This course has a January 2021 start date available. For more information please see the Flexible learning 2020/21 page.
The Royal Holloway International Management MSc is a rigorous - and rewarding - programme aimed at ambitious and self-motivated individuals at the outset of their professional working life. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree in general management with an international orientation and will prepare you to enter the globalised world of work on a competitive footing, maximising your potential and widening your choices.
On graduating you will have a comprehensive and integrated knowledge and understanding of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate. As part of this, you will have examined accounting and finance from a manager's point of view and evaluated the impact of internal and external factors on the kinds of human resource strategies drawn up by international organisations. The course will provide an understanding of how international marketing fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation.
As a member of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your full potential.
- Career management and employability skills to make competitive applications to multinational enterprises, non-governmental organisations or as a platform to pursue additional qualifications (such as in accounting or Marketing).
- Conversion course so therefore particularly relevant if you did not study management as part of your undergraduate degree or have less than two years full-time work experience. It is also applicable to graduates who are involved in family-owned and own businesses.
- Inspiring international community; approximately 60% of our Management students come from overseas, with over 130 countries represented across the University.
This year we will be running the following insightful modules which are all mandatory:
In this module you will develop an understanding of the issues a firm and its managers have to deal with. You will look at the strategic decisions a manager must make in order to survive and compete in the marketplace, and the resource allocation problems between and within firms, their consumers, and how to address them. You will assess how these 'big issues' are best addressed in the context of the economic characteristics of a firm, and consider the competitiveness of its environment.
In this module you will develop an understanding of key accounting and finance techniques and practices. You will look at the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making and will consider the properties of profit and the main techniques for measuring it. You will learn how to prepare basic financial statements and become familiar with different regional and national influences on financial reporting requirements and expectations.
In this module you will develop an understanding of how international strategy and entrepreneurship fit into the organisation and running of a commercial entity. You will look at the ways in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage through strategy and entrepreneurship, evaluating the processes that firms use to develop, renew and reconfigure these. You will also examine the theoretical frameworks of strategy and entrepreneurship in the real business world.
In this module you will critically analyse the relationships between personnel management, employee relations and human resource management. You will evaluate the impact of internal and external labour markets on the human resource strategies used by organisations, considering the impact of globalisation, culture and information. You will look at international recruitment and selection, and examine the importance of training and development in multinational corporations. You will also examine the role of international human resource management practice and the ethics of development and corporate social responsibility for labour relations.
In this module you will develop an understanding of how international marketing practice fits into the organisation and running of a global corporation. You will look at key marketing concepts within a global context, considering the standardisation and adaptation of strategies, cultural forces, and their influence on consumer behaviour. You will also examine common criticisms of marketing practice and typical marketer responses.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the strategic issues in information systems and the ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems. You will analyse the development of manufacturing and service operations management, considering the strategic implications of operational decisions. You will examine the activities of planning and control as a means of matching supply and demand, becoming familiar with the approaches to inventory management, including material requirements planning. You will also look at the principles and practice of just-in-time manufacturing and the role of quality management systems.
In this module you will develop an understanding of how ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) inform sustainability management issues in large, transnational organisations. You will look at issues such as consumption and sustainability, assessing the dichotomy of economic and environmental interests. You will also examine a range of ethical beliefs and expectations that underpin environmental and social sustainability.
In the module you will develop the skills necessary to undertake a piece of your own research. You will learn how to write a research proposal and review existing literature. You will look at methods of data collection and analysis, critically evaluating their suitability to your research question.
In this module you will write a report, around 8,000 words in length, on a contemporary management topic. You will critically apply the skills, techniques, and knowledge acquired throughout your studies, using a range of sources to produce a professional-standard report with clear, accurate, and concise findings.
In this module you will develop an understanding of effective business communication, including public speaking in English, giving feedback and communicating in teams. You will consider the actions and attitudes that comprise professional conduct in the business environment and will look at typical recruitment processes. You will be introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in management studies.
All modules are core
Teaching & assessment
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including written assignments, closed-book examinations, in-class tests, oral presentations, group work and independent research.
Degree must be in a non-management subject.
This course requires a UK 2:2 (Honours) or equivalent in a non-management subject and less than three years of work experience. The MSc International Management is designed as a conversion course. We assume that candidates did not read management as part of an undergraduate degree.
If you have read management as part of an undergraduate degree, you may want to consider one of our specialist courses courses in management or MSc International Management (Marketing) as these may be more suitable for you in order to progress your management education.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start. Find out what scores we require.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
On graduating with a MSc in International Management from Royal Holloway you will be in a position to take a variety of different career paths. You may choose to combine this qualification with your first degree studies to indicate a market sector or a functional specialism. Important skills are gained for those entering fields such as finance, accountancy and regulatory bodies; we also recognise the role of family and closely held business enterprises for some.
We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.
- Graduates have entered many different international management-related areas, including Senior Associate at Bank of China International, Reporter at Xinhua News Agency, Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Finance Officer at Ealing Borough Council and Relationship Manager Investments) at Barclays Bank.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £11,600
International students tuition fee per year**: £19,000
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions.
Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.