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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc International Business

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc International Business Programme codePTS1SBESBE38
Study mode(s)Full Time
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 aim of the programme is to equip you with the key skill sets required to solve and implement international business strategy.  As part of your learning journey you will attend specialist workshops taught by leading international academics on issues pertinent to international business, globalization and sustainability. You will draw from cross-disciplinary scholars in the fields of Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Management, Leadership, and Economics, where you will explore International Business Issues from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.

The programme is student focused, which means that you will be personally mentored during your time at the University of Exeter. In addition to core skill-based modules, you will have the opportunity to tailor your programme through a series of elective choices that enable you to customise your learning and programme experience. The culmination of the programme will offer a business plan experience where you will apply cross-disciplinary insights into a business plan project. This capstone business plan course will allow you to incorporate the learning you have gained throughout the year and incorporate it into a business plan analysis. The business plan experience will help you to build your own personal portfolio that you can showcase to potential employers. The University of Exeter provides an ideal setting for you to understand cross-cultural issues that will uniquely equip you to compete in today’s global marketplace.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  1. To develop student competence in areas pertinent to globalisation, sustainability and international business.
  2. To train students as evidence-based problem solvers that analyse relevant data, opinions and market context, when making strategic decisions in international contexts.
  3. To provide insights into the inter-relationship that exists between political, legal, technological, socio-cultural, and economic factors with businesses competing in international environments.
  4. To stimulate and encourage in students to question strategic trade-offs in relation to developing a successful global business portfolio.
  5. To act as inclusive learners that can work effectively in cross-cultural environments.
  6. To develop leadership skills and a student’s awareness of their own inner strengths and values through a process of self-reflection.
  7. To provide opportunities for learning that is enriched by exposure to people of diverse cultural backgrounds and fields of study.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc International Business programme is a twelve-month programme of study 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.

 

Interim Awards

A Postgraduate Diploma is awarded when a student gains at least 120 credits, including at least 90 at Level M on a

designated programme.

 

A Postgraduate Certificate is awarded when a student gains at least 60 credits including at least 45 at Level M on a

designated programme.

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/

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your International Business Plan assessment.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business 15No
BEMM384 International Business Plan 30Yes
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15No
BEMM388 People Management 15No
BEAM045 Accounting for International Managers 15No
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15No
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management 15No

Optional Modules

BEMM148 is a term one elective only. Students are not eligible to take this course in their term 2.

Please note that not all listed option modules will be available every year.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MSc International Business optional modules 23-24
BEAM053 Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganisations 15 No
BEMM071 Leadership and Global Challenges 15 No
BEAM052 Corporate Governance and Finance 15 No
BEMM069 Marketing and New Product Innovation 15 No
BEMM786 Service Design and Innovation 15 No
BEMM114 Managing Operations 15 No
BEMM128 Brand Design 15 No
BEMM129 Digital Business Models 15 No
BEMM148 Marketing Strategy 15 No
BEMM374 Tourism and Marketing 15 No
BEMM375 Sustainable Tourism Management 15 No
BEMM394 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation 15 No
BEEM154 Economics of Public Finance 15 No
BEMM263 Innovation and Technology Policy 15 No
BEMM267 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work 15 No
BEMM269 Managing Employee Individual Differences, Personality and Performance 15 No
BEMM270 Social Networks and Organizations 15 No
BEMM268 Issues in Occupational Psychology 15 No
BEMM265 Sustainability and Behaviour Change 15 No
MSc International Business - Law optional modules 23-24
LAWM173 Financial Markets Law and Regulation 15 No
LAWM167 Blockchain, Policy, Property 15 No
LAWM174 International Arbitration 15 No
LAWM177 International Trade and Society 15 No
LAWM183 International Banking and Fintech Law and Regulation 15 No

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. Gain a comprehension of theories and practices relevant to international business strategy.
2. Understand 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, presentations 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. Develop insights into the types of approaches International Business practitioners use when solving issues surrounding economic, social, political, cultural and legal environments.
5. Understand 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, presentations 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

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.  

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 8-14) will be assessed through individual written assignments, presentations 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

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.

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

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

15/04/2019

Date of last revision

22/06/2022