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MSc International Management

About the MSc programme

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 you will take part in the International Management Exchange programme (IMEX), studying as guest 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 compulsory course in the 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.

Programme details

Key features of the programme:

  • This is a one-year programme combining an analytical approach with the practical benefits of an MBA degree, 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.

Six world-leading business schools partner with LSE in the IMEX exchange programme:

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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc International Management in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

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.



Application code: N1UQ (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2014: 27/309

Minimum entry requirement: A first class or high upper second class bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in management or a management-related subject such as economics. Applicants must have taken courses in mathematics, statistics and economics (see entry requirements). At least three months' work experience is required (eg an internship)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

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

Fee level: UK/EU £24,936; overseas £25,440

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

Application deadline: None

Note: All students of the MSc International Management Exchange programme spend a term abroad at one of our six partner schools. Please list the schools in order of your preference, with one 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