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Masters in Business Management

Masters in Management (International Business)

This Masters programme introduces frameworks and methodologies to understand the interaction between firm strategies and policies in a rapidly globalising world.

At a glance

  • Examine the strategic choices multinational enterprises make to compete in an increasingly global economy
  • Complete an international study challenge through a foreign study visit
  • Deepen your global perspective
  • Gain an holistic view of the international business environment
  • Connect the ‘micro’ firm view with the ‘macro’ view of countries and regions
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Business & Management
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
Quyen Nguyen 75e5pfimu
Dr Quyen Nguyen

On this Masters programme, you will examine the strategies multinational firms use to compete in a global economy. Also, the development and policy challenges they create, from the perspectives of both developing and developed countries.

Through this MSc degree you will learn how firms are organised internally. Additionally, you will take an holistic view of the international business environment, regarding the competitiveness of firms and industries. You will therefore be able to connect the 'micro' firm view with the 'macro' view of countries and regions.

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Compulsory modules Credits

What am I going to do when my course ends, and how am I going to achieve it? This module has been designed to help Accounting, Informatics and Business Management students answer those two questions, and empower them to take the actions required. It’s a suite of sessions that pays close attention to the general pathways Business Management, Accounting and Informatics students tend to take, and their aspirations as expressed during pre-sessional career activities & induction surveys. Students will choose this the mix of custom-made sessions that best suit their stage in life and supplement them with the open careers programmes offered at the University, the online content on the Henley Careers Blackboard site and 1-2-1 careers consultations.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

This module focuses on the economic analysis firms' decision to engage in international business activity, including the choice to become an exporter or a multinational enterprise, and the economic effects of these choices on the home and host countries.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This course studies the contemporary international business environment from a macro, meso, and micro economic perspective. Theories from economics, political science, economic geography, and international business are examined. Students learn about global economic developments, the role of institutions and political economics systems, and the impact of technological changes and the differences of regional and national locations in business.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This project module serves as a capstone module for the Master’s in Management programme. Students will have an opportunity to draw on knowledge and experience gained across the programme (i.e., nine months of classroom learning) and apply them to a contemporary international business problems/issues. Project can be developed in conjunction with specific organizations (upon availability) or can be student-led (i.e., students choose a topic related to their chose streams of specialisation, e.g., International business, strategy, HR or Finance).

30 [15 ECTS credits]

The module provides intensive experiential learning in an international context. This is an opportunity for students group visits a particular country and particular business communities to explore business development issues and the methods the community has found for addressing these issues, as well as to assist these communities with possible business solutions. The module assists to create a network of active young specialists who think globally and act locally to make business action happen. The country partner institutions play a key role in setting up the itinerary and hosting the visit. Students will work in multinational teams for 10 continuous working days to develop international capabilities and build their global network.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and models underlying contemporary strategic management, their theoretical and empirical foundations, their limitations, the arguments surrounding them and their practical application to real issues facing real companies. This module provides students with an understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics.

  • Theories, frameworks and introduction
  • Internal resources and competencies of firms
  • External environment in which firms operate
  • The process of internationalisation
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances
  • Integration/responsiveness framework and strategy

20 [10 ECTS credits]
This module aims to examine international business strategy and financial performance of the multinational enterprise (MNE). It will provide students with an understanding of what globalisation and regionalisation mean for today’s managers, the best way to extend their knowledge of how MNEs function, how to turn the messages from the academic literature into effective business strategies within an MNE and how to measure the financial performance of MNEs.
  • Conceptual foundation of international business strategy: seven concepts and one unifying framework
  • Implications of international business strategy for MNE performance; review of financial analysis; practical applications
  • The critical role of firm-specific advantages (FSAs)
  • The nature of home country specific advantages and the problem with host country specific advantages
  • Combining firm-specific advantages and location-specific advantages
  • Introduction to international financial management in MNEs
  • Dynamics of entry-mode strategies: foreign distributors, strategic alliance, mergers and acquisitions

20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the changes in our theoretical understanding of international business. The understanding of multinational enterprises (MNE) can serve as a basis for practical evaluation of the behaviour, strategies and performance of these companies.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

Students must choose 40 credits of option modules to complete a total of 180 credits.

