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MSc International Business

MSc International Business

1 year Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 1 year 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

Introduction

This in-depth programme provides an opportunity to study business
in a global context, while applying the ideas of responsible and sustainable futures to business operations in practice.

The MSc International Business at the University of Lincoln is designed to develop academic knowledge and practical skills, helping you to achieve excellence in both academia and industry. You will gain a firm grounding in the theories and practice of international business, equipping you to make a major contribution to the performance of organisations of all types around the world.

Business graduates may use this programme to examine the subject area in more depth, while others can combine their existing knowledge and skills with international business theory to open new doors into the world of global business.

A number of specialist pathways are available to enable you to tailor your learning to your career aspirations or the needs of your current employer. These include tourism and logistics, entrepreneurship and regional business.

How You Study

MSc International Business incorporates core modules which every student must study. These allow you to develop a deep understanding of the important principles of International Business.

Students then choose two elective modules from one of four pathways offering you the opportunity to specialise in your preferred area of business.

The four pathways are:

  • Tourism and Logistics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Regional Business
  • General Management.


The MSc is then completed with the production of a Dissertation covering a relevant topic of your choice.

TOURISM AND LOGISTICS

  • Aviation Planning and Management
  • International Transportation Management
  • Supply Chain and Quality Strategy
  • Destination Management and Marketing.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership for Enterprise
  • Consumer Behaviour/Retail Marketing Strategy
  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development.


GENERAL MANAGEMENT

  • Navigating Institutional Complexity
  • International Business, Ethics & Responsibility
  • International Financial Environment
  • Consumer Behaviour/Retail Marketing Strategy
  • International Human Resources Management.


REGIONAL BUSINESS

  • Managing Emerging Markets
  • Latin American Business Environment
  • Corporate Governance and Sustainability
  • Navigating Institutional Complexity.


Each taught module at Certificate and Diploma level has three hours of timetabled contact time (lectures, seminars and workshops) per week for 12 weeks, plus assessment.

Optional modules will be offered on the basis of student demand.

How You Are Assessed

We provide our students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of a specific topic in lectures and seminars before presenting your findings and opinions on given questions at the end of each module.

All taught modules at Certificate and Diploma level will be assessed by the equivalent of written work amounting to between 4,000 and 5,000 words. This may constitute an essay, report, or examination. For the Dissertation, at Master’s stage, participants will produce a research focussed dissertation of 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements

At least a second class honours. You do not need to have a business background to study MSc International Business.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
martink@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835611

Enquiries:
rbotham@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835532

Master's Level

Aviation Planning and Management (Option)

By undertaking this module, you will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the aviation and airport systems in the past, present and future. Specific reference will be made to the management of the airports and aviation systems for international tourism and travel. The module provides an international, comprehensive and systemic approach to aviation and airport development and management.

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

The rationale behind this module is to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development.

Consumer Behaviour and Retail Marketing Strategy (Option)

The module aims at providing students with a critical understanding of consumer behaviour in the retail context. Therefore, the module will focus on various aspects of consumer behaviour and retailing, such as the processing of information by consumers, the main influences of consumers’ buying behaviour, the retail environment, the main retail theories, the retail image, customer loyalty as well as the retail marketing mix.

Corporate Governance and Sustainability (Option)

Governance and sustainability are at the heart of all organisations. The combination of these two concepts describes the methodology that exists within any organisation to maintain, develop and exploit the assets provided by the stakeholders, whilst maintaining an awareness of risks being taken, and control measures implemented to attempt to ensure the long-term survival of the organisation. When organisations fail we can always plot the originating cause back to a failure in governance and an ignorance of either risk or effective mitigation of risk.

Destination Management and Marketing (Option)

The module provides a comprehensive approach to the international destination management and marketing. Destinations continue the growth and face the fierce competition in a global tourism market. Through this module, students learn conventional and contemporary management and marketing trends and issues in light of the global tourism situation.

