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International Management (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience to become managers who have specialised knowledge of the role of a manager in a globalised world.

The MSc in International Management is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful career in management worldwide. With a strong focus on the changing nature of management in a globalised world this MSc provides a strong basis for a variety of careers or for further study at PhD level.

Central to the course’s objectives is the idea of the international manager who combines specialist knowledge of the role of management and management functions with a strong understanding of the social, political and ethical context of business.  Such understanding is essential in a globalised world where national differences persist and management of cross-cultural environments is demanded. The course aims to produce graduates who are capable of contributing to sustainable and ethically informed business success, in a highly competitive global environment.

This programme enables you to acquire specialist knowledge of international management whilst placing that subject knowledge within a wider organisational and contextual framework.

It will develop your ability to understand, design, conduct and evaluate empirical research through independent work leading to the submission of the International Management Project.

You will develop the ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues in international management, and to apply analytical and technical skills to resolving them.

Distinctive features

  • You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).
  • You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

 

Where you'll study

Cardiff Business School

We're an AACSB International accredited Business School with a clear purpose: to make a difference in the communities of Wales and the world.

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Admissions criteria

Candidates will normally be graduates with a 2:1 degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) in a humanities, social sciences or business programmes from a recognised institution. Alternative degree backgrounds and relevant work experience may also be considered.

Shortlisting process: Candidates will be required to submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words providing 3 reasons why the programme’s aims and objectives fit with their academic background, career aspirations, and personal values.

English language requirements: IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category (or an equivalent English language qualification).

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

This course is taught from September to June and you will study a range of both compulsory core modules and a range of options. Following on from the taught stage you will undertake a project with support from a supervisor.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

In the autumn semester you will study five core modules.

In the spring semester you will study the core Academic Skills and Research Methods module which carries on from the previous semester as well as taking three optional modules from the optional module list.

Upon successful completion of the taught stage you will undertake the International Management Project.

A typical project involves writing a critical review of the existing literature covering a topic in international management, identifying a way of engaging with that literature through individual critical research and reflection via primary and/or secondary sources and developing a set of conclusions relating to further theoretical, conceptual and empirical research.

You are free to decide whether to focus more on academic, policy-making or managerial issues subject to the approval of your supervisor and the programme director.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.

Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence;
  • ask the right questions of complex texts;
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically;
  • identify and apply relevant data;
  • develop practical research skills;
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence;
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech;
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases;
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time;
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving;
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate;
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£10,950None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£21,950£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed.

Career prospects

This course is aimed at those who want to work as international managers in multinational companies, global enterprises and SME's.

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Pilot Scheme

An alumni discount scheme for all master’s programmes offered by Cardiff Business School and conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing.

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