Gaining a balanced, cutting-edge global experience
The Asian Pacific Fieldwork experience, totaling 85 credits, is delivered over a period of 14 weeks. Graduates begin study with preparatory classes in London or New York, prior to their fieldwork experience in Bangkok. Fieldwork and research are augmented by seminars and discussion classes conducted by St Mary's faculty.
The final courses of the MBA program build on the understanding of business theory and technique that graduates have already aquired, and expand this understanding by focusing on current trends and challenges in the Asian markets.
- International Business in the Asia Pacific Region
(mandatory course for the MBA Field Research in Bangkok)
This course will involve a short one week group research project. The project will be related to International business topics in Asia, with particular emphasis on Culture and Management. This project will give students an opportunity to undertake a small mixed methods primary research assignment, develop a hypothesis, and analyse the data using content analysis and SPSS.
- Research Methods Tutorial
Four tutorials will be held over the period of the research project to advise on each stage of the research process. This will include a full day workshop on SPSS.
Any two (2) from the following list required:
- International Finance
This module provides both a theoretical and a practical understanding of corporate finance theories and a practical awareness of how these theories are applied to the business world. It further provides comprehensive knowledge of how businesses and corporations utilise financial resources and financial markets across the globe, including an evaluation of macro- and micro-economic influences in order to achieve the goal of maximum organisational value. The module also seeks to evaluate the theories and practices of financial risk management.
- Global Marketing
This module provides students with a high-level understanding of the principles and practices of marketing in global markets. The importance of ethical, legal, cultural and political norms are reviewed with a particular emphasis on North American, European, and Asian markets.
- Change Management
This module develops a critical appreciation of the complex factors contributing to organisational change. It takes both a practical and theoretical approach to the issue of organisational change. It promotes evaluation of the implications of change, particularly in relation to individuals, groups, organisations and society, and provides students with the necessary analytical tools to define, plan and manage change situations.
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
The aim of this module is to critically examine the nature of operations management from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. Students are equipped with a detailed understanding of both operating strategies and the use of process technology. The module emphasises the application of supply chain management techniques within the context of outsourcing relationships and diverse trend networks.
- Fieldwork Research & Dissertation
The Dissertation is a core requirement of the MBA and provides an opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired throughout the programme. It can provide the opportunity to identify and analyse management/business problems and identify the limitations and merit of possible solutions. While you will build from the earlier courses, it is useful to remember that the dissertation differs considerably from the core and elective courses in the program.
The dissertation requires you to produce an individual and original piece of research with the following objectives:
- Ability to conceive a research investigation within an international organisation or relating to a problem faced by an international organisation.
- Integration of interrelated concepts, techniques and skills acquired throughout the course of the program.
- Acquisition of research materials and analysis of relevant theoretical perspectives which have a direct bearing on the project topic.
- Development and application of analytical and communication skills.
- Demonstration of professional and academic competencies commensurate with the academic award.
Please see Fieldwork Research Project for more information regarding the final stage of the Masters program.