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PMIBUPJT - MSc International Business Management with Project 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, Education Centre of Australia (DL Provision)
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 with Project Management is aimed at individuals seeking to develop careers in business and management and programme and project management in particular. 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 international business and management as managers, business owners or entrepreneurs. The program typically includes and is aimed at students from an international background; this a critical factor that will enhance students’ learning experience by drawing from diverse communities that build an inclusive and colourful academic environment.

In line with the university’s strategic priorities, the course will enable students to make sense of the current volatile and uncertain world by applying the tools, techniques and thought processes that are needed to compete globally. This includes complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and people management, particularly in a multi-cultural environment. The importance of understanding and managing digital technology is also a theme throughout the programme. Successful businesses 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 a 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:

  • 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
  • access to the extensive business data and insight provided by Bloomberg, Mintel and Fame

In summary, the international and practical nature of the program aims to develop professionals that will excel in multi-cultural and global business environments with theories (e.g. strategy, marketing, finance), technical skills (e.g. MS Project, Strengthscope) and training (e.g. Consultancy Project) that will enable them to compete in the globalized job market. This means that students will have a strong overview of the international, interconnected business world that we live in and that they will have the confidence and critical ability to explore and exploit business opportunities and to solve problems as managers or entrepreneurs without boundaries.

Please note

If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the School reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the School cancels a module it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative.

The duration only applies to students who are taking the dissertation/consultancy rout. Those who are taking the Workplacement module will have a longer duration as the Workplacement is a 9 - 12 month module.

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 or entrepreneurs
  • 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:

Demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners/professionals in their discipline.

The course will equip students with the skills and attributes that will enable them to compete with success in the complex and challenging international business environment and employment market. It brings together university and School distinctiveness, and - as it is of inherently multidisciplinary - refers to two principal sets of QAA Benchmark Statements:

Graduates will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of International Business Management and Project Management while placing that subject within a wider organisational and contextual framework. They will explore and evaluate current issues and implement techniques applicable to research in the subject area. Graduates will have both theoretical and applied perspectives and will be able to apply a range of specialist skills to the organisations (and their context) in which they as specialists may operate.

The University learning outcome that cuts across the entirety of the London Metropolitan University provision is:

On completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline (ULO)

Thus, upon graduating with an MSc International Business Management with Project Management, students will typically:

LO-1: Have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations.

LO-2: Possess extensive communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context.

LO-3: Be critically cognisant of the social and environmental impact of their decisions and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work.

LO-4: Demonstrate the application and ability to reflect on creative thinking to practical problems and possess the analytical and organizational skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions.

LO-5: Have extensive knowledge and understanding of the broad range of areas of International Business Management and the aspects of Project Management.

Knowledge and Understanding

LO-6: Appraise external and internal influences on the strategy and operations of business organisations as well as programmes and projects with an emphasis on international contexts

LO7: Evaluate business and managerial performance based on evidence from the forefront of interdisciplinary management research and practice internationally

LO8: Evaluate the ethical and cultural dimensions of management to inform the development and management of successful and sustainable businesses

LO9: Critically evaluate a range of complex situations and draw appropriate conclusions in a range of international business and project management settings

LO10: Synthesise insights, information and data from a range of sources to critically evaluate business management research, consultancy and practice

Professional Skills and Attitudes

LO11: Contribute effectively to team performance and take leadership where appropriate

LO12: Perform managerial research in order to solve problems and make informed decisions.

LO13: Communicate effectively business and programme and project information, insight and solutions to stakeholders.

LO14: Demonstrate reflective practice, self-motivation and engagement in independent learning.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Master's Degrees in Business and Management – June 2015

Assessment strategy

The course adopts the four assessment strategy principles of the School that are developed in the spirit of ESJ. These are:

i) The School is committed to ensuring that each student should not have more no more than 2 assessment points per 20 credit modules.

ii) We provide balanced forms of assessment, both in terms of its overall volume (measured in terms of assessment points and output required) and the types used.

iii) At PGT level, group activities are part of the learning and teaching strategies but assessment should be at the level of the individual. Thus, assessment should focus on individual reflections and learning from participating in a group activity.

iv) Flexibility/choice in assessment methods will be introduced wherever possible (subject to PSRB requirements and QAA subject benchmarks) in order to facilitate different learning studies and support personalization

The assessment diet includes formative and summative assessments and takes a variety of formats including individual presentations, group presentations with individual reflection or peer-evaluations and case study analysis, business report writing, reflective writing, academic writing and a final consultancy project/report portfolio. The aim with all assessments is to encourage learning and engagement, as well as to enable students to demonstrate their learning and improvement. 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 start with the first module ‘Leading and Developing People’ which includes 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

For their final 60-credit capstone module, the students will have three options to choose from before they finish their degree: a) Dissertation, b) Work Placement and c) Consultancy Project. Whereas the dissertation is a classic academic piece of work, the Work Placement module gives students the opportunity to do a full 1-year placement and the Consultancy Project is a work experience module where students solve problems for real corporate clients.

This course offers students the ability to complete a work placement component as part of the three 60 Credit alternative core modules within the award. The Workplacement module (MN7W01) is one of the alternative core modules. The placement will last nine months, starting within two months of the successful completion of semester two in summer. It will be credit-bearing (60 credits) and will be offered as an alternative to the ‘Dissertation’ and ‘Business Consultancy Project’ with the same credits. There will be a series of work readiness and career preparation workshops/ seminars to ensure students are engaging critically with their experiences. For students unable to undertake the work placement after starting the programme, they will be required to complete a Dissertation or Business Consultancy Project, bearing equivalent credit, and complete their course within one year, however, this will be strongly discouraged due to the complex Tear 4 visa arrangement requirements, if applicable.

