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The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers. Read more
The Masters in Investment Management at Surrey Business School is delivered by experienced investment managers.

You’ll benefit from a programme focussed on a systematic approach to the key decisions taken in investment management, equipping you with the skills needed to thrive in multinational corporations operating in an increasingly complex and fast changing global financial environment.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme is attuned to the current needs of investment and finance professionals: it combines a rigorous theoretical approach to investment management with the practical tools and opportunities to solve real-life investment problems.

You will learn the analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, risk mitigation and technical financial skills needed to succeed in the field. On graduation, you will have mastered each stage of the investment management process and be able to make informed decisions within that context.

Our compulsory modules deliver a fundamental understanding of investment management concepts, while optional modules allow you to tailor your learning based on your interests or career path. We also incorporate use of our Bloomberg Lab into the programme and you should obtain a Bloomberg Market Competency certificate during their studies.

As the focus of the programme is to prepare you for a career in investment the use of Bloomberg is incorporated into the programme. There is also an opportunity to undertake a preparation course for CFA Level 1 exams once Semester 2 teaching has finished.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Fixed Income Investment
-Foundations of Finance
-Equity Investment Analysis
-Quantitative Methods
-Derivative Securities
-Portfolio Management
-Corporate Finance
-International Corporate Finance
-International Finance
-International Financial Reporting
-Risk Management
-Money and Banking
-MSc Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The need for an Investment Management programme arises from the continuing global demand for professionals working in the fields of investment management, investment banking, pension funds, insurance companies and alternative investment partnerships (such as hedge funds, private equity and sovereign wealth funds).

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the array of skills required to operate successfully in an investment management or investment analysis role within the finance industry or to pursue further academic study within the subject area.

The programme will provide a high quality education that is current, intellectually rigorous and attuned to the needs of investment and finance professionals. It provides the theoretical underpinning and the practical skills that such professionals need in order to cope with an increasingly complex global financial environment.

It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance, accounting and banking to PhD level. The programme provides students with a basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice.

The compulsory modules provide a rigorous grounding in theory plus the quantitative techniques necessary to undertake empirical investigations and form balanced evaluations of practice. The optional modules offer students the opportunity to focus their study and to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them and their future career needs.

Graduates of the programme will obtain the skills that enable them to function as an investment professional or to develop independent academic research. These include:
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment asset
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as nderstanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors.
-Students will gain an insight into the newly developed area of behavioural finance
-Understanding how investment style creates portfolio biases and affects performance
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives).

They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills
-Able to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills
-Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded
-The role of asset allocation
-Understand the decision to be a passive investor or active investor

Problem solving abilities
-Appropriate valuation methodology
-Economic drivers
-The agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Develop students own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and elective modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the key research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Understand the investment process
-Develop an investment process
-Evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index
-Understand the role and use of derivative securities

Key/transferrable skills
-Transferable analytical and decision making skills
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task (MSc)
-Data processing skills
-How to form views on incomplete data

Knowledge and understanding
-Strong analytical skills which will be developed in the equity investment analysis and fixed income investment modules where the emphasis is clearly on the ability to analyse potential investment assets
-Highly developed decision making skills; with much of the focus of the whole programme on decision taking, but particularly in the Portfolio Management module which focuses on key decisions such as: Understanding how and why investment mandates are awarded, the role of asset allocation and key decisions such as the decision to be a passive investor or active investor
-Problem solving abilities are developed in many areas including learning to select appropriate assets for a portfolio based on an appropriate valuation methodology, economic drivers and the agreed risk tolerance of clients or sponsors

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop their own approach to learning and personal development through a combination of compulsory and optional modules that are united by a focus on dialogue between theory and practice
-Critically evaluate the research methods employed in the investment decision making process
-Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional investment decisions

Professional practical skills
-Students will also gain a wide range of technical financial skills as part of their understanding the investment process (the method by which a universe of potential investments is filtered to result in a final portfolio of investment holdings which reflect investment objectives). They will also able to evaluate investment performance against a peer group or an investment benchmark such as an appropriate stock market or bond market index.

Key / transferable skills
-Analytical and decision making skills which can be transferred to any area of business
-How to work independently on a research topic or problem solving task

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This MSc Business Management course is focused on your career. With this master's degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. Read more
This MSc Business Management course is focused on your career. With this master's degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

On this MSc Business Management course you will learn to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of business related issues. You will develop suitable responses to these problems and be able to select the most appropriate course of action.

The specialist pathways allow you to focus your studies in a particular area of Business Management. If you start in September you can choose from one of four areas: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resource Management or Economics. If you start in January you can focus your studies on one of three areas: Entrepreneurship, Marketing or Corporate Social Responsibility.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/business-management/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: You will develop the skills, knowledge and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Upon graduating you will be eligible for Chartered Management status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the hallmark of any professional manager. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre.

