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Course content

The MSc in International Management is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful career in management worldwide. With a strong focus on the changing nature of management in a globalised world this MSc provides a strong basis for a variety of careers or for further study at PhD level.

Central to the course’s objectives is the idea of the international manager who combines specialist knowledge of the role of management and management functions with a strong understanding of the social, political and ethical context of business. Such understanding is essential in a globalised world where national differences persist and management of cross-cultural environments is demanded. The course aims to produce graduates who are capable of contributing to sustainable and ethically informed business success, in a highly competitive global environment.

This programme enables you to acquire specialist knowledge of international management whilst placing that subject knowledge within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

It will develop your ability to understand, design, conduct and evaluate empirical research through independent work leading to the submission of the International Management Project.

You will develop the ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues in international management, and to apply analytical and technical skills to resolving them.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

Structure

This course is taught from September to June and you will study a range of both compulsory core modules and a range of options. Following on from the taught stage you will undertake a project with support from a supervisor.

In the autumn semester you will study five core modules.

In the spring semester you will study the core Academic Skills and Research Methods module which carries on from the previous semester as well as taking three optional modules from the optional module list.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will undertake the International Management Project.

A typical project involves writing a critical review of the existing literature covering a topic in international management, identifying a way of engaging with that literature through individual critical research and reflection via primary and/or secondary sources and developing a set of conclusions relating to further theoretical, conceptual and empirical research.

You are free to decide whether to focus more on academic, policy-making or managerial issues subject to the approval of your supervisor and the programme director.

Core modules:

International Management
Governance, Regulation and Standards in Global Business
International Business Environment
Cross Cultural Management
Academic Skills and Research Methods
The International Management Project

Optional modules:

Asian Business Systems
European Business Systems
International Marketing
Globalisation and the Management of Labour
International Business Ethics
International Management Consulting

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

This course is aimed at those who want to work as international managers in multinational companies, global enterprises and SME's.

Visit the International Management MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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