Program – Master in International Relations and International Business 2019-04-11T17:22:02+02:00


The purpose of this first week is to get to grips with using the online library, the peer assessment system, and learning to structure academic research papers. Students will also receive an orientation session on thesis writing, in order to prepare for the year ahead.

All continuing masters students will take this module to prepare for their final thesis and defence, which are both at the end of this final semester. The module also contains a session on communication skills- the giving and receiving of feedback in particular – to support and enhance the open peer-assessment on the masters programmes.

  • Communication Skills
  • Professional Development

Component courses: Geopolitics & International Relations theory, Macroeconomics

  • Demonstrate an understanding of context-specific specific macroeconomic policy and critically evaluate its effect on strategy formulation in an SME/MNC of your choice.
  • critically evaluate the interrelations between formal, practical and popular geopolitical ideas and practices
  • Summarise, assess, explain and critically evaluate different geopolitical theories and arguments within a discursive, Op.ed assignment

Component courses: EU strategy & structure, EU-US Relations

  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the theoretical approaches that explain European Union integration, including economic and political integration, future challenges, the impact of Brexit and the question of enlargement
  • Critically appraise the current state of EU-US relations within their historical context and demonstrate an understanding of the key factors which inform and shape this relationship.

Component courses: MENA, Latin America, India & China

  • Evaluate the way in which the MENA region has changed since the Arab Spring, and analyse the interplay of political, historical and cultural forces which gave rise to these events
  • Critically evaluate the Colombian Peace Process, The economic and political decline of Brazil, or Cuba after Castro with reasoned opinion as part of an Op.Ed text.
  • Analyse the changes undergone by China and India since WWII and evaluate their impact on each country’s presence on the current world stage as a global player.

Component courses: Negotiation skills, presentation skills, conflict resolution

  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of the critical success factors for effective verbal and nonverbal communication in the context of public speaking
  • Analyze and understand the key practical and theoretical concepts of managing and resolving conflicts
  • Analytically and theoretically understand the types of conflict management styles
  • Analyze and select negotiating strategies to favor your situation.
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan negotiations strategically and comprehensively

Component courses: Career Skills

  • Discover new job search strategies, tools and the hidden job market
  • Identify different networking tools and strategies to expand networking opportunities
  • Produce a targeted resume for specific positions and organizations
  • Demonstrate ability to identify and best market transferable skills
  • Produce a Linkedin Profile with effective accomplishment-based job and skill statements


Component courses: IHRM, Cross cultural management, production and operations

  • critically evaluate strategic human resource management (SHRM) frameworks and concepts
  • critically examine the main arguments of best fit Vs best practice approaches to strategic human management
  • consider the interplay between human resource management, corporate culture and the resource based view of the firm
  • Identify relevant metrics in strategic human resource management and how to put HR policies into action
  • evaluate and understand how HR strategies can affect business performance, by implementation to a theoretical model of your choice
  • discuss the main theories in cross-cultural management and analyse existing research around a specific case-based example
  • Apply theories of cross cultural management to both addressing a given challenge and to self reflection on the cultural influences on your own approach to teamwork, task and communication.
  • Demonstrate how global environmental, and strategic factors inform the design of operations in terms of broad categories of process design, and to explain how the broad categories of operational design response may be further articulated as detailed process and job designs.
  • Explain how operations function within large scale international operations networks and supply chains.
  • Explain the nature of operations capacity and capacity management; particularly the activity of coping with mismatches between demand and the ability to supply.

Component courses: Budgeting & Controlling, KPI’s for business, International Financial Statement Analysis

  • Produce an Operating Budget (Pro forma Income Statement) and a corresponding Cash flow Budget for the first year of a fictitious company.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all components of operational budgets by justifying each figure in the PFIS and contextualising key decisions with valid market research
  • Evaluate and define estimated but realistic income and costs based on the current market.
  • Understand the critical role of KPIs in monitoring and driving business performance
  • Identify, justify and apply meaningful and relevant KPIs to a business context and evaluate their relevance to overall business strategy
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Describe and apply the different techniques used when analyzing international financial statements.
  • Identify major issues in international management and control systems.

Component courses: Legal environment of international business, outsourcing, Imports & Exports

  • Understand the legal framework in which the International business operate and develop an understanding of the international legal environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and apply basic principles of law to various problems which business faces
  • Demonstrate an understanding of central legal concepts in the international business regulatory context
  • Explain the business benefits of outsourcing and the three primary outsourcing options
  • Describe the future trend of outsourcing, including multisourcing, and evaluate its impact on a global business of your choice.
  • Identify the strategies and cases of export import business
  • Explain the procedures and practices in export import case
  • Analyze procedures and strategies in export import business.

Component courses: Public Relations, Business Ethics

  • Evaluate the importance of Business ethics to the modern and sustainable business
  • Assess how ethical policies work in terms of rationalisation and psychological distance
  • Critically appraise how ethical codes can be implemented and actually enforced in an effective way
  • Analyse the strategic role of PR in an organisation and evaluate how it can be measured
  • With reference to two brands of your choice, assess the role of PR in the relationship between brand and consumer and identify critical success factors.

Total 45 ECTS + 15 ECTS for Final Thesis