The MSc International Business with Human Resource Management with Advanced Practice consists of eight taught modules, Global Business in Context, International Finance, International Marketing, Managing and Leading People in International Organisations, International HRM, Global Strategy, Applied Research Methods, and International Entrepreneurship, and either a Dissertation or an Applied Research Project.
The Advanced Practice offers you the opportunity to study a Masters with the addition of either an internship or applied consulting project and gain valuable workplace environment experience.
Successful completion of the eight taught modules, will allow you to acquire mastery of both the macro and micro contexts of international business with keener focus on a human resource management context. More specifically, you would enhance your ability to acquire, develop, and integrate international business theory whilst developing the skills to apply such theories in terms of international business practice and greater appreciation of human resource management matters in international business.
Your final piece of work, either the Dissertation or Research Project, offers you the opportunity to investigate an area of human resource management relevant to international business. The Masters Dissertation option provides the opportunity to conceive, design and satisfactorily implement a substantial research project within the broad subject area of international business and HRM, whilst the Applied Research Project option enables students to apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the MSc International Business with HRM programme to an international business matter.
Global Business in Context – 15 credits
Businesses now operate in a globalised, highly connected multi-layered business environment, where global, regional and local firms are increasingly intertwined. Such an environment presents many challenges, and is typified by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. As the leaders/managers and decision makers of the future, this module will help students understand key concepts and current trends in Global Business, prepare for work in multi-layered environments, and to understand the need for flexibility and adaptability, both in the domestic and regional and global contexts.
International Finance – 15 credits
Students will be provided with an introduction to financial theory and techniques for entrepreneurship and managerial decision-making within an international business context. Students will acquire skills for planning, control and funding throughout the business cycle.
Global Marketing & Sales Development – 15 credits
Given the need for export-led growth and the expanding global markets, coupled with shrinking and saturated local/regional markets, this module focuses on developing the student’s knowledge, skills and expertise in relation to the international marketing effort, through the lens of both SMEs and MNEs. The module attempts to better understand the complexities of marketing internationally across borders which is critical to inform decisions and choices to inform market development and growth through global sales development. The module provides a contemporary understanding of the importance and role of international marketing to support the growth, development and success of indigenous and international organisations in a global arena.
The Digital Landscape – 15 credits
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its practical application in a range of different contexts. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of e-business; critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing an e-business; understand the implications of e-business for international business; and analyse how an organisation can apply e-business technologies to support its competitive strategy in an international business context.
International HRM – 15 credits
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.
Global Strategy Development & Implementation – 15 credits
The primary aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the strategic management of an SME engaged in international marketing. This includes understanding how the competitive position of a firm is devised based on analysing structure, country-based sources of advantage and their distinctive competencies. Further, translating strategy into organisational action requires an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the many organisational forms and processes that may be used to attain the desired competitive position.
International Business Research Skills – 15 credits
This module examines the vital role of research in international business decisions. It is designed for students who have minimal or no prior research experience, to gain appropriate knowledge, understanding and practical skills relevant to the international business research environment.
International Entrepreneurship – 15 credits
This module provides students with an appreciation of the growing importance of international entrepreneurship, and rapid internationalization by small firms. It develops appropriate enterprise knowledge and skills among students to foster international entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviour. A variety of teaching methods are used including, formal lectures/tutorials, group and individual work, guest lectures, and so on. This module will assist students to develop their personal international entrepreneurial effectiveness and to think creatively with regard to problem solving and possible future scenarios, as well as assist them on their global citizenship journey.
For students undertaking an internship
Internship & Professional Development Project – 60 credits
This module is designed to further enhance the employability of the students who have completed the MSc International Business with HRM modules whilst giving them experience of a workplace environment, before completing their final piece of work. In considering this they produce both reflective reports which help aid skills development, and also an internship project in which they apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the course to a “live” management issue.
For students not doing an internship
Applied Consulting Project – 60 credits
This applied module enhances the practical and employability skills of students by requiring them to undertake consultancy projects for real life case study clients. The module requires students to draw on relevant theories from previously studied MSc International Business with HRM modules, and to apply these in international business contexts, to deliver valuable project outcomes for client companies. The core elements of the module are company and industry specific, however, the international context of the projects will enhance students’ development of a global citizenship perspective.
And one of the following modules
Dissertation – 60 credits
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.
Applied Research Project – 60 credits
The Applied Research Project enables students to apply the theoretical concepts encountered on the MSc International Business program to a real-life management issue. In doing so, they choose and justify appropriate research methodologies, gather data and make conclusions and recommendations to an organisation.