On the MSc International Management (Human Resource Management) course
you will study the compulsory modules listed below, and then choose
between completing a dissertation or work-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.
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.
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: 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. This module is
included in your programme fees, but you are responsible for paying for
all travel and accommodation costs and some meals. This is a 10-credit
module, which will be formally assessed.
International Business in Practice - Study Trip: 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
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.
You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real
organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of
both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a
particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant
literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This
module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an
internship you have identified and are participating in. The
‘issue’ in question may be current management problem for
the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The
Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal
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.
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
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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We're investing over £30m to create modern teaching and learning
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Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
- The Business School brought together in a modern, professional
- 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
- A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and
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- Social learning spaces and a cafe
- A new gateway into the Headington Campus.
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and
via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports,
statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of
constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD
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.
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