International Management (2013 entry)

MSc, 1 year full time/2 years part time

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Subject overview

Our degrees are taught by world-renowned faculty with a strong background in relevant areas of research. Our research was highly rated in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). On average 80 per cent of our research was rated as recognised internationally or higher, and half rated as internationally excellent or higher.

Business studies at Sussex was ranked in the top 25 in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2013.

Our range of business, management and finance degrees builds on Sussex’s strong foundation of interdisciplinary study.

Our part-time MBA builds on Sussex’s extensive research reputation including that of SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, ranked 1st science and policy think tank in the UK and 6th in the world (University of Pennsylvania: Global Go To Think Tanks Report 2011). The MBA focuses on the application of acquired knowledge and skills to practical and strategic challenges within the management of public- and private-sector organisations.

Our American Express-sponsored MSc in Technology and Innovation Management has a strong record of employment opportunities and many graduates go on to work with American Express.

The University of Sussex offers opportunities encompassing corporate risk management, entrepreneurship, international finance, and international and innovation management.

Our teaching is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to compete effectively in the fast-paced world of work. We are tailoring our taught degrees to meet current and future employer demands, and will continue to adapt to the changing employment market.

Our degrees offer a choice between practice- and research-oriented study opportunities. They have been developed drawing on the expertise and input of experienced practitioners from industry and professional bodies. These experts complement our own expertise in research, and help to enrich the learning experience for all our students.

Programme outline

This MSc is aimed at students intending to pursue a career working in an international enterprise, and those who wish to understand the complexities of doing business in the contemporary global business environment.

The degree adopts a broad perspective, looking at the business systems in place in different countries, how globalisation and integration are shaping the competitive environment, why and how firms engage in foreign trade and investment, and at various issues concerned with the strategy and management of international enterprises.

This MSc also introduces you to certain key functional areas of international management: marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. A distinctive feature of the degree is the choice of options focusing on issues of particular importance in selected regions of the world (such as Europe, East Asia, etc).

2014 modules

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Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module enables you to investigate the systems of controls within a company, the relationship between company management and stakeholder groups, and the social accountability and responsibilities that a corporation holds towards different stakeholders. You will examine these issues in the context of three major challenges to contemporary businesses: globalisation, sustainability and corporate citizenship.

The module covers the development and theoretical aspects of corporate governance, stakeholder management approaches to corporate governance and social responsibility, business ethics management, national and international regulatory frameworks, socially responsible investment, and international corporate governance. You will engage with the practical assessment tools for corporate governance and responsibility and consider the importance of policy and practice through case studies, documentaries and guest speakers. The case studies used will include those developed specifically for the module, and those from the textbooks.

Corporate Governance

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

Global Marketing Management

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The task of marketing managers is to discover new markets and opportunities in the global market place. This module is intended to provide you with a global perspective and understanding of international marketing as a context for domestic and international business and management. In addition, it will enable you to become conversant with the theoretical background for international marketing activities as well as an overall perspective of these theories within the context of an organisation. Moreover, the module takes a practical, marketing-management approach: concepts that are applied through countless examples of situations in which international companies assess and solve their global marketing problems. This module will also provide coverage of the new marketing technologies that are revolutionising the way companies bring value to their customers such as direct and on-line marketing. Finally the module will develop a number of tools of analysis with which you can analyse and interpret the role and functions of marketing, in both internal and external environments.

Globalisation & Integration: A Long Run Perspective

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module explores the globalisation and the integration of the business environment from a long-run perspective. It charts the beginnings of the current wave of globalisation, in the mid to late 20th century and explores the various themes and forces that helped create a distinctive business environment by the early years of the 21st century. The themes explored include the divergence and integration within the global economy, globalisation of culture, the 'death of distance', development of global value chains, technology and technology transfer, 'deep' integration and strategic alliances, and the challenges and opportunities posed by shifts in demographic patterns. The module considers several questions of interest to you if you are a student of international management including: what is the significance of the 'Rest' catching-up with the 'West'? How does the global geography affect international firms? How significant is the emergence of multinationals from emerging markets? Do firms manage a 'global culture' or manage across cultures globally?

