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MSc International Management

About the MSc programme

The MSc International Management degree offers the opportunity to combine an analytical approach to studying management at LSE with the more practical approach of an MBA programme. All students spend a term abroad at a prestigious MBA school in North America or Asia. After completing the degree, students often go on to careers in banking, consulting or in multinational companies.

The MSc International Management degree is a highly theoretical and analytical programme, therefore applicants need to be able to demonstrate their quantitative skills through having gained high grades in courses which have covered areas such as maths and statistics; their undergraduate degree should have included management/economics related courses.

Applicants also need to take the GRE or GMAT exam and gain high scores. Some work experience (or a good quality internship) is required. The reason for this is because the second term will be spent studying alongside MBA students who are only admitted to the programme if they have a minimum of 3 years work experience.

Programme details

Students spend a term at LSE and also a term at a MBA school so experience different styles of teaching and learning.  Our partner schools are:

  • The Chicago Booth School of Management, University of Chicago
  • The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Yale School of Management
  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Michigan University
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

The various courses are based on a wide variety of academic disciplines.

The emphasis in this degree is on thinking and understanding, not doing, and on analysis rather than mere description.

We offer a wide range of optional courses which complement the compulsory courses while allowing students to explore other areas of management.
We believe that this makes graduates of this programme uniquely attractive to employers.

Compulsory courses 

(* half unit)

  • Either Business in the Global Environment* 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 The World Trading System* studies a key component of the "globalisation" 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.
  • Term abroad - students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit at one of the IMEX partner schools during their term abroad.
  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The MSc International Management prepares you for a variety of careers. The, majority of graduates choose to work in banking and management consulting but are also recruited into for example marketing, human resource management, public relations and retail management roles.



Application code: N1UQ (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014. Some students are required to participate in pre-sessional courses during September

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2012: 25/213

Minimum entry requirement: A first class or very good upper second class bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in management or a management related subject such as economics. Applicants must have taken courses in maths, statistics and economics (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: All applicants must submit a GRE or GMAT

Fee level: £23,064

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None

Note: This programme includes a term abroad at a partner institution