- Opportunities: We provide you with new experiences and the chance to really interact with industry. You will be invited on a trip to Boston, USA. Here you will meet company executives, go on study tours, as well as a lot of sightseeing!

- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Business Management. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Oxford Brookes University Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world's great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

The Business School Postgraduate Centre has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including more than 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and examination papers.

Field trips

By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We also host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.

We also offer the International Business in Practice - Study Trip. The purpose of this Study Trip Module is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.

Field trips are optional and may incur a cost.

How this course helps you develop

You will develop advanced level knowledge of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate through:
- Learning about contemporary business/management issues at both micro and macro levels

- Undertaking an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to business problem solving

- The business experience of teaching staff. Many academics undertake consultancy work in commercial and non-commercial organisations and visiting guest speakers contribute to modules and extra-curricular activities

- Various company visits are organised, e.g. ASDA distribution centre in Didcot and BMW in Oxford

- The accreditation of this course by the CMI. This enables our students to be in closer contact with the local branch of CMI and take part in their events, lectures and company visits.

You will develop the ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues by:
- Being encouraged to critically review (both individually and through group activities) real-world cases

- Your involvement in group work with an international group of students. This provides you with different and interesting perspectives on the world, enhancing your business and management knowledge

- Being encouraged to integrate knowledge and understanding across the modules, mirroring the complexities of decision making across the functional units of an organisation

- Taking a professional business-like approach to your studies, providing oral and written presentations to a high standard.

You will develop an understanding and gain experience of global business issues through:
- Being encouraged to appreciate that decision making must be informed from a variety of stakeholder perspectives of a national, international and inter-cultural nature

- Taking the International Business In Practice: Study Trip module. This gives you a hands-on, intensive experience. You will explore the impact of the national and international business environment upon business decision making, being aware of the different cultural perspectives that operate to inform ideas and issues.

You will develop an understanding of responsible risk management and sustainable value creation on the basis of the environmental, social and governance impacts of business through:
- Being encouraged to critically evaluate evidence drawn from a wide variety of sources being mindful of bias and subjectivity

- Being guided to demonstrate increasing competence in self-management, communication, team working and problem solving.

You will gain lifelong learning and personal development by:
- Developing as an independent learner with the ability to diagnose, plan and implement personal learning objectives

- Exploring the world you inhabit, not just from the specific discipline of business. Increasingly other disciplines influence and impact upon business and management decision making

- Taking the Personal Development and Leadership module which helps you develop your skills of reflection

- Engaging with our alumni association, which provides a framework for you to stay in touch with your network well beyond the course.

Careers

You will graduate with highly relevant knowledge as well as practical experiences on how to manage different functional units in organisations.

Many of our graduates find managerial positions at a wide range of organisations, including companies producing fast moving commercial goods, airlines, financial institutions, retail giants and charities.

Examples of these employers include: Deutsche Telekom, Deloitte, Oxfam, BASF Group, Kautex Unipart, Raiffeisen Bank, Revolution Insurance, American Business Conferences, Consilio Global.

Research highlights

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations and Critical Management Studies.

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The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. Read more
The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. The programme aims to enable students to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and the ability to make integrative links across various disciplines. Some aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets.

Graduates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact of contextual factors on organisations - within the context of internationalisation:
• the management of resources and operations
• the financing of business enterprise
• the management and development of people
• the use and the limitations of a range of research methods and on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies

The programme offers training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process.

Aims

The aim of this degree is to provide students with:
• A programme in international business and management that will enable them to further develop transferable skills suitable for engaging with the challenges of employment/self-employment within the global economy.
• Comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Comprehensive knowledge and skills for successful careers in multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, international laws, and academic institutions.

Special Features

• Specialist programme directed at graduates seeking a career in international management/international business.
• Insight into the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Elective module explores social network technologies and innovation.
• Tutors are active members of the Business School’s Centre for Research Entrepreneurship, international Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets (CEIBIEM) in these research areas. Research subjects for consideration on the programme include :
• Sustainability of economic development in emerging economies
• Micro and macroeconomic policies, exchange rate policies, balance of payments (export and import sectors) intervention and liberalisation policies
• International Business - Global or international trade analysis, foreign direct investment trends and their impact on economic development
• Stock exchange market analysis, foreign exchange market economics and econometric analysis
• Strategic management and strategic decision-making
• Strategic innovation and the adaptation and evolution of firms in highly uncertain environments
• Multi-national enterprises (MNEs) and their philosophies
• Human Resource Management (HRM) in large MNEs
• Strategic behaviour of firms
• Internationalisation and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies
• Some of the well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international business
• Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures and Entrepreneurial Management
• Technology-based small firms, and management of technology and innovation
• Design management and scientific entrepreneurialism
• Adoption and use of ICTs in small firms and intellectual property rights
• Enhancing analytical skills in business and Quantitative Methods in Business and Management

