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Dr Dieu Hack-Polay - Programme Leader

Dieu Hack-Polay specialises in Organisational Behaviour and Management in the Lincoln International Business School. He worked for several years in various sectors of activity including the voluntary sector and local government as a human resources and training practitioner in the United Kingdom. He also has several years of experience as an academic. He has worked for various institutions in the UK, Canada and China.

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Welcome to MSc Management and International Relations

The MSc Management and International Relations degree at Lincoln is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in international organisations.

This programme combines the theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills, aiming to educate students to become effective members of private, governmental, and non-profit organisations. Examples of potential employers include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations, civil service, charities, and businesses.

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 wide-ranging research interests. Students may also benefit from a range of visiting speakers from industry.

Highlights\r\n\r\n- A chance to participate in a simulation exercise, climbing Mount Everest\r\n\r\n- Optional study trip to the Escape Rooms in Manchester.

Welcome to MSc Management and International Relations

The MSc Management and International Relations degree at Lincoln is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in international organisations.

This programme combines the theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills, aiming to educate students to become effective members of private, governmental, and non-profit organisations. Examples of potential employers include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations, civil service, charities, and businesses.

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 wide-ranging research interests. Students may also benefit from a range of visiting speakers from industry.

Highlights\r\n\r\n- A chance to participate in a simulation exercise, climbing Mount Everest\r\n\r\n- Optional study trip to the Escape Rooms in Manchester.

How You Study

Students can study a range of topics and develop a critical understanding of how to manage human, financial, and other resources in the context of international relations and politics. In particular, they can develop their knowledge of multi-cultural teams, how organisations are funded and managed, and the role of states and international organisations in the construction and maintenance of global mechanisms for decision-making and influence.

Students will be able to choose one optional module to complement the compulsory modules. Optional modules will run as long as at least ten students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may change over time. Please see the module tab to view the full list of core and optional modules.

After completing the taught element of the programme, students can then progress to the final dissertation which encourages 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.

Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. Four modules are usually studied per semester, equating to eight to ten hours per week. Part-time students will generally study two modules per term, equating to four to six hours of contact time per week. Hours of study may vary from term to term for both full and part-time students and can be spread throughout the 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 spent in class, students are expected to spend four to five hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

How You Study

Students can study a range of topics and develop a critical understanding of how to manage human, financial, and other resources in the context of international relations and politics. In particular, they can develop their knowledge of multi-cultural teams, how organisations are funded and managed, and the role of states and international organisations in the construction and maintenance of global mechanisms for decision-making and influence.

Students will be able to choose one optional module to complement the compulsory modules. Optional modules will run as long as at least ten students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may change over time. Please see the module tab to view the full list of core and optional modules.

After completing the taught element of the programme, students can then progress to the final dissertation which encourages 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.

Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. Four modules are usually studied per semester, equating to eight to ten hours per week. Part-time students will generally study two modules per term, equating to four to six hours of contact time per week. Hours of study may vary from term to term for both full and part-time students and can be spread throughout the 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 spent in class, students are expected to spend four to five hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Dissertation 2021-22BUS9036MLevel 72021-22The 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. The dissertation topic should be aligned to students' subject of study.CoreFinance and accounting 2021-22ACC9011MLevel 72021-22This 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.CoreGlobalisation 2021-22SOP9183Level 72021-22This module aims to examine the background to globalisation and its relationship to the emerging trends towards regional governance and integration. The module seeks to draw out the implications of these trends for the nation state and its various corporate and policy actors. The current globalisation trend has far-reaching consequences. Its origins are economic and lie in the gradual movement towards economic interdependence and integration of markets which has been taking place during the second half of the twentieth century. Globalisation also reflects the decline of US hegemony and the collapse of Soviet power. Globalisation poses a major legitimisation challenge to the nation-state and nation-state based political economies. This has been evident in a tendency in recent years for national governments to seek to depoliticise social and economic policy decisions by reference to global forces. More pro-actively the challenge to the nation-state has given a new impetus to the development of regional political economies notably the EU.CoreResearch Methods and Design 2021-22BUS9056MLevel 72021-22This module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their Masters dissertation or project, and other assignments. It is designed to introduce students to the core principles of research design, the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.CoreStrategy Making 2021-22BUS9048MLevel 72021-22Strategy 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.CoreTheories and Concepts in International Relations 2021-22IST9006MLevel 72021-22This module aims to provide students with a graduate-level overview of both mainstream and critical approaches to theorising international relations. The emphasis is on evaluating and applying theories, understanding the historical development of international relations as a field, and engaging with contemporary debates and concerns. The module explores how the discipline of international relations is characterised by competing interpretations and applications of key concepts (eg power, the role of the state state, agency/structure, and conceptualisations of world order) and differing methodological approaches and views about the practical purpose underpinning theories of world politics. Students will be encouraged to critically explore the ways in which international relations theory influences policy-making and practice. On a broader level, students can gain insights into the contested nature of contemporary global politics. Case studies and contemporary materials will be used extensively throughout the module to illustrate the varying theoretical models and their applicability in the contemporary world.CoreUnderstanding Human Rights Law 2021-22MGT9651MLevel 72021-22This module provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical understanding of international human rights, and the way in which the concept of such rights is used to promote respect for certain standards and to protect the rights of individuals. The module will involve considering the role of international organisations (such as the United Nations); regional mechanisms (such as the European Convention on Human Rights); and the enforcement of international standards at the global, regional and domestic levels.CoreUnderstanding International Business 2021-22BUS9032MLevel 72021-22Understanding 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.CoreCommunity Organisation, Sustainability and Development 2021-22BUS9028MLevel 72021-22This 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.OptionalDisaster Management 2021-22TOU9158MLevel 72021-22The 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.OptionalGroup Consultancy Project 2021-22MGT9125MLevel 72021-22This 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.OptionalHumanitarian Logistics 2021-22LOG9026MLevel 72021-22This 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.OptionalThe Multinational Enterprise in Context 2021-22ECO9001MLevel 72021-22Students 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.Optional

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Dissertation 2022-23BUS9036MLevel 72022-23The 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. The dissertation topic should be aligned to students' subject of study.CoreFinance and accounting 2022-23ACC9011MLevel 72022-23This 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.CoreGlobalisation 2022-23SOP9183Level 72022-23This module aims to examine the background to globalisation and its relationship to the emerging trends towards regional governance and integration. The module seeks to draw out the implications of these trends for the nation state and its various corporate and policy actors. The current globalisation trend has far-reaching consequences. Its origins are economic and lie in the gradual movement towards economic interdependence and integration of markets which has been taking place during the second half of the twentieth century. Globalisation also reflects the decline of US hegemony and the collapse of Soviet power. Globalisation poses a major legitimisation challenge to the nation-state and nation-state based political economies. This has been evident in a tendency in recent years for national governments to seek to depoliticise social and economic policy decisions by reference to global forces. More pro-actively the challenge to the nation-state has given a new impetus to the development of regional political economies notably the EU.CoreResearch Methods and Design 2022-23BUS9056MLevel 72022-23This module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their Masters dissertation or project, and other assignments. It is designed to introduce students to the core principles of research design, the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.CoreStrategy Making 2022-23BUS9048MLevel 72022-23Strategy 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.CoreTheories and Concepts in International Relations 2022-23IST9006MLevel 72022-23This module aims to provide students with a graduate-level overview of both mainstream and critical approaches to theorising international relations. The emphasis is on evaluating and applying theories, understanding the historical development of international relations as a field, and engaging with contemporary debates and concerns. The module explores how the discipline of international relations is characterised by competing interpretations and applications of key concepts (eg power, the role of the state state, agency/structure, and conceptualisations of world order) and differing methodological approaches and views about the practical purpose underpinning theories of world politics. Students will be encouraged to critically explore the ways in which international relations theory influences policy-making and practice. On a broader level, students can gain insights into the contested nature of contemporary global politics. Case studies and contemporary materials will be used extensively throughout the module to illustrate the varying theoretical models and their applicability in the contemporary world.CoreUnderstanding Human Rights Law 2022-23MGT9651MLevel 72022-23This module provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical understanding of international human rights, and the way in which the concept of such rights is used to promote respect for certain standards and to protect the rights of individuals. The module will involve considering the role of international organisations (such as the United Nations); regional mechanisms (such as the European Convention on Human Rights); and the enforcement of international standards at the global, regional and domestic levels.CoreUnderstanding International Business 2022-23BUS9032MLevel 72022-23Understanding 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.CoreCommunity Organisation, Sustainability and Development 2022-23BUS9028MLevel 72022-23This 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.OptionalDisaster Management 2022-23TOU9158MLevel 72022-23The 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.OptionalGroup Consultancy Project 2022-23MGT9125MLevel 72022-23This 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.OptionalHumanitarian Logistics 2022-23LOG9026MLevel 72022-23This 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.OptionalThe Multinational Enterprise in Context 2022-23ECO9001MLevel 72022-23Students 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.Optional

