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International Management MSc

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The pace of change in today's world frequently outruns even the most sophisticated organizations. We prepare our students to meet the challenges of this rapidly changing environment. And to do so with a sense of purpose and responsibility. This resonates in our mission to make the world a better place.

Our Master’s in International Management is for students at the start of their career who share this ambition. Whether you see your future in finance or consultancy; healthcare or civic leadership. 

This 12-month program creates a rich and diverse learning environment. Students come from multiple disciplines, backgrounds and from all over the world. You will learn from our outstanding faculty and from practical, hands-on sessions with industry experts. You will broaden your horizons with global study trips. And you will develop skills that prepare you for a fulfilling future career. 

You will also have the opportunity to apply for a double degree and study an additional year at Luiss University of Rome, studying management, corporate finance or global management & politics.

International Management MSc: Is it right for you?

King’s Business School is looking for bright, agile minds. To be considered for this course you will have:

  • An excellent undergraduate degree. The MiIM isn’t just for business and economics students. We welcome applications from graduates in any discipline. 
  • Graduated in the past two years and have no more than two years’ work experience.
  • An exceptional command of written and spoken English. We are looking for active and inspiring participants in the classroom.
  • Displayed leadership potential outside of your studies. Whether volunteering, on the sports field or with university societies.
  • A clear sense of your future direction. We don’t ask for a detailed life plan. We do expect you to understand where you want this programme to take you.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 70 FT

Course leaders Professor Christian Asmussen

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty King's Business School



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Our MSc in International Management is a complete management education. No matter your background, this course is designed to equip you with the key business skills required to carve out a bright future as a global responsible leader.

You'll begin with a series of primers available in July for you to complete before you arrive at King's. These will provide a valubale foundation for your programme and are not assessed.

Business Foundations - An introduction to the fundamental concepts and perspectives concerning international business, internationalisation, and strategy.

Quantitative Skills - Explore the key skills required to conduct effective quantitative research and analysis.

This programme starts earlier than other programmes at King’s Business School with a two week induction starting on Monday 13 September 2021.  Attendance is compulsory and will be monitored.  During this induction period you will meet your study groups and participate in company visits that form a part of your assessment.

In semester one you’ll build a robust foundation in international business principles through our comprehensive range of required modules:

International Business Strategy – Explore contemporary developments in international business strategy and the opportunities and challenges they present for international firms.

Accounting & Finance – Analyse financial statements, product costing, firm profitability and understand the role of accounting in organisations.

Comparative Management & Governance – Examine national business systems, their institutional characteristics and investigate the context of corporate governance from a comparative perspective.

Marketing Management – Understand the unique aspects of marketing in the international business environment.

Leadership in Context - Examine the complexities of leadership and how skilled leaders can create thriving organisations.

Research Skills & Business Analytics - Learn the methodology involved in qualitative and quantitative management research.

Business Research Project – Choose a business problem to tackle and put into practice all the knowledge and skills you have gained on the programme.

International Management in Practice: Application and Critical Thinking (IMPACT) - A series of immersive experiences and experiential learning opportunities for students to develop important knowledge, transferable skills, and critical insights regarding international management theory in practice.

You’ll also choose three electives, through which you’ll consolidate your understanding of international management. Elective modules will be confirmed during semester one. Previous electives have included:

Entrepreneurship – Learn the skills global business leaders use to operate in an international environment.

International Human Resource Management – Understand people, organisations, learning and development in multinational organisations.

Technology & Corporate Ethnography – Analyse how global firms use varying approaches to technology, users and consumers.

Marketing, Interaction and Technology – Explore how technology affects marketing practice and consumer behaviour.

Financial Management – Deepen your knowledge of the key concepts in finance and financial markets.

Global Governance & Sustainability – Tackle international sustainability challenges and examine the changing relationship between business, government and society in the global economy.

European Business Context and Corporate Strategies - Examine the evolving European business context considering current and emerging challenges. 



Double degree with Luiss University of Rome

You can apply to study an additional year at Luiss University of Rome, studying management, corporate finance or global management & politics. 

The Laurea Magistrale at Luiss is normally a 2 year programme, however the International Management MSc from King's will be accepted as the equivalent of their first year. As a result, students will gain two degrees in two years.

This opportunity is limited to five students per year.


Course purpose

Everything you’ll learn at King’s Business School will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge to realise your full potential.

Our students learn practical, personal, intellectual and transferable skills. Through studying our diverse and comprehensive range of modules, we’ll develop your critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills within an international context.

On top of key skill development, you’ll acquire a comparative understanding of the key systems of management and advanced business strategies, along with the ability to identify the sources of competitive advantages for international companies.

Upon completing the programme, you’ll understand strategic management decision making, and have a deep knowledge of the wider economic, political and cultural environments modern business leaders operate in. You’ll also understand the nature and development of different systems of management and be able the analyse the role, strategy and models of the multinational enterprise.

Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Modules Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study 
Per 15-credit taught module The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is 20 - 30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught module has 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.
Business Research Project You will receive 2 project workshops and 4 hours of supervision with faculty. Approximately 442 hours.


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.


Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

You are required to take:

•    International Business Strategy (15 credits)

•    Accounting & Finance (15 credits)

•    Comparative Management and Governance (15 credits)

•    Marketing Management (15 credits)

•    Research Skills & Business Analytics (15 credits)

•    Leadership in Context (15 credits)

•    International Management in Practice: Application and Critical Thinking (IMPACT) (15 credits)

•    Business Research Project (45 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules which can vary from year to year but may typically include:

•    Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

•    International Human Resource Management (15 credits)

•    Technology & Corporate Ethnography (15 credits)

•    Marketing, Interaction and Technology (15 credits)

•    Financial Management (15 credits)

•    Global Governance and Sustainability (15 credits)

•    European Business Context and Corporate Strategies (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

International Management Entry requirements
Minimum requirements

High 2:1


Undergraduate degree high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) required in any academic subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum high 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 65% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

Please note: Meeting the minimum requirements for your application to be considered does not guarantee an offer as applications for this programme are very competitive.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £100 applies.

Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Please provide a personal statement that shows how your own interests are linked to the programme. In this statement please describe your academic background, your reasons for applying for this programme and what you hope to gain from it, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Writing Sample Yes

In addition to your personal statement, you will need to submit a short (300 word) essay that considers the following question:

How do you expect international business to change in a post COVID-19 landscape?

Please upload your essay under the writing sample section of your application.

Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £15,675 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.
  • If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.


We have a number of scholarships available for King’s Business School Master’s students. Please visit our scholarships page for more information.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to a range of fields once they complete the MSc, including management consultancies, the financial sector, and large retail and manufacturing organisations, international NGOs.


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