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MA International Business Management

MA International Business Management

Learn about the course below
Start
January, September
Duration
1 year full time 2 years part time
Attendance
Full time Part time
Fees
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Introduction to the Programme

In the 21st century businesses are more globally integrated than ever before meaning international business expertise is highly sought after to understand the dynamic conditions and opportunities within a global market. Organisations need managers with skills in this field if they are to achieve their international aspirations. The MA International Business Management Degree is taught within Middlesex University’s Business School where we deliver high-quality teaching and research, and provide a supportive learning environment, helping students to achieve excellent academic results.

Why study MA International Business Management at Middlesex University?

This challenging course will suit those who have aspirations to manage in an international context and would either like to enhance career opportunities in this field or develop an existing career for the purposes of progression. Core to the course is an understanding of managing company operations and dealing with issues such as financial performance, all within a diverse and multicultural arena to enhance your international perspective.

You will gain in-depth knowledge about the dynamic nature of global business environments and an understanding of international entrepreneurial activity, as well as experiencing industry based trips and professional speakers that will enhance your practice awareness. The aim of this course is to equip you with effective management and operational processes that will enable you to pursue a career path to managerial positions.

Course Highlights

  • Offers a holistic perspective on international business taking in strategic and logistical issues such as decision making, business strategy, multinational enterprise, financial analysis and supply chain management
  • This course is taught by academics who have research expertise in MNE innovation strategy, emerging market strategies, SME internationalisation, strategic marketing and international HRM
  • You will be able to enhance your understanding of practice through industry trips and attending talks by guest speakers

Course Fees : Aed 65,000

The MA International Business Management programme will offer both full-time and part-time modes, with the latter being run over 2 years. The programme will consist of four core modulesseven optional modules and a dissertation. Two taught modules will be worth 30 credits and be taught over the full academic year while the other four will be 15 credits and taught on a term only basis. The dissertation will carry 60 credits.

Module Code

Module Title

Credits

Type

MGT4100

International Business Strategy

30

Compulsory

MGT4150

Management in a Globalised World

30

Compulsory

ECS4580

Trade and the Multinational Enterprise

15

Compulsory

MSO4730

Decision Making for International Managers

15

Compulsory

MGT4510

Global Supply Chain Management

15

Optional

MGT4520

International Entrepreneurship

15

Optional

MKT4018

Entrepreneurship in the Digital Sector

15

Optional

MKT4146

Cross-Cultural Communication and Global Brands

15

Optional

MGT4900

International Business Management Project

60

Compulsory

 

MODULE breakdown

International Business Strategy (30 Credits) – Compulsory

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks for analysing international business and developing international business strategies, and to equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools for developing and implementing international business strategy for international competitiveness. It improves students’ cultural awareness and understanding of critical issues relating to the complexity of managing international operations, and develops students’ abilities of critical and independent thinking, decision making and problem solving.

Management in a Globalised World (30 Credits) – Compulsory

This module aims to illustrate and explore the role of HRM in the international context and develop students’ awareness of cross cultural and Corporate Social Responsibility issues in an international organisational setting and to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to manage these issues effectively, thus enhancing their employability in a global work context. The module examines the influence of culture at the macro national and micro individual level to equip students with the tools to engage with scientific debate and to evaluate management practice in terms of the possible beneficial and harmful outcomes of management-authored interventions. It also provides students with critical awareness of conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and tools designed to identify, analyse and respond to issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and ethics.

Trade and the Multinational Enterprise (15 Credits) – Compulsory

The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both trade, multinational enterprises MNEs, foreign direct investment FDI and globalisation; to introduce the students to all major strands of the debate about new trade theories, MNEs, and FDI; to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to MNEs business, trade and globalisation; and to develop the ability to undertake research in this area.

