The Royal Holloway International Management MSc is a rigorous - and rewarding - programme aimed at ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in general management with an international orientation and will prepare you to enter the globalised world of work on a competitive footing, maximising your potential and widening your choices.
On graduating you will have a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and understanding of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate. As part of this, you will have examined accounting and finance from a managers point of view and evaluated the impact of internal and external factors on the kinds of human resource strategies drawn up by international organisations. The course will provide an understanding of how international marketing fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation.
As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.
- Demanding course with teaching normally five days a week for up to 15 hours in all teaching terms.
- Career management and employability skills to make competitive applications to multinational enterprises, non-governmental organisations or as a platform to pursue additional qualifications (such as in Accounting or Marketing).
- Conversion course and therefore particularly relevant if you did not study management as part of your undergraduate degree or have less than two years full-time work experience. It is also applicable to graduates who are involved in family-owned and own businesses.
Principles of Business Management and Economics
In this module you will develop an understanding of the issues a firm and its managers have to deal with. You will look at the strategic decisions a manager must make in order to survive and compete in the market place, and the resource allocation problems between and within firms, their consumers, and how to address them. You will assess how these ‘big issues’ are best addressed in the context of the economic characteristics of a firm, and consider the competitiveness of its environment.
International Accounting and Finance
In this module you will develop an understanding of the contemporary issues in the theory and practice of international financial accounting. You will look at the international differences in accounting standards, the tools of financial analysis, international conceptual frameworks, and will assess the arguments surrounding the international regulation of financial accounting.
International Strategy and Entrepreneurship
In this module you will develop an understanding of how international strategy and entrepreneurship fit into the organisation and running of a commercial entity. You will look at the ways in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage through strategy and entrepreneurship, evaluating the processes that firms use to develop, renew and reconfigure these. You will also examine the theoretical frameworks of strategy and entrepreneurship in the real business world.
International Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour
In this module you will critically analyse the relationships between personnel management, employee relations and human resource management. You will evaluate the impact of internal and external labour markets on the human resource strategies used by organisations, considering the impact of globalisation, culture and information. You will look at international recruitment and selection, and examine the importance of training and development in multinational corporations. You will also examine the role of international human resource management practice and the ethics of development and corporate social responsibility for labour relations.
International Marketing Management
In this module you will develop an understanding of how international marketing practice fits into the organisation and running of a global corporation. You will look at key marketing concepts within a global context, considering the standardisation and adaptation of strategies, cultural forces, and their influence on consumer behaviour. You will also examine common criticisms of marketing practice and typical marketer responses.
Information Systems and Operations Management
In this module you will develop an understanding of the strategic issues in information systems and the ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems. You will analyse the development of manufacturing and service operations management, considering the strategic implications of operational decisions. You will examine the activities of planning and control as a means of matching supply and demand, becoming familiar with the approaches to inventory management, including material requirements planning. You will also look at the the principles and practice of just-in-time manufacturing, and the role of quality management systems.
Professional Business and Applied Research Skills
In this module you will develop an understanding of effective business communication, including public speaking in English, giving feedback and communicating in teams. You will consider the actions and attitudes that comprise professional conduct in the business environment, and will look at typical recruitment processes. You will be introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in management studies.
Management in Context
This workshop series will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have developed throughout your studes to a range of management functions. Working in small groups, you will respond critically and constructively to comments made by others, developing your ability to construct and defend a coherent argument.
Project Work for Managers – Sustainability and Societies
In this module you will develop an understanding of how ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) inform sustainability management issues in large, transnational organisations. You will look at issues such as consumption and sustainability, assessing the dichotomy of economic and environmental interests. You will also examine a range of ethical beliefs and expectations that underpin environmental and social sustainability.
Project Work for Managers - Business Research Skills
In the module you will develop the skills neccessary to undertake a piece of your own research. You will learn how to write a research proposal and review existing literature. You will look at methods of data collection and analysis, critically evaluating their suitability to your research question.
Project Work for Managers - Independent Report
In this module you will write a report, around 8,000 words in length, on a contemporary management topic. You will critically apply the skills, techniques, and knowledge acquired throughout your studies, using a range of sources to produce a professional-standard report with clear, accurate, and concise findings.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including written assignments, closed-book examinations, in-class tests, oral presentations, group work and independent research.
UK Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.
The MSc International Management is designed as a conversion course. We assume that candidates did not read management as part of an undergraduate degree. If you have read management as part of an undergraduate degree, you may want to consider one of our specialist MA/MSc courses in management or MSc International Management (Marketing) as these maybe more suitable for you to progress your management education.
Students on the MSc International Management have typically less than three years of work experience. If you have three or more years of full-time work experience, you may still be eligible for this programme, but we encourage you to also consider the MBA International Management.
English language requirements:
IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other subscore below 6.0
For equivalencies, please see here.
If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT)
International and EU entry requirements
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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.
On graduating with a MSc in International Management from Royal Holloway you will be in a position to take a variety of different career paths. You may choose to combine this qualification with your first degree studies to indicate a market sector or a functional specialism. Important skills are gained for those entering fields such as finance,accountancy and regulatory bodies; we also recognise the role of family and closely held business enterprises for some.
We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.
- Graduates have entered many different international management-related areas, including Senior Associate at Bank of China International, Reporter at Xinhua News Agency, Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Finance Officer at Ealing Borough Council and Relationship Manager Investments) at Barclays Bank.
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £10,050
Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £17,000
Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
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