Optional modules Credits

This module introduces students to the scholarly literature on entrepreneurship and its recent advances. It shows how theoretical developments have practical applications and so assists students to appraise the increasingly entrepreneurial role of managers in modern business.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module describes, contrasts and explains traditional and new forms of organization within an international context. The module evaluates a variety of organisational design features such as teams and networks for their capacity to deliver appropriate strategies for 21st century firms and organisations. It considers the future of post-industrial organisation.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

To equip students with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management. The module covers relevant topics in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with a focus on the ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and critical evaluation of the use of relevant information in decision making.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is delivered at University of Reading UK. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary Corporate Social Responsibility subject involving firms, individuals and wider society with a focus on international management of responsibility. A strong component of Ethical theory is being learnt as part of the foundational knowledge of this module.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the choices made by multinational organisations with regard to managing their employees across different countries by introducing key concepts, theories and contemporary practices. It also aims to develop skills required to work in the international context through practical group work in multi-cultural teams.

  • Global challenges and international human resource management (HRM) strategy
  • Global corporate culture in multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Global staffing and global talent management
  • Managing expatriation
  • Developing global leaders
  • Diffusion of HRM practices in MNEs
  • Managing global HR function in MNEs
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module examines existing knowledge about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers. It relies on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Social and environmental issues and challenges have led to the growth of marketing tools being applied with a sustainable purpose. As a result, organisations and governments are gradually starting to use marketing techniques in order to influence stakeholder behaviour towards pro-sustainable outcomes. It is also increasingly recognised that sustainable marketing can be good for business, leading to competitive advantage, cost savings and brand enhancement. This module is designed to provide knowledge of the link between marketing and sustainability and how to evaluate and implement marketing strategies that promote sustainable products, services and behaviours. This includes the design of a marketing campaign focused on social/environmental issues, including selection of behavioural goals. This module also covers aspects related to the evaluation and monitoring of campaigns and their social and environmental impact.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module provides an introduction to the field of human resource management in terms of the development of the function; its approach to strategy and the deployment of the key practices of human resource management. It is relevant for any students considering a career where they will be managing others or for those interested in a career specialising in HRM.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module considers fundamentals underlying contemporary marketing, focusing both on theories and practices of marketing. The module deals with marketing on a strategic level.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides a comprehensive look at emerging markets as they integrate with the global economy and increasingly become the global mainstream. Students will explore key issues, approaches and challenges associated with emerging markets from multiple perspectives – (i) local firms struggling to overcome various constraints to build global-oriented businesses and compete in global markets, (ii) emerging market champions or multinational enterprises (MNEs) from emerging markets, (iii) multinationals from developed economies trying to tap into emerging markets for new growth, and (iv) local government and global institutions.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods depending on your chosen postgraduate course. These include online materials, guest lectures, group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations of core modules form between 15 - 50% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme.

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss module content and you can meet with your academic tutor. Support staff are available to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information  please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

After Graduating from your Masters you may follow a variety of career paths. These include roles in business development or general management, with a range of employers including large corporations or multinational enterprises or government agencies.

Our alumni tell us that this programme gives them the key skills and knowledge required to build a career in multinational enterprises or government agencies.

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(Financial Times 2019)

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Contact us

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The programme is in line with the trend of future property market development. You are able to benefit from top educational and industry resources which is a rare opportunity to understand the real estate financial market.

I had some doubts before undertaking my Masters as it was in a subject I had no prior academic knowledge in. However, this year has been incredible and I am so thankful that I took the challenge.

Joe Earlam MSc Management (International Business) Masters in Management (International Business)

I had some doubts before undertaking my Master’s as it was in a subject I had no prior academic knowledge in. However, this year has been incredible and I am so thankful that I took the challenge to study a…

Joe Earlam, MSc International Business