The modern business environment is increasingly international in scope. The programme equips you with the tools, techniques and concepts to understand how international business is conducted and how firms and countries can thrive in today’s global marketplace.
The programme is offered with a foreign language: Russian, Japanese or Arabic. You will take two language modules; one beginner and one post-beginner. Both modules must be taken in the same language.
Our approach is to challenge, inspire and develop your skills to help you operate effectively and responsibly in a truly global business environment. Management (International Business) graduates typically pursue careers in multinational enterprises, international organisations, governmental bodies or consultancies.
As a student on International Business Management programme, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
The programme is also accredited by Institute of Exports and International Trade (IOE&IT). For more information see Careers.
The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the KBS Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.
For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- The impact of contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance
- Markets and customers: the development and operation of international markets for resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and equivalent stakeholders; service and orientation
- The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services; the management of resources and global operations (SB 3.9)
- The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications
- The management and development of people within multinational corporations; organisational theory, behaviour; industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management (SB 3.9)
- The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment
- The development, management and exploitation of global information systems and their impact on organisations
- The use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy
- The development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing cross-cultural context to meet stakeholder interests
- A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity and enterprise, e-commerce, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, cross-cultural values and norms, globalisation
- An additional language to support business practice.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- Critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
- Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- Analytic skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions.
- Ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- Integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists.
- Communication skills in other languages and different business contexts.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- problem-solving and decision-making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems, the ability to create, identify and evaluate options, the ability to implement and review decisions
- numeracy and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations, qualitative research skills
- ethical and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices
- the ability to conduct research into business and management issues
- the ability to identify, find, record, organise and manipulate knowledge relevant to the development and management of organisations.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- Information and knowledge; scanning and organising data; abstracting meaning from in- formation and sharing knowledge
- Effective use of Communication and Information Technology (IT)
- Two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication in cross-cultural environments, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports
- Personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and in different situations; the ability to continue learning
- Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise others’ contributions in group processes
- Language skills to enable effective communication in a variety of global contexts.
This programme aims to:
- Provide a pre-experience Master’s programme for those wishing to pursue a career in business and management with an international context.
- Educate individuals as managers and business specialists in the global environment and thus improve the quality of management as a profession
- Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in international business and management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- Add value to first degrees by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of global management and organisations in the international context and assist them in taking effective roles within them
- Develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of multinational organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed
- Develop students to evaluate and integrate theory and practice in a wide range of situations
- Develop creativity in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business and management
- Teach students to behave ethically and with integrity and manage with a strong sense of social responsibility
- Enable students to communicate effectively using a range of media (for example, orally, in writing, and through digital media) Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, team, leadership, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- Foster enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large
- Be self-directed and able to act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at professional levels
- Teach students to make decisions in complex and unpredictable global situations
- Develop students’ language competence and awareness within the business context.
- Bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations.
- Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
- Build on the close ties of the University with European and other institutions. Support international, national and regional economic success via the development opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.