International Business and Management with a Foreign Language - MSc

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Do you aspire to take the lead in international business and develop a foreign language? This exciting Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) accredited Master's equips students with the transferable skills needed to secure high calibre job roles in any corner of the globe whilst learning Russian, Japanese or Arabic.

Overview

Business is global; to be a successful business leader, you need to understand international markets and adapt to their needs.

Business is global; to be a successful business leader, you need to understand international markets and adapt to their needs. As an International Business and Management student at Kent Business School, you develop the relevant skills to lead a business just about anywhere.

Our MSc International Business and Management with a Foreign Language course

On this programme, get ready to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of the core theories, practises and techniques of multinational enterprise. Guided by our expert international teaching staff, secure a robust understanding of current and emerging international concepts and theories across a plethora of business management areas.

This flexible course provides a detailed overview of global enterprise management and strategy alongside optional areas of study to suit your personal career goals, whether you aspire to lead within project management, human resources or digital marketing.

You explore, amongst other exciting topics, management and multinational enterprise, global strategy and a global perspective on organisational behaviour while also studying your chosen language.

You will also have access to our ASPIRE centre, a purpose built entrepreneurial lab where you can develop, plan and launch your own start up business.

The programme helped me to develop my analytical skills and set an academic foundation for an international career. Furthermore, my improved language and inter-cultural skills enhanced my employability.

~ Meerra Mahendran, MSc International Business Management, 2020.

What’s next?

If you want to learn more visit the Kent Postgraduate Events website where you can register for open events, take a virtual tour and explore our world.

If you have any further questions regarding the course or the application process please contact kbsadmissions@kent.ac.uk

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply please check our information on how to apply and the documentation required to process your application.

About Kent Business School

Our School is proud to be in the top 1% of business schools globally to hold accreditations from three large business organisations:

Our programmes offer world-class business education enabling transformative learning experiences built around the School’s fundamental values of sustainable innovation and responsible management practice. Our students are at the heart of all considerations and through engaging teaching, world-class research, professional partnerships and an international community, we create an exciting atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.

All of our programmes at Kent Business School address the challenges of modern global business and we aim to meet industry demands of producing quality graduates by ensuring we unlock our students’ potential, expand their thinking and nurture their talent.

Entry requirements

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You are more than your grades

For 2021, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a variety of areas will be considered for entry on this course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and those 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.

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes.

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.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

This programme is studied over one year full-time and consists of several compulsory modules in Stage 1 alongside two language modules in Japanese, Arabic or Russian. Both must be from the same language. Stage 2 is a research-led module.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of international business and management, including an overview of global strategy, corporate responsibility and managing multinational enterprise alongside a beginner and post beginner module in your chosen language.

Stage 2 consists of a piece of piece of international business research. This allows you to further develop your research skills whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

Modules

View the course structure for International Business and Management - MSc for a sample of the modules typically available for this programme. In addition you would study modules related to your chosen language. In addition to below's modules this may also include modules Italian or German for beginners.

Compulsory modules currently include

Understanding the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a key issue in economic theory and business. Since the emergence of the contemporary MNE at the end of the 19th century, changes in the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment, forced multinationals to change as a response to the rise of new technologies and products, the wider international division of labour and of course the greater integration of production, services, and – financial and other – markets. This changing process became more intense after the 1960s when U.S. and Japanese MNEs emerged as basic players in the international chessboard. Accompanied by the traditional European MNEs formed a triad that still dominates FDI in the world.

The changing geography of international production and investment reflects the dynamic interaction of many economic, organizational and policy factors. While many of these factors have long been relevant, their combination today represents the new forces influencing MNEs' location decisions. A simplistic approach of FDI towards location would not be appropriate to allow us to understand the complexity of international investments decisions. What is needed is a multidisciplinary approach of the phenomenon. It is the aim of this module to offer this multidisciplinary approach to students.

Find out more about BUSN8590

Business failures in the global financial sector, and the subsequent repercussions for a range of different groups, not just shareholders, have put the spotlight on the role of business and the behaviour of managers. Is business just responsible for maximising profit for its owners, or does it have responsibilities to other groups? This raises a number of difficult questions; which groups? responsible for what? And if so, how to discharge these responsibilities?

The Globalisation and Corporate Responsibility module has three main aims:

• To develop critical thought, insight and debate regarding the changing role of business in today's society.

• To broaden your views on the role of business in society.

• To provide you with the tools, skills and knowledge to manage responsibly.

The nature of the topic is constantly changing and evolving; therefore the module will be

subject to continual refinement according to developments in industry, government and academia. Specific issues to be covered will include:

• Definitions of Corporate Responsibility

• The Role of Business and Society

• Theories of Corporate Responsibility

• Ethics Theory

• Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

• Areas of Corporate Responsibility

• Firm Level Responses

• Social Accounting

• Criticisms of Corporate Responsibility

• Social Entrepreneurship

Find out more about BUSN9000

Topics are:

- Marketing planning

- The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment

- Segmentation, targeting and positioning

- Marketing research

- Understanding customers and buyer behaviour

- The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics

- The marketing mix (goods and services)

- New product development

- Marketing communications

- Pricing

- Marketing channels

- Contemporary issues in marketing

Find out more about BUSN9330

The Global Strategy module has two main learning components:

• Acquiring theory and concepts in global strategy and value creation in today's dynamic environment.

• Application of theory and concepts to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of global strategy.

