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Course overview

If you want to build your knowledge and experience of international business and strategic management for your career as a future business manager, then this international management course is for you.

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You focus on international aspects of business, gaining contemporary knowledge and insights into the global marketplace. This includes international business practices, leading in a cross-cultural environment and developing global operations.

Enhance your career in our internationally-connected, industry-facing business school. You explore the challenges facing global business including sustainability, technological disruption, and strategic change management. And gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours to develop entrepreneurial attitudes and drive innovation, ensuring business takes a leading role in providing solutions to societal challenges.

The applied element allows you to develop practice-based solutions to real-world problems. You take on a consultancy role, working on projects or internships, identifying opportunities and ideas, before going on to present strategic solutions to the client. You develop personal and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours through a process of self-reflection on your practice.

 

Course details

The programme develops your understanding of strategic and change management alongside cross-cultural and internationalisation aspects of business. It reflects the main functional areas of international business and integrates theoretical knowledge with practical enterprise skills in a global context.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Practice

Advanced practice develops you experience and allows you to gain real-world practical experience to enhance your employability and learning. You receive preparatory sessions so you can apply for internships which normally include research or project-based, opportunities, employer-led, work based opportunities. Work based internships with external organisations based offsite. You explore advanced practice opportunities to enhance your skill set and meet aspirations, related to your course. You are assessed through a reflective assessment equivalent to 3,000 words marked on a pass/fail basis. This module does not count towards the overall classification of the degree.

Business Research Methods

This module develops your awareness and understanding of the factors that impact research design for business and management students. You explore the ethical principles underpinning business research, research methodologies, data type, collection and analysis, research methods and how to present a research proposal and dissertation.

Developing Self and Others

Using a range of self-diagnostic tools to evaluate your personal strengths and areas for development, you develop a strong sense of awareness of your own skills and values and are introduced to a range of alternative debates on individual, group, leader and organisational behaviour. The skills developed will help your ability to perform effectively over time, with an awareness of differing cultural contexts and operating environments.

Dissertation

You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.

Global Business Environment: Culture, Management and the Economy

You develop a critical understanding of the international business environment, concentrating particularly on the impact of cultural differences on individuals and organisations, and the effects of developments in the global economy. Teaching on the module is divided into two parts. The cultural aspects look at topics such as the nature of culture and its implications for management, communication, conflict and negotiation. The economics part develops the tools needed to analyse some of the principal issues facing business in the global economy, for example, international trade, economic development and growth, shifts in world economic activity and the effects of policies on the environment.

Managing in a Challenging Environment

You develop a systematic understanding of the nature of organisations and how they function and a critical awareness of the current challenges facing contemporary organisations. You are encouraged to critically reflect on the leadership skills and values required to better support organisations through the difficult challenges they may encounter.

Managing Operations and Finance

This module examines the principles and practice of managing finances and operations within organisations. You look at how to manage resources efficiently and effectively within a dynamic environment using operational and financial information. You also examine the pressures and impact this has on organisational control.

Managing People in Organisations

Managers in organisations recognise that, if they are going to be successful, they need to tap into the skills and knowledge of their employees. How are they going to do this? This question has been at the centre of management thought over the course of the last century. Human resource management, as an academic discipline and a professional practice, explores the various dimensions of this question. In this module you consider, evaluate, analyse and apply a set of principles, values and approaches to leading and managing people. You look at how people can maximise their added-value to their own development and to corporate goals.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

This programme produces graduates who possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of international management as well as a range of practical, professional and key transferable skills required for graduate employability and life-long learning.

  • Lectures will be the primary vehicle, within contact time, for delivering the relevant subject knowledge.
  • You engage in group work, class debate, directed reading, the analysis of case studies and research. There will be case study preparation and debriefs, group work, presentations and debriefs, and directed team work.
  • You have the opportunity for independent learning, digital literacy workshops, group exercises, preparation for assignments and the dissertation.
  • You learn by doing in the third semester while undertaking your work based module.
  • The dissertation requires the use of a range of cognitive and intellectual skills and you need to demonstrate the ability to produce a substantial piece of self-directed work.

All programme modules have a site in the University's Virtual Learning Environment, which adheres as a minimum to the University's Threshold Quality Standards. All modules will include electronic submission, assessment and feedback.

How you are assessed

The programme assessment strategy has been designed to assess your subject specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace. The strategy ensures that you are provided with formative assessment opportunities throughout the programme which support your summative assessments. The overall assessment load has been balanced to prevent, as far as possible, bunching of assessments.

The assessments will include assignments, business reports, case studies, presentations, research proposal and literature review, and the production of a dissertation. The assessments may include individual or group essays or reports.

The assessment criteria, where appropriate, will include assessment of presentation skills and report writing.

 
 

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is one of the following:

  • an honours degree (at least a 2:2)
  • a post-experience or professional qualification
  • equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications).

For EU and international students, an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

 

Employability

Career opportunities

You gain real-world practical experience that involves working on a project or internship so you can gain valuable UK experience to enhance your global career prospects.

Successful completion of this programme will open opportunities in international business and management.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£3,935 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£7,500 a year

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Year 1: Tuesday and Thursday (12.00pm to 8.00pm at latest). Year 2 Tuesday or Thursday morning when possible
  • Start date: September or January
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