International Business Management MSc (with pathways)

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal if you aspire to a career in consulting or general management in many sectors, including retail, media, healthcare, telecommunications, real estate, oil and gas, and energy. You will acquire the skills to become a dynamic business manager and work effectively in multicultural teams anywhere in the world. You will apply your knowledge to practical business situations including a consultancy project with a real business. There is also the opportunity to specialise in a variety of business disciplines, including project management, marketing, and entrepreneurship to market yourself more competitively.

  • This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
  • Opportunity to gain a recognised Prince 2 qualification.
  • Possibility to participate in a week-long study visit to a foreign business school where you will meet students studying a similar course and undertake visits to local companies.
  • Your assessments will reflect real business situations including undertaking a consultancy project with a real business instead of a dissertation. Recent students have worked with General Electric (GE), L'Oreal, Henkel, Kimberly-Clark and Arqiva.
  • You'll benefit from an international curriculum and our students come from all over the world to study, 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.

International Business Management MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2023
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2023

International Business Management MSc (with pathways)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2023
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2023

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
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston Business School is one of only five per cent of the world's business schools to be accredited by AACSB International.
  • All students will gain direct industry experience through the Consultancy in Practice module, with the possibility of study exchange overseas.
  • You will have the option to study for a recognised Prince 2 qualification.
  • Free car parking at the Kingston Hill campus is available for students of this course. The campus can also be easily accessed by public transport. Halls accommodation is just a walk away from the classrooms.

Accreditations

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

This programme is accredited by the EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

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Course Director Dr Ana M Pedraz provides an overview of the International Business Management MSc

Bhupesh talks about studying the International Business Management MSc as an international student from India.

What you will study

This course strengthens your critical understanding of general management, international business and strategy.

All pathways allow you to choose some of your modules. This means you will have the opportunity to gain expertise in individual business disciplines without limiting your employment options.

International Business

Entrepreneurship

Marketing

Project Management

Optional Year 2

International Business Management MSc

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. You will develop your ability to question and critically assess business issues to find innovative options and solutions.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Business Management

30 credits

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
Consultancy in Practice

30 credits

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.

International Business Strategy with Simulation

30 credits

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.
International Business Environment and Trade

30 credits

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.

Optional modules (choose modules to make up 60 credits)

International Project Management and Practice

30 credits

This module introduces the concepts of strategic planning and project management with an emphasis on business development related tasks. The initial focus is on long-term business planning, as well as managing individual projects, using established strategic and project management tools and techniques. The module looks at managing complex multiple projects in close alignment with an organisation's business strategy. The module will enhance the management of business activities both on strategic and operational level in order to create and sustain competitive advantage at the international level.

Financial Resource Management

15 credits

This module considers the ways that those internal and external to a business can make business decisions that enable them to make the most favourable use of financial resources.

You will be introduced to techniques used in evaluating the role of financial institutions and the economic environment in financial business decision making including basic financial feasibility appraisals of proposed investments, the assessment of the sources of finance available for investments. The module will include a critical reflection on the differences between theory and practice of financial decision making from the perspectives of both preparers and users of financial information.

Design Thinking for International Business

15 credits

Design thinking is an important skillset for professionals working in entrepreneurial as well as in established businesses. International businesses such as Apple, Google and Pepsi, to mention just a few, are increasingly using design thinking to tackle their business challenges. This module provides students of international business with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of design thinking. Students will work in teams to re-design a product or service that falls short of its customers' expectations.

Leadership, Change and Consultancy

30 credits

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 organisational 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.
International Money and Finance

15 credits

This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

Innovation Management

15 credits

Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors 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.

Entrepreneurship in an International Context

15 credits

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.
Buyer Behaviour

15 credits

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.
Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

15 credits

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.

International Marketing

15 credits

Examine how marketing management theories and methods can be applied to ensure long-term success for a broad range of organisations, private or not-for-profit, with a global context.

International Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing marketing resources across international regions, to achieve an organisation's marketing objectives.

