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MSc International Business Administration

Course Description

Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

International businesses have a growing need for senior personnel with high quality management skills and specialist regional knowledge. As the regions of Asia and of Africa take roles as leading and emerging economies in the world, this MSc International Business Administration responds to this need. Students will study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decisions in business.

Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc International Business Administration section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/programmes/msc_iba.shtml).

Visit the website https://www.soas.ac.uk/cefims/programmes/msc-international-business-administration/


This programme is made up of eight modules. You will study two core modules and six elective modules. At least two of the elective modules will be from the International Business modules and at least two from the Regional Focus modules as detailed below:

Core modules:

- International Business Strategy
- Managing the Transnational Corporation

International Business modules:

- Banking Strategy
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Finance in the Global Market
- Financial Reporting (International Financial Reporting Standards – IFRS)
- Introduction to Valuation
- Management Accounting
- Management Information in Business
- Risk Management: Principles & Applications

Regional Focus modules:
You will study either of the pairs of modules below, each pair focuses on a different region:

- The Economy of China
- Management in China
- The Economy of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

- Research Methods
- Dissertation

To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc (International Business Administration section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/programmes/msc_iba.shtml).

Teaching & Learning

The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.

For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website (http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/faqs.shtml).


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section (http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/)


As a graduate of this programme, you will be well prepared for a senior position in modern corporations, banks, financial services companies, business consultancies, regulatory authorities and international organisations.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.cefims.ac.uk/apply/

Visit the MSc International Business Administration page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

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Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

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Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have an internationally recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

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