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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc International Business and Strategy

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc International Business and Strategy Programme codePTS1SBESBE50
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

MSc International Business & Strategy 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, Accounting, Management, Leadership, and Economics, where you will explore International Business Issues from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. You learn the theoretical foundations of international business and its practical applications in explaining the dynamics and constraints of firms’ international strategies.

In addition to core skill-based modules you will have the opportunity to tailor your programme through a series of optional modules that enable you to customise your learning and programme experience. The final capstone business plan module integrates your cross-disciplinary insights into a practical project, allowing you to apply your acquired knowledge to analyse and create a business plan. This 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

 

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

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.

Stage 1


105 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEAM045 Accounting for International Managers 15No
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15No
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management 15No
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business 15No
BEMM148 Marketing Strategy 15No
BEMM384 International Business Plan 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MSc International Business and Strategy optional modules 23-24
BEAM052 Corporate Governance and Finance 15 No
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15 No
BEMM069 Marketing and New Product Innovation 15 No
BEMM114 Managing Operations 15 No
BEMM129 Digital Business Models 15 No
BEMM786 Service Design and Innovation 15 No
BEMM126 Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 15 No
BEMM394 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation 15 No
BEMM388 People Management 15 No
BEMM178 Innovation Management 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 strategic considerations and decisions made by businesses operating in international context
2. Understand and interpret international business problems from multi-stakeholder perspectives.
3. Apply conceptual frameworks relevant to international business to cross-cultural environments.

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:

The seminars are specifically designed to train students to look at global business problems from a variety of different perspectives that ultimately inform organisational decision-making and global strategy (ILOs 1-3).  

BEMM384 International Business Plan: 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).

BEMM388: People Management: Provides students with an understanding of behavioural theories in the context of global organisations and multi-stakeholder perspectives.

BEMM116 International Business: 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).

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Provides students with an appreciation of the impact of an international context on accounting information and decisions (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM118: Strategic Innovation Management: Helps students understand the significance of innovation and how it links to wider strategic issues within the organization. It also provides a foundation in helping students gain insights into contingency factors of firm size, technological complexity and environmental uncertainty which impact business decision-making and strategy.

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business: Self-Reflexive learning log and individual essay (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM384 International Business Plan: Individually written business plan (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project (ILOs 1-3).

BEMM116 International Business: Presentation; Online Test; Written Exam (ILOs 1-3).

 

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 1-3).

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 strategy practitioners in International Business context 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 and strategic orientation that pays a heightened sensitivity to sustainable business practice.

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business: Highlights speakers and topics in international business from cross disciplinary areas of research and business practice. A core objective of the model is a heightened sensitivity to ethical business practice (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM384 International Business Plan: 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).

BEMM388: People 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 (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM116 International Business: 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).

BEAM045 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).

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:  Individual essay (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM384 International Business Plan: Individually written business plan (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM388: People Management: Individually assessed, written group project (ILOs 4-7).

BEMM116 International Business: Presentation; Online Test; Written Exam (ILOs 4-7).

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 4-7).

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:

BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management: Through various seminar activities as well as a class presentation (as part of a formative assessment) students will develop and improve on their interpersonal and presentation skills.
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Through sharing of ideas, knowledge and prior contexts, students will develop in communicating complex ideas in public.
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: Through a group presentation and various seminar activities involving interaction and presentation in the seminar, students will have the opportunity of developing and improving on their presentation and public speaking skills.

9. Innovative problem-solver:

BEMM384 International Business Plan: This module requires students to use applied, simulated, data-driven approach to understand a real business problem and recommend solutions.
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management: Through interfaces between technology and innovation from managerial perspectives and by exploring the many different challenges facing managers responsible for the long-term development of their business, this module aims to develop problem solving skills and become innovative in their approach.
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: Students will learn different perspectives of marketing context and problems that managers face and relevant academic and real world, innovative solutions for those problems.

10. Proactive collaborator:
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business: This module challenges students to show the inter-relationship between the different functional areas of business in creating cross-cultural solutions, and thus prepare students to be proactive while communicating and sharing insights in a collaborative platform.

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Students are encouraged to share their knowledge of contexts, applications, and variations from their own and other countries.
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: In a consultancy-based project, students will be able to develop and improve their collaborative and team working skills.

11. Digitally fluent:
BEMM384 International Business Plan: This module requires students to access data and research materials online.

BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: Students will be encouraged to read from informational sources online and in publicly available information domains.
BEMM116: Principles of International Business: Both summative assessments are conducted online.

12. Resilient self-advocate:

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business: This module features contemporary issues in the field, which include business ethics and environmental sustainability, thus helping students develop understanding of ethics required in making morally embedded strategic decisions.

BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Students write about business practice and prepare critiques of those practices using approaches in a manner that is consistent with ethical business practice and environmental sustainability.

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: 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.

13. Critical thinker
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business: Students take a cross-disciplinary perspective on international business issues and integrate them into their own worldview.

BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Students critically analyse, discuss and apply theories relevant to international business and present managerial recommendations.

BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: The module offers the scope of critically engage in cutting edge debates on marketing principles and applications.

BEMM116 International Business: 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.

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: 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.

14. Globally engaged:

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:
The seminars are specifically designed to train students to look at global business problems from a variety of different perspectives that ultimately inform organisational decision-making and global strategy.
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BEMM384 International Business Plan: This module will take a case study approach to understanding the challenges organisations face when competing in global environments.

BEMM148: Marketing Strategy: The module provides a global perspective of problems and solutions for students to achieve knowledge and skills relevant to make decisions in a global marketplace.

BEMM116 International Business: 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 of the issues faced by international business managers while operating across the world.

BEAM045 Accounting for Managers: Provides students with an appreciation of the impact of an international context on accounting information and decisions.

 

Confident Communicator:

BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management:
Individual Coursework (ILOs 8-14).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers:
Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 13-14).

Innovative problem-solver:

BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Individually written business plan (ILOs 9, 11).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management:
Individual Coursework (ILOs 8-14).

Proactive collaborator:
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:
Individual essay (ILOs 8-9, 12-14).
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers:
Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 8-9, 13-14).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)

Digitally fluent:
BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Individually written business plan (ILOs 8-9, 11).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)
BEMM116: Principles of International Business:
Online Test; Written Examination (ILOs 8-14)

Resilient self-advocate:

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:
Individual essay (ILOs 8-9, 12-14).
BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Individually written business plan (ILOs 8-9, 11).
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers:
Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 8-9, 13-14).

Critical thinker
BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:
Individual essay (ILOs 8-9, 12-14).
BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Individually written business plan (ILOs 8-9, 11).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)
BEMM116 Principles of International Business:
Online Test; Written Examination (ILOs 8-14).
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers:
Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 8-9, 13-14).

Globally engaged:

BEMM264 Current Issues in International Business:
Individual essay (ILOs 8-9, 12-14).
BEMM384 International Business Plan:
Individually written business plan (ILOs 8-9, 11).
BEMM148: Marketing Strategy:
Individual Coursework, group presentation and MCQ test (ILOs 8-14)
BEMM116 Principles of International Business:
Online Test; Written Examination (ILOs 8-14).
BEAM045 Accounting for Managers:
Examination and MCQ test (ILOs 8-9, 13-14).

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

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

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.

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

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MSc International Business and Strategy

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

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/01/2024

Date of last revision

01/01/2024