With the world's economy now tied globally, international business expertise is more sought after than ever as it enables organisations to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. Our course will prepare you for a management position in international business or aid your organisation's international aspirations.
Why study MA International Business Management at Middlesex University Dubai?
The programme aims to provide a platform from which to assume managerial positions in organisations already engaged in international business or contemplating internationalisation. The programme is designed to develop knowledge of international business concepts, issues and practices, explore the challenges of the international environment and master advanced level international business management. Students will learn to make decisions in the context of complex international sectors and experience different areas of international operations. In addition to this, students will become skilled at managing products and services in international markets and developing skills in analysis and critical evaluation.
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 modules, seven 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.
International Business Strategy
Management in a Globalised World
Trade and the Multinational Enterprise
Decision Making for International Managers
Global Supply Chain Management
Consumer Behaviour: Decision-Making Processes
International Business Management Project
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 Behavior: Decision-Making Process (15 Credits) – Optional
The module aims to develop students' in-depth knowledge of concepts, theories and models for consumer decision-making processes and brand choices. The module uses a critical analytical approach to review current and evolving concepts, theories and models of consumer decision-making processes and brand choices.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Minimum score required for Post-Graduate: 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
The MA International Business Management Programme is designed to develop candidates’ knowledge, skills and capabilities to an advanced level in managing in an international context, enabling them to assume managerial positions in organisations already engaged in international business or contemplating internationalisation of their operations.
Graduates will in this way be better equipped for entrepreneurial activity in an international context and employment in a relevant managerial capacity. For those who have taken a career break to study, this programme will enhance opportunities for career progression.
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