MSc in Space and Brand Identity

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

https://www.nup.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/calender.png

1.5 YEARS

https://www.nup.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/tick.png

90 ECTS

https://www.nup.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/communication.png

ENGLISH OR GREEK

https://www.nup.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/clock.png

FULL TIME

https://www.nup.ac.cy/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/award.png

AWARDED BY NEAPOLIS UNIVERSITY

OBJECTIVE OF THE MSc IN SPACE AND BRAND IDENTITY

The Postgraduate Program in Space and Brand Identity is a unique, innovative and multidisciplinary program that explores the relationship between space and brand identity. It aims to promote a closer collaboration between creative-related disciplines like architecture and business-related disciplines such as business administration and marketing. Specifically, the course offers a fresh perspective on how to implement innovative brand spaces that will enhance functionality, brand identity, productivity, customers’ satisfaction etc, while aligning the spatial structure with transpatial norms and conditions (i.e brand values, ideas, philosophies etc). Thus, this program is an innovative course that responds to the need for business, organizations and designers to address the complex 21st century’s economic, environmental and social challenges by utilizing the power of physical space. It primarily aims at graduates of Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Brand Design, Organizational Innovation, Brand Management and Business.

The aim of the curriculum design is twofold. At first, aims at familiarizing students from creative disciplines with business-related aspects and thus giving them a competitive advantage for the design of branded spaces. Secondly, aims at providing students from business-related disciplines with the adequate knowledge and skills to understand and utilize space as marketing device and thus giving them a competitive advantage to fully embrace the potentials offered.

More specifically, the MSc Space and Brand Identity aims, by combining both theoretical knowledge and practical approaches, to:

  1. Provide students with a broad understanding of the role of space as communication device
  2. Guide each student through a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between space, identity formation, branded identity
  3. Guide students to explore the mutual understanding of the disciplines of architecture and business
  4. Provide students with theoretical and practical tools in order to use effectively the power of physical space in real life
  5. Equip students with skills and practical tools to conceptualize, analyze and evaluate spaces by acknowledging tran-spatial ordering (i.e brand identity, values, policy etc)
  6. Provide students with theoretical and practical tools in order to understand the spatial implication on human-spatial behaviour and users’ perception
  7. Develop graduates with a high degree of multidisciplinary professional standards and thus giving our graduates a distinct and holistic market advantage

TEACHING LANGUAGE

The MSc in Space and Brand Identity Programme is offered in the English/Greek language.

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

1.5 academic year (3 academic semesters, 90 ECTS)

In accordance with the relevant announcements made by the Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in two academic semesters (12 months) as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remain 90.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAMME

  • Unique, innovative and multidisciplinary programme (in Cyprus, Greece, Europe, and Middle East)
  • Combines creative with business-related disciplines
  • Nowadays, brand owners, architects, brand consultants and managers have begun to perceive the relevance of space for formulating branded identity. In particular, the importance of physical space in shaping customers’ behaviours and reflecting a brand’s organisational identity has started acknowledging by a wide-array of scholars and entrepreneurs. This postgraduate programme deal with the above concepts and ideas.
  • Τhe programme can be adjusted to current market requirements and multiple business environments
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects
  • Competitive tuition fees

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The program primarily targets graduates of Architecture, Interior Design, Finance, Accounting, Economics and Business programmes. In particular it is suitable for:

  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Product Designers
  • Applied Arts
  • Museologists
  • Cultural Entrepreneurs
  • Commercial property developers
  • Early start-up Entrepreneurs
  • Early carrier business professionals, for up-skilling & re-skilling
  • Store Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Journalists
  • Specialized venue officers (theme parks, entertainment venues, retail parks, sports centres, shopping malls , etc)

 

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme learning outcomes are the following:

  • PLO1. Combine theoretical and practical knowledge on the relationship between branding, space and identity formation, while interacting with the various disciplines involved (i.e., architecture, interior design and business) as well as with the local industry.
  • PLO2. Understand, analyze and evaluate branded spaces having in mind their tran-spatial ordering (i.e., brand identity, values, policy, business strategy etc.) as well as their influence on human-spatial behavior and users’ perception.
  • PLO3. Apply a wide range of principles and tools required for conceptualizing the relationships between branded spaces and customers’ behavior.
  • PLO4. Critically discuss the role of space as marketing device and thus reflect on the way in which physical and virtual space can be used in order to benefit the business world.
  • PLO5. Implement strategies and create synergies between the disciplines involved by considering real case studies in a multidisciplinary framework.
  • PLO6. Develop innovative business models, apply the foundations of  entrepreneurship and innovation, business communication and critically reflect on basic principles on organizational behavior and analyze how these principles influence behavior.
  • PLO7.  Apply techniques, methods and tools to conduct research in business and branded spaces with mixed methods approaches

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS

The Programme’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the Programme is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class though active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that an MSc in Space and Brand Identity a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

Each course is evaluated through the completion of one midterm assessment which is explicitly mentioned in the study curriculum and the study guides (essays, literature critiques, article manuscript for the university’s student journal etc.) during the semester, and final examinations at the end of the semester. Should a student not attend the examination, or has failed to take a winter or spring semester examination, he or she is entitled to re-sit the examination.

Midterm assessment can take various forms as described earlier like essays, research articles, presentations, literature critiques, book reviews etc, during the semester and corresponds corresponds to 40% of the final grade, while the final exam is 60%. For the student to succeed in a course, he / she must take both on the final grade and the midterm assessment a grade of at least 50%. The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology.

