Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

International Business with Law

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

This course provides graduates in business and management or any other relevant discipline with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international business law, in combination with the advanced study of international strategic, human resources and relationship management, which complement and contextualise the legal areas

The teaching has a strongly contextual business bias and you will benefit from the networking and employment prospects offered by a large and dynamic Business School. 

The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project.  You will choose one of four options to research a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.  You can choose to pursue a purely management-based project or pick an interdisciplinary law and management focus. 

International students should apply for the MSc route.

Six good reasons to choose Salford Business School:

  1. A practical course that integrates the study of law, strategy and practice within an international business context 
  2. Real-world learning on the unique Industry Collaboration Project
  3. Multiple start dates to fit with your life priorities
  4. Beautiful campus just minutes from Manchester city centre
  5. Excellent industry links with the dynamic Greater Manchester business community
  6. Focus on the digital, ethical and sustainability business challenges of the 21st century.

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days, explore the Salford campus on our virtual tour or learn more about our Masters courses in business, finance and law.

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

 

You will:

  • Develop an understanding of different international business practices
  • Explore the role of law in international business
  • Examine the international environment of business and strategic responses to this
  • Look at the changing nature of organisations in a global context
  • Examine different cultural attitudes in areas such as negotiation, ethics and leadership
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a background in business or law

2.

You want to improve your managerial skills

3.

You aim to gain a more international perspective

4.

You are a critical thinker

5.

You like to put learning into practice

Course details

All about the course

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Teaching is delivered for six hours each week (at present, this is made up of three hours face to face teaching + three hours online lectures). In addition, you will attend lectures to support you as you prepare for your Industry Collaboration Project. During this time, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University of Salford’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

 

Semester one

International Business Law

This module will develop your understanding of how international trade and investment law influences a firm’s strategy and its international business operations, and the impact that the international legal environment has on wider societal interests such as the natural environment and human health. You will also acquire the skills needed to access, analyse and interpret legal and regulatory material in order to create strategic solutions for international expansion by a firm, taking into account the firm’s external and internal legal environments.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and workshops
  • The tutor introduces key concepts and your learning is consolidated by class discussion
  • Much of the learning is based upon case studies and comparative analysis of primary legal sources
  • Guided personal study is supported by associated reading lists, online tests and discussion boards

Assessments:

25%       Group presentation around a problem-based scenario where your group will offer legal advice
75%       Individual essay to test your learning of critical aspects of relevant academic literature and primary legal material

Human Resource Management and Development in a Global Context

On this module, you will consider how global organisations are designed and structured.  You will examine the changing nature of organisations in a global context, and discuss whether HR policy and practice is becoming truly global or whether national and cultural sensibilities prevent this. You will evaluate how different cultural norms and behaviours affect the organisational life and learn to apply theoretical ideas to help solve practical problems around organisational design and development.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Portfolio based on industry observation
50%        Exam

Semester two

International Strategic Management

In this era of globalisation it is essential for companies to understand the different international environments of the markets in which they may operate, and how these influence value-adding activities and decision-making. This module will develop your understanding of these different international environments in terms of the opportunities and threats that they may present to an organisation. You will also develop an understanding of the competitive and internal value-adding environments of an organisation and how these, combined with the international environments of markets, inform companies’ decisions with regards to international expansion.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars based on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Assessment workshops
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, videos, podcasts and relevant articles

Assessments:

50%      Individual written coursework on the macro-environment of international business
50%      Individual written coursework on international expansion strategy

International Business in Practice

This module will introduce you to the theory of cross-cultural interaction and different cultural identities; you will look at how these influence management practice in the areas of ethics, leadership, decision-making, communication and negotiation. You will gain an appreciation of different cultural attitudes towards ethics in international business operations and understand the ethical challenges faced by managers working in a multicultural environment. You are encouraged to experiment and develop personal initiative and responsibility to investigate and solve organisational problems and issues.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment on the influence of culture on international business practices
50%        Group presentation on applying insight to develop a culturally-intelligent solution to a management issue

Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose one)

Work Placement

This is a paid industry placement and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 6-month employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally. 

You will source your own placement; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  

As part of your placement, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work on an organisational issue, working with the client on a full-time basis. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your placement, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP work placement will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your placement.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection.   

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

Internship

This can be a paid or unpaid internship and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 3-month internship with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally. 

You will source your own internship; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  

As part of your internship, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue up to 20 hours per week. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your internship, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP internship will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your internship.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection.   

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

Applied Dissertation

A 3-month Applied Dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to examine an issue important to you and this should fit in with your programme of study.  This is an advanced-level applied research pathway that can be based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Applied Dissertation route provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of your course to a current organisational issue. You will implement and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is a very good option to choose if you are considering moving into academic research or PhD upon completion of your master’s programme.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your Applied Dissertation, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The Applied Dissertation will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection. 

