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MSc in International Business and Strategic Management

Course Description


This International Business Masters degree covers a wide range of international business topics. The programme provides students with knowledge and skills suited for careers as business consultants and/or strategy analysts in the broad arena of business and management context, but especially in the areas of international business and strategic management. It will also be relevant to those wishing to work in business and economic development roles in the public sector and voluntary and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Students with prior knowledge gained from earlier studies can develop this, with particular reference to the current research agenda and best practice and innovative thinking in international business practice.

The International Business and Strategic Management course will give you a broad understanding of the thematic and practical aspects of management in an international and global context. Students develop expertise in a range of strategic and intercultural discussion-making skills, and is especially suited those who wish to learn more about the international working environment and the political and economic context of international business in a global setting.

Course Structure

Course Structure
Term 1
• International Business in the Global Context
• International Political Economy and Business
• Introduction to Strategic Management
• Managerial Economics

Term 2
• Qualitative Research Methods

Example Options
Choice of 1 from:
• Strategy in Global Organisations
• Continuity and Change in Organisations
• Case Studies in Strategic Management
• Business and International Development in Africa and Latin America

Term 3
• Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

In common with most York Management School Masters degrees, this programme culminates in a research project comprising a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to one of the key themes of the degree, but tailored to your specific interests. This is a self-directed module supported by an academic supervisor. The dissertation provides an opportunity for original research and a demonstration of effective project management.

Brief Description of Module Aims

International Business in the Global Context
Aims for students to develop knowledge of:
- the major issues that businesses are confronted operating in international markets.
knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of international business environment (social, financial, economic and political systems, risks and entry barriers).
- key theories of international business, including the determinants and the impact of international trade.
- business ethics and intellectual property right in the global context.

International Political Economy and Business
This module provides an introduction to:
- approaches to the International Political Economy (IPE).
- how politics and political systems impact on business.
- comparative approaches to political economy and globalisation.
- different theoretical and methodological approaches to IPE.

Introduction to Strategic Management
Considers the following theories:
- techniques of strategic management and organisational change.
- approaches to strategy formulation and implementation in organisations.
- the practice of strategic management by using analytical and decision-making techniques to analyse case studies.

Managerial Economics
Students will acquire knowledge of:
- the markets and hierarchies perspectives of firms and industry organisation, including information costs, coordination and bounded rationality, moral hazard and incentives.
- the field of economics of intellectual property and trademarks, employments contracts and incentives, executive compensation, capital structure and the market for corporate control.

Qualitative Research Methods
Aims to develop students’ critical understanding of:
- the key techniques of qualitative analysis.
- the merits and demerits of the respective approaches to qualitative and multi-method research.

Strategy in Global Organisations
Aims to develop students’ capacity to learn and engage with:
- international management and strategic management and the management of organisations operating across borders.
- a holistic view of international management problems.
- the multifaceted nature of the multinational corporation.

Continuity and Change in Organisations
Provides students with:
- a critical introduction to theories of change as they are presented in management areas such as organisation behaviour, strategy and operations.
- an overview of functionalist theories of change in organisations.

Case Studies in Strategic Management
Students will examine a series of Case Studies that address a range of issues including:
- the strategic management process.
- strategic leadership, social responsibility and ethics, the context of strategic management, competitive analysis, strategy in the multi-business firm, disruptive innovation, transformation and renewal and strategic resilience.

Business and International Development in Africa and Latin America
Considers the following issues:
- the development of the international economy focused on the developing world from a critical and historical perspective.
- international development, and the business and management practices that may aid or hinder economic development.

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
Covers the statistical ideas and theoretical principles underpinning data analysis.

Note: Course descriptions on these pages are indicative, and subject to possible change.

A World-class University Environment

The University of York holds top spots in national and international rankings:
- 1st in UK for best overall University experience according to a survey of international students studying at UK institutions(hotcoursesabroad.com).
- 8th in UK/45th worldwide for Research and Research Linkages in the EU ranking of Universities worldwide.
- 11th in The Times/Sunday Times University League Table 2014.
- Top 100 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.
The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Our aim is to develop intellectual, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates in a world class university environment renowned for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

York is a beautiful location and one of Europe's finest cities, with world class cultural attractions. According to Tripadvisor, York is the 6th best destination in the UK. In addition, it is one of the three safest UK cities to study according to The Complete University Guide 2013 and it presents students with plenty of opportunities for leisure activities.

Visit the MSc in International Business and Strategic Management page on the University of York website for more details!

Student Profiles

The York Management School Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

There are a number of department scholarships worth £5,000 each, a sum subtracted from the total tuition fee payable to the university. In addition we offer a small number of travel bursaries of £1,500 each. The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants. All Master offer holders are invited to apply. For more information visit our website pages: • http://www.york.ac.uk/management/taught-masters/scholarships/• http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/taught/uk-eu-funding/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The awards are open to Home, EU and Overseas applicants.

Application Procedure

Please visit the website pages for more details

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) normally in any of the Social Science subjects. Applications will also be considered from candidates with a good 2:2 (or equivalent) and at least two years relevant work experience. Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

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