On the MSc
International Management and International Relations course you will study the
compulsory modules listed below, and then complete a consultancy project and a
Please see the course structure chart.
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
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.
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
Political Economy (GPE) examines the emerging GPE from the
vantage point of competing and evolving theoretical perspectives, resulting
from theoretical debates and the progressive encounter with empirical
developments. Different theories reveal different aspects and dimensions of the
GPE, and will be used to present key historical developments and contemporary
issues in the global political economic order.
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.
Finance and Global Governance: In this module you will consider the
implications of the structure of the world economy for life in developed capitalist
and developing societies. You will become aware of the main issues and the
implications of conflict and cooperation.
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.
Project: You will gain practical international
project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a
client organisation. A series of workshops are held on consultancy and project
management. You will develop problem solving and communication skills, and the
ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually and
face-to-face with help from tutors.
Or, as an
alternative to the Consultancy Project:
Management in Practice: Study Trip: You can go to Budapest to
experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international
management. Students meet with leaders of global firms and international
organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour
facilities. Students who travel on the trip will be responsible for paying for
all their travel and accommodation (at a discounted rate) and some meals.
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
one optional module, enabling you to pursue your own study interests.
Presentations are made in Semester 1 so that you are well informed before
nominating your preferred choice.
in International Ethics: You will study the main traditions
and theories of international ethics, examining and thinking through important
ethical dilemmas in world politics including, humanitarian intervention, global
economic inequality, global environmental justice, nuclear proliferation and
disarmament. You will look at the global responsibilities state and non-state
stakeholders have and you will explore how ideas and values in world politics
impact on our day-to-day lives.
Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri: You will examine the ideas that
inform the theories of Kant, Hegel and Negri. You will relate these global
theories to contemporary ideas of globalisation. Applying the past to the
present, you will review the distinctness of contemporary theory.
a Global Context: You will focus on how processes of
global social change affect gender relations locally, nationally and
internationally. You will examine the various ways social scientists have made
sense of gender and gender inequalities, including current theory and research
on men and masculinities. The changing relationships between states, markets
and households will be a key theme of this module.
Governance, Civil Society and Social Movements: This module investigates global
governing organisations and the dynamics of civil society. This includes the
interaction between institutions and non-state organisations. You will study
the current formation of global governance and the competing theories and
approaches to analysing this issue. You will examine the accountability and
legitimacy of the institutions and processes of global governance, and evaluate
the potential for improvement. Finally, you will critically evaluate the role
of civil society as an influence for democracy in global governance.
Politics and the Environment: In this module you will investigate
the way in which the tensions brought about by the global environmental crisis
have been addressed globally. You will look at institutional, conceptual,
ideological, socio-cultural and political economic factors.
Development: You will learn about both the theory
and practice of the international politics of 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. You will look at key theoretical debates
and their relation to practice. Various issues in development which illustrate
the debates will be considered. These include the developing world debt crisis,
fair trade, development assistance, sustainable development and the resource
Energy Politics: You will examine the complex
relationship between energy and international politics. This includes the
relationship between energy and regime type, conflict, foreign policy and
security. You will focus on the international politics of oil and gas and
Security in the Global Era: You will examine security issues by
investigating news media coverage of the 'international security environment'.
You will explore changes in war, military culture and security as a practice
and academic subject. You will be introduced to the major debates in the field
in order to develop the ability to evaluate current events.
and Post-War Reconstruction (PWR): You will investigate the rate of
violence during post-war reconstruction, considering why violence continues
despite ceasefires, how it affects peace processes and reconstruction, and the
implications for its management. Initially, you will consider ideas of
violence, peace and reconstruction. You will examine practices of security
sector reform (SSR) and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) as
examples of how the need to manage violence is central to PWR. Examples will be
taken from contemporary reconstruction processes, such as South Africa. You
will analyse the causes, contexts and impact of violence during post-war
reconstruction and consider recommendations for its management.
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.
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
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.
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Business in Practice: Study Trip:
The second travel option on this course is to Boston, USA. Although this module provides you with no credit towards your degree, you will see directly how global leaders operate in an international environment, and you’ll get to see the beautiful city of Boston.
are optional and may incur a cost.