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This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources. Read more
• This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources
• As a postgraduate student at Derby Business Schol you will have access to the Bloomberg service for study and research and the potential to publish your research
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

The MSc International Business and Finance is designed to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and finance operations in an international context, as well as providing the personal and employment skills appropriate for a career in business or financial management, in either an international business or the financial sector.

You will be part of a highly diverse international student cohort which will enhance your understanding of cultural diversity and international business awareness. You will also receive dedicated support and advice from a personal tutor as well as access to a first class professional career service even after graduating.

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You will benefit from our unique approach to employability, networking and working with our regional experts and international business leaders. Read more
• You will benefit from our unique approach to employability, networking and working with our regional experts and international business leaders
• This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach to international business, giving you a chance to study applied analysis in economics, finance, strategy, law, marketing, and human resources
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

The MSc International Business is designed to develop a thorough knowledge of the economic, financial, legal and cultural factors facing international business that is crucial in today’s world. It integrates analysis from various disciplines including international business strategy, management and marketing, international economics and international trade legislation. You will have access to the Bloomberg service for study and research and also the potential to publish your research.

You will be part of a highly diverse international student cohort which will enhance your understanding of the operation of business and organisations in an international context. You will become strategically aware of the cultural and regulatory diversity of international markets, taking into account international policies, culture and regulatory diversity in international business.

Dedicated support and advice from a personal tutor is available to all students as well as access to a first class professional career service after graduating.

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A course that makes business sense. Our research maintains both strong connections with the Derbyshire region and active international links. Read more

Why choose this course?

A course that makes business sense

Our research maintains both strong connections with the Derbyshire region and active international links. We try to make sure it has a genuine relevance to current business practice, so that organisations benefit from its findings and enjoy a real-world advantage.

You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award of a Master of Philosophy degree.

These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

MPhil is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

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Start date: You can enrol between August and May.

Course length: The MPhil is studied over two years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Business

About this course

Research plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues. You can make a name for yourself by contributing directly, not only to the development and well-being of the region, but also to the body of knowledge in the business community at large.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

With an MPhil you’ll be able to start your academic career in a university with a teaching focus.

You can enter business and establish yourself as an expert in areas of practical significance.

You’ll be supported and supervised throughout by our team of experts and, studying alongside research students from many countries, you’ll gain from sharing insights and experiences from worldwide business activity.

We have a number of staff highly active themselves in research and scholarly activity, and you can benefit from, and hopefully add to, the expertise of our SYTOC research group which focuses on systems thinking and organisational change.

How to apply

Postgraduate research students can enrol at the University of Derby any time between August and May.
All enrolments are arranged by appointment once your application is successful. Please be aware that it can take between six and twelve weeks to consider a complete application.

Information for applicants: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/

Fees and finance

2016/17 Fees
Find out more about fee information for our research degrees: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/tuitionfees/

What our students say

"I've not only gained and increased my knowledge of marketing, but also learned empirical research skills. This will last with me forever and be of immense benefit to my future career in marketing." Nan Jiang

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You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and human resource management operations in an international context. Read more
• You will develop a deep knowledge and understanding of business and human resource management operations in an international context
• Acquire the personal and employment skills you need for a successful career in business or HR, nationally or internationally
• You will attend our industry standard Residential Leadership Weekend and you can work towards our University of Derby Futures Award in Leadership in International Business.

What makes this programme stand out is the integration of key disciplines, including economics, international business, management, employment law and HRM, reflecting what you will experience in your management career. It is designed to give you a deep knowledge and understanding of business analysis and strategy in a global context and it expertly develops your skills in evaluating HRM operations and strategy in international organisations.

Our teaching team uses a mixture of lectures, group work, discussions, workshops, case-study analysis, practical data analysis and personal networking, supported by specific guidance on study texts, online study materials and the use of blended learning.

