MSc International Management modules

Managing on a global scale – this 12 month programme combines academic rigour with practical skills and unique research to give you a world-class international business education.

You’ll gain a critical understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing both multinationals and SMEs in a rapidly evolving and dynamic global economy. Sheffield University Management School combines its expertise with the university’s internationally-renowned School of East Asian Studies to give you an in-depth understanding of business styles and practice in East Asia, as well as traditional English-speaking, European and emerging markets.

This programme’s content is practical, so you’ll learn business skills and real-world solutions you can apply within the workplace from internationally-known experts in their field. Learning from a broad range of academics, you’ll gain a qualification ideally suited to prepare you for a role in a multinational or SME firm. This course will provide an excellent grounding in the challenges and opportunities of doing business across the world.

This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Research Methods

  • Led by Dr Emanuela Girei and Rose Shepherd
  • Autumn and spring semesters, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Two 1,500 word research proposals and online exercises

Appreciating research is important for a variety of reasons; in particular, evaluating research reports and papers written by others, commissioning research to help inform management decisions, and planning and undertaking one’s own research. Important aspects of this are understanding how knowledge is produced, the assumptions underpinning the research process, and its limitations. Research design is often based on competing assumptions about the nature of knowledge, and will therefore be conducted with varying methods and degrees of technical expertise. An understanding of the process of knowledge production will enable students to critically evaluate research results – whether other people’s or their own – and to plan a realistic research project for their dissertation.

International Human Resource Studies

  • Led by Professor Pauline Dibben
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Examination and written consultancy report

This module investigates labour market trends and human resource practices within diverse political, economic, social and regulatory contexts. In addition to analysing the impacts of globalisation, international institutions and national governments on employment policy and regulation, it also examines the human resource practices of foreign direct investors, multinational corporations, and public sector organisations in both developed and developing countries. Particular attention is accorded to trends in the deployment of people across the world of work, and to how recruitment, retention and training practices can be utilised within different cultural contexts.

International Management

  • Led by Dr Tom Buckley
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Group presentation and report and two-hour individual examination

The module exposes students to the challenges and opportunities of managing in an international business environment. It provides students with the relevant management tools and frameworks that will enhance their effectiveness when operating internationally. It enables the students to identify, compare and contrast different management practices adopted internationally and appreciate the impact of national cultures and business systems on leadership styles, decision making styles, and interpersonal dynamics across cultures.

The aim of this module is to assist students in gaining a broad understanding of how cultural factors and business systems impact the management of organisations within and across cultures and provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of managing in an international business environment.

International Business Strategy

  • Led by Dr Junzhe Ji
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Examination and group case study

This module introduces key theories of international business strategy – those concerning the rationales for international expansion, the choice of foreign market entry strategy, and implementation of international business strategy. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies in contrasting industries have developed and implemented their international strategies. Particular attention will be devoted to the role played by the international business environment and its institutions, understanding and critique of various theories of the multinational enterprise, evaluating key strategic issues facing the multinational enterprise, and exploring the inter-relationship between host government policies and multinational company strategies.

European Business

  • Led by Dr Abbi Kedir
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Group assignment and individual written assignment

This module seeks to: Introduce the main features of European economic integration most relevant to business, including the Single Currency; explain the main characteristics of the different national economic systems of the main countries of Europe – Germany, Britain, France and Italy; explain the challenges the ‘transition’ (ex-communist) economies of Central and Eastern Europe have faced, and the way these economies are changing, and explore how European businesses are responding to the threats and opportunities of emergent economies in China, Indian and Russia.


  • Led by Dr Yichuan Wang
  • Autumn semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Group film-making exercise and an individual 2,500 word case study analysis

This module introduces the subject of Marketing and seeks to place marketing and consumption practices in their political, economic, technological, social and cultural context.


  • Summer semester, 45 credits

The dissertation is the culmination of your master’s study and recognition of your capability to conduct a research project independently. Students can apply to undertake an organisation based dissertation project, arranged by the Management School. Working with an organisation, students can structure their project around a real business issue of challenge set by the host organisation. A student project will develop your employability skills, enhance your CV and give you the chance to use your insight to help an organisation develop.

Work and Organisation in East Asia

  • Led by Dr Peter Matanle
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Research essay and bibliographical skills task

This module will first introduce you to work and organisation in Japan, focusing on the development of work within a modernising economy in East Asia. Using Japan as a model with which to compare China and South Korea, the module will proceed looking at the structure of employment and organisation in Japan through an examination of large scale data and by international comparisons.

