Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

International Business

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This course is aimed at students with a background in business or business-related studies, who wish to further their knowledge of international business. Each module emphasises the global nature of business, so you can gain a greater appreciation of cultural, social, political, legal and sustainability factors affecting business.

This is reinforced through a one-week overseas residential study, embedded into the ‘International Business in Practice’ module, which will provide you with insights into aspects of the political, socio-cultural and economic environments of various industries in an international context. There is an additional charge of £1000 to contribute to the costs of this compulsory residential. Read about Cemre's experience in Barcelona as part of the course in her Made in Salford blog post.

The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project.  You will choose one of four options to look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

During your time with us, you’ll develop an integrated and critically-aware understanding of the international activities of business organisations, at both the strategic and operational level. This understanding is necessary if you want to effectively develop and execute international business strategy and operations.

You will also develop your personal skills for example in team-working; collecting and evaluating information; and developing and implementing strategies.

International students should apply for the MSc route.

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

You will:
  • Develop an appreciation of international influences on business
  • Enhance your employability with practical skills and knowledge
  • Explore the international activities of business organisations
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You aim to improve your knowledge of international business practices

2.

You have a passionate interest in other cultures

3.

You want to improve your employability

4.

You enjoy travel

5.

You aspire towards a career in international business

6.

You are a critical thinker

Course details

All about the course

The programme is block delivered and there are three entry points per year. You will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for six hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six-week blocks.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUK. askUK can help with pre project/placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Industry Collaboration Project.

Part-time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Semester one

Human Resource Management and Development in a Global Context

This module is designed to prepare you to undertake the role of a HR manager in an international context. To enable you to do this, you will examine the changing nature of organisations in a global context, and the debates around whether HR policy and practice is becoming truly global or whether national and cultural sensibilities prevent this. You will also be equipped with the skills needed to apply theoretical concepts relating to organisation design and development in practice.

International Relationship Management

Central to modern international business is the development and maintenance of relationships with key stakeholders such as customers and suppliers. This module will develop your awareness of culture in international marketing communications and business-to-business relationships. In addition to traditional communications such as advertising, you will also look at how social media can be used to engage with consumers from different cultural backgrounds. You will also learn how global supply chains across a range of organisations and sectors can be managed responsibly and sustainably.

Semester two

International Strategic Management

In this era of globalisation it is essential for companies to understand the different international environments of the markets in which they may operate, and how these influence value-adding activities and decision-making. This module will develop your understanding of these different international environments in terms of the opportunities and threats that they present and show you how they can underpin a sustained competitive advantage in the international arena. 

International Business in Practice

This module will allow you to understand the theory of cross-cultural interaction and different cultural identities and to see the ways in which these influence management practice in the areas of ethics, leadership, decision-making, communication and negotiation. The module includes a one-week overseas residential study period, during which you will visit a number of companies in different industry sectors and will have the opportunity to speak to practitioners about how they run their organisations and have internationalised their operations.

Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose from:)

Work Placement

The paid Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:
10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Internship

The unpaid Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas.

Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Dissertation

An advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Entrepreneurship

Through this option you will apply the theory and concepts you have learnt from the taught elements of your programme. With the help of mentors you will develop the skills and thinking that supports entrepreneurial action will working on the development of your own innovative business idea. You will horizon scan for business opportunities, assess the external challenges and consider available strategies that will support your aim of establishing a new businesses, or let you incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path is assessed through an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

ASSESSMENT

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. 
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Programme leader

Dr Jonathan Swift

Dr Jonathan Swift is a Senior Lecturer in International Business & Marketing at Salford Business School, the University of Salford, Manchester. He teaches on the Postgraduate programmes at the Business School, and is the Programme Leader for the MSC in International Business, and leads the overseas residential study week that forms part of the module he teaches: “International Business in Practice.” He has taught at the Manchester Business School, on the Executive MBA programme, and has been involved in socio-linguistic pre-departure training for personnel from major companies who were to go to Latin America to take up positions there. He has worked closely with a variety of industries – including the supervision of PG student-based projects for companies such as Spode, Wedgewood, Remploy, Adams Children’s Wear, Rock Oil, and  Caradon Tyfords. He has also carried out market research for tourism in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Uruguay

In addition to teaching on a number of modules (including “International Relationship Management”, and “International Strategic Management”), Jonathan is an active researcher, and publishes in journals such as the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of European Industrial Training, and the International Journal of Emerging Markets.  He has written a number of books: the two most recent being Brexit KBO (2018) published by Cambridge Academic, Cambridge, and Understanding Business in the Global Economy: A Multi-Level Relationship Approach (2017) Macmillan Publishers, London,

Jonathan’s main focus of research and teaching is the role and importance of language and culture in all manner of cross-cultural business activities. His PhD examined the link between ‘liking’ the culture of a particular country market, and the extent to which this helped executives learn the language of that market. In terms of geographical areas, he has lived and worked in in number of countries: Brazil, Colombia, Italy, and  Mexico, and speaks Spanish fluently, in addition to knowledge of French and Italian.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students
 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Our graduates have gone on to achieve employment in a range of careers in events organisation. You will have the opportunity to develop a specific range of relevant skills, and gain a detailed understanding of professional management practice to suit your specific career goals.

The learning Ryan had on his course led to his internship with Siemens - and from there to his job as Head of Business Excellence!  You can read about his journey in the Made in Salford blog.

Quote from Ryan S

A taste of what you could become

A conference centre manager

An event manager

A hotel manager

An outdoor activities/education manager

A charity fundraiser

And more...

Career Links

With strong links to industry, we teach the skills that employers need and, as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

During the overseas study visit, part of the ‘International Business in Practice’ module, you will visit a range on businesses to learn about their management challenges and how they are addressing them.  In recent years, students have visited Cosantino and Rijk Zwann in Spain and Skoda and Bohemia Sekt in Prague. 

The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

You should have a strong interest in international management. This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing managers who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability. If you want to progress into a senior position in the public, private or third sectors this course will offer you the chance to gain skills which are highly sought by employers across a wide variety of organisations.

The MSc is the only route available for international students.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Normally IELTS 6.0 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,274per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14670per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,320 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

Overseas residential – you will pay an additional £1000 towards the cost of the compulsory residential overseas study visit. 

Students are responsible for organising to sit the ACCA examinations for which there is an additional cost payable to ACCA.

For more information please see our funding section.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2019/20 and 2020/21

International applicants to Salford Business School postgraduate master’s programme may be eligible for the Salford Business School Postgraduate International Excellence Scholarship worth £3,500, or the Salford Business School Silver Award worth £2,500. 

For more information go to International Scholarships

 

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By email (UK/EU applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk

By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

January 2020

June 2020

September 2020