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.
Structure and assessment
- 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:
- International Taxation Policies
- Strategic and Financial Decision Making
- Internal Audit and Control
- International Trade Theory and Practice
- Global Supply Chain Management
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.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the 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.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in business and finance. This course will provide advanced preparation for a career in the financial world specialising in international taxation, risk management, global supply chain management and international trade, the course enables graduates to offer a wide range of skills to potential employers.
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