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Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. Our MSc Global Marketing gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you. Read more

Modern business is increasingly global - and we have designed a programme to match. Our MSc Global Marketing gives you the comprehensive knowledge, expertise and skills you need to build a successful career in international business and make a positive impact on the world around you.

Drawing on GCU's close relationship to industry, we'll help you develop new insight into the cross-cultural challenges you'll face in today's global environment - and how to address them. You'll discover how technology can help you develop sustainable marketing practices, better understand consumer behaviour and plan marketing, branding and communication strategies. You will study marketing in both theory and practice, for a world-class education built on GCU's decades of academic and professional experience in the field.

As part of our welcoming, open and diverse GCU community, you'll also be in the ideal place to launch a marketing career that is globally engaged and socially responsible - truly serving the common good.

What you will study

Global Marketing Strategy

Considers the challenges that organisations face in the contemporary global B2B and B2C marketplace and explores strategic options internationally. Adopting a strategic marketing planning perspective this module will equip students with the necessary tools, skills and insights to generate a comprehensive, cohesive and congruent strategic marketing plan to take an organisation global.

Product and Service Innovation and Global Logistics

Examines the interconnection of an entrepreneurial mind-set and its role in the process of product and service innovation in a private, public or third sector. By critically appraising effective and responsible marketing solutions for sourcing and global logistics, students will develop a portfolio of how to take their innovation to market and realise its benefits internationally.

Developing Personal and Professional Competence

Enables students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. Students will be given the opportunity to undertake an internship, volunteer, study abroad or take part in desk based consultancy. Students will be invited to apply the concepts of personal and professional development to what they are experiencing outside the classroom in order to be better prepared for their personal and professional life.

Consumer-Led Sustainable Marketing

Delivers a critical, in-depth understanding of consumer-led sustainable marketing practices. Students are introduced to the concept of customer insight and its role in marketing decision-making. The module evaluates the psychological, social and economic roots of the discipline of consumer behaviour and relates these to contemporary consumers.

Global Branding and Integrated Marketing Communications

Provides students with a critical understanding of how a brand may be marketed via digital communications and placed within the global marketplace. Various sectors including fashion, luxury, travel, entertainment and technology are explored while providing students with an in depth understanding of branding theory.

Research Project: Design and Methods

Introduces students to research approaches, time and project management skills essential for their dissertation and similar tasks in the future. The module provides essential knowledge of research design across key areas and adopts a critical perspective in comparing and contrasting alternative research models.

Dissertation

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a relevant area of marketing which could become the starting point of your career in global marketing

Your career

You'll graduate from our career-focused programme ideally positioned to create innovative marketing solutions in a variety of sectors - from fashion to travel, entertainment to technology. Our alumni pursue rewarding careers and create meaningful change in the UK and internationally.



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In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe. Read more

In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe.

This Masters degree, designed for recent graduates and early career supply chain professionals, combines the latest thinking and developments in management, international business and supply chain management allowing you to develop a critical insight into how organisations operate in the global environment. 

Your modules will equip you with an understanding of advanced theories and the practical methods needed to analyse emerging issues in global supply chains, alongside developing your professional skills. You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners, providing hands-on, analytics and problem-solving skills.

Academic excellence

The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR) is one of several leading research centres at Leeds University Business School. The centre focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Research aims to benefit students, academic researchers, policy/decision makers, management consultants, public and business managers, and wider society.

We also have partnerships with over 200 academic and business institutions worldwide. Senior figures with expertise in a range of management disciplines are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures to our students, academics and local business leaders.

Course content

This course will introduce you to the key aspects of supply chain management and place them in a wider business context. The modules lay the foundations that will allow you to expand your knowledge in supply chain management, international business and management studies.

You'll focus on the problem-solving element of operations and supply chain management, and at the same time gain an awareness of key theories in international business, supply chain management and management studies. You’ll focus on managing and designing value chain networks and global logistics. You'll also develop practical techniques and a critical awareness of international strategic management, as well as an understanding of organisational behaviour. You’ll explore systems thinking to understand how individual elements contribute to a bigger problem and take further modules designed to build your professional skills.

All of these aspects of your studies come together in your dissertation, in which you’ll conduct research on a topic of your choice in depth to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Behaviour in Organisations 15 credits
  • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • International Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • International Business Theory 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Supply Chain Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods tohelp you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this courseallowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research andcritical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

The pace of globalisation means there is increasing need for graduates with knowledge and capability in managing international business and global supply chains.

As a graduate of this course, you will have the skills to pursue any role involving import/export or negotiations with international suppliers. You will be equipped to pursue opportunities within multinational organisations, companies involved in sourcing and delivering products globally, management consultancies connecting global firms, or as an entrepreneur looking to develop a global business. Our recent graduates work for a range of organisations including Tesco, Ikea, DP World, Deloitte and IBM.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. Read more

The business of fashion is a global, cultural and economic force shaped by creative professionals who share a passion for innovative customer-centric solutions. The fashion marketplace requires senior managers who can seamless bring together material resources, human capital, and commercial vision to produce a personalised customer offering.

This programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading fashion retailers, represents a new direction in the integration of fashion retail management, fashion marketing, international consumer behaviour and supply chain planning. Its unique structure allows you to study at both the internationally renowned School of Design and Leeds University Business School, one of the top departments of its kind in the world. This means you'll have the opportunity to gain the varied knowledge and skills needed to for a managerial career in the exciting, dynamic and internationally-oriented fashion sector.