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Since it's conception at Harvard over 100 years ago, the MBA has become recognised worldwide as the premium management and leadership qualification. Read more
Since it's conception at Harvard over 100 years ago, the MBA has become recognised worldwide as the premium management and leadership qualification. The MBA provides formal recognition of your knowledge and insights into a wide array of business functions, enabling you to become a successful and inspiring business leader.

Become a Chartered Manager
Our MBA Global programme is only a few in the UK that have been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) - the UK's professional body for managers and leaders. This proves our course meets the highest professional management standards and means you can apply for Chartered Manager status directly with CMI once you've finished.

When can I start?
Choose from three start dates – January, May or September.

Visit our website to learn more and speak with our admissions advisors to check your eligibility.

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Our new online MBA Global Finance will give you with the strategic knowledge and understanding in order to challenge and lead change in an ever-changing sector. Read more
Our new online MBA Global Finance will give you with the strategic knowledge and understanding in order to challenge and lead change in an ever-changing sector. It is cleverly structured so you can move beyond a domestic business mind-set, to consider issues and seek solutions in a truly global context.

During this course, you will gain a thorough grounding in strategic leadership, financial performance management, global operations, business research methods and data analysis.

Become a Chartered Manager
Our MBA Global Finance is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders. Allowing you to apply for prestigious Chartered Management status directly with CMI once you’ve graduated. Chartered management is the most prestigious status that can be achieved in the managerial profession.

When can I start?
Choose from three start dates – January, May or September.
Visit our website to learn more.

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This course will. Equip you with an internationally recognised qualification, proving you have met a recognised standard in leadership and management. Read more
This course will:

• Equip you with an internationally recognised qualification, proving you have met a recognised standard in leadership and management.
• Help you take a major step towards achieving Chartered Manager status, the highest possible status in the profession.
• Give you maximum flexibility in the way you study – full time, part time, online or even in-company

The letters MBA after your name make a powerful statement. Wherever you go in the world, you’ll be recognised as an inspirational leader – someone who is strategically astute, versatile and influential.

Professionally accredited and designed in collaboration with industry partners, the Derby MBA commands an impressive reputation, reflects latest management thinking and meets the most demanding standards: we’ll prepare you to do the same in your career.

Ours is one of the few MBAs in the country to be accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – the UK’s professional body for managers and leaders. This means that you can apply for a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management at the end of your studies; it’s an invaluable additional qualification which helps towards achieving Chartered Manager status.

At an advanced and in-depth level, you’ll develop an understanding of how organisations work, how they are managed, and the changing external environments in which they operate. Alongside developing a keen awareness of how to improve business and management practice, you’ll learn how to evaluate the need for change and gain the skills to lead change.

During your studies with us, you'll cover various topics including:

Contemporary challenges in leadership and management
Markets, customers and marketing
Sustainable business operations
Improving financial performance
Leading, managing and developing people in the workplace
Strategic management
Business impact study
Independent study

For more information please visit our website

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We are an accredited ACCA study centre and our staff are professionally qualified with both industry and academic experience. You will have the opportunity to undertake a short to medium term finance internship so that you can benefit from relevant work experience while studying for your masters degree. Read more
• We are an accredited ACCA study centre and our staff are professionally qualified with both industry and academic experience
• You will have the opportunity to undertake a short to medium term finance internship so that you can benefit from relevant work experience while studying for your masters degree
• If you are seeking to enhance your financial skills and accumulate key employability skills this course is well suited to you.


The dual learning nature of this course, with its thorough and inspirational teaching, offers both a route to a masters and the opportunity to pursue the professional level ACCA examinations alongside your study, giving you a CV of real interest and substance. By completing this degree you may also be able to apply for module exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); Chartered institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and CPA Australia professional qualifications.

In addition to developing your financial techniques and knowledge to an impressive professional level, you’ll also nurture key skills such as critical thinking, communication, team/group work, leading, reflecting, managing and organisation.

Derby Business School hosts many events throughout each academic year to further connect you with the business community and develop your networking skills and professional connections.

