Management - MSc


The MSc in Management has been designed to meet the needs of business and industry, offering unique insights on contemporary issues in the global economy. Through its varied modules that cover the most relevant and current issues relating to management, it equips graduates for transition into doctoral studies or a career in business and management.



Develop your leadership skills in relation to decision making, problem solving, team working, negotiation and employee performance management. You gain the skills and knowledge essential for managing key areas of organisations, including accounting, human resources, quantitative methods, marketing, strategy and operations. Study innovation and entrepreneurship, and learn how to create and manage sustainable businesses. 

This MSc equips you with the necessary tools, techniques and concepts to understand how business is conducted and the various challenges facing managers from an operational and strategic perspective. 

Throughout the programme you develop an international perspective on management by applying the skills and knowledge you learn to real-world situations. As part of your studies, you can spend a week in Brussels, home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations. 

In addition, through the 14-week placement within an organisation, you will see the challenges businesses face and learn how they are overcome in a real-world environment. You will be free to find your own placement in the UK or abroad, with support from the Business School, that is suitable for your learning goals.

Through the first-hand, practical experience – derived from the Brussels field trip and industry placement– and a comprehensive range of both mandatory and optional modules, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your career in business and management, or transition into doctoral studies. 

CMI HE Partner

As a student on International Business Management programme, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Professional Consulting.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Neoma Business School
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • University of Florence
  • IE Madrid University
  • Stockholm Business School
  • Georgetown University.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 30 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has around 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.


Student accommodation, at Liberty Quays, is available for Stage 1 of your programme. Should you wish to remain in the Medway area during your placement, and for Stage 2 of your studies, the University will work with you to arrange such accommodation. There are a limited number of student rooms available for the full 15 months.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. You take compulsory modules and then choose three from the optional modules below. You may also have the option to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Each module is designed to meet the overall aims of the Programme, building your management skills in the context of global business. The Brussels trip is linked to the compulsory Global Business Analysis module which itself builds upon the Corporate Strategy and Performance Management module (see below for full details). 

In addition to this, the compulsory Management Consultancy Report links the learning achieved through the taught programme with the-week placement, enabling you to utilise your own primary research. Where a placement cannot be found, other options, such as using secondary data on a specific company, are available.  

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

This module examines recent developments in marketing thinking and market strategy development. Students will acquire a theoretical foundation through the lectures and discussions on marketing management and communications concepts and frameworks. The use of case studies will allow the student to explore the process of marketing decision-making and strategy development as well as enhancing the ability to apply marketing theory to a wide range of problems.

Indicative topics are:

• Marketing planning

• The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment

• Segmentation, targeting and positioning

• Marketing research

• Understanding customers and buyer behaviour

• The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics

• The marketing mix (goods and services)

• New product development

• Marketing communications

• Pricing

• Marketing channels

• Contemporary issues in marketing

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This module will utilise domestic and international companies to shed light on change management issues, and models of change and therefore allows students to gain understanding of leadership and change in organisations and subjects covered will typically include:

• Understanding change management.

• The role of change agents including management consultants.

• Examine the core issues involved in leading change.

• Organisations and key stakeholders to deliver change and organisational success.

• Contemporary issues in change management.

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This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Employability skills

• Personal skills analysis

• Management skills development

• Insights into Business Management Career opportunities

• Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations

• Finding your consultancy project/internship

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The module aims to cover key accounting and financial management aspects of a business. The module begins by learning about the use of accounting principles in measuring and reporting financial position of a business for external stakeholders. It then moves on to analysing and interpreting financial reports for decision making. Under the financial management aspect, the module covers key capital investment decision making techniques such as NPV and IRR. Finally, the major aspects related to long term financing decisions such as sources of long term finance, capital structure, and costs of debt, equity and capital are covered.

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The module content includes business consultancy skills that are transferable into the business consulting profession, internal consultancy positions within organisations, and senior management roles.

Indicative topics are:

* Approaches to management consulting.

* Negotiating a scope of work.

* Developing a client proposal.

* Data collection and analysis.

* Preparing and presenting a consulting report.

* Working as an effective team member in a consulting team.

* Managing client relationships and expectations.

* Consulting project management.