Specialist facilities

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at the School of Design. You’ll be able to develop your practice in well-equipped studios and purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your skills on both PC and Mac. There are computer-aided design (CAD) suites with access to the latest design software and some of the latest design technology, such as digital printing and laser cutting facilities, and colour analysis/prediction labs, EEG/eye-tracking technology and digital photography.

We also have an impressive range of resources you can use for research. We house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history, offering a fascinating insight into the changing nature of our culture over time.

Course content

  • The cultural reception, dissemination, promotion and eventual disposal of a fashion product within international markets involves an astoundingly complex chain of activities. This programme allows you to develop a unique blend of management skills, master analytical tools and customer marketing techniques in order to understand and shape global retail operations.
  • You’ll study six compulsory modules in total, covering fashion marketing, retailing and a specialised fashion dissertation in the School of Design, and the management of logistics, supply chains and understanding global consumers in Leeds University Business School. You’ll also study two from a selection of fashion-based optional modules, allowing you the flexibility to specialise in an area of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

COMPULSORY MODULES

Fashion Marketing 15 credits

Dissertation Global Fashion Management 60 credits

Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits

Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits

Consumer Behaviour Across Cultures 15 credits

OPTIONAL MODULES

Fashion Industry Analysis 15 credits

Sustainability and Fashion 15 credits

Textile Consultancy and Management 15 credits

Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Fashion Management MA in the course catalogue


Learning and teaching

This programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group discussions. The modules will utilise methods of learning, teaching and assessment which are appropriate to Masters level study, such as group discussions, presentations, and report writing. Although a proportion of the contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis will also be placed upon the use of group and independent learning. Discussion and interactive sessions will encourage you to critically examine key elements of fashion retail and management further. You will have the opportunity to hear from external academic and professional speakers from the fashion and retail business world, and it may be possible to participate in retail colloquiums.

Assessment

You'll be assessed by a variety of methods. Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to enhance and confirm your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms including: coursework assignments, reports, group work, presentations, examinations and the dissertation. You are encouraged to consider and discuss your work in tutorials using multiple assessment criteria related to modules Including, originality and appropriateness of concepts and treatments, communication strategy, project management, organisation, comprehension and professionalism.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of this programme means that you’ll have the chance to develop a unique blend of skills including management, analytical tools and customer marketing techniques. This will allow you to understand and shape global retail operations by managing multinational fashion organisations, international retail, foreign market entry, and global supply chains and value chains.

On graduating you'll be equipped to thrive in either further study or a diverse range of career paths. The knowledge you’ll have gained will make you especially employable in careers throughout the fashion value chain, including fashion buying, fashion marketing, fashion public relations, merchandising and logistics management, management of the product development process, retail or brand management, product sourcing and supply chain management, and e-commerce.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.




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Taught in both English and French over two years, this course develops in-depth knowledge of European local and regional food production, its economic and environmental impact and how these foods can be marketed to a global consumer. Read more
Taught in both English and French over two years, this course develops in-depth knowledge of European local and regional food production, its economic and environmental impact and how these foods can be marketed to a global consumer. Students learn how to develop and market food products whose typical features are the result of various factors such as geographical origin, history and the culture of a country or region. Students will acquire scientific and technical knowledge to develop these food products as well as skills to promote and market them.

The course

Harper Adams has been involved in the education and training of food industry undergraduates and graduates for many years. Selected by a European consortium of universities to be their UK partner institution Harper Adams offers a PgC in Agricultural Management for the Food Supply Industries to students enrolled on the European Masters in regional Food Production and Global Marketing and spending a proportion of their studies at Harper Adams. This PgC award forms part of the European MSc programme which is awarded and managed by ESA University in Angers, France. Harper Adams is very proud to be part of the European Masters in Regional Food Production Global Marketing course to its portfolio. Based on extensive food industry experience across Europe and current industry contact, this course addresses many of the contemporary issues facing the European food industry. It is designed to meet the requirements of those wishing to join the food industry at management level with accelerated career progression.

Taught in both English and French over two years, this course develops in-depth knowledge of European local and regional food production, its economic and environmental impact and how these foods can be marketed to a global consumer. Students learn how to develop and market food products whose typical features are the result of various factors such as geographical origin, history and the culture of a country or region. Students will acquire scientific and technical knowledge to develop these food products as well as skills to promote and market them. The learning method builds upon close links between the teaching staff of partner universities and the food industry to design a course addressing the challenges of marketing local and regional products on a global scale.

How will it benefit me?

The course aims to develop student knowledge of food production through sustainable agriculture, sourcing, manufacturing and marketing across many different food product categories in relation to country specific considerations and the global market. In so doing it produces students with specialist knowledge who learn to apply this through industry case studies and a professional project. Students are placed in production companies, trading companies, consultancy firms, technical or research institutions, laboratories or certification bodies in the final semester. The combination of in-depth knowledge and practical application makes for highly employable individuals.

To find out more visit http://www.masterfoodidentity.com

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This programme is designed for those who want to work in supply chain engineering, management and logistics. It provides the essentials of management theory and practice, whilst increasing the depth and scope of your technical engineering knowledge. Read more
This programme is designed for those who want to work in supply chain engineering, management and logistics. It provides the essentials of management theory and practice, whilst increasing the depth and scope of your technical engineering knowledge.

The programme focuses on the supply chain in its entirety, how to construct it, set up operations, manage the input, control operations, and distribute the end product. It opens up the key issues of supply chain management and introduces you to the modern approaches to doing business in this context, teaching you to evaluate, manage and enhance the supply network.

You will be taught jointly by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Business School and will study alongside students from all around the world, who have come to Exeter from a diverse range of business and engineering backgrounds.

Successful completion of the programme will equip gradates with a range of skills applicable to many areas, most notably manufacturing and service companies, particularly for roles with responsibility for the supply chain, purchasing, logistics, procurement, materials and engineering management.