International case studies enhance the understanding of destination management and marketing in a global scale, and a field trip to a popular tourism destination provides a first-hand experience of examining attributes of the destination and suggesting the management and marketing strategy to the destination.

Finance and accounting

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting and financial management to financial tools for decision making. It covers three areas: management accounting, pure finance and accounting and is intended to acquaint a non-specialist with financial managerial skills.

Finance and Accounting commences with concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint viz. the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later it touches on financial analysis and budgeting and planning. It then moves on to analysing the sources of finance.

International Business Strategy

The diversity of the organisational environments inside global operations, which this module seeks to explore, necessitates original thought by practitioners. We consider that it is as important as any of the more formal declaratory methods. To this end the teaching and learning philosophy will be strongly student-centred providing exciting and challenging opportunities to research and develop new approaches to strategic behaviour, from a global perspective. Students will be expected to make themselves familiar with the issues that are involved in the key topic areas by reading across a broad canon of literature.

International Business, Ethics & Responsibility (Option)

This module examines relationships between international business, business practices and ethics. The module reveals an on-going struggle to influence how businesses are disciplined, regulated or governed in a global economic context.

For well over three decades there has been steadily increasing public, legal and political interest in both (i) inherent misbehaviours of normative business practice and (ii) specific cases of organisations that deliberately break the unwritten norms of business conduct. In some cases the misbehaviours have been local and the resulting public outcry and consequences has been localised and specific. In other cases business misbehaviours have been on a grander scale. These misconducts have been more widely noticed and have created greater economic turbulence. In these cases, the business misbehaviours have destabilised relationships between the errant business, the economy and the wider public interests. Indeed, at times, some misbehaviours have been on such a scale that they appear scandalous and have had both an affect and an effect on global business Markets. Within this module, we will examine such misbehaviours and ethics. The examination is practical and by no means solely academic – at the centre of the module is a concern over the ethical character of business conduct and (mis)behaviour.

International Entrepreneurship (Option)

Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises and more broadly societies and their economies.

The Entrepreneurship module enables students to apply new ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action. They will also apply enterprise skills specifically to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities.

International Financial Environment (MBA General / MIB) (Option)

International Financial Environment module provides students with applied-oriented understanding of a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of the multinational corporations and policy makers can be analysed.

International Human Resource Management (IHRM) (Option)

This module will enable students to have an appreciation of the important role that HRM plays in international business. They will also understand why IHRM can be a major force behind an international organization's performance.

International Marketing Planning

A clear and detailed understanding of International Marketing Planning underpins the whole process of marketing analysis, implementation and control. It is one of the fundamental and most important management functions and philosophies. The module has been designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the strategic planning process, and of the ways in which marketing is capable of contributing to increase the effective performance of an organisation. In doing this, we focus upon the strategic and tactical management of the marketing function, with a particular emphasis being placed upon issues of marketing excellence, learning from best practice, and market-led strategic change.

International Transportation Management (Option)

Students are provided with a thorough grounding of the principles underpinning the management of transport and are introduced to the specific principles of maritime trade. The programme develops students' capacity to make an effective contribution at the highest level to the planning and management of international transport undertakings. It is particularly suitable for those who are, or intend to be, managers in firms involved in transport/shipping operations, or in a central government position.

Latin American Business Environment (Option)

The Latin American region continues to provide a compelling social, economic and business agenda. As the region moves forward in the consolidation of economic and political reform, an understanding of the issues specific to the region is paramount.

In recent years, much has been discussed about the quality of and rationale for economic growth in Latin America with particular attention on the area of poverty reduction. Although this module recognises the realities hitherto of very high income inequality, regressive taxation systems, high land concentration, regressive public spending (favouring the rich vis-à-vis the poor) throughout the region - the module argues that recent history shows a new perspective with several different patterns of economic growth being experienced amidst debates about infrastructure, bottlenecks, south-south cooperation and the emergence of new Latin American middle classes. This module provides insight into the robust and rapid;y developing world of contemporary and modern business in Latin America.

