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MBA International Management

The MBA in International Management aims to provide a broadly-based postgraduate level of education in management, for pre and post experience graduates. Admission is not limited to graduates with prior work experience, as we believe new first degree graduates are well able to undertake a Masters programme in Management.

The core courses comprise the standard Management MBA modules, but also a module in Entrepreneurship. The elective modules allow students to select topics of special interest to them, all of which have an international orientation.

Teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided independent study, and a variety of assessments, including examination. Teaching and learning in the programme is propelled by the active research of staff, particularly in the general areas of business and management theory. The course will have a modular format, with modules being taught in blocks of  5 days each.

The MBA aims to improve your international competencies in, and understanding of:

  1. Knowledge relevant to problems of International Business Management
  2. Inter-personal and communication skills applicable to cross-cultural situations
  3. Awareness of cultural and institutional factors in International Business
  4. Conceptual tools for analyzing and evaluating complex problems in International Business Management
  5. Structured opportunities for students to develop and test their own hypotheses on issues in International Business Management

Specifically, these aims should be achieved through students’ development of competencies in the following areas of knowledge and skill:

  • Applied knowledge of key concepts in each of the core subjects (Core subjects).
  • The impact of national differences in global business (All subjects)
  • Understanding the links between corporate actions and resulting outcomes; (All subjects)
  • Skills of working constructively in cross-cultural teams (Group projects and presentations in most modules)
  • Decision making on the basis of incomplete information (Core subjects and Research training).
  • Testing propositions and evaluating evidence (Dissertation, Research training and Core subjects).
  • Communicating complex problems in a structured and effective way; taking responsibility for their self learning and creative work and developing habits of reflection of that learning (Dissertation).
  • Planning, designing and writing an investigative project relating to issues in business management (Dissertation)
  • Advanced knowledge and critical understanding of research methods within the subject areas; (Research training)


Course Format

With full-time attendance, the programme is normally completed in one year. Arrangements can be made, however, for part-time students to complete the programme 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
  6. Sustainability

Two elective modules are also required, from:

  1. International Co-operative Strategy
  2. Business Organisation
  3. Corporate Governance
  4. Global Financial markets
  5. Entrepreneurship

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. This course counts for 20 credits.

The third part of the programme is a dissertation on an international topic. This will be allocated 60 credits, making 180 in total.



Non EU Students: £8500                                   UK/EU Students:  £6000

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Core Modules

International Finance and Accounting – MBA 01

The basic technique of finance is the same whether one is interested in Personal Finance, Business Finance or Public Sector Finance. It is necessary for everyone to understand how to measure the real cost of money, and the real return from investment. The course covers the basic mathematics of finance. That is how to measure present values and future values. 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 is 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 differing 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 course 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 10 x three hour sessions 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 [HRM] in international organisations. It does so with particular attention to the transfer of HRM practices from one country 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

Information systems and technologies play a central role in today's global business environment. This course will enable students to appreciate the strategic role of information systems in business organisations. The course explores a range of critical management and organisational issues in the design, implementation and effective use of information systems. The course also makes extensive use of real-life case studies to highlight the business opportunities and management/organisational challenges faced by organisations in relation to information systems and technologies.


Sustainability – MBA 06

Debates on business ethics are not new, but more recently the subject has attracted the attention of major corporations, governments, international bodies and consulting firms. Ethical issues have become increasingly important in business education. The subject assumed critical significance following the recent corporate scandals and the controversial behaviour of multinational corporations [MNCs] in developing countries and their often reluctant response to societal pressures to adopt a more responsible stance towards the environment. 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.


Elective Modules

Cooperative Strategy - MBA E01

A large number of firms today engage in co-operative strategies. A cooperative strategy is an attempt by a firm to realize its objectives through cooperation with other firms, in alliances, rather than competition with them. The module 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

Corporate governance concerns the process of accountability and control, both over firms and within them, intended to reduce the risk to investors and to ensure that the firm provides them with a steady stream of returns over the longer term. Corporate governance is closely bound up with the top-level structures of major corporations, and with the establishment of economic and social performance criteria for them. There are a number of ways in which scholars have studied corporate governance. In this module 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 our 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. Would European, Asian and Latin American economies shape their governance systems according to the “Anglo-Saxon model”?


Global Financial Markets – MBA E03

This course 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 course 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.


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