MSc

International Business (Single Award)

Students in class
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: January 2018
  • Course duration: One year full-time

The Single Award degree offers a faster pathway with an outstanding choice of major projects. Equipping you with powerful management skills, cultural insights, professional networks and first-hand experiences you need to thrive in the global business world.

All students get the chance to go on a two-week bespoke study tour with one of our European partners, seeing industry on an international scale, during the time away you will go on industry visits, network, attend lectures and seminars at a summer school and see the sights. Previous years destinations include Venice, Brescia and Lisbon. This is a truly unique experience designed by us specifically to suit your course. You will also have the opportunity to do a summer school in August for one or two weeks.

Why choose this degree?

  • This degree will enable participants to study business while providing an insight into cultural and international impacts. It will also provide participants with a greater cultural awareness.
  • The degree is distinctly multidisciplinary in nature and aims to equip participants with a framework for improving their own management action.
  • There is a unique opportunity to complete a major project - either a Consultancy Experience, Internship, and Business Research Project. The project options will enhance your CV and allow you to stand out in a very competitive job market.
  • You will complete a comprehensive development programme, which includes a short residential team-building course, normally held in the Peak District.
  • You can learn from the best by attending guest lectures from leading organisations. Previous speakers have included representatives from companies such as E.ON, Lego, Experian, Santander, and IBM.

What you'll study

At Nottingham Business School, you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want.

  • Semester One modules


    International Business Environment and Strategy

    The purpose of this module is to equip students with the tools and the mind-set for making sense of the notion of strategy in an international environment. It will help you become aware of key political, socio-economic, and cultural dynamics and trends that characterize the international business environment. Finally, the module will emphasize the design of organizational strategies that will take into consideration the most appropriate fit to the environment and its key stakeholders.

    Organisation and Management

    The aim of this module is twofold. Firstly, it provides students with a set of key concepts, theories, models, and cases aimed at addressing and rethinking core aspects of organizing and managing. Secondly, it illustrates the business functions that are at the core of organizations and the interdependences that link them. The module treats the subject matter as a key for developing critical insight into the global organization arena.

    Cross-Cultural Management

    This module investigates the role of the organizational factor within an international context; it also explores aspects related to leadership, communication and workplace motivation. Critically self-reflect, and demonstrate an international awareness and openness to the world, based on an appreciation of social and cultural diversity.

  • Semester Two modules

    You'll complete modules in Human Resource Management and Global Supply Chain Management.  You'll also get the chance to do the International Experience - which includes a bespoke two-week study tour with one of our European partners, seeing industry on an international scale. The cost is covered by your tuition fees and we can help with visas.

    Previous destinations have included Lisbon, Brescia, Venice, but the trip is customised each year to meet the needs of students and the curriculum. While you're away, you'll go on industry visits, network, attend lectures and seminars at a summer school and. of course, see some of the sights. some students link their trip to their major project, feeding insights into their work, or are able to secure internships with organisations we visit.

    Browse through a selection of  photos taken on previous trips .

  • Semester Three modules

    In your final semester you'll take on a major project, giving you a fantastic opportunity to use the theories and knowledge you've gained to produce a challenging, meaningful piece of work. Projects include:

    Business Research Project (40 credits)

    This project is a more traditional piece of independent research, creating an academic research paper, presentation and methodological reflection. Because we believe experiential learning is so important, this project is only available to students with significant prior work experience or a desire to progress to a PhD.

    Internship Experience Project (40 credits)

    On an internship of 12 weeks or more, you will apply the theories you have learned to a substantial, live project. This will involve focused research, developing skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You will also learn project management tools and concepts.

    Consultancy Experience Project (40 credits)

    Working as part of a team, you will undertake focused research, developing your professional skills, managing a complex project and delivering results in a real business situation. You will present your findings to the client and learn valuable project management tools and concepts.

  • All year

    Transformational Leadership Development (10 credits)

    Transformational management education is a key focus within NBS, where effective ethical education across all business and management courses is the foundation of our students’ abilities to understand and contribute in meaningful ways towards current and future challenges in the area of sustainable development. The purpose of the module is to increase understanding of how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development in order to enable sustained career success and to be an effective and transformational leader.

    Research Methods for Managers (10 credits)

    The purpose of the module is for you to acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to formulate, plan and conduct effective research to inform management decisions, through conducting a small-scale research project.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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How you’re taught

Study and support

Teaching and learning methods are centred around interactive workshops which are highly participative in nature and will employ case studies, discussions, business simulations and group activities.

Interactivity is key to our teaching and we are committed to providing courses that adopt teaching methods that are appropriate to the student cohort and the specific modules.

We ensure that support and guidance is in place, especially during the early stages of the course and assessment periods, to help you become comfortable with operating in a student-centred learning environment.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research-based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Induction

All our courses begin with a comprehensive development programme that will help you prepare for your studies and develop key academic and transferable skills. A key feature is a short residential team-building course, normally in the Peak District.

Browse through a selection of photos from our residential weekends.

You will also have opportunities to meet members of the teaching team and other postgraduate students, receive detailed programme information, and gain valuable support and guidance from the library, careers service, international office and Student Support Services.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Career prospects

Recent graduates from this course are working all over the world in variety of small and large organisations, as marketing executives, buyers, account managers, sales executives and more.

Career development

As an integral part of the course, careers advisers will run a series of workshops where students can identify methods and strategies to enable them to effectively pursue their career goals. The workshops will focus on both home and international students and concentrate on developing skills and occupational awareness.

Helping you find your feet after university

Following graduation, we will continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team are here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

Services they provide include:

  • finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • helping you to pursue self-employment
  • advice on taking gap years and time out
  • help to get into volunteering
  • information on further study.

Further information on careers and employability

96% of NBS postgraduate students have gone onto employment, self-employed or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2015/16).

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

    Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Click the Apply online button at the top of the page to complete your application. You can apply for this degree throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

As places are limited you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The course starts in September 2016 so in order to receive enrolment materials in good time we advise that applications are submitted before the end of July 2016. Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

Writing your application
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date
After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder. You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your degree as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date
After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

David Weerasinghe can help you with any questions on applying, fees and funding, and can arrange for you to speak to a current student studying this course. Please get in touch via email [hyperlink email david.weerasinghe@ntu.ac.uk

Fees and funding

The course fee for January 2018 entry are:

  • Full-time one year: £9,000.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding page will answer your questions.

You may be able to get a competitive scholarship to help fund your studies, we award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate funding page for information about postgraduate funding opportunities.

The course fee for January 2018 entry are:

  • Full-time one year: £13,400.

Please visit our postgraduate fees page for further information on course fees.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study on eligible courses at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460