Accreditation

Brunel Business School is ranked amongst the Top 20 UK Business Schools in the Financial Times Business Schools table.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: Associates can use ‘ACMI’, Members ‘MCMI’ and Fellows ‘FCMI’

Employability Outcomes

Previous students of MSc International Business have achieved graduate positions at:

HMV
Greenpower
Boots
Pro-Bank

Employability Events, Visits and Training

The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Typical events have included:

Business Life Capstone Event
As part of their Business Planning module, postgraduate business students were invited to collaborate with Brunel’s annual Made in Brunel exhibition to provide a route to market for real creative and entrepreneurial products conceived by Brunel’s engineering and design students. Students from MSc Management and MSc Marketing not only created commercialisation plans for the products, but were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry professionals and academic judges.

BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test) with Bloomberg
The BAT is offered as a three-hour online test taken on campus within an invigilated environment with a Bloomberg representative. BAT was designed in conjunction with leading financial institutions and academics to uncover an individual’s knowledge and skills relevant for a financial career. Students can choose to submit their names along with test scores or anonymously during job recruitment drives.

Meet the Professionals Showcase
A professional association is an organisation formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. There are many advantages to joining professional bodies: typically they offer training and access to research, as well as networking opportunities like conferences and forums. Brunel Business School regularly invites key professional bodies to showcase these benefits to Business School students on campus. Professional bodies who regularly take part in the Showcase include: ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA, BCS, OR, CMI, CILT, CIPD, CII, CBI, CFA, CIM and CIPR.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

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Are you looking to build on your degree-level studies in business in order to gain an extra edge in recruitment / promotion with transnational organisations? This two-year course with advanced practice will extend your previous studies while also providing a broader global context. Read more
Are you looking to build on your degree-level studies in business in order to gain an extra edge in recruitment / promotion with transnational organisations? This two-year course with advanced practice will extend your previous studies while also providing a broader global context.

There’s a focus on the global business environment, an emphasis on managing international organisations, and special attention on the cultural challenges of extending operations across multiple countries. In the second year of this course you’ll undertake an internship or further consultancy project. This advanced practice will enhance your skills and employability.

The course attracts students from around the world, creating a global perspective within the classroom. You’ll be developed as a leader and manager and there’s a requirement for previous study of business or management. If you have a different background you may wish to consider our MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Module Overview
Year One
BM9706 - Marketing Metrics and Analysis (Optional, 20 Credits)
BM9707 - Business Intelligence (Optional, 20 Credits)
HR4038 - HRM in Practice (Optional, 20 Credits)
HR4043 - Organisational Behaviour and Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
MK4000 - Analysing Buyer Behaviour and Brand Dynamics (Optional, 20 Credits)
MK4003 - Relationship Marketing in a Global Context (Optional, 20 Credits)
MK9701 - The Digital Customer Journey: Data, Profiling and CRM (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0491 - Corporate Financial Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0492 - International Financial Markets and Institutions (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0493 - Investments and Risk Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0494 - Operations and Supply Chain Improvement (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0495 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk (Optional, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)
SM4007 - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Optional, 30 Credits)
SM4008 - Global and Transnational Business (Optional, 20 Credits)
SM4022 - Globalisation, Innovation and Sustainability (Core, 20 Credits)
TM0455 - Contemporary Hospitality Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
TM0457 - Tourists and Tourism (Optional, 20 Credits)

Year Two
NX0470 - Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0479 - Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX9740 - Masters’ Internship (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. In addition to the Advanced Practice element of the course, further opportunities for experiential learning are available through our Student Engagement Centre which promotes volunteering and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses on issues that include finance and investment.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

Overall the course aims to develop you as a leader and manager, with a clear understanding of the theory and practice of global business, and how to overcome the challenges faced by managers of international businesses.

As part of this, the course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into graduate positions with multinational companies or smaller businesses with operations and supply chains in several countries. A number of graduates have gone on to work in their family business.

Some employers require completion of a two-year master’s degree and this course will meet their requirement.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles. Read more
This is an applied programme which provides students with knowledge and skills to work in investment roles.

Studying Investments raises some interesting issues, such as why people trade so much, whether the best investment strategy is simply to track the stock market index, how risk should be measured and how assets should be priced.

This degree is aimed at candidates who wish to work within investment management, investment banking and related careers. The programme focuses on both the trading and portfolio management sides of finance.

It has a substantial focus on investment within core modules, including Portfolio Management, Financial Trading and Global Investment Analysis. These draw on the cutting edge research expertise of our faculty.

