International Business Management - MSc

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Why study this course?

The International Business Management MSc course will give you a systematic understanding of business organisations, their external environment and on how they create value sustainably. The degree programme focus is on providing knowledge for practical use, allowing you to develop business management skills that will enhance your career. Guided by our staff, you'll learn about both the theory and the practice of business management.

More about this course

The key aim of the course is to develop the decision making and interpersonal skills that are essential for a successful career in business and management. As part of the degree, you will have access to an individual leadership assessment and feedback software. This software will help identify your strengths, and provide you with an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The business simulation used will help bring business to life in the classroom. Competing in groups with other students, you will experiment with business strategies, test business ideas and experience the consequences of your actions in a virtual simulated business environment. The simulation will help you understand how teams work together to make decisions, manage risk and beat the competition.

Whilst not essential, any experiences of business, for example as employees, customers or managers will contribute in building and applying business concepts. We focus your learning on the practical understanding of the global world of business, providing a rich environment where international experience and practice is shared. You'll have the opportunity to develop presentation, critical thinking, negotiation and problem solving skills, all of which are desirable in successful employees in the world of global business.

Businesses make an extraordinary contribution to solving problems that we all face. They meet many of our needs efficiently and effectively, delivering innovation and improvement on a daily basis. They also provide great opportunity to grow and learn for those that pursue the dream of starting a business or of working for an international company. We expect our graduates to be high performing business managers who understand the vital need for sustainable growth, the importance of equality of opportunity and the value in diversity.

Assessment

Assessment will come in various forms, including individual coursework, group work reflective statements, presentations, peer assessments, essays, portfolios and videos.

Professional accreditation

In addition to your masters degree you will gain the highly sought after and widely recognised CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • A minimum of a lower second class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Business Management (including foundation year) BA (Hons).

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    Useful business research, like useful reflection, leads to change. To that end students will be encouraged to take a pragmatic approach to their research, seeking always to create actionable conclusions of value to business managers, owners and entrepreneurs.
    The aims of the module are to:
    1. Foster a critical awareness and deep interest in a management/business issue or topic associated with their subject specialist area and to combine knowledge and analyses acquired in core MSc modules to explore that topic in depth
    2. Enable students to produce a full business research report and a management summary on an appropriate topic to a professional and engaging standard that provides the basis for action.
    3. Encourage reflection to critically evaluate the success of a business-related project and assess personal competence in the light of current knowledge and skills.
    4. Build each student’s knowledge and confidence in their chosen subject to facilitate employability.
    The expectation is that students will undertake research in areas of interest to them that is relevant to their chosen programme and that develops knowledge and skills that support employment. Examples of possible areas of research include e.g.:
    • Evaluation of an opportunity to enter a new market e.g. is it feasible for a low cost airline to enter the market in Brazil?
    • Evaluation of a specific firm’s strategy and performance e.g. how is Ford responding to the advent of electric vehicles, driverless technology and ride sharing?
    • Analysis of the impact of technology change on a company, industry or sector e.g. how will driverless technology and ride sharing impact on car ownership?
    • Analysis of trends to create potential strategic scenarios for a firm or industry e.g. what are the future scenarios for law firms in the light of the adoption of AI?
    • Analysis of competition in a specific market or industry e.g. global competition in the rapidly growing e-bike industry
    • Identifying solutions to a specific business problem e.g. with a small or medium sized business e.g. what needs to be done to grow the business to the next level
    • Analysis of disruption in an industry and the implications for a specific incumbent e.g. how should a black cab driver respond to Uber and other ride sharing platforms?
    • Analysis of the effect of government intervention in a particular industry e.g. the current trade dispute over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module enables the student to bring together insights into theory and practice from different areas of the programme, encouraging reflection on their learning and a deepening of their knowledge in a specific area that will inform a focussed consultancy project. The students will develop a proposal for a consultancy project to be completed during the final term of their course that is relevant to their chosen study path in management, project management or finance.
    This module will help prepare students to become well-informed and effective managers, business owners and entrepreneurs able to lead and manage in dynamic and complex environments. The emphasis is on the practical skills of presenting proposals, researching, analysing and making recommendation for a senior management or executive audience.

    The aims of the module are to ensure that students:

    • can assess the similarities and differences between academic business research and applied business research or consultancy
    • appreciate the challenges in generating relevant evidence that improves business decision making and performance
    • can critically evaluate business research and consultancy findings and reports
    • can assess the ethical and access issues of conducting research into business and can plan accordingly.
    • can apply suitable project planning methods to research and consultancy
    • can work through and plan for the practical challenges of business research, including defending choices on the research methods

    The module is intended to prepare students to critically read and evaluate research and practice within their chosen field of study and then to design a research proposal for their business consultancy project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    Business strategy addresses the choices firms make as they set their mission and goals, make decisions in relation to positioning and which markets to enter, and develop their business models. They do this in the context of the external environment, addressing changes in technology, government intervention, competitor actions, customers and markets.

