MSc International Business Management (with internship)Southwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
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 University League Tables 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, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
- No.1 for career prospects among Modern London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020) and joint 2nd for career prospects among London universities (Guardian League Tables 2020).
Creativity enterprise and innovation
Curiosity, creativity and research
Organisational Behaviour in an International Context
Management consultancy in a global environment
International Strategic Management and Innovation
International Financial Management for Business
Research in action
Internship [12 months]
- Creativity enterprise and innovation
Focusing 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
Introducing students to the research process the modules looks at the mindset of the researcher and in particular to the idea of creativity in research and what it means to be a ‘creative researcher’.
- International marketing
Understanding international marketing concepts and developing international marketing skills are essential for the success of organisations operating in increasingly global, challenging and changing markets. This module develops an understanding of the fundamentals of marketing and provides an overview of the macro-environment of international business and economic development. This lays the basis for an appreciation of strategic international marketing challenges including the use of big data, digital analytics, and global supply chain management. The course provides a strategic overview of international marketing issues, integrating theory and practice across a wide range of international business contexts.
- Organisational behaviour in an international context
With its focus on organisational behaviour in an intercultural work context this modules provides students with an understating of global leadership, culture, and a practical focus on methods for managing virtual teams. In a globalised and digital economy everyone comes in contact and works with people from very different cultural backgrounds, whether it is employees, clients, or collaboration partners. Digital modes of working make it possible even for small businesses or individuals to work with partners and in markets across the globe.
- Management consultancy in a global environment
Designed to develop professional consultancy skills by studying organisational structure and culture, situational analysis and diagnosis, communication strategies for consulting and group dynamics. This module focuses 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
- International strategic management and innovation
This module aims to give students insight into the roots of competitive advantage, and how international organisations can develop strategies that establish and sustain it, acting ethically and responsibly. Students will appreciate the challenges of managing complexities in diverse, internationally operating businesses. They will develop an understanding of the key role of innovation, and the ways in which organisations can stimulate it and capture value from it.
- International financial management for business
The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to critically analyse information contained in companies’ reports and accounts, and apply the principles of financial management to make value-maximising decisions in the pursuit of business goals. Course members will learn to critically appraise capital investment projects, and understand the elements of business, financial and exchange risk in the range of financial strategies available to a company. In addition, participants will learn about the various sources of raising capital for the business and appreciate the importance of broader issues in financial strategy and international financial management.
- Research in action
Focusing on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research this module provides student with research skills within relevant disciplines from the business environment.
This module allows students to gain up to 12 months valuable work experience while studying for a Master's degree. Responsibility for securing the work placement lies with you. However, you'll be amply supported by our Employability Team during the search process and during the period of your internship. 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.
- Capstone business project
An independent research project which 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.
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.
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.
You'll undertake a four month placement in a sector which is relevant to your studies. You'll be expected to find this placement, supported by staff and the University's employability service. As part of your assessment, you'll write a business report on this experience.
If you are unable to find a suitable placement, you can revert back on to MSc International Business Management.
- Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE's (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development; and is in recognition of the School's entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
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.
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.
As a postgraduate student in the Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions, designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your postgraduate degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".
Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2:2 in any subject.
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- Czinkota, M. et. al. (2012), International Business (European Edition), John Wiley, Chichester
Conklin, D. (2014), The Global Environment of Business, SAGE Publications, London
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Year 1 FT Southwark JAN
|UK/EU fee: £10120||International fee: £14765|
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £10625||International fee: £15505|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5539||Session code: 1FS00|
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