This MSc is based on the completion of the following compulsory modules.
Please see the course structure chart for more information.
Principles of International Business Economics: This module introduces you to the key concepts of economics. Subsequently, you will focus on the topics of economics that are essential in understanding how businesses function internationally and how they interact with the external environment. You will examine the strategic pricing-output decisions of a firm in different market structures as well as the characteristics and the institutions of international markets.
Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics: In this module we provide you with a foundation in the essential statistical and quantitative techniques for the study of economics and business. It covers basic and advanced statistical methods, both descriptive and analytical, including applications from business, accounting & financial economics. You will also become familiar with statistical software used for such analysis.
Financial Markets and Institutions : You will be taught about the way markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. You will focus on asset pricing and market efficiency issues. You will study the effects that globalisation, technical innovation and regulatory change have on institutions.
International Finance: This module aims to focus on the systematic and comprehensive understanding of international financial system. In particular, the module examines the operation of foreign exchange markets and derivative markets, the main theories of exchange rate determination and speculative attacks, and issues on currency risk management with modern instruments of hedging. The approach taken involves critical evaluation and practical application of theoretical and empirical developments in the field of international finance.
International 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.
Research project: On this module you incorporate research methods and a research project. This is a key component of the master's degree. The project provides you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.
As well as these compulsory modules a range of optional modules is available. The choice is made in consultation with the Programme Lead and in accordance with the rules laid down for the award
Applied Financial Econometrics This module is designed to provide students with vigorous training in applied financial econometrics. It covers topics on characteristics of macroeconomic and financial data and the use of econometric packages for data analysis, estimation and interpretation of the results.
Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: In this module you will learn about 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. 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.
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 strategic challenge; 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.
Operations and Process Management: In this module you develop your understanding of an organisation’s ability to deliver goods and services of the quality, quantity and cost that will satisfy customers’ needs, while 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.
Planning for New Business Ventures: This module develops your business planning skills and is essential for those students who intend to start and run their own businesses. At the heart of the module is an evaluation of a firm's business model. You will prepare a business plan in groups for a new or existing venture, which will be assessed by a panel. You will be evaluated on its economic logic, value to customer and return on investment for its owners.
Procurement and Supply Chain Management : Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the management of relationships with suppliers and customers to deliver superior value at less cost throughout the supply chain. 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 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.
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.
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those listed here.
Teaching and learning
Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules include group work and teamwork activities.
Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations.
Approach to assessment
Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, 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.
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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