The MSc International Business has been designed to prepare you for a successful career in the international business arena. You will develop a clear understanding of the macro and micro environment in which international businesses operate in terms of strategy, IHRM, entrepreneurship, economics, marketing, finance and governance, as well as politics and culture and communications.

Dr Katy Warden, Programme Director, MBA International and MSc International Business

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Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

The overall aim of the MSc International Business is to educate individuals as managers and business specialists in preparation for effective roles in the international business arena, or for further research.

The focus of Canterbury Christ Church University's MSc International Business course is on the development of the whole person in acquiring the skills and attributes necessary for the leaders, entrepreneurs and policy-makers of tomorrow in management, strategy and decision-making and communication. It also equips you with marketable analytical skills and personal attributes required for a career in the modern international business world. Graduates can also engage in further research on an MPhil/PhD programme.

As we enter a period of dramatic economic and political change, there has never been a more exciting time to study international business. Today’s businesses operate in a dynamic global business environment in which managers have to deal with rapidly changing markets and a climate of high uncertainty.

These challenges call for new skills and new thinking as businesses strive to reinvent themselves. The MSc International Business has been carefully crafted to reflect the complex, dynamic and multifaceted character of this contemporary subject area.

This course is ideal for UK students who want to develop their knowledge of business and management in an international context. It is also a frequent choice for both EU and international students due to the cross-cutting themes in marketing, strategy, finance, human resources and career development.

What’s the difference between MSc International Business and MBA International?

Entry requirements

You will need an appropriate Honours degree (minimum 2.2, or equivalent qualification). If you are an international student (with a first degree from a non-UK higher education institution), you will also need to demonstrate English language proficiency, with a combined 6.5 IELTs score (or equivalent).

2:2
honours degree

All about the course

The MSc International Business has been carefully crafted to reflect the complex, dynamic, and multifaceted character of work-related learning and international business. This course offers comprehensive, conceptual knowledge and a practical understanding of the key subject areas within international business subjects. It has immediate relevance and application in the current market with the focus on developing and educating individuals as managers and business specialists in preparation for effective roles in the international business arena and for further progression in specialist research. It offers a holistic view of international business management challenges and innovative and creative approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. Through the blended learning methods, expertise-driven insights, as well as a clear commitment to guiding and supporting student and employability development at the postgraduate level.

All of the modules on this course have been carefully crafted in a concise and comprehensive fashion to prepare you for future employment or further research. You will study seven compulsory 20 credits modules. The course is completed by 40 credit dissertation in term 3 that provides an opportunity for you to set yourself apart and demonstrate to potential employers a high level of thinking in relation to strategic trends and issues facing modern businesses.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

The MSc International Business is designed to bring reality into the classroom. The course ensures that formal sessions are interactive with an emphasis on discussion, debate and critique of theoretical concepts, and application to real world business problems. The examples of professional practice are integrated in each module outline. You will also have plenty of opportunities to hone your presentation skills and to work on group tasks. An important element of your learning process is a lively debate, and consideration of experiences and practices from different countries and cultural background is central to discovering more about the complexities of the fields of international business.

A range of teaching and blended learning strategies will be used, including lectures (on-line and offline), interactive workshops; independent study; guided study; focused readings; student presentations; tutorials and illustrative case-study analyses. You will have the opportunity to offer evidence from your own experiences where this is relevant and will critically examine strategic issues from other organisations. We will make extensive use of the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard and Collaborate Ultra) and other, appropriate online resources for all aspects of teaching, learning, assessment, communication and administration. All modules will have a dedicated Blackboard containing a wide range of learning resources and other material that support, supplement and in some cases provide an alternative to lectures and seminars.

One of the main assessment strategies used on the MBA International is group work. This is because we operate student-centred classrooms which encourages active learning and inspires you to work together with other students on the programme. Through discussion and group work in seminars, you will engage critically and directly with a range of contemporary business issues within international business, like globalisation, culture and their implications for international business strategies.

Writing written reports will demonstrate to future employers your ability to present and write in a professional manner. This applies to all business management subjects, and would be a core transferable skill you will need to possess. Through independent study, you will learn to find, assimilate and organise information from a range of source (library books and journals, internet, etc.) and take responsibility for your own learning and skill development. Written assignments will assess your applied knowledge and understanding of key business and management problems. You will be able to critically evaluate findings, and draw on mainstream business, finance, careers and marketing journals as well as industry style reports.

Presentations and academic posters allow you to demonstrate your ability to integrate, contrast and evaluate ideas and findings and present them orally in a professional manner. It allows you to demonstrate your creative flare and further allows you to give a detailed summary of the research project or aims and objectives of the assessment. The number of ways you can emphasise your key points in presentations is much greater than a written report. It will also help you practice the art of speaking and articulating publicly. Presentations and academic posters also help you practice a skill beneficial to employers and management within the international business. Presentations and academic posters will address your postgraduate skills of communication in all its forms. Presentations in particular will demonstrate professional employability key skills and attributes such as ‘verbal communication skills’ and personal skills such as ‘creativity’ and ‘self-awareness’. These skills are necessary to progress in the major international business fields at a management level.

To complete your 10,000-12,000 word dissertation, you will be assigned a supervisor to guide you through the process. The role of the supervisor is to assist you by providing you with bespoke advice and guidance on how to prepare, produce and improve your dissertation. It may include: giving advice on choosing a suitable topic; drawing up a suitable preliminary bibliography; planning the primary and secondary research you may need to do; using suitable research methods, including obtaining any necessary research ethics approval; methods of improving the presentation of the dissertation; sources of information, advice and guidance in undertaking the dissertation and other general academic advice. The supervisor will be available to advise you on approach, coverage, questions to be asked and the outline structure and research design. There will be interactive workshops, student presentations, and faculty staff will help by providing formative feedback as part of the development of dissertation proposals, as well as the main project/dissertation itself. Your supervisor and research methods co-ordinator will also assist you in the definition and organisation of the project in the early stages of preparation, advise you on the feasibility of what you plan to do and approve the dissertation proposal.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment will include a combination of practical and written assignments and presentations. Each taught 20 credit module will be assessed by one or more assessments to the indicative value of 4,000 words. At the end of the course, you will submit a dissertation, ranging between 10-12000 words.

Each module generally has one or two assessments from the following range: written assignments such as essays (includes reflective essays, case study essays, essays that review or critique research or essays based on a trigger), individual and group presentations, research reports, literature reviews; projects, critical reflections and portfolios.

Your future career

This course is heavily oriented towards international business landscape. All graduates will be able to demonstrate range of skills and techniques specific to the international business. Upon completion you will have good theoretical understanding of the broad area of international business. It will allow you to challenge preconceptions and give you the opportunity to analyse business environment more holistically. You will develop particular skills in international business case study analysis and will be able to create interdisciplinary links with inter-cultural perspectives.

Many of our graduates will leave to pursue careers in management consultancy, as well as work in retailing, manufacturing and services. With a strong emphasis on the development of employment skills, graduates go on to pursue various careers in business, management or policymaking. Graduates from this course often engage in further research on the MPhil/PhD programme. We actively ensure that the curriculum responds proactively to your needs and your community of practice to support success in your future professional roles.

Fees

Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Tuition Fees for 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

The following table sets out the general principles which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Category Is the cost Included in the tuition fee? Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

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Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
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