International Business (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to June

The MSc International Business programme seeks to meet the buoyant labour market demand for more postgraduates in the field of international business.

This programme is designed for people who wish to develop a critical research-based knowledge and expertise in a broad range of key issues in international business and management at postgraduate level while also enabling a focus on specific areas of study according to personal interests or career requirements. These areas include economics and finance, marketing, employment relations and human resource management, business ethics, globalisation and development.

The distinctiveness of this programme draws from the way it presents the multidisciplinary context of the academic domain of international business and the way it promotes an interdisciplinary connection with cognate fields such as management, business, economics and organisation studies.

The programme has five compulsory courses which provide core training in principles of international business and management and research methods. Three optional courses enable a focus on specific areas of international business study.

The opportunity to tailor the programme to personal interests and career requirements of students extends to the dissertation which is undertaken on an international business topic. The dissertation also enables the application and further development of a broad range of research-based skills which is emphasised throughout the programme.

The programme facilitates the attainment of a broad range of subject-specific, intellectual, practical and personal and social learning outcomes. Students completing the programme have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to analyse critical issues in international business with qualitative and quantitative methods, and to design and implement international business strategy and policy development. It is particularly relevant if you are, or would like to be, a manager with responsibility for international business and policy affairs in a private or public sector organisation.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sports management, and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

The Programme Director and Personal Tutor for this programme is Dr P. E. Tolentino.

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Highlights

  • The course draws strength from Birkbeck's mission as a provider of higher education as well as its strategic geographical location in London which is a centre for international business par excellence.
  • Birkbeck’s Department of Management has an established reputation in the delivery of highly successful international business and management postgraduate programmes.
  • Teaching staff have an international reputation in their respective areas of research activity.
  • Birkbeck's Strategy and International Business Research Group supports the programme as a centre for research, training and policy advice on foreign direct investment and knowledge diffusion, globalisation of innovative activities, comparative business systems and management, international human resource management and international business strategy. The research group organises seminars and publishes major books and academic papers in the world’s leading journals within its field of interest.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • Academic tutorial support and guidance systems are in place in the Department of Management to ensure your academic and personal development. The School also has a dedicated learning coordinator, who will support you in your studies and offer help and advice on a wide range of study skills.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.
  • Birkbeck students are drawn from a diverse range in terms of age and academic, social and cultural backgrounds. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment.
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Course structure

You take five compulsory modules (including either Economics for Managers or Principles of Organization and Management), choose two option modules from the list below and one further option module from the range of management postgraduate modules (or from other departments, subject to approval). Finally, you complete a dissertation.

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