International Business and Management MA

The International Business and Management MA and the International Business and Management MSc are two courses which are designed to advance your knowledge and develop the analytical and evidence-based skills that are needed in your future professional life. In terms of knowledge, the focus is on a range of business and management disciplines. In terms of skills, you will be helped in building up critical thinking, presentation, negotiation and communication skills, sound decision making and evidence based problem solving skills, all of which are desirable for effective business personnel and leaders in a fast changing global business context.

A highlight for many students is the study trip and company visits. The course team will continue to develop this kind of experiential learning that fosters an application-orientated approach.

The courses place much emphasis on the integration of theory and practice within an international environment and this is reflected in the teaching and learning strategies. A variety of teaching methods aim to enable you to master the key concepts in the business and management field and to achieve a deeper understanding of these. You will be encouraged to be proactive in your approach to learning, by undertaking research and working in teams. You will also be expected to spend an appropriate amount of time in private study.

Students are supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing their study materials and supporting resources on the Blackboard site. Each student has a personal tutor, who will provide you with academic support and guidance throughout your university journey so that you can achieve full academic and personal potential. Employability and career development is an important part of both courses. Our graduates have developed their careers in a wide range of multinational corporations, management consultancies, financial services, government institutions and also family businesses around the world. A number of our graduates have moved onto PhD study, developing a research-focused career in academia.

The International Business and Management MA and International Business and Management MSc are differentiated by one core module and options. The MA and MSc Project modules are distinguished by the focus of topic, the type of research method(s) and the type of data analysis applied in the project.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules - MA and MSc

This module provides business managers with a comprehensive, practical approach to using financial and accounting techniques and analysis in their business lives. It also looks at the concepts behind the techniques, recent developments in conceptual thinking and academic critiques. It will give students the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process and the application of research methods in the area of Business and Management. It consists of an overview of methodology, literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice.  The focus is on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

This module is concerned with both practice and theories of International trade and finance. It is related to issues such as classical and neo-classical trade theories, intra industry trade, factor input mobility, trade policies, infant industry protection, economic integration, foreign investments, balance of payments, exchange rate regimes and their implications. It is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for trade, shortcomings of the classical trade theories and some of the more modern trade theories.

This module examines contemporary global marketing issues from an applied and practical perspective. Providing an introduction to essential marketing principles, the module develops a thematic approach to 'international marketing' by exploring areas including culture, communication, innovation, distribution and sustainable marketing practices. Planned company visits (which may include field trip to an overseas (European) capital city) will form an integral part of the hands-on approach to teaching and learning where assessment is also largely driven by real-life business scenarios. 

This module involves strategic thinking that draws together all aspects of business & management. It applies strategic concepts and systems thinking to help students to understand how to manage businesses in a complex global business environment. The module content also apply contemporary strategic management theory and concepts to the critical appraisal of international business scenarios and cases. Students will learn how to develop sustainable business models and solutions in a complex and changing world and to think like business analysts, management consultants & executive decision-makers.

This module explores the development of leaders and managers from a multi-disciplinary perspective in a global context. It takes a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to leadership and management development.  In our complex and interconnected world one needs to be open minded and ready to learn from all regardless of cultural, religious or social backgrounds. It also draws from historic examples and from the wisdom of Eastern and Western traditions. Further it provides a historic and a critical, research based perspective on leadership.  Participants are invited to review their personal views and experiences of leading and managing and explore new concepts and skills to develop appropriate personal competencies.

The MSc and MA Project modules are differentiated by the focus of topic, the type of research method(s) and the type of data analysis applied in the project. It is expected that the majority of the MSc projects will adopt a focus in Economics, Finance, Marketing Research or Leadership, and be more likely to apply quantitative or mixed methods and involve analysis of 'hard' and/or primary data.  However, students are not prevented from applying qualitative data approaches and secondary sources to triangulate their findings.  Also, other types of project are possible, subject to approval, such as a consultancy project. In all cases, the project must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the appropriate methodology.