International students studying on a Student Visa will be required to submit weekly timesheets for the hours undertaken for the work placement. The timesheets will need to be signed by the student’s line manager to meet Visa regulations.

Those who are taking the 60 credit Work Placement option will be contacted early in their course to receive support in securing a graduate placement in good time. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and to engage with the University and/or partner organisations to assist them. The suitability of any opportunities will be assessed by the Module and Work-Based Learning Teams and all placement roles must meet the Health and Safety requirements for Higher Education Accredited Work Placements.

Please note that the choice of MN7W01 alternative core module will have the effect of extending the course length by one more year. The student needs to have secured a one-year work placement within 6 months of start of teaching i.e., if their course starts in September/October the deadline for securing the placement will be 31 March of the following year; if their course starts in February/March the deadline for securing the placement will be 31 August of the same year. If a student has difficulty securing a placement within the deadlines above they will switch to alternatives bearing equivalent credit as stated on the first paragraph.

Course specific regulations

MSc International Business Management with Project 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

Please note the duration only applies to students who are taking the dissertation/consultancy rout. Those who are taking the Workplacement module will have a longer duration as the Workplacement is a 9 - 12 month module.

There are no course specific regulations.

Modules required for interim awards

The course conforms with the Regulations of the University Postgraduate Scheme and there are no additional regulations.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

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

  • International Business Strategy with Simulation – students will reflect on their contribution to the management team of their simulation company with a presentation
  • 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
  • Students will reflect on their Dissertation/Consultancy Project research/Work-placement and will look back at the entire programme.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

Characteristics Statement Master’s Degree September 2015

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, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Graduates of this Masters’ programme, 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, collaborating or “intra-preneurial” mode as businesses expand internationally in pursuit of growth, create global supply chains or use offshoring 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.

To achieve the above, the course will offer students employability-related opportunities such as training in the use of specialized software (e.g. Stengthscope, MS Project), the participation in a competitive Simulation Game, as well as practical tools from real businesspeople via in-class invited talks and seminars on topic such as strategy, marketing etc. Above all, the capstone Consultancy Project module aims to help students work on real projects for real companies with an emphasis on practical application of theory and problem solving. The course is also closely linked to the university’s Career and Employability services that help students improve their CV, their cover letter and their job-seeking process, including the identification of volunteering job opportunities. Regular events are organized by the university and course-specific training events can be organized depending on student demands.

Typical programmes and projects that students might go on to lead include:

  • Change Management
  • New Product Development
  • Product / Service Launch
  • Bid Management
  • Event Management
  • Outsourcing and Offshoring
  • System Implementation

Upon completing this course, students will be able to make a significant contribution within any programme, portfolio or project environment, at an individual level and as a member of a team. This would typically be as project manager, deputy project manager, team leader or PMO team leader, change control, risk and issue management, 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

2424: Business & Financial Project Management Professionals

Career opportunities

On graduation you’ll 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 managerial pursuits that may include strategic planning, project management, quality, risk and other related business areas.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum of a lower second class (2.2) honours degree from a UK or recognised international university or another equivalent international qualification or an acceptable professional qualification equivalent such as the CMI, CIM, CIMA, at level 6 or above

Following the review of applications candidates may be required to attend a selection interview.

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 IBUPJT

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7001 Operations and Technology Management Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH AUT TUE PM
MN7002 International Business Strategy with Simulation Core 20 NORTH AUT WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED PM
MN7007 Strategic Programme, Portfolio and Project Mana... Core 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR WED AM
MN7008 International Project Management Practice Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
FE7P64 Dissertation Alt Core 60 NORTH AUT FRI EV
          NORTH SPR WED EV
          NORTH SUM WED EV
MC7P77 Business Consultancy Project-portfolio assessment Alt Core 60 NORTH AUT TUE PM
          NORTH AUT FRI AM
          NORTH SPR FRI AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
          NORTH SUM FRI AM
MN7W01 Professional Development and Work Placement Alt Core 60 NORTH SUM NA  
CA7013 Sustainability in Global Companies Option 20 NORTH AUT MON AM
          NORTH AUT TUE PM
          NORTH AUT MON PM
          NORTH AUT TUE AM
CS7079 Data Warehousing and Big Data Option 20 NORTH AUT THU AM
FE7052 International Corporate Finance Option 20 NORTH AUT WED EV
FE7054 Economics of International Trade Option 20 NORTH AUT THU EV
FE7060 Environmental Economics and Investment Option 20 NORTH AUT TUE EV
FE7061 International Logistics Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
MC7080 Digital Marketing and Social media Option 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
MN7000 Leading and Developing People Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MN7001 Operations and Technology Management Core 20        
MN7002 International Business Strategy with Simulation Core 20        
MN7007 Strategic Programme, Portfolio and Project Mana... Core 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR WED AM
MN7008 International Project Management Practice Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
FE7P64 Dissertation Alt Core 60 NORTH SPR WED EV
          NORTH SUM WED EV
MC7P77 Business Consultancy Project-portfolio assessment Alt Core 60 NORTH SPR FRI AM
          NORTH SUM FRI AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM
MN7W01 Professional Development and Work Placement Alt Core 60 NORTH SUM NA  
CA7013 Sustainability in Global Companies Option 20        
CS7079 Data Warehousing and Big Data Option 20        
FE7052 International Corporate Finance Option 20        
FE7054 Economics of International Trade Option 20        
FE7060 Environmental Economics and Investment Option 20        
FE7061 International Logistics Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
MC7080 Digital Marketing and Social media Option 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
MN7000 Leading and Developing People Option 20 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR TUE PM