Core study areas include financial reporting and company performance, methods for financial data analysis, principles of finance, financial markets and institutions, business communication for finance, derivatives and risk management, financial statements and business valuation, portfolio management, corporate governance and responsibility, financial trading and global investment analysis.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
Compulsory Modules
- Financial Reporting and Company Performance
- Methods for Financial Data Analysis
- Principles of Finance
- Financial Markets and Institutions

Semester 2:
Compulsory Modules
- Business Communication for Finance
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Financial Statements and Business Valuation
- Portfolio Management

Optional Modules:
- Business Economics
- Corporate Finance
- Global Financial Markets and the Financial Crisis
- International Financial Management

Summer:
Compulsory Modules
- Corporate Governance and Responsibility
- Financial Trading
- Global Investment Analysis

The School reserves the right to vary the list of optional modules

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments.

Careers and further study

Loughborough Finance Graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of Finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks (including HSBC, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Standard Chartered), large businesses (including DHL, Scottish and Southern Energy, Virgin), as well as the Big Four Accounting firms.

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

MSc Finance & Investment graduates will be especially well suited for careers in Investment Banking and Asset Management. Example initial job titles include: Portfolio Analyst, Investment Banker, Financial Market Trader, Equity Researcher, Asset Management Trainee and Financial Risk Analyst.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/finance-investment/

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MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. Read more
MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You will develop knowledge of the special requirements for conducting business activities across national boundaries, relevant theories and their application in business. You will also have the opportunity to study at one of our European partner institutions and visit international companies through our integrated Study Abroad programme.

You will develop expertise in core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules will enable you to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing or operations management) or pursue related areas such as entrepreneurship and business sustainability.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-International Business
-Advanced Topics in International Business
-Strategic Management
-Economic Environment of Business
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules - Choose four modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations:
-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance
-International Finance
-Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-People & World Organisations
-Marketing Management
-International Marketing Management
-International Operations
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Operations Management
-CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-International Business strategy
-Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities, including consultancy, business analysis, marketing, business development, sales management, finance and purchasing. Recent graduate positions include:
-Assistant Advisor – Ernst & Young (Zimbabwe)
-Marketing Specialist – Bosch (China)
-Relationship Marketing Professional – IBM (India)
-Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Trainee Buyer – Tesco (UK)

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas:
-Giving presentations
-Team working
-Report writing
-Negotiation
-IT skills

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers. These include:
-Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
-Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
-Econometric modelling of stochastic trends and performance forecasting
-International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
-Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
-Internationalisation of production and trade, including: the international product life cycle; forms of international business activity; national competitive strategies; and economic integration
-International sectors, emerging and transition economies, cultural differences, international business strategies and strategic alliances
-Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
-Strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis, ‘make or buy’ decisions; implementing and managing strategic change in an international environment
-Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
-Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
-Analytical skills developed through research dissertation

The wide range of elective modules available on this programme enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including: marketing; HR; finance, investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.

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Internationalisation of the world economy and the policy challenges it has posed for business and public decision-makers have increased the demand for economics graduates. Read more
Internationalisation of the world economy and the policy challenges it has posed for business and public decision-makers have increased the demand for economics graduates. This demand is evident in a wide range of national and international institutions, including central banks and finance ministries, commercial and investment banks, rating agencies, and business organisations. Opportunities are also available in international governmental and non-governmental organisations, central and local government departments, and economics and business media.

These employers reflect an ever-increasing demand for high-quality, evidence-based decision making that requires competence in applied economics and state-of-the-art data analysis.

This programme will enable you to respond to this increasing demand by combining solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources. The programme weaves a three-way linkage between business and financial economics theory, data analysis, and application of theory and method to policy and strategy issues in the world of business and finance.

The programme has a number of distinctive features. These include structured conversion, which will enable you to combine theory and evidence to produce evidence-based work, and rigorous application, enabling you to combine theory and evidence to develop evidence-based answers to economic and business issues. You will also become competent in data access and analysis, enabling you to access, manage and analyse data on a wide range of economic and business issues. A work placement will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills and prepare for work as a professional economist.

We are proud to say that we are first for student course satisfaction in London for Economics, according to both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide 2016 league tables.

The aims of the programme are:

- To equip you with a sound knowledge of business and financial economics, which will help improve your analytical and problem-solving skills

- To introduce you to new insights in the study of business and financial economics, which will develop your critical- and creative-thinking skills

- To enable you to respond to the increasing demand for economics graduates by developing your skills and competence in business and financial economics.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/eco/busfinec

Economics

Internationalisation of the world economy and the policy challenges this has posed for business and public decision makers have increased the demand for economics graduates. Our teaching responds to this demand by combing solid training in theory and method with stimulating exposure to economics and financial data sources.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Selected Topics in International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
Dissertation (MSc Business & Financial Economics) (40 credits)
Data Access, Management and Analysis (10 credits)
Introduction to Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods (10 credits)
Applied Econometrics (30 credits)
Business Economics (30 credits)
Economics of Financial Markets (30 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4
Work Placement (MSc BFE)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Regulatory Institutions of the World Economy (15 credits)
Micro-Finance In International Development (15) (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Data Access, Management and Analysis (10 credits)
Introduction to Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods (10 credits)
Applied Econometrics (30 credits)
Business Economics (30 credits)
Business English for Academic Purposes - Level 4

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Selected Topics in International Macroeconomics (15 credits)
Dissertation (MSc Business & Financial Economics) (40 credits)
Economics of Financial Markets (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Regulatory Institutions of the World Economy (15 credits)
Micro-Finance In International Development (15) (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

You are assessed through coursework, presentations, projects, closed-book examinations and a dissertation.

