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International Business Management with Marketing (with internship) MSc

Overview

Systematic study

Our course provides a systematic, in-depth study of international business. You'll learn to critically evaluate and appraise existing theories and ideas  in the world of international business. What's more, you'll build an understanding of how different cultural attitudes and beliefs shape business in different regions of the world.

We'll help you to become a more effective decision-taker, with the know-how to engage in independent, original thought for practical application in the business.

Our internship opportunity will provide you with the chance to put theory into practice, applying your personalised business approach in a setting of your choosing.

Why International Business Management at LSBU?

No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian 2019).

Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
No.3 London Modern University for graduate prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Table 2018).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
19 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

  • International management
    This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to management in international firms. We'll analyse the strategies, policies and decision making of international firms in the context of the changing international business environment. We'll cover: management practices in important economic regions in the world; the international strategic environment and competition  in global industries; alternative foreign market entry and development methods and the multinational enterprise; human resources (international transfers and expatriation, management development, cross-cultural issues) competency and corporate performance; strategy formulation and evaluation; competitive advantage and sustainability; international business strategy; strategy implementation; international acquisitions and mergers; international collaboration, the delta model and value networked organisations; international organisational structure; strategy implementation: culture and strategic change; and, globalisation and anti-globalisation.
  • International marketing
    In this module you’ll understand international marketing concepts and developing international marketing skills is essential for the success of organisations operating in increasingly global, challenging and changing markets. The module provides an overview of international marketing issues, integrating theory and practice across a wide range of international business contexts. We’ll cover three key elements; part 1, is dedicated to appreciating environmental differences, especially cultural ones when conducting international market research to assess and identify foreign target markets; part 2, is the review of international market expansion strategies  in terms of resources allocation and international involvement and a  detailed analysis of foreign market entry strategies; and part 3, covers global product policies; global pricing, international distribution channels and global communications.
  • International Finance and Decision Making The unit seeks to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to evaluate the impact of business decisions on different constituencies of stakeholder as well as being able to participate in decisions and processes concerning the maximisation of value in investment, finance and risk management, and understand the implications of taxation in financial decision making.
  • Strategic international human resource management
    In this module we'll investigate and analyse current practice and developments in Strategic Personnel and Development with full regard to International context. We'll focus clearly on the importance of Strategic HRM as being a key to the success and competitive edge of today’s organisations.  This module provides an understanding of international business practices, problems and strategies with specific reference to human resource management issues. The practical simulation activities you'll be involved in provide many hands-on learning opportunities that can help prepare you the workplace.
  • Integrated marketing communications
    This module addresses the emergence of integrated international marketing communications as a result of growing competition and the significant shift in marketing philosophy from transaction to relationship marketing to consumer engagement and interaction.  A clear understanding of the restraints and opportunities that arise as a result of globalisation is necessary to develop and deliver successful marketing communications. You'll develop your knowledge in specific areas which influence the communications process such as socio-cultural, economic, language, legal and regulatory differences.  Critical application of emerging theories is vital if you wish to succeed in this rapidly changing discipline.  This module will provide you with the techniques, models and tools that companies use to develop, deliver and evaluate appropriate and creative campaigns which communicate with their many and varied audiences.
  • International brand management
    The Brand is often the most valuable asset an organisation has and incorporates all that is tangible and intangible within firms. This module explores how the brand is created and formed, how it is managed for longevity and sustainability and how it provides resources and profits for companies. We'll review the international aspects of brand management, in terms of controlling and monitoring, as well as cross cultural acceptance from the consumer/customer body. We'll examine a broad range of theory taken from product management, service management and brand strategy.
  • Internship
    This module allows you to gain valuable work experience while studying for a masters degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with you. However, you'll be amply supported by both the work placement team and by the University’s Employability Module both during the search process and when you are actually working.  The internship will allow you to reflect on how  principles of your discipline can be applied in the workplace, so enhancing your appreciation of the multi-functional requirements of business in the real world.
  • Dissertation
    This module requires the completion of a circa 20,000 (not including appendices and bibliography or references) Master’s level dissertation in an area of international business. It requires that, and provides an opportunity for you to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations.

    Employability

    Employment prospects are excellent. In addition to senior management roles, successful students can build a career in a variety of settings in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect, our emphasis on personal development allows graduates to become desirable to a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.

    Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    Placements

    Staff

    Haider Bilal

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Lecturer & Multimedia Developer

    Haider has development experience in generating and manipulating graphics, animations, audio, video and text to create integrated multimedia programs. His research is in the area of Software Maintenance and Measurement, specifically Change Impact Analysis (CIA).


    Dr Lakhdar Boukersi

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Sessional Lecturer

    Dr Lakhdar Boukersi was awarded a PhD in International Marketing, and his research interests include the application of Marketing Management in LDC's, impact of international trade fairs on export development, trade fairs and exhibitions as a communication tool.


    Dr Gurjeet Dhesi

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Senior Lecturer

    Gurjeet's current research interests lie in the fields of Quantitative Finance, Financial Econometrics and Applied Mathematical Modelling.


    Mel Godfrey

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Head of Business Partnerships and Employment Outcomes; Course Director, MSc Marketing

    Mel helped to launch the first public email systems available in the UK and has also undertaken consultancy work with both large firms and small organisations covering all aspects of marketing.


    Dr John Opute, PhD

    School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
    Job title: Senior Lecturer, Human Resources Management

    An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.


    Prof. Jon Warwick, PhD

    School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
    Job title: Emeritus Professor

    A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.


    Facilities

    Teaching and learning

    Theory and overviews will be presented in a series of formal lectures. These will be supported by a programme of seminar through the use of videos, group work and exercises. Case studies have an important role to play within the overall teaching strategy. They are selected to achieve wide sectional coverage of international industry and services including traditional, mature and technically advanced sectors e.g. international retailing, airlines, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, automobiles, and computers.

    Self-managed learning

    Students are expected to spend an average of eight hours per week in self-managed learning to support the unit. Such learning includes case study preparation; all students are expected to have undertaken a preliminary reading of the case study before it's discussed in class. Self-managed learning also includes week-by-week reading in one of the core strategy set texts, assignment preparation and writing, as well as examination revision.

    Entry requirements

    Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2:2 in any subject.

    How to apply

    International students

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    Mode
    Full-time
    Duration
    19 months
    Start date
    January; September
    Application code
    P052740
    Application method
    See below

    If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

    Accommodation

    Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

    Finance

    It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

    Postgraduate Application Service

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    Fees and funding

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    Full-time
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £9640International fee: £14065
    AOS/LSBU code: 4871Session code: 1FS01
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £9640International fee: £14065
    AOS/LSBU code: 4871Session code: 1FS00

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

    Possible fee changes

    The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

    The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

    Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

    If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

    Scholarships

    We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

    Fee status

    Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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    Prepare to start

    We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

    Welcome Week

    Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

     
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