What will I study?
The MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice is designed around a set of modules that are common to all the ‘MSc Business with’ programmes. These modules cover general business functions, strategic management and organisational analysis. These will develop your strategic awareness, leadership potential and understanding of the theory and practice of international business. In the second semester you will be given the opportunity to specialise in International Management.
Following your second semester, you will undertake the Advanced Practice element of this programme which consists of either an internship or an applied group consultancy project where you will work with a real organisation on a live business problem. You will benefit from valuable work experience and develop key business insights.
In the final semester, if you have completed an internship you will complete your research and write your dissertation. Every student has a personal research supervisor and will be required to submit an assessed research proposal prior to embarking on the dissertation itself. For those not undertaking an internship and depending on what grade you achieve on the consultancy project, you will undertake an applied management work investigation or dissertation in the final semester.
Advanced Practice stage
This stage of your programme offers you the opportunity to secure a 12-15 week internship or complete a group consultancy project, giving you experience of the workplace environment or live business issues, both an excellent way to put your learning into practice.
This stage of your course takes place between your second and final semester and is one semester (12-15 weeks) in duration.
The full duration of your MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice depends on your chosen start date:
- September start dates: your programme will last up to 21 months. You will have a summer break after Semester 2, and commence your Advanced Practice stage in September.
- January start dates: your programme will run for 24 months. There are two summer breaks included in this programme for those starting in January. Your Advanced Practice stage will commence in the following January.
- May start dates: your programme will run for 16-18 months. There is no summer break included in this programme for those starting in May. Your Advanced Practice stage will commence in January.
The programmes are structured as below:
|September starts||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer break||Advanced Practice stage||Final semester|
|January starts||Semester 1||Summer break||Semester 2||Advanced Practice stage||Summer break||Final semester|
|May starts||Semester 1||Semester 2||Advanced Practice stage||Final semester|
If you undertake an internship as part of this stage, it may be paid or unpaid, and will last 12-15 weeks. The internship can be sourced by students or the University. We will support you in the application process and equip you with the necessary internship application and selection skills (e.g. CV writing, interview techniques etc). All internships will be approved by the University to ensure that they offer you an appropriate learning experience and working environment. During your internship, you will be allocated an internship tutor who will visit you during your internship and support you in completing the internship assessment.
The module is assessed by a reflective portfolio which is focused on your development via this employment opportunity.
The alternative consultancy module allows you to work in teams with a business organisation, working on consultancy-based projects on real business scenarios.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Your teaching and learning for the MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice takes place in seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops, totalling around 14 hours per week. In addition, you will be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 33 hours.
Assessments for this course are based on a mix of assignments, presentations, group work and exams.
You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
Significant emphasis is placed on developing your ability to complete a Masters degree. As part of induction you will be made fully familiar with the learning resources and support available to you. There will also be weekly academic support sessions designed to build your confidence and ability as a postgraduate learner.
You will be assigned your own Guidance Tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support and be your first point of contact if you have questions or problems.
Assessments for this course are based on a mix of assignments, presentations and group work.
Careers and further study
Graduates on the programme have joined a wide range of businesses, including graduate training schemes. A significant number of graduates have gone back to work for a family business or even started up their own businesses.
Upon successfully completing your course, you may further your professional development and training through Professional Pathway programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility
You will also gain access to the Northumbria University Graduate Enterprise scheme where we can help provide you with advice and skills to enable you to set up your own business.