Career options

You can expect to find employment in: national and international business organisations specialised in various business sectors covered in the programme; financial market institutions and organisations including banks; policy-making institutions seeking economists with a sound applied economics background; NGOs with interest in business and economic policies and issues; and finance and business-relations departments of local governments.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/643994/Prog-Spec-MSc-Business-and-Financial-Economics.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Are you ambitious of an international career? Are you attracted to a job in international business, like export manager, international purchasing manager, investment manager, international sales representative, country manager, or institutional relation manager? Then the Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is exactly what you need. Read more
Are you ambitious of an international career? Are you attracted to a job in international business, like export manager, international purchasing manager, investment manager, international sales representative, country manager, or institutional relation manager? Then the Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is exactly what you need. This academic postgraduate certificate offers you a specialized, comprehensive, and practically oriented programme that is unique in the world and designed to maximize your professional success.

Aims

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a comprehensive programme aiming at delivering graduates who are able to independently conduct international business practices like export, import, sourcing, investing, M&A and international alliance formation. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Skills workshops will guarantee an optimal functioning at professional level.
The programme is organized by VUB's Brussels Diplomatic Academy http://www.vub.ac.be/en/brussels-diplomatic-academy

Target groups

- Bachelors or masters aspiring for a career in international business.
- Lawyers, legal advisors, consultants, civil servants and politicians who want to acquire knowledge about the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Professionals who wish to broaden or reorient their career in the field of international trade and investment.
- Business people who wish to further professionalise their knowledge and skills.

Added value

The postgraduate in International Trade and Investment offers you:
- A worldwide unique and specialized curriculum of 66 ECTS.
- A versatile programme that deals with the various aspects of international trade and investment.
- Practical orientation in order to maximize the professional success of its graduates.
- A transcontinental programme in international business. Students have the option to study in Washington D.C. and/or Shanghai.
- Internship services: an internship tutor assists the students in writing application letters, preparing for the interviews and identifying internship placements.
- Career services.

Attainment targets

Graduates will be able to:
- understand the full picture of international trade and investment (legal, fiscal, insurance, VAT, required documents, finance, insurance,…)
- develop international business (export, import, international investment, M&A, international alliance formation)
- compete on the international project market (international tendering) and/or offering consultancy in this field
- understand international business strategy
- protect intellectual property rights
- conduct international negotiations
- lobby at national and international level
- deploy the necessary skills needed within international business
- deploy the proper attitudes required within international business
- operate within an international context
- understand the jargon of international business development
- detect business opportunities
- draft reports on a country’s various economic sectors (market reports or industry reports)
- discuss economic diplomacy and international business with business people, diplomats, bankers, consultants, legal advisers and lawyers.

International opportunities

The Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment is a transcontinental programme.

In the second semester, students have the following possibilities:

Following 18 ECTS in Washington D.C.
Following 18 ECTS in Shanghai
Following 9 ECTS in Washington D.C. and 9 ECTS in Shanghai

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To succeed in the modern world businesses need managers with the skills and knowledge of how to trade on the international stage. Read more
To succeed in the modern world businesses need managers with the skills and knowledge of how to trade on the international stage. The added element of law in this course allows you to study the core business disciplines such as strategic business management, accounting and finance, within a legal and regulatory framework.

As you develop your knowledge of business and law in an international context, you will gain the attributes to contribute to the global business strategy of organisations and resolve international business problems.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Why choose this course?

• Study legal and regulatory problems through collaborative activities, and investigate the critical application of legal theory to international business
• Explore the inter-relationship between law and business, and take the opportunity to consider and resolve legal and regulatory problems through collaborative activities
• Develop your knowledge of key strategic and operations such as accounting and finance, investment treaty arbitration, international business competencies and strategic management within an international context.
• Study the theory of international business and apply it to solve real business problems through our employability practice approach to teaching and learning
• Gain the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career as a Trading Executive, Product Manager, Business Development Manager, Buyer or in related role within Financial and Legal Services

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-business-with-law#about

Course detail

On this International Business with Law course, you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.

Our courses are designed engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

• Accounting and Finance
• Investment Treaty Arbitration
• Intercultural Business Competencies
• Strategic Management

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand International Business with Law in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.

