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International Management and International Relations

MSc

Business School

On this unique master's degree you will develop your international management skills. You will do this alongside the study of international relations and the current economic, political and social situation. This will increase your understanding of the global environment in which the business, government and non-governmental organisation (NGO) sectors function.

This course is ideal if you are looking to work within a policy development role, to become a manager in the business, government or NGO sectors or are seeking to study further.

Please come to our Postgraduate Open Day or Master's Online Information Session

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 12 months
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS Postgraduate code

38152

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Employability: You will develop an understanding of decision making and business communications in different cultural environments around the world, providing a base from which to develop an internationally-focused career.You will also gain practical experience by working on a live international consultancy project for a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. You will have the opportunity to go on field trips to study organisations in other countries. The International Relations Department provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Relations, including the application of these to real world cases and issues. Their teaching covers the central foundations of the contemporary study of International Relations which has now grown beyond the traditional concern with inter-state relations.
  • Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying International Management and International Relations. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Experiences: On this course you can choose to participate in an international trip to Budapest, Hungary. Here you will meet successful industry professionals, visit companies, earn credits towards your degree and also take in some sightseeing.
  • Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.
For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School, come to one of our Business School Open Days, or visit our web pages.

Compulsory modules

Please see the course structure chart.

International Organisations:

This examines a range of international organisations and their different purposes. Your studies will focus on multi-national companies, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the European Union and other similar organisations such as the UN. These institutions influence and relate to the operations of global businesses. You will look at the political, economic and social environments in which international organisations function and the challenges they face. Leading business executives and subject experts are invited in to speak to you.

Research Methods:
This module 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.

Global Political Economy:
This module examines the emerging global political economy through the vantage point of competing theoretical perspectives and the evolution of these perspectives, resulting from theoretical debates and the progressive encounter with empirical developments. Different theories reveal different aspects and dimensions of the global political economy and they will thus be used to present key historical developments and contemporary issues of the global political economic order.

Production, Finance and Global Governance:
This module looks at the changing nature of the global political economy from the origins of capitalism to the present day. It explores the hallmarks of key epochs in this period as well as specific issues related to these, including the nature of state power, changing labour relations, the role of finance and the evolution of the global trading system. It also explores contemporary issues such as the financial crisis and the future of global governance.

Business Strategy:
In this module you will be introduced to key ideas in business strategy and will develop an understanding and ability to evaluate 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, responsible and ethical management and leadership. You will examine how these decisions impact on the wider environment of the organisation and how strategy is implemented.

Corporate Social Responsibility:
You will develop your understanding of approaches to solving problems when governing in the corporate sector. Your studies will consider current issues and consider the social implications of governance. You will also focus on the impact of globalisation on international management practices. You will be equipped with the knowledge to enhance management decisions involving ethical choices. Finally, you will consider your assumptions about the role of managers and organisations in a complex and challenging context through the exploration of contemporary issues in CSR. You can choose between taking a Consultancy Project module or the International Management in Practice: Study Trip module

Leading and Managing: International Perspective:
This will develop your international management and leadership skills, introducing you to key management issues which are illustrated by case studies. It will improve your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your effectiveness when working with an international organisation.

Dissertation:
The dissertation 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, allowing you to specialise in the area that you find the most interesting.

Optional modules

Critical Approaches to Terrorism:
This module will examine how we think about and study terrorism. It will critically consider debates about how terrorism has assumed the significance it seems to possess, how we define and understand terrorism, as well as thinking about the nature of the threat that terrorism poses. The causes of terrorism and the gender politics of terrorism will also be assessed. The module will debate questions around whether states can be terrorists and reflect on the main ways in which states and others seek to counter terrorism. In each of these topics, the aim will be to take a critical approach, to try to think beyond mainstream and conventional answers to some of the issues listed above.

Dilemmas of International Ethics:
This module surveys the main traditions and theories of international ethics and asks what guidance they may or may not provide in thinking through important ethical dilemmas in contemporary world politics. Ethical controversies in world politics examined in the module include: humanitarian intervention; global economic inequality; global environmental justice; nuclear proliferation and disarmament. With each controversy studied, students will be asked to think about what global responsibilities state and non-state actors have, if any, in connection with the issue. It is the aim of the module to explore the impact of ideas, norms and values in a diverse world and how normative thinking in relation to world politics impacts our day-to-day lives.

Global Civil Society:
The module is grounded in debates that have emerged within International Relations since the end of the Cold War. The rise of transnational policy issues has illustrated the limitations of a state-centric approach towards IR. Concentrating on understanding ‘globalisation from below’, this module investigates what kind of a role civil society can play in global politics. Furthermore, as many social, political and economic changes have brought into question the nature of citizenship in contemporary world politics, the possibility of the emergence of post-national forms of citizenship is raised. The module introduces key conceptual and theoretical debates surrounding global civil society and global citizenship and through focusing on a number of more concrete illustrations and case studies, asks to what extent can global politics be transformed and democratised by global civil society actors.

