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International Business Management MSc

Overview

MSc International Business Management provides a systematic, comprehensive, in-depth study of international business. You'll develop the ability to critically evaluate and appraise existing theories and ideas about changes taking place in the world of international business. You'll also build an awareness and understanding of how different cultural attitudes and beliefs shape the international business environment in different regions of the world.

You'll learn to use scientific research techniques to engage in independent investigation, building knowledge and understanding of particular issues that are the forefront of the different areas covered by the degree.

You'll become a more effective decision-taker, with the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills to engage in independent, original thought which has practical application in the business environment.

Accreditations

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

Case studies

Modules

Module structure - MSc International Business Management
 

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Semester 1

International management

International marketing

International Finance and Decision Making

Semester 2

Strategic international human resource management

ELECTIVE 1 (From the menu of electives below).

ELECTIVE 2 (From the menu of electives below).

Semester 3

DISSERTATION (60 CREDITS)

Module descriptions

  • 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.
  • 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.

Plus two options from:

  • Global operations and logistics
    In today’s global market, it is not uncommon for a company to develop a new product in the USA, manufacturer it in Asia, and sell it in Europe. The role of manufacturing as a key element of a firm’s competitive strategy has been recognised in all areas of the world e.g. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Wage-rate differentials, expanding foreign markets, the free movement of capital, and improved transportation are reducing the barriers of time and space between countries forcing the logistics function to take on a global dimension. Global logistics is the response to the increasing integration of international markets as firms endeavour to remain competitive.
  • Business data for decision making
    Business data for decision making include tools and techniques, for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and actionable information for business analysis. Every major industry has powerful transaction-oriented systems, which stores the data gathered from daily operations into repositories. To remain competitive enterprises need the ability to rediscover and utilise the data they already hold. This module will provides you with the skills to derive insights from a pool of data available, delivering precise, actionable and timely inputs for decision making. We'll cover the main concepts and key components of business data techniques and applications including: predictive modelling, descriptive data mining, pattern analysis and prescriptive analysis.
  • Everyday sustainability for business
    Every business needs to have a robust sustainability programme – customers prefer it, investors like it, staff want it and society demands it. But often sustainability as practised is a cost centre and this puts pressure on organisation's good intentions as budgets are often tight.  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 you 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.
  • Managing virtual work
    This module enables you 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 considered 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.
  • Intercultural management
    This module enables you to understand the specifics of managing in an intercultural work context. 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 SMEs or individuals to work with partners and in markets across the globe.
  • Business ethics
    In today’s global world the corporation is faced with complex challenges. The prevailing view is that the corporation as an increasingly powerful member of society cannot merely focus on achieving profit but also use its power to enhance the lives of people and sustain the planet and its environment. You'll study philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and apply these approaches to the modern corporation in a variety of functions and industries. You'll analyse how corporations are responding to ethical, environmental and legal concerns through the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Strategy.
  • Islamic Governance and Risk The module investigates the theory and practice of Islamic governance and risk management, and the regulatory and ethical environment of the Islamic Banking and Finance industry.
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial management
    This module addresses contemporary issues in enterprise awareness and entrepreneurship with links to the process of enterprise creation, development and exit. We'll explore the opportunities of processes in enterprise management and creation in the 21st century. The module addresses themes/skills drawn from: operations management, business-life cycles, entrepreneurial patterns, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and builds on contemporaneous discussions of enterprise, entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial skills and management and the overall identification and analysis of enterprise issues. We'll make significant reference to the broader issues of: the processes of organisation creation and its development from idea generation and opportunity recognition through to social and business development and exit. We'll address a wide range of topics drawn from the finance for start-ups, political issues such as relationship building, strategic alliances, networking, word of mouth, creativity enterprise and entrepreneurial marketing.

Employability

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.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

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 Peter Luke

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

Dr Luke is an Associate Professor and Subject Group Leader for Economics within the School of Business. He currently lectures on the BA Business Studies course, and is the Course Director for the BSc Economics undergraduate degree. Dr Luke is also the Director of the Centre for International Business Studies.


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.


Dr Maria Postoyeva

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Lecturer

Dr Maria Postoyeva specialises in knowledge economy, sustainable development and governance issues with interests in culture, ethics and strategic management.


Prof. Jon Warwick, PhD

School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
Job title: Professor of Educational Development in the Mathematical Sciences

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 seminars, including the use of videos, group work and exercises. Case studies have an important role to play within the overall teaching strategy. These will be selected to achieve wide sectional coverage of international industry and services including traditional, service, 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 attending the first week of the cycle devoted to a specific case. Self-managed learning also includes week-by-week reading in one of the core strategy set texts, assignment preparation and writing, and examination revision.

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in any subject

How to apply

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
15 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
P052737
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
30 months
Start date
September
Application code
P052737
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). 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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

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 Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £8300International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4763Session code: 1FS01
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £8300International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4763Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2766.67International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4764Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study 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 How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. There will be an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to a welcome meeting. At LSBU, you will confirm your qualifications by showing relevant certificates, and also bring proof of identity.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Suggested reading

  • 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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