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About the course

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 programme will enable you to further develop transferable skills suitable for engaging with the challenges of employment/self-employment within the global economy.

You will gain comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.

You will develop comprehensive knowledge and skills for successful careers in multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, international laws, and academic institutions.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Global Business and Investments
International Trade
International Business Strategy
International Management
Organisational Behaviour
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional modules:

International Marketing
International and Comparative HRM
Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

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

Graduate School Workshops

In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, masters students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University’s Graduate School.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

Modes of Study

One-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

This specialist programme is designed for pre-experience students seeking a career in international management/international business

Tutors are active members of world class Centre for Research Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets

Accreditation

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: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Visit the International Business - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

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