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International Business MSc


Course Description

The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. The programme aims to enable students to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and the ability to make integrative links across various disciplines. Some aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets.

Graduates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact of contextual factors on organisations - within the context of internationalisation:
• the management of resources and operations
• the financing of business enterprise
• the management and development of people
• the use and the limitations of a range of research methods and on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies

The programme offers training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process.

Aims

The aim of this degree is to provide students with:
• A programme in international business and management that will enable them to further develop transferable skills suitable for engaging with the challenges of employment/self-employment within the global economy.
• Comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Comprehensive knowledge and skills for successful careers in multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, international laws, and academic institutions.

Special Features

• Specialist programme directed at graduates seeking a career in international management/international business.
• Insight into the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Elective module explores social network technologies and innovation.
• Tutors are active members of the Business School’s Centre for Research Entrepreneurship, international Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets (CEIBIEM) in these research areas. Research subjects for consideration on the programme include :
• Sustainability of economic development in emerging economies
• Micro and macroeconomic policies, exchange rate policies, balance of payments (export and import sectors) intervention and liberalisation policies
• International Business - Global or international trade analysis, foreign direct investment trends and their impact on economic development
• Stock exchange market analysis, foreign exchange market economics and econometric analysis
• Strategic management and strategic decision-making
• Strategic innovation and the adaptation and evolution of firms in highly uncertain environments
• Multi-national enterprises (MNEs) and their philosophies
• Human Resource Management (HRM) in large MNEs
• Strategic behaviour of firms
• Internationalisation and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies
• Some of the well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international business
• Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures and Entrepreneurial Management
• Technology-based small firms, and management of technology and innovation
• Design management and scientific entrepreneurialism
• Adoption and use of ICTs in small firms and intellectual property rights
• Enhancing analytical skills in business and Quantitative Methods in Business and Management

Accreditation

Brunel Business School is ranked amongst the Top 20 UK Business Schools in the Financial Times Business Schools table.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: Associates can use ‘ACMI’, Members ‘MCMI’ and Fellows ‘FCMI’

Employability Outcomes

Previous students of MSc International Business have achieved graduate positions at:

HMV
Greenpower
Boots
Pro-Bank

Employability Events, Visits and Training

The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Typical events have included:

Business Life Capstone Event
As part of their Business Planning module, postgraduate business students were invited to collaborate with Brunel’s annual Made in Brunel exhibition to provide a route to market for real creative and entrepreneurial products conceived by Brunel’s engineering and design students. Students from MSc Management and MSc Marketing not only created commercialisation plans for the products, but were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry professionals and academic judges.

BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test) with Bloomberg
The BAT is offered as a three-hour online test taken on campus within an invigilated environment with a Bloomberg representative. BAT was designed in conjunction with leading financial institutions and academics to uncover an individual’s knowledge and skills relevant for a financial career. Students can choose to submit their names along with test scores or anonymously during job recruitment drives.

Meet the Professionals Showcase
A professional association is an organisation formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. There are many advantages to joining professional bodies: typically they offer training and access to research, as well as networking opportunities like conferences and forums. Brunel Business School regularly invites key professional bodies to showcase these benefits to Business School students on campus. Professional bodies who regularly take part in the Showcase include: ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA, BCS, OR, CMI, CILT, CIPD, CII, CBI, CFA, CIM and CIPR.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Visit the International Business MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sumeet Ambre

”A postgraduate degree seemed a natural way to transition to the myriad of opportunities within the business world. Value for money was an important criterion in selecting a business school so Brunel’s reputation for top-quality research and a respected profile amongst UK public universities was just the right fit for me. Studying at Brunel has been an amazing experience – so much more than the academic study itself – it has also exposed me to people from different mindsets leaving me with a lasting perspective on the true meaning of diversity, as well as an international network of contacts.”

(Student Profile)

Merry

1613.gif I have enjoyed studying here at Brunel, particularly the cross-culture communication with my classmates from different countries and being able to participate in discussions and debates during lecturers.

Brunel helps in many ways to bring convenience and assistance to students’ life which made settling into my new life here at Brunel and in London much easier than I anticipated.

I worked for a prestigious international airline for a few years in China but I wanted to enhance my future prospects so I chose to study a Master’s degree in International Business. I am sure that once I have completed my degree it will provide me with more opportunities in the future either back in China or here in the UK.

(Student Profile)

Sumeet

1734.jpg A postgraduate degree seemed a natural way to transition from an engineering background to the myriad of opportunities within the business world. Value for money was an important criterion in selecting a business school, so Brunel’s reputation for top-quality research and a respected profile amongst UK public universities was just the right fit for me. Studying at Brunel has been an amazing experience – so much more than the academic study itself – it has also exposed me to people from different cultures and mindsets leaving me with a lasting perspective on the true meaning of diversity, as well as an international network of contacts.
Sumeet, from India studied for an MSc in International Business


(Scholarship)

Brunel University International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award run by the Brunel International office that is open to all international students. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University.For 2013/14 we are please to be able to offer 30 awards, which will comprise of a 15% discount off the cost of tuition fees. These awards are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

In order to apply for the Brunel International scholarships, applicants must:1.Have applied for a full time course for the 2013/14 academic year at Brunel University and been given an applicant number.
2.Be classed as an international fee paying applicant (students from the EU are not eligible)
3.Not be a current Brunel student, unless they are applying for a course of a higher level (for example you are a final year undergraduate and are applying for a Postgraduate Course)

Application Procedure

Applications can be made from January 2013 and should be made electronically via the Brunel International website.

Further Information

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships


(Scholarship)

Academic Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Academic Excellence Scholarships will be awarded in August for courses starting in September and in December for courses starting in January to all students meeting the eligibility criteria. The University will offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad. This equates to an average as follows:Home students discount for MSc programmes – £1200
International students discount for MSc programmes – £2025
MBA discount (Home and International) – £2775

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £2775

Eligibility

Anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

The Scholarships are automatic as long as the student meets the entry criteria.

Further Information

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-study/funding/scholarships-bursaries



Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) typically in business or social science or cognate discipline and from a recognised university plus satisfactory references. Those with a lower second class degree (2.2) may be considered providing that they can show evidence of significant relevant (eg work) experience.Candidates from non-business/management disciplines (and without any business/management element) will be eligible if they have a first class honours degree or the overseas equivalent. IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

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