Business today is global. This brings both opportunities and challenges that require managers and leaders who have expansive knowledge and understanding of operating businesses internationally. The MSc in International Business focuses on developing your understanding of business and management within a global context, offering a deep insight into areas such as strategic management, cultural management issues, ethical and environmental issues and international value chains. You will develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of how organisations operate across borders at both a strategic and operational level, preparing you for a career in a leadership or management role in a variety of settings throughout the world.
The programme covers core international business subjects such as International Business Context, International Strategic Management, International Human Resources, International Operations and Supply and Accounting. A distinctive feature of this programme is the opportunity to select a particular pathway for the final 60 credits which best suits your ambitions and development needs. You will get the opportunity to select one of the following:
Research dissertation – An in-depth independent piece of research on an area of interest to you -Consultancy project – 8-10 week live consultancy project working on a project within an organisation, work placement *– 6-12 months paid work placement -Entrepreneurship activity* - 6-12 months based in our incubation hub and supported by our entrepreneurs in residence, working on your own business idea.
*Students who require a Visa to study in the UK may be able to add in a work placement of up to 1 year depending upon the programme. The ability to add a work placement is dependent upon the UK Immigration rules at the time of the request. It may be that for some programmes students will not have the option to request a placement period to be added to their programme before they arrive in the UK and would need to apply for a new Visa. There is no guarantee that a placement will be provided and that students who have a Visa are subject to a number of restrictions on the type of work, including placements they can undertake.
** visa restrictions apply
How The Course Is Taught
A wide range of teaching methods is used including traditional lectures, workshops and small group tutorials. We have provided trips to different types of organisations including Jaguar Land Rover and the New Vic Theatre to enable students to experience different contexts for what they have been taught.
The rich and varied assessment strategy adopted by this programme ensure student development of employability and academic skills, providing an opportunity to demonstrate both professional and academic attainment. Assessment design is largely driven by a number of key principles which include: promotion of independent learning, student autonomy, responsibility for personal learning and development of innovation and originality within one’s chosen area of interest. Note that not all modules culminate in a final examination.
Academic Entry Requirements
You will need at least a second class honours degree or overseas equivalent qualification in order to apply to study the programmes. If you have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience you may also be considered.
English Language Entry Requirement For International Students
Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take an official test of English language obtaining at least IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.
MSc International Business prepares you to work in the context of international business in which you will use newly acquired knowledge and skills dealing with international business issues such as international operations and supply, international strategy business environment analysis, and cross-culture management. Graduates from this programme have gone to pursue a range of managerial and professional careers from management consultant and business analyst to marketing officer and foreign sales representative. Recent employers include large multinational corporations and small- and medium-sized companies in various sectors.