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International Management (MSc)

Course Description

This programme will prepare you to pursue a career in management with multinational companies or companies engaged in international business; and to progress, if desired, to one of Birkbeck's research degree programmes.

It fosters the development of a broad-based knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

The essentials of cross-border management theory and practice, and the core principles and practice of business and organisations in an international context.
The design and implementation of strategy at different levels of the corporate organisation, particularly in an international dimension.
A range of optional subjects in international business and management as well as specific functional areas that will broaden the scope of learning in international management, and its interface with international business.
The analysis of conceptual and practical issues in international management through the pursuit of the dissertation, thus fostering powers of critical analysis and independent judgement to frame solutions to complex managerial problems in international business organisations.
Personal skills development and generic skills that are transferable to a wide range of research, teaching and work situations, including the skills of self-discipline, reflection, analysis, communication, leadership and lifelong learning.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

The Programme Director and Personal Tutor for this programme is Dr Odile Janne.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Distinct from other international management programmes because it promotes an interdisciplinary connection with the international business field, including strategy, and the opportunity to develop expertise in a range of functional areas of international management, such as human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance.
Draws on the international reputation of Birkbeck's Department of Management. We have an established track record of success in offering a range of postgraduate programmes in international business and related fields.
Profits from the expertise of Birkbeck's International Business and Strategy Research Group, a leading centre for research, training and policy advice.
Taught by a team with an international reputation in their respective areas.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Visit the International Management (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Diana Navia

4049.jpg 2015 recipient of Santander scholarship

Diana Navia was drawn to study in London through a combination of her drive to move on to the next stage of her career in Human Resources, and the strong reputation of Birkbeck’s management programmes.

The 30-year-old had been working in HR and recruitment in Bogota for the past six years, latterly in the Colombian labour minister’s office where she led a team of 50 people. Her interest in management grew as she developed within the role, and when researching International Management programmes she found the Birkbeck programme.

Successfully applying for the College’s Santander Scholarship – which offers £5000 scholarships to students from Latin America – was the icing on the cake, and within a matter of months, Diana was flying to London to take her place in the classroom.

How did it feel to be selected for the Santander scholarship?

‘I was very happy, very very happy. I think you feel it’s like you are pursuing your dreams, you’ve found the right path and finally you’re going to achieve your goals. I was so happy to hear I got it, I think I must have called everyone to tell them!’

How did you find the visa application process?

‘It was a difficult process but everyone at Birkbeck helped me a lot. I felt that I could call up anytime with questions.’

Now that you’re here, how are you finding Birkbeck as an international student?

‘As an international student I feel very comfortable. I find that it’s good to socialise with other international students because they have similar experiences, such as of the culture shock when they first arrived, so you can share information with each other. But everyone here is really polite. The culture is different here compared to back home, people are warmer here. And I feel really safe too.’

How is the Birkbeck experience going, in terms of the learning environment?

‘The lectures have been really interesting. My favourite so far has been Comparative Employment Relations. The lecturer is amazing. I find it really applicable to my experiences in work. Very often when you are working in a company, especially in human resources, you have to take on many people’s perspectives. These lectures here at Birkbeck challenge you to research more, to consider things from other perspectives – it’s a very helpful approach.’

(Student Profile)

Tomasz Smyk

4051.jpg Tomasz, 35, was teaching English in Poland when he began thinking about refreshing the skills and knowledge gained in his first degree in business administration.

‘I heard about Birkbeck through a friend already studying in London who recommended what he’d experienced here,’ Tomasz says.

‘When I looked into it, the fact that Birkbeck is part of the University of London was hugely attractive – the prestige of such a qualification is recognised internationally. I also knew that through studying in London, I would meet people from across the whole world and be exposed to a whole range of additional opportunities through building a network here.

‘From living in London I wanted to get a total immersion in British life – to learn about the culture and how it works.’

‘I applied from Poland and was accepted, and then I bought a one way ticket – for the first time in my life – to start studying here in autumn 2013.’

While studying at Birkbeck, Tomasz started his own business, Get A Free Quotation Ltd (http://www.getafreequotation.co.uk/), in 2014 with the support of range of services provided by the Birkbeck Business Engagement team.

‘I have had a really wide range of support from the Business Engagement team at Birkbeck which has made a real difference to my future,’ says Tomasz.


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent; other qualifications will be considered. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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