This module is delivered through lectures, case study seminars and workshops and is supported by professional guest speakers.

Digital Marketing

15 credits

This module offers a practical guide to the core techniques and tools in Digital Marketing.

You will:

  • understand digital marketing and its role in modern marketing
  • critically examine the theory and practice of digital marketing and compare where appropriate with traditional or offline marketing
  • develop a working knowledge and understanding of the application of digital marketing strategies and techniques.
  • create a complete digital marketing plan
Financial Investments

15 credits

This module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the field of investment.

You will develop:

  • a broad understanding of the world's financial market
  • the skills to value financial securities including equities and derivatives
  • the skills to understand and apply the portfolio diversification and optimisation principles
  • the quantitative skills needed to manage financial risk
Big Data and Business Analytics for Decision Making

15 credits

This module will provide an introduction to business intelligence and data analytical tools and aligning their implementation to business strategy and managerial decision making. Today's managers need to understand where and how to use business intelligence and big data analytics, to allow them to utilise new sources of customer, product, and operational data, which coupled with data science will allow them to optimise key business processes and KPIs. In addition, they need to understand the process by which data analytics and big data can add value to the business by providing new insights into sources of competitive advantage.

Students in this module will learn think like data scientists, so they can collaborate with IT specialist and data scientists in order to provide critical input into the operationalisation of business strategies in their organisations.

International Business Management with Entrepreneurship pathway

This pathway will teach students a wide range of skills including developing new products and ideas, business processes to start a new venture, and evaluating a new business.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Business Management

30 credits

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
Consultancy in Practice

30 credits

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.

International Business Strategy with Simulation

30 credits

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.
International Business Environment and Trade

30 credits

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.

Innovation Management

15 credits

Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors 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.

Entrepreneurship in an International Context

15 credits

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.

Optional modules (choose modules to make up 30 credits)

International Project Management and Practice

30 credits

This module introduces the concepts of strategic planning and project management with an emphasis on business development related tasks. The initial focus is on long-term business planning, as well as managing individual projects, using established strategic and project management tools and techniques. The module looks at managing complex multiple projects in close alignment with an organisation's business strategy. The module will enhance the management of business activities both on strategic and operational level in order to create and sustain competitive advantage at the international level.

Financial Resource Management

15 credits

This module considers the ways that those internal and external to a business can make business decisions that enable them to make the most favourable use of financial resources.

You will be introduced to techniques used in evaluating the role of financial institutions and the economic environment in financial business decision making including basic financial feasibility appraisals of proposed investments, the assessment of the sources of finance available for investments. The module will include a critical reflection on the differences between theory and practice of financial decision making from the perspectives of both preparers and users of financial information.

Design Thinking for International Business

15 credits

Design thinking is an important skillset for professionals working in entrepreneurial as well as in established businesses. International businesses such as Apple, Google and Pepsi, to mention just a few, are increasingly using design thinking to tackle their business challenges. This module provides students of international business with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of design thinking. Students will work in teams to re-design a product or service that falls short of its customers' expectations.

Leadership, Change and Consultancy

30 credits

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 organisational 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.
International Money and Finance

15 credits

This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

Buyer Behaviour

15 credits

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.
Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

15 credits

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.

Digital Marketing

15 credits

This module offers a practical guide to the core techniques and tools in Digital Marketing.

You will:

  • understand digital marketing and its role in modern marketing
  • critically examine the theory and practice of digital marketing and compare where appropriate with traditional or offline marketing
  • develop a working knowledge and understanding of the application of digital marketing strategies and techniques.
  • create a complete digital marketing plan
International Marketing

15 credits

Examine how marketing management theories and methods can be applied to ensure long-term success for a broad range of organisations, private or not-for-profit, with a global context.

International Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing marketing resources across international regions, to achieve an organisation's marketing objectives.

This module is delivered through lectures, case study seminars and workshops and is supported by professional guest speakers.

Financial Investments

15 credits

This module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the field of investment.

