The International Business Management with Project Management MSc degree will give you a systematic understanding of business organisations, their external environment and how they create value sustainably, with a special focus on the area of project management. The degree programme focuses 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 the theory and practice of business management.
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'll 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'll 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 will come in various forms, including individual coursework, group work, reflective statements, presentations, peer assessments, essays, portfolios and videos.
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.
You will be required to have:
Following the review of applications candidates may be required to attend a selection interview.
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.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 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:
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, programme and project managers, business owners and entrepreneurs.
The aims of the module are to:
1. Foster a critical awareness and deep interest in a 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. what project management approaches are being used for feasibility studies of this nature
• PM tools and practices in SMEs
• Application of PM practices in a specific profession or industry e.g. legal services
• Challenges faced by an organisation or organisations seeking to use Agile methods for software development
• The extent to which the Critical Chain is being used by business organisations
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.
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.
Project management practice in the US and Europe is set out in a number of methods and bodies of knowledge (BOK) including the:
• US Project Management Institute’s PMBOK
• UK Association of Project Managers APMBOK
• best practice guides published by the UK Government that have built on the PRINCE method and now include Programme Management, Risk Management and Agile,
• Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM) Project Management developed by the Agile Business Consortium.
This module deals with the core activities of project management as set out in the APM BOK version 7, making comparisons with the PMBOK and PRINCE. The focus is primarily on managing a highly predictive project where the output is clearly defined and understood, for example a building construction project. Consideration is also given to projects where the solution emerges in an iterative or evolutionary way and so Agile methods are also introduced.
Students will develop the ability to create, manage and close projects effectively, and to make use of project management software. The module will introduce relevant theories and research in relation to projects as temporary social organisations, the categorisation of project types, the nature and management of risk, and the importance of stakeholder communication and management.
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.
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.
This Module runs in parallel with International Project Management Practice. It makes the link between strategy and Programme, Project and Portfolio Management (P3M), examines P3M theory and practice, including the construction of the business case for a programme or project and the relevant financial theory.
Examples of international P3M theory and practice will be explored through case studies of business programmes and projects e.g.:
• Heathrow Terminal 5 – contracting and risk management in construction
• Berlin International Airport, NPfIT (Connecting for Health) and Crossrail – major programme and project failures
• Organisational Change
• New product development
• Outsourcing to India
• Major system implementation e.g. ERP
• Making a major sale.
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of a range of business programme and project types that depend for success on a good understanding of business, change management, and programme and project management.
On graduation you’ll be able to make a significant contribution within any business environment, at an individual level and as a member of a team. This would typically be in the managerial pursuits that may include strategic planning, project management, quality, risk and other related business areas.
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.
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