Programme Structure

This programme is modular and consists of eight core engineering, business and management focussed modules totalling 165 credits, and one 15-credit option module.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Manufacturing Supply Chain Management; Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise; Principles of International Business; Managing Operations; Sustainable Engineering; Purchasing & Supply Chain Management; Research Methodology and Supply Chain MSc Project.

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are as follows; Sustainable Enterprise Economy and Global Sourcing and Logistics Management.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation. It has have particular value in developing transferable skills development including management skills, communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these skills will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management is basically about planning and controlling the activities of a company in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities to the right customer at the right time to the right price. Read more
Logistics and Supply Chain Management is basically about planning and controlling the activities of a company in order to secure that the right product is delivered in the right quantities to the right customer at the right time to the right price.

Though at first glance, this may sound easy, it is of course a challenging task. Furthermore, it is not enough just to be a good planner, it is also important to understand how various business processes must be in place in order to support a well functioning supply chain.

The programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge about

- Methods for planning and controlling flows of goods and information in a supply chain. This includes a solid understanding of how to develop the necessary IT based tools.
- How to design a strategy for Supply Chain Management.

The courses of the programme will provide you with analytical skills that enable you to appraise, systematically structure and analyse the possible solutions to complex logistical problems. The teaching form of the programme encourages student participation and this in combination with the final thesis work will provide you with self-management and communication skills.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Prerequisite courses
In the first semester you follow the prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme.

In Research Methods in Logistics you are introduced to the research traditions in the field of logistics, in particular how Operations Research can and should be used.

In Advanced Excel you will get beyond basic Excel knowledge as you will also be introduced to simulation by use of Crystal Ball and to Visual Basic programming.

In Simulation: Modelling and Analysis you will be acquainted with the discrete event simulation methodology and how this can be applied for solving logistical problems.

In Optimisation Methods you acquire basic knowledge about how to model and solve optimisation problems.

In Production Planning and Control you get knowledge about the methodologies that are the foundation of the production planning modules in any ERP system.

Supply Chain Management: Strategy and Design will focus on high-level supply chain strategies and concepts but also provide you with an understanding of the role quantitative models play for doing a supply chain analysis.

Specialisation courses
In the second semester you follow the specialisation courses of the programme.

In Demand Management the students learn tools for forecasting and learn to understand the relationship between forecasts and planning within the company.

In Global Sourcing Strategic focus is on business relations between buyers and sellers on the industrial market. The students will learn to analyse this relationship and to develop well-founded possible solutions for complex problems within the subject area.

In Inventory Control the students get a solid understanding of issues about allocation and dimensioning of inventories in a supply chain.

Distribution and Transportation will be focused on how to solve practical logistical problems within the fields of transportation and Distribution Planning.

Supply Chain Performance Management deals with how decision making units in a supply chain can track their strategic focus while controlling that operations are lean and agile. Essential elements are the roles of key performance indicators (KPIs) and score card tools , as well as the links to issues in management accounting and financial performance measurement.

In Project Management with Accounting Perspectives the student will learn about the qualitative as well as the quantitative issues regarding the management of projects.

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 200 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and in this way get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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The current business environment is now truly global with distribution and supply chains stretching across the globe. Read more
The current business environment is now truly global with distribution and supply chains stretching across the globe.

Taking centre stage is Logistics, recognised as a distinct and strategically important function of international business, and key to supporting international trade, stimulating economic growth and enhancing business efficiency.

The MSc International Business Logistics is an exciting course for those wishing to enter this very dynamic environment. It helps students to prepare for work within the global logistic and supply chain industry in areas such as sourcing, transportation, inventory management, production planning and distribution.

Through a combination of taught modules, guest lectures, field trips and an internship/dissertation project, students have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to address the managerial challenges and opportunities facing businesses within their logistics and supply chain operations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The MSc International Business Logistics focuses on international businesses and the management of their logistics and supply chain operations. The programme is therefore very business centric and students are taught fundamental and emerging concepts in supply chain management and logistics from a strategic business perspective.

In addition to taught modules, students have the opportunity to do a dissertation which matches specific career aspirations. Alternatively, the students have the opportunity to undertake a company internship (subject to meeting the criteria ) which provides the opportunity to apply skills and management theory in carrying out real projects in logistics and supply chain management for host organisations.

The course also offers a module on project management which can lead to the Prince2 foundation certificate in project management (subject to passing the required exam), used extensively by the UK Government and widely recognised in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will be given the opportunity to:
-Develop an understanding of current issues and recent developments in international business logistics and supply chain management
-Acquire the knowledge, skills and tools required to successfully manage logistic and supply chain activities
-Study both practical and theoretical concepts of international logistics and supply chain management at an advanced level
-Develop and enhance skills and knowledge acquired through previous study and experience, and develop a foundation for future advanced academic and professional careers with logistics or related industries
-Enhance transferable and professional skills towards improving employment and career prospects

The Mandatory (Compulsory) subjects are:
-Global Supply Chain and Logistics
-Quality Management and Business Excellence
-Business Process Integration
-Transportation and Distribution Management
-Demand Planning and Forecasting
-Strategic Outsourcing and Procurement
-International Business and Global Strategy
-Project Management Methodologies

In addition, you will need to complete 1 of the following options:
-Dissertation
-Postgraduate Consultancy Project (subject to meeting the criteria1)

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Growth in the global economy continues to drive demand within the labour market for academically qualified business logistics professionals with the high level skills to respond to and remedy supply chain issues and challenges.