    This module aims to:

    • Provide a context for current strategic and social issues raised by technology change
    • Enable students to develop an understanding of business purpose, strategy and strategy development and to understand how this applies in global organisational contexts for both small and large businesses.
    • Develop the knowledge and skills to analyse the current and future business environment through the recognition of changes and trends, and the construction of scenarios
    • Introduce the importance of resources and capabilities and develop students’ abilities to critically evaluate their importance as sources of sustainable competitive advantage but also as potential sources of disadvantage when disruptive innovation occurs
    • Develop critical awareness of the importance of stakeholders including governments, societies, suppliers and employees, and the need for corporate governance, ethical decision making and corporate responsibility.
    • Develop an understanding of managerial decision making with limited information and industry uncertainty through participation in a business simulation.

    A key element of the module is participation in the business simulation in which students will compete against each other in terms within in a simulated global market place.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The module aims to enable students to use financial information effectively in managing a business or part of a business. An emphasis on practice and application will allow students to gain an understanding of the role of financial and management accounting in organisational decision making.
    Students will also learn about financing, financial markets, foreign exchange for companies serving international markets and be able to contribute to investment decisions. The module focuses on providing the tools, techniques and skills to make financial decisions in an organisational setting.
    Learning will be supported through access to Bloomberg and the Count FEFE (Financial Education for Future Entrepreneurs) application.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    Marketing is all about delivering value to stakeholders, that is, to everyone who is affected by a transaction. This module is designed to help develop the knowledge concerning the nature and character of marketing as well as sales as applied in an international context capitalising on current and emerging technologies.

    The interdependence of economies and increasingly globalised marketing reflects the trend of organisations designing, distributing and selling products and services in many markets around the world.

    The primary role of marketing management in any organisation is to design and execute effective marketing programmes in local and global markets,

    The module has a number of key features including:
    • A practitioner orientated approach blending theory with application
    • An in-depth examination of the Customer Value Proposition
    • Focus on key concepts essential in marketing management and analytics

    The module aims to:
    • Provide a solid appreciation of marketing as practiced in the international arena.
    • Enhance comprehension of the relationships between an organisation, the markets it is serving and its key stakeholders.
    • Provide an integrated overview of marketing management, using topical issues, thought leadership and research findings.
    • Offer a broad platform of marketing concepts, theories and frameworks, which can be applied in practical situations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    The aim of the module is to prepare students to lead and develop people in a complex international environment, to build high performance teams and to create a productive work environment and culture. Over the course of the module, students will learn from relevant contemporary research, theories, and examples of business practices both past and present.

    Management and leadership go together in business organisations, with managers typically expected to lead others as part of their role. The module will examine the roles and responsibilities of manager and leader, and the demands on these roles in international, digitally enabled businesses.

    Critical to the value of the module is the encouragement of continuous learning and reflection in order to be effective in a changing world. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own capabilities using Strengthscope (or equivalent).

    The aim of the module is to ensure that all students:

    • understand the role of business leaders and business managers in creating successful business organisations, cultures and working environments
    • have the necessary knowledge of leading, motivating and developing to enable them to take on a management role successfully
    • are able to evaluate their own capabilities and skills in relation to managing themselves and leading others
    • can assess the challenges associated workplace change and make a valuable contribution to the management of change.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    A business adds value through its operations, which today are dependent on the use of technology to link together organisations within the value network, improve throughput and match demand and supply. The module aims to equip students with a broad understanding of operations and technology management that will enable them to contribute effectively to performance improvement within a business organisation and its value network.

    The module looks at some of the challenges of managing operations and technology as well as the management of associated projects. In particular, the challenge of aligning, integrating and managing against common control gates and decision points the different competing life cycles involved. These included but are not limited to the New Product Cycle and NCD cycle, systems engineering cycle; purchasing and procurement cycle and the future technology intercept strategy and road map.

    The potential for AI and robotics to further increase the use of technology in the operational domain is already clear, whether using AI in legal process or robots to make burgers, an understanding of the links between technology and operations is critical for anyone aspiring to be a business manager, owner or entrepreneur.

    The global nature of business, and the way in which technology is and may be used, raise considerable ethical and moral challenges that must also be considered. The module each week will focus on the role of technology in operations and business more generally, and any ethical and moral questions this raises.

    Analysis, for example through process mapping, and problem solving using both case studies and other active learning exercises will underpin the teaching of the module.

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After the course

On completion of this course you'll be able to make a significant contribution within any business environment, at an individual level or as a member of a team. This would typically be in the finance, strategic planning, quality, risk and related management areas.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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