Emerging markets are developmental states. Crucially, however, they have become major players in the global economy. It is perhaps a fitting analogy for the MSc student. We seek to transform the potential of graduates, building on existing knowledge and qualifications to create a powerful, personal blend of practical knowledge and intuitive insight.
The MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets will help students understand how to conduct business internationally and, in particular, how to do so from developmental states. It will help them understand the particular challenges faced in developing corporate strategy, attracting foreign direct investment and working in countries with very different cultures, institutions, laws and business practices.
If emerging markets are, by their very nature, in a state of flux, then already successful economies are characterised by a different kind of dynamic. And as the pace of globalisation accelerates, the need to understand the drivers of national and international economic and business success becomes ever more acute. That gives graduates of this MSc some very real career advantages.
The programme will suit those with a background in or experience of the commercial or financial worlds. It is useful for students from emerging economies who wish to bring themselves up to speed with contemporary thinking in corporate strategy, including technology and financial management and business economics, and of public policies dealing with pressing issues relating to development in general.
It is equally useful for students from already established economies seeking to understand how businesses can take advantage of the globalisation of the world economy and the rapid development of these new economic powerhouses.
Students on the programme come from all over the world, looking for objective, in-depth insights into global business practice. The knowledge they gather helps them develop successful careers as consultants, managers or analysts in the broad arena of international business.
The MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets runs for one calendar year, starting in mid-September. At the start of the programme, you undertake four core courses in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensures a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.
n Semester 2, you also begin to tailor your studies towards your career interests, through the selection of your two option courses.
Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.