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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Risk, Governance and International Management

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 Risk, Governance and International Management
Programme code LLPT37/LLPT38
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, 04 Feb 2021 16:32:38 GMT

1. Programme Aims

This course aims to: 

  1.  develop in-depth knowledge and skills of key issues facing multinational companies, namely operating in different political and governance contexts and assessing and mitigating various types of risks that emerge from those contexts
  2. provide students with the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues in the area of the company’s diverse regulatory, governance, political, and natural environments
  3. prepare graduates for a valued career in a wide range of management situations including those requiring business awareness and an understanding of diverse political and environmental risks
  4. provide students with the skills of advanced networking and team working in order to compete in a diverse and 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 and systematic understanding of… 

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

K2:       societal and environmental risks related to 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 international management and governance namely: comparative management, international business, international governance, and political risk. 

K5:      other specialist subject areas taken as options, which may include: corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility, international economic governance, global politics, political risk assessment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1:      identify, analyse, synthesise, critically evaluate, and generalize knowledge about international management, governance, and the assessment and mitigation of contextual risks. 

C2:      apply and integrate ideas and knowledge gained from different subject areas of management to address contextual risks. 

C3:      detect false logic or reasoning and identify implicit values to do with international management, governance, and contextual risks.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1:      effectively identify, formulate and solve complex problems, and make decisions, in the general context of international management, governance, and contextual risks, using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative skills. 

P2:       present effective arguments and thoughts orally in the context of international management, governance, and contextual risks. 

P3:      communicate effective arguments and thoughts about risk assessment and management and governance in various written forms (essays, reports, etc.).

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1:       select appropriate investigative and research skills and designs.

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 one’s own contribution and that of others with a range of diverse skills through self-reflection. 

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

T5:       apply independent research methods and ethical consideration in undertaking such research.

4. Programme structure

Semester One

Compulsory Modules (60 credits)



Modular Weight


Comparative Management



Principles of International Management



International Business and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies



Managing Sustainability


 Semester Two

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)



Modular Weight


Collaborative Project



Corporate Risk Management


Optional Modules (students should select 30 credits)



Modular Weight


Corporate Governance, the State and Development



Corporate Social Responsibility



Global Economic Governance



Inside the Profession: Diplomacy, Negotiation, and Lobbying



Institutional Foundations of Capitalism and Entrepreneurship


Semester Three

Compulsory Module (60 credits)



Modular Weight




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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