Postgraduate Course

MSc Management

(International)

MSc Management

Overview

The details
Management (International)
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

Prepare yourself to do business across borders with MSc Management (International) from Essex Business School.

MSc Management (International) is perfect if you do not have a first degree in business, or relevant work experience in management.

As one of Essex Business School’s unique Master of management pathways, you will study a core spine of management and organisational issues in term one. You will then specialise in international management in your second term where you will explore issues like globalisation, international business challenges and cross-cultural management.

The optional modules that allow you to specialise in international management will enable you to align your course with your career aspirations so that you graduate with a perfectly tailored Masters degree in international management.

If you are interested in issues such as: how to build an international business strategy, how to manage teams across cultures and how to consider CSR across multiple markets then MSc Management (International) is for you.

We ensure that your education in management is both theoretical and practical, allowing you to develop expertise in a chosen area of international management. In your last term you’ll have the opportunity to conduct a case study of the performance of an organisation during a short term placement.

MSc Management (International) is one of five Masters of management pathways at Essex Business School: Management, International, Marketing, Leadership or Advertising and Corporate Communications. All Masters of management pathways follow the same core management modules in term one allowing students the option of selecting their preferred management specialism up to the end of term one.

Essex Business School are champions of responsible management and sustainable business. We’re an internationally diverse community with students and staff joining us from across the globe offering the ideal context for studying international management.

You may be eligible for scholarships and discounts, including those for students joining us from overseas. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,609, for students from the UK and EU.

Why we're great.
  • Essex is ranked second in the UK for international outlook in The THE World University Rankings 2019
  • Our zero-carbon building reflects our commitment to management ethics
  • You don’t need a degree in management to study this course
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our team of academics lead research in 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.

Dr Louise Nash has extensive management and marketing industry experience which has influenced her research into the lived experience of work, including the role of gender in the workplace and the culture of organisations.

Dr Ceri Watkins’s research interests include organisation hierarchies and organisational performance with a particular focus on the arts.

This experience is incorporated into our teaching on our MSc Management (International) course to address the issues currently facing organisations across the globe.

Essex Business School is also home to the Centre of Work, Organisation and Society, which organises research seminars that our Masters students may attend.

Specialist facilities

MSc Management (International) is based at our Colchester Campus at the Essex Business School Building.

Essex Business School is housed in the first zero carbon business school building in the UK, with a stunning winter garden, sun terrace and Eden Project-inspired dome contributing to the building’s own micro-climate.

The building reflects our commitment to championing sustainable business.

Your future

In 2017, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2017).

With a degree from Essex Business School, you will be an attractive candidate to high-profile employers and can target roles including global CSR consultant, public administrator and management accountant. Our graduates have entered high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs, such as:

  • Groupon
  • HP
  • KPMG
  • fast-growing digital agency, Footprint Digital

We encourage you to be creative, innovative and consider the ethical implications of business, so you also have an excellent foundation to start your own business, should you wish.

We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

We support you to obtain your dream job by providing advice on work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. Our dedicated employability team works closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

"I wanted something more from my higher education in terms of knowledge, international exposure and experience; so I applied to Essex Business School as the program itself offered variety of interesting topics as well as great opportunity to meet people from around the world.

I am now co-founder of 0100Ventures, an international business incubator and start up builder based in Slovakia. I am also one of the founders of SlovakSTARTUP, a start-up portal which main mission is to globally promote Slovak entrepreneurs and innovators through creation of unique content on its website. In addition to these ventures, I am also involved in building technology start up called Transfair.”

Dusan Duffek, MSc International Management

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.

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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.

International Management

Business is international in scope as managers take advantage of the comparative advantages countries around the world offer through complex and geographic dispersed value chains, not only to sell products but also to access intermediate goods, capital, knowledge and skills. This module, built around a live, practical project addresses several questions. 'How can a domestic firm internationalise its operations?' 'How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?' 'What factors determine the success of an international business operation?' While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource-based view, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm, and the Institution-based view which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries. Through the group project, students analyse the internationalisation of a real life organisation, identifying the purpose of internationalisation, selecting the most appropriate target market and considering the various means available to the firm to internationalise its operations. Topical issues in international business are also discussed towards the end of the module, such as the impact of Brexit on the trading relationship of the UK, the re-emergence of emerging market MNEs, 'born global' firms and the fourth industrial revolution.

View International Management 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 and Strategy

This module is designed to encourage students to reflect on a variety of issues relating to management and business strategy. It will introduce students to the basics of management such as dealing with teams, culture and organisational management structures. It will then introduce students to managing strategically, covering topics that involve the analysis of the external and internal environments of the business as well as avenues for implementation. Consequently, the module offers an insight into a range of current business issues, management dilemmas, ethical considerations, and general governance issues relating to the strategic direction of organisations. Overall, the module provides an introduction to management and strategy and a critical examination of its application in practice.

View Management and Strategy on our Module Directory

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, it encourages students to consider the main topics of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Throughout the sessions, the core issues affecting organisational behaviour and outcomes will be discussed and critically analysed. Therefore, it invites participants to consider the tensions emerging from competing views and perspectives. In so doing, the module challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about people management, and provides tools to analyse organisations and to explore the realities of organisational life.

View Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

Accounting and Finance for Managers

It is essential for any manager to be able to analyse the performance of companies and take financial decisions. This module will start by examining how publicly available information can aid in analysing the performance of companies, and critically evaluating the limitations of financial performance measures. This part of the module will cover the contents of the annual report, preparation of main financial statements and evaluating the financial performance of companies based on publicly available information. The second part of the module will critically examine a range of issues that relate to financial and managerial decision-making, including cost behaviour, capital investment decisions, cost volume profit analysis and budgeting.

View Accounting and Finance for Managers on our Module Directory

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

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 instead of a dissertation in which you will examine the strategy and performance of a range of organisations of your choice

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£11,250

International fee

£17,560

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.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019

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

Visit Colchester Campus

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.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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.

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