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MSc International Management (IMEX)

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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:

  • A one-year programme combining an analytical approach with the practical benefits of an MBA programme, applied to issues of globalisation and international management
  • Students benefit from the academic excellence at LSE, and also participate in the IMEX exchange programme to spend a term at a leading MBA school, experiencing different styles of teaching and learning
  • A wide range of optional courses is available, complementing the compulsory course and allowing students to customise their programme and specialise in their own area of interest

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 courses

  • Either MG4B5 (formerly MN425) 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 (formerly MN429) 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 (formerly MN424) Term Abroad


IMEX exchange term

  • Students choose courses to the value of 1.0 unit at one of the IMEX partner schools during their term abroad.

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.

Graduate destinations

100% of students in work/further study 6 months after graduating.

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

Company Names

LSE Careers Service

The LSE has a dedicated Careers Service which will work with you throughout your programme to help you fulfil your career goals:

  • One-to-one careers appointments  with your programme’s dedicated Careers Consultant will provide you with individually tailored careers advice and support
  • Careers fairs, seminars and workshops   -  you will have access to an extensive programme of careers fairs including Consultancy, Business and Management, Banking and Finance, NGOs and Public Sector employers, as well as employer led skills seminars and recruitment presentations throughout the year.
  • LSE Career Hub online job vacancy portal advertising hundreds of vacancies each week, including full time graduate jobs, internships, volunteering opportunities and part time casual jobs.
  • Help with CVs/resumes and interviews with one-to-one CV feedback sessions for advice on your own CV. When you have an interview coming up you can also book a half hour practice interview. A number of departmental careers workshops are available, covering topics including CVs and application forms, interviews, presentation skills and assessment centres.

Connect with LSE Careers:

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Class profile

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.

International diversity

Our students come from a wide range of locations around the world, with students of 12 different nationalities on the programme in 2015/16. 


Variety of experience and age

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.


Student profiles




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



Entry requirements

  • A first class or high upper second class bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in management or a management related subject such as economics (see entry requirements). Applicants must have taken courses in maths, statistics and economics
  • At least 3 months' work experience is required (e.g. an internship)
  • All applicants are required to submit a GRE or GMAT score. Successful applicants typically score in the top decile
  • English language requirements

Personal statement requirements:  All students of the MSc International Management Exchange programme spend a term abroad at one of our6 partner schools. Please list ALL the schools in order of your preference, with 1 being the school you would most like to spend your term abroad at, within your personal statement. We will take your choices in to account as much as possible when allocating places at our partner schools, but we are unfortunately unable to guarantee all students their top choices.

The programme is theoretical and analytical and you need to be able to demonstrate your quantitative skills by having gained high grades in courses which have covered areas such as maths and statistics. Your undergraduate Bachelor's degree should have included some management and economics related courses.

You need a minimum of 3 months' work experience (e.g. an internship), as you will be studying alongside MBA students during the IMEX exchange term who will have a minimum of 3 years work experience (or often more). We realise that you will not have a great deal of work experience but at least one good quality internship is required.

Your application should include a personal statement showing your motivation to achieve an MSc in International Management from LSE whilst undertaking the challenge of spending a term abroad attached to an MBA programme, a style of study which is entirely different to what we offer at LSE. Please list ALL partner schools in order of preference, with 1 being the school you would most like to spend your term abroad at. Your application should also include a GRE or GMAT score and two academic references.

Your application will be considered on its academic merits. An offer of a place may be conditional on attending additional courses and/or passing qualifying examinations at a suitable standard, in addition to your degree. You should note that there are always many more applications than places available and achieving the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered admission. It is therefore in your interest to apply as early as possible.

How to apply

Submit an application to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office:


Applications are open from 19 October 2015 for entry to the programme in Autumn 2016.

We operate rolling admissions so we don’t have a closing date, and places are currently available on this programme. However, we offer places on a first-come, first-served basis, so  we encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Our admissions process is managed centrally, so please visit the LSE Graduate Admissions Office for queries about the application process and requirements. 

Fees and financial support

The programme tuition fee is £24,936.

A range of financial support options are available for UK and international graduate students.