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Master of Business Administration (International Management) MBA

Overview

The MBA (IM) is aimed at ambitious, knowledge hungry students from a wide range of entrepreneurial, business and public sector backgrounds looking to develop their careers, whether as entrepreneurs or business managers and leaders The development of a global network will be a key part of the experience.

MBA Student

7 reasons to take your MBA here

Flexible delivery modes: The programme is designed around flexible modes of delivery, with minimum interruption to work patterns: Full time – weekly delivery, completed within 12 months OR 
Part Time – weekly delivery, completed within 24 months
Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.
Two residential weekends: intensive learning, life coaching, networking and skills development weekends - where you can learn from (and with) your fellow MBA participants.
Live case-study learning: consolidate and apply your learning to real business situations and propose clear, evidence-based solutions to contemporary business problems.
Personal growth: develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem solving and critical thinking.
CMI professional accreditation: under negotiation.
Consultancy practice and start-up advice: you'll be able to gain hands-on consultancy experience through the Business Solutions Centre, offering advice to SMEs, as well as accessing business start-up advice for your own entrepreneurial ventures.

An MBA (International Management) develops...

    • An understanding of the latest developments in managerial theories and practice in order to develop analytical judgement and critical awareness.
    • An in depth knowledge of the principles of strategic thinking in an international business context by building upon the practical experience of the course participants.
    • The course member’s diverse personal experiences as vehicles for learning, including peer group learning and for personal development of a range of managerial abilities, including team working and effective management skills.
    • Skills for change, decision making, adaptation, enterprise and sustainability in a dynamic and complex international business environment. To combine knowledge with a student-centred learning process to develop skills, attitudes and abilities relevant to the student’s future employment. In particular it is designed to equip students with the ability to manage change, both in their individual career and at organisational level.
    • Cultural intelligence in an increasingly multicultural globalised business environment
    • The capacity for professional development and competencies in relation to management across knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills and behavioural/professional skills.
    • Knowledge of a variety of business analysis techniques, including the ability to select and use critically appropriate analytical tools in different business situations.
    • A critical understanding of the factors determining organisational performance in an international environment.

    An MBA (International Management) develops...

    • You will know and understand business stakeholders, resources and financing; maximising efficiencies to add value to an organisation and society;
    • You will be able to critically analyse, assess and take informed decisions within the constraints of complex global business environments;
    • You will integrate functional knowledge and apply strategic management skills to successfully manage, negotiate, lead and manage teams through the constantly changing international environment to achieve organisational goals;
    • You will operate ethically, effectively acting with integrity in cross-cultural settings and, understanding the nature of globalisation and
    • You will understand how they can enhance their career and have a commitment to lifelong learning

