Newcastle University Business School

International Business Management MSc

International Business Management MSc

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Your Programme

This section aims to provide you with some key information on your degree programme. Generic information relating to postgraduate degrees can be found on the Business School Postgraduate Blackboard Community and in the Postgraduate Study Guide.

About the programme

This is a modular programme which is studied over one year on a full-time basis. It is designed for students who generally have little or no experience and aims to develop Master’s-level knowledge, understanding and skills in business and management subjects. The programme aims to prepare individuals for employment and therefore mainly attracts recent graduates but there are also generally some mature entry students.

The International Business Management MSc programme consists of 180 credits across three different types of modules:

Subject area modules introduce and then develop to an advanced level your understanding of the key management subjects and business understandings required by international managers. This consists of 90 credits (70 compulsory, of which 20 are also core, plus 20 elective). The electives (optional modules) are designed to enable you to choose areas of specialist knowledge and abilities that you wish to develop. The electives offered are subject to change depending on the availability of staff.

Integrative skills modules make extensive use of team working, case studies, simulations and input from visiting managers and consultants to give you practical experience of applying your learning from the subject area modules. This consists of 40 credits (all are core). Note that NBS8329, which centres on the business simulation, takes place during the exam period at the end of Semester 2. This module is intensive and requires your attendance full-time every weekday throughout its two-week duration.

The individual project (50 credits) enables you, with experienced guidance from a supervisor, to apply this integrated learning to a business issue that motivates and interests you. Two routes are available: a) the Research-based dissertation or b) the Practice-based dissertation (see overleaf for further details).

Induction week

There will be an induction week for your Master’s programme at the start of Semester 1, including sessions with your programme director, your designated personal tutor, group activities and social events. This week is also your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, the facilities available such as the Robinson Library, and check details such as your timetable. A full schedule for the week will be included in your welcome pack on the first day of induction week and will also be published in the ‘Student Life’ section of the Business School website.

Assessment

The assessment will depend on the individual module. You can expect to be assessed by a variety of means including:

  • examinations
  • assignments both individual and group
  • presentations
  • dissertation

The mix of assessment methods is to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge outcomes of the programme and also your assimilation of the skills developed during your Master’s programme.

The assessment methods used in individual modules are included in the module outlines. The assessments for the taught modules are summarised in the table below.

Details of assessment deadlines will be provided on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community within the first two weeks of term to allow you to plan your workload. You should familiarise yourself with the assignment submission procedures available on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community. 

Most assignment deadlines are set at 10.00 on a Monday morning. This timing was decided upon following feedback from students in previous years as it allows you to make full use of the weekend for working on your assessment but doesn’t overlap with classes on a Monday. Please note that work submitted after the specified deadline, even by just a few minutes, will be treated as a late submission in line with University policy. Please see further details in the Postgraduate Study Guide on late submission of assessed work.

Occasionally, a module leader may change an assignment deadline (almost always to a later date). You will be notified of this in advance by e-mail by either the module leader or the relevant programme secretary. For all assignment deadlines, you should receive your marks and feedback within 20 working days. There may be certain exceptions to this turnaround time, but you will be notified of this at the time the deadline is set. For Semester 1 exams, generic feedback will be provided for the module early in Semester 2 to help you prepare for Semester 2 exams. For any students required to resit any exam, as a minimum generic feedback will be provided at least four weeks before the resit exam. Individual feedback for any exam can be provided on request after exam boards have met.

Module

Compulsory/ core/optional

Individual assignment(s)

Group assessment

Examination

The International Business Environment

Compulsory

100%

 

 

Managing Organisations and People

Compulsory

 

 

100%

Managing Across Cultures

Compulsory

80%

20%

 

Strategy for Managers

Core

 

 

100%

Marketing

Compulsory

 

 

100%

Managing Change in Organisations

Compulsory

100%

 

 

International Business Strategy

Core

100%

 

 

Research Methods for International Business Management

Core

100%

 

 

International Management Practitioner

Core

60%

40%

 

Strategic Business Analysis and Decision Making

Core

 

100%

 

International Marketing

Optional

100%

 

 

Global Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Optional

25%

75%

 

International Entrepreneurship

Optional

100%

 

 

Current Issues in International Business and Management

Optional

100%

 

 

Role of Business in Society – Issues and Challenges

Optional

80%

20%

 

Your contacts

Degree Programme Director

The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Masters programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole.

Programme Secretary

The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines.

Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business School @ Barrack Road or on 0191 208 1587.

Kay Pryer
Postgraduate Programme Secretary

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1587

Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes

Dr Maioli oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School

Dr Sara Maioli
Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1665

Senior Tutor

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who is there to help you with matters of a more personal nature. In addition, you can contact the senior tutor who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters and is chair of the staff–student committee for your programme.

Juli Campey
Lecturer HRD

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1562

Business School careers adviser

Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies.

Details on the teaching team will be provided in the first lecture for each module. 

A complete list of Business School academic and professional support staff, along with contact details, can be found online. Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.