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Timetable and Modules

Michaelmas Term
Hilary Term
Trinity Term

Economics for Global Markets

Cross Cultural Management


Brand Management

International Management in Context


International Finance


International Business Strategy


Electives (choose four)

  • Social Entrepreneurship (semester one)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (semester one)
  • Corporate Finance (semester one)
  • Digital Marketing (semester one)
  • Project Management (semester one)
  • Digital Business Models (semester two)
  • Enterprise Risk Management (semester two)
  • Advanced Statement Analysis (semester two)
  • International NGO’s (semester two)
  • Policy Issues in the International Economic System (semester two)
  • Applied Marketing Strategy (semester two)
  • Social Investment: The International Context (semester two)
  • Negotiation Theory (semester two)
  • Ethical Business (semester two)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (semester two)
  • Governance, International Tax and NMEs (semester two)

NB - Timetable and modules are subject to change.

Module Descriptions

Economics for Global Markets
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Apply economic approach to analysis in evaluating investment and production strategies and decisions made by markets participants in a specific market setting or under specific policy constraints, including in considering the effects of exogenous and endogenous shocks to the economy on consumers and producers.
  • Apply economic thinking to analysis of government policies relating to economics, and specific industries and markets.
  • Deploy economic analysis tools acquired during the course to explain and understand business cycle dynamics and evolution of growth, GDP and GNP, as well as other components of the National Accounts.
  • Describe and understand the role of individual preferences, production strategies and investment choices, as well as technology and R&D in defining market economies and market outcomes.
  • Be able to relate lessons learned from the key economic shocks of our times (the Global Financial Crisis, the Great Recession, the Eurozone crises and the Secular Stagnation) to analysis of the corporate strategies and decisions relating to production, investment and operations strategies.

Cross Cultural Management
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Comprehend and interpret the dimensions of societal culture as a basis for understanding national cultures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex linkages between national culture and communication, managerial practice and ethical behaviour.
  • Appreciate the limitations and challenges of the applicability of universal theories to the international context.
  • Critically appreciate the field of cross cultural management.
  • Demonstrate significant international and cross –cultural awareness.
  • Recognize, understand and critique competencies required for cross-cultural management
  • Compare and contrast dimensions of national culture to establish areas of cultural similarity, difference and distance.

Global Supply Chain Management
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key processes in a supply chain and how these are linked together by product, financial and information flows.
  • Understand and apply a range of models concerning these flows to specific business cases.
  • Analyse operational challenges in the context of a supply chain management orientation;.
  • Analyse the operational risk profile of different supply chain configurations.
  • Propose an international sourcing and inventory management approach to achieve a given strategic objective.
  • Satisfactory completion of this module will contribute to the development of the following key skills.
  • Ability to analyse global supply chain designs and discriminate between effective and ineffective designs.
  • Familiarity with optimisation techniques to improve supply chain designs.

Brand Management
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the role of brand in contemporary organizations, business systems and societies.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles of strategic brand management including implementation strategies.
  • Critically appraise the issues in managing a portfolio of brands and making strategic brand decisions.
  • Understand the characteristics of brand equity and brand value and different approaches to measuring them.
  • Use the vocabulary of branding.
  • Creatively extrapolate theoretical and strategic issues in branding to the real world of individual brands through the submission of a brand portfolio.

International Finance
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of the current international monetary systems and the role of the main international financial institutions. 
  • Analyse and evaluate alternative exchange rate management systems and central bank intervention policies.
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate the main parity relationships in international finance.
  • Understand the main international financial markets and the challenges faced by firms operating in an international environment.
  • Appreciate how international diversification works and how its benefits are changing over time.

Social Entrepreneurship
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to critically evaluate the relevant theory associated with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in both an international and Irish context. All while investigating key questions such as:

  • What are the big problems that you see in the world? What do you passionately believe needs to change?
  • How effective are social entrepreneurs in solving the effects or the roots of a problem?
  • How important is making a profit when you are a non-profit?
  • Is it ever right for a social entrepreneur to bend the rules, when it’s for the greater good?
  • As social enterprises become more commercial, and commercial enterprises awaken to their social responsibilities, are we seeing a blurring of the boundaries? In 10 years will ‘social entrepreneurship’ even be relevant?

Corporate Finance
On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Construct models of the main issues facing a corporate entity in its decisions on corporate finance.
  • Evaluate and calculate a company, division or unit cost of capita, including the underlying elements.
  • Evaluate and propose alternative capital structures and dividend policies for corporate entities.
  • Utilise the tools of investment appraisal to suggest a capital investment process.

International Business Strategy
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand and explore international business dynamics.
  • Assess the complex character of global business, barriers and opportunities.
  • Interpret global competitive and political forces.
  • Understand the different types of international or global business.
  • Recognize the critical success factors in internationalising a business.
  • Appreciate the different organisational forms applicable.
  • Develop appropriate market expansion strategies.
  • Assess internationalisation readiness.
  • Appraise market entry modes and channels.
  • Understand a “Born Global” strategy.
  • Develop related leadership capabilities in an international context.
  • Interpret international business cultures better.

Project Management
Having successfully completed this module, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the role of project management in the modern organisation.
  • Understand the project management process and project life-cycle.
  • Utilise the major methods and approaches to project management, and the specific techniques required to successfully deliver a project.
  • Appreciate the unique nature of international projects.
  • Make accurate use of the frameworks and models covered in the course, applying them to a wide range of situations.
  • Incorporate learning from other subject areas into the project management framework.
  • Demonstrate how project requirements vary across contexts and the implications for the project manager.

Negotiation Theory
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Recognise, define and describe different types of negotiation.
  • Identify and describe core negotiation elements and common negotiation tactics.
  • Analyse and evaluate negotiation processes and outcomes, and formulate and communicate actionable improvement approaches.
  • Identify intra-personal, inter-personal and contextual factors that can contribute and detract from effective negotiations.
  • Execute literature-based research into specific negotiation issues.
  • Comprehensively plan and prepare interpersonal and team-based negotiations.

Applied Marketing Strategy
Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the strategy/marketing planning process.
  • Develop a team plan of action.
  • Conduct a strategic analysis of product and market data.
  • Interpret market/product analysis and propose actions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of team activities and recommend adjustments.
  • Construct a strategic marketing plan across multiple cycles.

Global Talent Management
Having followed the course students will be able to:

  • Analyze strategies for managing talent in a global context and evaluate the forces shaping these strategies and the implementation challenges presented by these strategies.
  • Critically appraise the role of the HR function and HR practices and the evidence as to whether HR practices are converging to a common set of practices or diverging based on national, cultural and institutional factors.
  • Evaluate the key HR strategies, structures and processes in multinational organizations/ INGO’s and their subsidiaries.
  • Analyze cultural patterns in home/ country-of-origin versus host/ country –of -location in making
  • decisions regarding staffing, performance management, compensation, and the role of HR.
  • Explain patterns in global talent management by comparing global talent management in different country contexts.

A piece of primary research is the capstone of your MSc experience. Students in recent years have undertaken diverse specialist projects; from cinema and marketing management, fashion and supply chain, and engineering and strategy.  Importantly, you are assigned an experienced member or faculty who will personally mentor you and help you tailor and complete your research. This project allows you to showcase what you have learnt in management throughout the year and leverage the project to assist you to the next stage of your career.  The goal is to reflect on the career that you want to have, and then to craft a piece of research that interests you.