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International Business Management with HRM (with internship) MSc

Overview

MSc International Business Management with Human Resource Management provides a systematic, comprehensive, in-depth study of international business and marketing. You'll develop the ability to critically evaluate and appraise existing theories and ideas about changes taking place in the world of international business. You'll also build an awareness and understanding of how different cultural attitudes and beliefs shape the international business environment in different regions of the world.

You'll learn to use scientific research techniques to engage in independent investigation, building knowledge and understanding of particular issues that are the forefront of the different areas covered by the degree.

You'll become a more effective decision-taker, with the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills to engage in independent, original thought which has practical application in the business environment.

The placement provides you with the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop your understanding of business as it applies to the sector you choose to work in.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
19 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

  • International management
    This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to management in international firms. We'll analyse the strategies, policies and decision making of international firms in the context of the changing international business environment. We'll cover: management practices in important economic regions in the world; the international strategic environment and competition  in global industries; alternative foreign market entry and development methods and the multinational enterprise; human resources (international transfers and expatriation, management development, cross-cultural issues) competency and corporate performance; strategy formulation and evaluation; competitive advantage and sustainability; international business strategy; strategy implementation; international acquisitions and mergers; international collaboration, the delta model and value networked organisations; international organisational structure; strategy implementation: culture and strategic change; and, globalisation and anti-globalisation.
  • International marketing
    In this module you’ll understand international marketing concepts and developing international marketing skills is essential for the success of organisations operating in increasingly global, challenging and changing markets. The module provides an overview of international marketing issues, integrating theory and practice across a wide range of international business contexts. We’ll cover three key elements; part 1, is dedicated to appreciating environmental differences, especially cultural ones when conducting international market research to assess and identify foreign target markets; part 2, is the review of international market expansion strategies  in terms of resources allocation and international involvement and a  detailed analysis of foreign market entry strategies; and part 3, covers global product policies; global pricing, international distribution channels and global communications.
  • International Finance and Decision Making The unit seeks to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to evaluate the impact of business decisions on different constituencies of stakeholder as well as being able to participate in decisions and processes concerning the maximisation of value in investment, finance and risk management, and understand the implications of taxation in financial decision making.
  • Strategic international human resource management
    In this module we'll investigate and analyse current practice and developments in Strategic Personnel and Development with full regard to International context. We'll focus clearly on the importance of Strategic HRM as being a key to the success and competitive edge of today’s organisations.  This module provides an understanding of international business practices, problems and strategies with specific reference to human resource management issues. The practical simulation activities you'll be involved in provide many hands-on learning opportunities that can help prepare you the workplace.
  • Managing across cultures
    This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to cross cultural management issues. The module also instils sensitivity and open-mindedness in the work environment, the ability to accept and value other, familiar or unfamiliar cultures and their diversity.
  • International employment relations
    This module introduces the main actors in employment relations and the employment relations strategies employed in contemporary organizations. We then contextualise these strategies internationally, examining them in a variety of countries and sectors. We'll assess the degree of convergence in national systems and the impact on them of developing international regulation. We'll also cover the practice employment relations, development of key skills, and the impact of national cultures upon this exercise.
  • Internship
    This module allows you to gain valuable work experience while studying for a masters degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with you. However, you'll be amply supported by both the work placement team and by the University’s Employability Module both during the search process and when you are actually working.  The internship will allow you to reflect on how  principles of your discipline can be applied in the workplace, so enhancing your appreciation of the multi-functional requirements of business in the real world.
  • Dissertation
    This module requires the completion of a circa 20,000 (not including appendices and bibliography or references) Master’s level dissertation in an area of international business. It requires that, and provides an opportunity for you to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations.

    Employability

    Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.

    Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    Placements

    You'll undertake a four month placement in a sector which is relevant to your studies. You'll be expected to find this placement, supported by staff and the University's employability service. As part of your assessment, you'll write a business report on this experience. 

    If you are unable to find a suitable placement, you can revert back on to MSc International Business Management with HRM.

    Staff

    Haider Bilal

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Lecturer & Multimedia Developer

    Haider has development experience in generating and manipulating graphics, animations, audio, video and text to create integrated multimedia programs. His research is in the area of Software Maintenance and Measurement, specifically Change Impact Analysis (CIA).


    Dr Lakhdar Boukersi

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Sessional Lecturer

    Dr Lakhdar Boukersi was awarded a PhD in International Marketing, and his research interests include the application of Marketing Management in LDC's, impact of international trade fairs on export development, trade fairs and exhibitions as a communication tool.


    Dr Gurjeet Dhesi

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Senior Lecturer

    Gurjeet's current research interests lie in the fields of Quantitative Finance, Financial Econometrics and Applied Mathematical Modelling.


    Mel Godfrey

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Head of Business Partnerships and Employment Outcomes; Course Director, MSc Marketing

    Mel helped to launch the first public email systems available in the UK and has also undertaken consultancy work with both large firms and small organisations covering all aspects of marketing.


    Dr Peter Luke

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Associate Professor; Associate Head of Business and Enterprise

    Dr Luke is an Associate Professor and Subject Group Leader for Economics within the School of Business. He currently lectures on the BA Business Studies course, and is the Course Director for the BSc Economics undergraduate degree. Dr Luke is also the Director of the Centre for International Business Studies.


    Dr John Opute, PhD

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Senior Lecturer, Human Resources Management

    An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.


    Prof. Jon Warwick, PhD

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Professor of Educational Development in the Mathematical Sciences

    A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.


    Facilities

    Teaching and learning

    You'll develop team working skills through group projects, case studies and other forms of collaborative work.

    Entry requirements

    Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in any subject

    How to apply

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    Mode
    Full-time
    Duration
    19 months
    Start date
    January; September
    Application code
    P052742
    Application method

    Fees and funding

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    Full-time
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
    AOS/LSBU code: 4870Session code: 1FS01
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £9640
    International £14065
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
    AOS/LSBU code: 4870Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £9640
    International £14065

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