MBA Master of Business Administration (International Management)Southwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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...
- Understanding of the latest management theory and practice to enhance analytical judgement and critical awareness.
- In depth knowledge of the principles of strategic thinking in an international business context by building upon the practical experience of the course participants.
- Personal experience as a vehicle for learning, including in peer groups to develop managerial abilities, in particular the ability to manage change, both in careers and in companies.
- Skills for change, decision making, adaptation, enterprise and sustainability in a dynamic and complex international business environment.
- Cultural intelligence in a global business environment.
- The capacity to develop professionally in management by acquiring knowledge, understanding, and cognitive skills particularly in analysis techniques, with the ability to select and use appropriate tools and data in different business situations.
- A critical understanding of the factors affecting organisational performance in an international environment.
- 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 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 for management roles, consulting, marketing, finance and Human Resources. In this respect the personal development emphasis of the course reflects the demand for managers across a variety of organisational cultures and functions in international companies.
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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.
LSBU is one of a small group of universities in the Buying Solutions Pan Government Framework Agreement for study and qualifications in Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA). LSBU is the only London-based university approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff on a part-time and executive basis.
- 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
On this MBA (IM) you will study the LSBU Business School Framework for Post Graduate Courses core modules:
- Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
- Curiosity, Creativity and Research
- Research in Action
- Management Consultancy in a Global Environment
- Capstone Business Project
Additional MBA core modules include:
- 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
- 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
Live case studies are used to enable you to apply and assimilate your knowledge throughout the course.
A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields are delivered throughout the academic year. The focus is on engagement with contemporary management issues.
Lectures, seminars and workshops
Each module is delivered by a team of academics. Interactive seminars and workshops support the lectures and focus on group activities to encourage active participation, develop peer learning, and to share knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.
Self-managed learning supplements and consolidated classroom-based activity via: reading texts and journal articles, problem based exercises, set coursework, group discussion, and review sessions. Many activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).
Knowledge and skills development
The programme provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas.
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the programme successful students will have knowledge and understanding of:
- business stakeholders, resources and financing, and how to maximise efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
- the impact of the external forces on business organisations, the role of business ethics and corporate responsibility in determining competitive advantage
- the principal functional areas of management, and their interrelationships
- the management and development of people within organisations
- the factors determining the organisation’s strategic capability, performance and success
- the key theoretical and contextual issues relating to management, leadership and business culture in a global context
- strategic approaches to organisational design, managerial change, sustainable organisational development, including the management of diversity and
- the development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.
Ensure you are able to:
- critically evaluate and apply analytical concepts and techniques in the principal functional areas of management
- think critically and creatively; organise thought, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal
- integrate, appraise and evaluate data/evidence, functional/managerial concepts and techniques to analyse, evaluate and solve complex multidisciplinary problems
- analyse complex management issues, making sound judgements and decisions in the absence of complete data
- formulate strategic recommendations and develop effective corporate strategies that are analytically sound, operationally feasible and ethical
- research a major management problem or issue of the students choice in depth; through the vehicle of the MBA project.
You will acquire and develop practical skills enabling you to:
- select and demonstrate appropriate leadership style for situations and team working skills
- develop an appreciation/ understanding of how to adapt management and strategy across cultures
- understand and use economic, financial and marketing information;
- manage, review and reward performance via the use of various tools to enhance organisational performance
- recognise situations in which ethical matters arise and apply ethical, societal and organisational values to situations and choices.
You will acquire and develop transferable skills to:
- communicate effectively using a range of media, including preparing and appraising business reports; including listening to, negotiating with and persuading and influencing others
- manage and develop as a reflective practitioner; exercise sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; and continue learning and reflection in your workplace
- perform effectively within a team environment, and recognise and utilise other people’s contributions in group processes; perform team selection, delegation, development and management.
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".
- 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 you do not fulfil the entry requirements to join the MBA, you may wish to consider one of our alternative Masters programmes in International Business Management.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
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Year 1 PT Southwark PT SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £4262.22||International fee: £6431.11|
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Possible fee changes
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