Examine complex foreign investment decisions, and drivers for strategic change in an international setting. This course is designed for those seeking an advantage in the competitive international financial job market, who wish to build a robust and deep understanding of business, management and financial principles, through both practical application and relevant theory.
We will teach you about how financial markets operate, and how they are linked with the global economy. Through examination of the wider financial policy environment, you will learn how this can affect organisations internationally. This course will teach you to look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives, and study share price fluctuations, to understand the process and potential impact on the value of a business.
Your learning will take place in a supportive, diverse environment. Our staff and students come from many different countries and bring together a plethora of international and related business experience. By combining international business with finance, this course is ideal for those with an interest in forging a career in the banking sector.
- You will be taught by academics with international reputations for research and teaching in business and finance. Our academics have backgrounds in professional sectors and research all of which will influence and support your learning.
- Gain valuable industry insight, with guest lectures from prominent industry professionals who bring personal experiences and knowledge to your learning.
- During one of your assessments you will take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise.
- This course offers a carefully selected range of optional modules allowing you to tailor the course to your career aspirations, be that launching a small business or growing an established company.
- Accounting for Managers – provides an overview of accounting and finance issues. You will look at company accounts from both the shareholder and the company perspectives.
- Critical Management in a Global Context – provides you with a critical understanding of management and organisations in a global context. The module will be informed by critical management and organisation studies.
- People Management and Organisation – provides you with the skills to conduct and critically analyse organisational development, including its consequences on human resources management (HRM). The relevant theoretical principles and models of change management, HRM and organisational behaviour will be considered and applied in a practical management context using case studies and real-life examples.
- Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of methods suitable for research in finance, accounting and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
- International Strategic Management, Markets and Resources – explore the integrative nature of strategic management and examine the contrasting perspectives between competitive positioning and the resource-based view of an organisation. You will also evaluate the impact of the external environment on organisational strategy, behaviour and management.
- International Finance – exposes you to the political, economic and technical dimensions of the international finance regime. The role of finance in the competitive struggle between nation states and between multinational corporations to generate economic value is also explored. You will look at financial and risk appraisal of foreign trade and direct investment projects.
You will also select two elective modules which might include:
- Strategic and Financial Decision Making
- Global Supply Chain Management
- International Taxation Policies
- Assurance and Risk
- Global Outsourcing Offshoring
Dissertation – You must undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on an element international business and finance of your choice. The dissertation topic is chosen in line with your interests and preferences.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. You may also benefit from inspirational guest speakers, who will bring their own personal experiences and knowledge to your learning.
Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams. In addition, a particular feature of the course will be to take part in a state-of-the-art, computer driven business simulation exercise, which will integrate many aspects of your learning and development.
Hugh Aston Building
You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.
You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.