Decision Making for International Managers (15 Credits)- Compulsory

This module equips future managers with the quantitative tools to help them make rational decisions under uncertain conditions. The module develops students’ ability to apply statistical techniques to a wide range of business and management problems in a structured way. Students will gain an appreciation of the appropriateness of different techniques in a given situation. The module develops the students understanding of the tools and their application with use of software packages such as Microsoft Excel and Minitab.

Global Supply Chain Management (15 Credits) – Optional

This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies work in a global marketplace. Students develop a critical understanding of the theories and practices of how companies grow and manage their global supply chains. The module enhances students understanding of business competitiveness in global marketplaces. Students will be taught the underlying theories that will enable them to evaluate the choices given by organizations and how these are linked to the management of these international networks.

International Entrepreneurship (15 Credits) – Optional

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of international entrepreneurship and its contributions to the global economy. This will allow the student to confidently discover and develop business opportunities on a global scale. The module uses a combination of workshops and self-directed learning to develop their skills.

Consumer Psychology (15 credits) - Optional

The aim of the module is to explain the psychological foundations that direct consumers to choose products, services, experiences or ideas in order to satisfy their needs and wants. By understanding how thoughts, beliefs, feelings, perceptions, knowledge and attitudes drive decision making, the business can gain a powerful tool for company success.

International Business Management Project (60 Credits) – Compulsory

This module provides students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on MA International Business Management, by application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process, and maintenance of vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities.

Expanding your knowledge and understanding of the theories that inform contemporary international business practice, this course begins with a base of learning in the fundamental areas of strategy and management in a globalised business environment. Once the basics are in place you will explore areas around decision making, trade and enterprise, while selecting from a number of modules that allow you to pursue knowledge in areas you feel are most appropriate to your interests and career aspirations. The aim of the learning is for you to gain the necessary skills to enable you to manage people and organisational activities in dynamic environments and manage products and services within international markets. You will end the course by utilising the knowledge and skills you have learnt to shape and complete your own international management project.

You will attend workshops, seminars, lectures and talks by guest speakers, and further your understanding through class discussions and work on case studies. In your own time you will use online learning resources and do your own research, directed reading and independent study – there will be some sessions on research methods. Some coursework and research will be done in groups. You will be assessed through exams and your International Business Management Project, as well as other pieces of individual and group coursework and presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, including your assessed coursework.

Year-long modules will provide students with more time to assimilate the subject matter in each module. In order to motivate students and facilitate student retention and progression, taught modules will contain a mix of assessment components, both summative and formative. These might include in-class tests, computer based assignments, essays, case studies, group presentations/assignments and final unseen examinations. The use of summative assessment at various stages of the programme will encourage students to consolidate their understanding.

There will be dissertation workshops on a range of research related topics, such as, the structure of a Masters dissertation, identifying a topic, research tools available on the internet (sites where data and academic papers can be downloaded), developing and writing a research proposal, doing an applied econometrics project, and how to write a literature review. Students will be required to submit a dissertation proposal during the second term. This will be used to allocate dissertation supervisors. With guidance from their supervisor students will be required to prepare a detailed review of the literature, proposed methodology and sourcing of data. This will be submitted to supervisors after the year- end examinations.

  • Academic Requirements

    Graduates with a good honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, in appropriate subject are eligible to apply. Work experience not required for Graduates.

    Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years’ relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

    If students have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards Middlesex University programme of study.

  • English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic exam ONLY) Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Academic General
Overall: 6.5 58 Level 4
(minimum 6.0 in each band)

 

  • TOEFL (IBT)

Minimum score required for Post-Graduate: 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

58

PearsonPTE General

Level 4


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The course provides both the international perspective and management understanding that will enhance career progression for those already working in a business environment and the career path of those setting out to work in an international business management role. As the UAE continues to develop as a global centre for international business, there will be a continued demand for highlight skilled and knowledgeable managers across multiple sectors.  Some of the specific roles within this area are

  • Management Analyst
  • Trade Manager
  • International Management Consultant
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Sales Representative

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