MA International Business Management
The opportunities, and challenges, for international businesses are becoming ever more complex. Emerging and rapidly developing economies are changing the business landscape. Financial crises call into question the long established dominance and business practices of the developed economies. Increased mobility and interconnectedness of global populations create new markets and production possibilities – but they also increase calls for business to be more responsible and they call on managers to be better at working across cultural differences.
The International Business Management MA has been designed to prepare you to meet these challenges. Responding to the ever growing internationalisation of business and management practice, it celebrates the diversity of living and working across cultures and focuses on the skills, competences and knowledge you will need when working within today’s global business environment. Through a combination of Subject Area modules, practice-focussed Integrative Skills modules and an Individual Project you will develop not only your knowledge but also your experience of thinking and working like an international manager.
What knowledge does the programme deliver?
You will start with a comprehensive grounding in the core management areas of strategy, marketing and the managing of organisations and people but also gain a rich introduction to the complexity of globalisation and cultural difference. In such a dynamic and diverse environment developing effective international strategies and managing change are core competencies that you will progress to, while also having the opportunity to choose from a range of electives to tailor the programme towards your personal interests.
As the programme develops all these theoretical understandings are integrated through experiencing the challenges of managerial decision-making as you work in multi-cultural teams on a variety of case studies, business-related projects and a major international business simulation. In addition, throughout the year speakers from leading businesses will share with you their experiences of international business today so that you can directly connect and relate your learning to their current practices and on-going challenges. Who is the programme for?
This programme is suited to those looking to study a broad business based degree with an international focus, and for those interested in developing a career within business management in areas such as management consultancy, marketing and human resource management.
Professional skill development
On a professional level, students will develop:
- advanced knowledge of international business and management and how to improve the quality of management, leadership and practice in organisations
- applied skills in problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking and analysis
- direct experience of working in multi-cultural environments to analyse business issues and develop strategic approaches to address these issues
Subject Area modules
These modules introduce and then develop to an advanced level your understanding of the key management subjects and business understandings required by international managers.
All students will take the following Subject Area modules (90 credits):
- Semester one:
- International Business Environment (10 credits)
- Managing across Cultures (10 credits)
- Strategy for Managers (10 credits)
- Marketing (10 credits)
- Managing Organisations and People (10 credits)
- Semester two:
- International Business Strategy (10 credits)
- Managing Change in Organisations (10 credits)
- Students will take a further 20 credits of Subject Area modules in semester two from the following options:
- International Marketing (10 credits)
- Global Perspectives on Human Resource Management (10 credits)
- International Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
- Current issues in International Business and Management (10 credits)
Other options may be offered subject to availability
Integrative Skills modules
These modules make extensive use of team working, case studies, simulations and input from visiting managers and consultants to give you practical experience of applying your learning from the subject area modules.
All students will take the following Integrative Skills modules (40 credits):
- Modules taught in both semester one and semester two:
- The International Management Practitioner (20 credits)
- Research Methods for International Business Management (10 credits)
- Semester three:
- Strategic Business Analysis and Decision Making (10 credits, centred on the International Business Simulation)
Individual Project modules
These modules enable you, with experienced guidance from a supervisor, to apply this integrated learning to a business issue that motivates and interests you. The Individual Project dissertation is a major piece of work enabling you to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the programme within the context of a detailed study of a management or business issue.
All students will carry out this Individual Project leading to the production of a dissertation (50 credits):
- Semester three:
- NBS8599 Research-based Dissertation (50 credits)
- NBS8600 Practice-based Dissertation (50 credits)
NBS8599 follows the standard research dissertation format typical on Masters degrees and allows you to investigate a business-related topic in relation to a company or industry of your own choosing. NBS8600 involves working on a project of interest and concern to a company known to Newcastle University Business School to produce a report and strategic recommendations suitable for presentation to the company’s executives.
Modules will be offered subject to availability.
Applicants should normally hold an upper-second class degree (2:1 level) or international equivalent. Every application is considered on an individual basis and applicants who narrowly miss the academic entry criteria may be eligible for admission at the discretion of the selector.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-scores. Pre-sessional courses in English language are provided by the University if required and successful completion of these may be a condition of entry.
Last updated December 2, 2015