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MSc (T) International Business

Academic Year 2016/17

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc (T) International Business

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

IBU-MSC-S

UCAS Code

JACS Code

N120 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Candidates will normally be expected to have an undergraduate honours degree, the equivalent of a UK honours degree upper second class, in Business or Management, from a suitable quality assured university. Candidates with degrees in other disciplines may also be considered, provided business or management modules form a substantial component of their UG degree.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates so will consider previous work experience alongside academic qualifications.

Candidates who lack the prerequisite academic qualification or equivalent may be considered under the RPEL route.

Additional information for International Students
In addition, international applicants will be required to demonstrate evidence of language proficiency by one of the following:-
An IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years
A TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based is the only acceptable form of this test); with at least the following scores in each of the four component parts of listening (17), reading (18), speaking (20) and writing (17) taken within the last 2 years.
A first or good second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location where the medium of instruction is English
A language assessment conducted by Queen’s University Belfast or approved provider
An alternative English Language qualification recognised by Queen’s University Belfast.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Gareth Edwards

Bristol Business School

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

The MSc International Business is based on the University wide modular framework. The class of degree awarded to the student (Fail, Pass, Commendation and Distinction) is based on his or her performance in eight modules plus the dissertation or consultancy based report.

Module marks are combined over the first and second semesters, together with the dissertation mark or consultancy based report, are used to produce an aggregate mark. Marking is based on the University agreed marking scale.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Within the context of striving towards the University’s mission statement the MSc International Business aims to:

provide effective systems of learning, academic guidance and pastoral support to encourage the academic, intellectual and personal development of our students;

provide students with the opportunity to pursue appropriately demanding programmes of study focused on international business strategy, Human Resource Management (HRM),work in the global context, the multinational enterprise, management control in international business, business in the world economy, global supply chains and logistics, international management in practice, and research methods;

develop students’ knowledge and skills base in ways which inter alia will enhance their employment opportunities;

maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning assessment and support.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across the modules within the degree programme. Students develop skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements within the programme. Self assessment, peer review and reflection are developed within the group work assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of homework, oral presentations, project work, case study analysis, data interpretation and examinations.

logical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across the modules within the degree programme. Students develop skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements within the programme. Self assessment, peer review and reflection are developed within the group work assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of homework, oral presentations, project work, case study analysis, data interpretation and examinations.

independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across the modules within the degree programme. Students develop skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements within the programme. Self assessment, peer review and reflection are developed within the group work assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of homework, oral presentations, project work, case study analysis, data interpretation and examinations.

critical evaluation and interpretation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across the modules within the degree programme. Students develop skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements within the programme. Self assessment, peer review and reflection are developed within the group work assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of homework, oral presentations, project work, case study analysis, data interpretation and examinations.

self assessment and reflection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed across the modules within the degree programme. Students develop skills in problem solving and logical reasoning. Independent enquiry, critical evaluation and interpretation, abstraction and assimilation are key elements within the programme. Self assessment, peer review and reflection are developed within the group work assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of cognitive skills occurs in the form of homework, oral presentations, project work, case study analysis, data interpretation and examinations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

the ability to synthesise and evaluate information/data from a variety of sources including from databases, books, journal articles and the internet

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint, Excel and other data presentation packages, presentations, project work) to demonstrate their learning. Completion of the dissertation or consultancy based report develops skills in independent research enquiry, data analysis and presentation.

the preparation and communication of ideas in both written and presentational forms

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint, Excel and other data presentation packages, presentations, project work) to demonstrate their learning. Completion of the dissertation consultancy based report develops skills in independent research enquiry, data analysis and presentation.

the ability to work both independently and in groups

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint, Excel and other data presentation packages, presentations, project work) to demonstrate their learning. Completion of the dissertation consultancy based report develops skills in independent research enquiry, data analysis and presentation.

organisation and time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint, Excel and other data presentation packages, presentations, project work) to demonstrate their learning. Completion of the dissertation consultancy based report develops skills in independent research enquiry, data analysis and presentation.

problem solving and critical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development will permeate the teaching and learning on the degree programme. Successful completion of coursework requires students to gather information from a range of sources, select and assimilate relevant information and to complete tasks within deadlines.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of coursework requires students to use a range of media (e.g. essays, PowerPoint, Excel and other data presentation packages, presentations, project work) to demonstrate their learning. Completion of the dissertation consultancy based report develops skills in independent research enquiry, data analysis and presentation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The nature of multinational enterprises - encompasses the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of multi-national enterprises. It includes theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of managing organisations across borders

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in International Business follows a structured curriculum based upon modules which focus on the fundamentals of International Business Strategy, human resource management in a global context, managing global supply chains and understanding the international market place. Understanding the multinational enterprise and its global environment are integral in all of the teaching and learning opportunities.

Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, directed reading of academic journals which are particularly applied to student presentations and group projects, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations are used to assess student learning.

The management of functional elements of the multinational firm -encompassing the different internal functions of multinational organisations, and how these functions interact with the firm and its external environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in International Business follows a structured curriculum based upon modules which focus on the fundamentals of International Business Strategy, human resource management in a global context, managing global supply chains and understanding the international market place. Understanding the multinational enterprise and its global environment are integral in all of the teaching and learning opportunities.

Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, directed reading of academic journals which are particularly applied to student presentations and group projects, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations are used to assess student learning.

External environment –the interactions between firms, governments and society within an international context. This encompasses a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological, together with the effects of multinational enterprises at local, national and international levels

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in International Business follows a structured curriculum based upon modules which focus on the fundamentals of International Business Strategy, human resource management in a global context, managing global supply chains and understanding the international market place. Understanding the multinational enterprise and its global environment are integral in all of the teaching and learning opportunities.

Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is through structured exposition based on lectures, directed reading of academic journals which are particularly applied to student presentations and group projects, computer-based laboratory work, group work, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

End-of-semester examinations, class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations are used to assess student learning.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The ability to use statistical and simulation techniques to analyse international business problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

International Business requires a range of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. These are provided through the delivery of modules that recognise both the skills the students wish to develop and those that they have acquired previously. Subject specific skills can provide a thorough basic grounding in areas that all international business professionals should know.

Teaching is provided through lectures, directed reading, group work and computer-based laboratory work.

Methods of Assessment

The assessment method is summative, involving end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment in the form of class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations.

The ability to apply contemporary management tools and techniques to address international business issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

International Business requires a range of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. These are provided through the delivery of modules that recognise both the skills the students wish to develop and those that they have acquired previously. Subject specific skills can provide a thorough basic grounding in areas that all international business professionals should know.

Teaching is provided through lectures, directed reading, group work and computer-based laboratory work.

Methods of Assessment

The assessment method is summative, involving end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment in the form of class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations.

The ability to gain a practical understanding of international business problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

International Business requires a range of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. These are provided through the delivery of modules that recognise both the skills the students wish to develop and those that they have acquired previously. Subject specific skills can provide a thorough basic grounding in areas that all international business professionals should know.

Teaching is provided through lectures, directed reading, group work and computer-based laboratory work.

Methods of Assessment

The assessment method is summative, involving end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment in the form of class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations.

The ability to critically evaluate key international business issues and propose feasible solutions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

International Business requires a range of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge. These are provided through the delivery of modules that recognise both the skills the students wish to develop and those that they have acquired previously. Subject specific skills can provide a thorough basic grounding in areas that all international business professionals should know.

Teaching is provided through lectures, directed reading, group work and computer-based laboratory work.

Methods of Assessment

The assessment method is summative, involving end-of-semester examinations and continuous assessment in the form of class tests, individual and group projects, individual and group oral presentations and case study investigations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Fundamentals of International Business Strategy

MGT7100

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Human Resource Management and Work in the Global Context

MGT7101

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Multinational Enterprise

MGT7102

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

25%

75%

Management Control in International Business

MGT7103

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Global Supply Chains and Logistics

MGT7105

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

40%

60%

Dissertation - MSc International Business

MGT7107

7

60

14 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Marketing in the World Economy

MGT7108

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Research Methods for Business

MGT7158

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

70%

0%

30%

Consultancy Based Report

MGT9202

7

60

14 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must pass modules worth 100 CAT points, including MGT7158 before they can begin their dissertation MGT7107 or Consultancy Based Report MGT9202.