Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £16,500 *
International Fees £17,000 *
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Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Underpinned by company visits, field trips and the chance to tackle real-life business challenges, our exciting Master’s programme provides a practice-driven understanding of the global business environment. You’ll study in the heart of London, one of the world’s major cities and international business hubs.

Our comprehensive curriculum will equip you with the competencies, analytical, professional and problem-solving skills needed to successfully manage operations, tactical activities and direct strategy within organisations that are based overseas or trade globally.

You’ll develop your knowledge of a broad range of business and management disciplines in the context of international cultural perspectives, challenges and global contemporary business and commerce practices. Topics covered include economics, finance, international trade, branding, corporate social responsibility, strategy and sustainability, marketing and digital communication, leadership and managing people. The course is ideally suited for recent graduates and ambitious early-career professionals who may not have a business education background, but who are determined to pursue business and management careers.

Our teaching focuses on experiential learning, integrating theory with practice and real-world problem-solving. You’ll interact directly with businesses and be exposed to ‘live’ business situations through field trips, case studies, business simulations, special talks and seminars given by leading business practitioners.

A major highlight of the course is the overseas study trip, which provides a unique opportunity to experience business practices and cultures in situ and in context. You’ll partner with an international organisation and work on an actual business challenge, with previous students visiting Brussels in Belgium and Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Wide range of topics covered will greatly enhance your employment opportunities in the global job market
  • Engaging delivery methods, including action-based practical activities and challenges, which may be set by businesses and enterprises, a community or other appropriate partner
  • A truly international business course, with almost three-quarters of participants from outside the UK and European Union
  • Become business-ready through intensive practical experiences and practitioner input
  • Study in central London, one of the world’s major cities and international business hubs
  • One-week overseas study trip (at no extra cost) tackling a business issue
  • Opportunities to visit global and multinational corporations as well as family companies, for example, one group of students visited the Mini Cooper Plant in Oxford, a production plant transformed through robots and connected manufacturing systems

Course structure

Course content reflects the main functional areas of business and management. During the course, you'll take eight core modules and one option module, with 180 credits in total.

The MSc and MA are differentiated by one core module and options, plus the different focus of the project. The MSc will enhance your analytical and data-handling skills for marketing, economic, financial problem-solving. The MA focuses on developing key people management skills required of international managers, incorporating elements such as cultural and environmental differences, as well as how to apply interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills to improve performance.

Semester 1

We’ll consider the rationale for international trade and legal, financial and political factors encountered. You will gain a deeper insight into the implications of managing in a global context.

Semester 2

As the course develops, we’ll consider the practicalities of international trade, using live projects to explore strategy options, which may include expansion, diversification, technology or targeted marketing, for example. MSc projects are expected to centre on economics, finance, marketing research or leadership, while on the MA, the focus is more likely to be human resource management (HRM), marketing communications or project management. For example, one MSc student recently chose to assess the extent to which the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes’ ‘Consulting Readiness Index’ accurately reflects the maturity of national markets for management consultancy services. His findings are expected to have a significant impact on the consultancy industry.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules - MSc and MA

This module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process and the application of research methods in the area of Business and Management. It consists of an overview of methodology, literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods and considers the contexts within which different methods are useful and how they should be applied in practice.  The focus is on research design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings.

This module provides business managers with a comprehensive, practical approach to using financial and accounting techniques and analysis in their business lives. It also looks at the concepts behind the techniques, recent developments in conceptual thinking and academic critiques. It will give students the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

This module is concerned with both practice and theories of International trade and finance. It is related to issues such as classical and neo-classical trade theories, intra industry trade, factor input mobility, trade policies, infant industry protection, economic integration, foreign investments, balance of payments, exchange rate regimes and their implications. It is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for trade, shortcomings of the classical trade theories and some of the more modern trade theories.

This module examines contemporary global marketing issues from an applied and practical perspective. Providing an introduction to essential marketing principles, the module develops a thematic approach to ‘international marketing’ by exploring areas including culture, communication, innovation, distribution and sustainable marketing practices. Planned company visits (which may include field trip to an overseas (European) capital city) will form an integral part of the hands-on approach to teaching and learning where assessment is also largely driven by real-life business scenarios. 

This module involves strategic thinking that draws together all aspects of business & management. It applies strategic concepts and systems thinking to help students to understand how to manage businesses in a complex global business environment. The module content also apply contemporary strategic management theory and concepts to the critical appraisal of international business scenarios and cases. Students will learn how to develop sustainable business models and solutions in a complex and changing world and to think like business analysts, management consultants & executive decision-makers.

