MSc International Business and Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

January 2019

September 2019

Tuition fees 18/19 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £6,250 £6,900
International (full-time, per year): £13,250 £13,950

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About this course

LJMU's International Business and Management MSc 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
  • Benefit from innovative learning and teaching approaches applying theoretical concepts through contemporary business simulations
  • Study in Liverpool, a key city for international business and trade and a truly global commercial setting
  • Access research and internship opportunities in Merseyside and surrounding areas

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 not only take you to the next level of academic achievement, it will also boost your knowledge base and enable you to apply for roles that surpass your current position. You will gain advanced business 


acumen and the enhanced skills in leadership and strategy you need to be an effective management professional, regardless of location.

This qualification will provide access to roles requiring an international, commercial world-view. If you are proficient in a second language, your opportunities for progression within the international job market are likely to be further enhanced.

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Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) 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.

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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.

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Core Modules

Management Theory and Leadership
20 credits

This module covers leadership and management. It provides a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to the principal ideas and developments in this area.

Economics and Finance
20 credits

This module provides a critical appraisal of financial information in terms of the economic environment. It examines the context within which organisations prepare financial plans and operate.

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module helps to identify the contextual differences which affect strategic decision making in particular organisations. Coursework is integrated into the business simulation.

Managing Business Research 1
10 credits

This module is designed to ensure that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct Masters-level assignments. It enables you to perform a systematic review of literature for a business management-related topic at Masters level.

Managing Business Research 2
10 credits

This module provides an overview of research approaches for business. It aims to equip you with the necessary foundations in qualitative and quantitative research approaches to prepare a research proposal for your dissertation and apply either or both of the research approaches studied.

Management Competencies
20 credits

This module provides a practical approach to develop an evidence-based portfolio of skills necessary in associate-level management. It aims to develop proficiency in core associate-level management competencies and awareness of the holistic, inter-related functional dependencies within a business environment which enable informed management decision making.

Management Across Cultures
10 credits

This module aims to critically analyse and understand culture and its impact on management and communication in an international business environment. It:

  • provides you with the critical skills to explore cultural complexities
  • enables you to apply these skills and knowledge to business/management environment

International Business and Trade
10 credits

This module aims to provide a critical understanding of how global forces shape business environments in a world of interconnected and interdependent national economies. It enables you to investigate the impact of globalisation on leadership, management and operations, leading to more efficient and effective international trade.

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.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Full-time students can expect contact hours for lectures, seminars and workshops of 12 hours per week in each of the two taught semesters, scheduled over two or three days maximum 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.

Part-time students study a reduced workload over a two year period agreed with the Programme Leader. Students study during the day in class with the full-time students.

Teaching methods

The Liverpool Business School has a thriving and well-connected academic community, dedicated to developing the best, most creative and forward thinking business leaders of tomorrow.

Teaching on the course will explore operational contexts that will enable you to perform as a highly effective, internationally informed, manager. You will 

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also be asked to collect, appraise and analyse multi-source data enabling you to cultivate your problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Applied learning

The programme develops your intellectual skills through engagement with case studies or ‘real world’ project work.


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. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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

  • problem-solving exercises
  • practical projects
  • 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

Olatunde Durowoju

Olatunde Durowoju

Programme Leader

Dr Olatunde Durowoju is a Senior Lecturer in Operations and Quality Management at Liverpool John Moores University. He has a PhD in Management Research from the University of East Anglia; an MSc in Food Production Management from University of Nottingham; and a BSc in Food Science and Technology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Since joining LJMU in 2015, he has designed and taught modules such as Fundamentals of Management, Quality and Operations Management and Supply Chain Operations. He is an active PhD supervisor and currently supervises six students. His research interests are in operations and supply chain management, specifically in the area of impact assessment and transmission, information management and sustainable supply chains. He has published his work in several research outlets, at conferences and in academic journals and has edited various publications.

Giving students the best opportunity to create and craft new knowledge, experiences and skills is the best way to prepare them for the challenges of the future. The ability to create opens them up to new opportunities while the ability to craft helps them to adapt. Those who cannot create opportunities or at least adapt to new opportunities will be left behind.

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. Redmonds is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. 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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree


  • a professional qualification or award equivalent to the above


  • significant work experience at a suitable level 

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 50-57
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • 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
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time

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