How you are assessed

The assessment methods for this course will vary for each module. Written assignments involve the examination and development of arguments based on research of academic literature and real-life situations. Students are often required to apply theory to practical topics to make recommendations for diverse audiences, from businesses to policy-makers. Writing and research skills are essential for careers in both business and international organisations.

Practical exercises include simulations, group tasks, and presentations, where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make persuasive arguments in person. Feedback is given by both other students as well as academic staff. Strong oral communication skills are often identified by employers as one of the most important qualities they seek in graduates.

Assessments include both individual and group work. While more emphasis is placed on individual assignments and essays, group tasks form an important element of the assessment strategy. Ability to work in teams and groups is important for many careers and employers regularly highlight the importance of team working skills.

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

The assessment methods for this course will vary for each module. Written assignments involve the examination and development of arguments based on research of academic literature and real-life situations. Students are often required to apply theory to practical topics to make recommendations for diverse audiences, from businesses to policy-makers. Writing and research skills are essential for careers in both business and international organisations.

Practical exercises include simulations, group tasks, and presentations, where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make persuasive arguments in person. Feedback is given by both other students as well as academic staff. Strong oral communication skills are often identified by employers as one of the most important qualities they seek in graduates.

Assessments include both individual and group work. While more emphasis is placed on individual assignments and essays, group tasks form an important element of the assessment strategy. Ability to work in teams and groups is important for many careers and employers regularly highlight the importance of team working skills.

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

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

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

Placements will be sourced by the School and will be based within the local area of Lincoln. Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel 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.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

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

Placements will be sourced by the School and will be based within the local area of Lincoln. Students who undertake an optional two week placement will be required to cover their own travel 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.

This course is now closed for new international applicants for October 2021 entry.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

Honours degree or equivalent.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

This course is now closed for new international applicants for October 2021 entry.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

Honours degree or equivalent.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Industry Expertise

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 Business 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.

Research at Lincoln International Business School

Students on the MSc Management and International Relations programme are encouraged to become actively involved in the Lincoln International Business School's Responsible Management Research Group.

100 Funded Field Trip Places

As part of your global education at the Lincoln International Business School, we are offering students the opportunity to undertake funded international trips to exciting overseas destinations. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to travel to destinations in the UK, Europe, the USA, and the United Arab Emirates.

These field trips combine academic study with first-hand experiences of language, culture, and industry, allowing you to put theory into practice. We've designed themes specifically for postgraduate students that align with learning areas such as Industry (4.0), Financial Services, and Visitor Economy.

Find out more about our 100 funded field trip places for students.

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Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to prepare students for careers in international organisations by combining theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills.

Many international organisations expect graduates to have at least two years of work or internship experience before they qualify for their junior professional programmes. At Lincoln, students have the opportunity to volunteer for community and other organisations in order to build towards a career in international organisations.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.

The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.

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Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
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.
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