International Business MBus top-up

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: N121
FBLU068

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

4 semesters full-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Top-up Courses

With a focus on leading change, and managing relationships across multiple global stakeholders, this course should equip you with the skills needed to become a successful business professional.

  • Taught over four semesters, the course is split into two distinct, but interrelated stages, with semesters one and two offering the opportunity to learn a broad set of skills that are applicable to the global market, touching upon project management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Across all modules, real life examples are used, to help you bridge the gap between theory and practice – and which may touch on major international issues such as Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, or trade disputes between the US and China.
  • As well as key topics related to international business, the course also looks to emphasise the importance of the political, economic, cultural and social aspects of international business, and how an understanding of these aspects is crucial to business success.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

If you have already completed two years of undergraduate business study, this course gives you the opportunity to gain a master’s qualification within four semesters of continuous full-time study. As Coventry University operates three semesters a year for postgraduate courses, this means you can secure a master’s qualification within 18 months, upon successful completion.

  • Alongside covering key topics of importance to international business, the course could also give you the opportunity  to attend international trips*, work with Coventry University’s Talent Team, and have sessions in our Business Simulation Suite, which allows you to bridge the gap between theory and practice through simulation and role-play.
  • With a multicultural learning experience, you’ll be studying alongside staff and students from a range of nationalities. You’ll be taught by experienced staff, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad (please note staff may be subject to change).

Memberships

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.

Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2022/23 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


What you'll study

International business now touches the lives of pretty much everyone across the globe; it is therefore important for anyone working in business to understand the events, trends and forces that play a vital role in shaping commercial success or failure.

Taught over four semesters, the course is split into two distinct, but interrelated stages, with semesters one and two offering the opportunity to learn a broad set of skills that are applicable to the global market, touching upon project management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Semesters three and four then deepen your knowledge in certain specialist areas, such as performance management, and understanding emerging regions.

As well as key topics related to international business, the course also looks to emphasise the importance of the political, economic, cultural and social aspects of international business, and how an understanding of these aspects is crucial to business success. To succeed in international business, an ability to apply theory to different situations, in different countries or regions, is a key asset, and something that should be developed while studying this course.

Modules

  • The below modules are studied in the first two semesters of the course, and aim to cover a broad foundation of knowledge, placed within an international context. You will have the opportunity to study modules on leadership, entrepreneurship and strategy, as well as a focused module designed to support your presentation skills in English. All modules on this course are mandatory.

    Principles of Strategy - 20 credits

    Strategic management has now evolved to the point that its primary value is to help the organisation operate successfully in a dynamic, complex environment. To be competitive in this environment, businesses have to become less bureaucratic and more flexible, including the ability to shift from one dominant strategy to another. This strategic flexibility also demands a long term commitment to the development and nurturing of critical resources in this environment driven by technical and social change.

    All managers need to be involved in the strategic management process in order to put together the most effective strategy that achieves better organisational performance, as well as developing and maintaining the firm’s position of competitive advantage. Strategy is about identifying and working on key issues for the future of the organisation and involves activities such as: scanning the environment for critical information, suggesting changes to strategies and programs to take advantage of environmental shifts, and working with others to continuously improve work methods, procedures and evaluation techniques. Those on this module will therefore learn about the systematic analysis of the factors associated with an organisation’s external and internal environment that provide the basis for maintaining optimum management strategies and practices. You will also engage in debate on critical business issues such as corporate values (ethics) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) both at home and on the international scene.

    The main aim of the module is to provide you with the concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic decision making to enable them to assess competitive conditions, evaluate corporate capabilities and identify means for businesses to establish sustainable competitive advantage in its industry.

    Project Management for Business - 20 credits

    Business and organisations are constantly changing. Regardless of whether organisations are planning to expand or rationalise, managing projects that facilitate change are an integral part of ensuring competitive advantage for an organisation. This module is designed to introduce you to the processes of project management in a business environment. It aims to develop your understanding and skills in the use of project management tools and techniques, and in the impact of effective people skills on the outcomes of projects.

    English Business Presentation Skills - 10 credits

    This module helps those of international business to develop their English language knowledge and skills to a level where they can communicate effectively and independently. This is achieved in a context where the language is used for the study of business skills. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of business-related courses at the university. This module will involve activities designed to increase the range and effectiveness of your use of English language and the development of study and communication skills in a business and academic context.

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 10 credits

    Sustainable and continuous paths of organisational growth require innovation and diffusion of new technologies that are socially and economically acceptable. This complex process evolves through the interaction of technological, economic and social forces operating at various levels. It also encourages you to develop a critical appreciation of current academic debates on 'entrepreneurship' as well as research evidence on the application of this and other closely related concepts. The module enables you to identify entrepreneurial and innovation characteristics and skills. Case studies at organisational, sector and country levels will be extensively used to complement main theories.

    International Leadership - 20 credits

    The aim of this module is to develop a solid knowledge and understanding of leadership. It will seek to assess your own leadership behaviours and potential in the context of organisational working practices and cultures. This module will examine effective leadership and management of human capital, and leadership as a determinant of organisational success within an international context.

    The module will assist you to identify factors that influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations and the subsequent effect on teams. You will explore theories and practices of contemporary leadership and management. Various leadership styles will be canvassed and applied reflexively within the context of international business management.

    International Business and People Relations - 20 credits

    This is a research-driven module that provides a critical evaluation of the globalisation of human resource management strategies from various perspectives. The module introduces the key concepts for understanding international human resource management, and explores the practice of managing human resources in an international context.

    The intercultural factor will also be examined and appraised from an anthropological point of view, emphasising the operational aspect of the organisation of performance efficient systems of work in international settings.

    Research Methods for International Business - 20 credits

    The module aims to enable you to understand the importance of gaining and using knowledge and evidence to inform international business decision-making and academic study. It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to collect, critically evaluate, analyse, interpret and present relevant information. This module will encourage you to engage with a variety of academic perspectives, theories and epistemological considerations that inform international business research and decision-making in an international business and management context.

    Compulsory

  • The below modules, studied over the final two semesters of the course, offer deeper insight into specialist areas of importance for international business. These areas include the global supply chain, marketing, trade management and conducting business in emerging reasons. You will also be expected to conduct an International Business Project, which will draw upon your learning to interrogate a topic of interest to you. All modules on this course are mandatory.

    Global Supply Chain and Logistics - 15 credits

    This module provides knowledge and a thorough understanding of the management of the distribution and logistics function in contemporary organisations. The module will introduce the core concepts and theories that are pre-requisite for the successful management of logistics within the overall context of the organisation. The overall fit of the logistics function will be explored in context of attaining and sustaining competitive advantage and world-class status for global organisations. The module will explore supply chain networks and the importance of supply chain management. Current logistical trends such as lean management of the logistics and supply chain function will also be analysed. Other areas explored will include procurement, inventory management, transportation and warehousing.

    International Business Strategy and Leadership - 15 credits

    This module provides knowledge and a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles and major analytical approaches of strategy. This module focuses on the systematic external and internal analysis and aims to expose the formulation and implementation of corporate and business level strategies.

    In addition, this module gives you an introduction to the key issues, theories and debates in international leadership. You will consider and debate the differences between leadership and management and will study a range of different perspectives to give a critical understanding of the theory and practice of leadership and management. Subjects studied will include trait theory, situational leadership, and fellowship, transactional and transformational leadership.

    International Business Performance Management - 15 credits

    This module will enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of how business performance is managed within both national and international organisations. With increasing globalisation, differences in political environments across borders and diversified opportunities, it is important for businesses that operate internationally to understand how to manage performance in an international business environment.

    The module will also aim to provide you with the tools and knowledge required to identify, measure and develop performance in organisations by linking the performance objectives of everyone in the organisation and its extended value chain. Performance management will be critically illustrated and practically applied through the application of real world cases and scenarios.

    Global Business in Emerging Regions - 15 credits

    This module aims to introduce you to the world of International business in emerging markets. While focusing on the nature of the business environment in specific emerging regions, the module aims to highlight the importance of global business issues like ethics, sustainable practices, government business linkages, the role of transnationals from advanced economies in emerging markets, and resource driven economic growth in emerging regions. You will be exposed to contemporary issues such as doing business globally, the role of governments, formal and informal networks and the effects of geopolitics on the business environment.

    The country specific projects that each group is expected to complete will provide an element of realism in creating management insights for future practitioners of international business in these regions.

    You are expected to engage in problem solving, decision making, global research skills and appreciation of the cultural environment of countries. The learning will incorporate through examples and case studies the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME): sustainability, social responsibility, responsible leadership and ethics.

