|Full time||12–15 months (15 months for January start date)||
|Full time||1 year||September 2017|
Please note: the following pathways are also available:
Do you crave a management role, but have a first degree in another subject? This is our most popular postgraduate course, offering modules covering a wide selection of topics that equip you with the practical skills you need to excel in management or consultancy. It gives you the opportunity to gain expertise in individual business disciplines without limiting your employment options.
This course strengthens your critical understanding of general management, international business and strategy. As an International Business Management MSc student, you will develop your ability to question and critically assess business issues to find innovative options and solutions. You will build your understanding across a broad range of modules, with a core legal element built in through the International Business Environment and Trade module. Regular guest speakers add to the expertise of our lecturing staff and provide their perspectives on current events.
Individual and group coursework, time-constrained coursework and consultancy report, with occasional examination.
The International Business Management MSc is made up of eight modules worth 180 credits. Four of these modules, making up 120 credits, are core to the programme and provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for a career in international management. You will also choose from a broad range of elective modules to build on this core for the remaining 60 credits.
Your choice of elective modules means you will have the opportunity to gain expertise in individual business disciplines without limiting your employment options. If you start the course in September, you can choose one of three different pathways – Entrepreneurship, Project Management or Marketing.
If your first degree is in business management, you may be able to obtain an exemption from the core module Fundamentals of Business Management and replace this with additional elective credits. The exemption is subject to approval and further details can be obtained from the Course Director.
Please note that not all combinations of elective modules may be possible because of timetabling.
This is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
This module will provide you with an understanding of the main areas of business: marketing, finance, human resource management, operations management, information and IT management. It introduces you to the fundamentals of business theory and practice in a diverse and evolving international context to enable you to:
The success of an organisation depends on the ability to make fast, widely supported and high-quality decisions on a frequent basis. Many of those decisions affect the organisation's long-term ability to succeed and remain sustainable.
This module involves studying how social and economic organisations assimilate and process information, and interpret and make decisions within their environments. These decisions tend to involve imitating their competitors or differentiating themselves from them. You will examine a number of conceptual and analytical approaches and models to help you understand:
Following on from this analysis, you will consider the issues involved in understanding and designing strategic options, including those related to managing risk, managing expectations for accountability and ethical business behaviours (corporate social responsibility, responsible management), and financial and accounting considerations.
The aim of this module is to:
Business is global, so leading business managers need to know about the historical, economical and legal frame work within which international business operates. This module will build your knowledge and understanding of the political, economic and business considerations that international commercial and carriage of goods entail.
You will gain a critical awareness of the complexities of operating in a global environment.
This module will help you develop a practical understanding of business consultancy from the perspective of both the client and the consultant.
You will work on a consultancy project to develop the personal, planning and problem-solving skills you need to perform the consultancy task. You will learn how to apply key consultancy tools and techniques to plan, monitor and manage projects, evaluate briefs and assess consultancy proposals.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly important within the civil justice system. This module teaches you about:
You will develop practical skills in a range of activities used in resolving legal disputes and entering into legal transactions, including simulated mediation and negotiation role-plays during class.
This module focuses on how people buy and use products, and how they react to marketing action. You will:
This module is core on MSc International Business Management with Entrepreneurship pathway and elective for other students. The module will develop your entrepreneurial management skills. It examines:
This module is core for the MSc International Business Management with Marketing pathway and elective for other students. On the module you will study the theory, practical application and issues relating to marketing management in a variety of contexts including both business and not-for-profit sectors.
The module looks at how marketing is key to the long-term success of an organisation and develops expertise in the theory, analysis, planning and execution of marketing strategies. Areas of study include:
Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitiors in terms of growth and financial performance. Innovation management requires special knowledge and skills, which are different to standard strategic management theories and practices.
This module introduces you to the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities within organisations – from small to large. The module develops a deep understanding of the role and relevance of innovation within all kinds of organisations and you are asked to identify critical issues, skills and knowledge needed to implement innovation activities or projects.
The module will use a combination of learning and teaching strategies, such as case studies and practical examples of latest examples of innovations. Within this module you are required to carry out a practical innovation audit within an established organisation, actively engaged in innovation.
This modules aims to:
This module gives you an overview of environmental protection and regulation at an international level. It examines the fundamental legal principles and rules underlying international agreements, and assesses their application and implementation. You will learn about:
The module helps you develop a critical understanding of international risk management around foreign exchange and interest rates. It will focus on how firms use risk management techniques and source debt on the international financial markets.
This module helps you understand leadership and the processes and practice of change in organisations, and the essential building blocks for organisational development. You will study:
This module will help you develop a critical understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development (SD), and recognise their development and growing importance. You will learn contrasting methods while you evaluate CSR and SD practices as applied to various business functions and how to manage organisations and their activities in a socially responsible way.
This module introduces the concept of project management with an emphasis on business-related tasks. The initial focus is on planning, monitoring and control of project resources using standard and popular project management techniques. The module then expands to look at the efficient management of projects which are critically important for enabling an organisation as a whole to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage. There is a strong focus on managing complex multiple projects that are closely aligned with an organisation's business strategy.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Kingston Business School is the first business school internationally to receive triple AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation across its portfolio of general management masters and doctoral courses.
This course is also accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development.
Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.