You will develop:

  • a broad understanding of the world's financial market
  • the skills to value financial securities including equities and derivatives
  • the skills to understand and apply the portfolio diversification and optimisation principles
  • the quantitative skills needed to manage financial risk
Big Data and Business Analytics for Decision Making

15 credits

This module will provide an introduction to business intelligence and data analytical tools and aligning their implementation to business strategy and managerial decision making. Today's managers need to understand where and how to use business intelligence and big data analytics, to allow them to utilise new sources of customer, product, and operational data, which coupled with data science will allow them to optimise key business processes and KPIs. In addition, they need to understand the process by which data analytics and big data can add value to the business by providing new insights into sources of competitive advantage.

Students in this module will learn think like data scientists, so they can collaborate with IT specialist and data scientists in order to provide critical input into the operationalisation of business strategies in their organisations.

International Business Management with Marketing pathway

This pathway will teach students how marketing management can be structured/modified to develop business beyond historic country and other operating boundaries. It will look at buyer behaviour and examine the latest in marketing theory and practise.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Business Management

30 credits

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
Consultancy in Practice

30 credits

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.

International Business Strategy with Simulation

30 credits

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.
International Business Environment and Trade

30 credits

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.

Buyer Behaviour

15 credits

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.
International Marketing

15 credits

Examine how marketing management theories and methods can be applied to ensure long-term success for a broad range of organisations, private or not-for-profit, with a global context.

International Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing marketing resources across international regions, to achieve an organisation's marketing objectives.

This module is delivered through lectures, case study seminars and workshops and is supported by professional guest speakers.

Optional modules (choose modules to make up 30 credits)

International Project Management and Practice

30 credits

This module introduces the concepts of strategic planning and project management with an emphasis on business development related tasks. The initial focus is on long-term business planning, as well as managing individual projects, using established strategic and project management tools and techniques. The module looks at managing complex multiple projects in close alignment with an organisation's business strategy. The module will enhance the management of business activities both on strategic and operational level in order to create and sustain competitive advantage at the international level.

Financial Resource Management

15 credits

This module considers the ways that those internal and external to a business can make business decisions that enable them to make the most favourable use of financial resources.

You will be introduced to techniques used in evaluating the role of financial institutions and the economic environment in financial business decision making including basic financial feasibility appraisals of proposed investments, the assessment of the sources of finance available for investments. The module will include a critical reflection on the differences between theory and practice of financial decision making from the perspectives of both preparers and users of financial information.

Design Thinking for International Business

15 credits

Design thinking is an important skillset for professionals working in entrepreneurial as well as in established businesses. International businesses such as Apple, Google and Pepsi, to mention just a few, are increasingly using design thinking to tackle their business challenges. This module provides students of international business with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of design thinking. Students will work in teams to re-design a product or service that falls short of its customers' expectations.

Leadership, Change and Consultancy

30 credits

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 organisational 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.
International Money and Finance

15 credits

This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

15 credits

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.

Innovation Management

15 credits

Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors 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.

Entrepreneurship in an International Context

15 credits

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.
Digital Marketing

15 credits

This module offers a practical guide to the core techniques and tools in Digital Marketing.

You will:

  • understand digital marketing and its role in modern marketing
  • critically examine the theory and practice of digital marketing and compare where appropriate with traditional or offline marketing
  • develop a working knowledge and understanding of the application of digital marketing strategies and techniques.
  • create a complete digital marketing plan
Financial Investments

15 credits

This module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the field of investment.

You will develop:

  • a broad understanding of the world's financial market
  • the skills to value financial securities including equities and derivatives
  • the skills to understand and apply the portfolio diversification and optimisation principles
  • the quantitative skills needed to manage financial risk
Big Data and Business Analytics for Decision Making

15 credits

This module will provide an introduction to business intelligence and data analytical tools and aligning their implementation to business strategy and managerial decision making. Today's managers need to understand where and how to use business intelligence and big data analytics, to allow them to utilise new sources of customer, product, and operational data, which coupled with data science will allow them to optimise key business processes and KPIs. In addition, they need to understand the process by which data analytics and big data can add value to the business by providing new insights into sources of competitive advantage.

