If you’d like to gain an advanced knowledge of international business and management principles, through both practical application and critical thinking, this course is ideal for you.
You will enhance your understanding of core business knowledge and develop the ability to identify and manage important issues relevant to international businesses.
By embracing two different business approaches, you will learn how to make the most of opportunities to launch a business or grow an existing organisation.
You will also have the chance to personalise your learning and specialise in an area of international management of your choosing. This includes areas relating to international trade, supply chain management, contemporary business models, creativity, leadership, innovation, and managing on a global scale.
- Tailor the course to your career aspirations – be that launching a small business or growing an established company – by choosing from a range of modules.
- Benefit from guest lectures, bringing new dimensions and insights to your learning.
- Take advantage of international experience and volunteering opportunities, which could add an extra dimension to your studies and enhance your employability, through our DMU Local and DMU Global programmes.
- The diverse nature of the school means you will experience and benefit from a truly international learning environment.
You will be able to benefit from the new Student Advice Centre (SAC) with appointment/private meeting rooms, allowing you to discuss any queries you may have in a more confidential nature.
- Accounting for Managers – provides an overview of accounting and finance issues. You will look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives.
- Management, Business and Organization in a Global Environment – provides you with a critical understanding of management and organisations in a global context. The module will be informed by critical management and organisation studies.
- People Management and Organisation – provides you with the skills to conduct and critically analyse organisational development, including its consequences on human resources management (HRM). The relevant theoretical principles and models of change management, HRM, and organisational behaviour will be considered and applied in a practical management context using case studies and real-life examples.
- Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of methods suitable for research in finance, accounting, and business. It also aims to help you define a research topic and produce a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
- International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources – explore the integrative nature of strategic management and examine the contrasting perspectives between competitive positioning and the resource-based view of an organisation. You will also evaluate the impact of the external environment on organisational strategy, behaviour, and management.
- Corporate Social Responsibility - addresses the academic literature on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and explores its application and managerial impact through case studies and contemporary examples of specific local and international firms, industries, or issues. While the topic areas covered in the module look at the transformation of the understanding of business around legitimacy and social responsibility, it also aims to equip you with the understanding needed to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the workplace.
Plus two choices from the indicative optional modules*:
- Creative Action in International Organisations
- International Trade Theory and Practice
- Managing Across International Borders
- Leading Change and Innovation
- Operations & Service Quality Management
- Family Firm Management and Innovation
- Global Outsourcing Offshoring
Plus one option from the following:
Dissertation – You must undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in-depth on an element of the international business of your choice. The dissertation topic is chosen in line with your interests and preferences.
*The running of certain modules will be subject to student demand.
Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the publication time and subjects to review. Exact modules may vary for your intake to keep content current. If there are changes to your course, we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. You may also benefit from inspirational guest speakers, who will bring their own personal experiences and knowledge to your learning.
Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams. In addition, a particular feature of the course will be to take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise, which will integrate many aspects of your learning and development.
Teaching contact hours
This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.
In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.
Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.
In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.