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Our Events Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016. You will develop links with local, national and international industry representatives such as for example TUI who regularly collaborate with us and offer opportunities for consultancy work. Read more
• Our Events Management courses are in the top 5 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2016
• You will develop links with local, national and international industry representatives such as for example TUI who regularly collaborate with us and offer opportunities for consultancy work
• Our award-winning team specialise in events management, not just generic business. They are heavily involved with the needs of the events industry and are members of professional groups such as the Association for Events Educators (AEME) and the Professional Event Safety Advisers Group, amongst others.
• Your campus is the inspirational Grade II* Devonshire Dome in Buxton, a major events and conference venue in its own right

This highly respected masters course is ideal if you are looking to develop your leadership and management potential in the events sector.

During the course you will increase your understanding of events operations, planning, risk management, marketing, finance and strategy in the context of a wide variety of events, including conferences, exhibitions, festivals, product launches, trade shows and sporting events.

The flexible nature of this course also means you can study full or part-time. There is an e-learning option to study while in employment and if you study full-time, you can also undertake a placement in the UK or abroad.

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Put what you learn into practice with opportunities to undertake internships in local companies, working on real marketing projects to help contextualise your learning and improve future career prospects. Read more
• Put what you learn into practice with opportunities to undertake internships in local companies, working on real marketing projects to help contextualise your learning and improve future career prospects
• A residential course on leadership is included in the programme to equip you for your future career in marketing management
• You will learn from academics that have all worked in marketing and have the real-world experience to relate theory to practice.


The MSc Marketing Management is designed to familiarise you with core concepts and to practice these in safe but realistic business and marketing situations. It has been developed in conjunction with a range of widely respected international and local organisations with visits to companies to work on live projects as a marketing consultant featuring throughout your studies.

You will concentrate on the broad contextual aspects of marketing, further developing your knowledge and understanding. As your studies develop you will focus on creating and managing brands, and specialise in creating and implementing strategic marketing plans.

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You will be able to contribute to the development of appropriate HRM strategies, policies, procedures and change programmes within a dynamic business context. Read more
• You will be able to contribute to the development of appropriate HRM strategies, policies, procedures and change programmes within a dynamic business context
• You will develop personal skills vital for your future HRM career, and for maintaining your professional status through Continuing Professional Development
• You will studycover modules that focus on the areas where HRM can add competitive advantage to an organisation in the future, and so are ideal for both specialist HR practitioners and generalist managers.

Flexible to meet your specific career needs, professionally approved, and developed in conjunction with leading regional employers, this course provides a thorough, and highly relevant learning programme for people who want to look realistically and confidently towards the higher levels of HR management.

Throughout your studies, assignments and reports are based on real world scenarios, and usually based on your own work place. You can add value to your organisation quickly through your learning whilst gaining your qualifications. Visits from guest speakers will also enable you to consider how you can apply and absorb their thinking and experience into your practice.

Once you complete the Diploma, CIPD will recognise that you’ve fully satisfied the knowledge criteria for Chartered Membership status. You will gain Associate status automatically, and you can apply for full Chartered Status directly to the CIPD.

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This course will. Provide a flexible and rewarding work based route to achieving the highly respected title of Doctor. Develop you as a reflective practitioner and advance your professional development, research ability and technical knowledge of your area of professional practice. Read more
This course will:

• Provide a flexible and rewarding work based route to achieving the highly respected title of Doctor.
• Develop you as a reflective practitioner and advance your professional development, research ability and technical knowledge of your area of professional practice.
• Help you undertake original and influential research which could place you at the forefront of your profession and industrial sector.

If you’re an experienced professional working within the business field this course is an ideal route to a doctoral level award. It provides the opportunity to situate your professional knowledge in a theoretical framework, integrating your experience and expertise with academic enquiry in order to make contributions or improvements to practice.

Undertaking doctoral studies will enable you to advance your career, enhance your professional development or meet a personal intellectual challenge. On completion of the course, you’ll demonstrate the ability to create and interpret new knowledge through research that would satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of your discipline and merit publication.

