University of Portsmouth - MA Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience)

University of Portsmouth

MA Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience)

Are you looking to build real business work experience, and improve your leadership and cross-cultural communication skills, while also earning a Master's degree?

This two year MA Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) degree course will help you achieve all three.

You'll spend your first year at university, developing your business communication and leadership skills with international markets in mind, including how to negotiate and positively influence people. You'll sharpen your verbal and written communication style and multi-cultural interpersonal skills – crucial for becoming an effective international communicator.

During your second year, you'll put your learning into action on a 12-month work placement in business or taking part in a professional experience programme tailored to your chosen career.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on managerial positions in multinational or international companies in fields such as corporate communication, marketing, public relations, social enterprise, management consultancy, human resource management, banking, logistics and distribution.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.

Career Prospects

This Master's degree equips students with a globally recognized postgraduate qualification, excellent communication skills, and a year of practical experience in the business world. With a global mindset, graduates can address challenges in reputation management, ethical business practices, and sustainability. Alternatively, they can continue their studies at a PhD level or start their own business with support from the University. Start-up support is available to students interested in starting their own business, including the student enterprise team and Entrepreneurs in Residence. Graduates can work in various areas, including corporate communication, marketing, public relations, social enterprise, management consultancy, human resources, banking, logistics, and distribution. Graduates can work towards roles such as senior leader of corporate marketing, public relations specialist, sales director, management consultant, HR manager, director of public engagement, and global sustainability manager. The Careers and Employability Centre offers expert career support for five years after graduation, including networking events, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation and practice, workshops to enhance employability skills, and recruitment events.

Course Details

The Master's degree program at Portsmouth University aims to provide a comprehensive and specialized education for international students. The program consists of two years, one year at the university and one year gaining professional experience. In the first year, students will engage in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, and workshops for around 12 hours a week. The rest of the time will be dedicated to independent study, such as research, reading, coursework, and project work. The second year involves gaining professional experience, with working hours varying depending on the employer and role. During the 12 months of the professional experience module, students will likely work 35-40 hours a week, including 7 hours of seminars/tutorials and work on their assessment. The Master's study is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to focus on a specific area of interest and work closely with academics committed to the subject. Teaching methods include seminars, workshops, one-to-one and group tutorials, and academic skills development workshops. Teaching staff includes experienced experts in international business, international management, intercultural communication, professional communication, academic and language skills development, and research methods. Assessment will involve exams, case study analysis, oral presentations, report writing, written assessments, role plays/simulation, and dissertations. Students can test their skills and knowledge informally before undergoing assessments that count towards their final mark. Feedback on practice and formal assessments is available to help students improve in the future.

Course Modules

Communication in Professional Contexts - 30 credits
Dissertation / Major Project - 60 credits
Intercultural Communication in Business - 30 credits
International Leadership and Managing Diversity - 30 credits
Strategies for Sustainability Leadership - 30 credits

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