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.
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 Double 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 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 and the management of resources and operations
- 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 organisations, organisational theory, behaviour, industrial/employee relations, Human Resources Management, change management
- the uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment
- the development, management and exploitation of 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 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, values and norms, globalisation.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- critical thinking and creativity, managing creative processes in yourself 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
- the ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
- analytic skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions
- the ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way that reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
- the integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate, or eventually lead, a team of multifunctional specialists.
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 information and sharing knowledge
- effective use of communication and information technology (CIT)
- two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others
- oral and written communication, 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.
This programme aims to:
- provide a pre-experience Master’s programme for those wishing to pursue a career in business and management
- educate you as a manager and business specialist and thus improve the quality of management as a profession
- prepare you for, and/or develop, a career in business and management by developing your skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
- add value to your first degree by helping you to develop an integrated, critically aware understanding of management and organisations and assist them in taking effective roles within them
- develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed
- help you to develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
- foster enhancement of your 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
- 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 University’s close ties with European institutions
- support national and regional economic success via the development opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.