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MSc International Business

MSc International Business

1 year 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 1 year 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

Highlights

  • Multiple opportunities to engage with international business through guest lectures and live case studies
  • Networking events run throughout the year
  • You can apply for a two week optional placement

Introduction

The MSc International Business programme at Lincoln is designed to equip you with the necessary qualities and subject knowledge that will enable you to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets. You will have the chance to develop a firm grounding in the theories and practice of international business in order to make contributions to the performance of organisations of all types around the world.

The programme offers a high level of support for international students. There are integrated approaches to support in English language, orientation to studying in the UK and to postgraduate study skills, the development of enterprising and employable career capabilities, and pastoral support. Close engagement with the International Office, English Language Centre, Student Services, Careers, Library and other central services is an essential feature of this support.

Business graduates may use this programme to examine the subject area in more depth, while others can combine their existing knowledge and skills with international business theory.

How You Study

The programme will expect students to read extensively and be aware of current theoretical debates within the literature, including relevant journals.

Lectures are used primarily in discipline-bound areas. If practicable, lecture materials can be enhanced by audiovisual material in the early stages of the course, to provide extra aid to overseas students facing an unfamiliar learning environment. Classes will be interwoven with discussions and debating opportunities regarding the rapidly and often spontaneous changes in international business.

Seminars offer opportunities for student-centred learning and a range of face-to-face, tutor-supported formats. These may be delivered by chat rooms, internet or video conferencing, physical face-to-face classes or other suitable synchronous or asynchronous multimedia methods.

MSc International Business requires you to study six core modules which are designed to develop your understanding of international business, the development of communication skills as well as a range of essential graduate attributes. You then select two optional modules based on your academic interests and career aspirations. The degree concludes with either a dissertation, a consultancy project or a start-up venture.

The core modules include:

Understanding International Business
Finance and Accounting
People and Global Organisations
International Marketing and Customers
International Trade Theory and Practice
Strategy Making

The following is an illustrative list of optional modules (choice of two). Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff's research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Crisis Communications
International Entrepreneurship
Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
Comparative Human Resource Management
Global Supply Strategies


Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree and quality of application or relevant industrial or commercial experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
martink@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835611

Enquiries:
rbotham@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835532

Master's Level

Crisis Communications (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how organisations, individuals and countries prepare for and manage a crisis. The typical causes of crises both internal and external are analysed and strategies to address the often competing interests of stakeholders are discussed. The role of ICT (especially social media) in warning and response activities is analysed.

Disaster Management (Option)

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Finance and accounting

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Humanitarian Logistics (Option)

This module is designed to introduce the key concepts and challenges in humanitarian logistics, while tying into larger concepts of non-profit management, disaster preparedness and response, as well as agile and transient supply chains.

Students are expected to address management issues far beyond the realm of humanitarian responses. The approach taken to this module is interactive, with a focus on case studies and insights from practitioners, as well as academics.

International Trade Theory and Practice

The module provides students with an awareness of international theories of trade and how they apply in today's world. They will also obtain an understanding of how the rules of international trade are negotiated and disputed inside and outside international institutions.

People and Global Organisations

This module aims to introduce learners to the realities of organisations and the challenges of management practice in the global business arena. It aims to promote thinking critically about organisations as complex, process-based cultural systems and as constantly developing social structures operating on the basis of people relations and interactions.

An increasing number of firms have activities spread around the world and a critical reflection on the impact of culture on business activities and individuals in this context is of vital importance. Cross border business activities are underpinned by cultural interaction and the module will develop knowledge about and understanding of the impact of (national) cultures on management practice.

Various levels of culture will be studied, with a special focus on national cultures and whether and how they affect the behaviours of firms and individuals. Students will be given the opportunity to collect specialized insights into certain themes, firms or cultures through focused assignments.

Research Design and Methods

This module seeks to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research and the basics of research design. For students who have registered for a Masters dissertation, the module covers planning for and organising independent study.

Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis can be explored. In the context of qualitative data, students have the opportunity to learn how to conduct, transcribe and analyse semi-structured interviews. The principles and procedures of survey design and statistical modelling can also be introduced. Students are expected to develop and present their dissertation ideas as an extended research proposal.

Strategy Making

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

Understanding International Business

Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.

Special Features

  • The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.
  • The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).
  • Students also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

Placements

Students can apply for a two week placement that takes place between the first and second semesters. The placement is an opportunity to gain work experience from a UK-based employer and build a CV towards a career in your area of interest.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own accommodation (if applicable), travel and general living expenses when taking part in a placement.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs.

Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel and living costs and any possible accommodation costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

You can start this programme in September or February. Please contact the School for further details lbs@lincoln.ac.uk

Highlights

  • Multiple opportunities to engage with international business through guest lectures and live case studies
  • Networking events run throughout the year
  • A key feature of the course is the Leadership residential weekend where students can work together on a task to develop their leadership skills.
  • Students will also keep a Continuous Professional Development Log (CPDL) designed to enhance graduate employability across borders.

Introduction

The MSc International Business programme at Lincoln is designed to equip you with the necessary qualities and subject knowledge that will enable you to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets. You will have the chance to develop a firm grounding in the theories and practice of international business in order to make contributions to the performance of organisations of all types around the world.

The programme offers a high level of support for international students. There are integrated approaches to support in English language, orientation to studying in the UK and to postgraduate study skills, the development of enterprising and employable career capabilities, and pastoral support. Close engagement with the International Office, English Language Centre, Student Services, Careers, Library and other central services is an essential feature of this support.

Business graduates may use this programme to examine the subject area in more depth, while others can combine their existing knowledge and skills with international business theory.

How You Study

The programme will expect students to read extensively and be aware of current theoretical debates within the literature, including relevant journals.

Lectures are used primarily in discipline-bound areas. If practicable, lecture materials can be enhanced by audiovisual material in the early stages of the course, to provide extra aid to overseas students facing an unfamiliar learning environment. Classes will be interwoven with discussions and debating opportunities regarding the rapidly and often spontaneous changes in international business.

Seminars offer opportunities for student-centred learning and a range of face-to-face, tutor-supported formats. These may be delivered by chat rooms, internet or video conferencing, physical face-to-face classes or other suitable synchronous or asynchronous multimedia methods.

MSc International Business requires you to study six core modules which are designed to develop your understanding of international business, the development of communication skills as well as a range of essential graduate attributes. You then select two optional modules based on your academic interests and career aspirations. The degree concludes with a dissertation. The dissertation is designed to encourage innovation and diverse pathways to the final assessed product. In this respect, the dissertation is an extended project that can accommodate a range of independent work.

Core modules:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • International Marketing and Customers
  • People and Global Organisations
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Strategy Making
  • Understanding International Business


The following is an illustrative list of optional modules (choice of two). Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Comparative Human Resource Management
  • Destination Management and Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Disaster Management
  • Gender, Power and Business
  • Global Supply Strategies
  • Group Consultancy Project
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing of Luxury
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • The Business of Aviation Management
  • The Multinational Enterprise in Context
  • Decision Analysis for Managers


This programme is available for a February start. Students who enrol on a February start for this programme will be offered the core modules, but electives will be restricted. Availability of electives will be subject to student numbers, timetabling and staffing constraints.

MSc International Business students will chose two from:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Global Supply Strategies
  • Group Consultancy Project
  • International Entrepreneurship


Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment methods are utilised during this course, including essays, examinations, oral presentations and practicals. These assessments are designed to develop skills that will be useful for your career.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree and quality of application, or relevant industrial or commercial experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for a postgraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc

Key Contacts

Academic:
Martin Knight
martink@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835611

Enquiries:
rbotham@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835532

Master's Level

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.

Comparative Human Resource Management (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. Such issues have risen in prominence due to increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multinational corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia, developmental focus on Africa and economic integration within the European Union.

As firms increasingly internationalise, suitable strategies for managing human resources have become critical to competition between the MNCs. Students can develop an insight into managing human resources in different national contexts and examine those global and national factors that impact approaches taken to international human resource management. More specifically, the module aims to discuss and analyse those factors which result in variations in HRM practices and policies across national business systems.

Crisis Communications (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how organisations, individuals and countries prepare for and manage a crisis. The typical causes of crises both internal and external are analysed and strategies to address the often competing interests of stakeholders are discussed. The role of ICT (especially social media) in warning and response activities is analysed.

Destination Management and Marketing (Option)

The module is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the international destination management and marketing. Destinations continue the growth and face the fierce competition in a global tourism market. Through this module, students can learn conventional and contemporary management and marketing trends and issues in light of the global tourism situation.

International case studies aim to enhance the understanding of destination management and marketing on a global scale, and a field trip to a popular tourism destination provides a first-hand experience of examining attributes of the destination and suggesting the management and marketing strategy to the destination.

Digital Marketing (Option)

This module provides the opportunity to explore how the increasing pressures and opportunities created by new media formats and electronic communication tools are shaping marketing strategy. The module covers themes such as social media marketing, mobile marketing, data analytics, and digital marketing campaigns.