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This module aims to provide an understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations. Indicative topics are: defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

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This module will focus on domestic and international companies and therefore allows students to gain understanding of contemporary global business issues and subjects covered will typically include

• Introduction to global business and global strategy

• Globalisation, regionalisation and economic development

• Industry dynamics and competition

• Institution-based view

• Global business failures: determinants of international success and failure of companies

• Internationalisation and strategising for global markets

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This module will provide students with a good understanding of key concepts and theories in the field of Programme and Project Management. Students will learn about key practices and techniques and gain a good understanding of how they might be applied in real business contexts.

Indicative topics are::

• Project, programme and portfolio management concepts.

• Bodies of knowledge and methodologies (APM, PRINCE2, P2M, PMP, MSP, MoP).

• Role of the project / programme support office/ Project Management Office (PMO)

• Project and programme organisation structures and roles.

• Life cycle, principles and processes.

• Business case and investment appraisal.

• Scheduling.

• Budgeting and cash flow.

• Earned value management.

• The use of MIS in project management

• Measurement, control and risk management in projects.

• International Project Management: Multi-cultural management.

• Agile project management versus traditional project management.

• Researching Projects.

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The module focusses on managing organisations in a responsible way by looking at the ethical issues that emerge in the interactions of a business with its stakeholder groups. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Sustainability

• Social responsibilities of sectors and industries

• Ethical issues in the interaction with stakeholders

• Implementation of socially responsible and sustainable programmes and initiatives

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This module aims to equip students with a global view of the strategic and operational processes that transform inputs into value-added finished products and services across a range of industries, across the globe. Advanced theory teaching with practical skills training using case studies from global organisations provides students with an understanding of the contemporary issues and programs used in global supply chain management.

Indicative topics are:

• Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management

• Strategic role and Operations Strategy

• Design of Products & Services

• Process Type and Layout

• Planning and Control

• Sequencing and Capacity Planning

• Supply/Demand Management

• Lean and agile supply chains

• Quality Management and Business Improvement

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This module introduces students to the concepts of digital innovation and digital media. The module covers relevant theories and concepts to analyse the strategic value of emerging technologies.

Indicative topics are:

Digital Innovation: Cloud computing, social media, big data, sensor web technologies, language technology and analytics

Digital Media: Mobile business; e-commerce; m-commerce, social media marketing; digital innovation in business.

Creativity and communication: creative thinking, communication skills, start-ups

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This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of business and management modelling in practice and hand-on experience to apply current quantitative techniques and tools to a variety of problems encountered in business and management. Special emphasis will be given to the analysis of international case studies related to real-world business and management problems.

Indicative topics are:

• Introduction to Business Analytics

• Descriptive statistics and statistical inference.

• Probability theory and decision making under uncertainty.

• Sensitivity analysis.

• Markov processes.

• The use of statistical models in practice, such as regression, time series analysis and forecasting.

• Optimization and simulation techniques.

• Analysing complex decisions: How to determine optimal strategies in situations involving several decision alternatives.

• The applications of suitable techniques for analysing and solving business/management problems.

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Compulsory modules currently include Credits

This module will focus on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to business and management research and would allow students to gain knowledge of the various research techniques and research design issues, such as ethics and dealing with informants. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Formulating and clarifying the management consultancy topic.

• Theoretical approaches and literature review.

• Philosophy of social science research.

• Research design.

• Research ethics.

• Secondary and primary research methods.

• Quantitative method and data analysis.

• Qualitative method and data analysis.

• Writing a consultancy proposal.

• Library resources: online sources and searching journal databases.

• Writing and presenting a management consultancy report.

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Teaching and Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component. The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June. Once these are completed, you work full time on the Dissertation.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a pre-experience Master’s programme if you are wishing to pursue a career in business and management.
  • Educate you as managers and business specialists and thus improve the quality of management as a profession.
  • Prepare you for and/or develop you within a career in business and management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study.
  • Add value to first degrees by helping you develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations and assist you in taking effective roles within management.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed.
  • Develop your ability to critically apply key marketing and management theories in a range of different contexts, through the development of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Enhance the development of lifelong learning skills to foster your ability to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.
  • Bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations.
  • Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
  • Build on the close ties of the University with European institutions.
  • Support sustainable national and regional economic success via the development of opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Internal aspects functions and processes of organizations; the impact of external contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations and their environment.
  • Markets and customers: the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; customer expectations; service and orientation. (SB3.2, SB3.7, SB3.9).
  • The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications.
  • The change management process and change planning within organisations, leadership and change within organisations.
  • The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques; the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis and reporting, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment.
  • The development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations.
  • The comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools.
  • The development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment, strategic risk management and issues of compliance. A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial - and entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise development, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.

