MSc International Management

The MSc International Management is an advanced management programme that aims to prepare students for a range of executive and management careers and entrepreneurial opportunities within their chosen industries. This programme focuses on enhancing a student's knowledge and practical understanding. It develops strategic capability, and a varied range of conceptual and analytical skills designed to enable to students to deal with a variety of business situations or challenges both at a strategic operational level. Students are expected to gain the necessary knowledge and skill sets to become capable and confident senior managers in a range of organizations operating within an increasingly globalized setting. Our MSc International Management course has three intakes each year in February, June and September.

The MSc International Management comprises 7 core modules and a dissertation. Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of core modules (120 credits in total) and Dissertation (60 credits).

This programme is delivered in three blocks of study:
Block 1
Week 1-14
4 modules
Business Management Research 20 credits

The primary objective of this module is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge in a range of research strategies. The sessions are designed to develop an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research whilst allowing students to pursue their own research interests. The module will illustrate the significant role that theoretical principles play in the research process and the importance of presenting clear and credible argument and evidence to support both the research design and the study's findings. Good research is also dependent on strong inter-personal and project management skills. These elements will be illustrated throughout the course. This module serves two purposes: firstly, it will provide course participants with an understanding of the processes involved in conducting effective research. Secondly, it will provide a foundation of knowledge which will facilitate the design and completion of a dissertation.

Issues in the Global Economy 10 credits

This module examines a wide range of contemporary global economic issues including: the changing structure of the world economy; international trade relations; the nature and efficiency of the market system; developments in the macro economy; the determinants of long-run economic performance; the influence of regulatory and environmental policy; and the effects of changes in corporate governance and CSR. The emphasis is on understanding the nature of these issues and their implications for businesses and other organisations. The module approaches the issues from a variety of perspectives – economic; political, socio-cultural and ethical – and draws primarily on economics as the underlying discipline, develops the concepts, theories and analytical tools useful for assessing the dynamics of the world economy.

Managing Across Cultures 10 credits

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of cultural differences and the impact they can have at the individual and organisational level in an international context. Students will be made aware of the key theories and concepts that underpin the subject and will be exposed to new and challenging aspects of managing in an increasingly global business environment. The module will explore the meaning of culture and the nature of culture with emphasis on cross-cultural dimensions. Students will also be exposed to concepts based on time, values and cultural contexts. This fundamental underpinning then allows the module to develop a more strategic view of cross cultural management and will consider the relationships between culture and leadership, culture and marketing and doing business in a selected number of countries.

Managing People in Organizations 20 credits

Organisations recognise the need to tap into the skills and abilities of their increasingly skilled and knowledgeable employees if they are going to be successful. This raises the central question – how do they do this? This module is concerned with exploring this question through the practice of human resource management as an academic discipline and as a professional activity.

Block 2
Week 15-27
3 modules
Management and Strategy: Theory and Practice 20 Credits

This module engages critically with the theory and practice of management in general and strategy more specifically. The module commences with an introduction to management thought from the early days through to the present, ways of theorising management and management practice, and contemporary studies of managerial practice in context. The module then goes on to explore critically the key concepts, theories, competencies and techniques involved in strategic analysis, strategy formulation, strategic choice, strategy implementation and managing and leading strategy in both a corporate and entrepreneurial context.

Managing Marketing 20 credits

This module aims to be a foundation for the study of marketing. The module assumes no previous knowledge of marketing and examines marketing from the key perspective of a "customer-focus" – describing the relevance and application of this perspective for organisations and across functions.

Managing Operations and Finance 20 credits

This module examines the principles and practice of financial and operations management within organisations. The module focuses upon the need to manage resources efficiently and effectively in a dynamic environment and to demonstrate achievement through the provision and use of operational and financial information.

Block 3
Week 28-43
1 module
Dissertation 60 Credits

This module requires students to integrate learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues. Students work towards this by undertaking a major project related to a business issue of significance and present their findings as an extended piece of writing – the dissertation. Students are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that the student is informed of his/her progress.

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