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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a UK accredited Masters degree that will enhance your employability? This course develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in international management that starts after the first semester.

Specialist modules cover global and transnational business as well as relationship marketing in a global context. The course culminates in a written Masters dissertation.

Your studies will give you a head start in applying for jobs and graduate roles with multinational companies and other employers in the fast-paced world of international business.

There is no requirement to have studied business or international management at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a UK accredited Masters degree that will enhance your employability? This course develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in international management that starts after the first semester.

Specialist modules cover global and transnational business as well as relationship marketing in a global context. The course culminates in a written Masters dissertation.

Your studies will give you a head start in applying for jobs and graduate roles with multinational companies and other employers in the fast-paced world of international business.

There is no requirement to have studied business or international management at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School.

Save up to 75% off the tuition fees for this course with our 'NU in Amsterdam' Discount. Click here for further information.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Netherlands

City
Amsterdam

Start
September 2019

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a Masters course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection. All modules will be taught in English.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the Masters dissertation.

Module workload

AT7013: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7014: The student workload for this module is 26 hours per week

AT7015: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7016: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7017: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7018: The student workload for this module is 39 hours per week

AT7019: The student workload for this module is variable due to its design as a module to meet individual student needs

AT7020: The student workload for this module is variable due to its design as a module to meet individual student needs

For full module information, please see the 'Modules Overview' tab below.

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Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading during the last Research Excellence Framework (2014).

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

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Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material. You will have remote access to the University Library, which achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. It has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books.

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This course will be delivered in the outstanding facilities provided by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)

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As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your Masters dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the ongoing research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

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The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Your knowledge and skills, including your specialist studies in international management, will help you thrive in the world of global business and multinational corporations.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, this course will help you develop a global mindset and international outlook, which will be highly valued by future employers.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who want a Masters qualification in business and international management to complement any type of study at undergraduate level, in order to boost employability.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, or substantial experience of working in a business organisation.

International qualifications:
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements:
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: EUR 9,000

Full EU Fee: EUR 9,000

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Students must provide their own laptops for study on this course. The minimum specifications are: Windows 10 Home 64-bit, Intel Pentium® Gold 4415U processor (2 cores) or Core i3 2 GHz processor, 4Gb RAM , 128 GB SSD Students are advised that discounts are available through Dutch resellers using AUAS login details (e.g. https://store.hp.com/NetherlandsStore/Merch/Default.aspx : www.surfspot.nl and others).

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AT7013 -

Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is the first of two that prepares you to be highly employable by developing key hard and soft skills which have been identified by current research as those necessary for postgraduate students seeking work. The development of the module has been underpinned by Bird and Osland’s (2003) Global Competency Framework (Fig 1.1) and will provide you with two discrete skills sets - emotional and cultural intelligence (soft skills) and business intelligence (hard skills).

Emotional and Cultural Intelligence:
This strand of the module is about the development of self, and is intended to develop your ability to recognise the need for, and to enter into, the process of personal and professional development for both early employability and career progression. This strand is also designed to develop your capacity as an independent learner and to enable the development and application of the transferable (soft) skills, and of individual and group learning, across the programme of study. A key outcome of this process is to provide you with sufficient self-awareness of your intra and interpersonal skills to be able to embark on a creating a personal development plan.

Business Intelligence:
This strand of the module is about the development of practical skills and techniques required by businesses to help them in decision making operations. You will develop skills in problem solving, activity modelling, scorecards and data modelling and will therefore enhance your employability. Building on the programme philosophy of ‘learning by doing’, there will be a strong practical emphasis involving the use of tools such as Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), Balanced Scorecard, Strategy Maps, MS Excel and SAS. In addition to being able to devise quantitative measures and calculations, you will also be able to provide clear, critical, informative management interpretations based on the results obtained.

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AT7014 -

Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage (Core, 40 Credits)

This is a 40-credit core module running in the first semester of the MSc Business with programme and is developed for those of you who have little or no prior business and management subject experience. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the main business functions – Finance, Marketing, HRM, Operations – and show how each can contribute to the competitive advantage of a firm and hence enable the firm to achieve its strategic objectives. The content of the module comprises six key parts which are listed below.

Business Simulation
Introduction to the module; The Business Simulation – introduction, decision-making, group work and allocation of roles, group presentation – annual report to shareholders; Round-up to the Business Simulation and summative assessment guidance.

Strategy
Developing a Business Plan; The Business Environment; The Competitive Environment; Organisational Objectives; Competitive Strategy; Functional Strategy; Strategic Capabilities; Responsible Decision-making; Evaluating Company Performance.

