About your course
This course is delivered by specialist academics from the Liverpool Business School, who have an in-depth grasp of the strategic acumen required to deploy and manage global strategies in the twenty-first century.
- Choice of January and September starts - next intake January 2017
- Strong emphasis on developing the skills and knowledge required for entry into a successful career in international business management
- Innovative learning and teaching approaches applying theoretical concepts through contemporary business simulations
- Study in Liverpool, a key city for international business and trade, placing you and your studies within a truly global commercial setting
- Research and internship opportunities in Merseyside and surrounding areas
We aim to produce graduates of International Business and Management with an in-depth grasp of the strategic acumen required to lead large and small organisations, across varied cultures and protocols, within the global marketplace.
Introduction to the School
The Liverpool Business School is a forward looking, professional business school, active globally as well as locally. We maintain close links with business and place students at the centre of all that we do.
The School provides responsive business education that prepares graduates for a wide range of business and management careers. We are proud of our approach to providing business education, which emphasises practical knowledge and its application and is delivered by supportive and approachable staff.
Since our foundation, we have served the business needs of the North West via programmes which focus on developing the professional capabilities required by a contemporary, dynamic economy.
The School emphasises the power of education and practical application of research to improve the employability of people entering private, public and voluntary sectors, boosting the productivity of work forces, generating innovation and growth.
Top class facilities
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the University's bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The Redmonds Building 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.
As well as high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces and a ground floor cafe, the School has a state-of-the-art professional suite, with the capability to host conferences and seminars, plus a dedicated postgraduate and research area.
The Redmonds Building 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 during semesters.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Studying the MSc in International Business and Management will open up a wealth of global opportunities for graduates with the range of knowledge necessary to negotiate between countries, cultures, political and economic systems and other commercial borders.
The standard model for business operation in the 21st century is global in scope. This is due to a number of factors, not least the widespread use of digital technologies, and the ease with which labour and the distribution of goods can be migrated. Such economic circumstances create the need for internationally-minded and effective management professionals who can negotiate cultural and commercial location-specific protocols.
Completing this MSc in International Business and Management 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 plus the enhanced skills in leadership and strategy to be an effective management professional, regardless of location.
This qualification will also enable you to move from a UK-based perspective to a wider remit of 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.
Programme outline and structure
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.
The study of International Business and Management enables you to explore, with depth, the operational and strategic breadth of modern global business. You will explore operational contexts that will enable you to perform as a highly effective, internationally informed, manager. You will understand the principles and practice of business management and operation for different business sizes and models including small businesses and MNCs.
The programme enables you to collect, appraise and analyse multi-source data and this enables you to cultivate your problem-solving and decision-making skills. The programme also allows you to reflect on your progress and develop intellectual skills through your engagement with case studies or ‘real world’ project work. In an academic context you will critically appraise published academic and business literature, as well as organisation policy and practice.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Management Theory and Leadership
Explores the meaning of management and leadership by providing grounding in essential business management functions from a cross-functional and integrated perspective. The module creates a foundation in management theory and practice
- Economics and Finance
Critically appraises financial information in the context of the economic environment
- Strategic Management
Introduces the strategy process in a range of organisational contexts assisting you in the acquisition of practical experience in dealing with strategic management issues
- Managing Business Research 1 and 2
Provides you with the knowledge and skills required to perform a systematic review of literature for a business management related topic at Masters level
- Management Competencies
Develops your proficiency in core associate level management competencies and awareness of the interrelated functional dependencies within a business environment, which enable informed management decision making
- Managing across Cultures
- International Business and Trade
- International Research Project
Fosters a critical approach to understanding and analysing culture and how culture might impact management and communication in an international business environment
Gain a critical understanding of how global forces shape business environments in a world where national economies are interconnected and interdependent
Allows you to develop and refine a topic for research. Building on the preparatory modules, Managing Business modules, you will develop your critical skills as a researcher
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are design to enable you to fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.
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.
Staff research interests
Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community, made up of staff who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.
Our research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues. This work is multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research, but in PhDs and in some of the taught courses we offer or have designed for clients.
Our main areas of research expertise include:
- entrepreneurship and small businesses
- public management
- evaluation research
- research with practitioners
Our expertise in entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, and includes specialist topics such as rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.
Entry requirements (Home)
Our philosophy enables us to accept a wide range of applicants, the key criteria being that all candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to benefit from and contribute to the programme, and they will normally match the entry criteria below:
- A degree from a recognised University or from an equivalent awarding institution at second class honours level or above; or
- a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to the above; or
- an award which the University has agreed to accept as equivalent to the above
Where English is not the candidate's first language, or their degree was not wholly taught and assessed in English, an IELTS score of 6.0 must be achieved, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
In line with the University's policy on widening participation, candidates who are not graduates but who have significant
work experience at a suitable level, may be considered. Admission for these candidates is at the discretion of the programme leader.
Applicants need to complete an application form and provide evidence of previous qualifications. Please ensure that you take time over your application. Ensure that you provide us with a clearly written form; statement of purpose; copies of qualifications and marks; English language certificates (where required); and reference.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
For standard applications there is no requirement for an interview.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
MSc International Business and Management is a diverse degree, which will give you valuable knowledge in advanced management theory and application, set within in the global context.
By developing your key management skills and giving you valuable insights into contemporary international business topics, the degree 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.
You will be well positioned to undertake management roles in a range of sectors and countries.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes