On the MSc
International Management course you will study the compulsory modules listed
below, and then choose between completing a dissertation or work-based research
the course structure chart.
Research Methods: Preparing 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.
Introduction to the Principles of
Marketing: Enabling you to gain an understanding
of the main marketing principles and how to apply them. You will explore the
roles of buyers, the marketing environment and the ways marketers plan, manage
and implement marketing programmes in international organisations.
Finance and Accounting for Business: This 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 and forecasting, budget management and pricing
Global Strategic Management: Strategic management is the process
by which managers formulate and implement strategies to generate high
performance. In this module you will develop your understanding of the
managerial challenge in strategising; how to deliver sustainable competitive
advantage. You will engage in critical evaluation of the key strategic issues.
You will consider the wider economic environment and explore why strategy is
important, how organisations make strategic decisions through the processes of
analysis, choice and responsible and ethical management and leadership.
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.
Leadership and Management: 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.
Consultancy Project: You will gain practical international
project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a
client organisation. You will develop problem solving and communication skills
as well as the ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work
virtually, face-to-face and with help from tutors.
Or, as an alternative to the
International Management in Practice:Study
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.
two optional modules, enabling you to pursue your own study interests.
Presentations are made in Semester 1 so that you are well informed before
nominating your preferred choices.
Global Marketing Strategy: Developing your understanding of
creating a sustainable competitive advantage in a global context; implementing
strategies to take into account both the convergence and divergence of consumer
preferences, creating global products and brands that have near-universal application
and appeal, and the importance of ethical and social issues in the global
Corporate Governance and Social
Responsibility: This provides alternative
perspectives on strategic management and corporate governance. This will
encompass stakeholder issues including ethics, sustainability and corporate
social responsibility (CSR). 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, equipping you 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.
Strategic Business Simulation: This teaches you about group decision
making. It involves a live new business development scenario, through which you
apply your understanding of business principles to a computer simulation. The
simulation will challenge your ethical, environmental and sustainability
decisions when running an international business and will consider a range of
business functions. You will develop management skills such as team management,
budgeting, implementing a communications strategy and coping with unexpected
Regional Studies: Developing Economies of
Asia, Africa and Latin America: You will focus on recent developments in the developing
world, gaining an understanding of the challenges of managing development in
International Logistics and Supply
Chain Management: The topic of 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 supporters. You will also learn
how the management of international supply chains should form a significant
element of the strategy of any organisation operating on a global basis.
Project 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.
Strategic Brand Management: Creating powerful brands and
appropriate brand positioning strategies are essential to many international
businesses. You will learn about brand attributes, brand values and brand
personality. You will develop an understanding of product management and
innovative approaches to new product development. How ethical, environmental and
socio-cultural factors impact brand strategy is explored, and the use of
digital communications technology to further develop brand relationships is
International 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.
successfully completed the assessment (pass/fail), this module will appear on
your transcripts, which will enhance your employment potential. Please note
that the number of students who can join this field trip is limited and the
cost is not included in the course fees.
Capstone Module Choice
choose one of the following capstone modules that best suits your academic
interests or professional development requirements.
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, justified by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature.
Synoptic Research Project: In this module you will integrate, apply and extend
your knowledge and skills gained within the core modules through an
international case study and oral examination. You will learn more about the
complexity of the Business and Management by synthesising, and applying the
learning gained in other modules.
Work-based project: The work-based project is an opportunity for you to link theory with practice. You will analyse a real organisational issues from the inside and provide a workable approach. The issue may be a problem that the organisation currently encounters or concerns their future strategy. You are responsible for managing a significant proportion of your own learning, including tracking and recording your own progress.
courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list 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 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
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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course you can choose to participate in a trip to Boston, USA, and Budapest,
Hungary. Here you will meet successful industry professional, visit companies,
earn credits towards your degree and also take in some sightseeing.Field trips
are optional and may incur a cost.