The MSc International Business Logistics helps prepare students for an executive management career in the area of international business logistics and supply chains. Students will likely pursue careers in multinational companies, overseas trade and international organisations, leading and managing supply chain and/or logistics activities in a global/international context.

Graduates will take up jobs within a range of sectors including the financial, transport and communications, retailing and distribution, manufacturing and energy as well as not-for-profit sectors of society.

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the International Business Logistics MSc degree, students have the option of enrolling on the internship programme (Postgraduate Consultancy Project), subject to satisfying the assessment criteria. This module normally lasts between 8–12 weeks and provides students with an opportunity to undertake a workplace project on behalf of an organisation.

Coventry University Business School works closely with companies across the UK and Europe to offer a wide variety of internships.
Students must successfully meet the following assessment criteria:
-Academic: successful completion of all Semester 1 modules including research methods at the first attempt
-CV short-listing: submit a CV which will be used for competitive short-listing by the internship panel
-Presentation: prepare and successfully deliver a formal presentation
-Interview: interview with the university internship panel

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures

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The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) at Audencia Business School prepares you for an exciting career in a field that is strategic to any company today. Read more

About the Course

The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) at Audencia Business School prepares you for an exciting career in a field that is strategic to any company today. We offer a truly international experience and global view – with a unique approach that brings together global sourcing and supply chain as well as logistics operations, warehousing and transport management.

- Build your reputation at a top-ranked institution and one of the select few business schools accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA
- Live in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, one of Europe’s most liveable cities and a hub of business and innovation – the ideal place to develop your skills
- Learn in a truly international environment with a global faculty, study abroad option and 69% international student body representing 19 nationalities
- Attract top employers, enjoy personalised career services and complete an internship anywhere in the world

Influential industry leaders from across the globe design and partner with Audencia’s MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) to give you the expertise and skills you need to thrive. Audencia is triple-accredited, highly ranked and internationally oriented. We are known for global responsibility research and teaching – and great career results.

Our main campus is in Nantes, France – widely recognised for quality of life and affordability, and an ideal location for continuous language practice and growing your international professional network. Located at the mouth of the Loire river, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and just two hours from Paris, Nantes is the perfect place to study supply chain and purchasing management. Learn more about life in Nantes.

Course structure

Core Track: The Core Track is for candidates with a four-year degree in business or engineering. This rigorous programme lets you run at full throttle to complete the MSCPM in as little as one academic year, plus a four- to six-month internship.

Extended Track: The Extended Track is for candidates with a three-year degree in any field, or a four-year degree in a field other than management or engineering. This option provides you with the knowledge necessary to follow advanced courses in supply chain and purchasing management during the MSCPM programme.

Fundamentals of Management (Extended Track only)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management. Topics include:

Team Building and Leadership Development
Conflict Management
Data Mining and Knowledge Management
Corporate Strategy Analysis
EU Commercial Relation and Incentive
Cross-cultural and Comparative Management: EU vs US vs Asia
French as a Foreign Language (for international students)
Multilingual project and public speaking for French speakers

Strategic value of supply chain and purchasing management

You will begin with a focused study of supply chain and purchasing management.

Courses may include:

Introduction to Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Purchasing Management
International Business Management
Financial Management for Supply Chain and Purchasing
Logistics Management
Sectoral Approaches
Research Methodology

Project management of sustainable digital sourcing & distribution networks

At this point in the programme, it’s time to deepen your understanding.

Courses in Nantes may include:

Fundamentals in Project Management
Supply Chain Projects Management
Enterprise Systems and its Application to Enterprise Business
Digital Business and Big Data in SCM
CSR On-line Course (on-line material, live sessions, personal individual work)
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Sectoral Approaches II

Courses if studying abroad in Milan may include:

ICT for Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Manufacturing and Quality Management
Strategic Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Demand Management and Forecasting
Skills for Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Sectoral Approaches II

Internship (Worldwide)

We build a required internship into the curriculum, allowing you to develop connections with our vast network of corporate partners in France and abroad, as well as apply your knowledge and skills within your sector and further strengthen your international portfolio.

Examples of companies MSCPM students have interned with include:

Airbus
Chanel
Coca-Cola
Energizer
IKEA
L’Oréal
Samsung
Valeo

Dissertation (Worldwide)

Delve into your real-world international study of a supply chain and purchasing management area that will influence the trajectory of your career. This master’s dissertation (also known as a “thesis” in the US) is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

Optional French language courses

While the MSCPM programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French to your steadily increasing list of qualifications – for work or for fun!

Intensive week for beginners: total duration of 30 hours; total cost of €140 (only available for the September intake; starts about one week before your programme)

Evening classes for beginners: total duration of 15 hours; total cost of €70 (September-December or February-May)

Evening classes for all levels: Audencia’s main campus is situated just across the road from the University of Nantes’ language department. You may choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes there. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching methods emphasise the international aspect of each class and give you the technical, analytical and communication skills required – with 26% of the programme delivered by industry professionals.

International Partner

You may choose to spend your second term at MIP Politecnico di Milano – Graduate School of Business in Milan, Italy, and earn a double degree.

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One third of modules taught by the Business School. Combines modern approaches to business, engineering, management and manufacturing. Read more
  • One third of modules taught by the Business School
  • Combines modern approaches to business, engineering, management and manufacturing
  • International learning for a global market

This programme is designed for those who want to work in supply chain engineering, management and logistics. It provides the essentials of management theory and practice, whilst increasing the depth and scope of your technical engineering knowledge. 

The programme focuses on the supply chain in its entirety, how to construct it, set up operations, manage the input, control operations, and distribute the end product. It opens up the key issues of supply chain management and introduces you to the modern approaches to doing business in this context, teaching you to evaluate, manage and enhance the supply network.

