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MBA in International Management
This programme has been designed for forward-thinking students who are looking to expand their knowledge through the route of higher education to contribute to the economic growth of the UK through both UK markets and the growing international markets.
Facts and figures
• Trading internationally increases a businesses’ productivity by 34% in the first year
• Sixty percent of UK growth comes from international business
• Forty percent of UK trade is with the USA making it the UK’s biggest international market
• The BRIC’s (Brazil, Russia, India and China) make up 43% of the world’s population, holding real future potential
• China has 338m internet ready users, larger than the total population of the USA and over five times the total population of the UK
The MBA aims to improve your competencies/understanding of:
1. Knowledge relevant to problems of Business Management.
2. Inter-personal and communication skills applicable to cross-cultural situations.
3. Awareness of cultural and institutional factors in Business with some focus on global business.
4. Conceptual tools for analysing and evaluating complex problems in Business Management.
5. Structured opportunities for students to develop and test their own hypotheses on issues in Business Management.
The MBA programme comprises of a total of eight modules each focusing on a different theme of business/management with an International business orientation. The teaching and learning of this programme are delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided and independent study. Teaching and learning on the programme are further enlivened by the active research of staff, particularly in the general areas of business and management theory. The MBA programme is worth a total of 180 credits.
With full-time attendance, the programme is normally completed in one year. Arrangements can, however, be made, for part-time students to complete the program over two years. As required for Masters Programmes, the MBA will have 1,800 hours of study in a variety of forms.
The Compulsory Core Courses are:
1. International Accounting and Finance
2. International Marketing
3. International Strategy
4. International Human Resource Management
5. Information Systems / Operations Management
Two elective modules are also required:
1. International Co-operative Strategy
2. Corporate Governance
3. Global Financial markets
All students are also required to take a course in Research Methodology, a pass in which is a condition for being allowed to proceed to the dissertation.
- International Finance and Accounting – MBA 01
This is an introduction to the subject of finance and of accounting. The module provides an introduction to international financial markets, to the source of funds for companies, and to the investment opportunities for those with money. Taxation is briefly covered. The numerous methods of valuing an equity share are introduced. The efficiency of the stock markets are examined, and the opportunities to make money on the markets considered.
- International Marketing – MBA 02
The module aims to develop an advanced understanding of the managerial marketing vocabulary of concepts, maxims and normative models within an international context drawing on issues in different domains of practice including the public sector. The baseline for the module is the influential US normative tradition of applied marketing principles. Alongside this, the module aims to encourage a critical engagement from students supported by reference to traditions of marketing scholarship which seek not to advance organizational effectiveness but to study the evolution, production and communication of marketing thought itself.
- International Strategy – MBA 03
This module provides the student with an understanding of how Corporate and Business Strategy fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation. The course consists of lectures and case studies including the theories behind strategy development, current views on the nature of corporate strategy, international strategy, cooperative strategy, and how to achieve strategic change. The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the way in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage and develop the corporation internationally.
- International HRM – MBA 04
This module introduces students to the principal issues underlying human resource management in international organisations. It does so with particular attention to the transfer of HRM practices from one country's setting to another through the medium of the Multinational Corporation and international joint ventures. As the significant context for international HRM, the module introduces students to the nature of national culture and examines the implications for HRM of variations between major cultures.
- Information Systems – MBA 05
This module aims to introduce students to some of the key information systems issues faced by organisations in today’s global business environment. Starting with the use of information systems for attaining competitive advantage, the course will address organisational and managerial concerns in the development, implementation and effective management of information systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on using a variety of case studies to make explicit the problems involved in the management of technological change in organisations as well as the impact of information systems on organisational culture and context.
This module will focus on the ethical issues that affect the management of MNCs and other firms. Its general objective is to enhance the students’ capacity to recognize ethical dilemmas which such organizations face. Using examples from the business world, the module will develop the students’ ability to handle the ethical decisions they are likely to encounter in their personal and professional lives.
- Cooperative Strategy - MBA E01
The elective focuses on the benefits that can be gained through cooperation and how to manage the cooperation so as to realize them. A cooperative strategy can offer significant advantages for companies that are lacking in particular competencies or resources to secure these through links to others possessing complementary skills or assets; it may also offer easier access to new markets, and opportunities for mutual synergy and learning.
- Corporate Governance - MBA E02
In this elective, we will discuss the main perspectives and address to a variety of issues which have been at the centre of discussion on corporate governance. Some of the discussion will raise issues which are at the macro level. Thus, one of the issues that we shall address in this module is how countries differ from each other and if there are signs of convergence in governance structures. Can Germany maintain its current governance system? What is the future of employee representation in Germany? The module will address the question of whether the developed economies will be converging on a single “best-practice” model of corporate governance.
- Global Financial Markets – MBA E03
This elective offers a full introduction to the operation of the financial markets in a global setting. The Accounting and Finance module is an important precursor to your study of this material. Global Financial Markets is concerned with the nature of the capital securities which are traded on the international money and capital markets and with the operation of those markets themselves.
- Entrepreneurship – MBA E04
The aim of this elective is to provide the intellectual and practical background to equip would-be entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge to set up their own international companies successfully. By the end of this course, students should be able to show an understanding of the entrepreneurship process. They should also have gained an understanding of the key differences between large companies and SMEs, come to understand the financing options available to start –up and developing companies and gained an appreciation of the role of start-up and entrepreneurial activity in the hi-tech and Bio-pharma sectors in particular.
This course has been designed to provide students with thorough business training so once graduated students will have the capability and knowledge base to take up a post with any company within the UK as well as any of the multi-national companies (MNCs) but will also be highly prized by SMEs (small and medium enterprises).
Students who are interested in a research and/or academic career can consider progressing onto PhD level of study post-MBA.