In the third semester students complete their Dissertation which corresponds to 30 ECTS. The length of the thesis depends on the type. In the case of a bibliographic thesis, it cannot be less than 12,000 words and more than 15,000 words. The bibliography, the annexes and the abstract are not included. After submission, the supervisor submits a written and reasoned report, with the student’s consent, to the members of the committee. Support for the thesis is done publicly or via an electronic videoconference before a three-member committee.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
SBI501Introduction to issues on Architecture, Space and IdentityCompulsory7.5
SBI502Architecture as Communication Device: ‘The Medium is the message’Compulsory7.5
MBA584Entrepreneurship and InnovationCompulsory7.5
IS509Research MethodsCompulsory7.5

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
SBI503Holistic Approach to Branded SpacesCompulsory7.5
SBI504Architecture & Human Behaviour Compulsory7.5
MBA561Marketing Management & Business Communication Compulsory7.5
MBA580Leadership & Organizational Behaviour Elective7.5
DM505Digital Communication and Social Media Strategies Elective7.5

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
SBI510DissertationCompulsory30
The aim of the curriculum design is twofold. At first, it aims at familiarising students from creative disciplines with business-related aspects and thus giving them a competitive advantage. Secondly, it aims at providing students from business-related disciplines with the adequate knowledge and skills to understand and utilize space as marketing device and thus giving them a competitive advantage to fully embrace the potentials offered. The duration of these studies is three semesters. Entries for the Postgraduate Program are held in September and February/March of each academic year. Each course lasts an academic semester. All students enrolled in the Postgraduate Program, either in the winter semester or the spring semester can choose the courses offered in the relevant semesters. For successfully completing their studies, students need to accumulate a total of 90 Credits (ECTS). In the 1st semester students are required to attend 4 compulsory modules. In the second semester students are required to attend 3 compulsory courses and to choose 1 out of the remaining 2 elective courses. Each of the courses corresponds to 7.5 Credits (ECTS). In order to obtain their Master’s degree, students are also obliged to conduct a master’s dissertation. Thus, in the third semester, the students prepare their dissertation. The research proposal is submitted by the student, who may request one of the tutors as a supervisor. The thesis can be submitted for up to one academic year after the successful completion of the second semester of study. The dissertation should be relevant to the content of the postgraduate student's studies and should be original. Students can write master dissertations and midterm assessments in English regardless of the language of the programme.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The necessary supporting documents to be submitted with the application include:

  • Officially authenticated certificates of academic qualifications of university level (degree etc.).
  • The satisfactory knowledge of the English language is essential. The minimum requirement is the possession of a B1 level English language certificate of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​or a degree of a corresponding level.
    • By decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program, special exams or any other test may take place for those candidates who do not have a degree of the abovementioned level so that their ability to meet the standards of the Postgraduate Program is verified.
  • Certificates of English Language and the minimum required grade
  • After admission, by the decision of the Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program students are likely to participate in additional English language courses in order to improve their ability to write their course work, written assignments and the dissertation.
  • A statement of personal interest.
  • Two reference letters, at least one of which should be of academic character.

DISCLAIMER

The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.

The programme structure may change without prior notice, as a result of quality assurance procedures or/and programme recertification.

APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAMME

Register your interest and one of our admissions consultants will contact you with guidance and additional information.

FACULTY & STAFF OF THE PROGRAMME

Solon Xenopoulos

Professor of Architecture

Dean, School of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences

Coordinator of the Bachelor & Diploma in Architecture and MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainability Management (EIASM)

Solon Xenopoulos is an Architect, qualified at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (1966) with Postgraduate Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College, London...
Dikaios Tserkezos

Dikaios Tserkezos

Professor in Econometrics and Economics Computers software

Demetris Georgiou is a qualified accountant currently working for his own accountancy and audit practice in Paphos. Between 2004 and 2008 he studied accounting at the University of Cyprus...

Anastasia Reppas

Professor of Educational Administration

Deputy Head of the Department of Economics and Business

Coordinator of the MPA: (Direction Educational Management)

Anastasia Athanasoula – Reppa is Professor of Educational Administration and Organizational Behavior at Neapolis University Pafos in Cyprus. She holds a PhD and Master’s degree from Panteion University...

Sofia Daskou

Associate Professor in Business and Customer Management

Coordinator of the MSc in Digital Marketingκ and ERASMUS

Dr Daskou has served at the University of Plymouth, as Director of Postgraduate Programmes of Plymouth Business School, Relationship Development Manager and a lecturer in Marketing...

Antonis Zairis

Assistant Professor in Business Administration – Marketing

Head of International Cooperation and Professional Certifications

Antonis Zairis was born in Piraeus. He studied Political Science and holds an MBA. His doctoral dissertation was on Consumer Behavior, specializing in Retail...

Nikolaos Apostolopoulos

Visiting Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Neapolis University Pafos. He also acts as a Scientific Advisor at the Labour Institute (INE-GSEE)...

Chrystala Psathiti

Lecturer in Architectural Design/ Theory

Chrystala Psathiti holds a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Cyprus and an MSc in Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities from the Bartlett, UCL London and a PhD Candidate at the University of Cyprus, funded by the National Scholarship Foundation and Youth Board Cyprus.....

Georgios Deirmentzoglou

Lecturer in Business Administration

Georgios Deirmentzoglou holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from the Department of Business Administration – University of Piraeus...

Eleni Hadjinikolaou

Special Teaching Staff

Eleni Hadjinicolaou is an architect, with undergraduate studies, MA degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) (1974-1979), and postgraduate studies, MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies...
A contemporary, new Programme of Architecture, open to society and the international academic field, which participates in the international architectural dialogue, under continuous dynamic transformation