The MBA (IM) is aimed at ambitious, knowledge hungry students from a wide range of entrepreneurial, business and public sector backgrounds looking to develop their careers, whether as entrepreneurs or business managers and leaders The development of a global network will be a key part of the experience.

7 reasons to take your masters here

  1. Flexible delivery modes:
    Designed to suit busy senior professionals - Block Mode - complete in 12 months, with classes Friday (day and evening) plus Saturday.

  2. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners:
    with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.

  3. Two residential weekends:
    intensive learning, life coaching, networking, and skills development weekends - where you can learn from (and with) your fellow MBA participants.

  4. Live case-study learning:
    consolidate and apply your learning to real business situations and propose clear, evidence-based solutions to contemporary business problems.

  5. Personal growth:
    develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem-solving and critical thinking.

  6. CMI professional accreditation:
    opportunity to obtain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

  7. Consultancy practice and start-up advice:
    you'll be able to gain hands-on consultancy experience through the Business Solutions Centre, offering advice to SMEs, as well as accessing business start-up advice for your own entrepreneurial ventures.

An MBA (International Management) develops

  • An understanding of the latest developments in managerial theories and practice in order to develop analytical judgment and critical awareness.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the principles of strategic thinking in an international business context by building upon the practical experience of the course participants.
  • The course member’s diverse personal experiences as vehicles for learning, including peer group learning and for personal development of a range of managerial abilities, including team working and effective management skills.
  • Skills for change, decision making, adaptation, enterprise and sustainability in a dynamic and complex international business environment. To combine knowledge with a student-centered learning process to develop skills, attitudes, and abilities relevant to the student’s future employment. In particular, it is designed to equip students with the ability to manage change, both in their individual career and at an organizational level.
  • Cultural intelligence in an increasingly multicultural globalized business environment.
  • The capacity for professional development and competencies in relation to management across knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, and behavioral/professional skills.
  • Knowledge of a variety of business analysis techniques, including the ability to select and use critically appropriate analytical tools in different business situations.
  • A critical understanding of the factors determining organizational performance in an international environment.

An MBA (International Management) develops

  • You will know and understand business stakeholders, resources, and financing; maximizing efficiencies to add value to an organization and society;
  • You will be able to critically analyze, assess and make informed decisions within the constraints of complex global business environments;
  • You will integrate functional knowledge and apply strategic management skills to successfully manage, negotiate, lead and manage teams through the constantly changing international environment to achieve organizational goals;
  • You will operate ethically, effectively acting with integrity in cross-cultural settings and, understanding the nature of globalization and
  • You will understand how they can enhance their career and have a commitment to lifelong learning.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 12 months January; September Southwark Campus
Part-time 24 months January; September Southwark Campus


  • Creativity Enterprise and Innovation
  • Curiosity, Creativity, and Research
  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance
  • Research in Action
  • Global Operations and Logistics
  • Management Consultancy in a Global Environment
  • Developing Enterprising Leaders in a Global World
  • Capstone Business Project
  • Managing Virtual Work (OPTION)
  • Everyday Sustainability for Business (OPTION)

The MBA is completed by the choice of an Option Module (listed above) from a choice of two:

  • Managing Virtual Work
  • Everyday Sustainability for Business


Employability and careers advice is embedded throughout the modules via guest speaker and alumni input and also through peer to peer support.

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance, and human resource management. In this respect, the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded flexible roles in managing across a variety of organizational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.

LSBU Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student, you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come into network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop-in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job search. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
  • It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Teaching and learning

On this MBA (IM) you will study the School of Business Framework for Post Graduate Courses core modules, that is:

  • Creativity, Innovation, and Enterprise
  • Curiosity, Creativity, and Research
  • Research in Action
  • Management Consultancy in a Global Environment
  • Capstone Business Project

Your studies are further enhanced by the additional MBA core modules:

  • Strategic Management in a Global Environment
  • Creating and Delivering Customer Value
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance
  • Developing Global Operations and Logistics
  • Enterprising Leaders in a Global World

The MBA is completed by the choice of an Option Module from a choice of two:

  • Managing Virtual Work


  • Everyday Sustainability for Business

Although the acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies, the use of real-life case studies is central to our teaching and learning strategy.

Strategy for teaching and learning

Real life case study

A number of live case studies will be used to enable students to apply and assimilate their knowledge throughout the course in every module where appropriate.

Master classes

A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields will be delivered throughout the academic year enabling our students to engage with contemporary management issues.

Residential weekends

Two residential events will support students learning.

Lectures, seminars, and workshops

Each of the modules will be delivered by a team of academics from each of the subject disciplines. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.

Self-managed learning

Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom-based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem-based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).

Knowledge and skills development

The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas which are described below.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the programme, the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  1. business stakeholders, resources and financing and how to maximize efficiency to add value to an organization and society
  2. the impact of the external forces upon the business organizations, the role of business ethics and corporate responsibility in determining competitive advantage
  3. the principal functional areas of management, and their interrelationships
  4. the management and development of people within organizations
  5. the factors determining the organization’s strategic capability, performance and success
  6. the key theoretical and contextual issues relating to management, leadership and business culture in a global context
  7. strategic approaches to organizational design, a managerial change, sustainable organizational development, including the management of diversity and
  8. the development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.

Intellectual skills

You will develop your intellectual skills such that you are able to:

  1. critically evaluate and apply analytical concepts and techniques in the principal functional areas of management
  2. think critically and creatively; organize thought, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal
  3. integrate, appraise and evaluate data/evidence, functional/managerial concepts and techniques to analyze, evaluate and solve complex multidisciplinary problems
  4. analyze complex management issues, making sound judgments and decisions in the absence of complete data
  5. formulate strategic recommendations and develop effective corporate strategies that are analytically sound, operationally feasible and ethical
  6. research a major management problem or issue of the students choice in depth; through the vehicle of the MBA project.

Practical skills

You will acquire and develop practical skills such that you are able to:

  1. select and demonstrate appropriate leadership style for situations and team working skills
  2. develop an appreciation/ understanding of how to adapt management and strategy across cultures
  3. understand and use economic, financial and marketing information;
  4. manage, review and reward performance via the use of various tools to enhance organizational performance
  5. recognize situations in which ethical matters arise and apply ethical, societal and organizational values to situations and choices.

Transferable skills

You'll acquire and develop transferable skills such that you are able to:

  1. communicate effectively using a range of media, including preparing and appraising business reports; including listening to, negotiating with and persuading and influencing others
  2. manage and develop self and develop as a reflective practitioner; exercise sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; and continue learning and reflection in your workplace
  3. perform effectively within a team environment, and recognize and utilize other people’s contributions to group processes; perform team selection, delegation, development, and management.

Entry requirements

  • Significant post-graduation and/or relevant work experience on which the learning process should build, normally the experience required will be at least two years
  • At least UK class 2:2 or equivalent university degree
  • English language requirement of at least IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 610 and meeting UK Visa requirements for international students

All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance on to the programme. The aim of the interview process is to ensure that students will have a positive impact on the learning experience of those on the journey with them.

Key to our provision is group work; peer to peer learning and application of learning to live projects preferably drawn from the student’s workplace and/or experience. Therefore, it is imperative that students can contribute to this process with enthusiasm and in a collegiate manner.

Interviews will be carried out by the Course Director and can be face to face or via Skype.

If students are deemed unsuitable for a place on our MBA programme they will be offered an alternative pathway.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated May 2, 2019
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