    Marketing in an International Perspective - 15 credits

    The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the principles and practice of marketing in the international marketplace. The module invites discussion and analyses of key managerial decisions on formulating and executing international marketing activities and is designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of marketing concepts including environmental analysis, buying behaviour, strategic market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and international marketing mixes in the international context. You will undertake critical analyses of these concepts by applying them to different marketing contexts in the international market place.

    International Trade Management - 10 credits

    This module aims to provide you with the key principles of international trade, related conceptual foundations and implications on associated practices. It will inform learners about some of the strategic, operational and tactical approaches and considerations related to managing trade internationally.

    International Business Project - 30 credits

    In this module you will carry out a substantive piece of independent (or group) research into a business issue relevant to your course of study. You will draw upon their knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse in a specialist area of interest. You will chose an academic area related to their programme of study and apply their independent learning skills to research this area in depth. You will receive academic support through a series of group supervisions and will be allocated a project supervisor.

    The module includes three routes, and students will be given the opportunity to select their preferred route, although all project titles must be approved by the project supervisor in advance of commencing the project. The three routes are:

    • Route 1: An individual research based dissertation
    • Route 2: An individual project report
    • Route 3: A group project report. Where work is completed as part of a group, each group may have no more than five members.

    Subject to availability and competitive application, the project (for all routes) may be undertaken as part of an internship in a business environment.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

This course is studied full time over four consecutive semesters, meaning the entire course is typically 18 months long. To study the course, you must previously have completed two years of undergraduate business study.

Coventry Business School also offers the option to top-up previous undergraduate business study to a bachelor’s degree through our International Business BA (Hons) Top-Up course. The underlying focus and aim is on developing international business skill sets and inter-cultural perception so that you can think strategically and understand the challenges facing businesses in our modern global economy. Throughout all teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, real life case studies are used, as well as opportunities to practically apply learnt theory. These sessions may be delivered through a combination of face-to-face teaching and online classes and tutorials.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods could include formal examinations, coursework, written project work, presentations, poster display, seminar papers, written reports, case studies and group work.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.


Job ready

The business world is increasingly internationally-focused and this course aims to help to prepare you for potential future career options in a range of multinational organisations, businesses, management consultancies and government organisations.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results, the chance to enhance your cross-cultural awareness and competence, interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills, all relevant to employers and of great value when seeking potential future employment.


International experience opportunities

This course is international in nature, and draws on business practice and real-life case studies from all over the world. You could be taught by international business leaders from across the world, who are invited as guest lecturers on modules to share their knowledge and experience (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you should have the opportunity to benefit from the experience of lecturers on business operations from numerous territories across the world.

There is also the opportunity to attend field trips, at a school or university level, to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries*. Previous visits within the school have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Berlin, Germany and Paris, France among others.

You may also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects, which can see you further develop insights into the way business is conducted in different countries.


Entry requirements

Please note that this course has been designed for international students, and incorporates modules dedicated to the usage of English within a business context. We would recommend you contact us through our online enquiry form before applying.

To be accepted for the course students must possess a minimum of 240 credits (RPL with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a business-related area. An HND in a business-related area with 240 credits awarded may also be considered subject to approval from the Course Director.

If you do not have the the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year. We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

To be accepted for the course students must possess a minimum of 240 credits (RPL with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) obtained in a business-related area. An HND in a business-related area with 240 credits awarded may also be considered subject to approval from the Course Director.

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Tuition Fees

2022/23 Tuition Fees.

Student Full time Part time
UK 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £9,250 (per two semesters) per year
Not available
International 2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £15,000 (per two semesters) per year
Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

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Business Simulation Suite

You can use the Business Simulation Suite on specific courses. It aims to provide you with some of the hands-on skills needed to succeed and stand out in business.
 

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The Enterprise Hub

Part of Coventry University Social Enterprise, the Enterprise Hub is an incubation, collaboration and knowledge base in the heart of Coventry. It can advise and support you with new business ideas or entrepreneurial ventures.

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The Talent Team

With employability at the forefront of all of our courses, you will have access to our dedicated employability service, the Talent Team, from day one.
 


Careers and opportunities

The business world is increasingly internationally-focused and this course aims to help to prepare you for potential future career options in a wide range of multinational organisations, businesses, management consultancies and government organisations.

This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business skills to help build on your existing understanding of business and management, and is designed to help you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop the intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results, as well as the chance to enhance your cross-cultural awareness and competence, interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking potential future employment.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your potential future career options and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent Team provides a range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your potential future career options.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates of our international business courses have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.


How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.


  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

    Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 

    Facilities

    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).