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 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: This module compared how international markets and institutions link the users and providers of funds within financial systems. It focuses on issues of asset pricing and market efficiency, and the effects of globalisation on organisations, technical innovation and regulatory change.
International Finance: International Finance: Focusing on the operation of foreign exchange and derivative markets, you will examine the main theories of exchange rate determination and speculative attacks. It will consider the issues with currency risk management and hedging instruments.
Finance and Strategy: You will investigate the relationship between finance and corporate strategy. It will help you understand how financial decisions are affected by strategic issues and how corporate strategies need to take into account financial considerations.
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: This module analyses current issues within corporate governance by considering the ethical, cultural and social implications of governance. It studies a variety of approaches to solving problems in the area of governance in the corporate sector.
Corporate Social Responsibility: By investigating issues in corporate social responsibility in international businesses, the role of managers and organisations in a complex and dynamic context is challenged. The impact of globalisation on international management practices is considered, including ethics, environmental sustainability and stakeholder management.
Planning for New Business Ventures: This module develops your business planning skills including the evaluation of a firm's business model. You will prepare a business plan which is evaluated on its economic logic, value to customer and return on investment for its owners.
Financial Modelling: This module develops a systematic understanding of financial modelling and techniques of financial analysis, and their applications. It combines the development of practical modelling and analysis skills, mainly using spreadsheets, with conceptual understanding and critical analysis of financial modelling approaches.
Consultancy Project: Within the module students apply their understanding of management in relation to specific organisational problems. Students will develop their practical problem solving skills as well as communication and ability to work in cross-cultural teams.
Performance Management: This module develops your management accounting knowledge and skills further by studying the most up-to-date techniques in managing business performance. You will interpret the performance of organisations and critically discuss the role of management accounting within different contexts.
Financial Reporting: This module further develops your financial accounting knowledge and skills by blending a critical understanding of academic concepts and technical approaches. Using the IASB Conceptual framework students will be challenged to prepare financial statements and discuss underlying conceptual issues.
Audit and Assurance: The module introduces students to the concepts and practice of auditing by which professional auditors seek to provide assurance in relation to accounting and reporting systems. Students will take a critical perspective on auditing, including significant professional ethical problems.
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
On this course you will benefit from active learning approaches. These include small interactive seminars, workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities, rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking. This enables your teachers to get to know you and support you individually. This enables your teachers to get to know you individually and support you personally. Our innovative approach to teaching will help your learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. You will develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in practice, which will enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading organisations. Teaching 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
Assessment is diverse, allowing the evaluation of a range of skills in different ways. This can include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) 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 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 2019 was £1580, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America), 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.
We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China.
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.
Attendance is compulsory. Modules run from Monday to Friday.
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