courses at the University of Bolton in September 2020. Please see the following link for full terms and eligibility

Master's courses are eligible for government funding please see for full details and eligibility.

The extensive campus has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. Over the past few years, the University of Bolton has invested over £50 million in these facilities. We aim to provide an environment as close to the working environment as possible.

Although this is not guaranteed, the University will use all its resources to support work placements and live industrial projects. As this is a Postgraduate degree, there is an expectation for students to secure their own work placements through networking and the University is well positioned to help.


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