As a Doctorate is the highest academic qualification you can study, it can prepare you for a future career in academia. You’ll
also be encouraged to publish your own academic papers, if you so wish, with the support of your tutor/supervision team.

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Qualifications have a strong impact on the career development of managers, and as these roles in hospitality organisations become more complex, the nature of the management role will increasingly require the skills and knowledge that a Masters degree can develop. Read more
Qualifications have a strong impact on the career development of managers, and as these roles in hospitality organisations become more complex, the nature of the management role will increasingly require the skills and knowledge that a Masters degree can develop.

Our MA International Hospitality Management online degree is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and has been designed to meet the needs of the dynamic international industry, equipping you with practical and relevant skills, which combined with your existing experience, can help you to advance your career within the industry.

Institute of Hospitality Educational Membership Scheme (EMS)

Through our partnership with the Institute of Hospitality you'll be given free access to the Institute's Educational Membership Scheme (EMS) once you've enrolled onto this course. This gives you access to management guides, monthly specialist newsletters, e-journals, webinars and much more.

Theory and skills for direct application

You'll gain an understanding of operational, tactical and strategic issues, coupled with the necessary management tools which will allow you to apply theories directly to your workplace situation.

You'll develop skills and awareness of the various management functions, as part of the total business structures in a variety of organisations. This will include an understanding of globalisation and the impacts of a multicultural workforce that can present organisational and operational challenges, as the concepts of service quality and customer satisfaction change rapidly in the market place.

As all of your resources are online, you have the flexibility to fit your study periods around your existing work commitments and shift patterns. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures. Through webinars and online discussion forums, you will connect with your online tutor and fellow students from around the world to discuss and debate key topics and share experiences within this dynamic industry.

Learn more about our online Hospitality courses

With a choice of dates to start your course (September, January or May) and interactive online learning materials, you've got the flexibility to study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. The course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, evenings or at the weekend instead of having to attend fixed lectures.

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You will develop the ability to influence the development of an organisation’s HRM/HRD strategies, policies, procedures and change programmes. Read more
• You will develop the ability to influence the development of an organisation’s HRM/HRD strategies, policies, procedures and change programmes
• You can undertake an Independent Study allowing you to explore in greater detail, and from a more focused strategic element, an area of your choice or your current employment to bring a real benefit to your current role
• On completion, you will recognise and be able to evaluate the relevant knowledge and skills relating to successful leadership and management within a wide range of organisations.

Armed with the letters and specialist knowledge of this inspirational and insightful Masters award, you can confidently pitch your career plans at a level where strategies and decisions have a real impact on organisational performance.

In just one year of part-time study, you can top up your Postgraduate Diploma in HRM or HRD, or your CIPD Advanced Level Diploma, to a full Masters qualification in Human Resource Management.

You’ll be prepared to meet the continual professional development requirements of the HR profession, as we equip you with the critical self-analysis and reflective practice skills which underpin your career development planning.

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Designed for managers (and aspiring managers) working within the supply chain, this course gives you a high level strategic awareness of the whole supply chain. Read more
• Designed for managers (and aspiring managers) working within the supply chain, this course gives you a high level strategic awareness of the whole supply chain
• Gain the knowledge to inform and develop supply chain management strategy, and learn and apply relevant systems modelling techniques to supply chain operations
• Learn about relevant modern technology such as RFID and enterprise management systems to see how they can be integrated into your organisation.

The MSc Supply Chain Improvement course givesd you the opportunity to gain new knowledge to help you to develop and improve supply chain operations and logistics functions within an organisation. It is an applied programme for managers working, or aspiring to work, in a supply chain role.

You will acquire an in-depth understanding of current supply chain scenarios and the development of significant systems/process improvement (e.g. warehouse movements, movement of goods) as they relate to the supply chain. You’ll also get the opportunity to focus on specific areas of the supply chain, for example, purchasing and supply, warehousing, transport and logistics.

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