This module explores the development of leaders and managers from a multi-disciplinary perspective in a global context. It takes a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to leadership and management development.  In our complex and interconnected world one needs to be open minded and ready to learn from all regardless of cultural, religious or social backgrounds. It also draws from historic examples and from the wisdom of Eastern and Western traditions. Further it provides a historic and a critical, research based perspective on leadership.  Participants are invited to review their personal views and experiences of leading and managing and explore new concepts and skills to develop appropriate personal competencies.

Core module - MSc

This module aims to assist students in understanding information management and information systems, assessing the different information needs of organisations, and being able to assess the increasing importance of digital information technology and management of information and at times knowledge in global businesses.

It is expected that the majority of the MSc projects will adopt a focus in Economics, Finance, Marketing Research or Leadership, and be more likely to apply quantitative or mixed methods and involve analysis of ‘hard’ and/or primary data.  However, students are not prevented from applying qualitative data approaches and secondary sources to triangulate their findings.  Also, other types of project are possible, subject to approval, such as a consultancy project. In all cases, the project must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the appropriate methodology.

Option modules - MSc

This module provides students with a thorough understanding of the interplay between international financial markets and national and international agencies; and to enable students to have a critical awareness of how exchange rate movements might affect the position of traders and investors in the international markets, and how to avoid foreign exchange risk by hedging in derivative markets.

This module provides an overview of the essential topics in the field of Finance, including sources of Finance, capital investment strategies, the weighted average cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, corporate value, modern portfolio theory and financial instruments.

This module will help you focus on key people management skills for international managers (with elements like cultural differences and the international context considered essential). A strong emphasis will be placed on the need for managers to have a range of skills at their disposal in order to operate in an international, multi-cultural context. You will have the opportunity to focus on the intercultural competencies needed by managers, such as cultural awareness, and evaluate existing frameworks for understanding cross-cultural differences. The module will help you identify your likely future role as an international manager in organisations and the contribution of HR management to organisational objectives.

Sustainability is one of businesses most pressing concerns: it is the key question of our time. Sustainability is a broad concept that goes beyond considering the environmental impact of business to include economic and social issues. The focus of sustainability is the creation of a good quality of life for current and future generations by achieving a balance between economic prosperity, ecosystem viability and social justice. This module focuses on the challenges and opportunities that societal and environmental issues create for organisations. You will explore sustainable management in all its dimensions, learning from real life examples, focussing on examining key problems and developing solutions in order to lead organisations towards sustainable change that aligns businesses long-term goals with the broader expectations of society in a globalised, connected world. To help you understand the systematic and organisational role of sustainability in any organisation, the module will give an overview of major sustainability issues, practices according to the following 3 dimensions; environmental, social and financial.

A significant and growing field in the marketing profession is the use of analytics to inform managerial decision making. Although “analytics” seems to be a catch-phrase that encompasses anything having to do with numbers, marketing analytics comprises the processes that enable marketers to evaluate the success of their marketing initiatives by measuring their performance. Therefore, marketing analytics can offer profound insights into customer preferences and trends. The first part of the course will place more emphasis on analysis using excel and the second part of the module will extend the student’s knowledge of regression analysis using SPSS.

Core modules – MA

This module aims to assist students in understanding information management and information systems, assessing the different information needs of organisations, and being able to assess the increasing importance of digital information technology and management of information and at times knowledge in global businesses.

It is expected that the majority of the MA projects will adopt a focus in for example Human Resource Management, Marketing Communications, and be more likely to apply qualitative or mixed methods and involve analysis of ‘soft’ and/or primary data.  However, students are not prevented from applying quantitative data approaches and secondary sources, for instance, to triangulate their findings.  Also, other types of project are possible, subject to approval, such as a consultancy project. In all cases, the project must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the appropriate methodology.

Option modules - MA

This module aims to assist students in understanding information management and information systems, assessing the different information needs of organisations, and being able to assess the increasing importance of digital information technology and management of information and at times knowledge in global businesses.

This module will focus on creativity and innovation in marketing and their impact on increasing the competitive edge of organisations (across all sectors). The module will explore the complexity of the creative process and innovation at the individual, group and organisational levels as well as assess the competencies of a ‘creative’ / ‘innovative’ manager.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

This Master’s programme is designed to prepare you for a wide range of roles in general management across all industry sectors and within the international environment. You could choose to specialise in a specific area, such as marketing or accounting management, work with business start-ups or set up your own consultancy.

Employability and career development are an integral part of the student experience. Working on real-life business case studies and challenges will equip you with the practical skills vital for effective business leaders in a fast-changing global business context. Our ultimate goal is to empower you to achieve ‘6Cs’: cross-cultural competence, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and compassion.

Our graduates have developed their careers in a wide range of multinational corporations, management consultancies, financial services, government institutions and also family businesses around the world. Since 2016, three of our students have successfully completed their PhDs with us and are now developing a research-focused career in academia.

