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.
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
* 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.
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.
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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
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
· 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
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.
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
* 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.
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.
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.