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International Business Management - MSc


Course Description

Are you looking to build on your degree-level studies in business in order to gain an extra edge in recruitment / promotion with transnational organisations? This course will extend your previous studies while also providing a broader global context.

There’s a focus on the global business environment, an emphasis on managing international organisations, and special attention on the cultural challenges of extending operations across multiple countries. The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client.

The course attracts students from around the world, creating a global perspective within the classroom. You’ll be developed as a leader and manager and there’s a requirement for previous study of business or management. If you have a different background you may wish to consider our MSc Business with International Management.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Module Overview
BM9706 - Marketing Metrics and Analysis (Optional, 20 Credits)
BM9707 - Business Intelligence (Optional, 20 Credits)
HR4038 - HRM in Practice (Optional, 20 Credits)
HR4043 - Organisational Behaviour and Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
MK4000 - Analysing Buyer Behaviour and Brand Dynamics (Optional, 20 Credits)
MK4003 - Relationship Marketing in a Global Context (Optional, 20 Credits)
MK9701 - The Digital Customer Journey: Data, Profiling and CRM (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0491 - Corporate Financial Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0492 - International Financial Markets and Institutions (Optional, 20 Credits)
MN0493 - Investments and Risk Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0494 - Operations and Supply Chain Improvement (Optional, 20 Credits)
MO0495 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk (Optional, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0477 - NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)
SM4007 - Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Optional, 30 Credits)
SM4008 - Global and Transnational Business (Optional, 20 Credits)
SM4022 - Globalisation, Innovation and Sustainability (Core, 20 Credits)
TM0455 - Contemporary Hospitality Management (Optional, 20 Credits)
TM0457 - Tourists and Tourism (Optional, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

Overall the course aims to develop you as a leader and manager, with a clear understanding of the theory and practice of global business, and how to overcome the challenges faced by managers of international businesses.

As part of this, the course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

To further enhance your employability, we offer the opportunity to undertake a master’s consultancy project as an alternative to the traditional dissertation. You’ll work in a small group, typically no more than five people, and tackle a live project from a host organisation under the mentorship of a member of our academic team. The project can be an excellent vehicle for you to relate theory to practice while developing transferable skills.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into graduate positions with multinational companies or smaller businesses with operations and supply chains in several countries. Some graduates have gone on to work in their family business.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

Visit the International Business Management - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally candidates will be expected to have a qualification equivalent to an honours degree (2.2 classification or above) in a business- related discipline. Candidates holding a first degree in a nonbusiness discipline should consider the Master of Business and Management as an alternative.

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