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International Business Management Masters (MSc)

International Business Management MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 12–15 months (15 months for January start date) September 2017
January 2018
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2017

International Business Management MSc (with pathways)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2017
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2017

Please note: the following pathways are also available:

  • International Business Management with Entrepreneurship MSc
  • International Business Management with Marketing MSc
  • International Business Management with Project Management MSc

Choose Kingston's International Business Management MSc

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.

  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
  • Add study at the prestigious Boston University to your programme and gain a dual masters degree.
  • Benefit from an international curriculum.
  • Participate in a week-long study visit to a foreign business school where you will meet students studying a similar programme and undertake visits to local companies.
  • Assessments that reflect real business situations.
  • Undertake a consultancy project with a real business instead of a dissertation.
  • Students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's business courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
  • Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
  • Kingston upon Thames has been rated one of London's happiest boroughs and has one of the lowest crime rates in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

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.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

During the placement year, you will pay the placement fee of £1,070 for 2017/18. This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the work placement module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement.

Course structure

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.

Core modules (for all pathways)

  • 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:

    • understand markets;
    • develop and implement functional strategies;
    • build and lead diverse teams;
    • prepare and analyse financial statements (profit and loss, balance sheet);
    • use the marketing mix and develop effective marketing plans;
    • identify and use IT and IS systems to drive strategy; and
    • use basic statistical tools and analyses

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  • 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:

    • the internal assets and capabilities of an organisation, as well as its political dynamics;
    • its relationships with suppliers, customers, regulatory bodies and other institutions; and
    • all of the above in the context of globalisation and international competition.

    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:

    • analyse the various bases of competitive advantage available to the firm;
    • evaluate and prioritise internal strengths and weaknesses upon organisational strategy, including the impact of resources, capabilities and power/politics;
    • evaluate and prioritise environmental impacts upon organisational strategy, including the impact of risk, uncertainty, institutions and cultures; and
    • appreciate the potential diversity in the strategies of public, private, voluntary, profit and not for profit organisations.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Elective modules

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming increasingly important within the civil justice system. This module teaches you about:

    •  theoretical and practical ways of resolving disputes, with a strong emphasis on negotiation and mediation;
    •  the methods available for resolving conflicts, including conciliation, mediation, negotiation and adjudication; and
    •  the rationale for the various forms of ADR and the circumstances in which they might be successful, giving you the confidence to advise on different forms of dispute resolution.


    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.

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  • This module focuses on how people buy and use products, and how they react to marketing action. You will:

    • apply this buyer behaviour information to specify marketing goals and define an effective services strategy;
    • critically evaluate the latest research developments in buyer behaviour, such as customer loyalty, satisfaction, advertising effectiveness, branding, pricing and store atmospherics;
    • take a scientific approach, based on evidence and theory, to understand the practical application of research findings and to identify areas where further investigation may be needed; and
    • evaluate the most appropriate methods of investigation and analysis.

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  • 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:

    • creating small enterprises and how government policy affects this;
    • the critical differences between entrepreneurial and administrative management styles;
    • the process of creating a strategy for an independent new venture and the challenges faced; and
    • how to cope with uncertainty, risk and complexity.

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  • 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:

    • techniques for analysing the marketing environment;
    • segmentation, targeting and positioning;
    • marketing business-to-business and business-to-consumer;
    • issues relating to product development, branding, pricing and lifecycle; and
    • issues relating to international marketing and business expansion in new territories.

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  • 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:

    • develop an understanding of the role and relevance of innovation activities in an organisational context;
    • develop your awareness of the critical skills, knowledge and experience needed to successfully participate in and implementing innovation;
    • develop knowledge of the challenges involved in innovation management; and
    • enable you to reflect productively on your individual and team capacities to act as innovation managers in identifying and exploiting opportunities, developing entrepreneurial / intrapreneurial management behaviours and skills whilst coping with uncertainty, risks and complexity.
  • 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 role of international organisations and international law-making mechanisms;
    • current environment issues, such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity and sustainable development; and
    • sustainability as a policy consideration, and this protects the environment.

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

    • key concepts, such as organisation structure, cultures and group relations;
    • leadership and management challenges for development and change;
    • the contemporary organisation developing within societal trends and situations;
    • implementing change and change agents, and evaluating change strategies;
    • power and politics, negotiating and bargaining;
    • theories of creativity from basic to more cutting-edge approaches;
    • employee motivation through rewards systems (such as pay, leadership and job design);
    • consultancy practices and interventions from both internal and external perspectives; and
    • ethical contracting and the consultancy cycle.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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Recognition and accreditation

AMBA logoKingston 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.

EPAS logoThis course is also accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development.

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AACSB accreditation

Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.

Kingston University wins 2017 Guardian University Award

Guardian University Award 2017

The award for teaching excellence included specific praise for the inclusivity and accessibility of the University's courses.

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