The Extended MSc International Business integrates the Graduate Certificate programme with our standard MSc International Business programme to allow entry for students with qualifications equivalent to a standard degree (third class, pass or ordinary).
This extended programme aims to develop your academic and study skills from the outset of the programme. You will then be well equipped to acquire a mastery of both the macro and micro contexts of international business. These programmes will include the ability to acquire, develop, and integrate international business theory whilst developing 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.
You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and insight in the following areas:
We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars and lectures, across the various modules of this course, depending on the nature and priorities of each module.
In addition to your time in class, you will be expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of self-study time per week.
One of our study options available for UK and EU nationals includes evenings and weekends. This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life. Find out more about evening and weekend study options here.
All modules are 100% assessed by coursework.
The pass mark for the Graduate Certificate modules is 40% in each module. Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate with an overall minimum average mark of 50% across all modules studied and passed, you will be guaranteed progression on to the MSc International Business.
Student and employer needs are reflected in the development of this programme and evidenced in the career destinations and further development of our graduates. The nature of the provision is such that it equips individuals for employment in a wide range of international roles within the public and private sectors and a significant number of graduates are successful in gaining promotion in their chosen fields or alter their career paths following completion of their programme of study.
A significant number of graduates from these programmes have also undertaken their doctoral studies, both within Ulster University and beyond.
International Business reading:
All modules are core.
This module covers the conventions of writing at a postgraduate level. You will practice using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Upon successfully completing this module you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the writing process, recognise examples of accurately written English and communicate effectively in writing on a range of business and management topics.
This module enables you to engage in effective independent study, highlighting the importance of referencing and problems associated with plagiarism. You will improve your creativity, problem-solving and decision-making skills to draw reasoned conclusions from data and make appropriate recommendations.
Upon completion you will demonstrate an understanding of learning styles required for academic purposes in business and management, and its application.
This module involves a literature review, covers a wide range of research methods and explores the appropriateness of various methodologies. Upon completion students will be able to critically evaluate concepts, arguments and evidence in an objective manner.
In addition they will be able to select appropriate methods of analysis and apply these methods in an organisational context.
The module aims to provide you with an overview of the major countervailing forces that impact upon the performance of international business. It will provide a framework within which you will develop an understanding of how different political, legal, economic, ethical, ecological, technological and fiscal systems impact upon international business activities.
This module will introduce you to key concepts and theories in international business. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the nature of the global business environment, reflect on real world activities and discuss global trends.
You will be provided with an introduction to financial theory and techniques for entrepreneurship and managerial decision-making within an international business context. You will acquire skills for planning, control and funding throughout the business cycle.
The module explores issues relating to multinational companies in their approach to people management, such as comparative employee relations, compensation, performance management and managing diversity.
This module aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of e-business, and an understanding of the implications of e-business for international business. You will analyse how organisations can apply e-business technologies to create competitive advantage.
This module gives you the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge of business and management research tools to enable you to successfully complete your Dissertation or Management Project. It enables you to make informed choices about research strategies and appropriate methods.
This module aims to lead you towards an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the international growth and development process of firms, from inception to maturity. You will acquire knowledge of International New Ventures and Born Global Firms and how theories help to explain their existence and growth.
This module is designed to enhance employability and career prospects, and to build confidence through gaining experience in strategic and operational situations facing a highly competitive global environment.
You will develop the ability to analyse factors that will determine whether a firm excels, survives or fails.
This module focuses primarily on the strategic management of enterprises engaged in international business. Different perspectives, such as core competencies and country-based sources are analysed to assess competitive positions and then to formulate strategies.
The Masters Dissertation enables students to carry out research on a chosen topic within the area of international business. Academic supervisors provide advice and guidance to students during their process. On successful completion of their 15,000 word dissertation students will be awarded their MSc in International Business.
Applicants must hold at least:
If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements, please contact us and one of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
Applicants must satisfy our general entry requirements as well as meeting specific requirements.
You will need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
The general entry requirements are any of the following:
If you do not have the required IELTS, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional programmes.
If you have IELTS 5.5, with a maximum one score of 5.0, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional Standard programme.
If you have IELTS 5.0, with a maximum one score of 4.5, you may be eligible to study on our Pre-Sessional Plus programme.
This course is eligible for postgraduate government funding. Please contact us for details.
Please note that the fees outlined are for your tuition only and do not include the cost of any course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, accommodation etc. As an Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campus student you will also have access to our on campus libraries and a range of e-learning resources.
For self-funding students, we offer a range of scholarships and early payment fee discounts, you can find out more here.
To find out more about this course, we recommend that you complete our enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
You can apply to study the Extended MSc International Business via the following methods.
Our Apply page includes further information on how to apply and which documents to include with your application.
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