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

Entrepreneurship

A 3-month entrepreneurship dissertation involves analysing business opportunities and writing a business plan including critical reflection on opportunities, challenges and strategies. This will lead you on to establish a new business or incorporate your entrepreneurial thinking into the management of existing organisations. You should demonstrate an understanding through the development of an enterprise idea in a specific sector or industry, together with evidence of critical and analytical evaluation. You may find the entrepreneurship dissertation both challenging and rewarding, as it is a practical module in an area which you should have an interest in.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout the entrepreneurship dissertation route.  They will assist you in developing your skills and reasoning to support entrepreneurial action while working on the development of your own innovative business idea.  In doing this, you will prepare a proposal, ethical considerations for your data collection and field work to support the development of your business plan. 

The Entrepreneurship route will be assessed in the form of an 8,500-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your entrepreneurial business idea.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection. 

Assessment: 8,500 word dissertation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

68%

Pass rates, 2020-21

75%

Merits

TEACHING

The teaching on all our postgraduate programmes is based on the following principles:

  • Developing the leader/manager of the future
  • Professional competence
  • Global thinking
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice.

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically a module will include a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lectures, dealing with a number of specific topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to help your understanding and to prepare for assessment. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

In addition, you will get an outline syllabus content and associated reading list at the start of the module which will be the basis for your self-directed study.

An important principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop you as a reflective practitioner able to understand your own motivations and abilities.

International student? Returning to study? Making the leap from undergraduate study? Whatever your circumstance, we will support you to move into postgraduate study. Find out more.

ASSESSMENT

There will be a range of assessment techniques used during your course giving you and your tutor the opportunity to assess your progress and learning. Each module will also normally include two assessments which will contribute to your final marks.

Types of assessment include: essays, assignments, exams, multiple-choice tests, online tests, group reports and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules. There is only one examination in the programme.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange.

This means that our teaching is highly practical and your learning is informed by our industry partners. Every postgraduate course includes a work placement or work experience project in the UK or internationally so you can put your learning into practice before you graduate. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

With multiple start points for our degrees, you can choose when to start your studies so that they fit with your life priorities. We want you to succeed in your studies and in your profession so we provide the support you need to achieve your aims.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Is Business a Science or an Art?

At Salford Business School, our postgraduate degree award is the Masters of Science (MSc) to reflect our approach to business knowledge. We believe that business decisions should be data-driven and evidence-based – even when the outputs are innovative and creative.

Where will I learn?

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Small group learning (tutorials, seminars and workshops) is held in dedicated spaces within Maxwell, Peel and Chapman buildings. Throughout our campus, there is a choice of individual study areas as well as communal learning and breakout spaces for group working.

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you get ready for postgraduate  learning and be successful in your studies and in your work. These include academic writing, research and digital skills.

A dedicated Business School Employability team will help you with work placements and work skills. You can access our professional, on-campus employability services at any time – even after you graduate. We can help you to create the perfect CV and LinkedIn page, as well as practice interview techniques and offer career advice.

Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.

Academic profile

Dr Adrian Monaghan

Adrian is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility and has been at Salford Business School since 2010. After completing his BA in French and MSc in Business, Adrian worked as a strategic buyer for a multinational firm before returning to university to study for a PhD. He has previously worked at UMIST, the University of Manchester and Brunel University and was also Manager of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Sustainable Technologies Programme.

Adrian teaches in the areas of international strategy, social innovation and cross-cultural issues in the context of creating shared value for business and society. His research and industry interests are diverse, ranging from the British funeral sector to smart bike-sharing in China to the sustainable development of Thailand’s rural economy. Adrian enjoys translating academic works for publication in English and is learning Mandarin Chinese and Thai in his spare time. 

Getting Here

University of Salford is easy to get to with Salford Crescent train station right in the centre of our main campus. Whether by bus, rail, bike, car or plane, Peel Park campus is easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. For international students, Manchester airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

You will gain a highly regarded formal qualification, as well as personal and organisational management skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Our graduates have gone on to become international recruitment consultants, while others are working in international marketing research and international data analysis. Many have also moved into the education sector, import/export agencies, or even supported the internationalisation of family businesses.

A taste of what you could become

A Data scientist

A Financial trader

A Marketing executive

A Public relations account executive

A Sales executive

And more...

Career Links

With strong links to industry, we teach the skills that employers need and, as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

You should have a strong interest in international management.

This course offers excellent scope for aspiring and existing managers who want to improve their career development opportunities and employability. If you want to progress into a senior position in the public, private or third sectors this course will offer you the chance to gain skills which are highly sought by employers across a wide variety of international organisations.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course

The MSc is the only route available for international students. Find out more about the dedicated support for international applicants.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15,300per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,358 per 30 credit module
Full-time home 2023/24 £8,550per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £15,750per year
Part-time 2023/24 £1,425 per 30 credit module

Fees for PgDip (4 x 30 credit modules) and PgCert (2 x 30 credit modules) are based on the fee shown above for part-time per 30 credit module.

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding, visas and general subsistence on trips and visits.  For more information please see our funding section.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

Still have some questions?  Contact us:

By email (UK applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2022

January 2023

June 2023

September 2023