International Business with Tourism MSc

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This programme aims to build your knowledge in the key areas of international business and tourism, helping prepare for global career opportunities

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

The tourism industry remains an essential and important part of the global economy. This degree will help enable our students to gain the practical knowledge, understanding and transferable skills that are essential in both well-established business organisations, and in the rapidly changing world of international business and the global tourism industry.

You’ll develop the necessary skills to identify strategies available to firms operating at an international level, and develop an understanding of the activities and operations of multinational enterprises. In addition to this, you will also study the tourism industry and have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge about the tourism business.

You’ll study a wide range of topics in international business and tourism industry, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Modules include International Tourism, Niché Tourism, International Economics and International Business Strategy.

Our innovative teaching methods include extensive case work, in addition to seminars, tutorials and lectures. We encourage students to be highly independent learners. Modules can be based on individual work or group work, and all teaching and assessment is grounded in real life situations or live projects. We incorporate guest speakers and the development of your professional management skills is also a priority.

The emphasis throughout the course will be upon the preparation for careers in business and tourism industry. An increasingly competitive employment market requires graduates with a flexible orientation and this degree will encourage such an approach.

Students are encouraged to develop their own critical abilities, which will allow them to understand the relevant theoretical material and concepts. They can then apply the acquired knowledge to the practical activities of International Business.

Dr Mahmoud Alajaty

Dr Mahmoud Alajaty, Course Leader for International Business

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in an area of business, management, marketing, accountancy or economics.

Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.

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Course Detail

International Economics

This module builds on your knowledge of the fundamentals of globalisation, international trade and financial crises. You will have the opportunity to explore global economic downturns and consider the causes and consequences of such events both in the developed and developing economies. 

International Business Environment

This module looks at of the international business environment and how various institutional contexts and factors such as political, economic and social factors have influenced, and continue to influence international business. This module is designed to develop/widen the knowledge and understanding of the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets.

International Business Strategy

This module looks at the strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), i.e. firms operating in an international context. It covers modes of foreign market entry, operations within MNEs and explores the implications of strategic decisions of MNEs for the structure of the organisation and for transfer of knowledge and control issues between the MNE’s headquarters and its subsidiaries.  

Cross Cultural Management

Competence in interacting with people of different cultures is an essential element of international business.  The purpose of this module is to develop your personal and professional skills through enhancing your knowledge and understanding of culture and ability to recognise how differences in cultural affect individual and business behaviours. The module draws upon cross-cultural and social psychology theory to develop an understanding and practice of cross cultural competence.  You are encouraged to develop an awareness of your own cultural frameworks, consider attitudes to cultural differences with others, develop a knowledge of different cultural practices and knowledge of the process of acquiring cross cultural skills.

Professional Skills

The module provides you with a theoretical framework for analysing your professional skills and reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses. This assessment will then form the baseline from which to develop a plan for your own professional development during their period of studies. You will need to demonstrate that you have developed new skills and competences over the duration of the module through a portfolio. 

International Tourism

The module involves an analysis of tourism and the structure of the tourist industry.  Tourist destination and tourist market will be reviewed and the tourism marketing issues will be investigated.  Impacts of tourism from economic, social, and environmental perspectives will be analysed in order to develop tourism products in the destination sustainably.

Niche Tourism

Niche Tourism may be defined as “a form of tourism which involves consumers whose holiday choice is inspired by specific motivations and whose level of satisfaction is determined by the experience they pursue” (Novelli, 2005). Niche Tourism can be considered as a tourism activity that do not involve large numbers of tourists within a staged setting (which is often referred to as “Mass Tourism”) and has grown in popularity over the years as the tourist has become more sophisticated and discerning. As a result, numerous travel providers have developed products tailored to the needs of people requiring something “different” from the mass tourist. This module will examine the phenomenon of niche tourism and explore different niche tourism products, services, suppliers, destinations and consumer behaviour.

Depending on your choice of route, you can choose Research Methods and Techniques (if taking the Research Route) or Consultancy Skills (if taking the Consultancy Route)

Research Methods and Techniques

This module is a designed to prepare you for your research. The module looks at how to choose your topic, how to research the current knowledge in your area of interest, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. The module is assessed through the completion of a literature review and proposal for your research paper or dissertation. You will be supported both by the module team and an individually assigned supervisor.

Consultancy Skills

This module prepares you for the Applied Consultancy Project. It introduces the theory underpinning the process of consultancy in organisations. The module will analyse various models of consultancy and you will explore different stages in the consultancy cycle including: the purpose of consultancy in business context, project scoping and contracting, information gathering, analysis and report, action planning, implementation, review and exiting. You will also critically examine your own consultancy skills.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of professional bodies that can help your professional development and offer additional insights to your industry and profession. Huddersfield Business School is an official HE Partner of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You'll have access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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