Accreditations

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

Stories

Modules

  • Creativity Enterprise and Innovation The module focuses on the rapidly changing world around us, it is imperative that students are able to think creatively, problem solve and create advantage for themselves (be entrepreneurial) and for the businesses they may work for (be intrapreneurial). The module encourages students to question what they see and experience around them with an aim to enhance their creativity and to discover new and improved ways of doing things.
  • Curiosity, Creativity and Research This module introduces students to the research process, the mindset of the researcher and in particular to the idea of creativity in research and what it means to be a ‘creative researcher’.  In this module, students will identify potential topics for their practice-based dissertation and explore these with the aid of creative thinking techniques.   In this way their research ideas can be refined and expressed in terms of clear research questions and objectives making use of the relevant literature and theoretical concepts.
  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment This module challenges concepts of strategy, its scope, purpose and outcomes and provides a practical outline of a number of different approaches to strategic management.  The module also highlights the international scope of strategic management, the globalisation of technologies and markets, the role of Big Data in decision making and looks at the role of strategic alliances and international collaborations in establishing and nurturing competence for the achievement of strategic advantage.
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value The module introduces the principles of marketing strategy and explores their application. Students manage the marketing process throughout the module by taking part in a live, competitive business case, creating profit by delivering customer value.
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance   The module adopts the perspective of a critical user of corporate financial reports and focuses on the key drivers of financial performance metrics. It develops students’ understanding and knowledge of the analytical tools that are used to assess the financial performance of firms. The module also exposes students to some of the key concepts of business finance and introduces students to the methods/tools used to assess the risks and viability of value enhancing contracts and projects.
  • Research in Action The module focuses on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research within relevant disciplines from the business environment.  In doing so it attempts to develop the skills and knowledge required to complete Master’s level research where the emphasis of the research is in improving  aspects of business process and business practice. Thus the module is practically oriented towards the completion of a research proposal that will form the basis of the final practice-based project module.
  • Global Operations and Logistics The development of strategic priorities to deliver business in a global environment and the efficient management of resources and operations to support strategies is vital as firm’s endeavour to remain competitive. This module explores the relationship between business functions, logistics, and supply chain management and will enable students to identify the causes of operation and logistics problems and propose relevant solutions, minimising exposure to risk.
  • Management Consultancy in a Global Environment This module is designed to develop professional consultancy skills by studying organisational structure and culture, situational analysis and diagnosis, communication strategies for consulting and group dynamics. Focusing on the development of business research; client handling and project management skills, completion of this module will  enable students to prepare  a succinct, clear, evidence based, persuasive consultancy led project plan , aligned to the strategic vision of an organisation and  which they are able to effectively pitch to a client.
  • Developing Enterprising Leaders in a Global World The module aims to develop students’ awareness of strategic aspects of planning, recruiting, selecting, motivating, retaining, and managing individual and team performance within a global context. Emphasis is placed on managing virtual and inter-cultural teams. A key component of this module is that it assumes that the learners will become future leaders in organisations and in this sense seeks to develop their enterprising skills, such as initiative, resourcefulness, communication, negotiation, and an ability to select, develop and manage teams in a constantly changing world.
  • Capstone Business Project This capstone, independent research project draws upon the students’ skills and knowledge gained thus far enabling application of learning to a scenario resulting in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact. This student driven project must address a current issue or opportunity in an organisational or industrial context.  Projects can relate to a student’s current role or internship or students can use this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of different sectors or organisations thus make connections utilising the project as a vehicle to impress future employers creating a possible stepping stone to their next job. Alternatively they may wish to investigate possible entrepreneurial opportunities. The module further develops students as business research experts via the completion of a comprehensive business report. The report must develop an academically cohesive argument, demonstrating as appropriate the formulation and testing of research questions or hypotheses, critical review of the extant literature, justification for the research approach and methods deployed, focused research making use of relevant primary and secondary sources, documentation and presentation of results, and recommendations for action from the primary and secondary research. In addition to a clear introduction and conclusion, an executive summary will take the place of an abstract.
  • Managing Virtual Work (OPTION)  The module enables course participants to understand the specifics of managing different aspects of virtual work, such as distributed teams, remote employees, remote clients or collaboration partners, and organisations that are entirely virtual. One of the important aspects is the switches between off-site and on-site work that most people do in today’s work environments and its implications for perception and behaviour for both employees and management.
  • Everyday Sustainability for Business (OPTION) This module offers an alternative approach to everyday sustainability by making it pay for more than itself in everyday practice. It requires no knowledge of rocket science or a deep enthusiasm for “green” thinking. All it requires is a desire to succeed – both as an individual and as an organisation. The sessions will take the student through auditing the current state, resolving problems, developing a workable strategy and its implementation. Supplementary content includes communications and marketing, rewards and world-class analysis techniques.

    The MBA is completed by the choice of an Option Module (listed above) from a choice of two:

    Managing Virtual Work

    Everyday Sustainability for Business

Employability

Employability and careers advice is embedded throughout the modules via guest speaker and alumni input and also through peer to peer support.

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across 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).


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 Charles Graham, PhD

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

An expert in long-term brand loyalty, Charles has 15+years' industry experience (marketing director and managing director levels) working on innovation, brand management, franchising and copywriting in luxury food, pharmaceuticals and retail. PhD supervisor.


Anna Howard

School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
Job title: Head of Division for Business and Enterprise; Associate Professor in Enterprise Education

Anna is an Associate Professor in Enterprise Education and the Lead for Student Enterprise, School of Business. She is a qualified accountant in practice, specialising in Management Accounting.


Prof. Karin S Moser, PhD

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Director of Research and Enterprise

A social and organisational psychologist by background, Karin's expertise is in the areas of team work, information sharing and knowledge management, self and identity, and virtual collaboration. PhD supervisor.


