On the MSc
International Trade and Logistics course you will study the compulsory modules
listed below and then complete a major independent project. We offer our
students the opportunity to choose a project that best suits their career
aspirations. As such, students can opt to take the Dissertation, or the
Synoptic Research Project, or the Work Based Project module.
Please see the course structure chart.
and Process Management: You will develop your understanding of an organisation's ability to
deliver goods and services of the quality, quantity and cost that will satisfy
customers' needs, whilst making efficient use of resources. The key principles
introduced in this module can be applied to any business sector and function.
You will explore the complex relationships between functional areas and the
real world of business. Your studies will develop your understanding about how
business operations can be most effectively managed. This includes issues of
ethics, environmental sustainability, global business, complexity and
uncertainty, and continuing professional development.
Brandon-Jones A, Johnston R, Betts A (2012), Operations and Process Management:
Principles and practice for strategic impact, Pearson, 3rd edition
Brandon-Jones A, Johnston R (2013), Operations Management, Pearson, 7th edition
Strategy: Strategic management is the process
by which managers formulate and implement strategies to generate high
performance and to create sustained competitive advantage. In this module you
will develop your understanding of how to deliver sustainable competitive
advantage. You will learn about the fundamental ideas in Business Strategy,
enabling you to critically evaluate the key strategic decisions. You will
consider the wider economic environment and explore why strategy is important. This
will help you to understand how organisations make strategic decisions through
the processes of analysis, choice and responsible and ethical management and
Whittington R., Angwin D., Regner P., Scholes K. (2013) Exploring Strategy.
(10e) Pearson Education Limited, Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
& Ward, D. (2009) Economics for Business. (3e) McGraw-Hill
and Accounting for Business: In this module you will develop your critical assessment of corporate
financial information from the users' perspective. You will study both
financial and management accounting covering three areas: Basics - Terminology,
purposes, users, rules and regulations and business entities.
accounting - key financial statements, published accounts and analysis and
interpretation through ratios;
accounting - costing, budgeting & forecasting, budget management and
C. (2011) Business Accounting and Finance (3rd Edition), Cengage Learning,
of International Business Economics: In this module you will learn about the key concepts and
principles of economics. You will focus on topics that help you understand
how businesses function internationally and how they interact with the external
environment. You will examine the characteristics of international markets and
the strategic pricing decisions that firms choose in different market
R & Field, A (2010), International Economics (7th ed.) McGraw-Hill
& Obstfeld, M. (2012) International Economics (9th ed.) Addison-Wesley
Trade and Globalisation: Increasingly, businesses have to operate in an environment where
commodity and capital markets are highly integrated. Awareness of the issues
surrounding globalisation allows you to make informed decisions in a business
context. You will explore the theoretical and empirical framework, which will
enhance your awareness of the issues of globalisation. You will study
international trade theory and recent patterns in international trade.
& Obstfeld, M. (2012) International Economics (9th ed.) Addison-Wesley
and Kosteck,i M. (2009) The Political Economy of the World Trading System:
The WTO and
Beyond (3rd edition), Oxford, OUP
and Contract Management: In this module you will analyse the environments where projects take
place, together with the influence of stakeholders. You will assess different
approaches for managing projects and practice a range of techniques to plan,
control and deliver projects successfully. You will learn about the commercial
and contractual aspects relating to external suppliers and the application of
project management concepts to supply chain based projects.
J.R., Mantel, S.J., Scaffer M. & Sutton M., (2011) Project Management in
Practice, International Student Version, 4th Ed, USA: Wiley.
J.R. and Mantel, S.J. (2012) Project Management ‘A Managerial Approach'. (8th
Ed) Asia: Wiley.
Procurement and Supply Chain Management : Supply Chain Management (SCM) is ‘the management of upstream and downstream relationships with suppliers and customers to deliver superior value at less cost to the supply chain as a whole’ (Christopher, 2016). In a global business environment, how well organisations identify and manage supply networks and individual chains of supply, is a key enabler of successful international trade.
In this module you focus the important commercial aspects of SCM, centred around how the procurement cycle operates in an international context. You explore the range of relationships between trading partners (i.e. purchasers and suppliers), as well as the techniques that are used to source products and services, select and appraise suppliers, and develop and manage supply contracts.
Lysons K & Farrington B (2016), Procurement and Supply Chain Management, 9th edition, Pearson
Mangan J & Lalwani C (2016), Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management, 3rd edition, Wiley
Physical Logistics and Distribution:
The topic of physical logistics is concerned with managing the activities along a supply chain, from procuring materials to delivering goods that satisfy customers. In today's global economy, both suppliers and customers can be spread all over the world. Customers are more demanding, wanting more for less and with greater added value. The new era of customer ‘pull' has led to the concept of ‘total supply chain management'. This involves customised products and services, quick response deliveries, and state-of-the-art information systems.
In this module you will study the processes required to manage the flow of materials and products from suppliers to customers in order to achieve a competitive advantage. You will evaluate how effective logistics and procurement systems can become key business enablers. You will learn how the management of international supply chains should form a significant element of the strategy of any organisation operating on a global basis.
Chopra S & Meindl P (2015), Supply Chain Management – Strategy, Planning, & Operation, 6th edition, Pearson
Christopher M (2016), Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5th edition, Pearson Financial Times Press
Skills for Business Leadership: Successful leaders have different approaches to their work, sharing a
range of diverse personality traits. They are central to a manager's
effectiveness and are developed over time and with an awareness of the
differing cultural contexts. A key purpose of this module is to encourage you
to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses
as a manager and colleague. In addition, you will develop a range of definable
skills which are pivotal to successful management practice. These include
decision-making skills, team-working and interpersonal skills and others
associated with developing personal effectiveness. You will develop your skills
of reflexivity to explore the implications for professional practice. This
module helps you develop the confidence to articulate your skills necessary for
Reissner, S., (2010) Developing Skills for Business Leadership. CIPD.
S.M. (2003) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook,
London: Palgrave Macmillan
Research Methods: This will prepare you to undertake effective research drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills. This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students (6th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2007) Business Research Methods (3rd. ed.). Oxford University Press.
Capstone Module Choice
choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic
interests or professional development requirements.
Dissertation: This is an opportunity for you to
carry out an in depth investigation into a topic of Business Management which
is of particular interest to you. It should have an appropriately clear focus
and be an investigation based on primary and/or secondary data, justified and
supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from
(2007). Researching and writing a dissertation: a guidebook for business
students. 2nd edition. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Synoptic Research Project:In this module you are expected to
integrate, apply and extend the knowledge and skills gained within the core
modules of the field. It is conceptualised as a retrospective and integrative
academic experience. This module will provide you with a structured opportunity
to demonstrate and learn more about the complexity of business and management
knowledge by emphasising your capability for synthesis, and applying and
connecting the learning gained in core modules of the programme. The module
includes the analysis of a substantial case study and an oral viva at the end
of the programme.
Client Project: You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an internship you have identified and are participating in. The ‘issue’ in question may be current management problem for the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal development experience.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2016) Research Methods for Business Students (7th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules you choose from may vary
from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
Much of the
teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are
also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions,
role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and
assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills.
You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a
team through structured group assignments.
staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry
background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management
issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research
bodies provide further input.
Approach to assessment
methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations,
project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and
practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual
assignments, but there is some assessed group work.
At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.
At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.
The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
is delivered over two 12-week semesters.