Disaster Management (Option)

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Dissertation

The dissertation provides an opportunity for students with a range of experience and interests to apply and develop their existing skills and knowledge to an independent study project, which affords an opportunity for both the expression of original thought and creativity; together with the application of analytical skills and critical reasoning. Our approach to dissertation is to facilitate innovative approaches and diverse pathways to the final assessed piece of work; in effect the dissertation is an extended research project.

Finance and accounting

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Gender, Power and Business (Option)

This module will explore the way in which gender intersects with the world of business, marketing and event and festival spaces. Concepts of masculine and feminine identity can be critically explored in relation to organisational management, consumers and consumption. This module will draw upon research frameworks from the social sciences in order to understand the way in which supposed gender differences manifest themselves in and around the workplace.

Global Supply Strategies (Option)

This module will examine global supply chain strategies in detail by looking at both those strategies that have been successful as well as those that have been less successful. Students can examine contemporary phenomena such as offshoring, supply chain disruptions, innovation and sustainability using a variety of theoretical frameworks. Students can develop not only a better understanding of the challenges of managing global supply chains but also of some of the tools needed to implement effective and responsible global supply chain strategies. Given the strategic importance of global supply chains, an understanding of how to manage them strategically may be invaluable for students entering the job market.

Group Consultancy Project (Option)

This module aims to further enhance managerial competence and capability by providing the opportunity for students to develop the skills to become competent management consultants. Such competency is highly valued as it can help facilitate internal and external organisational consultancy interventions that add value at both an operational and strategic level.

International Entrepreneurship (Option)

Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises and more broadly societies and their economies. Enterprise is defined as the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action. Entrepreneurship is the application of enterprise skills to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities. This module draws on the latest UK QAA Guidance on Enterprise & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and aims to develop, at an international level, enterprise awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurial capability, which can lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness which can be applied in a range of contexts.

International Marketing and Customers

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of marketing concepts applied in an international context. The module is designed to provide students with a clear comprehension of marketing tools available and their use within an international environment, understanding the cultural diversity of their customers.

Marketing of Luxury (Option)

The notion of luxury and exclusivity has evolved over time. This module reviews the concept in its historical and current context. Students can travel to London as part of the module to experience and research luxury brands.

People and Global Organisations

This module aims to introduce learners to the realities of organisations and the challenges of management practice in the global business arena. It aims to promote thinking critically about organisations as complex, process-based cultural systems and as constantly developing social structures operating on the basis of people relations and interactions.

An increasing number of firms have activities spread around the world and a critical reflection on the impact of culture on business activities and individuals in this context is of vital importance. Cross border business activities are underpinned by cultural interaction and the module will develop knowledge about and understanding of the impact of (national) cultures on management practice.

Various levels of culture will be studied, with a special focus on national cultures and whether and how they affect the behaviours of firms and individuals. Students will be given the opportunity to collect specialized insights into certain themes, firms or cultures through focused assignments.

Research Methods and Design

This module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their dissertation and other assignments. It is designed to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.

Social Entrepreneurship (Option)

This module is designed to encourage students to explore the concepts of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs utilise innovative business practices to collaborate with community networks to co-create solutions to social and environmental problems. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop the understanding and knowledge necessary for future social enterprise creation and development, either as social entrepreneurs or facilitators and activists in the field.

Strategy Making

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

Sustainability Leadership (Option)

This module examines relationships between international business, business practices and sustainability leadership. The module reveals an on-going struggle to influence how businesses are disciplined, regulated and governed in a global economic context. The role of business in the social and economic conditions of human beings remains a major concern for contemporary and sustainable international business.

The Business of Aviation Management (Option)

This module examines aviation business structures and spans airlines, airports and non-airline/airport aviation organisations. The module analyses the organisational structures of different aviation organisations in the sector (e.g. PLC versus Private). The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop management skills and techniques applicable to the aviation industry and in doing so both aviation tactical and strategic/corporate management techniques are analysed.

The Multinational Enterprise in Context (Option)

Students explore the historical development of foreign direct investment activity. This gives them an opportunity to understand the main advantages to be gained from firms engaging further in international business activities as well as understand the workings of a global enterprise in a dynamic world economy.

Understanding International Business

Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.

Special Features

  • The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.
  • The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).
  • Students also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.
  • A key feature of the course is the Leadership residential weekend where students have the chance to work together on a task to develop their leadership skills.
  • Students will also keep a Continuous Professional Development Log (CPDL) designed to enhance graduate employability across borders.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2016/17 Entry* 2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400 £7,600
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£5,180 £5,320
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£5,920 £6,080
International £13,700 £13,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,700 £11,000
     
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point £42 per credit point
Part-time International £76 per credit point £72 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.