MSc International Business and Management (with Advanced Practice)
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
- Enjoy a rich cultural experience working alongside students from around the world, offering a great opportunity to expand your cross-cultural communication skills and understanding different global business perspectives
- 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
- This course is also available as a 2 year MSc with Advanced Practice which includes a Business Consultancy Project supported by industry mentors
'Microeconomics of Competitiveness' module designed by Harvard Business School and delivered by Dr Moustafa Haj Youssef, an official affiliate of the MOC-Harvard network.
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 take you to the next level of academic achievement. You will develop your skills in leadership and strategy, and gain valuable business acumen needed to be an effective global management professional.
Year 2: Advanced Practice - consultancy project
During the second year of the course, you and your fellow students will undertake a semester-long group consultancy project. Working on a business project brief provided by LJMU in collaboration with industry, the consultancy project enables you to apply the theoretical knowledge you have learnt and gain workplace experience at the same time.
Students are placed into project groups and assigned an industry mentor to help them navigate the consultancy project and provide business and sector insight. Industry mentors help provide a safe environment in which to learn and develop.
You will gain highly sought-after management competencies making you more employable and more able to contribute to organisational success. This is of critical importance as contemporary organisations require digitally competent managers who are able to exploit the new technologies to attain goals.
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.
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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- 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.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.
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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.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
This module explores the meaning of leadership and management by providing a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to the principal ideas and developments in this area.
This module focuses more on the knowledge and contribution required by managers generally rather than the specialist seeking to work in a corporate strategy department. It explores strategy from the perspective of all management levels, focusing on the different types and elements of strategy and ways in which they are created and managed. This module incorporates the Harvard Business School programme 'Microeconomics of competitiveness' within the module, as part of our affiliation with their Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.
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 aims to put management theory into practice, developing proficiency in core management competencies and awareness of the holistic, interrelated functional dependencies within a business.
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
In this module you will carry out an independent, in-depth research project supported by academic staff. You will apply international business/managerial concepts and techniques to a significant organisational issue or problem.
International Business Management
The aim of the module is to gain a critical understanding of how global forces shape business environments in a world where national economies are no longer self-contained entities but are interconnected and interdependent. The course emphasises the development of skills to understand and analyse the issues that firms face in operating in international markets.
Supply Chain Management
This module provides an overview of the supply chain and logistic (SC&L) environment including its role and function. It will enable you to adopt a professional approach to SC&L decision-making to develop and implement business solutions.
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.
Active Blended Learning
This programme employs an active blended learning approach which uses the best of both physical and digital learning provision to provide students with a dynamic and engaging learning experience.
In practice, this means that a small proportion of modules may use online delivery methods for some of the content, totalling no more than 20% of the programme overall being delivered via online methods.
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.
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
- business 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
Dr Merdzana Obralic Cibiz
Dr Merdzana Obralic Cibiz
Dr. Merdzana Obralic Cibiz is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Business Management and the Programme Manager for the MSc International Business Management within Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr. Obralić Cibiz gained her Doctorate in Management Science in 2014. She has a proven background in designing and implementing a management sciences research agenda and creating successful curriculum programs for students. Dr. Merdzana teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students with a student-centred approach.
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 PTE Academic requirements: 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
- 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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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.
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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