International Business MSc
Manage your future
Huddersfield Business School
A Master’s in International Business will give you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing and dynamic international environment, as well as various cross border business activities.
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands), or equivalent.
Term dates and intakes
Why study international business?
In this course, you will develop the skills needed to identify strategies available to firms operating at an international level, and develop a critical understanding of their activities. This programme will provide the opportunity for you to study a wide range of topics in international business, from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
What you’ll study
There are five compulsory modules, you then choose three options depending on your interests. You will have the opportunity to pursue the area that interests you most with your research project.
The Context of International Business
This module is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets. Given the complex and inter-related nature of the international business environment, it is important for you to understand, for example, how the social, economic, political, legal and financial factors have influenced, and continue to influence international business. You can also develop your intellectual capacities by applying the international business theory and techniques to complex business scenarios. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the ethical issues in international business.
The Global Professional
In today’s highly mobile and interconnected world of business, you will undoubtedly find yourself working with culturally diverse teams, partnerships and customer bases. It is therefore essential that you are able to offer future employers, colleagues and other stakeholders an adaptable interculturally aware and responsive approach. In the light of that, this module fosters transferable skills fundamental to global employability. Your professional and personal development will be guided through the application of the eight CIPD Behaviours, University of Huddersfield’s target Graduate Attributes, and key Intercultural Effectiveness skills and mindsets. As you develop professionally through your subject studies you will increase consciousness of your individual cultural make-up and the impact of this on behaviour, relationships and worldview in order to navigate beyond the borders of your own culture. You will develop a conscious approach to effective global practice, responding positively to difference, and constructing strategies to deal with intercultural workplace encounters.
Individual Research Project
The Individual Research Project provides an opportunity to pursue your own interests and engage more deeply with your subject by completing an in-depth piece of research work using relevant research methods. Working autonomously, but under the guidance of a supervisor, you will make choices about the most appropriate methods and then conduct your own research project. Through the Individual Research Project, you will have the opportunity to greatly enhance your own knowledge and skills. The research will be presented in written format using academic conventions recognised in your field.
This module aims to provide you with foundation concepts of research methods to prepare you to conduct your own research. It will introduce you to different types of research approaches available to researchers, how to formulate good research questions, how to review academic literature in the research process, how to select the appropriate data collection techniques, how to carry out the data analysis and write-up. The module should provide a solid basis for you to develop your skills further in your own research project.
The Strategy of International Business
This module introduces you to the analytical frameworks, models and techniques commonly used in international business for the analysis, formulation and implementation of strategies. It provides you the opportunity to develop analysis competencies at an international and strategic level. This includes developing an understanding of the various levels of strategy and the different strategic options available for businesses to choose from. Also, this module helps you understand the nature of the organisation in international business and the significance of the Multinational Enterprise.
The rise in importance and complexity of financial management in an international environment poses a great challenge for financial managers in multinational corporations. The increasing integration of global products and financial markets around the world requires financial managers working for multinational corporations to consider exchange rates, international capital and debt markets, and economic and political risks to achieve shareholder wealth maximization. This module is intended to provide you the tools needed to understand the global financial markets and the challenges and opportunities these bring to the financial managers of the multinational corporations.
Leading, Managing and Developing People
This module explores the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and how these are achieved in different types of organisational contexts. Focusing on leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help students become effective strategic managers as well as effective HR specialists, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment and performance.
This module provides an introduction into the strategic management theories and its practical application. It will cover: mission and goal formation, stakeholder theories, corporate governance, and business ethics, in addition to these topics, this module will equip you with the strategy toolbox that includes: external and internal analysis, corporate level strategies and business level strategies, strategic decision making and at the end overall evaluation of strategy implementation and evaluation.
Managing Sustainable Challenges
Businesses around the globe are becoming more aware of their role in helping to build a more sustainable future. Consequently, this module will provide you with an integrative understanding of the role of business in overcoming the challenges of sustainability. Utilising both theory and practice-based frameworks related to business responsibility, corporate sustainability and sustainable development, you will be able to identify, and assess the challenges associated with the responsibilities of business. You will also be introduced to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a view towards examining how businesses could collaborate to achieve these.
Emotional Intelligence for the Effective Leader
EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered to be the ‘soft’ skill which the sharpest leaders use. This module encourages you to enhance your effectiveness in areas of EQ such as self-awareness, self management, mindset, integrity, maturity, empathy, inter- and intrapersonal intelligences, and physical context. All of this is contextualised within a framework for developing effective relationship management in team work and leadership.
Joint first in the UK for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications
Your tutors have professional experience in their fields and will be able to share the latest developments in the workplace. They will also be able to provide insight of how the theory you will learn can be applied in your future.
Your classes will be taught mainly using case studies and evaluated through assessments and group projects.
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