Postgraduate study
Designed for graduates who want to make the transition into business, this course focuses on all aspects of international business.
 
  
Qualification
MSc International Business
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, excluding business and/or management
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree)
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£12,465 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,465 - Terms apply
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
 

 

Overview

You will study subjects in managerial economics; managing people and businesses; and financial strategy and creative problem solving and will analyse the changing international business environment in real depth.

You will be able to tailor your course with a variety of modules enabling you to focus on your career aspirations. In addition, you will be provided with a rigorous grounding in research methods and will undertake a dissertation allowing you to utilise the knowledge and understanding you have gained and use this as a springboard to your career.

Unique to the Business School, this course takes advantage of the University's international operations and is also taught at the Business Schools in China and Malaysia. This provides you with the opportunity to spend the entire second semester completing core and optional modules at either campus while experiencing life in China or Malaysia.

You will be taught by staff with international reputations for excellence in research, particularly on emerging markets, and guest lecturers who are successful entrepreneurs and have international experience in doing business in challenging cultural environments. The combination of various approaches, such as lectures, case studies, group work and internships will greatly enhance your learning experience.

I'm from a small town in Sicily, so the idea of interacting with people across the globe and making the world my workplace has always thrilled me. This course was exactly the experience I was looking for. Exchange programmes are rare in masters courses, so this is definitely something exclusive, giving direct exposure to a different economic and social environment.

Vincenzo Grifo, MSc International Business
 

Adriana Gosuen, MSc International Business

Academic English preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Specialist business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £2,000 course deposit. For more details, please contact us.

Key facts

  • This course includes the opportunity to spend a semester at the University's China or Malaysia campuses
  • Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
  • 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching underpinned by the latest developments
  • An inspiring research portfolio worth £799m
  • 91.1% of MSc graduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work, self-employment or further study within six months of graduation
  • More than 19,000 Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts
 

Full course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.

You will complete a 60-credit dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of individual assignments or group projects and written exams.

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Semester one

Business Economics

The module covers the following:

  • Markets
  • Firms and market power
  • Market structure and government policy
  • Government intervention
  • International trade
  • International capital and other factor flows
  • The macroeconomic policy
  • Balance of payments and foreign exchange
 
International Business Environment

This module introduces you to the international business environment. The module develops an understanding of the global environment and covers:

  • globalisation of business
  • internationalisation theories
  • innovation
  • international institutions governing IB (flows of trade, investment, financial and human capital)
  • differences between countries (political, economic and cultural)
 
International Accounting

The module covers:

  • the roles of accounting in business and its link to global capital markets
  • international accounting harmonisation
  • comparative international accounting
  • financial statement analysis
  • managerial accounting for planning and control
  • discounted cash flow and valuation
 
Managing Organisations

This module covers classic management topics and critical reflections on management knowledge:

  1. People in organisations, theories of motivation and of team development, and their contemporary relevance
  2. Organisational processes, theories and models for managing organisational culture, strategic change, across cultures, equality and participation equality, and learning and leadership
  3. Critical perspectives on management knowledge, from disciplinary knowledge to the meaning of work, comparative management and its prospects, and from application of classic theory to emerging dialogues in the global age
 

Semester two

Essentials of International Marketing

The module will introduce the core marketing concepts and techniques prior to covering aspects of marketing that are explicitly international. The module provides an overview of the changing international business environment and its challenges for international firms. It critically reviews contemporary issues in international marketing and provides insights into the development of competitive strategies and international marketing management within the context of consumer goods, industrial goods and services. 

The module is designed to develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting international marketing activities. The module aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of current issues in international marketing theory and practice.

 
International Business Strategy

The module covers approaches to strategy for international businesses and cases and examples of international businesses.

 
Research Methods for Management Studies

This modules covers the following:

Part I: Introduction qualitative analysis
This part of the module will be concerned with the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

Part II: Introduction quantitative analysis
Survey design and measurement, introduction to statistics; hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, regression analysis.

Part III: Introduction to management research
Relating to literature review, asking research questions and objectives, formulating research hypotheses, discussion of findings; quantitative and qualitative research in the dissertation relating to its application.

 

Summer

Dissertation

Dissertation on an international management topic selected by the candidate, in consultation with the Course Director and a member of staff designated as dissertation supervisor.

 

Optional modules

One from:

Behavioural Economics and Decision Making

The module is split into two parts. The first part focuses upon the methods and models associated with behaviour. These sessions will introduce key concepts in bounded rational behaviour and apply these to specific economics models and financial markets. 

The second part of the module concentrates on designing your own experiment and interpreting empirical results. You will analyse studies of bounded rational behaviour, labour markets, asset markets, experimental behavioural finance, social dilemmas, preferences, public goods, reciprocity, bargaining and contests.

The module will be interactive, you will undertake experiments and analyse results.

 
E-Business

The e-Business module is aimed at future managers and business people who want to know how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can help them to be successful in their careers by understanding how companies use these technologies.

 
Human Resource Management

The intricacies of managing the human resources within the business context are developed in this module. It examines processes, practices, and procedures associated with HRM management and administration that an employer/manager needs to be familiar with, and analyses the current best practice in the HR function.

 
Launching an Entrepreneurial Business

This module aims to give you a theoretical understanding and practical experience of launching a new entrepreneurial venture. In so doing, this capstone module enables you to comprehend the role of, and conflicts and interdependencies between, different business and management disciplines; thus, it provides you with an insight into how decision-making in each area can impact on the overall performance of the firm. The module also aims to foster reflexive practice to facilitate lifelong learning.

 
Managing for Sustainability

Sustainable companies are those that are managed in socially, economically, and ecologically responsible ways. Today's managers are expected to understand the impact of management decisions and practices on the environment and society.

This module considers how sustainability principles are applied in organisations, and how to manage for sustainability. Through use of multiple learning approaches, the module enables you to practically interact with real businesses to address some sustainability challenges faced by the organisation.

The module introduces the you to frameworks and theories use to critically assess sustainability, and to integrate sustainability into the business strategy.

The module enables you to develop an understanding of the practical dilemmas facing businesses as they seek to respond to multiple, and often, conflicting stakeholders expectations. You will be expected to critically reflect upon your practical experiences and capture these using a learning journal.

 
Tourism and Sustainability

This module is concerned with providing an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to environmental, economic and socio-cultural sustainability in tourism. A day long field trip may form part of this module. Topics covered include:

  • tourism and the environment
  • sustainability and biodiversity
  • impact of tourism on physical and cultural environments
  • eco-tourism and heritage
  • international case studies in environmental tourism
 

 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Career destinations for our postgraduates include:

  • accountants
  • finance and investment analysts
  • higher education teaching professionals
  • investment bankers
  • IT business analysts
  • management consultants
  • marketing professionals
  • public relations professionals
  • university researchers

Postgraduate careers team

Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.

As soon as you have accepted your offer of a place at the Business School, we can begin working with you to support your career planning needs. You can take part in pre-course careers discussions and take advantage of remote and online support through Career Leader, an online assessment tool which helps you to measure your business interests and motivations before starting your course. Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate.

Employability and average starting salary

91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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