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International Business and Enterprise (MSc)


Course Description

This unique business and enterprise course brings together the internationalisation of business and the importance of enterprise.

In a contemporary business environment two features stand out; the internationalisation of business and the importance of enterprise. This unique course brings these together to examine the theory and practice of international business, including how exports, franchises and foreign direct investment (FDI) are analysed and developed.

The University of South Wales’s Centre for Enterprise has been recognised as a Centre of Enterprise Excellence by the UK Sector Skills Body for Enterprise (SFEDI). The Body was extremely impressed with both the quality and range of enterprise development activities supported by the University. Not only are we the first and only university in Wales to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence, but also the first in the UK to be awarded Centre of Enterprise Excellence status.

As an enterprise student, you will be given the opportunity to obtain free student membership from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). The IOEE is a not-for-profit professional body within SFEDI. Student membership will give you access to a range of resources and potential mentoring support through the Institute. It is also the first step to becoming an Associate Member, ideal for anyone who wants to start their own business.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/479-msc-international-business-and-enterprise

What you will study

You will study 180 credits from the modules listed below:

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts
Develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Innovation Management
Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of managing innovation in organisations. You will learn about the frameworks used by organisations to manage innovation and sources of innovation inside and outside the organisation.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain
Delve into the activities of global and international logistics and supply networks – identifying trends and key drivers for the globalisation of industry and its impact on the development and management of the logistics and supply chain.

- Entrepreneurial Start-up
Learn how to start and develop a business venture - develop the tools needed to critically appraise the complexities of successfully starting and growing a new venture in a turbulent and ever changing society.

- Research Methods
Conduct a proper scientific investigation and present it in a written format developing your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context.

- Strategic Entrepreneurial Marketing
Critically examine the key elements of strategic marketing and its interface with business strategy.

- Issues in International Management
Gain a critical awareness of the complex interrelationships between developing issues in international and trans-national management.

- Entrepreneur in a Global Environment
You'll be introduced to the various principles and structures of the current environment of global business and how it can be analysed. You will also learn about how the internationalization of businesses can occur.

- Management Project

Learning and teaching methods

The course team are a group of highly experienced and well qualified academics with an extensive portfolio of international research, consultancy and applied industrial experience. They pride themselves on the close relationship they maintain with the student group. As a student you will be treated as an individual and your personal learning requirements will be met and monitored throughout the programme.

You'll have the benefit of guest lectures in the Entrepreneurial Start-up module which will allow you to gain an insight of setting up or working in a small or medium sized enterprise. Such involvement creates opportunities for informal mentoring and networking to take place between MSc International Business and Enterprise students, practicing entrepreneurs and professional bodies. The entrepreneurs have set up businesses in areas such as Manufacturing and Design, Marketing, Fashion, Hospitality and Catering, Record Labels, Film Industry, Sports and Fitness etc. Businesses range from social enterprises, small local businesses, to national and international businesses.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Employability is at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to ensure that our students are innovative, creative and entrepreneurial. Whether you are interested in working for a multinational corporation, a small business or even starting your own company, this course will give you the knowledge and skills for a successful career. The focus on cultural fluency will help you feel comfortable when working in different cultural environments.

This challenging and dynamic course is designed for those looking to take their career to the next level. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful strategic business leader and equip you with an insight into the business practices you will need for a future in an ever changing global environment.

Developed in close consultation with a range of employers who have contributed significantly to making our graduates more effective in the workplace.

The University is also host to a vibrant, multicultural environment that provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain an international perspective to business, and different cultures and practices.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through written assignments, examinations and/or project work. The MSc International Business and Enterprise involves the completion of a significant Management project, developing your communication, research and consulting skills.

Field trips

Alongside your studies, you will also be part of a study visit to see first-hand how different companies operate. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of companies in both the private and public sector. The visit is normally to a European capital city, allowing you to experience a different business culture aiding the development of cultural fluency.

Finally, the social aspect of the study visit proves a popular means of strengthening the student bonds. There is an additional fee of £500 for this field trip.

Visit the International Business and Enterprise (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, or in exceptional circumstances, three or more years’ significant managerial experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

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