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Masters Degrees in International Business, China

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This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international… Read more

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deeper understanding and analytical excellence in two fields of increasing importance, international relations and international business, drawing from the combined strengths of UNNC’s School of International Studies and Nottingham University Business School (NUBS). A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas in international relations and international business. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which include world-leading international relations experts focusing on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in both fields, will be trained in research methods, important historical and contemporary cases and hot-button issues, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and international business.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international business, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and international business, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, dimensions of world history, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.

Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and International Business is offered as a one year programme (twelve full months). This degree programme can also be taken in a part time capacity over two years. Students must take 180 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done over the summer for full time students). Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.

Compulsory modules

  • Core Concepts in International Relations and World History
  • Research Methods I
  • International Business Environment
  • China in International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Dissertation

Students must also choose ONE module from this group:

  • Gender: Power and Agency 
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • Politics and History of the Middle East

and ONE module from this group:

  • Managing International Business in China
  • Project Management
  • International Business Strategy

Plus ONE module from this group:

  • Special World History Project
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • Essentials of International Marketing
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • E-Business

Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.



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The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in international business. The programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in various areas of international business. Read more

The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in international business. The programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in various areas of international business.

Programme participants can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on an international topic according to individual interests and career requirements.

This is a 'conversion' masters programme for students without a basic degree in business/management and related areas.

With the global economy increasingly influencing the business world, this MSc programme provides non-business school graduates with a solid foundation in international business theory and practice.

The MSc International Business degree is intended to enable students to:

  • engage in a study of organisations, their management and the changing international external environment in which they operate
  • prepare for and to develop a career in international business and management
  • examine and assess different aspects of the international business environment
  • have cross-disciplinary insights into the operation of international business
  • have a structured programme that allows students to focus upon advanced developments in international business management to meet their specific interests and career aspirations
  • be capable of a critical evaluation of the core business disciplines
  • enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large.

Programme outline

The MSc in International Business is either a full-time degree studied over a period of a calendar year commencing late September or a part-time degree that can be studied over a period of between 2 and 4 years. In each case participants take taught modules and prepare a dissertation. Students without the relevant English proficiency are required to do a Summer pre-sessional programme before gaining entry onto the postgraduate programme.

Classes are in the form of two or three hour teaching/learning sessions that include some small group teaching and study. 

The structure is modular, with individual modules each having a weighting of 15 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 15 credit module represents 150 hours of study. This includes formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180 credits, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 an international management dissertation.

All students undertake core modules relating to international business. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives. These allow the student to focus upon the modules with an international emphasis that is most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.

More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.

Programme structure

Semester 1 modules

  • International Business Environment
  • Business Economics
  • International Accounting

and either

  • Managing Organisations

or

  • Tourism Marketing and Communication

Semester 2 modules

  • International Business Strategy
  • Essentials of International Marketing
  • Research Methods

and one module from the list below:

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Managing International Business in China
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Launching New Ventures
  • E-Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Management for China

Summer

  • Dissertation: International Business

Career options for this degree

This degree offers career opportunities in a variety of careers such as Accountancy, Consultancy, Business Development, Human Resources, IT, Logistics, Marketing, Private Banking, Project Management, Market Research and Sales and Distribution.



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The MSc International Financial Management programme offers an opportunity for graduates from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines to specialise at postgraduate level in international financial management. Read more

The MSc International Financial Management programme offers an opportunity for graduates from a diverse range of undergraduate disciplines to specialise at postgraduate level in international financial management. The programme allows graduates from non-finance disciplines (including sciences, mathematics, engineering, humanities and social sciences) to obtain the requisite knowledge and education to allow them to transfer to a career in finance or related professions. The programme is ideal for those students who seek a career in multinational business, accounting and finance-related business, retail banking, financial markets and many other areas where financial expertise is needed. Graduates of the programme may also go on to consulting careers or further academic study at an advanced level.



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