Contemporary Chinese Business and Management

  • Led by Dr Zhong Zhang
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Examination and group presentation

This module aims to acquaint students with the Chinese business environment and practice, to enable them to understand key management issues faced by Chinese managers and to inform them of challenges encountered by international businesses operating in China or doing business with the Chinese. It covers topics such as state-owned enterprise reform, private enterprise development, reform in the financial sector, foreign trade and WTO commitments, foreign direct investment, human resources management and the Chinese business culture. An understanding of these topics is highly relevant to companies targeting the China market and essential background for graduates seeking a career in Far Eastern Business. Students are thus encouraged to develop business-related decision-making skills.

Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication

  • Led by Dr Jane Woodin
  • Autumn semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Written essay

This course aims to equip you with the key concepts and theoretical approaches in Intercultural Communication, including those originating from applied linguistics, management theory and anthropology. Issues such as essentialist/non-essentialist approaches to culture, stereotyping and prejudice, and the role of language in intercultural communication will be covered through lectures and discussion. Discriminating, critical engagement with theoretical concepts will be encouraged, as will consideration of their practical application. By the end of the module you will be able to describe key concepts and theories of intercultural communication and consider their relevance for your discipline.

Creating Entrepreneurial Ventures

  • Led by Dr Andreana Drencheva
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Group 'elevator pitch' presentation, group business plan and individual reflective essay

This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to creating entrepreneurial ventures from the perspective of the entrepreneur with an emphasis on the theory and practice of venture
development. Focusing on the development of a new venture, the module explores different aspects of
the process over the duration of the course. Although entrepreneurial ventures can emerge from a variety of different contexts, this module is focused on the entrepreneurial process in terms of the creation of a completely new and independent venture. Focusing on different aspects of the process, the module explores opportunity development, design thinking, marketing, finance, and leadership. By drawing together theories and practice relating to aspects of venture creation, this module seeks to examine some of the myths that surround entrepreneurship. While there is no ‘blueprint’ for perfectly creating a new entrepreneurial venture, this module considers a number of critical issues to provide students with an understanding of those factors that can affect entrepreneurial success.

Entrepreneurial Economies

  • Led by Dr Abbi Kedir
  • Autumn semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Individual essay and group presentation.

The module examines the nature of entrepreneurship and economic development and explores why some regions and localities are more entrepreneurial and innovative than others. Examining examples of good practice in entrepreneurship/innovation, the module also considers localities which lag behind in terms of entrepreneurship and explores the causes and consequences of this. Drawing on relevant academic literature, the module will explore the different policy approaches which have been taken to try to foster higher levels of entrepreneurship. The module will enable students to understand the wider role of entrepreneurship and innovation in the economy and the economic and social implications of high or low rates of entrepreneurial activity.

Negotiation and Intercultural Communication

  • Led by Dr Sarah Parsons
  • Spring semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Examination

Have you ever wondered what makes a good negotiator in the increasingly globalised world? Do you want to become a seasoned negotiator yourself? If the answers to these questions are ‘yes’, this should be your module.

The purpose of this module is to discuss theory, research, practical examples and above all business cases of negotiations in order to improve your negotiation and intercultural communication skills.

Corporate Entrepreneurship

  • Led by Dr Chay Brooks
  • Autumn semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: The assessment for this module comprises two components (an A0 poster presentation and a final report of 3,000 words), both of which are to be undertaken in groups (max group size is 4 people).

The module introduces entrepreneurship in a corporate context. Over the past decade many businesses have increasingly sought to explore and exploit enterprising and entrepreneurial opportunities relating to their core business. This module considers explore the nature of corporate entrepreneurship, and what it takes to become more entrepreneurial or `intrapreneurial'. Focusing on medium and large organisations, the module critically considers how businesses seek to engineer their ‘entrepreneurial DNA’ and grow it in a corporate context. The module considers how larger firms can be designed to be more entrepreneurial through their organisational leadership, structure, systems, strategies and cultures. The overarching aim is to develop a conceptual understanding of corporate entrepreneurship and enable students to assess the entrepreneurial orientation of organisations.

International Business and East Asia

  • Led by Dr Ziyi Wei
  • Autumn semester, 15 credits
  • Assessment: Group presentation (20%) and essay (80%)

International Business and East Asia is concerned with the factors that influence the development and the competitive positioning of East Asian economies (specifically China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) and their multinational enterprises (MNEs). This requires an understanding of both the external international business environment and the internal nature of the firm, its structure and strategy. This module provides you an overall understanding of the role of East Asian countries in global economy in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade.

My master degree was an incredible experience for several reasons. I really like the methodology, material and bibliographical resources used by my professors. Additionally, I believe that the programme helped me to develop a critical point of view of the current business environment and have a better understanding of different perspectives given by the cultural mix of the students.

Laura Marulanda Grisales

MSc International Management (Colombia/Spain)

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 29 November 2019

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