Dr Rea Prouska, PhD

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Associate Professor in Human Resources Management; Head of Management, Marketing and People

An expert in international human resources management, Rea's latest research focuses on the impact of economic crisis and transition on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the South and South-Eastern European periphery. 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

On this MBA (IM) you will study the School of Business Framework for Post Graduate Courses core modules, that is:

  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Curiosity, Creativity and Research
  • Research in Action
  • Management Consultancy in a Global Environment
  • Capstone Business Project

Your studies are further enhanced by the additional MBA core modules:

  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance
  • Developing Global Operations and Logistics
  • Enterprising Leaders in a Global World

The MBA is completed by the choice of an Option Module from a choice of two:

  • Managing Virtual Work
    or
  • Everyday Sustainability for Business

Although the acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies, the use of real life case studies is central to our teaching and learning strategy.

Strategy for teaching and learning

Real life case study

A number of live case studies will be used to enable students to apply and assimilate their knowledge throughout the course in every module where appropriate.

Master classes

A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields will be delivered throughout the academic year enabling our students to engage with contemporary management issues.

Residential weekends

Two residential events will support students learning

Lectures, seminars and workshops

Each of the modules will be delivered by a team of academics from each of the subject disciplines. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.

Self-managed learning

Self-managed learning activities to supplement and  consolidate classroom based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of  knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination  preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).

Knowledge and skills development

The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas which are described below.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  1. business stakeholders, resources and financing and how to  maximise efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
  2. the impact of the external forces upon the business organisations, the role of business ethics and corporate responsibility in determining competitive advantage
  3. the principal functional areas of management, and their interrelationships
  4. the management and development of people within organisations
  5. the factors determining the organisation’s strategic capability, performance and success
  6. the key theoretical and contextual issues relating to management, leadership and business culture in a global context
  7. strategic approaches to organisational design, managerial change, sustainable organisational development, including the management of diversity and
  8. the development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.

Intellectual skills

You will develop your intellectual skills such that you are able to:

  1. critically evaluate and apply analytical concepts and techniques in the principal
    functional areas of management
  2. think critically and creatively; organise thought, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal
  3. integrate, appraise and evaluate data/evidence, functional/managerial concepts and techniques to analyse, evaluate and solve complex multidisciplinary problems
  4. analyse complex management issues, making sound judgements and decisions in the absence of complete data
  5. formulate strategic recommendations and develop effective corporate strategies that are analytically sound, operationally feasible and ethical
  6. research a major management problem or issue of the students choice in depth; through the vehicle of the MBA project.

Practical skills

You will acquire and develop practical skills such that you are able to:

  1. select and demonstrate appropriate leadership style for situations and team working skills
  2. develop an appreciation/ understanding of how to adapt management and strategy across cultures
  3. understand and use economic, financial and marketing information;
  4. manage, review and reward performance via the use of various tools to enhance organisational performance
  5. recognise situations in which ethical matters arise and apply ethical, societal and organisational values to situations and choices.

Transferable skills

You'll acquire and develop transferable skills such that you are able to:

  1. communicate effectively using a range of media, including preparing and appraising business reports; including listening to, negotiating with and persuading  and influencing others
  2. manage and develop self and develop as a reflective practitioner; exercise sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; and continue learning and reflection in your workplace
  3. perform effectively within a team environment, and recognise and utilise other people’s contributions in group processes; perform team selection, delegation, development and management.

Entry requirements

  • Significant post-graduation and/or relevant work experience on which the learning process should build, normally the experience required will be at least two years
  • At least UK class 2:2 or equivalent university degree
  • English language requirement of at least IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 610 and meeting UK Visa requirements for international students

All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance on to the programme. The aim of the interview process is to ensure that students will have a positive impact on the learning experience of those on the journey with them.

Key to our provision is group work; peer to peer learning and application of learning to live projects preferably drawn from the student’s work place and/or experience. Therefore, it is imperative that students can contribute to this process with enthusiasm and in a collegiate manner.

Interviews will be carried out by the Course Director and can be face to face or via Skype.

If students are deemed unsuitable for a place on our MBA programme they will be offered an alternative pathway.

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
12 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
P060591
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
P060591
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

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5267Session code: 1FS01
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5267Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5268Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5268Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

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.

Stories

Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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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