The course takes 30 months to complete and is delivered electronically so there is no attendance required. The virtual environment allows more freedom to choose when and where to study, but also demands a high level of commitment from the participant. Learning tools include self-paced learning materials, electronic lectures, group discussions, a virtual ‘coffee room’ for socialising, online examinations and a virtual ‘facilitator’ room, where students can meet with a personal tutor and discuss their progress.
Usually a first degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years’ professional work experience are required. Non-graduates with at least six years’ professional work experience will be considered.
Participants need to complete seven core modules, plus two electives from a choice of eight. The core modules include an HR management module, as well as corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, financial management, marketing, research and statistics for management, and a dissertation. Elective modules include e-commerce, export strategy, financial strategy, international business management, project management, relationship marketing, total quality management, and transforming organisations through information services.
The course has been designed to develop participants’ analytical abilities to assist them in business problem solving in an international environment. The beauty of offering the course in a virtual environment is that study does not need to be disrupted by travel or work commitments.