Key Facts

Course Title: International Business (MA)
Course type: MA
Mode of Study:Full Time
Contact Details:Claire Butters
Contact email:c.l.butters@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to Course homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Subject Area: Business and Management

Overview

The MA in International Business aims to extend management skills preparing you for the world of work at the highest level. Modern managers need to take into account the fast-paced nature of change and internationalisation in the world of business. The MA International Business offers robust grounding in distinct aspects of management and global business.

Alongside lectures and seminars we have developed a study trip. This brings a chance to explore your personal and team building skills and to undertake a consultancy study of an international enterprise. There is also an opportunity to undertake a Student Consultancy project where you will learn ‘on the job’ in real life businesses.

We welcome applications from both home and overseas students.  We have a range of support services available for all students and further information specifically for international students can be found by clicking on the International Applications Information link above.

Enhancing your Career

The qualification that either programme brings will give you an edge in the job market enabling you to compete more effectively with traditional graduates with a first degree and enabling you to enter management at a higher level than you would have been able to with only a first degree. For those interested in pursuing academic research these programmes are an invaluable stepping stone to a doctorate or other research degree.

Aims of the Course

The MA International Business seeks to develop well-rounded, thoughtful, reflective, and active professionals with excellent skills that will enhance career prospects. The programme adopts a critical management studies perspective, contributing to (and pre-dating) the current debates regarding the future of capitalism and the often problematic relationship between globalisation, organisation and the wider social environment. Our teaching and learning strategy is wide-ranging and innovative, seeking to give students a rich learning environment that draws actively on both academic research and business practice.

In the first semester, if you have a business and management background at first degree level, you will add to this knowledge by taking advanced modules. If you have a degree in another discipline you will be able to draw on the generic knowledge and skills you have gained from that discipline. You will follow the same advanced course material with structured reading to allow you to become quickly acquainted with business and management concepts.

In the second semester you select one of two pathways and specialise in either Management or International Business. Here you will be able to move to a deeper knowledge and understanding of business and management, either concentrating on the strategic and operational aspects of business management or specialising in the study of business behaviour in the global economy. Each pathway has its core offering but you can choose your options from either subject area or from the option choices. The options allow you to focus on particular areas of interest. You will also start preparatory work towards your dissertation or student consultancy project with a series of research methods seminars.

Entry Requirements

You will need at least a second class honours degree or overseas equivalent qualification in order to apply to study the programmes. If you have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience you may also be considered. Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take an official test of English language obtaining at least IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.

For overseas students who do not meet all direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive Business Pre-Masters programme.

Course Content

Semester 1: 

Core Modules:
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Globalisation and International Management
  • Operations Management and Supply
Elective Modules:
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Marketing Management

 

In the second semester (January to May) you will take four modules (one core, one optional core and two electives);

Semester 2: 

Core Modules:
  • Creativity and Personal Development
Optional Core Modules:
  • Developments in International Management and Business
  • International Financial Reporting
Elective Modules:
  • Alternative Forms of Organising
  • Branding
  • Developments in International Management and Business
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Strategic HRM
  • Strategy and Information Management
  • Introduction to Economic Law (Law Module)
  • Trading in the EU (Law Module)

The availability of elective modules will be determined by demand and staff availability.

Semester 3: 

Students who satisfy the requirements of the taught part of the course can proceed to do either a dissertation (60 credits) or a company internship (60 credits).

Exit Routes from the Award

The MA can be awarded 'with distinction'. The final award achieved will depend on the credits achieved and the modules taken:

Masters
  • 8 module passes plus dissertation or internship (180 credits).
Postgraduate Diploma
  • 8 module passes (120 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate
  • 4 module passes

Teaching and Assessment

The Course Director is responsible for running the programme and providing support and information for students. Modules are taught in lectures, tutorials and seminars.  Taught modules are usually assessed by a mixed diet of examinations and coursework, the latter including essays, practical projects, reports and presentations.

Guidance is provided on dissertation topics and each student will be assigned a supervisor. Guidance is also provided for the student consultancy project and each student will be assigned an academic mentor.

From May to September students are required to write a research-based dissertation in an area of choice on an approved topic related to the pathway they have chosen, or write a report based on an in-company consultancy project. Aspiring applicants for the consultancy project must meet the required selection criteria demanded by both School and facilitating organisation.

The consultancy project will be available for Masters students during the period June-September. The student will be able to apply to take on a real commercially relevant, University agreed project, for a local organisation. This is a remarkable opportunity to learn to manage a discreet project from start to finish or to work as part of a wider group on larger strategically important projects.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.

The Graduate Attributes Statement is designed to raise awareness of the attributes that will be developed whilst you are a student at Keele University. It explains each of the attributes in detail, tips on how to achieve them and how they relate to your chosen programme of study.

The Graduate Attributes Statement for MA International Business can be downloaded here.

Olivia Philips, UK

Olivia Philips, UK

"Completing my MA gave me the initial confidence to apply for a role in a relatively new field in recruitment and in a quite intimidating sector in the police force."

MA Human Resource Management

Molly Zhou, China

Molly Zhou, China

"Since graduating from KMS Molly has held leadership positions in multi-national companies across the industries of hospitality, luxury goods, wine and spirits, and fast moving consumer goods in both China and the U.K."

MA Human Resource Management

Daniel Coyne

Daniel Coyne

"The student consultancy projects are one of the best features of a master’s degree at KMS."

MA International Business

Lyane Bartlett

Lyane Bartlett

"I cannot thank all the staff at Keele enough for the help they have given me throughout my Masters."

MA International Business