Students in this module will learn think like data scientists, so they can collaborate with IT specialist and data scientists in order to provide critical input into the operationalisation of business strategies in their organisations.

International Business Management with Project Management pathway

Project Management - this pathway will teach students key skills including project planning and monitoring, strategic management, agreeing and setting realistic targets plus the ability to self-analyse performance and progress and respond to feedback.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Business Management

30 credits

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
Consultancy in Practice

30 credits

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.

International Business Strategy with Simulation

30 credits

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.
International Business Environment and Trade

30 credits

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.

International Project Management and Practice

30 credits

This module introduces the concepts of strategic planning and project management with an emphasis on business development related tasks. The initial focus is on long-term business planning, as well as managing individual projects, using established strategic and project management tools and techniques. The module looks at managing complex multiple projects in close alignment with an organisation's business strategy. The module will enhance the management of business activities both on strategic and operational level in order to create and sustain competitive advantage at the international level.

Optional modules (choose modules to make up 30 credits)

Digital Marketing

15 credits

This module offers a practical guide to the core techniques and tools in Digital Marketing.

You will:

  • understand digital marketing and its role in modern marketing
  • critically examine the theory and practice of digital marketing and compare where appropriate with traditional or offline marketing
  • develop a working knowledge and understanding of the application of digital marketing strategies and techniques.
  • create a complete digital marketing plan
Financial Resource Management

15 credits

This module considers the ways that those internal and external to a business can make business decisions that enable them to make the most favourable use of financial resources.

You will be introduced to techniques used in evaluating the role of financial institutions and the economic environment in financial business decision making including basic financial feasibility appraisals of proposed investments, the assessment of the sources of finance available for investments. The module will include a critical reflection on the differences between theory and practice of financial decision making from the perspectives of both preparers and users of financial information.

Design Thinking for International Business

15 credits

Design thinking is an important skillset for professionals working in entrepreneurial as well as in established businesses. International businesses such as Apple, Google and Pepsi, to mention just a few, are increasingly using design thinking to tackle their business challenges. This module provides students of international business with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of design thinking. Students will work in teams to re-design a product or service that falls short of its customers' expectations.

Leadership, Change and Consultancy

30 credits

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 organisational 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.
International Money and Finance

15 credits

This module offers an intuitive analysis of the international financial management environment. It studies the role and functions of international financial markets (FX, capital markets) and institutions, and assesses the tools that can be employed by firms' managers to assess and control for risk in these markets. Moreover, it provides students with an understanding of international economic linkages, international monetary systems, and parity conditions in international financial markets. Several real world examples and journal articles are employed to bring together theoretical considerations and practise. This module is assessed with a combination of an exam and a coursework and is delivered by weekly seminars.

Innovation Management

15 credits

Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors 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.

Entrepreneurship in an International Context

15 credits

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.
Buyer Behaviour

15 credits

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.
Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

15 credits

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.

Financial Investments

15 credits

This module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the field of investment.

You will develop:

  • a broad understanding of the world's financial market
  • the skills to value financial securities including equities and derivatives
  • the skills to understand and apply the portfolio diversification and optimisation principles
  • the quantitative skills needed to manage financial risk
Big Data and Business Analytics for Decision Making

15 credits

This module will provide an introduction to business intelligence and data analytical tools and aligning their implementation to business strategy and managerial decision making. Today's managers need to understand where and how to use business intelligence and big data analytics, to allow them to utilise new sources of customer, product, and operational data, which coupled with data science will allow them to optimise key business processes and KPIs. In addition, they need to understand the process by which data analytics and big data can add value to the business by providing new insights into sources of competitive advantage.

Students in this module will learn think like data scientists, so they can collaborate with IT specialist and data scientists in order to provide critical input into the operationalisation of business strategies in their organisations.