Global Politics and the Environment:
This module offers a critical, interdisciplinary investigation into the way in which the tensions brought about by the ecological crisis have been addressed globally, looking at institutional, conceptual, ideological, socio-cultural and political economic facets. It analyses our understanding of global environmental issues in relation to international political thought. It examines the role and efficacy of international regimes as management solutions to global environmental problems. It situates the global environmental crisis within wider structures of modernity bringing in political theoretical and global sociological perspectives. It further analyses the political economy of the environment, and examines the dynamics of global environmental governance and resistance.

International Development:
Since the end of the Cold War one of the key dynamics in world politics, namely the gap between rich and poor, has come into sharper focus. This module examines both the theory and practice of the international politics of development. The first half of the module looks at key theoretical debates and how these have related to practice. Various contemporary issues in development are then explored to illustrate the theoretical debates. These will include the Third World Debt Crisis, fair trade, development assistance, sustainable development and the resource curse thesis.

International Energy Security:
This module examines the complex and inter-linked relationship between energy, security and international politics. Students enter the subject through a critical reading of the concept of energy security and are encouraged to disaggregate the concept and apply it at different levels of analysis (security of demand, security of supply, physical security, individual security etc.) Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate the concept across several themes and relationships within the energy-politics nexus including: the relationships between energy and authoritarianism, conflict, foreign policy and global governance. Focusing mostly on the international politics of oil and gas, the module will address these themes through an engagement with a range of theoretical perspectives and literature related to international relations, foreign policy analysis, political economy and security studies and will do so through a close reading of several case-studies including: Russia, Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the United States, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Postcolonial Perspectives: Security, Violence and Resistance:
This module sheds light on questions of security, violence and resistance from a postcolonial perspective. It explores how phenomena such as terrorism, migration, violent conflict and racism, as well as political responses to these phenomena, can only be understood in relation to past colonial contexts, including the inscription of racial identities and material exploitation that these contexts entailed. The module discusses how contemporary notions such as ‘Islamic extremism’, the ‘oppressed Muslim woman’ or the ‘developing/Third world’ are used to elevate Western societies to a status of cultural and political superiority. This gives legitimacy to strategies such as the waging of war to defend ‘our’ way of life, and the pacification and ‘development’ of other societies; however, it also gives rise to violent as well as non-violent resistances. The module aims to provide space for an in-depth reading of some central texts of postcolonial theory, but even more so for exploring their relation to a variety of practical political and cultural sites around questions of security, violence and resistance.

Violence and Peacebuilding:
This module investigates how continued physical insecurity often dominates the transitions from civil war to peace. It asks why violence often continues despite the ceasefire that may be in place, how violence affects peace processes and peacebuilding programmes, and what are the implications for how this insecurity should be managed? The first part of the module achieves a conceptualisation of violence, peace and peacebuilding, while the second part of the module examines the sources and manifestations of violence after civil war. It addresses issues such as DDR, the privatisation of security, post-conflict crime and spoiler violence. Examples will be taken from contemporary peace processes and post-war societies, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Rwanda, South Africa and Northern Ireland. In the end, students should be able to critically analyse the causes and manifestations of violence in the context of peacebuilding and be able to make recommendations for its management.

As we review our courses regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from the list shown above.

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.

Teaching 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.  Research is fundamental to the International Relations Department and you will be taught by a team of research-active scholars who are all specialists and publish in their areas of expertise.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations, assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that employers within different organisations look for.

Specialist facilities

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.

Field trips

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £8,160

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £5,000

International - full time: 2017/18: £14,300

Where part time fees are quoted the same fee will apply in year 2 of study.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

The MSc in International Management and International Relations attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Please contact Business School enquiries if you need help with your application or require any further information.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

  • You will develop core international management skills as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the complex international relations environment and contemporary issues facing organisations and society.
  • You will be studying in Oxford which is a centre of intellectual debate, seminars and public lectures and access to the world-renowned Bodleian library.
  • You will have the opportunity to study from a range of elective choices with academics who are actively researching at the forefront of these subjects.
  • Your understanding and skills in cross-cultural management will be greatly enhanced as well as your management skills of leadership and business management.

Careers

Reflecting the uniqueness of the course, you will be well positioned to follow a career in international relations, policy development or a management career within international commercial, third sector, NGO organisations. The course helps you to develop expertise to launch into specialist careers in teaching, law and the media.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

We take great pride in the personal, academic and career development support provided to our postgraduate students. Our student support co-ordinators ensure that whatever problem you may have it is addressed rapidly.

Our dedicated careers centre provides advice and workshops to help develop the key skills needed to develop your career and get the right job. The programme lead and all academic staff provide open office hours so that you can walk in without an appointment to discuss academic or personal concerns. A dedicated team of postgraduate programme administrators ensures efficient and effective support of students, delivered in a friendly and approachable manner.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The Business School's growing international reputation for research has been confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.

The REF results show that 96% of this research is "internationally recognised", with 58% judged to be of "world leading" quality or "internationally excellent".

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Research areas and clusters

While you are studying at the Business School, you will be taught by research active academics who are experts in their field. Coming from very varied backgrounds, they bring a wealth of experience into their teaching, which will offer you new perspectives on business theories and help form your own research decisions.

Many tutors have industry experience or have carried out research in industry, which will help you to apply the theory that you have learnt to real life situations.

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: Critical Management Studies, and Work and Organisations.