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Business and Management

International Business and Globalisation


Against the backdrop of our increasingly globalised world, this course examines how firms trade and invest across national borders. It also looks at the driving factors behind international business, the factors that impact it and how it plays a role in society.

This course is suited to:

International Business and Globalisation is aimed at students or professionals wanting to gain an understanding of global business practices, for example to develop their current career or open the door to a new one.

As well as covering key theories and concepts, the course has been designed to allow students to develop their critical, analytical and problem-solving skills and give them the confidence to practice an international business mindset.

What will I learn?

The course aims to give students a working knowledge of the core principles of international business as well as its practical applications. It looks at how the international economic environment has changed as a result of globalisation, including how countries and firms have become increasingly interdependent and how their relationships are impacted by the political, economic and institutional differences between nations.

The holistic structure of the course incorporates the study of various disciplines intrinsically related to international business, such as marketing, economics, sociology, human resource management and logistics and supply chain management.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity critically analyse and discuss existing theories and concepts and will gain confidence in formulating their own strategic approaches.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe how an international business differs from a domestic business

  • Discuss the various institutional factors and their influence on businesses that characterise an international business environment

  • Discuss different strategic approaches taken by firms to internationalise

  • Apply understanding of internationalisation strategies and approaches to critically analyse a firm’s activities

  • Assess challenges of international businesses from the perspective of multiple stakeholders

  • Synthesise existing concepts with your own emerging subject knowledge to refine strategies and recommend appropriate organisational approaches to undertaking international business

  • Apply accepted international business concepts and theories to analyse business environment and real-life business contexts

  • Apply an international business mind-set: the ability to evaluate an organisation from a global multi-stakeholder perspective

  • Present analysis in written and oral forms

  • Advance your problem-solving skills

  • Analyse structured information in a systematic and critical manner

How is the module assessed?

Assessments % Length/Duration
Narrated infographic presentation 50 8-10 PowerPoint slides with 2 mins narrated explanation per slide
Strategic business report 50 2500-3000 words

For this course, you should expect to engage in structured learning activities for 10-15 hours per week on average, plus additional time spent on self-directed learning (such as further reading or preparing for assessments).

The course can be completed in a maximum of 17 weeks. Typically, there are 10 weeks of taught content, and the final submission is in week 11. The rest of the time is made up for marking and feedback.

Module staff

Dr Himadree Phookan

Dr Himadree Phookan
Lecturer in International Business

Entry Requirements

While there are no specific academic entry requirements, this course is delivered at Masters level so you’d usually have at least 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) OR relevant work experience related to the area of study.

Should you not have the relevant background described the University of Exeter cannot be held responsible for any failure to attain an award from this course.

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.

The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2.

 May 2024



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  •  17 weeks (including teaching, assessment and feedback time)
  •  10-15 hours per week on average
  •  30 Masters level credits