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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.3k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Open to applicants with a degree in any discipline, this programme will equip you with the skills and management knowledge required of today's managers.

    The course builds on the theory and practical application of key business functions to help you develop a sound understanding of the field of global business. It addresses strategic and operational perspectives, with an emphasis on the practical skills essential for the modern international business manager.

    What will you study?
    After an induction programme introducing you to the Business School and the expectations and ethos of the course, you go on to study the underpinning elements of business management from a national and international context. The business-related areas comprise information management, operations management, marketing, financial resources management, and the management of people and organisations. These areas will be covered in depth to include areas of consultancy, analysis and research skills.

    The second stage of the course includes core work on strategy and research, together with a wide range of options covering international business areas and a practical consultancy project. This gives you the opportunity to work for an external client organisation for five to six weeks, putting your business knowledge and skills into practice with a real company. In addition, your dissertation enables you to research a specific area of interest in depth.

    The programme allows for combination with one of the below minor fields. These minor fields are only available on the September start date.

    * with Entrepreneurship this pathway will teach you a wide range of skills including developing new products and ideas, business processes to start a new venture and evaluating a new business.
    * with Finance this pathway takes the student from first principles of finance and financial management to more complex finance theories and applications. Students will appraise individual projects and will evaluate the strategic financial direction and control of the organisation as a whole. The financial aspects of individual projects includes basic techniques for decision making, planning and monitoring performance of individual projects. Valuation of assets, liabilities, equity and other securities both individually and collectively are covered. The measurement and management of risk is incorporated.
    * with Project Management this pathway will teach you key skills including project planning and monitoring, strategic management, agreeing and setting realistic targets plus the ability to self-analyse performance and progress and respond to feedback.

    Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

    Core modules (for all pathways)
    * Financial Resource Management
    * Information Management
    * International Business Strategy
    * Managing People and Organisations
    * Marketing
    * Operations Management
    * Dissertation

    International Business Management MSc September cohort (Choose two of the following electives)
    * Cross-Cultural Management Communication
    * Entrepreneurship in an International Context
    * International Marketing
    * Strategic Project Management
    * Managing Corporate Social Responsibility
    * Consultancy Practice

    International Business Management MSc January cohort (Choose two of the following electives)
    * Introduction to Financial Modelling
    * Strategic Management of Information Systems
    * E-Commerce Operations
    * Web Information Technologies and Services
    * Integrated Marketing Communications
    * Entrepreneurship in an International Context

    International Business Management with Entrepreneurship MSc (additional modules)
    * Entrepreneurship in Context
    * Enterprise Start-Up

    International Business Management with Finance MSc (additional modules)
    * Social and Environmental Issues in Accounting and Finance
    * Finance for Non Specialists

    International Business Management with Marketing MSc (additional modules)
    * Buyer Behaviour
    * International Marketing

    International Business Management with Project Management MSc (additional modules)
    * Project Management
    * Strategic Project Management

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    We wish to recruit from all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. We welcome applications from those who have: * a good honours degree or equivalent; and * a willingness to learn, develop and change.You should normally have graduated in the arts, humanities, technology or science areas in the last three years. You may have limited work experience but perhaps possess specific knowledge or skills that you can bring to the course.What else?This is an intensive course and you will be expected to have a high degree of motivation. You'll need to have the ability to work effectively on your own and with others. Focus, maturity and commitment are qualities that we will be looking for.Interview arrangementsSuitable candidates may be invited to attend for interview. Telephone interviews can be arranged in the case of those for whom travel to the UK may present difficulties.International studentsAll non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Kingston Business School bursaries
    * For Home/EU and international students: * Five Diana Winstanley bursaries worth £2,000 each.
    * Five Diana Winstanley bursaries worth £1,000 each.

    Please visit the bursaries page for full application details.

    Kingston University scholarships and bursaries
    * For international students: * £3,300 scholarships for full-time international students.
    * 10% discount on fees for Kingston alumni (alumni loyalty bursary).
    * 10% discount on fees for family members of Kingston alumni (family loyalty bursary).

    * For Home/EU students: * up to £3,000 Annual Fund scholarships.

    To apply for any scholarship or bursary you must already be in possession of a firm offer on the programme and have paid your course fee deposit.


    EPAS accreditation
    This course is accredited by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Its EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) award means that you can be confident that this degree is of a high standard compared to similar programmes around the world.

    Kingston Business School is one of only a small number of schools that have secured accreditation from EFMD. We are the second UK Business School to secure EPAS accreditation, and one of only 22 schools with accreditation from EFMD in the UK (the other 20 having secured EQUIS accreditation).

    AMBA accreditation
    Kingston Business School is the first business school internationally to receive triple AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation across its portfolio of general management masters and doctoral courses.

    This accreditation provides specific programmes with an independent and international quality kite mark that assures they are delivered to an appropriate standard and are of continuing relevance to contemporary issues in management education:

    * Business Management MSc
    * MBA (Master of Business Administration)
    * DBA (Doctor of Business Administration).

    The Kingston MBA has enjoyed continuous AMBA accreditation since 1992, while Kingston's Business Management MSc was among the first courses internationally to be awarded AMBA's PEMM accreditation (Pre-Experience Masters in General Management) in September 2005. In July 2006, the Kingston DBA was one of the first three doctoral programmes internationally to receive AMBA accreditation.

    Chartered Management Institute membership
    Graduates of the masters degree programme will be entitled to professional membership of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI or ACMI depending on your management experience and the programme studied).

    Recognition from the Institute demonstrates your professional commitment. As a member you will have access to a wide range of support services, including information resources, an online CPD system and networking events.

    You will also be entitled to the Institute's fast track membership application process and a reduction on subscription rates for the first year. Once a member, you can demonstrate your capability as a professional manager still further by registering on the Institute's Chartered Manager programme.

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