Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £16,500 *
International Fees £17,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The International Business and Management MSc/MA is designed to advance your knowledge and develop the analytical and evidence-based skills that are needed in your future professional life. In terms of knowledge, the focus is on a range of business and management disciplines. For skills, our ultimate vision is to empower you to achieve 6C’s, namely Cross-cultural competence, Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking, Creativity and Compassion, all of which are vital for effective business leaders in a fast-changing global business context. 

We aim to provide the best possible experience during your studies. One particular feature of the course is the study trip which takes place in the first semester and is usually overseas. This, together with other organised company visits, provide IBM students with invaluable opportunities to tackle real-life business challenges. The course team will continue to develop this kind of experiential learning that fosters an application-orientated approach.  

The course places much emphasis on the integration of theory and practice within an international environment and this is reflected in the teaching and learning strategies. Teaching will be delivered through lectures, seminars, live case studies and business simulation exercises. You will also benefit from inspirational guest speakers, who will share their own personal experiences, knowledge and expertise. A variety of assessments will be used across the course. This includes a combination of essays, business reports, presentations and examinations.  

You will be encouraged to be proactive in your approach to learning, by participating in classroom discussions, undertaking research and working in teams. You will also be expected to spend an appropriate amount of time in independent study. You will be supported via the Virtual Learning Environment accessing study materials and online resources on the Blackboard platform.

You will have a personal tutor, who will provide you with academic support and guidance throughout your university journey so that you can achieve your full academic and personal potential. 
 

Course structure

During the course, you will take 8 core modules and one option module, with 180 credits in total. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Core module – MA

This module focuses on key people management skills for international managers (with elements like cultural differences and the international context considered essential). The module places strong emphasis on the need for managers to have a range of skills at their disposal in order to operate in an international, multi-cultural context. In particular, the module focuses on the intercultural competencies needed by managers, such as cultural awareness, and provides an evaluation of existing frameworks for understanding cross-cultural differences.  It aims to help students identify their likely future roles as international managers in organisations and the contribution of HR management to organisational objectives.

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.

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.

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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Careers

Employability and career development are an important part for the IBM course.  Our students are encouraged to engage with the University’s Career and Employability Service, which offers a range of services, guidance and advice. 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. A number of our graduates have moved onto PhD study, developing a research-focused career in academia.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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.

Past Field Trips

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.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

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

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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 undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Facilities

Course Location

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