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MSc International Strategic Management

Explore the strategic concepts and tools which consultants, developers, and managers of international organisations use to deliver exceptional performance

Year of entry: 2022 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2022 (term dates)

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How do companies plan for success in the ever-changing landscape of international business?

This course gives you the chance to look in-depth at how strategy is formulated, articulated and enacted in a global context.

You'll develop your skills in critical analysis, information processing, and data presentation. You'll prepare for a range of careers in international business and management, with the skills and outlook to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global workplace.

This course is one of three interrelated Masters programmes covering business and management in global contexts:

Course content

You'll study some of the core issues in strategic management. You'll develop a theoretical toolkit with which to investigate and discuss the strategies used in the international business environment.

Later you'll specialise your studies while continuing to develop crucial skills for independent learning and research. You'll develop a deeper understanding of an area of international strategic management.

You'll also focus your efforts on a 10,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word project.

Modules

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

Option modules

Examples of option modules may include:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Dissertation

You can choose to undertake either a Dissertation or a Project in Management Studies.

Dissertation

The dissertation requires you to initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project. You'll have three to four months to complete a 10,000-word dissertation based on your original research. 

You can choose to focus your research on any topic related to international strategic management that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart. Recent titles include:

  • What are the effects of disasters, natural and man-made, on SME intermediary supply chains and what potential strategic measures for disaster preparedness can be taken for the future?
  • How companies within the automotive industry use and develop their resources and capabilities to tackle the changing dynamic environment
  • Dynamic capabilities in sport, and their implications on commercial business

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop your research project, including identifying theories and methods to investigate and analyse your topic.

Project in Management Studies

This individual study module gives you the opportunity to showcase the summation of your learning throughout the year in an 8,000-word project. You'll focus on the development of professional skills and attributes through a combination of group and individual research, combining the management frameworks and theories that you have learned in earlier modules with the analysis of secondary data learned in the Research Methods module.

You'll use these research skills to develop actionable managerial implications, carrying out practice based research into your area of study. This replicates an activity that you might be expected to undertake in business practice.

In the first section, you'll focus on developing your group work skills. For the second section of independent research, you'll select concepts to focus on and combine them with appropriate methods of data analysis. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your reflexive practice and self-awareness, vital for your development as a practitioner in the international business environment.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Devise socially and ethically responsible strategic solutions to real-life business problems in the international business environment.
  • Interpret and influence how organisations formulate and undertake strategic decisions by applying an advanced understanding of the international political and economic environment.
  • Interpret and apply complex numerical and non-numerical data by utilising knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Define, design, execute, and present significant and extended pieces of independent research in a field of their choice related to international strategic management, deploying appropriate research methods.
  • Communicate complex information and well-evidenced arguments effectively and persuasively to professional and business audiences.
  • Complete individual and team projects to a high standard - through reflective and self-directed learning - and in a professional, responsible, and culturally aware manner.
  • Develop professionally by reflecting on personal strengths and weaknesses in order to identify areas for growth and plan self-directed learning.
The Management School is extremely international in its outlook. Academic staff are experts in their fields and come from all over the world. Our professors make topics immediately relevant by using current business cases from different areas, and though my course took strategic management as its focus, it always referred to the broader aspects of international business and the global environment.
MSc in International Business and Strategic Management student

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2022/23

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £12,060£23,940

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

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Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops

You'll also put your skills of analysis, decision-making and creative thinking to the test in business simulation games, working in teams to accomplish your goals.

We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Management School on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in the Church Lane Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 8,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

This MSc has been designed to help you thrive in a global workplace. The course will give you the knowledge and skills needed for management roles in private and public sector organisations around the world.

Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Each year, some continue their studies, joining the York Management School doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Finance manager
  • Management consultant
  • Analyst
  • Project manager
  • Managing director
  • Marketing consultant

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Presentation
  • Critical analysis
  • Creative thinking
  • Project management

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in any subject. We may give preference to students with knowledge of relevant areas, including Management or Business Studies, Economics, Finance, Accounting, or any social science. Alternatively, we may accept a 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by professional qualifications or at least one year of relevant work experience.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
Duolingo 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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