Leadership for Enterprise (Option)

Leadership in an organisational setting is an essential area of skills and knowledge for entrepreneurial management and innovation within both new and ambitious organisations of all sizes.

This module explores and enables students to develop human and social skills of leading and managing in the context of the entrepreneurial organisation, including social, community and commercial organisations of all sizes, and across cultural and national boundaries.

Managing in Emerging Markets (Option)

The unit is useful for students wishing to gain an insight into shifting global trade patterns and new forms of trade. Students wishing to work for Transnational Corporations should gain an insight into trading conditions in emerging markets and future development opportunities.

Navigating Institutional Complexity (Option)

International management and the understanding of business systems within a globalising, complex, networked society has become a critical tool for practitioners and researchers. A number of theoretical traditions in management theory inform business practice about the role of institutions and their social construction for the adaptation of organizations in highly demanding and constantly changing conditions.

A good understanding of institutional differences and the generation of institutions provides the contemporary manager the ability to navigate through the varieties of business systems, understand the challenges and interpret strategic challenges from a new critical standpoint.

People and Global Organisations

This module aims to introduce learners to the realities of organisations and the challenges of management practice in the global business arena. It aims to promote thinking critically about organisations as complex, process-based cultural systems and as constantly developing social structures operating on the basis of people relations and interactions.

An increasing number of firms have activities spread around the world and a critical reflection on the impact of culture on business activities and individuals in this context is of vital importance. Cross border business activities are underpinned by cultural interaction and the module will develop knowledge about and understanding of the impact of (national) cultures on management practice.

Various levels of culture will be studied, with a special focus on national cultures and whether and how they affect the behaviours of firms and individuals. Students will be given the opportunity to collect specialized insights into certain themes, firms or cultures through focused assignments.

Research Design and Methods

This module prepares students for undertaking the research for the dissertation and introduces students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.

We introduce students to a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. In the context of qualitative data, students will learn how to conduct, transcribe and analyse semi-structured interviews. The principles and procedures of survey design and statistical modelling will also be introduced; with students using SPSS/PASW to collect and analyse data. Students will also develop and present their dissertation ideas as an extended research proposal.

Supply Chain and Quality Strategy (Option)

The module develops a perspective of the significant changes that have taken place in the Supply Chain and Quality Strategy functions over the last twenty-five years. A clear correlation relating these functions to the Logistics field will be undertaken by examining some major improvement strategies.

The Dissertation Project in MSc International Business

The dissertation will provide an opportunity to carry out a substantive piece of research project and demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the aspects of international business strategy. It will allow you to work in a way similar to an academic researcher: idea generation, selecting a suitable topic, designing methodology, collecting & analysing data and discussing the findings. The dissertation project will have both a practical value as a piece of management research and also be of academic value as, at best, it will have well developed theoretical and methodological discussions.

Understanding International Business

Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates with a postgraduate qualification in international business are
valued by corporations around the world for their critical-thinking, analysis and research skills. This programme provides excellent preparation for further study at a higher level.

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

Highlights

  • Multiple opportunities to engage with international business through guest lectures and live case studies
  • Networking events run throughout the year
  • You can apply for a two week optional placement

Introduction

The MSc International Business programme at Lincoln is designed to equip you with the necessary qualities and subject knowledge that will enable you to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets. You will have the chance to develop a firm grounding in the theories and practice of international business in order to make contributions to the performance of organisations of all types around the world.

The programme offers a high level of support for international students. There are integrated approaches to support in English language, orientation to studying in the UK and to postgraduate study skills, the development of enterprising and employable career capabilities, and pastoral support. Close engagement with the International Office, English Language Centre, Student Services, Careers, Library and other central services is an essential feature of this support.

Business graduates may use this programme to examine the subject area in more depth, while others can combine their existing knowledge and skills with international business theory.