International Business

30 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

International business is concerned with how firms engage in transactions and value-adding activities outside of their national boundaries. The module thus considers theories of foreign trade, foreign investment, and outsourcing; looks at various issues associated with the management and organisation of multinational enterprises; and highlights policy questions such as the political economy of trade policy and the impact of foreign investment on both home and host economies.

International Entrepreneurship

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The focus of this module is on the development and growth of new firms from establishment to the early stages of international development. Much of the core teaching in international business relates to the strategic decisions made by established large firms, but SMEs are increasingly engaged in both foreign trade and investment - as is evidenced by the phenomena of born-global firms, international new ventures, and rapidly internationalising firms. In this context, the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, and internationalisation are crucial.

International Human Resource Management

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

Marketing Management

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

Gone are the stable markets of yesteryear. Today's markets are characterised by rapidly changing customers' wants, accelerating pace of technological advances, and intensifying competition, presenting major challenges for both incumbent and upstart enterprises alike. For most organisations, marketing is a major determinant of success. This module is designed to help you develop an appreciation of the role of marketing and the management of marketing functions in the modern organisation. The impact of marketing and the contribution of marketing to organisational performance in the dynamic, globally competitive markets of today will be addressed. The module will also focus on what being market-oriented really means in practice to organisations operating in manufacturing and service industries, as well as in profit and non-profit enterprises.

The module will introduce you to the theories, concepts, models, techniques and current best-practices for developing and implementing marketing strategies and actions. Marketing decision-making should not take place in a vacuum, and this course will familiarise you with the components of market analysis and strategy development with respect to the organisation, its customers, competitors and collaborators. There will also be indepth coverage of marketing implementation and control issues through the concept of the integrated marketing mix: the product/service offering and customer service, communications, pricing and channels.

Multinational Financial Management

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The main aim of this module is to evaluate the financial decision-making of companies operating internationally, providing an understanding of global capital markets, in the context of international trade patterns, international monetary systems, exchange rate regimes and foreign exchange markets, as well as tax rules and legal and institutional complexities. You will also develop competences in the appraisal of international capital expenditure choices and in the effective implementation of multinational management control systems. In addition, the module considers the political risks faced by multinational enterprises, including firm-specific risk, country risk, and global risk, together with an assessment of the origins and repercussions of the current credit crisis, including the international scale of securitization, and the impact of market failure in international interbank markets on multinational financial management.

Summary outline: currency regimes and markets and the management of foreign exchange risk; measuring and managing exchange exposure; international financing and capital market integration; the cost of capital for foreign investments; capital budgeting for the multinational corporation; working capital management; taxation and transfer pricing; country risk analysis and the implications of the financial crisis of 2007-09 and module resumé.

The Business Context in East Asia

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in East Asia, to provide an overview of the various East Asian economies, their interrelationship, and their importance in the world economy, and to examine the lessons which may be drawn both from the economic success of the East Asian economies, and from the Asian financial crisis.

The Business Context in Europe

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The main aims of this module are to explore the international business environment in Europe, to provide an overview of the various European economies, their inter-relationships, and their importance in the world economy. Attention will be paid not just to the major member States of the European Union, but to newer member States and other European economies.

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Entry requirements

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification.

Overseas entrance requirements

Please refer to column A on the Overseas qualifications.

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications table, contact the University.

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Internet TOEFL with 95 overall, with at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

For more information, refer to English language requirements.

Additional admissions information

You are strongly advised to submit your application by 31 March.

If you are a non-EU student and your qualifications (including English language) do not yet meet our entry requirements for admission directly to this degree, we offer a Pre-Masters entry route. For more information, refer to Pre-Masters.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545

Fees and funding


Home UK/EU students: £6,9501
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £6,9502
Overseas students: £14,1003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2013.

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To find out more about funding and part-time work, visit further financial information.

