Learning & teaching
You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.
The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
You will acquire skills in the following areas:
- Giving presentations
- Team working
- Report writing
- IT skills.
Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business skills and knowledge in demand by graduate employers.These include:
- Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
- Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
- Econometric modelling of stochastic trends and performance forecasting
- International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
- Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
- Internationalisation of production and trade, including: the international product life cycle; forms of international business activity; national competitive strategies; and economic integration
- International sectors, emerging and transition economies, cultural differences, international business strategies and strategic alliances
- Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
- Strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis, ‘make or buy’ decisions; implementing and managing strategic change in an international environment
- Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
- Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
- Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.
The wide range of elective modules available on this course enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including: marketing; HR; finance, investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.
Karim is a Teaching Fellow in International Business at Aston Business School. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and does research on multinationals from Latin America, mergers and acquisitions and more recently, tax avoidance. Karim has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Conference Trade and Development, specialising on economic integration, SMEs and foreign direct investment. He was a consultant to the ASEAN Investment Report 2015 and is contributing to the upcoming ASEAN Investment Report 2016.