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MSc International Management (1 year)

This MSc provides an in-depth understanding of key organisational concepts from a global perspective. It includes innovative, activity-based exercises and a business simulation, and is informed by world-class research. You’ll graduate with enhanced management capabilities and a wide range of career options.

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Introducing your degree

Covering a range of business functions and management concepts, the MSc in International Management provides a broad understanding of organisational issues from an international perspective. It includes an innovative off-campus team activity weekend designed to enhance your management capabilities and a business simulation that provides valuable experience of different business scenarios. You’ll be taught by recognised leaders in fields such as decision making and operations management, with industry speakers providing insights into the latest practice. In addition, the use of real-world case studies throughout the course will deepen your knowledge of today’s business world. The breadth of topics you’ll cover on this degree means you can keep your career options open; when you graduate you’ll be ready to take on a global management role in a variety of sectors and specialisms.

International management

Overview

On this comprehensive course you’ll learn about key areas of business operations as well as current management concepts. The breadth of topics, combined with an international perspective, will equip you for a wide variety of roles in an increasingly globalised job market.

We welcome applicants from a range of academic and professional backgrounds – undergraduate study in a business discipline or prior management experience are not required. The course is ideal if you want to keep your career options open or discover the right specialism for you.

Programme Structure

Course structure and content

This is a one-year, full-time masters degree. During the year you will study a number of taught modules and complete a dissertation.

The modules provide a grounding in core management disciplines such as strategic management, marketing, accounting and control, responsible leadership and operations management.

The innovative delivery of the two-part Organisational Effectiveness modules sets this MSc apart from many other universities’ management masters degrees.

  • During Organisational Effectiveness 1 you’ll take part in an experiential, off-campus ‘action learning’ weekend, during which you’ll undertake a range of team activities. These are designed to give you an insight into team dynamics, your personal strengths and your leadership style, helping you to recognise areas in which you can enhance your management capability. The activities will also give you hands-on experience of management challenges such as understanding problems, and developing and implementing solutions.
  • Organisational Effectiveness 2 is designed to give you a more strategic view of organisational management. It involves a comprehensive, interactive simulation of a fast-moving business environment. You’ll work in teams to assimilate information, negotiate and make strategic operational decisions, and see how this affects the performance of your company. 

Some modules, such as Managing within a Global Context and International Corporate Social Responsibility, have a specific international focus. Others, such as the Operations Management module, cover the practical and logistical challenges faced by global corporations. In addition, you’ll learn from an internationally diverse academic team with students from a mix of backgrounds, so you’ll be exposed to a range of cultural perspectives.

The dissertation is an opportunity to focus on a management topic of your choice. Research areas chosen by past students include: an analysis of IKEA’s competitiveness in Thailand; a qualitative investigation into the use of performance appraisals systems in the private education sector in Egypt; and the effects of good corporate governance on dividend policy in Indonesia.

Learning from industry

Module leaders regularly invite speakers from industry to talk to students, providing insights into current management practice. For example, a luxury car company’s director of corporate social responsibility gave a bespoke presentation about the company’s strategic approach to sustainability.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend relevant Business School events, such as a recent presentation on the delivery of major projects given by the UK Cabinet Office.

Our academics’ links with industry enable them to incorporate real-world case studies into their teaching. One example is a case study featuring a joint project with Star Financial Systems Ltd, which enables students to understand how the principles of decision analysis can transform a company’s performance.

Leading academics

You’ll be taught by academics who are world-class researchers in their field, including:

  • Professor Steve Brown, a leading practitioner and academic who studies the links between operations strategy and performance. He is Editor in Chief of the prestigious International Journal of Operations and Production Management and has published numerous research papers and books. He teaches on the Operations Management module.
  • Professor Johnnie Johnson, who is renowned for research into decision making in uncertain environments, and uses his expertise to advise organisations operating in speculative financial markets. He leads the popular Risk Taking and Decision Making module, on which he shares his expertise in decision making in the context of imperfect or changing data and the effect of individual and organisational behaviour on decision making. 

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Key Facts

Learn about key business concepts within a global context and enhance your strategic and management capabilities.

Innovative activity-based exercises and a business simulation provide valuable experiential learning, setting this MSc apart from many similar masters courses.

The broad curriculum will prepare you for a wide range of careers or help you identify your preferred career path.

Lecturers include world-leading experts in decision making and operations management.

Graduates have gone on to organisations including KPMG, PwC, BAE Systems, Coca-Cola and Shinhan Bank.

Programme Leader

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of essay based study

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grade.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

You’ll be prepared for a variety of management positions in a range of sectors. Past graduates’ job titles include credit officer, human resources officer, auditor and project manager. They work for organisations such as: 

  • Shinhan Bank
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • BAE Systems
  • Coca-Cola
  • Sunlife Vietnam
  • Krohne

Learning & Assessment

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