The philosophy underlying this Masters in International Business is to focus on providing a rigorous business education for high calibre graduates to prepare them for lifelong careers in international business. It is intended that students will have already undertaken their academic formation in a variety of business disciplines and that this course will both broaden and deepen their intellectual capacity in the theme of international business. Each element of the programme is designed to act as a building block towards further academic development.
There are four elements to the programme.
The first semester, is classroom based and runs from September to the end of December. It introduces participants to a range of subjects in the area of International Business:
International Strategic Management
International Organisational Behaviour and HRM
International Operations Management and Information Systems
International Regulatory Environment
International Finance and Economics
The first half of the second semester is an eclectic range of multi-disciplinary seminars, delivered by a range of visiting academics and practitioners, as well as DIT's faculty members, each seminar dealing with a topic at the cutting edge of the discipline of International Business. This series is organised into four themes and runs from early January to late February. Usually it also assists students in finding a research topic for their dissertation.
A unique feature of this programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake a group-based consulting project in an international context for real-world clients. Teams are assigned to projects in February. Early in March they prepare a work plan in consultation with their client and undertake background research and analysis. In early April teams spend around 1 week on assignment in an international business school before returning to DIT to complete the project.
International Study Visit
A key feature of this course is the opportunity students have to make an international study visit. This week-long visit occurs in Semester, 2, and includes site visits to large and small international organisations, as well as lectures with an international academic partner. In recent years we have visited Germany and included trips to Mercedes, SAP and BASF.
The capstone of this programmer is the dissertation, which involves independent learning in the completion of a research task (submitted during early September), under the guidance of a supervisor.