International Business Management (part-time)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

    • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester. Watch the video to find out more.
    • Extensive use of the University's online virtual learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.
    • Excellent language and academic writing support.

    Adding value to your employability skills

    Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activites that include:

    Live business project 

    Many employers require graduates who posess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

    In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business. 

    Behind-the-scenes business visits

    As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

    • Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
    • Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
    • BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
    • Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

    Professional development weeks

    The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

    Consultancy dissertation 

    The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specfic sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. 

    Expert guest lectures

    A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students. 

    About the course

    Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

    The Faculty is home to the Centre for Business and Society, which brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme.

    Industry experienced teaching expertise

    Teaching expertise on the MSc International Business Management programme comes from the Department of Management which includes a rich mix of research-active and industry experienced academics. 

    Meet the lecturers: 

    Our research in international business

    Reflecting our research ethic and international outlook, the Centre for Business and Society is the overarching research function of the Faculty of Business and Law.  Bringing together the collaborative strengths of five synergistic research centres, this includes the Centre for International Business and Innovation, a collection of subject-led knowledge clusters and a thriving PhD community in the Faculty’s Graduate School.

    The Centre for International Business and Innovation (CIBI) brings together recognised scholars in the fields of international business and innovation studies to exploit the strong synergies between the two disciplinary fields in a period of rapid (economic and technological) globalisation.

    CIBI has a strong record of international level research and has extensive links with government departments, regional authorities and international organisations. The centre is also closely linked with leading academic institutions, business associations and a range of interest group organisations. 

    Core areas of research within CIBI include:

    • Internationalisation and multinational companies
    • International political economy
    • Innovation in the public, private and third sectors
    • Radicalisation, counter radicalisation and de-radicalisation
    • Foreign investment for sustainable development

    Typical units of study may include

    Year 1

    Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation. 

    You will study the following units:

    • International Environment - This unit will seek to develop a critical awareness of the international economic and political factors which define the global economy and influence international business practices.  The unit considers both historic and contemporary perspective of the global economy and investigate its building blocks – governments, markets and institutions, exploring international trade policy and financial systems. The key issues with respect to doing business in both developed and emerging markets will be considered as well as the sustainable aspects of economic development.
    • International Strategy and Management - This unit aims to provide you with the in depth knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing internationalisation strategies and operations as well as the skills entailed in the management of international business activities. The unit will provide a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of sustainable international strategies such as foreign direct investment and collaborative ventures in developed and emerging markets.
    • Specialist Stream Unit*

    You can select from a range of specialist stream units that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area.

    • Behavioural Economics & Financial Decision Making
    • Corporate Finance and Strategy
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
    • Project Management Concepts and Practice
    • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy
    • Strategic Information Systems & Technology
    • International and Comparative HRM
    • Key Debates in Contemporary International Relations

    *Please note the list of specialist stream units are indicative and may be subject to change depending on when you begin the course.

    The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

    Year 2

    • Investigating Business Practice - This is your opportunity to gain real consultancy skills with a live business client. You will be matched with a business partner and in groups, you will have to investigate a business issue for your client. This will involve setting clear objectives and goals, scoping out the project, assigning roles and responsibilities before undertaking live research and synthesising your theoretical knowledge in order to apply it to the client’s issue. You will then develop a proposal, considering factors concerning the client’s issue, before drawing up and presenting a set of recommendations that the client can realistically, apply to their business.  This unit provides you with real-life expertise in managing a client-consultant relationship, enhancing your CV and developing your employability skills by allowing you to experience the realities of managing teams, projects and expectations. 
    • Research Methods - This unit develops your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.
    • Dissertation - To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.

    This unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.

    You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:

    - Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.

    - Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

    - Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

    - Library based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

      Programme Review

      Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

      Assessment details

      You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examinations.

      The core units are assessed by 3 assignments (2,500-3,550 words) one examination, a business report, a presentation and a research brief (2,500 words) in total.

      Your dissertation will normally take the form of an empirical piece of research or an enterprise project based around a business start-up.  Other assessments will depend on the chosen specialist stream.

      Teaching Staff

      Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

      Typical entry requirements

      Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a business-related subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant management experience or degree equivalent professional qualifications.

      If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the provison that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

      There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

      How do I apply for this course?

      Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

      Career options after the course

      Graduates from this course have taken up management roles in a wide range of business sectors, many in global corporations. Examples of such roles include Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young, Accounts Manager at BNY Mellon and Management Trainee at Vantage.

      Student Profile: Amy Melamed, MSc International Business Management  

      The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

      You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

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      The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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