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MSc International Business and Management

Start date(s):
September
Study mode:
Full-time
Course duration:
1 year

Tuition fees

Home fee
£8,765
International full-time per year
£17,750
General enquiries:
0151 231 5090
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
International admissions
international@ljmu.ac.uk

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About this course

LJMU's International Business and Management Masters programme is delivered by specialist academics with expert knowledge of how to deploy and manage global strategies.

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in international business management
  • Enjoy a rich cultural experience working alongside students from around the world, offering a great opportunity to expand your cross-cultural communication skills and understanding different global business perspectives
  • Designed to be inclusive and supportive to international students to cultivate a positive learning experience
  • Benefit from innovative learning and teaching approaches applying theoretical concepts through contemporary business simulations
  • Students are actively encouraged to publish their Masters projects and research findings in Postgraduate Journal of Management Research to enhance their professional and academic development
  • Study in Liverpool, a key city for international business and trade and a truly global commercial setting
  • This course is also available as a 2 year MSc with Advanced Practice which includes a Business Consultancy Project supported by industry mentors
  • 'Microeconomics of Competitiveness' module designed by Harvard Business School and delivered by Dr Moustafa Haj Youssef, an official affiliate of the MOC-Harvard network.

This course will open up a wealth of global opportunities providing the range of knowledge necessary to negotiate between countries, cultures, political and economic systems and other commercial borders.

Completing this MSc will take you to the next level of academic achievement. You will develop your skills in leadership and strategy, and gain valuable business acumen needed to be an effective global management professional.

This programme is ranked above our competitors in QS International Trade Rankings category of the prestigious QS world university rankings. This ranking uses indicators including programme content and teaching, faculty experience in international trade, university academic and employer reputation, return on investment for graduates, and university partnerships with employers.

Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

By developing your key management skills and giving you valuable insights into contemporary international business topics, this Masters will help you prepare for the workplace and a successful career in strategic management across a broad range of sectors and organisations around the world.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Professional Practice for the Global Business Environment
10 credits

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills and reflections about their own career management and personal self-development in an international context. It will help prepare students for searching and applying for employment in the global jobs market, which will include digital literacy skills pertaining to the use of professional online communication technologies.

Students will be empowered to take responsibility for their own development and be able to relate module content and learning methods to their own individualised experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Research and Data Analytics
20 credits

Students will learn a comprehensive range of research methods and business analytics techniques to develop their research skills, numerical literacy and qualitative analysis.

By the end of the module students will know how to apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques. This will equip students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct research and analysis at Masters’ level and prepare students for completing a Masters Dissertation and level 7 Consultancy Project.

Managing Cross-Cultural Diversity
10 credits

This module will provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to manage across, and work effectively within, culturally diverse teams.

It will enable students to: 

  • develop a critical understanding of cross-cultural theories and their application in an international business context;
  • identify the ways in which culture and diversity influences leadership styles, especially understanding ethical leadership in different cultures;
  • develop and evaluate the skills needed to successfully communicate, negotiate, and work within culturally diverse teams.

Students will reflect upon their own cross-cultural skills and apply relevant theory to their personalised context.

International Business and Emerging Economies
10 credits

The aim of the module is to gain a critical understanding of how global forces shape business environments in a world where national economies are no longer self-contained entities but are interconnected and interdependent. Students will examine the interplay between International Business, the global economy and the rise of emerging economies.

The course emphasises the development of skills to understand and analyse the issues that firms face when operating responsibly in international markets. The module will cover relevant theories of trade and students will be supported in investigating their application to real-world contexts.

Academic and Digital Literacies
20 credits

This module aims to develop students’ academic and digital literacies to support their studies as well as their professional development as a responsible citizen in a digital society. It will also develop students’ familiarity of sourcing, manipulating and reporting numerical information, which also includes data practice guidelines, such as GDPR. Students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship between traditional academic literacies and the role of new technologies to support digital literacy practices. Academic skills development is embedded in the module to help students adapt to a new environment.

International Research Project
60 credits

This module will help you to prepare a research project that applies international business/managerial concepts and techniques to a significant organisational issue or problem. It will help you to carry out an independent, in-depth research study.

Responsible Global Business
10 credits

This module explores the complexity of global sustainable challenges and the role of organisations and society in our interconnected environment. Students will review concepts of sustainable and responsible management in the global business environment, recognising the impact of individual and organisational decision-making on social, environmental, and economic contexts.

Students will critically appraise the international sustainability agenda through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and raise their awareness of climate change and carbon emissions reductions through Carbon Literacy training.

Sustainable Strategic Management
20 credits

This module is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of the core concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management, and to appreciate their applicability to the complex and dynamic landscape of modern businesses and industries when seeking sustainable competitive advantage. 

Building upon foundational business concepts, the module aims to delve into strategic planning, analysis, and formulation to empower learners to become adept strategists capable of driving sustainable organisational success. It provides students with tools to understand and manage the strategic planning process. 

It enlightens students with the fundamentals of strategic management and grants them broader insights into strategy formulations and implementations. It is tailored to provide comprehensive and in-depth strategic planning techniques that are applicable to different industries. In analysing multidisciplinary business case studies, students will practically integrate much of the knowledge gained in the core business curriculum. 

Global Digital Business Management
20 credits

This module explores how organisations make use of digital technologies to enhance their business operations, products and services. Students will critically analyse the role of digital technologies in organisational activities to gain a competitive edge, improve effectiveness, responsiveness, resilience, and efficiency in the dynamic global digital business environment. 

Key consideration on the principles of business ethics and fostering a sustainable global business environment within a global digital business context is also examined.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time students can expect contact hours for lectures, seminars and workshops of approximately 10-12 hours per week in each of the two taught semesters, usually scheduled over three days and between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

In the third or independent study semester you will be guided by a supervisor. The programme is completed in 12 months.

Teaching methods

Teaching on the course will explore operational contexts that will enable you to perform as a highly effective, internationally informed, manager. You will also be asked to collect, appraise and analyse multi-source data enabling you to cultivate your problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Applied learning

This programme employs an active blended learning approach which uses the best of both physical and digital learning provision to provide students with a dynamic and engaging learning experience.

In practice, this means that a small proportion of modules may use online delivery methods for some of the content, totalling no more than 20% of the programme overall being delivered via online methods.

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

A variety of assessment methods are used on this programme, including:

  • problem-solving exercises
  • practical projects, such as business simulations
  • business case studies
  • research-based projects
  • literature reviews
  • group presentations
  • group and individual report
  • reflective reviews
  • class tests

Feedback is provided in all modules, and extensively in supporting workshops. In most modules, you will be expected to complete more than one piece of formal assessment.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU 's Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open seven days a week.

Liverpool Business School also has a dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in the historic Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and a short walk from the Redmonds Building. The building has recently undergone £1.2 million investment to provide a professional learning space.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree

or

  • a professional qualification or award equivalent to the above

or

  • significant work experience at a suitable level

International requirements

  • IELTS

    • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

  • Other international requirements

    • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
  • RPL

    • RPL is accepted on this programme

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

Please ensure that you take time over your application and provide us with a clearly written form; statement of purpose; copies of qualifications and marks; English language certificates (where required); and references.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.