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International Business - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

University of Salford Salford Business School

Full time & Part time September, January MSc, PgDip, PgCert 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

This course is aimed at students with a background in business or business-related studies, who wish to further their knowledge of international business. Each module emphasises the global nature of business, so you can gain a greater appreciation of cultural, social, political, legal and sustainability factors affecting business.

This is reinforced through a one-week overseas residential study, embedded into the ‘International Business in Practice’ module, which will provide you with insights into aspects of the political, socio-cultural and economic environments of various industries in an international context. There is an additional charge of £1000 to contribute to the costs of this compulsory residential. Read about Cemre's experience in Barcelona as part of the course in

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Hashim Abdusheikh

Hashim did a three month internship as part of their International Business programme. Here he tells us about his experience and what he learnt from it.

"It was a six-month work placement at HMG Paints Ltd, a family business established in 1930, that has grown to become the largest independent paint manufacturer in UK based in Manchester. It produces and supplies a variety of surface coatings across various industries in UK.

"The main aim and objective of the work placement was to help HMG conduct market research for a potential international business opportunity in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and provide them with insights on how to establish and build a successful business relationship there. Capitalizing on my Middle East work experience especially in KSA, it was a perfect opportunity for me to provide analysis that will help HMG understand the macro environment and the cultural and linguistic requirements of doing business in KSA. Finally, providing a recommendation for an appropriate mode of entry into Saudi Arabian market and the course of action which will facilitate them making an informed decision on the project.

"As a family business that is deeply rooted in its values and principles, right from senior management to shop  floor staff, the work atmosphere and environment was very conducive and friendly. I got an opportunity to interact regularly with HMG’s senior management and present my
analysis and  findings to them, who valued and appreciated my work and contribution. I also had the privilege to represent HMG at the local International Trade Fair organized by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

"A placement offers an opportunity to explore what the ‘real business world’ is out there. Personally, I see it as a platform to implement what you have learnt in class and discover what the reality has to offer. Moreover, you get to build and expand your network of professionals who are more than happy to help and guide you with your career.

"What did I learn?
/ Business success comes from building fruitful long-term relationships.
/ Always have an eager mind to learn and never be afraid to ask a lot of questions to build your own understanding.
/ Always challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone as this will enable you to realise your full potential.
/ Be resourceful and enjoy the learning process.
/ Express your creativity and add your personal touch to be unique."

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