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PMIBUMNT - MSc International Business Management

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Science Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University, EU Business School
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS  
Part-time 2 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The MSc International Business Management is aimed at individuals seeking to develop careers in business and management. It is suitable for students with limited prior business and management experience. Throughout the course, the aim is to develop the critical thinking, decision making and interpersonal skills that are required of people considering embarking on a career in business and management, whether as managers, business owners or entrepreneurs.

The programme comprises of the following modules:

• Term 1
o Leading and Developing People – governance, leadership and management of organisations and people
o Operations and Technology Management
o International Business Strategy with Simulation – students compete in groups against each other in a global industry

• Term 2
o Business Insights and Problem Solving – developing research and consultancy skills
o International Managerial Finance
o International Marketing in the Digital Era

• Term 3
o Business Consultancy Project (portfolio assessment) – an immersive, research project module, examining in depth a business issue or problem chosen by the student in conjunction with their tutor.

A key element of the course is its emphasis on making sense of the current Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world combined with applying the tools, techniques and thought processes needed to compete globally. This would include complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and people management.

The importance of understanding and managing digital technology is a theme throughout the programme. Successful businesses will need to navigate effectively through the current and emerging waves of technology disruption and global geo-political tensions whilst changing and innovating in response to competitive and environmental pressures.

Our course will excel in bringing the workplace into the classroom with live business simulation, case studies, research into topical issues and development of consultancy skills plus an innovative assessment diet. In addition, the students will be offered Interpersonal Skills Coaching using Strengthscope an online resource supporting personal growth.

A flagship programme for the Business School, this course is positioned at the intersection of academia and business practice, and aims to meet the changing needs of business management education. The strong focus on gaining knowledge for practical use should deliver excellent value for money for every student that studies the programme through improved knowledge, confidence and skills. Key learning resources and activities include:

• market and business data from Mintel and Fame (UK)
• access to the extensive business data and insight provided by Bloomberg
• competing in student teams in a global business simulation
• access to Strengthscope®
• engagement with consultants, business owners and managers to help bring insights of current practice

In Summary

The course is based on the assumption that students will not have extensive business management experience, but will bring their curiosity, their enthusiasm for the subject, and their valuable personal experience of business products and services. The first term simulation provides a rapid route to understanding how a business needs to be managed and the need to set goals, evaluate options and make effective decisions using imperfect information, providing a foundation for the deeper study of business in the other modules.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to provide students with:

• knowledge of key management theories and practice that they need to develop as business leaders
• essential financial, analysis, problem solving and decision-making skills to be successful in a management role
• insights into the course of global business growth and development, and current cultural differences to enable success in a global business setting
• simulated experience of running a global business as part of a management team
• necessary insights into their own capabilities in order to shape their personal development
• insight into the potential changes in the business environment that they will experience in the coming years so that they can develop strategies for success.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

LO1 - Appraise external and internal influences on the strategy and operations of business organisations.

LO2 - Evaluate business and managerial performance based on evidence from the forefront of interdisciplinary management research and practice.

LO3 – Evaluate the ethical and cultural dimensions of management to inform the development and management of successful and sustainable businesses

LO4 - Critically evaluate a range of complex situations and draw appropriate conclusions in a range of international business settings

LO5 - Synthesise insights, information and data from a range of sources to critically evaluate business management research, consultancy and practice

Professional Skills and Attitudes

LO6 - Contribute effectively to team performance and take leadership where appropriate

LO7 - Perform managerial research in order to solve problems and make informed decisions.

LO8 - Communicate effectively business information, insight and solutions to stakeholders.

LO9 - Demonstrate reflective practice, self-motivation and engagement in independent learning.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference


Leading and Developing People MN7000 LO1-9

Operations and Technology Management MN7001 LO1-8

International Business Strategy with Simulation MN7002 LO1-9

Business Insights and Problem Solving MN7004 LO3,5,7,8

International Marketing in the Digital Era MN7005 LO1-5, 7-8

International Managerial Finance MN7006 LO1-2,3,7-8

Business Consultancy Project (portfolio assessment) MN7P10 LO3,7-9

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Master's Degrees in Business and Management – June 2015

Assessment strategy

The assessment diet includes formative and summative assessments and takes a variety of formats including group and individual presentations, case study analysis, business reports, reflective writing, academic writing and a final consultancy report portfolio. The aim with all assessments is to encourage learning and engagement, as well as to assess the attainment of the students. For example, engagement with the business simulation and the associated role-playing will be improved through a link to the assessment, since experience shows that whilst the simulation is an engaging way for students to learn, participation and learning is increased if there is a feed into the summative assessment.

