MBA International Management

Royal Holloway University of London

Application deadline: 31 January; 31 July
Tuition fee:
  • € 19,308 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,308 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: May  2014, October  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Royal Holloway, AMBA accredited MBA is an intensive course designed to equip you with effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.
This contemporary course continually evolves with the changing needs of a competitive economic environment and our teaching is based on high quality research, undertaken by academics in the School of Management.
The MBA is purposely structured to allow you to work closely with your fellow students, allowing you to explore and develop your teamwork and leadership capabilities. This is an intensive and challenging course and we have high expectations of all our students, who should be highly-motivated and ambitious.


Core course units:

International Business Economics- You will demonstrate an understanding of economic analysis and reasoning relevant within a business context. You will display an appreciation of the economic underpinnings of business strategy through the theory of the firm and markets; evaluate how various models of competitive analysis can be used to assess strategic behaviour; formulate and respond to differing competitive scenarios at the firm level; and apply presentation and analytical skills to develop argument and evidence to support evaluations.
International Information Systems- You will explore strategic issues in international information systems and ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems. You will examine the concept of an information systems strategy, and the need to align it with business strategies and to evaluate some of the more widely used IS planning frameworks.
International Operations Management- In this unit, you will learn to explain the importance of operations management to the success of an internationally operating organisation. You will identify the challenges posed for the management of an organisations operations from operating internationally; analyse the strategic impact of key operations management decision areas in international operations; and explore the likely challenges posed for international operations by potential future changes in the business environment.
International Business Strategy- You will evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firms external environment. You will learn to evaluate the internal core competencies of a firm; formulate strategy for a firm; understand the nature of corporate strategy; and, in addition, understand the nature of international strategy.
Leadership & Behaviour in Organisations- You will gain an understanding of relationships between leadership, management and administration. You will study transactional and transforming leadership; leadership and the management of culture and meaning; groups, teams and organisations; dysfunctional forms of leadership; organisational politics; and business ethics, morality and sustainability. Furthermore, you will also learn about the management of diversity and difference.
International Human Resource Management- In this unit, you will get a detailed understanding of the key analytical concepts and models in international human resource management. You will acquire an understanding of the implications of changes in the global organisation of firms and the international workforce for human resource management policy choices. You will evaluate the different approaches to, and strategies for, managing employees in international business activities.
International Marketing- You will acquire an understanding of the historical development of managerial marketing thought from its roots in classical economics in the USA to the normative tradition promoted by academics/consultants including Drucker, Levitt and Kotler in journals such as the HBR. You will learn to demonstrate an understanding of popular normative marketing concepts such as the Mix and STP through application in practical case scenarios.
International Accounting & Finance-
You will discuss the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making. You will learn to understand the properties of profit and the main techniques for measuring it and will discuss the nature and role of the major financial statements, prepare basic financial statements, and become familiar with different regional and national influences on financial reporting requirements and expectations.
Business Research Methods- You will learn to understand and apply the basic principles underlying good business research methodologies for instance, relevant interviewing and questionnaire survey techniques to gather data. You will be able to devise and critically assess various research designs and explain, produce, and display descriptive statistics from various data sets.
Philosophy of Management- You will evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firms management philosophy. You will also describe how philosophy is relevant to, and impacts upon, the management, organisation and operation of a business; identify and address central philosophical issues posed by management theory and practice; and define and practise the methods of philosophy such as conceptual analysis, identification of presuppositions, assessment of knowledge claims and arguments, and ethical reasoning.
Personal Development Portfolio and Business Consultancy Project- This unit will focus on combining your theoretical knowledge and previous business experience to deal with high level business issues currently facing the corporate world. Through a series of training sessions, you will work collaboratively to improve upon your public speaking, networking and presentation skills and also learn how to deal with the media. Our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor will also work with you to help enhance your CV and interview technique. You will be responsible for collating your own portfolio of work for this course which can be demonstrated to potential employers. This course will also cover the analytical skills you will require for the Business Consultancy project which is the culmination of the taught elements of our MBA programme.


To apply for the MBA, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in International Management you must have:


A second class honours* degree or the equivalent from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London

OR a first degree from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London and a G-MAT score of 550 or over
OR an equivalent professional qualification and a GMAT score of 550 or over

Please note: All other applications will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the University.

English language requirement

You should have an advanced level of English. You may be required to pass (or to have passed in the last three years) a test of proficiency in English acceptable to the University, e.g. an IELTS score of 6.5 or over with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test or a TOEFL score of 580 (or 237 in the computerised test) plus a minimum score of 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE).

IT requirements

To study these programmes you need a computer with access to the Internet. The minimum specification is a 133Mhz, Pentium PC (266 Mhz recommended) or equivalent running Windows 98 or later; 32MB RAM; screen resolution 800x600 colour or higher; CD-ROM Drive, Sound Card and speakers (or G3 Macs and later running at least Mac OS 7.0). The computer should have at least 1GB of free hard disk space. You will also need the following software:

Internet Explorer version 6 or above, JavaScript and cookie-enabled (Mac users will need the latest version of Safari)
Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or above
QuickTime 6.0 or above
Flash plug-inAnti-virus software Microsoft Office 98 or higher (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access).

Work experience (MBA only)

At least three years' relevant work experience is required (undertaken prior to registration).

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

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