It is expected that the majority of the MA projects will adopt a focus in for example Human Resource Management, Marketing Communications, and be more likely to apply qualitative or mixed methods and involve analysis of 'soft' and/or primary data.  However, students are not prevented from applying quantitative data approaches and secondary sources, for instance, to triangulate their findings.  Also, other types of project are possible, subject to approval, such as a consultancy project. In all cases, the project must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the appropriate methodology.

Core module - MA

This module focuses on key people management skills for international managers (with elements like cultural differences and the international context considered essential). The module places strong emphasis on the need for managers to have a range of skills at their disposal in order to operate in an international, multi-cultural context. In particular, the module focuses on the intercultural competencies needed by managers, such as cultural awareness, and provides an evaluation of existing frameworks for understanding cross-cultural differences.  It aims to help students identify their likely future roles as international managers in organisations and the contribution of HR management to organisational objectives.

Core module - MSc

This module aims to assist students in understanding information management and information systems, assessing the different information needs of organisations, and being able to assess the increasing importance of digital information technology and management of information and at times knowledge in global businesses.

Option modules - MA

This module will focus on creativity and innovation in marketing and their impact on increasing the competitive edge of organisations (across all sectors). The module will explore the complexity of the creative process and innovation at the individual, group and organisational levels as well as assess the competencies of a 'creative' / 'innovative' manager.

This module aims to assist students in understanding information management and information systems, assessing the different information needs of organisations, and being able to assess the increasing importance of digital information technology and management of information and at times knowledge in global businesses.

Option modules - MSc

This module provides students with a thorough understanding of the interplay between international financial markets and national and international agencies; and to enable students to have a critical awareness of how exchange rate movements might affect the position of traders and investors in the international markets, and how to avoid foreign exchange risk by hedging in derivative markets.

This module provides an overview of the essential topics in the field of Finance, including sources of Finance, capital investment strategies, the weighted average cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, corporate value, modern portfolio theory and financial instruments.

A significant and growing field in the marketing profession is the use of analytics to inform managerial decision making. Although 'analytics' seems to be a catch-phrase that encompasses anything having to do with numbers, marketing analytics comprises the processes that enable marketers to evaluate the success of their marketing initiatives by measuring their performance. Therefore, marketing analytics can offer profound insights into customer preferences and trends. The first part of the course will place more emphasis on analysis using excel and the second part of the module will extend the student's knowledge of regression analysis using SPSS.

This module provides students with opportunities to critically analyse and reflect upon contemporary approaches in human resource management in an international context. The module particularly focuses on the critical role line manager plays in enabling people to add value and achieve sustained level of superior performance.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

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Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Dr Rebecca (Yi) Wang

Senior Lecturer

Rebecca is a Senior Fellow of HEA and Director of Learning, Teaching and Quality. She is currently teaching "Business Research Methods", in addition to "Cultural Differences and People Management". She acts as supervisor for PhD and postgraduates. She has always been enthusiastic and active in international collaboration and student mobility across cultures, and is passionate about supporting students to fulfil their full potential.

Rebecca's degrees include an MA in Modern British Studies from the University of Warwick, an MA in Global Business and a PhD from the University of Westminster, and an IMBA International Master in Business Administration from the University of Valencia.

She has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her current research interests include cross-cultural communication and adaptation in the global context and diverse organisations.

Rebecca's PhD research extends the knowledge on cross-cultural studies and offers insights for international educators.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Student Highlight

Gulsah Koken

International Business and Management MA

Studying at the University of Westminster has provided me with a practical and intensive foundation in business administration. The diversity of the programme prepared me for face-to-face interaction with different kinds of people, thoughts, values and cultures in business the world over.

I am now working as a Senior Product Manager at one of Turkey's leading pharmaceutical companies.

The University of Westminster is so diverse and rich in culture, it was definitely one of the things I appreciated the most.

MA, MSc Award
September, January Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

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