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Build connections

Build connections with peers and future business leaders

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Develop your CQ

Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities

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Develop practical skills

Work on real-life business case studies and challenges to develop your practical skills

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Business advisor
  • Communication consultant
  • Corporate travel consultant 
  • Internal auditor 
  • Key account strategist
  • Market intelligence analyst
  • Marketing manager

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • British American Tobacco
  • Darktrace
  • Deloitte
  • European Commission 
  • Google
  • ING Bank NV
  • JCP - Just Cruzin' Production
  • KPMG UK
  • Samsung Electronics
  • SEB (a leading Nordic Bank)

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of people management approaches and their impact on organisational behaviour. 

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.  Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

How you’ll be taught

Through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to case study analysis, business simulations and projects – we encourage active, experiential and reflective learning. You will demonstrate independent learning, critical evaluation, reflection, discussion and debate, as well as the opportunity through the project to research, in significant depth, a relevant business issue.

The emphasis in the classroom is on problem-based learning, blending theory and practice, problem diagnosis and the selection of managerial tools to provide the best fit with the situation. Gaining real-life experience of actual business problems is key. In the past, students have created and marketed their own confectionary products, worked with companies on the redesign and repositioning of products such as organic fruit juices and protein supplements, and worked with companies on specific marketing and branding problems. 

You will develop practical knowledge, expertise and valuable insights from visiting professionals from a wide range of industries. For example, students recently heard about sustainability and the challenges of ‘green’ marketing from the founder and owner of Alara Wholefoods, one of the world’s most sustainable suppliers of breakfast cereals, the first cereal company to be certified organic and the first to be licensed by Coeliac UK.

How you’ll be assessed

Using a wide range of techniques, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

We try to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example, when assessing the business challenge on the international study trip, students must present their findings to the senior management team.

Why study this course?

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Develop presentation skills

Boost your communication skills with experience presenting to real senior management teams

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, problem-solving and live business projects

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Gain business insight

Strengthen business insight through interaction with businesses and discussions about current market challenges

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). Relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. Applicants are required to submit one reference.

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Student work

The one-week overseas study trip enables students to tackle a real-life business issue in partnership with an international organisation. This helps them appreciate the complexity of international business management in a practical setting.

In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, students explored the way in which national supermarket chain Korzinka.uz, which had mostly relied on traditional channels to market their products, should manage its future omni-channel strategy. The project focused on evaluating how disruptive technologies could affect online shopping in Uzbekistan and whether to switch capital investment from an offline store to online. While in Tashkent, students attended a series of talks on the strategy of development of Uzbekistan, the company’s plans for strategic expansion and on how leaders and organisations respond to changes in the environment. In teams, they visited Korzinka supermarkets to carry out field research and collect primary data, interviewing shop managers, employees, and customers. They then analysed the data and presented their recommendations to the CEO. Speaking about the impact of the trip, one student described it as “a once in a lifetime experience".  

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‘Sustainability’ has become one of the by-words of contemporary management, which is why students were given the opportunity to work with Kings Cross based enterprise, Alara Wholefoods. As part of their marketing assessment, they worked with Alara in a ‘live’ case study to investigate new export opportunities in one of three countries with no existing market presence, namely France, India and Uzbekistan.

Module Leader, Richard West, explains: “Gaining real-life experience of actual business problems is a key part of the International and Business Management MA/MSc. Alara Wholefoods is an excellent company to be involved with, because of the way they challenge conventional business thinking. The students will learn a lot about sustainability and the challenges of ‘green’ marketing from this experience."

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Learn new skills

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Tackle business challenges

On business challenges, you’ll experience cross-cultural communication, teamwork, creative and critical thinking, leadership and working under pressure

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Develop critical thinking skills

Learn to critically evaluate the strategies that managers use to help organisations adapt in an uncertain or complex environment

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Achieve '6Cs'

Achieve ‘6Cs’: cross-cultural competence, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and compassion.

What Our Students Say

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Gulsah Koken

International Business and Management MA

Studying at the University of Westminster has provided me with a practical and intensive foundation in business administration. The diversity of the programme prepared me for face-to-face interaction with different kinds of people, thoughts, values and cultures in business the world over. I am now working as a Senior Product Manager at one of Turkey’s leading pharmaceutical companies.  

Oliver Kewitz

Oliver Kewitz

International Business and Management MSc

This course is definitely one of the biggest opportunities in a student's life. It's not only about developing your academic skills in order to succeed; the biggest focus is getting out of your comfort zone, mixing with a multicultural cohort, questioning the status quo and thinking critically. Also, the study trip incorporating real life business challenges was a once in a lifetime experience.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £16,500 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International tuition fee: £17,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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Facilities

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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