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Programme Specification

MSc Management and Work in a Global Context

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough University in London
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc
Programme title Management and Work in a Global Context
Programme code LLPT35/LLPT36
Length of programme Full time: 1 year; Part-time: typically 2 years but up to 4 years
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:15:08 BST

1. Programme Aims

This course aims to: 

  1. Provide a broad, analytical and integrative study of management and work, focusing on the role of the global business context – in shaping work organization and human resource management
  2. Provide students with the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business, comparative political economy, human resource management and the sociology of work to complex issues in the field of international management
  3. Prepare graduates for a career in a wide range of management situations including those requiring knowledge of the global business context and cross-national competence by developing relevant knowledge and skills
  4. Provide students with the skills of advanced networking and team working in order to compete in a rapidly changing international business environment

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The QAA benchmark statement for Master’s awards in business and management - The    Framework for Higher Education.


3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and systematic understanding of… 

K1:       aspects of, and inter-relationships among, organisations, their management and the environments within which they operate. 

K2:       wider societal and environmental implications of doing business in a global economy. 

K3:       key elements of the philosophy and methodologies underlying  a social science approach to the study of international management, emphasising their strengths and limitations. 

K4:       the main subject areas of management and work in a global context: comparative management, international human resource management, comparative political economy, comparative employment relations, and sociology of work. 

K5:       other specialist areas taken as options, which may include: global strategy, IHRM and sustainability, and diversity management in global organisations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

C1:      identify and critically evaluate knowledge about management and work in a global context 

C2:      apply ideas and knowledge about international human resource management to a range of complex situations

C3:      detect false logic or reasoning and identify implicit values to do with comparative management, international human resource management, comparative political economy and the sociology of work

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

P1:     identify and solve problems regarding management and work using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative skills 

P2:     present arguments orally regarding management and work 

P3:     communicate arguments and thoughts in various written form regarding management and work

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1:     select and use appropriate investigative and research skills.

T2:     critically evaluate a range of academic and industry sources and effectively summarise these in a range of written formats. 

T3:     work flexibly and creatively in a team whilst recognising the contribution of one’s self and others with a range of diverse skills through self-reflection. 

T4:     communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.

4. Programme structure

In semester one, students will take 60 core credits (four core modules). 

In semester two, students will take 60 core credits (four core modules)

In semester two, students will also take the 60 credit dissertation module. 



Modular Weight




Collaborative Project





Management in a Diverse World





International Business and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies





Sociology of Work





International HRM





Comparative Political Economy





International and Comparative Employment Relations: Sports Industry Focus





Diversity in Global Organisations









Part-time students can choose any number of modules in each semester that fits their preferred duration of studies (minimum of 2 years, maximum of 4 years). However, part-time students should discuss their choice with the student support officer and programme director in order to make sure the order of modules takes into account prerequisites and changes in the course offering from one year to the other. The dissertation module can only be taken in the last semester of study.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress and be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI. 

All modules available in the Special Assessment Period (SAP) unless specified in the Module Specification.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Not Applicable.

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