Sunderland Business School is ranked Best in the North East for Course Satisfaction by The Guardian University Guide 2015.
This course is particularly aimed at graduates in business or management who do not have the work experience needed to undertake an MBA. It will equip students with the skills to operate in an international environment, manage across time zones, cultures and languages. These skills are in great demand by employers who need world-class managers who can operate successfully in global markets.
Students will develop an understanding of business in a global context, including practical knowledge and understanding of the way that business is undertaken in different countries and by different cultures. Students are drawn from a wide range of cultures and nationalities which add a richness to this programme which is not experienced in many other places. Sunderland’s culturally diverse learning community will further enhance the international student experience.
Core modules include ‘International Business Environment’, ‘Global Corporate Strategy’, ‘Cross Cultural Management’, and ‘International Trade’. The Masters dissertation will focus on a topic that is individually negotiated with a tutor. This could be based on personal interests and as well as career aspirations.
The University will ensure that the student’s learning is rooted in a real-world context by inviting guest speakers to share their practical business experience together with arranging an external organisational visit.
By the end of the course students will have an edge in applying for roles in international business that can provide a rapid return on their investment in higher education.
The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to fit both your personal interests and the supervisory expertise of Sunderland's tutors.
Modules on this course include: -Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 Credits) -International Trade (15 Credits) -Global Integrated Marketing Communications (15 Credits) -International Business Environment (15 Credits) -Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits) -International HRM (15 Credits) -Cross Cultural Management (15 Credits) -Applied Research Methods for Business and Management (15 Credits) -Dissertation (45 Credits)
Plus choose one optional module from the following list: -Managing Diversity (15 Credits) -Project Management (15 Credits) -Innovation and Growth (15 Credits) -Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits) -Service Operations Management (15 Credits) -Consumer Research (15 Credits)
Teaching and assessment
The Faculty of Business and Law use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include workshops, seminars, simulations, project work, experiential learning, open learning and case study activities.
Compared to an undergraduate course, students will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.
Facilities & location
This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently the University developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.
University Library Services The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism. Added to this, students will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help students make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections. Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.
IT provision When it comes to IT provision students can choose from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If there are any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team who will be happy to offer advice and support.
Learning environment The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.
Employment & careers
The Masters qualification will open opportunities in business and management within a global context. The course is an investment which can lead to roles with higher salaries and greater potential to be a leader of change.
Almost all sectors of the economy require management professionals. For example, there are opportunities in: -Financial services -Manufacturing -Retail -Hospitality and leisure -Media and telecommunications -Healthcare -Public sector
A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.