You will be taught jointly by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Business School and will study alongside students from all around the world, who have come to Exeter from a diverse range of business and engineering backgrounds.

Successful completion of the programme will equip graduates with a range of skills applicable to many areas, most notably manufacturing and service companies, particularly for roles with responsibility for the supply chain, purchasing, logistics, procurement, materials and engineering management. 

Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.

MSc International Supply Chain Management consists of eight core engineering, business and management focussed modules totalling 165 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project, and one 15-credit option module.

The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Compulsory modules

Some examples of the compulsory modules are listed here; Manufacturing Supply Chain Management; Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise; Sustainable Engineering; MSc Dissertation; Management Science; Managing Operations; Principles of International Business; Purchasing Supply Chain Management.

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules are listed here; Strategy; Global Sourcing and Logistics Management.



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COURSE DETAIL. The MBA is for those with a minimum of three years early career experience of the fashion industry, which may include internships, work experience and running your own business. Read more

COURSE DETAIL

The MBA is for those with a minimum of three years early career experience of the fashion industry, which may include internships, work experience and running your own business.

Content

The MBA is uniquely focused on the wider fashion sector, enabling participants to broaden their careers beyond their own specific experiences, developing a greater strategic approach, confidence and understanding that can equip them for more senior roles and greater responsibilities.

You will be taught by staff with significant fashion business experience and access to the fashion industry through consultancies and research. LCF maintains close relationships with industry leaders, which underpins the MBA’s curriculum, enabling participants to learn from industry case studies and from sector specialists. This engaging learning experience will provide you with the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills to succeed in a wide variety of fashion enterprises. During the course you will be able to enhance your evaluative, analytical and problem-solving skills by combining growing theoretical knowledge with applied fashion industry knowledge. The MBA also supports students in building important soft skills relevant to career development, including networking skills, communication skills and resilience.

Course units

  • Unit 1 – International Business Strategy, Management and Leadership (20 credits)
  • Unit 2 – Operations 1: Fashion Product Development and Global Sourcing (20 credits)
  • Unit 3 – Fashion Marketing and Consumer Insights (20 credits)
  • Unit 4 – Finance and Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Unit 5 – Operations 2: Servicing Fashion Markets (20 credits)
  • Unit 6 – Innovation & Retail Futures (20 credits)
  • Unit 7 – Project Management and Consultancy Project (60 credits)


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Our MSc International Business programme is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for working effectively across different national contexts in a range of business and management roles. Read more

Our MSc International Business programme is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for working effectively across different national contexts in a range of business and management roles.

Informed by cutting-edge research, you will develop highly sought-after intercultural skills and a global mind-set. This programme prepares you to work confidently and effectively with global partners and enhance organisational performance in today’s global economy.

Being international is seldom a choice but a necessity for companies today. This MSc International Business programme was developed in response to a growing need from employers for business and management graduates with an international perspective, who are capable of operating effectively in a globalised world.

This programme opens up a variety of careers, in roles such as business analyst, sales and marketing executive, country/regional manager, product manager, sourcing manager, negotiator, trading executive, management consultant, and business development manager. You can also use the knowledge developed from this programme to internationalise your own business or family business.

Taught by world class scholars and guest speakers from industry, you will develop a deep understanding of cross-cultural differences, intercultural communication and leadership, internationally distributed collaborations, international human resource management, and international strategic decision-making. You will also develop practical and actionable knowledge of the global business environment, international business negotiations, global sourcing models, international supply chains, global social entrepreneurship and international innovations.

Through the opportunity of a study abroad option or an international virtual team exercise, you will have the chance to develop your own intercultural experience first-hand and to apply your newly acquired knowledge in real-life situations:

  • You can choose to spend the second semester at one of our international partner universities to experience a different cultural and educational environment, and thereby develop fundamental skills of cross cultural adjustment and collaboration.
  • Alternatively, you have the option to take part in ‘X culture’, a large scale, international team project comprising thousands of students and professionals from over 40 countries. Together with students from four to six different countries, you will be working on a real-life business case for several months, and experience the challenges and techniques of international collaborations across cultures, time zones, and organisations.


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See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/mba_program.php. The master of business administration degree provides students with the capabilities for strategic and critical thinking needed for effective leadership in a global economy where creative management of both people and technology is vital. Read more
See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/mba_program.php

The master of business administration degree provides students with the capabilities for strategic and critical thinking needed for effective leadership in a global economy where creative management of both people and technology is vital. The curriculum begins with a solid grounding in the functional areas of business and combines that foundation with the flexibility that allows students to specialize in one or two areas of expertise. In the classroom, students learn the latest theories and concepts, and how they can be immediately applied to solve problems in the workplace.

Plan of study

The MBA program requires 48 credit hours and consists of 16 courses, 11 of which are devoted to core functional areas and five available in concentration areas and as electives.

- Concentrations

An MBA concentration is a sequence of three courses in one discipline, giving you in-depth knowledge in that subject matter. In addition to the program's core courses, at least one area of concentration must be selected to complete the MBA program.

Our most popular MBA concentrations are featured below. Customized concentrations can also be created that leverage graduate courses offered at Saunders, as well as the other RIT colleges, providing a wide array of disciplinary focus areas. While several examples are provided, many possibilities exist. Students may also elect to complete a second concentration, if they choose. A graduate advisor can assist in developing a customized plan of study.

- Accounting

Designed for students planning to enter corporate accounting, this concentration is also an excellent complement to a concentration in finance or management information systems.

- Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship concentration is designed to enable students to recognize and commercialize attractive business opportunities—either by new independent ventures or by established firms seeking growth or rejuvenation. It involves integrating all functions of business (marketing, innovation, finance, accounting, etc.) within one coordinated value-creating initiative.

The concentration requires an applied entrepreneurial learning experience that may be satisfied through either the Field Experience in Business Consulting (MGMT-753) course or an approved commercialization project. These projects may involve students developing their own businesses or working with RIT incubator companies, local start-up firms, or RIT multidisciplinary commercialization projects.

- Environmentally sustainable management

With a goal of familiarizing students with environmentally sustainable business practices, this concentration is attractive to those with an overall interest in understanding how firms can manage social and political demands for more environmentally sustainable products and operations. It may be of particular interest to those students in industries with a significant environmental impact such as the automotive, chemical, energy, transportation, or agricultural industries, where environmental issues are central to operational and strategic decision making.

- Finance

This concentration is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in finance and allow students to choose courses appropriate for a career in investments or corporate finance. Students interested in investments will acquire advanced skills in securities evaluation and portfolio management. Those interested in corporate finance will acquire advanced skills in budgeting, planning, global financing and operations, and corporate risk management.

- International business

This concentration prepares graduates for today's global business environment. Regardless of size, nearly all enterprises operate globally: sourcing, producing, researching, and marketing worldwide. Suppliers and competitors are not only across the street, they are around the globe. Balancing the needs of local, regional, and national communities--and the benefits attained from global competition and cooperation--requires an understanding of the international dimensions of business. Managers and professionals must be able to think, market, negotiate, and make decisions designed for the diversity, complexity, and dynamism that are the hallmarks of global business.

- Management and leadership

Managers need to combine effective leadership with analytical reasoning. The management and leadership concentration provides students with the leadership skills needed to be successful managers in business, nonprofit, and public organizations. Students develop the essential analytical and decision-making skills for today's rapidly changing world. They learn why change is difficult, when to initiate change, and how to introduce and manage change in the workplace. These courses also prepare students for the demands of managing people and projects.

- Management information systems

This concentration enhances students' understanding of modern information systems. It was designed for students who may not have a background in computers or information systems.

- Marketing

The overall process of entering markets, creating value for customers, and developing profit for the firm are the fundamental challenges for today's marketing manager. Effective marketing must consider the target audience, along with the changing business environment and competitive pressures of technological and global challenges. Additionally, digital media, the Internet, and big data continue to drive the development of our global marketplace. Digital marketing is evolving quickly creating an enormous need to understand the implications of these shifts for strategic initiatives in marketing and advertising.

- Operations management and supply chain management

This concentration focuses on providing the knowledge to assist in developing, and implementing, efficient supplier systems in order to maximize customer value. Supply chain management is focused on the coordination of the associated processes required both within a business, as well as across businesses/suppliers, to deliver products and services - from raw materials to customer delivery. In addition to courses covering project management, quality control, process improvement and supply chain management, additional electives allow students to broaden their knowledge base across other relevant operations and supply chain management functions.

- Product commercialization

This concentration targets students who are interested in developing expertise in managing the marketing-related activities required to move new products and services through preliminary business and development stages to a successful launch. The commercialization of new corporate offerings is increasingly important as product life cycles get shorter.

- Quality and applied statistics

This concentration is for students interested in studying the technical aspect of managing quality (i.e., statistical quality control). Students gain an understanding of the basics of statistical process control, quality improvement, acceptance sampling, and off-line quality control techniques such as the design of experiments.

- Technology management

In a constantly changing environment, the ability of an organization to innovate and renew itself is critical if it is to survive and prosper. Technology managers, who are typically responsible for the innovation and application of new technology, are central to the long-term strategy and success of their companies. To manage these processes well, managers need to understand both business and technological perspectives. Co-op or internship experience in high-technology settings may be helpful to students pursuing a specialty in technology management.

- Customized concentration options

In addition to the above concentrations, MBA students may create a customized three-course concentration utilizing graduate courses from Saunders and other RIT colleges. Some examples are listed below, while additional options may be pursued on a case by case basis. To create a customized concentration the approval of a Saunders College graduate advisor is needed, and course prerequisites may apply.

- Communication and media technologies

Communication, and the technologies for message creation and dissemination, is at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. This concentration, offered by the College of Liberal Arts, prepares students for careers as communication experts in commerce, industry, education, entertainment, government, and the not-for-profit sector.

- Health systems administration

Specifically designed for students employed in the health care environment, this concentration, offered by the College of Applied Science and Technology, introduces up-to-date, industry-relevant content that is continually developed in response to the changing health care environment. All courses in this concentration are offered online.

- Human resource development

The field of human resource development has grown in both size and importance over the last decade, leading to a higher demand for educated and skilled human resource professionals. This concentration, offered by the College of Applied Science and Technology, provides education in training, and career and organizational development.

- Industrial and systems engineering management

Organizations need individuals who possess a blend of technical and business skills, as well as the integrated systems perspective needed to commercialize complex products and services. This concentration, offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, may be significantly interdisciplinary.

- Information technology

Corporations are aware of the cost savings and performance improvement possible when information technology is applied in a systematic manner, improving organizational information flow, employee learning, and business performance. Information technology includes a mixture of computers and multipurpose devices, information media, and communication technology. Students may choose from the following areas of specialization: Web programming/multimedia, software project management, programming, or telecommunications. This concentration is offered by the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

- Print media

Leadership and management in the print media industry require an understanding of the cutting-edge technology and emerging markets to articulate a corporate vision that encompasses new opportunities and directions. This concentration, offered by the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, is designed to provide a solid technical background in cross-media digital workflow processes and a keen understanding of the issues and trends in the print media industry.