Reflective learning and personal development starts with the first module - Leading and Developing People Module including the use of Strengthscope (or equivalent) and creation of a PDP. Students will reflect on the business simulation as part of the summative assessment. Finally, the portfolio summative assessment in Term 3 will include a reflection on the students learning and their progress with the PDP.

Students will receive timely feedback on both formative and summative assessments following the university guidelines. In some instances, students will engage in peer-to-peer feedback to help them understand the standards required and how to achieve them.

20 credit modules have two assessment points, one around the mid-point of the teaching cycle allowing feed-back and feed-forward in support of the next submission, which after the final session of the workshop series.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The programme does not include organised work experience, work based learning, placement, sandwich year or year abroad during the course. However students undertaking the Business Consultancy Project, are strongly encouraged to engage with a business organisation and investigate a real world issue.

Course specific regulations

There are no course specific regulations

Modules required for interim awards

MSc International Business Management

For the PG Cert any 60 credits will need to be attained

For the PG Dip 120 all 20 credit modules need to be attained

From the MSc award, all 180 credits need to be attained.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Reflective learning is encouraged and facilitated throughout the course and in addition is specifically assessed in three modules:

• Term 1 - Leading and Developing People – students will have access to an online service to assess their strengths. At the end of the module they will complete a reflective report and create a PDP.

• Term 1 – International Business Strategy with Simulation – students will complete a reflection on their contribution to the management team of their simulation company.

• Term 3 – students will complete a reflective report as part of their portfolio submission that looks back at the programme and links to the Term 1 PDP.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Characteristics Statement Master’s Degree September 2015

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Graduates of this Masters’ programmes, including international students from emerging markets, are likely to work in a wide spectrum of settings ranging from smaller entrepreneurial pursuits to large global organisations. They are likely to engage with global companies in a competitive, partnering or “intra-preneurial” mode as businesses expand internationally in pursuit of growth, create global supply chains, or make use off-shoring models of approved suppliers and partners. Others will seek to enhance their position within their existing companies and there will be those who will use the knowledge acquired whilst employed and studying, to develop their family business.

Upon completing this course students will be able to make a significant contribution within any business environment, at an individual level and as a member of a team. This would typically be in the sales, account management, operations management, planning, quality, risk, consultancy and other related management areas. The programme, with its variants, aimed at developing professionals who might engage in the following professional classifications:

Standard Occupation Codes
1132: Marketing & Sales Directors
1133: Purchasing Managers & Directors
1135: Manager, services management
1139: Functional Managers & Directors N.E.C.
1150: Financial Institution Managers & Directors
1161: Managers & Directors In Transport & Distribution
1162: Managers & Directors In Storage & Warehousing
1259: Managers & Proprietors In Other Services N.E.C.
3539: Business & Related Associate Professionals N.E.C.
7130: Sales Supervisors
7220: Customer Service Managers & Supervisors

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

In addition to your masters degree you will gain the highly sought after and widely recognised CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Career opportunities

On completion of this course you'll be able to make a significant contribution within any business environment, at an individual level or as a member of a team. This would typically be in the finance, strategic planning, quality, risk and related management areas.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • A minimum of a lower second class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject discipline

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Business Management (including foundation year) BA (Hons).

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 08 Jul 2019 Last validation date 08 Jul 2019  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes
Route code IBUMNT

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7000 Leading and Developing People Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE AM
MN7001 Operations and Technology Management Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
MN7002 International Business Strategy with Simulation Core 20 NORTH SPR WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED AM
MN7004 Business Insights and Problem Solving Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SUM TUE AM
MN7005 International Marketing in the Digital Era Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SUM TUE PM
MN7006 International Managerial Finance Core 20 NORTH SUM FRI AM
MN7P10 Business Consultancy Project (portfolio assessm... Core 60 NORTH SUM NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7000 Leading and Developing People Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
MN7001 Operations and Technology Management Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
MN7002 International Business Strategy with Simulation Core 20 NORTH SPR WED AM
MN7004 Business Insights and Problem Solving Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SUM TUE AM
MN7005 International Marketing in the Digital Era Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SUM TUE PM
MN7006 International Managerial Finance Core 20 NORTH SUM FRI AM
MN7P10 Business Consultancy Project (portfolio assessm... Core 60 NORTH SUM NA  
          NORTH SPR NA