On the MSc International Management course you will study the compulsory
modules listed below, and then choose between completing a dissertation
or client based research project.
see 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
- Financial accounting - key financial statements, published accounts
and analysis and interpretation through ratios
- Management 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.
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.
You can choose between taking a Consultancy Project module or the
International Management in Practice: Study Trip module
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.
International Management in Practice: Study Trip: The
purpose of this 10 credit optional Study Trip Module is to give you a
hands-on, intensive experience with ideas and practices in
international management and international relations through visiting
multinational enterprises and international organisations during the
international study trip. You meet with leaders of global firms and
international organisations, receive presentations from global academic
experts, and tour facilities. The programme includes presentations from
local and international executives, managers and academics.
This module is included in your programme fees, but you are responsible
for paying for all travel and accommodation related costs (including
the visa fee) and some meals. You will be provided with additional
details and costs regarding the trip by December, in order to inform
decision making. Please do not add this module to your programme until
you have received all relevant information about the trip.
You choose 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.
Entrepreneurship: It is recognised that
entrepreneurship is vital to the development of a modern economy, both
in terms of new business start-ups and as part of managing and growing
existing organisations. This module will introduce you to the
fundamentals of enterprise and entrepreneurship and will help develop
vital entrepreneurial skills, behaviours and practices necessary for
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
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 these economies.
Procurement and 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.**
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.**
** These modules must be taken together as an elective.
Resourcing, Talent and Performance Management: A major
objective of the human resources function is the mobilisation of a
workforce. Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble
teams of people with the necessary skills to meet their goals and
retain effective performers. This module focuses on the practical
aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and exiting. You
will develop the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and
talent management within a global context. You will also gain an
understanding of how performance management can support the strategic
objectives of an organisation, how the performance of people can be
enhanced and inspired by leadership, and how it contributes to
high-performance work organisations.
Managing Employment Relations: This will develop your
understanding of managing employment relations within a global
business. Employment relations is a changing subject which is
influenced by external factors (political and economic) and internal
factors (management and management style). You will explore the impact
of different national environments on employment and the roles of
different stakeholders in employment relation systems. You will also
critically review employment relations in an organisation and make
suggestions to drive improvements to Human Resource Management. This
module includes a practical skills workshop.
Customer Insight and Engagement: You explore how to
acquire, retain and grow the share of wallet of good customers, as well
as how to demote undesirable customers without triggering revenge
behaviours. It is based on the premise that customers are the essence
of the organisation as without customers, the organisation would fail.
The module takes a customer-centric approach, and acknowledges the
hyper-connected environment in which organisations operate today.
Technologies and methodological approaches to obtain customer insight
and to build detailed customer profiles are discussed. Moreover, the
module considers how to engage with customers in ways that add value to
both parties. It uses real case studies, as well as students’ own
experiences as customers.
Corporate Finance Concepts: You will consider how
accounting and corporate finance issues are related. You will study the
fundamental ideas and theories of corporate finance and how accounting
practice links with corporate financial decisions. This module will
enable you to make the links between specific financial management
techniques and concepts and how these relate to the objectives of an
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
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.
Having 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
You will 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.
Client-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.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation:
This course is accredited by CMI – CMI accreditation means that
this professional chartered body in management recognises the strengths
of the programme and the quality it adds to educate successful and
capable graduates in Business and Management. As an added value, if you
decide to become a member of the CMI, you have the option to graduate
with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in
Strategic Management and Leadership) and there's no extra study
involved. This membership also provides you with benefits. For example,
student members can access online content, networking events, company
visits, online seminars and mentoring.
A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI
qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to
qualify and join. If you do choose to become a member of the CMI and
gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a
non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 and includes one-year
membership of the CMI.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance
framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown
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.
Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for teaching and special events like graduation.
This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.
The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes Building, being 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. The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and essential support services that offer academic, careers and international student advice. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.
We offer an optional 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.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2018 was £1380, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits, group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
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