This course strengthens your critical understanding of general management, international business and strategy. As an International Business Management MSc student, you will develop your ability to question and critically assess business issues to find innovative options and solutions. You will build your understanding across a broad range of modules, with a core legal element built in through the International Business Environment and Trade module. Regular guest speakers add to the expertise of our lecturing staff and provide their perspectives on current events.
The International Business Management MSc is made up of eight modules worth 180 credits. Four of these modules, making up 120 credits, are core to the programme and provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for a career in international management. You will also choose from a broad range of elective modules to build on this core for the remaining 60 credits.
Your choice of elective modules means you will have the opportunity to gain expertise in individual business disciplines without limiting your employment options. If you start the course in September, you can choose one of three different pathways – Entrepreneurship, Project Management or Marketing.
If your first degree is in business management, you can exchange the core module Fundamentals of Business Management for additional elective modules worth a total of 30 credits.
This course is accredited by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Its EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) award means that you can be confident that this degree is of a high standard compared to similar programmes around the world.
Kingston Business School is one of only a small number of schools that have secured accreditation from EFMD. We are the second UK Business School to secure EPAS accreditation, and one of only 22 schools with accreditation from EFMD in the UK (the other 20 having secured EQUIS accreditation).
Kingston Business School is the first business school internationally to receive triple AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation across its portfolio of general management masters and doctoral courses.
This accreditation provides specific programmes with an independent and international quality kite mark that assures they are delivered to an appropriate standard and are of continuing relevance to contemporary issues in management education:
The Kingston MBA has enjoyed continuous AMBA accreditation since 1992, while Kingston's Business Management MSc was among the first courses internationally to be awarded AMBA's PEMM accreditation (Pre-Experience Masters in General Management) in September 2005. In July 2006, the Kingston DBA was one of the first three doctoral programmes internationally to receive AMBA accreditation.
Graduates of the masters degree programme will be entitled to professional membership of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI or ACMI depending on your management experience and the programme studied).
Recognition from the Institute demonstrates your professional commitment. As a member you will have access to a wide range of support services, including information resources, an online CPD system and networking events.
You will also be entitled to the Institute's fast track membership application process and a reduction on subscription rates for the first year. Once a member, you can demonstrate your capability as a professional manager still further by registering on the Institute's Chartered Manager programme.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
We welcome students from all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. As a minimum, applicants should have:
Most International Business Management students are arts, humanities, technology or science graduates, who received their honours in the previous three years. Some may have limited work experience but possess specific knowledge or skills that they also bring to the course.
This is an intensive course so all students are expected to have a high degree of motivation, focus, maturity and commitment. You'll need to be able to work effectively on your own and with others.
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Please visit the bursaries page for full application details.
To apply for any scholarship or bursary you must already be in possession of a firm offer on the programme and have paid your course fee deposit.
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