How You Study

The programme will expect students to read extensively and be aware of current theoretical debates within the literature, including relevant journals.

Lectures are used primarily in discipline-bound areas. If practicable, lecture materials can be enhanced by audiovisual material in the early stages of the course, to provide extra aid to overseas students facing an unfamiliar learning environment. Classes will be interwoven with discussions and debating opportunities regarding the rapidly and often spontaneous changes in international business.

Seminars offer opportunities for student-centred learning and a range of face-to-face, tutor-supported formats. These may be delivered by chat rooms, internet or video conferencing, physical face-to-face classes or other suitable synchronous or asynchronous multimedia methods.

MSc International Business requires you to study six core modules which are designed to develop your understanding of international business, the development of communication skills as well as a range of essential graduate attributes. You then select two optional modules based on your academic interests and career aspirations. The degree concludes with either a dissertation, a consultancy project or a start-up venture.

The core modules include:

Understanding International Business
Finance and Accounting
People and Global Organisations
International Marketing and Customers
International Trade Theory and Practice
Strategy Making

The following is an illustrative list of optional modules (choice of two). Optional modules will only run with a minimum of 10 students.

Crisis Communications
International Entrepreneurship
Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
Comparative Human Resource Management
Global Supply Strategies

Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree and quality of application or relevant industrial or commercial experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
martink@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835611

Enquiries:
rbotham@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835532

Master's Level

Crisis Communications (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how organisations, individuals and countries prepare for and manage a crisis. The typical causes of crises both internal and external are analysed and strategies to address the often competing interests of stakeholders are discussed. The role of ICT (especially social media) in warning and response activities is analysed.

Disaster Management (Option)

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Finance and accounting

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Humanitarian Logistics (Option)

This module is designed to introduce the key concepts and challenges in humanitarian logistics, while tying into larger concepts of non-profit management, disaster preparedness and response, as well as agile and transient supply chains.

Students are expected to address management issues far beyond the realm of humanitarian responses. The approach taken to this module is interactive, with a focus on case studies and insights from practitioners, as well as academics.

International Trade Theory and Practice

The module provides students with an awareness of international theories of trade and how they apply in today's world. They will also obtain an understanding of how the rules of international trade are negotiated and disputed inside and outside international institutions.

People and Global Organisations

This module aims to introduce learners to the realities of organisations and the challenges of management practice in the global business arena. It aims to promote thinking critically about organisations as complex, process-based cultural systems and as constantly developing social structures operating on the basis of people relations and interactions.

An increasing number of firms have activities spread around the world and a critical reflection on the impact of culture on business activities and individuals in this context is of vital importance. Cross border business activities are underpinned by cultural interaction and the module will develop knowledge about and understanding of the impact of (national) cultures on management practice.

Various levels of culture will be studied, with a special focus on national cultures and whether and how they affect the behaviours of firms and individuals. Students will be given the opportunity to collect specialized insights into certain themes, firms or cultures through focused assignments.

Research Design and Methods

This module seeks to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research and the basics of research design. For students who have registered for a Masters dissertation, the module covers planning for and organising independent study.

Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis can be explored. In the context of qualitative data, students have the opportunity to learn how to conduct, transcribe and analyse semi-structured interviews. The principles and procedures of survey design and statistical modelling can also be introduced. Students are expected to develop and present their dissertation ideas as an extended research proposal.

Strategy Making

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

Understanding International Business

Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.

Special Features

  • The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.
  • The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).
  • Students also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

Placements

Students can apply for a two week placement that takes place between the first and second semesters. The placement is an opportunity to gain work experience from a UK-based employer and build a CV towards a career in your area of interest.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own accommodation (if applicable), travel and general living expenses when taking part in a placement.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs.

Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel and living costs and any possible accommodation costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£5,180
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£5,920
International £13,700
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,700
   
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
Part-time International £76 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.