Financial Management
Cost behaviour and product costing; Cost classification and product costing; Pricing decisions and costing; Behavioural Aspects of Budgeting; Cash Budgeting; Integrated Performance Measures; Balanced Scorecard.

Operations Management
Role of Operations Management; Operations Strategy; Resource planning and capacity management; Quality Management; Global supply networks; JIT and Lean Management; Supplier selection and procurement; Benchmarking and Inventory Management.

Human Resources Management
Understanding HR and its contribution to Business Strategy; Human Resource Planning and Measures; Recruitment, Selection and Retention; Compensation and Benefits; Training and Development; Productivity and Performance Management; Employee Relations; Motivation and Employee Engagement.

Marketing Management
The Role of Marketing; Market Segmentation & Positioning; Buyer Behaviour/Consumer Behaviour; Pricing Strategy; Collecting Information and Forecasting Demand;
New Product Development; Channel Management and International Marketing; Integrated Marketing Communications.

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AT7015 -

Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is the second of two that prepares you to be highly employable by developing key hard and soft skills, which have been identified by current research as those necessary for postgraduate students seeking work. The development of the module has been underpinned by Bird and Osland’s (2003) Global Competency Framework (Fig 1.1) and will provide you with two discrete skills sets - emotional and cultural intelligence (soft skills) and business intelligence (hard skills).

Business Intelligence:
In this strand of the module you will develop the practical skills and techniques required by businesses to help them in the project management and implementation of business intelligence and business analytics solutions. You will be introduced to some project management processes, tools and methodologies e.g. PMBOK and agile approaches. Such skills will be of great value to you in the workplace and will enhance your employability through developing practice based skills for the contemporary manager, thus emphasising the programme philosophy of ‘learning by doing’. A prominent theme throughout this module, similar to the module in semester 1 is to give you experience in a wide range of industry standard tools and technologies. To that end, most of the teaching plan will involve weekly workshop / seminar classes rather than formal lectures, although there will be some supporting lectures. In addition to being able to provide clear, critical, analysis of data, you will also be able to consider the project implementation skills needs.

Emotional and Cultural Intelligence:
This strand of the module is designed to help you understand key issues and challenges in relation to your employability prospects in the context of your target profession/industry/sector. A particular focus of this strand will be the impact of emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence and self-awareness for your employability as postgraduates. This will include the development of knowledge into the global graduate labour market (including routes such as self-employment and developing your career with an existing employer), drawing upon local, national and international exemplars. A key learning vehicle for this strand of the module is interactive seminars/workshops where you will undertake a number of activities to enable you to build on your self-analysis from Developing Global Management Competencies I and explore further their strengths, weaknesses and areas for further development in the context of your career development plans. You will also receive guidance on how to craft professional, postgraduate CVs, LinkedIn profiles supporting documentation to meet the needs of employers, building on your NX0475 activities and development. Detailed directed reading, diagnostics and interactive exercises will be undertaken which are contextualised to the country of study and/or intended employment, representing the specific needs of our diverse student body.

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AT7016 -

Global and Transnational Business (Core, 20 Credits)

This module examines worldwide integration of economic, political, and socio-cultural aspects of business in order to explore and understand the impact of globalisation on countries, organizations, and individuals. You will develop a world-view of the global marketplace. You will learn how knowledge and understanding of the global environment affect business functions. Special consideration is given to key issues in ethics, global social responsibility and technology. You will also gain essential knowledge of international business management and will learn how to evaluate challenges of organisational functioning in the global economy. You will be engaged in the analysis of the wider impact of individual and organisational decision making with respect to the business environments in major world markets. The aim of the module is to introduce you to the main International Business (IB) theories and demonstrate how they can be used to inform strategic decisions. The content of the module is aligned with the following areas:

International Trade & Investment

Export & Import Strategies
Business-Government Trade Relations
Foreign Direct Investment
Globalisation theories
Regional Economic Integration: Trading Blocs
Porter's Diamond of National Comparative Advantage

Globalization & Society

Formal and Informal Institutional Contexts
Corporate Social Responsibility
International Corporate Governance
Cross-cultural Intelligence
Political risk analysis
Analysing International Opportunities

International Strategy & Organisation

External Business Environment Analysis
Macro Risks Assessment in International Management
International Co-operation and Alliances
Foreign market assessment and entry strategies
Leveraging Resources & Capabilities
International Value Chain
International Financial Management

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AT7017 -

Relationship Marketing in a Global Context (Core, 20 Credits)

Relationship Marketing in Global context is designed for you to understand the dynamic relationship involved in global market place. Throughout this module you will learn the following:

Relationship Marketing

The academic underpinning of International Marketing and the role of relationship within business, you will learn the difference between traditional relationship marketing and international.