Career

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:

• Financial and Legal Services
• Product Managers
• Trading Executives
• Buyers
• Business Development Managers

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Enhance your career prospects with our MSc in International Finance and Investment, which allows you to develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment. Read more
Enhance your career prospects with our MSc in International Finance and Investment, which allows you to develop the analytical and evaluative skills essential for success within the field of finance and investment.

Internships

Newcastle Business School has a long and hugely successful record in placing students in internships across the UK and, indeed, all over the world. We know from experience that internships bring a range of benefits – they make students more employable because they can talk about actually doing business rather than just studying it, and they tend to get better final results because they have a real context for their study of business and find inspiration for their Master’s project in the work environment. At the same time students provide a real benefit to the host companies who appreciate fresh insights to their business and gain a greater appreciation of the benefits that graduates can bring to their organisation.

Business Clinic

Newcastle Business School operates its own Business Clinic to provide consultancy services to businesses and organisations in the region. Working full-time in the clinic offers the chance to explore a variety of businesses and help them embrace new opportunities. Whether assisting a business to develop an internet marketing strategy or investigating international market opportunities for a new product, you will develop skills in quickly getting to understand a business issue, work in teams, research the issues and prepare and present a professional set of recommendations. This is an amazing opportunity to assimilate skills developed in the classroom.

Learning Experience

The MSc in International Finance and Investment is designed to meet the needs of students who are at the beginning of a career in the field of finance. The aim of the course is to enable you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of international investment and finance and thus expand your career options by combining the knowledge from previous degree with a specialised Masters qualification.

The course will equip you with the specialised skills required to implement finance and econometric theory in areas such as quantitative analysis, financial research, international financial markets and institutions, investment, derivatives and risk management. The course is designed to build on the transferable skills important for employment in the areas of business finance, banking, financial markets, investment and quantitative finance research.

Assessment forms an integral part of your learning experience. You will be assessed through essays, presentations and exams. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation. This is supported significantly through the core, non-credit bearing Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods module, and by an academic supervisor with relevant expertise in the subject. Alternatively you could complete a Masters’ Consultancy Project. This would give you a thorough introduction to essential management concepts, tools, functions and disciplines enabling you to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed.

Learning environment

For core modules, you will be taught in lectures, workshops and computer labs environments where the application of technology is very much at the centre of your learning experience. The Developing Global Management Competencies module exposes you to various MS Office applications, ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, MS Project, various SAS applications and Google Analytics.

Module Overview
Year One
AF7004 - Financial Econometrics and Forecasting I (Core, 20 Credits)
AF7005 - Financial Econometrics and Forecasting II (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0492 - International Financial Markets and Institutions (Core, 20 Credits)
MN0493 - Investments and Risk Management (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0470 - Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0479 - Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX9740 - Masters’ Internship (Optional, 60 Credits)

Research rich learning

Our academics undertake practice relevant research in a range of applied subject areas, enabling us to interpret developments in what is a very fast changing subject field. You are encouraged to undertake enquiry based learning, where you will be co-creators of your own knowledge and learning and also develop research, enquiry and team working skills.

Give your career an edge

You will receive a wealth of employment support as part of your Masters study. Core to this process is the two-part module Developing Global Management Competencies. This module aims to prepare you to be highly employable, enabling you to demonstrate your ability to make an immediate impact on any organisation you join after graduation.

Your future

You will leave Newcastle Business School highly knowledgeable about the theory and practice of international finance and investment, with the ability to act and think strategically, well equipped to begin the next stage of your career.

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In the Global Business Management program, you gain the skill set to embark on a borderless career. The two-year program, facilitated by the School of Business, delivers a unique blend of management and international concepts to train you to effectively lead in the global business environment. Read more
In the Global Business Management program, you gain the skill set to embark on a borderless career.

The two-year program, facilitated by the School of Business, delivers a unique blend of management and international concepts to train you to effectively lead in the global business environment.

Global Business Management courses cover core business topics such as project management and business communications to ensure you can navigate any business environment. In addition to specialized global business topics, you gain knowledge in:
-Financial and managerial accounting
-International business law
-International entrepreneurship and innovation
-Global business research and analysis
-International business planning
-Operations management
-International marketing
-International sales and negotiation
-International finance and banking
-Management and leadership
-Project management
-Human resources management
-Corporate social responsibility and international development
-Business networking

To help you retain information, you learn these topics in small seminar classes, listen to lectures by guest speakers, partake in external competitions and industry visits, present research reports and more.

Upon graduation from the Global Business Management program, you will have the skills and knowledge to confidently pursue entry-level management roles. Your knowledge and practical skills will be transferable across several industries.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-The Global Business Management program challenges you to grow and make connections through various networking opportunities throughout the program.
-Students who are successful in the program possess strong analytical and numeracy skills, are highly organized with an ability to plan and prioritize, thrive under pressure and have the ability to meet deadlines.
-Successful graduates develop strong interpersonal skills, are innovative problem solvers and decision makers, are comfortable working within a team environment, and have a willingness to learn new things.
-International students who successfully complete Centennial’s Global Business Management program may be eligible to apply for a work permit (up to three years) upon graduation.