Intellectual skills

You will gain the following intellectual skills:

  • Critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately.
  • Robust theoretical grounding in the broad area of business and management, development of a range of transferable skills as well as demonstrate a systematic understanding of ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material. 
  • Ability to assemble, analysis and synthesise relevant business information to inform decision-making: establish criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems.
  • Ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise.
  • Integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists; ability to recognise and use individuals' contributions in group processes and to negotiate and persuade or influence others; team selection, delegation, development and management.
  • Plan, structure, and produce a business report.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • Designing and conducting research into business and management issues.
  • The ability to understand the nature and scope of businesses operations and attributes of business performance.
  • Management of your workload, solving problems, making quality decisions and managing time effectively.
  • People management, strategic management, global business, marketing communication, leadership, performance management and time management skills.
  • Understanding the international and ethical dimension to business operations.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferrable skills:

  • Numeracy and analytical skills that can be applied to address business and management issues.
  • The ability to apply analytical frameworks to make business decisions and inform practice by reflecting on a range of key employability skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to manage and work with others from diverse background to help improve business performance.
  • The ability to take advantage of range of sources including uses of use of communication and information technology, to design and conduct research on business and management issues independently.
  • Analysis of business situations and problems, making decisions and communicating your conclusions.
  • An ability to lead and contribute in team environment and recognise others’ contributions in group processes.


You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including, Deloitte, Fujitsu Services Ltd, Pace Capital, City Sprint, J.P Morgan & Chase and BP.

Professional recognition

MSc Management at Kent Business School is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting and the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership upon completion of your Master’s.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme.

In addition, KBS has accredited programmes with the following professional bodies:

  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
  • The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • CFA Institute

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School at Medway benefits from a range of new facilities. The Sail and Colour Loft features six seminar rooms, a group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core text books. The Sibson Building at Canterbury is a vibrant new campus destination. The state-of-the-art building includes dedicated postgraduate and IT suites, academic and research workspaces, three lecture theatres and social learning spaces.

Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, as well as subject-specific librarians to help you find the information you need. We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources and access to a range of software packages used in quantitative analysis and finance.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK (minimum 2:1) or equivalent internationally recognised qualification.  Consideration will be given to those applicants holding a good 2:2 honours degree.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

English language requirements

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.  Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas

Our research extends business knowledge and produces innovative and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges. As a forward-looking school, we are always working to ensure that our research has a positive impact, not just within business but in the wider world.

Our staff are recognised as being at the forefront of their fields and their expertise has been sought by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, the FT Trading Room, Kent County Council and Medway Council.

For more information, see our Research page

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Krystin Zigan: Lecturer in Applied Management

Intellectual Capital Theory; Strategic Management in Non-profit Organisations; Performance Management.

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Dr Joseph Amankwah-Amoah: Reader in International Business

Business strategy, global business, business in emerging economies, environmental analysis, lateral hiring/talent acquisition strategies in emerging economiestechnology in the developing world.

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Dr Shenxue Li: Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Knowledge management; organisational learning; dynamic capabilities; corporate rigidity; global talent management; decision-making; local knowledge; multinational company; international strategy; cross-border management; China.

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Professor Stephen Flowers: Professor of Management (Innovation)

Users and New Forms of Innovation. Professor Flowers has undertaken projects for the OECD, Tekes, the European Commission and the Institutet for Tllvaxtpolitiska Studier, Stockholm.

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Dr Gerardo Abreu Pederzini: Lecturer in HRM/Organisational Behaviour

Human side of work and organisations, organisational behaviour, the role of sensemaking in systemic approaches to leadership (as well as strategy).

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Dr Amgad Badewi: Senior Lecturer in Project Management and Entrepreneurship

Benefits management, entrepreneurship, governmentailty and governance in change management and organisational agility, institutional logics, neo-institutional theory, organisational ambidexterity, programme management, project management.

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Dr Marian Garcia: Professor

Crowdsourcing; open innovation; online communities; co-creation; value creation; food industry; innovation performance; customer-valuefocused innovation.

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Dr Abdullah Iqbal: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Market-based accounting research; corporate finance; corporate governance; earnings management; operating and stock return performance; seasoned equity offerings; initial public offerings; Islamic finance.

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Dr Khanyapuss Punjaisri: Senior Lecturer in Marketing


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

Management - MSc at Medway:
UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £11230 £19150

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact

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