International Business and Management with a Foreign Language - MSc


This programme provides an insight into a number of areas of general management, with particular emphasis on key aspects of international business.



The modern business environment is increasingly international in scope. The programme equips you with the tools, techniques and concepts to understand how international business is conducted and how firms and countries can thrive in today’s global marketplace.

The programme is offered with a foreign language: Russian, Japanese or Arabic. You will take two language modules; one beginner and one post-beginner. Both modules must be taken in the same language.

Our approach is to challenge, inspire and develop your skills to help you operate effectively and responsibly in a truly global business environment. Management (International Business) graduates typically pursue careers in multinational enterprises, international organisations, governmental bodies or consultancies.

CMI HE Partner

As a student on International Business Management programme, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the KBS Loyalty Scheme for University of Kent undergraduates and the KBS Early Bird Scheme. The Early Bird equates to a 10% discount on tuition fees.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent, please visit the Student Funding page.

Exchange partners

Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.

Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Renmin University of China, School of Business
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Neoma Business School
  • Freie Universitat Berlin
  • University of Florence
  • IE Madrid University
  • Stockholm Business School
  • Georgetown University.

Kent Business School (KBS)

With over 25 years’ experience delivering business education, Kent Business School is ranked as a top 20 UK business school, both for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

The School currently has around 60 PhD students, who form a dynamic and close-knit research community.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

Teaching in the School is informed by the latest research and the changing needs of the global business environment. Our international teaching staff are all experts in their field of study and are regularly published in leading journals worldwide. They guide and support your learning, not only in current best practice in your chosen area of study, but also in emerging new concepts and theories, and the latest business thinking.


The course structure below provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:

No modules information available for this delivery.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme involves a taught and a project component.

The taught programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments throughout the year, and by examinations in May and June.

Once these are completed, you work full-time on your Business Report and your Personal Development & Management Skills Report, applying techniques and insights presented in the programme to a specific problem.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • Provide a pre-experience Master’s programme for those wishing to pursue a career in business and management with an international context.
  • Educate individuals as managers and business specialists in the global environment and thus improve the quality of management as a profession
  • Provide preparation for and/or development of a career in international business and management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area
  • Add value to first degrees by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of global management and organisations in the international context and assist them in taking effective roles within them
  • Develop students’ critical knowledge and understanding of multinational organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed
  • Develop students to evaluate and integrate theory and practice in a wide range of situations
  • Develop creativity in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to develop and interpret knowledge in business and management
  • Teach students to behave ethically and with integrity and manage with a strong sense of social responsibility
  • Enable students to communicate effectively using a range of media (for example, orally, in writing, and through digital media) Develop an appropriate range of cognitive, team, leadership, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills
  • Foster enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large
  • Be self-directed and able to act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at professional levels
  • Teach students to make decisions in complex and unpredictable global situations
  • Develop students’ language competence and awareness within the business context.
  • Bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations.
  • Provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School and elsewhere.
  • Build on the close ties of the University with European and other institutions. Support international, national and regional economic success via the development opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The impact of contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical,        economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international     developments; corporate governance
  • Markets and customers: the development and operation of international markets for resources, goods and services; expectations of customers and equivalent stakeholders; service and orientation
  • The concepts, processes and institutions in the production and marketing of goods and/or services; the management of resources and global operations (SB 3.9)
  • The financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications
  • The management and development of people within multinational corporations; organisational theory, behaviour; industrial/employee relations, HRM, change management (SB 3.9)
  • The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment
  • The development, management and exploitation of global information systems and their impact on organisations
  • The use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management within a global knowledge-based economy
  • The development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing cross-cultural context to meet stakeholder interests
  • A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity and enterprise, e-commerce, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, cross-cultural values and norms, globalisation
  • An additional language to support business practice. 

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • Critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
  • Ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
  • Analytic skills necessary for the analysis of problems and the identification of appropriate solutions. 
  • Ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice
  • Integrative capability to communicate   and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of         multifunctional specialists.
  • Communication skills in other languages and different business contexts.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • problem-solving and decision-making: establishing criteria, using appropriate decision techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems, the ability to create, identify and evaluate options, the ability to implement and review decisions
  • numeracy and quantitative skills including the use of models of business situations, qualitative research skills
  • ethical and value management: recognising ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices
  • the ability to conduct research into business and management issues
  • the ability to identify, find, record, organise and manipulate knowledge relevant to the development and management of organisations.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • Information and knowledge; scanning and organising data; abstracting meaning from in-   formation and sharing knowledge
  • Effective use of Communication and Information Technology (IT)
  • Two-way communication: listening, negotiating and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication in cross-cultural environments, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports
  • Personal effectiveness: self-awareness and self-management; time management;            sensitivity to diversity in people and in different situations; the ability to continue learning
  • Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise   others’ contributions in group processes
  • Language skills to enable effective communication in a variety of global contexts. 


