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MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management


Course Description

The MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management course focuses on international business issues and how to solve them. Put your learning into practice and gain work experience with our client-facing project.

You explore how multinational enterprises operate and carry out comparative business analysis, gaining the practical consultancy skills necessary to work efficiently in an international business environment.

Alongside a thorough understanding of business analysis and development, you graduate with the key skills for international business consulting, such as outlining international business problems, writing business reports and preparing for interviews.

A key element of the course is the client-facing project with an external organisation. Arranged by your project co-ordinator, you apply your learning to a real business issue, giving you valuable work experience and generating excellent networking opportunities.

Visit http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Career opportunities
Accenture, AgustaWestland, Banco Davivienda SA, Deloitte, Edwardian Group, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, IBM, The Nielson Company, Shell Petroleum, Standard Chartered Bank, Whyte & McKay (China), YesBoss.

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)

Semester 1
– Building Strategic Capabilities in Different Business Systems
– Business Models: Theory and Practice
– Organisational Design and Strategy: International Contexts
– Analysing Companies: Business Models, Narrative and Numbers

Semester 2
– Strategic Management of the Multinational Firm across Divergent Institutional Systems

Three elective units from*
– Asian Management Systems
– Business Environment and Strategy in China
– Digital Technologies, Development and Emerging Markets
– Global Business Strategy
– Global Politics and Global Business

– International Human Resource Management
– Technology, Innovation Management and Business Strategy
– The Management of International Organisational Change

* You can choose one optional unit from any Alliance MBS MSc programme (excluding MSc
Management and MSc Organisational/Business Psychology) on condition that you produce a
200-word justification and the application is approved by the Course Director and unit tutor.

Summer period
Client-facing project with an external organisation or dissertation (60 credits)
– Presented as a research report
– Carried out individually or as a group
– Application and interview support from Alliance MBS’ Postgraduate Careers Service
– Experiential learning enhances your skills and overall employability

The project is offered if you do not have any unit marks below 40%, and not more than one unit mark between 40-49% in semester 1. If you don’t meet these criteria you will be offered a project related to an external client, with no direct contact with them. For those working on group projects, a group report and an individual report will be produced (both 6,000 words).

Alternatively, you may undertake an academic dissertation of 12,000 words.

Recent examples of project reports:
– Exploring the strategic expansion of the volunteer tourism industry into the academic market
– An in-depth analysis of the wholesale market and changing trends towards online shopping
– Strategic positioning in relation to the offshore wind turbine market in northern Europe
– Identification of venture capitalist acquisition targets in the UK software industry

Projects are sourced from a range of small, medium and large businesses, across a wide range of sectors in Manchester and the UK’s North West region.

Open days
Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/meet-us.aspx

Visit the MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline. TOEFL/IELTS may be required for non-UK students

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