MSc

International Business

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available

30

Attendance

Full-Time

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Queens Management School

* 1 year full-time.

Overview

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Why is this subject for you?

You realise that business is increasingly conducted in a global marketplace and wish to gain essential skills necessary to understand and manage business challenges and opportunities in such a setting.You want a career in organisations such as multinational corporations, international non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, and consultancies, many of which have offices in Ireland.You want to be taught and supervised by leading, research active international business and management academics who provide an engaging learning environment.

International Business is focused on organisations that do not limit their operations to a single nation state, such as Citigroup and Google. The MSc programme in International Business considers why these organisations exist, how they are successful in the ever-changing global environment, and what their activities mean for the different countries in which they do business.

This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills required to survive and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Students will gain an understanding of the tools, techniques and practical skills associated with operating an organisation across borders, and an appreciation of the interactions between firms, governments and society in an international context.

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Why Queen's?

Internationally focused and career relevant

This programme offers business students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge with regard to global business. The modules undertaken in this programme reflect such a perspective with students best placed to take up employment within global organisations. Further, the good academic foundation provided in this programme may serve as a starting point for progression towards PhD studies at high quality universities.

The MSc International Business programme is run in a multicultural teaching environment with local and international students working and engaging together. The multinational environment coupled with the small class sizes allow for a very strong learning experience where key intercultural competences can be gained through various interactions.

Engaging learning environment and diverse assessment

Teaching methods employed across this programme typically include lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, organisation visits, use of decision making tools (e.g. Excel solvers and tools typically used in companies, interactive web or computer applications) and software demonstrations. Lectures are also often interspersed with discussion, group exercises and case studies which allow students to engage with theories and concepts and reflect on their application in practice.

In collaboration with the QUB Science Shop and links with the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, as well as guest lecturers from multinational companies, non-governmental organizations and local companies, our students are provided with regular insights into reality of business practices. Students may expect a variety of assessment types (reports, presentations, essays, exams) aimed to enhance skills development, critical analysis and capacity building.

Facilities

This programme is taught at the Riddel Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, a postgraduate common room, computer suites, catering and parking on site.

The excellent Queen’s University Student Guidance Centre provides learning development service for all students who want to improve their study techniques, enhance critical writing, or refresh knowledge on numerical skills. In addition, the INTO Study Centre provides language support for international students, as well as guidance on careers and employability.

Did you know?

Business Studies at Queen’s is ranked 19th in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2017

Course Details

This programme offers business students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge with regard to global business. The modules undertaken in this programme reflect such a perspective with students best placed to take up employment within global organisations.

Students will study a combination of modules that address the increasingly integrated and interdependent global economy within which international business is conducted, and the core functional areas of business from an international perspective. A dissertation is also required.

Modules are focused on core theories and contemporary issues related to international business strategy, accounting and financial aspects of international business, international supply chain networks, human resource management, marketing, as well as supporting methods for business and research.

The MSc International Business programme is run in a multicultural teaching environment with local and international students working and engaging together.

Modules:

Semester 1:

  • Fundamentals of International Business Strategy
  • The Multinational Enterprise
  • Management Control in International Business
  • Global Supply Chains and Logistics

Semester 2:

  • HRM & Work in the Global Context
  • Marketing in the World Economy
  • Research Methods for Business

Semester 3:

  • Dissertation

Modules are subject to change

Assessment & Feedback

Students may expect a variety of assessment types (reports, presentations, essays, exams) aimed to enhance skills development, critical analysis and capacity building. Students are also required to complete a dissertation of 15,000-17,000 words.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching methods employed across this programme typically include lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, organisation visits, use of decision making tools (eg Excel solvers and tools typically used in companies, interactive web or computer applications) and software demonstrations. Lectures are also often interspersed with discussion, group exercises and case studies which allow students to engage with theories and concepts and reflect on their application in practice. In collaboration with Queen's Science Shop and links with the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, as well as guest lecturers from multinational companies, non-governmental organizations and local companies, our students are provided with regular insights into reality of business practices.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate Honours degree, the equivalent of a UK Honours degree upper second class (2.1 and above) in Business or Management from a quality-assured University.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds so may consider previous work experience alongside lower academic qualifications. Prior experiential learning in business, management or marketing in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy www.go.qub.ac.uk/RPLPolicy. A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this procedure.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
  • See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Management programme which combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Jelena Vlajic, Programme Director
Queen's Management School
Tel: 9097.99981867634
Email: qms@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

This programme provides the knowledge and skills which are sought by employers - SMEs focused on business intelligence, trade or business solutions, manufacturing companies, multinational enterprises, international institutions and NGOs and government agencies responsible for trade and investment - as well  the consulting industry. Some students may wish to pursue an academic career through PhD study – in the last three years four of our students started academic careers in the UK and abroad.

 1 year after graduation:


• Sales Assistant (Ireland)
• Trainee/Entry positions (UK, abroad)

2 years after graduation:


• Recruitment Consultant (UK)
• Senior Associate (UK)
• PhD students (UK)
• Middle Office Analyst (UK, Ireland)
• PhD student/teaching assistant (UK, China)


3 years after graduation:


• Business Research Analyst (UK)
• Portfolio Real Estate Executive (Malaysia)
• Associate - Forensic Services (UK)
• Purchasing manager (Vietnam)
• W Lounge Supervisor (United Arab Emirates)
• FDI Consultant (UK)
• Corporate Finance I&G Associate (UK)
• Associate in HR (UK)
• Marketing analyst (UK)

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funding. For current information on scholarships, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

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