Professional Associations
Upon successful completion of the Global Business Management program, you may be eligible for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation, in accordance with the process prescribed by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). You are also eligible for the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) certificate, in accordance with the process prescribed by CIFFA. Please visit the organizations' websites for more information on these designations.

You will be exempted from the academic requirements leading to the Certified in Management (CIM) professional designation. After graduation from this School of Business program, you will have met all of the requirements for the CIM designation once you have completed two years of managerial work experience. For complete information, please visit http://www.cim.ca/prodev/accredited.

Please note: These designations and credentials will incur costs in addition to the regular tuition.

Career Outlook
-Entrepreneur in import/export
-Product broker
-International marketing manager
-Foreign investment analyst
-Logistics/transportation manager
-Corporate social responsibility manager
-Commercial bank officer
-Customs broker
-Trade representative
-Business consultant

Areas of Employment
-International business development
-International development
-Importing
-International services such as consulting and education
-Exporting
-Small to medium-sized international entrepreneurship and innovation
-Trade and investment
-Global management
-Customs brokerages
-Global logistics/transportation
-Business consulting
-Non-profit and government sectors
-Freight forwarding

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To succeed in the modern world businesses need managers with the skills and knowledge of how to trade on the international stage. Read more
To succeed in the modern world businesses need managers with the skills and knowledge of how to trade on the international stage. You will study the core business disciplines such as strategic management, accounting and finance, global brand communications and reputations and international business competencies.

As you develop your knowledge of business in an international context, you will gain the attributes to contribute to the global business strategy of organisations and resolve international business problems.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Why choose this course?

• Study aspects of strategic and operations management such as global supply chain management and international marketing through collaborative activities within a wide international business perspective.
• Gain advanced knowledge of organisations together with the theory of international business and apply it to solve real business problems through our employability practice approach to teaching and learning.
• Develop your knowledge of key strategic and operations such as accounting and finance, investment treaty arbitration, international business competencies and strategic management within an international context.
• Benefit from a course that inspires teamwork and engagement to contribute to ethical and innovative practice.
• Gain the knowledge and skills required for a career as a Trading Executive, Product Manager, Business Development Manager or Buyer or further your existing management career by achieving a leadership position in your current organisation.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-business#about

Course detail

On this course you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules (unit order depends on your start date):

• Accounting and Finance
• Brand Communication and Reputation Management
• Intercultural Business Competencies
• Strategic Management

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand International Business in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.

Careers

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:

• Business Analysts
• Product Managers
• Trading Executives
• Buyers
• Business Development Managers
• Financial Services

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This MSc Business Management course is focused on your career. With this master’s degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. Read more
This MSc Business Management course is focused on your career. With this master’s degree accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) you will be ready for a successful international career with a commercial or not-for-profit organisation.

On this MSc Business Management course you will learn to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of business related issues. You will develop suitable responses to these problems and be able to select the most appropriate course of action. You can focus your studies on one of three areas: Entrepreneurship, Marketing or Corporate Social Responsibility.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/business-management-january/

Why choose this course?

- Employability: You will develop the skills, knowledge and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Upon graduating you will be eligible for Chartered Management status from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the hallmark of any professional manager. We emphasise developing your CV and interview skills through the support of our Careers Centre.

- Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Business Management and has received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond.

- Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world’s great centres of learning, it is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city full of history and beautiful buildings. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available.

- Student support: As a student you will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate study and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies.

Teaching and learning

Much of the teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a team through structured group assignments.

Teaching staff at the Business School are researchers and/or from an industry background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research bodies provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, oral exams (viva) and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments, but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

The Business School Postgraduate Centre has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including more than 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and examination papers.

Field trips

By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.

Careers

You will graduate with highly relevant knowledge, as well as practical experiences on how to manage different functional units in organisations.

Many of our graduates find managerial positions at a wide range of organisations, including companies producing fast moving commercial goods, airlines, financial institutions, retail giants and charities.

Examples of these employers include: Deutsche Telekom, Deloitte, Oxfam, BASF Group, Kautex Unipart, Raiffeisen Bank, Revolution Insurance, American Business Conferences, Consilio Global.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

Research within the department of Business and Management brings together corporate strategy, competitive strategy, growth strategies, global business, international trade and foreign direct investment with subjects that focus on leadership, culture, motivation, practices, strategic human resource management and the management of the globalisation process.

Research in this department is grouped around two clusters: International Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations and Organisation Studies.

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MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. Read more
MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in information and communications technologies, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension of strategy.

