MSc International Business with Placement Year

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

MSc International Business is an innovative flagship programme with flexible entry points and pathways. The programme is designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally, and help develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders.

The programme offers 3 award routes that you can choose to study:

  1. One-year full-time MSc International Business (September & January entry)
  2. Two-year MSc International Business (Sandwich) (September entry only) 
  3. Two-year MSc International Business with Advanced Research (September entry only)

The two-year MSc International Business (Sandwich) programme offers you the opportunity to work on a placement as part of your degree as well as your academic studies.

The ‘sandwich’ degree is also known as ‘placement’ degree, and refers to a placement /internship ‘sandwiched’ between your first year’s study and your second year’s research project.

As a student on the 2-year sandwich programme, you will have the opportunity to work on a full-time placement (normally 40 weeks) and gain experience in your chosen career sector.

This follows your first year’s study when you will have the opportunity to explore international business in a number of areas, including economics, finance, strategy, marketing, management, human resource, and supply chain management. There will also be the opportunity to conduct an independent major research project in your area of interest.

Throughout the programme, you will gain a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world. These include communication, numeracy, team-working, cross-cultural awareness, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions.

You will also build a strong network with your peers and colleagues at workplace – some will become your close friends, and a few may even become your future business partners.

In short, the placement is an excellent way to apply the knowledge and skills you learn on your programme as well as increase your employment prospects following graduation.

There are no required fees for the sandwich route. Instead you are expected to be paid by your placement/internship employer.

Why choose this course?

Research shows that over 70% of employers prefer students with work experience. The two-year ‘sandwich’ programme is an excellent choice for you to enhance your qualification and experience by spending two semesters on an internship. It also offers you the opportunity to:

  • Strive for sound academic performance, while proactively exploring career possibilities and making valuable contacts alongside your studies
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to manage complex business challenges at your workplace and in a real business world setting
  • Gain valuable experience and place yourself at a favourable position to pursue your chosen career path upon graduation
  • Obtain a two-year study visa and enjoy a wider experience of study and work in the UK (for international students)

What will I study?

In the first two semesters, you will study 8 subjects led by experts in the field which include economics, finance, strategy, marketing, human resource and supply chain management. You will be taught through a varied programme of teaching and learning that includes small group discussions, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and lectures. Sessions will be delivered by subject specialists as well as practitioners and consultants to provide a diverse perspective on the topics covered.

You will be assessed individually or in teams through a variety of assessment methods including written reports of various lengths, presentations, in-class tests and practical assignments. You will also be required to complete a longer research project for the research component of your programme.

In addition to this, you will also be enrolled onto the module ‘Preparation for the Workplace’ and be expected to attend the workshops and pass the associated assignments which are designed to prepare you for securing your placement.

Once you have secured a work placement/ internship you will normally work for 40 weeks from the beginning of the third semester through to the end of the second semester of the next academic year.

While you are on placement, you will be visited by a member of the employability team and you will also be required to complete the placement related assessment as specified in ‘Professional Work Placement’ module. This will enable you to graduate the award title MSc International Business (Sandwich).

You will be expected to return to your academic studies in the last semester of your second year (Semester C) in order to complete your independent major research project, the research component of your programme, supported by a supervisor.

Careers

Every aspect of this Master’s is designed to give you an international experience. You’ll benefit from our academic team’s international expertise and connections, as well as the School’s excellent global business links. You’ll also study alongside postgraduate students from all over the world, gaining direct experience of other cultures and creating a worldwide network of friends and contacts.

The University of Hertfordshire also regularly hosts visiting professors from international universities and speakers from leading companies, who each bring their own perspectives on the challenges facing the business world today.

What job can I get?

Our MSc International Business graduates find jobs all over the globe. They gain employment in multinational corporations, SMEs, non-profitable organisations, family businesses and as entrepreneurs. They work in a variety of sectors such as marketing, HR, operations and supply chain, finance, and in diverse industries, including fashion, education, hospitality, pharmaceutical and engineering.

Most importantly, through this programme, you will have developed your skills, understanding and confidence. You will graduate as a more mature professional, better able to see opportunities, more sensitive to cultural differences, more resilient to cope with stress and change, and capable of operating in a fast-moving global environment.

The moment I reached the University’s campus, I realised that I made the right decision. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and ready to guide with all queries. The Module Leaders, tutors and The Programme Leaders are excellent with lecture delivery, methodology of teaching and excellent life-time mentors who are always ready to help and guide with every step-in life that we may find questionable or confusing.

A. Gogoi

MSc International Business with Placement Year graduate

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