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MSc International Management

Why we're great

  • Essex is in the top 5 for social science research (REF 2014) – we use theory to address today’s management challenges
  • We are an international community – more than half of our students and staff are from overseas
  • Our dedicated employability team provides support on internships and graduate jobs

Course options2016-17

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £9,950
Fee (International): £15,500

Duration: 2 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £4,975
Fee (International): £7,750

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

What unique challenges do managers face in different cultures? How is the role of management changing?

Our MSc International Management is perfect if you do not have a first degree in business, but wish to pursue a career in an international organisation, or gain a greater understanding of the increasingly global context in which businesses operate.

You focus on the changing role of global management and organisation in the 21st century, including how globalisation and international business activities affect management practices across cultures and countries.

We explore debates around corporate ethics, sustainability, governance and social responsibility. By exploring management issues in both established and developing markets, we do not just prepare you for a successful career in business; we help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.

You explore topics including:

  • international business and the global political economy
  • cross-cultural management
  • corporate ethics and responsibility
  • business strategy

MSc International Management is taught at Essex Business School. A UK top 20 business school (Chartered Association of Business Schools) ranked in the UK top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014) we’re on a mission to develop responsible leaders, driving economic growth from sustainable organisations. We’re a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and champion ethical business.

Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We’re a truly international organisation; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries.

MSc International Management is also available to study part-time. The University of Essex offers numerous scholarships and discounts for Masters students.

“I’m Co-Founder of two start-ups. 0100Ventures is an international business incubator in Slovakia and SlovakSTARTUP is a website promoting Slovak entrepreneurs and innovators. Essex gave me access to renowned business professionals and academics from all over the world; I made lifelong friends at university.”

Dusan Duffek, MSc International Management (2013)

Our expert staff

We’re leading the way in research into business ethics and corporate social responsibility, organisation studies, leadership and strategy and international management.

Our expert staff have world-class research reputations and have written about, or worked in, a wide range of organisations across the globe. You learn from some of the world’s best management minds, who draw upon their practical work experiences to provide you with a cutting-edge education.

Essex Business School is also home to the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society.

Specialist facilities

You study in the state-of-the-art Essex Business School building on our Colchester Campus. The building uses an environmentally friendly design and is central to our commitment to champion sustainability in business.

You benefit from excellent facilities, including ample networking and group working areas, modern classrooms and social space, including Bonds café. You can also access study skills workshops and advice from the EBS Learning Team.

Our building is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, providing networking and potential internship opportunities with dynamic SMEs based on site.

Your future

This course provides an excellent foundation for a career in management with an international organisation. Through your creativity, innovation and ethical awareness, you can meet the many challenges that the international business world continues to present.

You could also consider careers in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many of our graduates also use their knowledge and experience to embark upon their own entrepreneurial activities.

In 2014, 87% of all of our Masters leavers were in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Whatever career you decide on, we support you along the way. In addition to our dedicated employability team, we also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

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Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

Develop your understanding of research methods and carry out independent research into organisations in a coherent and structured manner. You explore the key methods and theories needed to identify opportunities for research into organisations a range of both qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and analysis and a case study approach to research presentation and analysis.

Learn to identify and analyse features of academic discourse and the requirements of academic assignments, to engage in self-reflection and critical thinking, and to learn how to read critically and write effectively across a range of genres. You develop an awareness of how your key academic skills can be transferred to professional contexts, enhancing future employability capabilities.

This module introduces you to management accounting and management control principles, investment appraisal and financial control principles, and market and managerial behaviours. You examine a range of issues that relate to financial and managerial decision-making, including incremental costing, budgeting, activity-based costing, capital structure and long term financing, and financial analysis of commercial projects.

Investigate the foundations of Management and Marketing through an induction to Essex Business School, with structured introductions to the library resources in the University and the range of learning methods used at post-graduate level, including lectures, classes, independent reading, group research projects, presentations and written assignments.

Investigate some of the main topics and issues in international business and global political economy, applying both mainstream and more critical approaches to understanding them. You explore a range of different literatures addressing the business environment in the international context, discovering the historical, economic, cultural and political forces that shape contemporary global capitalism.

Master the key principles of marketing. You discover a range of critical perspectives on marketing from a number of different standpoints, exploring how marketing concepts influence contemporary business, and wider cultural practices.

Managers increasingly find themselves working across borders calling for a thorough understanding of issues that relate to cross cultural management. In this course you enhance your understanding of the way in which globalisation and international business activities affect management and management practices across cultures.

Explore issues ranging from environmental disasters to corporate greed and from executive pay to ethical bottled water. You discover the relationship between management and corporations on the one hand, and society and nature on the other, engaging in debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility.

This module introduces key principles and practices in contemporary management and organisational behaviour. You learn through a combination of lectures, group work and individual study and use business case studies to apply theory to real-life situations. You examine some of the most important challenges facing management today and see how these are located in the wider political, social and economic context.

Develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of Human Resource Management in domestic and international contexts, as well as an awareness of how Human Resource practices impact both on the individual and wider social structures.

Teaching

  • Tailor the content of your course to more closely fit your interests and aspirations
  • Courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • We run an open seminar series

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a research portfolio

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Qualifications

UK entry requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline. No prior knowledge of marketing or management theory is expected for this course.

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

IELTS entry requirements

If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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Visit us

Open days

We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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