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International Management MSc

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We continue to welcome applications from all eligible candidates for September 2020 entry to this programme.

Learn about information for applicants and offer holders in response to Covid-19, and King’s teaching plans for September entry.

Prepare to become a future global leader. Develop a deep understanding of management decision-making. Discover the different cultural, political and economic contexts international businesses operate in.

Do you want to open doors, change your life and build a world-class career? Do you want to develop extensive knowledge and expertise across a range of international business disciplines? Do you aspire to step up and tackle the business and societal challenges of the future?

The MSc in International Management at King’s Business School is a complete management education. You’ll learn about international business, finance, accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, management and strategy.

International Management MSc: Is it right for you?

  • We attract the best students from all over the world. Our International Management MSc is a highly rewarding and demanding programme, aimed at students with an excellent undergraduate degree and high ambitions for their future.
  • This course is ideal for students who have graduated in the past two years and have less than two years of professional work experience.
  • Our MSc isn’t just for graduates in business or economics. We look for students with backgrounds in engineering, health, law, the arts and social sciences. Our course will reinforce your existing skills and experience with a comprehensive understanding of business and management, allowing you to develop diverse proficiencies across multiple disciplines. 
  • Master’s programmes at King’s Business School are linguistically challenging, so students must have an exceptional command of written and spoken English. Engaging with our academics and your fellow students is essential in our classes, and we expect students to be active and inspiring members of our global classroom.
  • Leadership skills are crucial for students preparing for bright futures at King’s. We look for individuals who have displayed great leadership potential throughout their time in higher education and school. We can teach you the skills and knowledge to pass aptitude tests, so we don’t require you to submit a GMAT score or equivalent when you apply. What we want are students with a vision to become inspirational figures in the future international landscape.

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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Course detail


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 leader.

You’ll build a robust foundation in international business principles through our comprehensive range of required modules:

International Business Strategy – Explore contemporary challenges in corporate and business strategy.

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

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

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

Research Methods – Learn the methodology involved in qualitative and quantitative management research.

You’ll also choose three electives, through which you’ll consolidate your understanding of international management:

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

International 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.

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

Work and New Technology: International Studies and Perspectives – 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.

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

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 and become a future global leader.

We teach our students 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.
 Dissertation module  You will receive two dissertation workshops and four hours of one-to-one supervision.  Approximately 592 hours


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, coursework, individual or group projects, presentations, case studies and multiple-choice tests.


Year 1

Required Modules

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

You are required to take:

• Research Methods (15 credits)

• International Business Strategy (15 credits)

• International Finance and Accounting (15 credits)

• Comparative Management (15 credits)

• International Marketing (15 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

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

• International Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

• International Human Resource Management (15 credits)

• Work and New Technology: International Studies and Perspectives (15 credits)

• Marketing, Interaction and Technology (15 credits)

• International Financial Management (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.
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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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


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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £14,925 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,850 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer in late August, 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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