International Business and Management MSc

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  • Objectives
    This is a multidisciplinary taught course dealing with the problems of management across countries and drawing on economics, finance, organisational theory, marketing and HRM across national boundaries. As well as examining specialist areas of international business and management in depth, including economic, financial, technological and managerial issues in the MNE, you also receive a thorough grounding in social science research issues and methods, including techniques of quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: To gain a place on our MSc International Business and Management programme you will need to have top ranking academic results. We are looking for a UK bachelor degree with first or high upper second class honours (overall average 65%), or the overseas equivalent in any discipline. When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. We particularly welcome applicants from institutions of high ranking and repute.
  • Academic title
    International Business and Management MSc
  • Course description
    MSc International Business and Management – Course structure

    Semester One (September - December) - Exchange and Non-exchange Streams

    All taught course units are 15 credits.

    • Fundamentals of International Business
    This course unit provides you with an understanding of factors shaping international
    business activities of the firm. It focuses on the macro environment such as globalisation
    as well as on micro level such as, why do companies go abroad, how do they select
    locations for their international activities and why do they choose different methods of
    entry in different markets?

    • Economic Analysis of the Multinational Enterprise
    The aim of this course unit is to provide an understanding of the nature of the
    multinational company as an economic organisation. The course explains how the
    multinational brings nationally-dispersed value-adding activities under common
    ownership and consider the advantages and disadvantages of multinational companies
    compared to national companies.

    • Marketing Issues in International Business
    The course unit focuses on strategic aspects of marketing in international business.
    Extending beyond issues of domestic marketing activities, it aims to develop strategic
    thinking in an international marketing context. You are also expected to develop an
    appreciation of international marketing as an academic subject. Managerial issues are
    explored using an interactive computer simulation and tools and key methods are
    discussed for solving international marketing problems.

    •Financial Risk Management for International Business
    The objective of this course unit is to provide a framework for analysing the financial risk
    management decision making of international business organisations. We consider
    financial management policy in relationship to the increasing volatility of asset prices in
    the international financial environment within which MNEs operate. International financial
    market segmentation is also analysed. The module valuates the nature, incidence and
    implications of such market segmentation for MNEs. The course has a strongly applied

    Semester Two (January - May) - Non-exchange Stream

    • Research Methods and Data Analysis
    The purpose of this course unit is to prepare you to carry out your dissertation. It builds
    on the work carried out in the first semester concerning the theory of research methods
    by familiarising you with approaches and techniques, which you may use in carrying out
    your dissertation. It particularly deals with the research process involved in the
    dissertation writing.

    Choose at least two (maximum three) courses from -

    • International Trade: Theory and Policy
    This course unit aims to present a thorough review of the economics and politics of
    international trade and investment and to impart skills that will enable you to critically
    investigate, analyse and interpret economic data relating to current world trade events.

    • International Business Negotiations
    Treating negotiation as a technique that can be learned and adapted to international
    business relations, this course deals with two main inter-related themes; business
    negotiation skills; and the impact and management of cultural differences on international
    business deals.

    • Foreign Competition, Industrial Performance and Economic Growth
    This course unit provides students with theoretical and empirical developments in the
    interactions between the multinational enterprises and factors affecting industrial
    competitiveness and economic performance at the level of individual countries.

    • International Marketing
    This course unit provides a comprehensive introduction to international marketing,
    emphasising both academic substance and real-world practicality. The course unit
    introduces the core components of international marketing by taking a comparative
    perspective in the context of European North American and Asia-Pacific markets.

    • Multinational Management
    This course unit aims to develop an understanding of how multinational firms operate in a
    global economy. It enables you to understand the management challenges associated
    with developing strategies and handling the operations of companies whose activities
    stretch across national boundaries.

    By agreement, the third course unit may be taken from other masters courses.

    Semester Two (January - May) - Exchange Stream

    Study in partner institutions abroad. As there are a limited number of exchange places available,
    the scheme is competitive and you can apply for a place once you are registered on the course.

    As an exchange student, you will spend semester two in partner institutions abroad.

    International exchange partners comprise:

    Exchange partners in Africa:

    • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Exchange partners in Asia/Australia:

    • Hong Kong University of Science &Technology, Hong Kong
    • National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
    • University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
    • University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand
    Exchange partners in Europe:
    • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    • EM Lyon, France
    • HEC Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France
    • Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
    • Norwegian School of Economics - Bergen, Norway
    • RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Universitá Commercial Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy
    • Universitat St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
    • Universitat zu Köln, Cologne, Germany
    • Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    • Wirtschafts universität Wien (WU-Wien) Vienna, Austria
    Exchange partners in North America and Latin America:
    • Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas São
    Paulo, Brazil
    • Queens University, Kingston, Canada
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
    Summer Research Period
    • Research Dissertation (60 credits)
    During this period you will carry out an original piece of research. You will have a supervisor, who
    will discuss with you the topic you have chosen for the research project, and provide you with
    advice and guidance throughout the whole process.
    Recent dissertations have covered:
    • Cross-border knowledge flows and innovative performance
    • Internationalisation of LDC firms
    • Internationalisation of retailing companies
    • International business negotiations
    • International mergers and acquisitions
    • Marketing strategy and performance
    • Third party logistics management
    • Globalisation and its impact on company strategies

    Course recognition

    The course conforms to the present ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC
    recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for undertaking a PhD. It consistently
    enjoys the highest possible ranking in terms of teaching and contents. Students graduating with
    an MSc International Business and Management will gain partial exemption from membership to
    the Institute of Export, with the potential of a full exemption depending on the choice of options
    and research focus of the dissertation

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