Postgraduate Course

MSc International Management

MSc International Management

Overview

The details
International Management
October 2018
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

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 business school 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. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

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

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. Recent examples include international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

In 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).

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. You can also access employer talks on campus.

“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)

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree in any discipline

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

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.

Research Portfolio

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.

View Research Portfolio on our Module Directory

Financial Decision Making

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.

View Financial Decision Making on our Module Directory

International Environment of Business

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.

View International Environment of Business on our Module Directory

Marketing: Principles and Practices

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of marketing. You cover topics such as consumer behaviour, relationship marketing, digital marketing and cause-related marketing. We examine the discipline as both an organisational function and a crucial field of social interaction in a global context.

View Marketing: Principles and Practices on our Module Directory

Managing Across Cultures

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.

View Managing Across Cultures on our Module Directory

Managing for Ethics and Sustainability

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.

View Managing for Ethics and Sustainability on our Module Directory

Management: Principles and Practices

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.

View Management: Principles and Practices on our Module Directory

Contemporary Issues in HRM (optional)

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.

View Contemporary Issues in HRM (optional) on our Module Directory

Creativity and Organisation (optional)

This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical transferable skills needed to work effectively in creative problem solving teams. You explore creativity as both an academic discipline and practice in organisations and gain a critical understanding of historical developments and trends in the field of creativity management. You examine theoretical concepts and perspectives and practical techniques, such brainstorming and lateral thinking.

View Creativity and Organisation (optional) on our Module Directory

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£10,710

International fee

£16,750

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold 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.

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.

Colchester Campus

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Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

 

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