International Business

Study mode:Online Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.96 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 8.96 k / Year(s)  
501–600 place StudyQA ranking:3499 Duration:60 months

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Designed to provide you with specialist knowledge of international business, these NEW self-study programmes in International Business have been developed by academics within the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. The School ranks in the top 15 in the UK according to The Times newspaper, putting it in the highest league of UK management schools.

Building on the success of Royal Holloway's MBA in International Management, the programmes in International Business provide a thorough grounding in a range of core subjects, giving you a strong foundation in the principles and techniques of business. You will also be able to select from a wide range of elective courses, allowing you to explore your interests and develop your expertise. Please note that as the MSc in International Business does not involve face-to-face sessions, it is not an AMBA-accredited programme.

These programmes provide:

* a systematic understanding of business-related problems
* conceptual tools for analyzing and evaluating business issues
* a critical awareness of current research methods
* opportunities to develop your own hypotheses about business issues
* a stimulating learning environment in which to engage with case material.

Career progression

These programmes will undoubtedly help you gain a competitive edge and drive your career forward, and may also assist a career change, achieve a salary increase, improve promotion prospects or simply broaden horizons and increase marketability. They also provide a firm foundation for postgraduate study and offers an excellent basis from which to further careers
in management.

Excellent support

* We provide you with an assigned tutor, careers guidance and study skills support
* Essays and group work via online tutor-assisted seminars are assessed
* Extensive new study materials (print and web-based) have been developed especially for distance learners

Flexibility to fit your lifestyle

Offering flexible admission dates, payment options and study periods, these programmes have been developed to fit in with your work and family commitments. You decide the level you wish to study at and can choose to follow a progressive route. The flexibility this offers enables you to plan your studies around your work and home commitments.

Important note

The Postgraduate Certificate in International Management forms a common core for progression to the different International Management and International Business awards offered via Royal Holloway, University of London (see Structure & Syllabus). So, if you are still unsure whether you should follow the International Management or the International Business route at this stage, the Postgraduate Certificate in International Management is the ideal starting point for your studies.


You may be able to apply for

The Postgraduate Certificate in International Management provides a progression route [PDF: 1 page, 53KB] to the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in International Business. So, if you are still unsure whether you should follow the International Management or International Business route at this stage, the Postgraduate Certificate in International Management is the ideal starting point for your studies.

MSc in International Business: 6 core courses, 4 electives, research course and dissertation

MSc structure

Six core courses

* International accounting and finance
* International human resource management and organisational behaviour
* Information systems and operations management
* International strategy
* International marketing
* International business economics

PLUS four electives chosen from the following:

* International entrepreneurship
* China and the international economy
* Advertising and promotional communication
* Cooperative strategy
* International business analysis
* International sustainability management
* Corporate social responsibility
* Management of Japanese multinationals
* Multinational enterprise and the global economy
* Investment management
* Corporate finance
* Knowledge managementInternational business law
* Global financial markets

[Note: exit here and receive the Postgraduate Diploma]

PLUS Research course

* Business research methods

PLUS Research project

* Dissertation


· Not all elective courses will necessarily be offered each year.
· You may take up to three courses as a Short course student (with the exception of the research course and dissertation).

How you study

Academic support

The programme is designed specifically for distance learning and you can expect guidance many areas:

* Tutor-marked assignments Your assignments will be marked by tutors at Royal Holloway as part of each course assessement. This is an opportunity to receive invaluable feedback and to measure your progress throughout the course.
* Dissertation For the Msc you will be assigned an individual supervisor to help you when writing up your dissertation.
* University of London Online Library Our extensive online library offers access to a range of learning and information resources including 'Business Source Premier' and 'International Bibliography of the Social Sciences'.
* Regional study support You can either study independently at a pace that suits you, or enrol for additional classes at a local institution and benefit from the more formalized support this provides. Please note that the University of London does not have a formal relationship with these institutions and cannot guarantee or comment on the standards of their teaching or service to students.

World Wide Learning Community (WWLC)

An integral part of the programme, Royal Holloway's online World Wide Learning Community offers a variety of resources to support the learning experience. It allows you to:

* Access your course materials.
* Take part in discussions with your tutor and other students.
* Receive notices, seminar dates, project support and other programme-related information.
* Ask questions regarding the administration of the programme.
* Seek help for any technical problems you may encounter.

Study materials

We will give you a full range of study aids when you first register. These will either be printed or you'll be directed to the World Wide Learning Community website:

* Handbook This covers everything from planning your studies to preparing for exams.
* Assignments booklet This outlines the assignments that require submission for tutor marking
* Regulations And for each course you study you will receive:
* Astudy guide written by subject specialists, including the core content for the courses and case studies
* Coretextbooks
* Past examination papers and Examiners' reports if applicable.

You can buy study materials for new courses at any time of year by paying the appropriate course fee.

Careers support

The School of Management, Royal Holloway is now offering a careers service to distance learners. This will be based on advice from MBA recruiters offering an international network of careers advice which will include:

* Targetted online careers seminars
* Individual career coaching for students, including CV sessions and self-improvement diaries.


Examinations are offered twice a year, in May and October, and are held in examination centres both in the UK and worldwide.

All core and elective courses (except your research course and dissertation) are assessed by one unseen, three-hour written examination and a written assignment. The final mark for each course is based on both papers, with 80% of the mark based on your exam results.

Your dissertation will consist of a 12,000-word report, excluding bibliographies, appendices and the project statement or summary.

To apply for the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in International Business you must have:AcademicA second class honours* degree or the equivalent from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of LondonOR a first degree from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London and a G-MAT score of 550 or overOR an equivalent professional qualification and a GMAT score of 550 or over Please note: All other applications will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the University. Short course studentsYou should satisfy the entrance requirements for the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma. If you do not, we will still consider your application but we will require evidence of your ability to undertake an advanced course of study.*If you have a degree from an institution that does not award honours you may still apply. In this case, a certified transcript of your results must be sent by the awarding institution directly to the Postgraduate Admissions Office.English language requirementYou should have an advanced level of English. You may be required to pass (or to have passed in the last three years) a test of proficiency in English acceptable to the University, e.g. an IELTS score of 6.5 or over with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test or a TOEFL score of 580 (or 237 in the computerised test) plus a minimum score of 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE). IT requirementsTo study these programmes you need a computer with access to the Internet. The minimum specification is a 133Mhz, Pentium PC (266 Mhz recommended) or equivalent running Windows 98 or later; 32MB RAM; screen resolution 800x600 colour or higher; CD-ROM Drive, Sound Card and speakers (or G3 Macs and later running at least Mac OS 7.0). The computer should have at least 1GB of free hard disk space. You will also need the following software:Internet Explorer version 6 or above, JavaScript and cookie-enabled (Mac users will need the latest version of Safari)Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or aboveQuickTime 6.0 or aboveFlash plug-inAnti-virus softwareMicrosoft Office 98 or higher (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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