- Public policy

Formulating public policy and understanding its impact are critical, whether you work in government, not-for-profit, or the private sector. This concentration, offered by the College of Liberal Arts, gives students the skills to effectively formulate public policy and evaluate its impact, particularly as related to science and technology issues. The courses focus on policy formation, implementation, and analysis.

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Driven by the rapid growth of global manufacturing and services, the management of global supply chains and logistics have become vital to business success for organisations around the world. Read more

Driven by the rapid growth of global manufacturing and services, the management of global supply chains and logistics have become vital to business success for organisations around the world. This course gives you the knowledge and skills required to manage global supply chains and associated logistics.

This course is suitable for

  • recent graduates aiming a career in rapidly growing logistic and supply chain sectors
  • supply chain practitioners wanting to become specialists or managers
  • engineers and managers needing to develop their knowledge skills in logistics and supply chain management

Developed by academics with extensive research and consultancy experiences, the course covers strategies, management, technology and systems. You learn modern approaches to supply chain management such as lean, six-sigma and operations management which are integral elements of the course. SupplyChainGuru, an award winning modelling platform is used to demonstrate design and operation principles.

In modern supply chains, technology plays a critical role. For example, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now widely used to track shipments through supply chain. This course covers essential technologies required to operate global supply chains which also include warehouse automation and transportation.

Modern IT systems integrate different elements of supply chain to provide the total visibility and information required to drive supply chain operations. The course uses the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, SAP, to demonstrate how modern ERP systems are used to integrate supply chain operations.

As a member of the SAP University Alliance, we use SAP software modules to enhance your learning experience and the course includes a SAP training academy. You also can take examinations at extra cost, which lead to SAP qualifications in one of the world's leading business technologies.

The dissertation project enables you to apply what you learn on the course. The course team has extensive links with the industry, which means it is likely that you will be able to work with a company during your dissertation. It is also possible to work on on-going research projects which are managed by the course team.

You attend a series of guest lectures and industry visits to enhance your learning experience and to make you understand how theories and technologies are used in industry. Guest speakers include supply chain professionals from manufacturing, retail, health, food and pharmaceutical industries.

The courses enhances your career potential by improving your knowledge and skills in

  • the management of logistics and global supply chains
  • supply chain strategies
  • logistics and supply chain design, planning and control techniques required in industry.
  • supply chain technologies which include topics such as warehouse automation and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
  • systems used for integration and modelling aspects of logistics and supply chain in today’s global environment
  • technical and problem solving skills
  • transferable skills sought employers, such as problem solving, team-working and presentation skills

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and offers full exemption from the education requirements for Chartered Membership for graduates achieving an overall average mark of 50% or more.

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Learners who successfully complete this programme and meet the conditions specified may apply for MCIPS, the globally recognised standard for procurement and supply management professionals.

Course structure

Core modules

  • finance and marketing
  • project and quality management
  • strategic sourcing and procurement
  • lean operations and six sigma
  • supply chain modelling and simulation
  • global supply chain and manufacturing strategy
  • warehouse systems and transportation
  • logistics and enterprise information systems

MSc

  • Project and dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • examination
  • coursework
  • project reports

Employability

You gain the knowledge and experience to work as a logistics and supply chain management professional in a range of areas. Graduates of this course can find themselves working for companies such as

• Caterpillar – world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines

• Dematic – the market leader in innovative logistics automation systems

• NYK Logistics – delivers fully integrated logistics solutions tailored to the needs of their customers

• Tuffnells – leading parcel delivery company

Typical graduates roles are • logistics coordinator • supply chain analyst • solutions analyst • supply chain coordinator • demand analyst.

After five years’ experience you can typically move onto management roles in areas such as • warehouse operations • supply chain • inventory • logistics planning.



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We all now operate in a global market place, sourcing labour, logistics, materials, customers, services, products, technology and relationships from a variety of different economies at the same time. Read more

We all now operate in a global market place, sourcing labour, logistics, materials, customers, services, products, technology and relationships from a variety of different economies at the same time. Understanding how business is conducted in different cultures is central to creating successful and sustainable business relationships.

Our MSc in International Management is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and insights to help you achieve a successful and sustainable career in business and management anywhere in the world.

Throughout the programme, you’ll study critical new business areas including business analytics, digital marketing and future trends, also international career management to ensure you develop a firm understanding of conducting business in the global marketplace

We’re committed to ensuring all of our students gain a truly international perspective while studying with us. With that in mind we offer students on our 12 month programme the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions: Mannheim

Business School (Germany), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) or SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy). For more information see the website at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/business/international_management/exchange/

In addition, you will be working alongside fellow students drawn from across the globe, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance your personal learning as you work in groups and individually on projects, presentations and assignments.

In time these fellow students will form part of your future network, enabling you to have future contacts across all five continents. You will learn first-hand how different cultures can approach the same challenge from a variety of different perspectives, each bringing their own unique expertise to the solution.

Whatever options you choose, we will ensure you will leave the programme with a new found confidence and expertise in international management that will enable you to build a successful and sustainable career for the future.

The programme is ideal for students looking to transition into management careers from non-business and finance backgrounds. It is also perfect for those who have studied a business/finance related undergraduate degree and are now looking for specific international perspectives on management adding an additional skill set to their existing skills and knowledge portfolio.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages at http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/.

Programme structure

You can study the programme over either nine months or 12 months.

The 9-month programme;

comprises 12 taught modules, seven of which are compulsory modules, and five of which are selected from optional modules.