Most, if not all, companies require internationalisation strategies, be they simple export or franchising arrangements, or complex and risky international joint ventures and/or foreign direct investment. These activities all require an understanding of the international business environment, which you will gain by studying this programme.

The strategy component of this degree will give you the knowledge and skills required to analyse companies’ strategic situations and to solve complex strategic problems. The international business component of the degree will develop your ability to assess and develop internationalisation strategies and operations, as well as your skills in international and cross-cultural management.

International exchange opportunities
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will further enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-International Business Strategy
-International Business
-Strategic Management
-Advanced Topics in Strategy
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four optional modules from the list that follows, subject to pre-requisites:*):
*Students who select Business Finance must also select International Finance
**Students who select Marketing Management must also select International Marketing Management
***Management Consultancy as Practice is core for students undertaking client/consultancy based dissertations

-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance*
-International Finance*
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-People & World Organisations
-Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
-Marketing Management**
-International Marketing Management**
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-Management of Innovation
-Advanced Topics in International Business
-Economic Environment of Business
-Management Consulting***

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also complete a year-long dissertation project, in collaboration with your selected supervisor, an expert in your chosen field. You can choose to undertake a specialist topic dissertation or a consultancy-based project. Both options can be based either in qualitative or quantitative data and primary or secondary (desk-based) data.

Personal Development
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

Career opportunities

The unique combination of strategy and international business in this programme will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in a managerial position or as a consultant in any sector. It is also a suitable first step should you wish to pursue a research or academic career in strategy or international business. Recent graduate positions include:
-Business Development Consultant – Boilerhouse Media (UK)
-Business Process Analyst – Jaguar Land Rover
-Consultant – Deloitte (Spain)
-Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Transformation Consultant – Cap Gemini Consulting (Germany).

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston.

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This postgraduate programme brings theory to life through its exciting work placement element and applied learning focus, enabling participants to apply acquired knowledge and competencies in a real-world workplace environment. Read more

What is the Masters about

This postgraduate programme brings theory to life through its exciting work placement element and applied learning focus, enabling participants to apply acquired knowledge and competencies in a real-world workplace environment.

This programme equips graduates with the attributes required by business, to make an immediate contribution to the organisation through the work placement experience element of the programme.

The Industrial Placement is of four months duration, from May to August, and will afford the student a unique opportunity to implement and reflect on the theories learned on the programme. It will complement the student’s education and broaden the skill set. A range of multi-national companies, together with large and medium indigenous enterprises have agreed to be part of the placement process. Work placement is recognised by prospective employers and students alike as being a very sought after aspect of an academic programme.

The other new aspect of this programme is the module ‘Communication for Professional Life’. As communication skills are generally deemed an integral element of enquiry-based learning, this module will prepare graduates for executive and leadership scenarios which require negotiation and persuasive expertise and ability with the written word.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
In a job market increasingly featuring primary honours degree holders, this Masters Programme with its work experience element significantly increases the graduates’ chances of recruitment by highly attractive employers. The MB is aimed at producing creative, flexible and dynamic individuals, who can take up or enhance roles as business practitioners in the business environment in Ireland or overseas. A Master of Business is an internationally recognized qualification and opens the door to many careers.

What subjects will I study?
Leadership & Strategy
Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility
Research Methods
Financial Analysis & Investment Appraisal
Dissertation
Strategic Marketing Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
Communications for Professionals
Work Placement

Exit Award:
The MB and Postgraduate Diploma (Embedded Exit Award) programmes are designed for graduates of Bachelor of Business Honours Degrees (Level 8) or equivalent. Students who successfully complete 60 credits of the MB programme will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Level 9) should they opt to leave the programme.

What are the entry requirements

Graduates of programmes in Engineering, Science, Design and other disciplines are required to have completed the Higher Diploma in Business in Management (Level 8) or equivalent to be eligible for admission to the MB programme.

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Criteria to be considered will include academic qualifications, recognition of prior learning and or the applicant’s performance in GMAT or equivalent. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

For non-native English speakers: IELTS (6.0) or equivalent is required.

Graduate Profile:
Liviu Claudiu Dosoftei | Masters in Business

My name is Liviu, and I have successfully graduated from the Master of Business Programme. If you’re wondering how to wisely spend one year of your life, I strongly recommend that you enrol for the MB (Master of Business) Programme available at Institute of Technology Carlow. It will be the place where all the long hours of study and the tremendous effort you put in during the Bachelor Degree will start to make sense. To me, it did reveal whole new ways and a few different perspectives from which I now analyse a business. Being able to acquire a Master Degree is hugely important for my future as well as for my personal development. Therefore, I have no second thoughts in recommending the MB Programme to all of you interested in expanding your knowledge in the business area.

For further information contact

Martin Meagher
BComm, MBA, FCA, MA
Head of Department
e:
t: 059-9175303

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