The MSc International Business is a one year degree which aims to allow students to acquire mastery of both the macro and micro contexts of international business. It is designed to enable students to build, develop, and integrate international business theory, and develop the skills to then apply this in terms of international business practice.
The Masters dissertation provides the opportunity to conceive, design and satisfactorily implement a substantial research project within the broad subject area of international business.
The course attracts a variety of students with different educational needs:
- Business studies graduates wishing to pursue career in international business.
- Mature students wishing to improve career options and develop expertise.
- Business practitioners wishing to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to enable them to compete in a rapidly developing and constantly evolving global business environment.
Applicants must hold at least a second class honours degree or equivalent in a cognate area or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.
English entry requirements :
IELTS 6.0 (no contributing band below 5.5) or equivalent.
- Students wishing to join the courses at an overall IELTS (or equivalent SELT) 5.5 (no contributing band below 5.0) may be able to enrol on the 7-week pre-sessional English course
We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning methods across the various modules of this course, depending on the nature and priorities of each module. The principal methods are as follows and your learning will typically consist of a combination of these.
Our lectures have an emphasis on encouraging two-way communications. They actively incorporate a range of student/group activities to encourage participation and are structured to stimulate further studies and to relate to seminar situations. As the course progresses, the traditional teaching and learning mechanism is incrementally reduced in favour of more participative and student-led systems.
2. Laboratory / Practical Classes
These aim to develop subject specific skills, reinforce and validate material exposed in lectures, simulate working environments, synthesise knowledge and provide opportunities for innovation. We are committed to providing realistic work experiences and various simulated exercises are included in practical sessions.
Seminar have an emphasis on student participation and initiation which enables each group to consolidate the knowledge gained through lectures and independent study, develop their problem solving and analytical skills and play a more active role in the teaching/learning effort.
As the course progresses, seminars encourage independent learning and help to develop abilities, attributes and competencies which will stand you in good stead in your managerial career. This includes the transferable skills of communication, leadership, negotiation, group dynamics and self-presentation. Seminars also feature case studies and role play.
4. Case Studies
These help to develop your powers of logical reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving, while also enhancing effective communication and interpersonal relations. Many of the increasing complex case studies you will encounter during your course have been developed by faculty staff who have based them on their real experiences in business and/or research.
Conducted as a small group or, more usually, on an individual basis, tutorials will help to keep your learning on track. You will be able to discuss and gain advice to prepare you for the honours dissertation, curriculum projects, assignments and other investigations.
These forums for open discussion enable you to research aspects of a given topic or case study, to discuss your findings with your peers, and to apply, test and evaluate certain theoretical perspectives.
7. Guest Speakers
Guest speakers are regularly invited to present on a range of issues within particular modules, exposing you to a wide spectrum of up-to-the-minute issues and giving you the opportunity to apply your studies in a broader context.
Each module is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination or by coursework only