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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc International Business (Online)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc International Business (Online) Programme codePNS2SBESBE02
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc in International Business prepares you to discover your career in international business. The programme is designed for those students looking to accelerate their career advancement in areas relevant to international business. As part of your training you will develop a better understanding business and management practice through real-world business examples. You will become more familiar with terminology and understanding of the theoretical aspects relevant to the field of international business. If you have never studied international business before, this course will help you transition into an international business career. For those who have a background in international business, this course will equip you with the knowledge necessary to advance your career and undertake new business challenges in a global context.

The aim of the programme is to equip you with the key skill sets required to solve and implement international business strategy. As part of the learning journey you will benefit from the flexible schedule that an online degree offers. You will have access to specialist workshops taught by leading international academics on issues pertinent to international business, globalisation and sustainability. They will draw from cross-disciplinary scholars in the fields of Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Management, and Strategic Planning, where they will explore International Business Issues from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  • Develop student competence in areas pertinent to globalisation, sustainability and international business.
  • Train students as evidence-based problem solvers that analyse relevant data, opinions and market context, when making strategic decisions in international contexts.
  • Provide insights into the inter-relationship that exists between political, legal, technological, socio-cultural, and economic factors with businesses competing in international environments.
  • Stimulate and encourage in students to question strategic trade-offs in relation to developing a successful global business portfolio.
  • Act as inclusive learners that can work effectively in cross-cultural environments.
  • Develop leadership skills and a student’s awareness of their own inner strengths and values through a process of self-reflection.

4. Programme Structure

Your MSc International Business programme is a 2 year part-time programme at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

You will study one 30 credit module per term. You will take 180 credits of compulsory modules in total. Modules are offered on a carousel model but BEMM492Z International Business Project must be taken last.

Students may enter the programme during three fixed starting dates during the academic calendar, which is January, May and September. The module running order will be dictated by your entry point and the corresponding module available on the carousel model at that entry date.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/study/masters/modules/

You will study one 30 credit module per term. You will take 180 credits of compulsory modules in total. Modules are offered on a carousel model but BEMM492Z International Business Project must be taken last.

The module running order will be dictated by your entry point and the corresponding module available on a carousel model.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM490Z International Business and Globalisation 30Yes
BEMM491Z Cross-Cultural Management 30No
BEAM081Z Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 30No
BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance 30No
BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership 30No
BEMM492Z International Business Project - Planning in Practice 30Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Interpret theories and practices relevant to international business strategy.
2. Assess international business problems from multi-stakeholder perspectives
3. Apply conceptual frameworks relevant to international business to cross-cultural environments.

BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice: This module will take a case study approach to understanding the challenges organisations face when competing in global environments and from multi-stakeholder perspectives (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM491Z: Cross-Cultural Management: Provides students with an understanding of cross-cultural behavioural theories in the context of global organisations and multi-stakeholder perspectives (ILO’s 1-3).

BEMM490Z International Business and Globalisation: This module focuses on how companies conduct business across borders and explores various economic systems, cultural differences in different economies, and discusses issues from around the world to give students a global awareness (ILOs 1-3).

BEAM081Z Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making: Provides students with an appreciation of the impact of an international context on accounting information and decisions (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership: This module will examine the changing mission and purpose of organisations, and explore how we, as leaders, can unlock sustainable and responsible progress in the global context (ILOs 1-3).

BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance: This module introduces the fundamentals of sustainable finance, a key element to international business as financial decisions help to drive business strategy and growth (ILOS 1-3).

Subject-specific skills (ILOs 1-3) will be assessed through individual written assignments, written examinations and a business plan project.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Evaluate the types of approaches International Business practitioners use when solving issues surrounding economic, social, political, cultural and legal environments.
5. Elucidate the relationship between globalisation, international business and cross-cultural contexts.
6. Reflect on practical case experiences from the international business arena.
7. Develop an ethically minded business orientation that pays a heightened sensitivity to sustainable business practice.

BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice: The Business Plan draws from practical case study data and requires environmental scanning and situational analysis in cross-cultural contexts with an aim to develop sustainable business practice (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM491Z Cross Cultural Management: The approach of this module is a practice-based approach to understanding the relationship between organisational behaviour and international business. This course highlights multi-stakeholder perspectives and sustainable organisational practice in organisations competing in cross-cultural contexts. (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM490Z International Business and Globalisation: This module focuses on how companies conduct business across borders and explores various economic systems, cultural differences in different economies, and discusses issues from around the world to give students a global awareness and an understanding of sustainability (ILOs 4-7).

BEAM081Z Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making: Concepts and techniques are taught to reflect that it is the responsibility of all organisations to make ethical financial decisions and actions and to provide financial information so that stakeholders can make their own informed decisions (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership: Critical analysis of the nature of contemporary leadership, allows students to build a personal approach to leadership that can help shape a more sustainable and equitable future (ILOs 4-7).

BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance: Students will develop an understanding of how Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations form the base for sustainable and responsible decision-making in finance ILOs 4-7).

Subject-specific skills (ILOs 4-7) will be assessed through individual written assignments, written examinations and a business plan project.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
9. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
10. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
11. DIGITALLY FLUENT: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
12. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
13. CRITICAL THINKER: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
14. GLOBALLY ENGAGED: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions

8. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR
Communication is a key feature of the programme and each module actively supports and encourages a willingness to communicate through engagement with leading scholarship, theory, and practical examples.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to engage with debates and communicate your ideas. These communication skills can be immediately applied to business interactions and business practice within the workplace.

The core communication skills will be formally assessed in BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice.

9. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER
BEMM492Z International Business Project – Planning and Practice: Students present innovative managerial recommendations to issues and problems in international business.

BEMM491Z Cross-Cultural Management: Students develop innovative methods of managing and working in a multicultural team or work environment.

BEMM490Z International Business & Globalisation: Students develop an innovative approach to addressing challenges arising from the dynamics and constraints of firms’ international strategies.

BEAM081Z Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making: Students develop the ability to use financial information to develop innovative solutions to international business issues.

BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership: This module equips students with the skills to be able to more confidently manage the complexity of the modern workplace.

BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance: This module equips students with the skills to develop innovative solutions to ‘wicked’ global problems, such as carbon emissions, human rights, biodiversity, and community development.

10. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR
Collaboration is a key feature of the programme and each module actively supports and encourages a willingness to share and collaborate through engagement with leading scholarship, theory, and practical examples.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to engage with debates and refine your ideas. This collaborative thinking can be immediately applied to business interactions and business practice within the workplace.

The core collaboration skills will be formally assessed in BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice.

11. DIGITALLY FLUENT
Digital literacies will be developed as you progress through this online programme. You will complete guided independent study engaging and interacting with the variety of online content, using relevant case studies and recent academic research, presented through a variety of online resources and media. You will develop a familiarity with essential digital tools throughout your studies and also through the variety of assessments you will be submitting.

12. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE
This is an important theme throughout the programme. Particularly in BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership, students reflect on their own leadership style throughout the module, building self-awareness of their leadership, learning from their experiences and module materials, taking responsibility for their own development as a leader.

13. CRITICAL THINKER
BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice:
Students critically analyse, discuss and apply theories relevant to international business and present managerial recommendations.

BEMM491Z Cross Cultural Management: This module challenges students to question basic assumptions associated with our understanding of organisational behaviour and explore new insights into OB in a theoretical and practical manner.

BEMM490Z International Business & Globalisation: This module develops student knowledge of where, why and how to conduct international business in order to gain an understanding of what determines the success and failure of firms conducting international business.

BEMM081Z Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making: Highlights how good managers need to be able to understand and interpret accounting results, but also know the limitations of the methods used, and incorporate other considerations.

BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership: In this module students will critically analyse the nature of contemporary leadership in the global context.

BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance: This module critically discusses sustainable finance topics involving a wide range of theories, analysing the opportunities and risks linked to ESG.

14. GLOBALLY ENGAGED
BEMM492Z International Business Project- Planning and Practice: This module will take a case study approach to understanding the challenges organisations face when competing in global environments.

BEMM491Z: Cross Cultural Management: Provides students with an understanding of behavioural theories in the context of global organisations.

BEMM490Z: International Business & Globalisation: This module focuses on how companies conduct business across borders and explores various economic systems, cultural differences in different economies, and discusses issues from around the world to give students a global awareness.

BEMM081Z: Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making: Provides students with an appreciation of the impact of an international context on accounting information and decisions.

BEMM495Z Responsible Leadership: This module equips students with the skills to lead responsibly in a global environment where change is necessary and unavoidable.

BEAM082Z Sustainable Finance: This module confronts worldwide challenges and opportunities in business operations, addressing concerns about the role of sustainable finance in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, human rights and carbon emissions.

 

Subject-specific skills (ILOs 8-12) will be assessed through individual written assignments, written examinations and a business plan project.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Core content for the programme will be made available online and asynchronously via our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to allow maximum flexibility in when you study to fit around your other commitments. We will provide a range of rich online materials, a variety of learning activities and encourage you to participate in learning communities. Each module will set out the key expectations and requirements at the start of teaching and you will receive timely feedback on your progress throughout the duration.

 

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance on generic academic skills, and pastoral support. Personal tutors are also able to refer you to more specialist support services as required, both within the College, and across the extensive network of support the University has to offer.

 

The Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

 

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

 

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy (ESE)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc International Business (Online)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] General business and management

23. Dates

Origin Date

10/12/2021

Date of last revision

27/02/2023