We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2013/14. For general information, refer to Funding.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

The research interests of selected faculty are briefly described below. For more details, visit the Department of Business and Management, the Department of Economics, the Department of Mathematics, and SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research.

Professor Carol Alexander Mathematical finance, financial econometrics, market risk analysis.

Mike Barrow Public-sector economics, local government, efficiency and value for money.

Lisa Blatch Delivers the Negotiation module on the MSc in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Dr Odul Bozkurt International human resource management.

Dr Ioanna Chini Social study of ICT, ICT policy.

Professor Ian Davidson Financial markets and instruments, application of quantum mechanics.

Dr Des Doran Supply chain management, modularisation, service operations.

Dr Bertram Düring Applied and financial mathematics.

Rob Eastwood Demographic change and economic development.

Dr Sonja Fagernas Development economics.

Professor John Forker Financial accounting and reporting, earnings quality, equity pricing.

Dr Bruce Hearn Emerging financial markets of Asia and Africa.

Dr Michael Hopkins Biomedical innovation systems, for products (eg drugs) or services (eg diagnostic testing).

Dr Surendranath Jory Mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Norifumi Kawai Internationalisation of Asian firms, strategic human resource management.

Dr Marv Khammash Interactive marketing, consumer behaviour, marketing communication.

Dr Andreas Kornelakis Globalisation and models of capitalism, outsourcing, training policies.

Dr Omar Lakkis Numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Dr Rebecca Liu New product development.

Professor Robert Livingston Intergroup relations, managing cultural and ethnic diversity, conflict resolution.

Dr Michelle Luke Self/identity, attitudes and values, positive psychology and risk perception. 

Dr Anotida Madzvamuse Bio-membranes.

Professor Emmanuel Mamatzakis Banking and finance, forecasting, public finance.

Dr Monica Masucci Strategy and entrepreneurship.

Professor Roman Matousek Bank efficiency, microeconomics of banking, monetary policy.

Royston Morgan Consultant who delivers the Outsourcing module on the MSc in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Dr Piera Morlacchi New technological, organisational and institutional forms.

Dr Mike Osborne Applications in economic theory.

Dr Dimitra Petrakaki Implications of technology in organisational change.

Dr Matias Ramirez Relationship between labour mobility, knowledge flows.

Professor Barry Reilly Applied econometrics.

Dr Vikrant Shirodkar International business, strategy.

Dr Josh Siepel Development of the venture capital sectors in the US and the UK.

Dr Malcolm Stewart Global marketing, digital marketing, advertising and branding strategy.

Professor David Storey OBE The economic environment in which small firms operate.

Professor Roger Strange Corporate governance and FDI decisions.

Professor Mike Sumner Macroeconomics and public finance.

Richard Sykes Working for a range of clients in the public and private sectors.

Dr Qi Tang Mathematical and statistical modelling of financial, corporate and technological risks.

Dr Shqiponja Telhaj Economics of education.

Professor Joe Tidd Innovation strategy.

Dr Joana Vassilopoulou Organisational behaviour, employment studies.

Dr Jie Wen Banking and finance.

Dr Mirela Xheneti Entrepreneurship in post-communist countries.

Dr Biao Yang Logistics and supply chain management, service operations management, mass customisation.

Dr Yong Yang International business, applied economics, technology outsourcing.

Dr Xiaoxiang Zhang Corporate governance, corporate finance, information efficiency.

Careers and profiles

This innovative degree aims to develop international managers who can comfortably and confidently move from country to country and deal effectively with counterparts from around the world. This MSc is designed for professionals and is a career development course.

For more information, visit Careers and alumni.

School and contacts

School of Business, Management and Economics

The School of School of Business, Management and Economics is a unique, research-focused business school, which takes a strong policy-directed view on business practices while also developing the underlying core disciplines.

School of Business, Management and Economics,
Jubilee Building,
University of Sussex, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9SL, UK
T +44 (0)1273 872668
Department of Business and Managament
Department of Economics

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