About this course
This Advanced Practice course combines theoretical learning of business and management from a global perspective, along with the application of practical skills.
- 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
- Apply theoretical concepts by undertaking a business consultancy project
- Study in Liverpool, a key city for international business and trade and a truly global commercial setting
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.
In semester 1 of year 2, you and your fellow students will undertake a group consultancy project, working on a project brief provided by a business. This project enables you to apply the theoretical knowledge you have learnt and gain work-based experience at the same time.
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.
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Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
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
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 use your own)
- 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)
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.
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, in organisations around the world. The work-based experience you will gain on the course will also enhance your CV.
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.
Management Across Cultures
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 the business/management environment
Management Theory and Leadership
This module covers leadership and management. It provides a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to the principal ideas and developments in this area.
International Business and Trade
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.
Economics and Finance
This module provides a critical appraisal of financial information in terms of the economic environment. It examines the context within which organisations operate and prepare financial plans.
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
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
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.
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.
Advanced Business Practice
This module provides opportunities for you to develop as part of a team of consultants working on a live business project, applying theoretical knowledge in a practical environment.
International Research Project
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
Contact hours for lectures, seminars and workshops total 12 hours per week in each of the two taught semesters, scheduled over two or three days maximum and between the hours of 9.00am and 6.00pm.
In the second year of study you will spend a semester working on a business consultancy project with the second semester working on your dissertation.
A combination of workshops and tutorials will support progress throughout the consultancy project and dissertation module.
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 also be asked to collect, appraise and analyse multi-source data, enabling you to cultivate your problem-solving and decision-making skills.
The business consultancy project that you will undertake in the second year of study will enable you to gain practical skills and work with students from your course as a team of consultants. You will apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained by undertaking a project for a business, enabling you to gain real workplace skills.
You will undertake group tutorials and study in our dedicated Management Development Suite, based in a listed building in Liverpool’s historic Georgian Quarter.
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.
Assessments on this course are designed to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your professional development. A variety of methods are used throughout the programme, including:
- problem-solving exercises
- practical projects
- case studies
- research-based projects
- literature reviews
- group presentations
- group and individual reports
- reflective report
Feedback is provided in all modules, and extensively in the supporting workshops. In most modules, more than one piece of formal assessment exists, which allows for further feedback to be given during the module.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Sue has more than 30 years experience of working with universities, companies and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds across all continents. This experience has been at the heart of her 21 year career at LJMU. Sue is an experienced programme developer and specialises in the teaching of management across cultures and international business and trade at postgraduate level. In addition to these business areas, Sue holds specialist teacher-training qualifications from the University of Cambridge (UCLES) and is active in the development of learning and teaching at LJMU through the PGCert HE. She has taken part in EU-wide research projects and has contributed book chapters on the management of learning in the multicultural classroom (The TEMCU project). Sue is an Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute and mentor of Liverpool Vision’s 2015 ‘Head for Business’ winners. She also supervises student research at MSc and PhD levels.
This course really enhances employability by enabling students to learn and use management skills, at the same time as gaining a Masters qualification.
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 24 hours a day, 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.
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You will need:
- a minimum second class honours degree
- an equivalent professional qualification
- an equivalent award
- significant work experience at a suitable level
- 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
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
Please ensure that you take time over your application providing us with a clearly written form; statement of purpose; copies of qualifications and marks; English language certificates (where required); and a reference.
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.
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