Online MSc in International Business, Leadership and Management
Business leaders are required to operate across organisational boundaries in an increasingly complex global environment. The 100% online MSc International Business, Leadership and Management places particular emphasis on the challenges associated with business management and global trade, marketing and sales, and provides an excellent overview of relevant management disciplines.
This postgraduate programme is designed to build knowledge of practice whilst developing a theoretical understanding of the international business environment.
The flexible design of this Masters course means you can fit your studies around full-time work and current commitments. Taught in an innovative online learning environment, you will connect with other postgraduate students from across the world and share your own experiences giving you insights into business in a global context whilst boosting your learning experience and professional development. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin your postgraduate study within weeks.
All students graduating from the York Online Management MSc programmes will receive affiliate Chartered Management Institute (CMI) membership and are awarded a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice. CMI is the largest professional management organisation in Europe and as an affiliate member you will have access to a range of services including a resources hub, mentoring, networking events and more.
These three skills are vital for professional adaptability and employability across industries, functions and roles. As a graduate, you may find positions in a full spectrum of industries including healthcare and medicine, defence and aerospace, management consultancy, transport logistics and distribution, and accountancy and audit. You will also benefit throughout your career from the ethical, socially responsible and international themes that underpin all programme content.
You will also graduate with a CMI accredited certificate confirming that you have the foundation skills needed to be an effective manager and are committed to further developing those skills to deliver better business results.
You should normally have, or be about to complete, a 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). Alternatively, we would accept a Masters degree (or equivalent).
If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:2. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out. Your degree can be in any subject, though knowledge of relevant areas will be beneficial, including:
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
You need to have completed the test within two and a half years of the start date of your programme. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.
You will not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities:
Practising Strategy (15 credits)
Underpinning the programme, this module introduces key concepts and techniques in innovation and business leadership, and management in public, private and third-sector organisations. You will learn to apply theories of strategic management in their practice.
Operations Management (15 credits)
This module explores the nature of operations management and its impact on competitiveness, through examination of operations strategy; process and product design;quality, performance and supply chain management; and project management.
Finance for Business (15 credits)
Finance for Business aims to equip non-financial managers with core tools and techniques to be able to analyse financial performance, evaluate alternative sources of finance, explore different financial investment appraisal tools and evaluate the utility of financial information during decision making.
Leading and Managing People (15 credits)
This module aims to provide a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of organisational behaviour and HR management, including leadership, team dynamics and culture, recruitment and selection, rewards, and diversity and ethics in the workplace.
Essentials of Marketing and Ethics in Global Business (15 credits)
Long-term customer and stakeholder relationships underpin business success. This module examines the role of marketing and ethical behaviour in creating that success, in the image of an organisation and the communication of brand. You will explore these concepts and practices across all business sectors and develop practical skills in writing a global marketing plan.
Cross-Cultural Management and Negotiation (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of the influence of culture on management and leadership practices and success; effectively identify, the impact of cultural variation on business practice; recognise the principles of negotiation and plan, conduct and assess negotiations in practice.
International Sales Leadership (15 credits)
Today’s selling environment is complex, global and diverse; this gives rise to a wide range of challenges in leading sales and sales teams. Aspects of this module include buying and selling in theory; applying practice in the knowledge economy; sales and technology; sales planning and forecasting and leading an international salesforce.
Contemporary Issues in International Business (15 credits)
The module introduces core theories of international business, trade and investment, and explores how firms, states and institutions of global governance interact to shape the contemporary global business market.
Research Methods (15 credits)
This module introduces a range of research methods and types of research projects. You will learn how to formulate a research question and to find answers using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Research Proposal (15 credits)
This module is a chance for you to plan independent research into either a current issue in management practice or a more theoretical problem. You will analyse relevant literature, develop a research plan and identify any ethical issues associated with your chosen topic.
Independent Research Project (30 credits)
By undertaking a longer piece of sustained research, reflection and writing, you will demonstrate: critical analytical skills; the ability to gather and synthesise data and literature from a range of sources; and subject-specific knowledge. This will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired through your whole degree, including self and time management. You’ll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you’re studying. They’ll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.