The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

The MSc International Business Management with Sustainability Management programme is aimed at graduates who have little or no business or management background in their first degree and who wish to gain a broad based business qualification to enhance their future career prospects, or at those looking to develop business management knowledge and skills to allow them to change or further their careers.

International Business Management pathways

Our MSc International Business Management with Sustainability Management is one of eight specialist pathways we offer in International Business Management. The programmes cover key issues in international business management including the international business environment as well as the importance of strategy, finance, marketing, and organisational behaviour. You then focus on developing specific knowledge and skills in your chosen pathway subject in preparation for a career in that area.

The international focus of the programme attracts students from all around the world, giving a rich learning environment where international experience and practice is shared.

Programme duration

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months

Course content

Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
International Business Context Business Economics
Competitive Strategy Research Philosophy and Practice
Climate Change: Causes and Impacts Sustainable Marketing
One from a range of options including:
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Operations Management
One from a range of options including:
  • Advances in Digital Marketing
  • International Trade Law
  • Managing Diversity in Business

The MSc dissertation is undertaken between May - August.

International Business Context

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Explores the nature of a firm’s response to the challenges of internationalisation by examining the strategic basis, method and direction of international strategies. Examines both multi- and micro-nationals and utilises conventional strategic tools to study international strategies.

Competitive Strategy

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Examines how companies compete by developing and understanding the interactions and relationships between theoretical concepts; examining the individual components of strategic management models and considering how companies may achieve and sustain competitive advantage.

Climate Change: Causes and Impacts

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Aim of course and learning outcomes

This course enables students to understand the science behind climatic systems, natural variations and anthropogenically induced changes to global and regional climate. It will emphasise to students the multidisciplinary nature of the study of causes and impacts on physical, chemical and biological systems in context with political and socio-economic reactions and actions

Course summary

  • What is Climate Change: definition
  • Learning from the past: geological, glacial, sea-level and fossil record
  • Causes of climate shifts: astronomical factors, Earth system factors (e.g. volcanic activity)
  • Physical and chemical impacts on atmospheric, terrestrial, freshwater and marine aquatic systems
  • Impacts on biological species (phenology and biogeographical trends) and ecosystems
  • Evidence of recent and current climate trends: globally and regionally
  • Current drivers and symptoms of Climate Change: greenhouse gas emissions, land use, economic development, etc.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Science reports, Impact reports
  • Future predictions and models of climate parameters, sea-level rises and effects on coastal communities, weather events, ecosystem alterations
  • Current and projected impacts on biological resources, economics and societal pressures (e.g. desertification and human population displacements)
  • Political reactions and actions (introduction to UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; Stern Review, etc.)

Assessment method

Examination: 60%
Course Work: 40%
Re-assessment: Examination

Business Economics

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics and to be able to apply this knowledge and understanding in the analysis of a range of economic problems.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

Sustainable Marketing

Semester 2 (mandatory)

This course will allow you to examine sustainability from the perspective of the consumer and organisations. You will explore the key consumer behaviours which affect, and are affected by, sustainability, and you will critically evaluate the range of barriers that exist to consuming sustainably. From an organisation’s perspective, you will explore the range of strategic and tactical options available to organisations wishing to market sustainably.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7168 £3584 £896**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7168 £3584 £896**
Overseas £15560 £7780 £1945**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.