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International Business and Management (MA)

Course Description

Easier communication, more efficient international transportation, the relocation of production and services, and a significant increase in economic migration have made the study of international business and management increasingly relevant.

This course attracts students from every corner of the globe and reflects the main areas of international business. It integrates theoretical knowledge with practical enterprise skills in a global context, and also gives you the chance to develop your knowledge and management skills so that you can pursue a career in multinational companies, overseas trade and international organisations.

Core modules

- Business Research Methods
The module aims to develop your knowledge and competence of the research process and the application of research methods in the area of business and management.

- Financial Analysis for Managers
In this module you will focus on the interpretation of corporate financial reports, and develop the confidence and expertise to use financial techniques and concepts in business decision making.

- Human Resource Strategies for the International Manager
This module aims to help you identify your likely future roles as a manager, and the contribution of HR management to organisation objectives.

- Information Management
This module will help you to understand information systems, assess the different information needs of organisations, and enable you to assess the increasing importance of e-business in the commercial world.

- International Business Strategy
The module offers a critical, theoretically informed review of the practices of international business management.

- International Economics
This module has been designed to enhance your understanding of the contemporary international economy and of evolving issues and trends in the global business environment. You will cover a range of topics, including international finance and trade, economic integration, foreign investment, international economic institutions, and environmental issues.

- International Marketing Management
This module will help you to understand the role of marketing in the international business world of the 21st century.

- Project
The purpose of this module is to test your analytical skills and motivation. It is also designed to develop your ability to organise a systematic study of a theme, time management and presentation skills. The project is expected to reflect both a high order of independence in thinking, and proficiency of execution of an academic task.

Option modules
Choose one module from the University's postgraduate programme, subject to approval by the course leader.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Our international courses equip you with the knowledge and management skills to pursue a career in multinational companies, overseas trade and any international organisation in general management. Graduates also work in relevant aspects of the economics of international business, or as international finance specialists. Many graduates return to their countries of origin and are employed in developing international business opportunities, government or NGO institutions. A significant number of students also go on to study for PhDs.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the International Business and Management (MA) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operation research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply.

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