SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

International Business Studies

International Business Studies: Management Path

The international business module relates to major aspects of international business and management. It achieves this by concentrating on the core topics found as compulsory modules in most postgraduate business or management programmes. Emphasis is given to the way in which generic business concepts and functions of management are interrelated both within organisations and in the global business environment. It aims to develop competences in areas such as: globalisation, international trade, strategic management, global marketing, international finance and management information systems. The course balances theoretical approaches with the practical application of techniques appropriate to the international business context. Areas covered include:

  • International Business Environment
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Concepts of Organisational Structure
  • Management Information Systems
  • Financial Management and Planning

International Business Studies: Financial Management Path

The Financial Management path follows the same syllabus as the Management path for the first term, in order to provide students with an in-depth awareness of the international business context, before focussing on issues concerning finance and financial management. The course will present the necessary tools required to objectively approach and solve financial problems. The course develops the student's ability to synthesise and incorporate the presented tools as well as other academic and professional experiences into a standard yet flexible model for solving financial management problems. This course aims to cover the basic building blocks of financial management that are of primary concern to corporate managers, and all the considerations needed to make financial decisions both inside and outside firms. Through case studies, lectures, readings and exams, students learn the basic concepts and how to apply them in financial decision making. Areas covered include:

  • International Business Environment
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Sources of Finance
  • Evaluation of Financial Performance
  • Capital Structure
  • Risk, Return and Cost of Capital
  • Mergers and Acquisitions



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