Strategy & Culture

You will learn how to develop marketing strategies in relation to the changing global market and the role of culture in how the relationship is defined.

Consequently how does culture define international markets and product development, you will learn how important it is to offer a product suitable to the intended market, therefore, how does the domestic market effect the international markets.

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AT7018 -

Masters Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)

In this module you will gain an understanding of the academic skills that are required to produce a Masters Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have written a 3000 word dissertation proposal and a 15000 word Masters dissertation. The areas included are:

• Justification for the choice of topic
• Appropriate understanding, awareness and critical analysis of existing and up to date literature evidenced by a comprehensive and well-referenced literature review with an extensive reference list
• Selection, justification and application of an appropriately rigorous methodology - including limitations of the approach selected
• Clear statement of the findings of the research
• Critical analysis of the findings
• Explicit links between the analysis and the conclusions supported by critical argument
• Evidence of original work or thought for example in the form or context of the data collected, analytical process or application of findings

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AT7019 -

Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)

In this module you will learn about a variety of different research methods. This will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary for you to conduct research at Masters’ level and prepare you to complete a Master’s dissertation or consultancy project. By the end of the module you will know how to apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques. In quantitative techniques you will learn about sampling, questionnaire design, statistical inference, and hypothesis testing while qualitative techniques covered will include methods such as interviewing and focus groups. Analysis methods such as content analysis and thematic analysis will also be covered. In addition, you will gain some understanding of research philosophy (positivism and interpretivism) and research ethics and you will be able to write a research proposal to bring these ideas together.

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AT7020 -

Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

You will undertake the following support sessions across each of the three semesters of your study.

Induction Week

This will involve an introduction to NBS PG Learning – including; Culture, PG learning in a UK University, expectations, programme specific sessions and activities (e.g. a programme task involving group work, information searching and presentation). For UK students, this will also include an ASk task to inform Programme Leaders and the prioritisation of ASk material development.

Semester 1

In the first semester (or first two terms) , the emphasis in terms of skills will be around the development of reflective practice including its practical deployment, experience of writing critically and being able to demonstrate reflective practice and experiential learning within the development of this writing, but equally, explicit development of and practice in everyday academic skills such as presentation preparation and doing, time management. Some lecture sessions will be delivered by the Programme Leader (PL) to their programme. This will give an opportunity to the PL to see their students on a regular basis and will help to build programme identity. The sessions will include: Academic writing, plagiarism, PECS, LA procedures, Assignment / Examination preparation and procedures.

Other sessions will be delivered to all F/T PG students such as managing your time and study skills (e.g. how to identify key factors in managing your time, identifying goals, getting organised, sorting out documents / information and a work schedule etc.), Introduction to Business Information Resources (including online resources) and Plagiarism and the use of Turnitin.

Semester 2 (or terms 3-4)

The module will continue to provide sessions for students to see their Programme Leader on a regular basis so their relationship is maintained. The emphasis of many of the sessions will be on enhancing our postgraduate student’s employability. This will be informed by Northumbria Employability Framework, the Northumbria Employability Plan; ‘Giving Your Career An Edge’ and Northumbria University Employability and Leadership Attributes. In the UK, some sessions will be delivered by the Careers Service. Care will be taken to ensure these sessions will compliment other aspects of employability delivery (in other modules). The careers provision can be customised by CV partners and our London campus to address the specific needs of their students in relation to their place of study. For example, QA in London would like their students to have exposure to their training facilities /courses; an equivalent aid to employability.

Semester 3

The focus will be on ASk tutors supporting the students undertaking their dissertation for example item 12 of the specific skill development sessions.

The following is a list of specific skill development sessions to be delivered over the year:-

1. Understanding of assessment and marking criteria.
2. Reading and taking good notes (this could be delivered by the ASk team or another academic).
3. Speed reading techniques
4. Using the APA system of referencing
5. Understanding and avoiding Plagiarism
6. Describing arguments and making proposals
7. Academic reading skills (the ASk team) reading techniques, scanning, skimming, deep reading, critical reading and strategies for effective reading.
8. Writing skills (ASk team) – writing assignment, analysing the task, planning, identifying information sources, identifying key ideas, writing drafts, reviewing and editing work, presenting, submission and using feedback.
9. Time Management
10. Presentation skills – preparing, researching, planning, organisation and rehearsing.
11. Working in groups – what is an effective working group, meetings, organisation, making notes and managing the group.
12. Understanding and writing the Chapters of a Dissertation
Describing arguments and making proposals
Evaluating Research Objectives
Describing bias and limitations of research
Writing reflective statements

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