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International Management (MSc)

Course Description

Focusing on contemporary concepts and theories relevant to a systems view of international business, this programme enables students to understand the complexities faced by the management of international firms when trying to achieve sustainable performance responsibly.

The programme covers the tangible and less tangible challenges involved in managing global firms or working in international organisations. It aims to equip students with the necessary conceptual understanding and personal skills to manage a systems view of international firms. It balances an appreciation of the dynamics of the external environment, stakeholders and internal behavioural aspects of organisations. Students appreciate and assess the current ethical complexities involved in managing global organisations, and the factors involved in ethically sensitive decision-making. Students are encouraged to develop strong discursive and presentation skills through class debate and formal presentations.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-international-management/

Modules include:
• Corporate Social Responsibility, or Ethics in International Management
• International Strategic Management
• Managing People and Organisations
• Financial Management
• Principles of Marketing or Global Marketing.

How we teach you

- A holistic approach
Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Henley is renowned for its well-researched, professional approach to this aspect of business education and all our postgraduate programmes examine this aspect of leadership - helping to create emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

- How you will learn
Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

- How we assess you
You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.

- Ongoing support
While postgraduate students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your personal tutor can meet with you regularly to discuss any additional issues. Full-time support staff are also available to help with any questions or issues that may arise during your time at Henley

Why Henley?

Assessment: Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Careers and accreditations

This is a broad, generalist degree suitable for students interested in a variety of careers in international or global firms. It also suits those interested in working with or for international institutions or in government-related management roles with a focus on internationalisation, as well as students aiming to become managers or sustainability consultants or analysts with a rounded understanding of the global economy and stakeholders.

Our graduates tell us that the MSc International Management offers a stimulating learning community, providing the intellectual, behavioural and diverse skills required to build dynamic international careers.

The EU’s Climate-KIC drives innovation to address sustainability and climate change, through partnerships between private, public and academic sectors.

There is an option for students to achieve this label within this masters programme. Students who successfully complete the MSc International Management, including the EU modules that constitute the core of the Climate-KIC Masters Label are eligible. These modules can be embedded within or taken alongside the MSc programme.


If you come to Henley to take one of our Business and Management courses you’ll be joining one of the world’s leading business schools, as our triple-accredited rating puts us in the top 1 per cent globally.

You’ll learn from internationally renowned academic experts and thought leaders who have relevant experience in international business, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, energy studies and accounting. You’ll also benefit from our close connections with international organisations and senior industry leaders as well as our involvement in high profile academic conferences such as UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).

All of our courses take a practical, research-led approach to business and management. Our interactive teaching methods will enable you to evaluate and discuss complex topics, giving you an unrivalled insight into the challenges facing organisations in an international context, with a particular emphasis on governance and ethical dilemmas.

We are committed to attracting only the strongest applicants, to develop outstanding professionals and business leaders. You can be certain that our staff will work hard to bring out the very best in you, to develop a range of transferable business skills and technical knowledge that will enable you to achieve your career goals and aspirations.

Visit the International Management (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Philpott

'Having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in languages, I found myself wanting to gain specific knowledge and experience in the field of business and management. It was the combination of a world-renowned business school and a top UK university that really sparked my interest in the programme and I certainly made the right decision. Without a doubt, the best element of the programme and indeed the entire School environment was the international focus and that experience will stay with me forever. I really cannot express how grateful I am to Henley Business School and the teaching and support staff. Because of them, I was able to achieve my goal.'

Now working: International Manager, HSBC

Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg

(Student Profile)

Thomas Lardner

The teaching was clearly a step-up from my undergraduate degree, and the student body also was a step-up in terms of knowledge and work ethic. There was a vast mix of cultures amongst the students, helping me to get a feel for the differing approaches to business internationally. The programme helped me to become 'business-ready', in my approach and character. I would recommend Henley to others due to the content of the programme, the School's location, and the proximity and close ties to big business.'

Now working: Territory Manager, Johnson & Johnson

Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg

(Student Profile)

Juliane Ehrlinspiel

I always wanted to do my Masters at one of the top universities in the world. My decision to choose the MSc in International Management at Henley Business School was driven by its established position in the FT Ranking, its triple accreditation and its access to London. I could not have made any better decision than choosing the Postgraduate Programme of Henley Business School because of the combination of highly qualified faculty, paired with an interesting and mind-challenging syllabus as well as the social experiences.

Throughout the Masters, the Professors used examples of how management theories and models can be applied in real life business settings, helping me to realise the relevance to the workplace. I have also been encouraged to use examples of real workplace situations within all assignments, which enabled me to directly apply my learning and knowledge into real-life situations.

Not only was this year academically challenging, the class included students from diverse cultural, educational and professional backgrounds making the whole experience very unique, enjoyable and challenging. This truly global aspect of learning taught me essential social awareness that is needed in today's fast changing and challenging economic environment.

The MSc in International Management is an academically intense course, which provides individuals with the necessary skills to enter the rather competitive market. It was the best year of my studies and the most challenging too. The experience in Reading has changed me professionally as well as personally by broadening my horizon and changing my entire approach to problem solving.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and I hope you will too!

(Student Profile)

Faith Jegede

Applying to Henley Business School was perhaps one of the best decisions of my career to date. Its reality exceeds its reputation and Henley is truly deserving to be coined as one of the top management schools in the UK. My year at Henley was challenging, intense, yet overall rewarding. The MSc in International Management not only served as a great introduction to the business and management worlds, but also allowed for me to gain in-depth insight into more complex concepts and theories. Coming from a political science background, this was particularly beneficial as the course allowed for those with non-management related undergraduate degrees to acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge for transition into management roles.

With its inspiring intellectual environment, stimulating content and highly qualified faculty, Henley Business School provides a world class educational opportunity for those looking to reach the next level in their career. The Masters degree is both "international" by name and "international" by nature, with each class boasting a full range of cultures. This truly broadened my outlook throughout the course and enhanced how I experienced the content.

Throughout the year, the level of support given by both the teaching and support staff was remarkable. Their words of encouragement alone made a huge difference to my learning, for which I am indeed grateful.

Thanks to my time at Henley Business School, I have been able to pursue my academic dream. This August, I will be starting my PhD in Communication at American University in Washington, DC.


Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us. MSc International Management is suitable for applicants with no direct specialist knowledge or experience in management and we welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

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