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International Business Management MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:

    September, February

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Overview


Postgraduate Event

The world’s economy is increasingly global. As a result, demand continues to grow for individuals who understand the global context of business: from logistics and cross-border investments to the cultural and ethical issues in the practice of international business. These skills are increasingly valued by employers who are faced with the challenges of operating globally and achieving cohesion in increasingly diverse workforces.

Updated 25/06/2020

Highlights


  • Specifically for students with no background or qualifications in Business
  • September and January start dates
  • Tuition fee discounts for Home / EU and International Alumni students

Course Content


  • The course is relevant to those with or without a business degree, although a minimum of a 2:2 classification is required and will prepare you for managerial roles across this emerging global economy.

    International and Comparative Human Resource Management (HRMM060)

    The internationalisation of markets/economies has been accompanied by increased emphasis on international perspectives in Human Resource Management (HRM) by reducing labour costs, improving product quality and developing organisational flexibility.  The growth of organisations operating across national boundaries has raised issues related to HR strategy and practice within those organisations. This module explores the complex cultural, social, economic and institutional environments within which organisations have to compete and the implications for effective people management and HR practice.

    Global Marketing Strategy (MKTM018)

    Operating across several non-domestic markets produces a complex set of issues. Marketing programmes must, in these situations, adapt to the needs and preferences of customers that have different levels of purchasing power as well as different climates, languages and cultures. Moreover, patterns of competition and methods of doing business differ between nations and sometimes within different regions of the same nation. We will explore the marketing challenges faced by organisations attempting to develop and grow in international markets. We also analyse the means by which corporate marketing strategies can be deployed in the search for sustainable competitive advantage.

    Managing Finance and Information (FINM037)

    All managers are faced with issues associated with interrogating and communicating management information. This may be in requesting or controlling resources or in providing, controlling or interpreting budgetary and other financial data. The trend in recent years has been for devolution of such responsibilities to the line manager. The concepts, conventions and terminology of the disciplines are often challenging for managers, who might be lacking in experience to handle such responsibilities confidently and competently.

    International Logistics and Supply Chain (BSOM034)

    Businesses recognise that Supply Chains are sources of competitive advantage; in the same way that we might consider competition between brands. Improved performance in Logistics and Supply Chain management leads to lower operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers.  Developments in the last two decades have seen huge investments into technologies, infrastructure, staff and processes which neccesitates further practitioner education. This module is designed to focus on the many different elements that make up a holistic view of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    Managing Across Cultures (HRMM061)

    Due to the increase in organisations operating globally, this module has both a theoretical and practical focus. The module explores different business cultures from across the world and considers their impact on individuals when working in environments that are not native them. There is a strong emphasis on developing personal adaptability in cross cultural work environments which is a strong requirement for leading and managing other people internationally.

    Global Innovation Management (MKTM035)

    The management of innovation is a critical element in ensuring successful new products and services are encouraged, survive and flourish. In this module you will discover how to avoid the common pitfalls in managing innovation in both small and large organisations. Emphasis is placed on internationalisation, sustainability, external engagement, social innovation and employability within a global context.

    Dissertation and Research Methods (STRM028)

    This module specifies the independent research and related research methods skills. The specification is general to reflect the different types of research project which you may choose to undertake – conceptual, applied or work-related – and also to reflect the contrasting research paradigms to be followed.

    Schedule

    For this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of sessions, seminars and workshops and usually 12 hours per week, we recommend that you spend approximately 20 hours per week in self-directed study time. You will attend sessions, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters (14 weeks each). Work on the dissertation normally commences in the second semester and is submitted at the 12 month point.

    Assessments

    The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, research papers, case studies, portfolios, oral presentations, examinations and a final dissertation.

      • Module code: BSOM034
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to focus on the different elements that make up a holistic view of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Supply Chains are sources of competitive advantage. The module evaluates the reasons by which improved performance in Logistics and Supply Chain management leads to lower operating costs shorter lead times and better value for customers.
      • Module code: FINM037
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically assess information systems to ensure their effectiveness in facilitating management decisions and to provide conceptual and analytical frameworks to enable them to; interrogate management processes and systems; scrutinise management information; and communicate it competently to other managers or stakeholders within the organisation.
      • Module code: HRMM061
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to understand business cultures around the world evaluating the impact that different cultural contexts have on individuals working in non-native cultures. Learners will reflect upon these issues to improve own professional effectiveness in management and leadership in international contexts.
      • Module code: MKTM018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically examine the marketing challenges and opportunities faced by firms as they develop and grow in international markets. A variety of analytical frameworks are examined and applied to a range of businesses and strategic global marketing plans developed.
      • Module code: STRM028
        Status: Compulsory
        This module specifies the independent research and related research methods skills training programme offered across Northampton Business School and its constituent fields at taught postgraduate level (level 7). The specification is inevitably a general one to reflect the different types of research project which students may choose to undertake - conceptual applied or work-related - and also to reflect the contrasting research paradigms that may be followed.
      • Module code: STRM083
        Status: Designate
        Evidence suggests organisations spend inordinate amount of time and energy towards formulating strategy yet most strategy failures are due to lack of focus on strategy implementation factors. In order to understand this dichotomy managers must be able to make sense evaluate synthesise and structure complex situations in a systematic and useful ways.This module explores the strategic management process and how strategic analysis and formulation contribute to the organisations performance. The module is integrative in nature and provides practical relevant ideas and conceptual frameworks that facilitate strategy design and implementation. The module deals with the craft of strategy that is how to identify and choose a superior competitive position how to analyse complex strategic situation and how to create the organisational context to make the chosen strategy work. The methodology allows participants to reflect on their own assumptions and experience so as to develop their own conceptual frameworks.
      • Module code: STRM086
        Status: Designate
  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,425

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    To see what Scholarships and funding may be available to you, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,300

    Postgraduate Loans
    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England*.

    To see what Scholarships and funding may be available to you, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    To see what funding may be available to you as an International student, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    To see what funding may be available to you as an International student, please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page.

  • Experience or qualifications in management are neither expected nor required. If you have experience as a manager, you may wish to consider our MBA programme.

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