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Management and International Business (Online) - MSc *

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: October 2020, January 2021
  • Study mode: Distance Learning
  • Location: Online Learning
 

Want to study a Master’s in business management in Birmingham? Our MSc Management and International Business degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Our Management and International Business course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager. You’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, understanding international cultural differences, and managing and motivating staff in businesses on an international scale.

You will experience working in internationally diverse student team based projects collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports and presentations as part of module assessments reflecting the professional practice of international management. Throughout the course, the course team will give you the support you need to realise your potential and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

What's covered in the course?

Initially in the first stage, you will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly diverse cultural context.

During the second stage of your course, you will begin to explore the complexity of international operations management integrated with corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the role of innovation. You’ll be taught international strategy while also developing your research skills in preparation for your major project.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options;

  • A work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer;
  • A ‘consultancy project’ option where you find a client who has an international business problem that you feel you can solve;
  • A traditional dissertation involving an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international business using primary research.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of International Business tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination. Previous projects have involved International marketing strategy, global supply chain management in the food sector and sustainability issues in the sourcing of cotton.

As an online degree, each module on the course will consist of a series of ‘sessions’. All sessions will be made available from the start of the module - however the activities are kept to a timetable set and managed by the module leader. Each session will be comprised of four components:

  • Align and Focus: An introductory section giving an overview of the content and activities, as well as explaining the session objectives and how they connect with the module's Learning Outcomes.
  • Explore and Discover: Where the bulk of the content, including lectures and learning materials, is provided.
  • Review and Reflect: Where mostly formative activities linked to summative assessments are provided, allowing students to engage in individual activity based on their understanding of the materials they have studied in the Explore and Discover section.
  • Collaborate and Share: Where students engage in group activities, including both group projects and presentations, to display the knowledge they have acquired during the module.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our flexible online delivery means that you can study with us full-time or part-time, and at a time that suits you, from anywhere in the world. See ‘course in depth’ to find out more. You will develop fundamental skills in business management while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the complex and challenging field of international business operations.
  • On graduating you will receive an industry recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • You will work alongside a diverse range of international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers from a range of diverse cultures from Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America.
  • You will be supported with Business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.
  • You’ll be taught by highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience of a range of management and international business roles.

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Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.

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This course is open to International students

New £10,906 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.

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Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:

Essential Requirements
Essential

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

A pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University

A pre-masters programme with a minimum of 55% average

*Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Oct 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year (Full Time)
  • £8,500 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years (Part Time)
  • £4,300 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £8,500 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • £4,300 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Oct 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year (Full Time)
  • £8,500 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years (Part Time)
  • £4,300 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 Year
  • £8,500 per year
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 Years
  • £4,300 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £1,222 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of the main financial objective of the firm i.e. wealth maximisation and how it is achieved through alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organisation. The module covers topics such as financial statements analysis, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management, sources of capital and choice of capital structure.

20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the key knowledge and understanding of the integrated nature of business functions focusing specifically on marketing and operations. It will give you both a foundation in what business is and how it operates using these two key functional perspectives whilst also highlighting leadership and financial implications of managerial decision making in these areas to provide an integrated and holistic view of business in a variety of contexts.

20 credits

This module will provide you with an opportunity to engage and consider contemporary issues in leadership from both UK and international perspectives and how leaders address these within organisations. The module will enable you to develop a critical insight and outlook in order to explore relevant solutions for organisational effectiveness and success.

20 credits

International Strategic Management is a core module for all MSc business pathways. Strategy is a field that breaks you out of a functional perspective and integrates the functional Stage 1 themes of finance, marketing, leadership and operations to offer a holistic view of an organisation, be that a small or medium sized business or a large corporation in an international context. The focus of this course is on the business unit level or competitive strategy, not corporate level strategy.

40 credits

The Major Project provides the practical and theoretical focus for the MSc Management programme and is the culmination of your programme of study. The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a substantial piece of disciplinary-relevant research. It is founded upon Birmingham City Business School’s teaching and learning philosophy which integrates theory and practice.

20 credits

The aim of this module is to explore the diverse range of activities that comprise the area of International Operations Management, innovation, new product or service development and the need for leadership when introducing change initiatives. Specifically, the module is designed to enable students to appreciate the truly international nature of the modern firm and how many processes are now undertaken across national borders.

20 credits

This module examines the task of management in today's international and global business environment in general. Specifically, it develops your skills to be able to critically examine the key tasks of management and the theories that underpin them, to advance your understanding and skills in international business area.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

20 credits

The Research Project Management module looks to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage projects more efficiently within your workplace role, focusing particularly on how project management tools and techniques can be used to manage commercial research projects.

20 credits

This module is designed to give you the research skills and insights necessary for the study and investigation of business organisations and business-related data. These skills will impact directly on your ability to understand and evaluate information from a variety of sources and where appropriate undertake primary research. You will become aware of the many tools and techniques that can help judge and interpret research outcomes.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Delivery

This course is delivered fully online, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. Each 20-credit module is studied over ten weeks. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle.

You can choose to study with us full-time over one year or part-time over two years. As a guide, you should be allowing around 16 hours a week for part-time study, on average, as a combination of directed study (engaging with the online materials) and personal study.

Please see our Online Learning FAQs for more information on what to expect when studying with us.

Assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course, with assignments set at the end of each module. Assessment will be primarily by coursework, e.g. essays, research papers, reports, presentations, reflective journals, portfolios or posters. However, some modules may also have online exams.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Welcome to the Birmingham City Business School, home to students from over 70 countries all around the world!

Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s largest, most established and most respected business schools. Our programmes are practice based and many have an international focus, which means your course will be entirely relevant to today’s business world. Almost all of our courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, are open to international students.

We also have links with universities across the world, including Europe, the USA, China, India and Malaysia.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our MSc Management and International Business course is delivered through the Moodle online learning resource, with online study materials to guide you through the appropriate topics, as well as providing links to other resources. You will also need textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus.

Although it is taught by distance learning, you will still have regular contact with your module tutor by email or telephone. You also have access to all the facilities at our City Centre Campus. 

"Its fantastic to work with students developing their concepts for a business into something tangible that could change their lives. The diversity of students who choose this pathway creates a really vibrant and exciting community – so we have had students who are qualified engineers, chemists, fine artists, accountants and of course managers who are looking to create a lifelong job for themselves and others in business."

Abdul-Razak Alhassan , Course Leader

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Dr Abdul-Razak Alhassan

Senior Lecturer, Programme Director - MSc Management Suite

Dr Abdul-Razak Alhassan is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the MSc Management Suite programme at the Birmingham City University. He is an international business, development and management academic and consultant.

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