You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies including, Deloitte, Fujitsu Services Ltd, Pace Capital, City Sprint, J.P Morgan & Chase and BP.

Professional recognition

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS has accreditations with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). In addition, KBS has accreditations with the following

  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
  • The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • CFA Institute

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Study support

Postgraduate resources

Kent Business School occupies The Sibson Building, a vibrant new campus destination. The state-of-the-art building includes dedicated postgraduate and IT suites, academic and research workspaces, three lecture theatres and social learning spaces.

Each postgraduate student is assigned a specific member of academic staff who acts as your first point of contact throughout your studies. There is a lively postgraduate community at the School, with plenty of space to relax and interact with your fellow students and our academic staff.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, as well as subject-specific librarians to help you find the information you need. We also offer excellent teaching facilities with tailor-made specialist resources and access to a range of software packages used in quantitative analysis and finance.

An international focus

Kent Business School has more than 60 internationally recognised academics from 22 different countries. Most of our teaching faculty are involved with researching the latest issues in business and management, working with organisations to provide new insight for business leaders and policymakers. Their knowledge and findings feed into the programmes to ensure they are both cutting-edge and globally relevant.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; International Journal of Finance & Economics; Journal of Banking and Finance; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Asset Management; International Review of Financial Analysis.

Global skills

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree should have a good honours degree from the UK (minimum 2:2) or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a non-business-related discipline.

Applicants without an honours degree may also be considered on the basis of work experience, professional qualifications and the relevance of the programme to their current professional role.

English language requirements

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.  Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Research areas

Research activities at Kent Business School are broadly organised into six areas;

Our research extends business knowledge and produces innovative and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges. As a forward-looking school, we are always working to ensure that our research has a positive impact, not just within business but in the wider world.

Our staff are recognised as being at the forefront of their fields and their expertise has been sought by bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, the FT Trading Room, Kent County Council and Medway Council.

For more information, see our Research page.

Staff research interests

Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.

Dr Vinh Sum Chau: Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Strategy; strategic management; policy deployment; performance management; service quality; retail banking; Chinese cultural values; regulation; balanced scorecards; public service; utilities; quality management tools; dynamic capabilities; global financial crisis; organisational effectiveness; Asia-Pacific management; health management.

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Dr Alison Dean: Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Aspects of change. The process of implementing change in managing privatisation by UK Water companies. Innovation and change, using an options approach to demonstrate how the linking of real and financial markets can affect innovation. Internationalisation/globalisation of large UK City Law firms. How to effect change in two different settings: the embedding of ethical consumerism and how to create effective synthetic communities of practice in an HE setting.

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Dr Samantha Evans: Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM

HRM and line managers, performance management and appraisal, trade union strategies across a variety of countries and equality of employment.

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Professor Fragkiskos Filippaios: Reader in International Business

Multinationals; foreign direct investment; culture; cultural distance; performance; political and civil liberties; roles of subsidiaries; technology.

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Dr Mark Hampton: Reader in Tourism Management

Tourism planning; tourism management; tourism impacts; developing countries; island tourism; island development; marine tourism; backpackers; south-east Asia; tax havens; offshore finance; political economy.

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Professor Soo Hee Lee: Professor in Organisation Studies

Qualitative research: strategic thinking; design management; arts policy and management; science and technology policy; product innovation; digital strategy; new media; human computer interaction; organisation theory; international management; artistic creativity and innovation.

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Mrs Irena Jennings: Lecturer in Careers and Employability

Promoting employment prospects of international students, international labour mobility and enhancing students’ cultural agility.

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Dr Patricia Lewis: Reader in Management

Entrepreneurial identity; female entrepreneurs; ‘mumpreneurs’; femininity; postfeminism; gender and organisations.

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Professor Paul Phillips: Professor of Strategic Management

Tourism and hotels; e-business strategy; performance measurement and management; emerging economies.

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Dr Carmen Stoian: Lecturer in International Buisness

Multidisciplinary nature and combine quantitative and qualitative approaches. How institutions affect international business; the determinants of inward and outward foreign direct investment from Central and Eastern Europe. Corporate Social Responsibility practices in the UK and in emerging economies.

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Dr Zita Stone: Lecturer in Strategy and International Business

Strategic management, international business management, European integration, corporate financing in Central and Eastern Europe, equity culture development and financial institutions.

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Dr Madeleine Wyatt: Lecturer in Human Resources Management

Career success; organisational politics; ethnic diversity; gender diversity; political skill; politicians; occupational psychology.

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The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

International Business and Management (with Foreign Language) - MSc at Canterbury:
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