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The Course

The MSc Management and International Relations degree at Lincoln is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in international organisations.

This programme combines the theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills, aiming to educate students to become effective members of private, governmental, and non-profit organisations. Examples of potential employers include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations, civil service, charities, and businesses.

You will have the opportunity to develop team working skills by participating in a simulation exercise, climbing Mount Everest. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive and intuitive real-life escape game as part of an optional study trip to Escape Rooms in Manchester, the costs of which are covered by the School.

How You Study

Students can study a range of topics and can develop a critical understanding of how to manage human, financial and other resources in the context of international relations and politics. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge of how to work in multi-cultural teams and how organisations are funded and managed. In addition, the programme is designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop an astute understanding of the role of states and international organisations in the construction and maintenance of global mechanisms for decision-making and influence.


Core modules:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Globalisation
  • International Human Rights
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Strategy Making
  • The Developing World
  • Understanding International Business

Students will be able to choose one optional module to complement the compulsory modules. Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Optional modules:

  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Disaster Management
  • Gender, Power and Business
  • Group Consultancy Project
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • The Multinational Enterprise in Context

Students then progress to undertake the final dissertation stage. The dissertation is designed to encourage innovation and diverse pathways to the final assessed product. In this respect, the dissertation is an extended project that can accommodate a range of independent work.

How You Are Assessed

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module.

Written assignments involve the examination and development of arguments based on research of academic literature and real-life situations. Students are often required to apply theory to practical topics to make recommendations for diverse audiences from businesses to policy-makers. Writing and research skills are essential for careers in both business and international organisations. Practical exercises include simulations, group tasks, and presentations where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make persuasive arguments in person. Feedback is given by both other students as well as academic staff. Strong oral communication skills are often identified by employers as one of the most important qualities they seek in graduates.

Assessments include both individual and group work. While more emphasis is placed on individual assignments and essays, group tasks form an important element of the assessment strategy. Ability to work in teams and groups is important for many careers and employers regularly highlight the importance of team working skills.

For more information please visit the website https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/MANISTMS/

Visit the MSc Management and International Relations page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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