Business and Management (International Business) (MA)

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
6995

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Business and Management (International Business) at Bath Spa University

Develop your career as a socially and ethically engaged, globally connected professional with a specialism in International Business.

  • Gain a solid foundation in current best practice combined with a specialism in International Business.
  • Develop the commercial acumen, knowledge and professional skills necessary to succeed.
  • Prepare yourself for a career that could include senior roles in the global business environment.

This programme provides you with a broad introduction to the fundamental principles of business and management in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world.

Supported by practice-based interdisciplinary teaching and research, you'll develop your business expertise alongside the practical and professional skills needed to effectively manage the challenging issues affecting organisations today.

What you'll learn

Overview

Our courses are designed to allow you to tailor your programme of study to your academic interests and career aspirations. You'll take a mix of taught modules (core and optional) and complete a major dissertation/consultancy project.

If you choose to study one of our Business and Management pathway routes, there are pathway-specific required modules, and your final dissertation/consultancy project will be in your chosen specialism.

In addition to the University's English Language Unit, further support is offered to international students whose first language is not English via the Advanced Academic and Business Skills module. This module works in conjunction with your other modules to develop your employability, business and academic English language skills, and to help you build confidence in your own ability to work at postgraduate level in international, cultural and professional contexts.

Modules

Core modules

  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management and Accounting
  • Managing People
  • Governance, Ethics and Risk Management 
  • Research Methods 
  • Dissertation/Consultancy Project

Optional modules

  • Marketing Communications (required for the Marketing pathway)
  • Entrepreneurship (required for the Entrepreneurship pathway)
  • International Business Environment (required for the International pathway)
  • International Business Practice (required for the International pathway)
  • Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture (required for the Entrepreneurship pathway)
  • International Financial Management
  • Advanced Academic and Business Skills (recommended for international students whose first language is not English).

How will I be assessed?

You're assessed in a variety of methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

  • Reports on work-based assignments
  • Research project reports
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective learning and work-experience journals
  • Reviews
  • Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
  • Project progress reports
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations
  • Essays
  • Exams.

How will I be taught?

We combine academic study with practice-based teaching. You'll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning and research projects.

Staff on this course offer access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in business and management. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning.

We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course translates into effective practice in the workplace, and develops your professional potential. 

Opportunities

Work experience and industry links

Throughout your course, we use simulated work-based scenarios that require you to operate as if in a real-world work environment, across a curriculum enriched by our connections with local, regional, national and international organisations.

These industry links work in collaboration with us to bring you tasks and assessments formed around live briefs that enable you to develop solutions to existing business problems and issues.

While you can opt for a traditional postgraduate dissertation, on this course you also have the opportunity to undertake a consultancy project for your final 60 credit module. This means you'll work with an existing or newly-started business on a specific issue or challenge facing them in the real world.

Based on your own investigations and contextualisation, you'll provide ideas, information and management advice to the host business, further developing your academic and research skills and giving you invaluable practical and professional experience.

Careers

This Master's programme is designed to prepare you for a wide range of occupations in general management across all industry sectors and the international environment.

It delivers practical skills and techniques applicable to business and management careers in marketing, enterprise and business start-ups, accounting management and international business.

Depending on your pathway and the modules you study, we have a number of professional opportunities for further business and management sector accreditation. Please contact the course leader for more information.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The majority of module workshops, seminars and tutorials are held at our Newton Park campus.

Resources

Our library offers a wide range of business materials. There is also a wealth of material available via electronic sources. This online material can be accessed on and off campus enabling you to work at times that suit you.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study32 months
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 6995International course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £6,995 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,500 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for enthusiastic, intelligent, hard-working individuals who have a thirst for knowledge and skills. You'll need to be a self-starter, and be able to work effectively individually and within teams.

Prior work experience and a Business and Management degree are not essential. However, you should be able to critically consider complex theories and apply these to real-world scenarios.

Typical offers

You will normally have a good first honours degree in any academic subject. You may be considered without a first degree, if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience. You may be asked to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. A minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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