International Business Management MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:

    September
    February

  • UK Fees 22/23:

    £7,650

  • International Fees 22/23:

    £15,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


In the emerging borderless global economy, do you have a degree in a non-business subject but aspire to a managerial role in business? Are you looking to enhance previous business studies with a greater knowledge of international business?

Our MSc in International Business Management is designed for people from a diversity of backgrounds, so you won’t need to have specific work or academic experience in business and management.

Our course offers a variety of modules covering a wide range of topics that equip you with the practical skills you need to excel in business management or consultancy, from international logistics and cross-border investments to the cultural and ethical issues involved the practice of international business.

This MSc programme prepares you to learn how business can adapt to the rapid change and uncertainty of the modern business environment. It develops your cross-cultural skills to be flexible and effective in different international markets and contexts.

Updated 11/08/2022

Highlights


Uniquely, this course offers you the opportunity to learn from the following distinctive modules:

  • Our innovative Business Strategy Simulation module – a highly practical and effective way to learn how to manage a business and apply business strategy concepts, with a focus on innovation and new markets
  • A final Professional Practice in International Business module, which will enable you to apply your new knowledge and develop your skills as a consultant and researcher of an international project of your choice

More highlights of the course include:

  • Specifically designed for students with no background or qualifications in Business
  • The assessments will reflect real business situations including undertaking a professional practice in International Business project as you will act as a consultant with a real business instead of a dissertation
  • Our staff and students come from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and cultures, making this MSc a genuinely international programme. It provides you with an opportunity to gain expertise and professional practice in business disciplines without in anyway limiting your employment options
  • The benefits from an international curriculum means by the end of your course you will have an international network of contacts
  • September and February start dates
  • Tuition fee discounts for Home and International Alumni students

International Connections

Our staff and students come from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and cultures, making this MSc a genuinely international programme. It provides you with an opportunity to gain expertise and professional practice in business disciplines without in anyway limiting your employment options.

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.

    The course will build upon your existing capabilities from your first discipline and will develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding of business and management issues, problems and opportunities.

    As well as developing your research and reflection skills at postgraduate level, you will be able to link theory and practice throughout each module which include a variety of study methods such as case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project related to real ‘live’ business issues and in some cases by means of a work-based learning component.

    Dynamics of Strategy (STRM083)

    The module helps students develop a broad knowledge and understanding of strategy development in organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed to pursue strategic goals, helping students to develop intellectual and professional breadth by making integrative links across the various functional areas of organisations whilst taking into account the social, environmental and ethical elements required of leaders today.

    Strategic Marketing Management (MKTM044)

    This module aims to examine the principles and practice of marketing management.  The core principles of the marketing concept will be established and major decision areas for creating and delivering customer value will be explored and evaluated in the context of current theory and practice. Moreover, we will evaluate the inter-relationships of marketing management with other business functions and how marketing decisions at the strategic level affect organisational profits or other measures of success. We will explore the marketing challenges faced by organisations attempting to develop and grow in international markets.

    Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers (FINM050)

    The purpose of this module is to provide future managers and business leaders with strategic knowledge and capability in the concepts and applications of financial accounting, management accounting, financing, and investment decisions. It will prepare students to critically interpret accounting and financial information for decision making purposes. We will critically appraise a range of approaches to corporate governance, accountability and regulatory environments across different countries and cultures.

    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 necessitates 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 (STRM089)

    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.

    Business Strategy Simulation (STRM086)

    This module is based on a Blue Ocean business strategy simulation game which develops key strategic and business management skills. An innovative, fun and highly effective practical way to learn, it provides the opportunity to manage a business and apply business strategy concepts, in a way that brings together and highlights the integrative nature of the programme and business management.

    Professional Practice in International Business (STRM090)

    In this capstone module, students investigate a real-world area of professional practice in international business from the perspective of a consultant. Drawing on relevant concepts, theories and tools, students research, analyse and propose innovative and sustainable solutions to address the complexity of operating in international markets. You will critically reflect on research findings in order to make informed judgements about complex and uncertain situations, as well as critically evaluate methods for problem-solving, adapting your own approaches to respond to identified issues and opportunities.

     

     

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • 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: Compulsory
        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: Compulsory
        This module is based on a business strategy simulation game which develops key strategic and business management skills. An innovative, fun and highly effective practical way to learn, it provides the opportunity to manage a business and apply business strategy concepts.
  • Candidates will normally hold a first or second class honours degree or equivalent.

    No work experience is required for admission onto the course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must meet the following English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills.

    Equivalent qualifications are considered, for further information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our English Language Requirements page.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,650
    • International: £15,000

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

    21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,470
    • International: £14,000

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

  • Whether you are an international, home or EU student, we offer generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

    Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

    The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

  • Do I require a formal management qualification?

    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.

    How I will be assessed?

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

    What is the schedule for this course?

    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.

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Careers and Employability


MSc International Business Management aims to develop the managers of the future by providing a level of education to those seeking a generalist, broadly based management qualification. This programme is particularly relevant to those without a business background (either academic or employment) who have not previously committed to a specific/specialist career path.

The specialist pathways are designed to provide more focused routes for those who have more clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business and management disciplines.