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.
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.
- First overall for career prospects among Modern London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020) and joint 2nd for career prospects among London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
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Bachelor degree equivalent to UK 2:2 in any subject.
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Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees
MSc International Business Management (FT) - Year 1
UK fee: £10490 International fee: £16900 AOS/LSBU code: 4763 Session code: 1FS00
MSc International Business Management (FT) (JAN) - Year 1
UK fee: £10490 International fee: £16900 AOS/LSBU code: 5344 Session code: 1FS00
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
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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.
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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.
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The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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|Mode Full-time||Duration 15 months||Start date January||Application code 5344||Application method Direct to LSBU|
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Creativity enterprise and innovation
Organisational Behavior in an International Context
Project Launch Event
International Strategic Management and Innovation
International Financial Management for Business
Project Escalator Event
- Consultancy 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.
- 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 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 Methods
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.
- 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.
One Optional 20 credit module
- Social Media Marketing and Digital PR
This module provides a practical introduction to social media networks and tools (such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, the Internet Things, online PR and affiliate networks) and their application within marketing. The module examines the key characteristics of social media marketing strategies and identifies the theoretical underpinnings such as trust, loyalty, and customer engagement and also trends and usage patterns to provide a framework through which to understand and evaluate them. In addition, the module looks at the importance of researching and selecting the most appropriate digital channels to reach and engage with the target audience. It covers the tools and digital PR activities that can be used to extend the reach on social media, content management and online campaigns. It also examines the legal and ethical considerations that marketing in a digital world raises.
- Investment Management and Behavioral Finance
This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of investment management, particularly as it relates to the UK. The coverage will include portfolio creation and management, asset allocation and stock selection, and portfolio performance measurement, including the use of benchmarks and their relationship with performance targets and portfolio risk. Building upon the established, conventional principles of finance and then moves into psychological principles of behavioural finance focusing on contemporary issues. Errors and bias permeate the entire financial landscape affecting individual investors, institutional investors, analysts, portfolio managers, currency traders, financial executives amongst others. Students will understand how human behaviour impacts on the decision making of financial agents.
- Contemporary Issues in People Management
This module offers participants the opportunity to explore four highly pertinent, contemporaneous, and important issues in the field of Human Resource Management. These issues are (a) Employee Engagement (b) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (c) Reward Management and (d) Employee Voice. These issues have received much attention in recent years. Employee (or work) engagement is often seen as the ultimate goal of HR practitioners, as research indicates that engaged employees and workers offer significantly increased positive outcomes for organisations. Similarly, the topics of EDI, Reward and Employee Voice are increasingly acknowledged as areas of pivotal concern for organisations who seek to embrace and utilise talent, regardless of where and how that talent presents itself. The business case argument for organisations to adopt a strategic approach to these issues is considerable.
- Managing Project Value and Change by PRINCE2
This module introduces the PRINCE2 project management methodology as a means to provide understanding of how project value can be created through effective change management and innovation. These vital elements in the advancement of projects are developed through defining various responsibilities and authority level so that routine changes can be dealt with efficiently and innovatively in order to create value.
- Global Operations and Logistics
The global marketplace is typified by new and changing trade agreements, advancing ICT, product and service innovations, improved transport and shipping within a constantly changing regulatory environment. This module introduces students to the ways in which logistics management adds value to the flow of materials into and through manufacturing facilities, and to the distribution of products to consumers as firms endeavour to remain competitive. The module places emphasis on recent trends in the globalisation of the operations and logistics explores the scope of alternatives in; organising international production and distribution, alternative strategies for competing in the global marketplace, the advantages of locating manufacturing facilities abroad, and which products should be allocated to offshore facilities.
- Big Data Analytics
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the practical context of public relations both within the field of marketing and its broader context. It will provide students with an insight into the discipline as part of integrated marketing communications activity as well as consider the wider influence of practitioners on society and culture. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of public relations both as it is practiced within marketing and as a wider communications discipline. It acknowledges that public relations have become part of the activities of a wide range of organisations to engage, promote and persuade. The module foregrounds influence and reputation management in a range of real-world contexts.
- Governance and Leadership
The module examines the area of governance and leadership within organisations in the broad context of the agency relationship and focuses on the respective roles and responsibilities of directors and officers to organisational stakeholders. The module explores internal review and feedback to implement and support effective governance and leadership. The module also assesses key aspects of responsible management and covers personal and professional ethics, ethical frameworks – and professional behaviour and conduct in a variety of contexts.
- Managing Virtual Work
‘Virtual Work’ relates to all aspects of digital media use at work and remote or hybrid models of working. Virtual work is omnipresent in business and management today across sectors and affects work behaviours on all levels. To be successful, employees, leaders and employers need to understand the impact, the challenges and the opportunities of virtual work, of different digital tools and platforms and different models of onsite, remote and hybrid working. This module introduces course participants to core components of virtual work, such as virtual/hybrid teams, virtual leadership, managing remote employees, clients or collaboration partners, and virtual organisations more generally, and identifies and discusses current issues, for example in supporting well-being, managing conflict, negotiation and diversity and inclusion in virtual work.
- Everyday Sustainability for Business
Sustainability, CSR, ESG are all consistent topics in business management and this module introduces the student to addressing these issues in a practical, integrated and coherent manner. The contents of the module reflect this by looking at everyday sustainability from a project’s conception to the end of life. The module contents are delivered with references to current events as they evolve and invites the students to draw their own conclusions to how current events impact on everyday sustainability and how to address problems arising from changing business demands.
- Brand Management
This module provides a strategic and tactical approach to learning and applying the key theories, frameworks and models of current brand marketing to solve management problems. This module will prepare the student for a career in brand management by using a practical approach for the application of complex theoretical ideas. The module examines a broad range of knowledge taken from product management, service management and brand strategy.
- Organisational Risk Management and Internal Controls
This module explores the role of risk management processes within organisations and how effective internal review, control and feedback can be implemented to support effective governance. This module will consider the compliance issues related to decision-making and decision- support functions of risk management and how an effective strategy can be implemented to manage risk using internal control processes. The module also examines the whole area of identifying, assessing, and controlling risk as a key aspect of responsible management.
During your course you will find our 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
Teaching and Assessment
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".
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