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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc International Management 2017 entry

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title International Management
Programme code BSPT11
Length of programme The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is twelve calendar months, for the award of PGDip is nine calendar months and for the award of PGCert is three calendar months.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT30

Part Time MSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/LLPT31

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:53:43 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • Add value to holders of a wide range of first degrees by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of International  management, and organisations;

  • Provide a relevant, practical, applied and integrated curriculum through close links with business and commercial organisations and appropriate academic research;

  • Develop appropriate skills to apply knowledge and understanding of International business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice;

  • Enhance students’ lifelong learning skills, personal development and employability to enable them to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to and take effective roles within business and society.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The QAA benchmark statement for Master’s awards in business and management
The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and holistic understanding of:

  • the internal aspects, functions and processes of organisations (especially international ones) - including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context they operate in;
  • the external, international context in which organisations (especially international ones) operate - including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations;
  • how organisations are managed in an international context- including the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and international management of organisations with regard to relevant theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the international context.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex international scenarios;
  • analyse and appraise theoretical and practical issues and problems in international management by using the theories and models appropriate to those disciplines;
  • collect relevant information across a range of areas pertaining to a current international business or management situation, analyse that information using relevant techniques and synthesise it into an appropriate form in order to evaluate decision alternatives.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

  • make effective use of information and communication technologies in a business context including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of the internet and e-mail using appropriate software;
  • conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of international business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the internet;
  • use effective team-working skills, including team-building and project management in group work situations.
  • Use communication technologies effectively to present and communicate their work to an international audience including specialists and non-specialists.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

  • display effective interpersonal skills including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution;
  • be open to new ideas and be aware that in many situations there is a range of possible interpretations and/or solutions;
  • apply critical thinking and creativity to resolve practical problems;
  • solve problems using relevant decision making processes and techniques;
  • scan and organise data, abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;
  • make effective use of Communication and Information Technology (CIT);
  • recognise and utilise individuals’ contributions in group processes;
  • recognise ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices;
  • use effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness;
  • learn through reflection on practice and experience.

4. Programme structure

1 Module Structure

       Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 150)



Subject Title





Marketing in the Organisation




Cross Cultural Management




International Business Environment




Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services




Personal Development for Study and Employability


1 & 2


Business Environment Analysis




International Marketing




Global Strategic Management




International Management Analysis



Semester 2 Option Modules.

In addition to the listed complusory modules, students will choose TWO modules (total modular weight 30) to be chosen from the list below.



Subject Title

Modular Weight







Information Systems and Management




Work Psychology




Enterprise Resource Planning




Logistics & Supply Chain Management



 *Option choices will require approval of the Programme Director.

4.1.1 For full details of when the modules are taught and the specific assessment procedures see Module Specifications.

4.2 Guidance will be given to candidates concerning the selection of optional components.  However, the School reserves the right to offer or withdraw any optional module.

4.3 The School reserves the right to regulate the numbers of students studying a particular module.

4.4  Students who are deemed to have significant knowledge of a compulsory module may be authorised by the Programme Director to undertake an alternative module, provided that the ILOs of the programme are still met.

Semester 2 International exchange option

Candidates may replace the modules required for Semester Two with an approved course of study taught in English at a foreign University.  Candidates will undertake assessed work equivalent to 60 credits as required by the School of Business and Economics.  The module 'Personal Development for Study and Employability' will be continued online during the semester abroad.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 In accordance with regulation XXI, candidates who have a right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period.

5.3 In addition  students  may choose  to be reassessed in BSP028 Global Strategic Management and BSP031  International Management Analysis in January  of the next academic year.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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