International Marketing

15 credits

Examine how marketing management theories and methods can be applied to ensure long-term success for a broad range of organisations, private or not-for-profit, with a global context.

International Management is the discipline of planning, organising and managing marketing resources across international regions, to achieve an organisation's marketing objectives.

This module is delivered through lectures, case study seminars and workshops and is supported by professional guest speakers.

International Business Management optional year

The professional placement year is optional. It takes place after the full time year. It allows students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The work placement is an assessed part of the course and is therefore covered by a Student Route visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Professional placement year

Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates an extended professional placement that follows completion of the first 180 credits of taught modules and project or dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific skills in their chosen subject.

It is the responsibility of individual students to locate and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this will normally involve one placement which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the module leader prior to commencement to ensure its suitability.

Please note

Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.

After you graduate

Graduates are presented with a range of opportunities in the employment market. Our alumni have either set up their own business, worked in SMEs, consultancy or multinational companies.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

A 2:2 or above honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Candidates with non-standard qualifications but with relevant experience are welcome to apply.

Pre-Masters programme

If you don't meet these entry requirements, our Pre-Masters programme can prepare you for the course.

International

Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from recognised majority-English-speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country-specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

International Business Management

  • 21% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 375 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1425 hours

International Business Management with Entrepreneurship

  • 21% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 384 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1416 hours


International Business Management with Marketing

  • 22% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 402
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1398


International Business Management with Project Management

  • 22% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 393
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1407

Professional Placement Year

  • 100% of your time is spent on guided independent study (self-managed time) and placement
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 50
  • Placement: 1150

(Contact hours may vary depending on your modules)

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

International Business Management

  • 85% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 7% Exam

International Business Management with Entrepreneurship

  • 87% Coursework
  • 7% Practical
  • 6% Exam

International Business Management with Marketing

  • 86% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 6% Exam

International Business Management with Project Management

  • 85% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 7% Exam

Professional Placement Year

  • 100% Coursework

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice and the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you will be taught alongside students who are on these courses within the Business School.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Fees for this course

2023/24 fees for this course

Home 2023/24

  • MSc full time £12,100

International 2023/24

  • MSc full time £17,500

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc full time £11,800

International 2022/23

  • MSc full time £17,000

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.

Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placements

Students may wish to visit a client for a consultancy project. The approximate cost would be £100.

Students who choose to take a placement will need to allow for travel costs. Cost will depend on the location of the placement. If placement is based in London travel costs may vary from £0 to £200 per month, for 12 months.

Field trips

There may be optional trips within London and overseas, which would incur a cost of approximately £50 to £297.

Additional costs (course specific)

If the Design Thinking elective module is selected, students will raise funds and invest in their start-up company. Each team of four will need to raise £1000.

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What our students say

The International Business Management MSc I am studying has been one of the best experiences I ever had. I am a European student from France, and I decided to do my masters at Kingston University. After considering a number of universities in England I found that Kingston University was ideal for me. I did my bachelors degree in the north of England, but I wanted to change and discover a new life. Kingston is a real melting pot and a good place to live for students as it is not far away from London. I really enjoyed my life there and I was very happy and satisfied with my choice.

The International Business Management MSc course offered by Kingston Business School met all my expectations. The content of this masters programme is an interesting mix and has taught me a lot about business, communication, management and finance terms. During my second semester, I chose the consultancy practice module; it consisted in working for a company and helping it to improve a business area (in this case marketing and communications). This module was for me the opportunity to be introduced to the business market and has transformed my knowledge into action and my competency in a real situation.

This year abroad has been very useful to my future career: my course combines business with language, which gives me knowledge and capabilities but also valuable learning experiences, which are a considerable asset for my personal and my professional development. I am confident that my choice of studying abroad will increase my competitiveness in the international business field after my graduation.
I am really enjoying my time and my experience of being one of Kingston University's students, the course is very enjoyable and I highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for an unforgettable experience and thinking about an international business career.

Audrey Aznar: "One of the best experiences I ever had"

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.