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MSc International Management (IMEX)

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Programme overview

The MSc International Management is a one-year programme emphasising an analytical approach to issues of globalisation and international management, through a unique combination of theoretical and practical teaching styles and international learning.

During the first term the programme provides a highly analytical approach to management founded in the LSE’s tradition of critical thinking. 

In the second term students take part in the International Management Exchange programme (IMEX), studying as guests in the second year of an MBA programme at a leading business school in the US or China, with a more practical teaching approach. 

These two terms allow you to benefit from the two different teaching approaches, which in combination provide a uniquely valuable and globally-relevant learning experience.

The core course in the MSc International Management programme focuses on an analytical approach to globalisation, giving you an understanding of industries, firms and nations at a global level.

The programme provides a firm foundation of critical thinking and analytically rigorous understanding of management at a global level, developing your talent to achieve lasting success over a lifelong career in a rapidly changing international market.   

IMEX exchange term

Six world-leading business schools partner with the LSE in the IMEX programme, and students will study at one of these schools throughout the second term of their programme:


Students spend the first term (Michaelmas Term) at the LSE where they take a compulsory core course, and can also to customise their programme according to their own interests by choosing up to three optional elective courses from the a selection of world-leading academic departments within the LSE.

Students will then spend the second term (Lent Term) abroad at a leading international business school in either China or the US as part of the IMEX exchange programme. The term abroad is worth one full (1.0) unit towards the degree. Whilst abroad students take courses from the 2nd year of the MBA programme at their allocated school.

In the final part of the programme, students complete a dissertation of 10,000 words which is submitted in the first week of September. 

Programme structure

MSc International Management programme structure

Compulsory core courses (3.0 units)

  • Either MG4B5 Business in the Global Environment (0.5 unit) looks at the process of globalisation at three levels: industries, firms and nations. Its goal is to develop a solid understanding of the external, economy-wide factors that affect the performance and management of firms in today's global economy. Topics include the changing structure of industries; the response of companies, both those based in the advanced industrial countries and those based in emerging markets, to increasing international competition; and differences between countries in their institutions and policies
  • Or MG4B9 The World Trading System (0.5 unit) looks at the "globalization" process: the negotiation, implementation and implications of international trade agreements (ITAs). These include the World Trade Organisation and the fast-growing web of regional trade agreements. We analyse the challenges and opportunities faced by companies engaged in the global economy in this context. The course relies on recent theoretical and empirical research to gain insight into the motivations for ITAs and their consequences for consumers and firms. Globalisation - trends in the international economy and overview of their causes and effects. The sources of international trade. Trade barriers - restrictions to international trade and their consequences. The economics and politics of international trade agreements. The rules, accomplishments and shortcomings of the GATT/WTO system. Regional trade agreements - motivation, implications, and recent trends. The costs and benefits from exporting for individual firms. Challenges and opportunities for national and multinational firms in the global economy.
  • MG494 IMEX echange term:  Students choose courses to the value of 1.0 unit at one of the IMEX partner schools during their term abroad.
  • MG495 Dissertation (1.0 unit) a 10,000-word dissertation

Optional elective courses (1.5 units)

You will customise your programme according to your own interests with optional elective courses at LSE to the total value of 1.5 units from the range of options listed below. 

Student profiles

IMEX student profiles

Amar, Pakistan

Francesca, Italy

Marie-Therese, Germany


The MSc International Management is designed for students with a background in management, or a related subject such as economics, and at least 3 months' work experience. The programme attracts a diverse range of students each year from a variety of backgrounds and international locations.

The programme is designed for pre-career or early-career graduates, and a very large majority of our applicants will have just completed their undergraduate Bachelor’s degree. We also welcome professionals with some work experience, and a number of students have around 2-4 years’ experience.

Current class profile (2015-16)

12 nationalities: 



Career development with the MSc International Management

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The MSc International Management provides a route for career acceleration into more senior roles for top employers, for example consulting roles in large firms. 

You will gain an excellent foundation of critical thinking and an in-depth understanding of management at a global level, preparing you for a variety of employment areas and developing your talent to achieve lasting success over a lifelong career.

The majority of graduates choose to work in banking and management consulting, but our students have also gone on to excel in a range of careers such as marketing, human resource management and public relations.

LSE Careers

LSE Careers will provide tailored individual support with your professional development and job search throughout the programme. They offer one-to-one Career Consultant sessions, access to employers with career fairs, seminars and workshops, a vast database of employment opportunities via the LSE Career Hub, and help with job hunting, CVs/resumes and interviews.

Graduate destinations

Here are some examples of the companies and organisations our alumni now work for:

Company Names

Programme Director

Prof Diane Reyniers

Professor Diane Reyniers
Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy


Teaching team

Veronica Rappoport

Dr Veronica Rappoport
Lecturer in Management


Dr Jörn Rothe
Director of Studies, Managerial Economics and Strategy





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