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International Business Management (15 month) MA

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Code
PGN12E
Start
October 2018
(September 2018 - EU/INT induction)
Duration
15 months full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£14,000 (UK/EU) *
£16,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Yi Zhu

International businesses are complex and often present new and exciting challenges, requiring employees who understand the dynamic conditions and opportunities within a global market. Now students who do not meet the requirements of a 12 month postgraduate course can still pursue a career in International Business, by completing an extra three months of study to bring them up to speed

Why study MA International Business Management (15 months) at Middlesex University?

This course has been specifically created to assist students who do not qualify for our 12 month programme gain the core knowledge and skills they need to catch up and complete the same level of study as the rest of our postgraduates. We've tailored the course to include three extra months of study that cover the essential skills and theories you need to embark on an advanced course in International Business Management.

Core to the course is an understanding of managing company operations and dealing with issues such as financial performance. You will gain in-depth knowledge of global business environments and international entrepreneurial activity, as well as benefiting from trips to industry and professional speakers. The aim of this course is to equip you with effective management and operational processes that will enable you to pursue a career path to managerial positions.

Course highlights

  • Offers a holistic perspective on international business taking in strategic and logistical issues such as decision making, business strategy, multinational enterprise, financial analysis and supply chain management
  • This course is taught by academics whose have research expertise in MNE innovation strategy, emerging market strategies, SME internationalisation, strategic marketing and international HRM
  • You will be able to enhance your understanding of practice through industry trips and attending talks by guest speakers
  • Access to the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Direct resource hub where you will find thousands of online resources, creative tools for problem solving and interactive scenarios to aid self-directed learning.

What you will study on the MA International Business Management (15 Month)?

The first three months of this course will lay the foundations so as you can fully understand how to write academically, extract valuable information from your reading, critically evaluate that information and present it professionally.

Expanding your knowledge and understanding of the theories that inform contemporary international business practice, this gives a base of learning in the fundamental areas of strategy and management in a globalised business environment. Once the basics are in place you will explore areas around decision making, trade and enterprise, while selecting from a number of modules that allow you to purse knowledge in areas you feel are most appropriate to your interests and career aspirations. The aim of the learning is for you to gain the necessary skills to enable you to manage people and organisational activities in dynamic environments and manage products and services within international markets. You will end the course by utilising the knowledge and skills you have learnt to shape and complete your own international management project.

There are three different awards available for this course:

  • PG Certificate route comprises two 30 credit modules
  • PG Diploma route comprises two 30 credit modules and four 15 credit modules
  • MSc route comprises two 30 credit modules, four 15 credit modules and a dissertation
  • Modules

    • Academic Practice in Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the academic skills of students to a standard matched to the specialised demands expected of someone about to commence a Master s programme in a business-related field. The module covers a wide range of forms of academic expression, including not only academic writing but other formats such as presentation, extractive reading, a range of types of critical evaluation, and skills of wider academic argument and debate, and academic work and negotiation on a cross cultural platform. This module integrates with companion module studies on the Advanced Diploma, and is targeted on materials that students encounter on that companion module.

    • Key Management Concepts (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims: to offer an up-to-date overview of the key concepts of management and the role in businesses; to examine the contemporary business environment; to discuss and evaluate the challenges in modern management; to demonstrate the practical applications of management from a range of sectors through real cases.

    • International Business Strategy (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of the module are to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks for analysing international business and developing international business strategies, and to equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools for developing and implementing international business strategy for international competitiveness. It improves students cultural awareness and understanding of critical issues relating to the complexity of managing international operations, and develops students abilities of critical and independent thinking, decision making and problem solving.

    • Management in a Globalised World (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to illustrate and explore the role of HRM in the international context and develop students awareness of cross cultural and Corporate Social Responsibility issues in an international organisational setting and to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to manage these issues effectively, thus enhancing their employability in a global work context. The module examines the influence of culture at the macro national and micro individual level to equip students with the tools to engage with scientific debate and to evaluate management practice in terms of the possible beneficial and harmful outcomes of management-authored interventions. It also provides students with critical awareness of conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and tools designed to identify, analyse and respond to issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and ethics.

    • Contemporary Issues in International Business (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce students interested in the analysis of the modern Multinational Corporations to the key issues related to the strategic evolution of MNCs. Students will explore how these issues contribute to managerial and policy challenges for the state and future of MNCs competitiveness.

    • Decision Making for International Managers (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips future managers with the quantitative tools to help them make rational decisions under uncertain conditions. The module develops students ability to apply statistical techniques to a wide range of business and management problems in a structured way. Students will gain an appreciation of the appropriateness of different techniques in a given situation. The module develops the students understanding of the tools and their application with use of software packages such as Microsoft Excel and Minitab.

    • Financial Analysis for International Managers (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide students who wish to become international managers with the knowledge of the fundamental tools from financial statements to analyse and interpret the information that have been reported by companies in their financial statements, in particular for the purpose of business valuation.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies work in a global marketplace. Students develop a critical understanding of the theories and practices of how companies grow and manage their global supply chains. The module enhances students understanding of business competitiveness in global marketplaces. Students will be taught the underlying theories that will enable them to evaluate the choices given by organizations and how these are linked to the management of these international networks.

    • International Entrepreneurship (15 Credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of international entrepreneurship and its contributions to the global economy. This will allow the student to confidently discover and develop business opportunities on a global scale. The module uses a combination of workshops and self directed learning to develop their skills.

    • Trade and the Multinational Enterprise (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both trade, multinational enterprises MNEs , foreign direct investment FDI and globalisation; to introduce the students to all major strands of the debate about new trade theories, MNEs, and FDI; to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to MNEs business, trade and globalisation; and to develop the ability to undertake research in this area.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MA International Business Management (15 month) be taught?

You will engage learning through a variety of methods including traditional modes such as lectures, seminars and workshops. There will also be a number of other learning activities such as group work, presentations, essays and a number of quizzes. There will also be talks by guest speakers and case studies, as well as sessions on research methods which will help you in self-directed study. This variety of learning will enhance both soft skills such as critical and analytical thinking, and enhance technical understanding of operational and logistical aspects of international business.

Assessment

Activities such as group work, presentations and quizzes will be assessed and feedback on. These elements will be augmented by more traditional modes of assessment such as essays and exams. The range of assessment will allow you gain a deeper understanding of the different skills and abilities needed for those aspiring to management positions.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA International Business Management (15 month) support your career?

The course provides both the international perspective and management understanding that will enhance both career progression for those already working in a business environment and the career path of those setting out to work in an international business management role.

Some of the specific roles within this area include:

  • Management Analyst
  • Trade Manager
  • International Management Consultant
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Sales Representative

Other courses

International Business Management MA/PG Dip/PG Cert

Start: January 2018, October 2018, January 2019

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGN122

Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Start: October 2018, (September 2018 - EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, Usually 2 years part-time

Code: PGN200

Global Supply Chain Management MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Start: October 2018, (September 2018 - EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGN21C

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