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International Management (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Learn tools and techniques to recognise and resolve ethical dilemmas in global business.

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International Study Tour

Take an International Study Tour to destinations like Airbus France and Toulouse Business School.

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Get the latest insights

Understand real-world management challenges from high-profile business speakers and company visits.

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Change business for good

Address a contemporary business challenge in your International Management Project.

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Socially responsible

As the world's first Public Value Business School, we're committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development.

Globalisation means the world is more connected than ever. Increased trade and cultural exchange give organisations opportunities to expand internationally and meet the growing demand for goods and services that span continents.

However, progress comes at a price. The people and places affected by our global marketplace face overwhelming challenges in employment and environment, regulation and responsibility, politics and profiteering.

The business of changing the world is ours.

Our MSc in International Management addresses these global issues. We’ll help you ask fundamental questions about the ethics of business, so that you can become a responsible international manager capable of contributing sustainable and ethically informed solutions to society’s grand challenges.

Accreditations

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“As part of the Underside of Globalisation module, we created short films highlighting real-life issues that result from illicit globalisation. Collectively the group made some amazing pieces of work.”
Conor Slater MSc International Management

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 Student 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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

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

Students from the UK

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £10,950 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £21,950 £1,000

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

Financial support

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.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

At Cardiff Business School, you’ll receive a career-changing education from world-leading academics that have different points of view. They’ll challenge your thinking as you consider the world of business from a range of alternative perspectives.

On our MSc in international Management, you’ll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our Career Enhancer Team. They’re ready and waiting to identify events and opportunities to help you achieve your future aspirations.

We’ve developed relationships that range from the largest multinationals to the smallest micro-businesses, and include a wide variety of social enterprises and cooperatives. We use these networks to deliver value for our students through:

  • real-world case studies and insights
  • collaboration with our Public Value Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • guest lectures
  • field trips and workshops.

This wide ranging and varied learning experience will help enhance your career and demonstrate how you can make a difference along the way.

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 Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Scheme

The alumni discount is available for all master’s programmes in Cardiff Business School, as well as conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing, and master's programmes in clinical optometry, neuroimaging, education, global cultures, history, philosophy and translation.

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