- Contemporary Global Issues in Management: focuses on how various global trends impact upon economies, organisations and the practice of management, business and marketing within the context of responsible enterprise.
- Global Business Strategy: develops a wide-ranging, critical understanding of the strategic issues involved within global organisations and the increasingly complex operating environment in which they are situated. This module draws on elements of the international political economy, financial aspects and strategic planning in the context of the international business environment.
- Contemporary Conceptual Issues in Management: explores core conceptual challenges facing organisations in our rapidly changing environment such as globalisation and global trade, and the resulting internationalisation of organisations. This module also takes a macro-marketing approach to themes such as the stakeholder mindset and contemporary consumers and focuses on market-based solutions that are sustainable for organisations to take forward.
- Masterclasses in International Business: introduces students to contemporary dialogue and debate in international business and explores a range of topics such as business collaboration and open innovation; the impact of international terrorism on business; doing business in emerging markets; and slavery in the modern-day business environment.
Students choose two optional modules, taking one in each semester. For the latest optional module information, see the module catalogue.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- Alternative Investment
- Behavioural Finance
- Creative Marketing Communications
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
- Ethics, Organisations and Management
- Financial Systems
- International Financial Management
- International Marketing
- Leadership in Organisations
- Managerial Decision-making
- Managing Natural Resources
- Managing People in Global Markets
- Marketing and Society
- Managing Non-Governmental Organisations
- Risk Management
- Scenario Thinking and Strategy.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).
Students attend lectures throughout Semesters 1 and 2 to prepare them for conducting the research portion of the dissertation. The dissertation is normally on a specific area of International Business, however at the School of Management, you will have the freedom to develop a topic of your own, which is of interest to you and will contribute towards career development or further study goals.
Supervisors are assigned based on a research proposal submitted in the second semester. Students will then research and write a 15,000-word dissertation over the summer to be submitted on a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for their Masters degree (MLitt), there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of a MLitt.