The 12-month programme;

comprises ten taught modules, seven of which are compulsory modules, and three of which are selected from a list of optional modules. Students also undertake a dissertation.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation if completing the 12 month variant) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Accounting for International Managers; International Human Resource Management; Principles of International Business; Global Career Management - Theory and Practice; Future Trends; Strategy for International Managers; International Operations Management; Research and Analysis Skills for Business Research.

Optional modules

Some recent examples are as follows; Banking and Financial Services; Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development; Strategic Innovation Management; Purchasing and Supply Chain Management; International Financial Management; Innovating Business Models in Emerging Economies; Marketing Strategy; Sustainable Enterprise Economy; Managing Projects and Programmes of Projects; Global Career Management - Theory and Practice; Service Systems and Operations; Leadership and Global Challenges.

Careers in International Management

This degree programme prepares you for a variety of management roles across a range of sectors and types of organisation. Whether you plan to develop your career in the private or public sector, a multinational or SME, this programme enables you to gain a rich understanding of the current management challenges and trends facing business leaders in the world today.

Whether you plan to move into a specific function (like HR or Operations), or your goal is General Management or consultancy, the

MSc in International Management provides a great launch pad for your future success.

Graduates from this programme have secured roles with a wide variety of organisations including BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Deloitte (India), Singapore Airlines, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, IBM (China), Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Pinjin Asset Management, AXA Insurance (China), Johnson & Johnson (Russia), Apple (China) and Baker Tilly.

Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.

The Careers Camp

The MSc in International Management includes a compulsory, three-day, intensive Careers Camp run in Exeter. During this camp, you will familiarise yourself with the programme, get to know your fellow class mates and begin thinking about your future career. The camp takes place in the second half of Induction Week and consists of taught components, group activities and private reflection time, facilitated by dedicated academic and careers staff, as well as external, team-building specialists.



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Employability & Careers. Graduates from the School’s MSc suite of programmes have proved to be extremely attractive to employers and have entered a wide range of careers including marketing, supply chain management, operations management, accounting and general management. Read more
Employability & Careers

Graduates from the School’s MSc suite of programmes have proved to be extremely attractive to employers and have entered a wide range of careers including marketing, supply chain management, operations management, accounting and general management. Such multinational employers include BAE Submarine Systems, Bombardier Aerospace, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Rolls Royce. Other students have gone on to pursue research towards an MPhil or PhD.

Although the MSc International Business is a new offering, we expect our graduates will be competitive in these range of graduate roles. The programme is specifically designed to equip graduates for work in multinational companies or managing in an international context.

Module Information

Fundamentals of International Business Strategy

This module aims to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the core international business strategy topics and establish the foundation for students to draw on in later modules, such as Business in the World Economy (Semester 2). Topics may include issues related to the international environment (globalisation, theories of international trade and investment, the political environment, and international monetary and financial environment), international business strategy (opportunity assessment and product strategy) and foreign market entry (opportunity assessment and international marketing).

Human Resource Management and Work in the Global Context

The module is designed to give students an advanced appreciation of the changing nature of work, as well as key aspects of international human resource management. This module will focus on three key themes, namely: the nature of changes being placed on work systems due to increased global competition (e.g. cultural difference, employment effects of foreign direct investment); issues of managing across borders and cross-culturally within the modern business organisation (e.g. issues of expatriation); and finally, an understanding of key issues involved in the comparative study of work and work systems (e.g. comparative employment relations).

The Multinational Enterprise

The module aims to familiarise students with the organisational form unique to international business (The Multinational Enterprise), and explore some the advantages enjoyed, and challenges faced, by these firms. The Multinational Enterprise module complements the broader context covered in Fundamentals of International Business Strategy. Topics covered may include the history of MNEs, MNEs as an organisational form, strategic alliances formation, and foreign direct investment.

International Management in Practice

The aim of this module is to increase student understanding of negotiation and problem-solving techniques in the context of international management. Often multinational organisations are portrayed as large, impersonal organisations with the freedom to roam the world. This depiction rarely, if ever, reflects reality. Actions of multinationals are frequently the product of bargains and deals concluded internally or externally with other firms and public agencies. The nature and quality of these bargains have a big influence on how multinationals operate and how they perform. Topics covered may include principles of negotiations, negotiating subsidiary mandate change, negotiating financial packages for inward investment and problem-solving in international supply chains.

Business in the World Economy

This module, in keeping with the tradition of regional and country studies in International Business, seeks to highlight the variety of environments and the diverse influences on the conduct of international business. As such the module will highlight the contingent and interdependent nature of the international environment for firms today. Dividing the global economy into major regions and selecting key national economies, the module analysis each from an institutional perspective at the supra-national, regional and national level, as a potential market and host location, as a sources of international business activity, from a civil society perspective and in terms of the business-government relationship. Typical regions examined include China, Americas, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Global Supply Chains and Logistics

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the structure, operation and challenges inherent in managing global supply chains. Today’s organisations must manage a globally-diffuse supply base and manage the flow of materials and product between suppliers, factories and operating sites. This module provides students with the ability to understand the challenges of operating global supply chains, including developing sourcing strategy, buying from low-cost countries, logistics management, and selection of appropriate transportation and storage modes.

Management Control in International Business

The aim of this module is to equip students to understand and evaluate managerial control systems used in international or multi-divisional organisations and the extent to which those systems effectively enforce control and influence behaviour. The module explores the traditional and contemporary techniques and practices used by managers in controlling the operations of international or multi-divisional businesses. The applicability of techniques and practices to given situations and the impact on participants’ behaviour is explored in the context of improving organisational effectiveness.

Research Methods

This course aims to introduce students to the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of business and management research, as well as to a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques used therein.

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