International Business Management MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This is a well-established course designed to meet the needs of students who have already completed an undergraduate business related degree and who wish to develop their subject specialism in international business management.
The programme will give you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing and dynamic international environment and various cross border business activities. You will also be enabled to develop the skills to identify the strategies available to firms operating at an international level and develop an understanding of the activities and operations of multinational enterprises. This programme will provide the opportunity for you to study a wide range of topics in international business from both a theoretical and practical perspective. The programme is designed around a core and option modules. The core modules cover the fundamentals of international business and the options offers the flexibility for students to tailor the programme to their personal and career interests.
This course attracts students from around the world and the teaching environment is very international in its nature.
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This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
September start - 1 year full-time
January start - 1 year full-time
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in an area of business, management, marketing, accountancy or economics. Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.
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International Business Environment
This module looks at of the international business environment and how various institutional contexts and factors such as political, economic and social factors have influenced, and continue to influence international business. This module is designed to develop/widen the knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets.
International Business Strategy
This module looks at the strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), i.e. firms operating in an international context. It covers modes of foreign market entry, operations within MNEs and explores the implications of strategic decisions of MNEs for the structure of the organisation and for transfer of knowledge and control issues between the MNE’s headquarters and its subsidiaries.
This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies.
This module provides you with a substantial body of knowledge relating to the principles of strategic management in particular the two broad areas of techniques for analysing organisations and their environments and the identification of appropriate strategic choices. You will be encouraged to practice analyses and strategic designs throughout the delivery of the module.
Research Methods and Techniques
This module is a designed to prepare you for your research. The module looks at how to choose your topic, how to research the current knowledge in your area of interest, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. The module is assessed through the completion of a literature review and proposal for your dissertation. You will be supported both by the module team and an individually assigned supervisor.
Corporate Responsibility & Governance
The aim of this module is to enable your understanding of the theory and practice of corporate governance and how this interfaces with ethical issues involving stakeholders in corporations. It attempts to achieve this through a mix of seminars, cases, and exercises that promote critical and reflective debate.
This is the final piece of work of your Master’s studies. You will investigate an issue of your choice in depth and, through your research, you’ll create new knowledge. This normally includes designing a framework for your investigation and choosing the appropriate way to conduct your studies. Your research will be written up in the form of a dissertation, that takes place over a number of months, during which you will be supported by a supervisor.
You may then select from a range of options (one option per term) including:
The International Marketing module focuses on the key decisions that need to be made by organisations when considering operating in international markets. This includes the pros and cons of trading internationally, which markets to select, how to enter the market, and how to develop marketing programmes for the target market. This will be supported by study of the international environment and global customers. Assessment for this module is based on an individual assignment.
International Trade Operations
The module introduces the operational elements of international trade and the roles of the organisations involved. It considers the practical aspects of sourcing and purchasing goods and services internationally and also provides and understanding of the processes and procedures involved in the import and export business.
Economics of Financial Markets
After the global financial crisis, economic and financial interdependence have increased significantly. This module introduces you to a more integrated analysis of the economics behind banking and financial services, financial systems and institutions. It considers the impact of economics on financial markets by considering economic data, macroeconomic theory and some of the latest developments in the role played by monetary policy.
Globalisation and Financial Crisis
This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events.
International Human Resource Management
This module explores human resource management emphasising the international dimension. Differing national cultures and an increasingly globalised economy are key aspects of the module. The module examines the strategies and practices of multinational corporations as well as a range of public, private and voluntary organisations in a wide range of different countries and cultural contexts
International Business Finance
This module considers the two main roles of the Financial Manager within the enterprise; the ability to meet the firm’s finance needs and to ensure that the finance is used in a productive manner. In particular the module considers the additional tasks and problems that the financial manager will encounter when trading overseas as either an exporter/importer or a multinational organisation and the strategies that can be used to overcome these problems.
The module involves an analysis of tourism and the structure of the tourist industry. Tourist destination and tourist market will be reviewed and the tourism marketing issues will be investigated. Impacts of tourism from economic, social, and environmental perspectives will be analysed in order to develop tourism products in the destination sustainably.
Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
The module will examine how entrepreneurs create and manage emerging ventures in other countries, and create and manage start-ups or emerging ventures which are global in at least one important aspect. This module is evaluating the global and international environments in terms of the characteristics of economy, society and policy making for entrepreneurship of all types, such as science and social entrepreneurship.
Cross Cultural Management
Competence in interacting with people of different cultures is an essential element of international business. The purpose of this module is to develop your personal and professional skills through enhancing your knowledge and understanding of culture and ability to recognise how differences in cultural affect individual and business behaviours. The module draws upon cross-cultural and social psychology theory to develop an understanding and practice of cross cultural competence. You are encouraged to develop an awareness of your own cultural frameworks, consider attitudes to cultural differences with others, develop a knowledge of different cultural practices and knowledge of the process of acquiring cross cultural skills.
The final element of study is an individual piece of research which will allows you to shape your degree to meet your own professional interests.To support your research, we will teach you about core aspect of the research process through the Research Methods and Techniques module.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
Upon graduating from this course you will be equipped to enter a wide range of businesses in the international business or financial services sector.
Recent graduates have gone onto work for companies such as VentureAxis, Christofle, Eurotab, Mobilb, HBOS and Apple.
This course is also an ideal preparation for PhD research.
Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.
Teaching and assessment
The teaching on this programme not only encourages you to develop knowledge of the area, but it also allows you to learn skills in critical thinking and analysis. We use a wide range of teaching styles, from formal lectures to practical experience. Extensive use is made of case studies and current affairs. Modules have different teaching and assessment strategies: in some you will undertake individual work, in others you will work in groups.
The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.
All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.
The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.
Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff are contributing to the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry and the professions. For more information, see the Research section of our website