The aim is to critically examine and provide insights into the practice and process of strategic management within a variety of private and public sector organisations globally.

This course is designed to allow students to develop their skills of strategic analysis and their ability to think about the selection and implementation of appropriate strategies in different industry and geographic contexts and in different types and styles of organisations, including non-profit and public sector organisations.

Indicative topics may include:

• What is Strategy, and Why is it Important?

• The Context of Global Strategy and Value Realisation

• Competitive Global Strategy and Strategic Choices

• Business models

• Digital Strategy

• Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management

Find out more about BUSN9340

This module provides an insight into the key concepts and theories of human resource management and organisational behaviour in an international context. It aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge for gaining an in-depth understanding of the links between HRM practices and organisational performance and the factors at play when managing employees globally.

Indicative topics are:

• Strategic management and International HRM

• Diversity and Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

• Gender in International Business and Management

• Managing a Global Workforce

• Organisational Culture Reward Management: International comparisons

• Expatriate Assignments and Adjustment Process

• Globalisation and HRM

• International Compensation

Find out more about BUSN9350

The aims of the module are to:

- Develop an appreciation of the complexity and diversity associated with doing business internationally.

- Provide an overview of the major theories and concepts which have been developed by academics and practitioners in order to understand the international business

arena.

- Offer some practical solutions to the problems faced by the international business community.

- Derive insights which will enable students to effectively play part in managing resources across national boundaries within their organisation, at present or in the

future.

Business in an International Perspective is an exploration of an area that is highly topical within the practice of management and scholarly research. The chances are high indeed that, at some time during their career, today's MSc graduates will work for an international organisation, an international market research company or a multinational enterprise. The notion of purely domestic organisation is becoming more and more difficult to substantiate. The module adopts an analytical and critical perspective to the somewhat prescriptive literature which is associated with this contentious problem area.

The topics addressed in this module will include:

- International business and international trade theory

- Cultural factors and their impact on business, including human resource management

- Risk analysis, country risk and the consequences for trade and investment

- Government-business relations and market regulation

- International organisations and international business: GATT/WTO and multilateral trade issues

- The world financial environment and the multinational finance function: foreign exchange markets, business implications of exchange rate changes

- Corporate social responsibility and the impact of international business on various stakeholders

Find out more about BUSN9360

The module provides a basic understanding of how accounting information can be used to interpret the financial position and performance of a business in an international scenario. It will also develop key skills in relation to how accounting information can inform planning and control decisions in multinational companies. The key principles and international standards upon which financial accounting is based and the form and content of the main financial statements prepared by different types of businesses, with a focus on public limited companies will be studied. The importance of corporate governance in modern businesses and the financial situation and performance of a global corporation by means of ratio analysis will be analysed as well as the importance of cost information for decision making purposes. This module covers the key internationally recognised management accounting techniques that modern businesses use for short-term and long-term decision making.

Indicative areas of the syllabus include:

• Concepts underpinning accounting systems and financial statements

• The construction of the primary financial statements and their interpretation and evaluation

• Classification and behaviour of costs and their use in short-term and long-term decision making

• Responsibility accounting systems and performance appraisal measures, including the balanced scorecard and budgeting

Find out more about BUSN9370

Optional modules may include

The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to A1 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Japan. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life including greetings and introductions, talking about oneself and getting to know each other. Basic skills useful to people visiting Japan will be taught including describing locations and shopping. An introductory level of Japanese culture will be covered such as social interaction and geography including major cities.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.

Find out more about WOLA3040

The module is for students who can read and write Japanese letters, Hiragana and Katakana, and have very basic knowledge and skills of Japanese. The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity with everyday life, activities and the culture in Japan. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an elementary level of communication skills to explain very simple factual information on personal and very familiar topics. Basic skills useful to people visiting Japan will be taught including ordering food, making very simple enquiries and asking for locations. An introductory level of Japanese culture will be covered in seminars.

Find out more about WOLA3050

The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to A1 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the culture in Arabic speaking countries. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an introductory level of communication skills used in everyday life including greetings and introductions, talking about oneself and getting to know each other. Basic skills useful to people visiting the areas, where the target language is spoken, including going out and buying objects will be taught. An introductory level of Arabic culture will be covered such as social interaction and geography including major cities.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of Arabic language course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.

Find out more about WOLA3070

The curriculum content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to lower A2 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities and the Arabic culture. Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will focus on an elementary level of communication skills to explain simple factual information on personal and familiar topics such as talking about distance between places, duration of time. Basic skills useful to people visiting the Arab world will be taught including topics related to travelling. An elementally level of the Arabic culture will be covered such as geography including major cities and famous places.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of Arabic language course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.

Find out more about WOLA3080

The curriculum will focus on communication in the immediate environment. The content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to A1 level on CEFR, with everyday life, activities.

Topics for listening, reading, speaking and writing will include: greetings and introductions; numbers; shopping and ordering in restaurants. Students will also be exposed at introductory level to Russian life and culture.

Find out more about WOLA3090

The curriculum will focus on communication in the immediate environment. The content is intended to give students some familiarity, at a level comparable to lower A2 level on CEFR, on everyday life, activities, and relevant culture in Russia.

Topics for listening, speaking, reading and writing will include: time and days of activities, hobbies, interests,; skills useful for people visiting Russia including sightseeing, at the airport, visiting particular cities and places of historical and/or cultural interest, using public transport.

The cultural aspects of the above topic areas will be taught in seminars, by means of course books, audio materials and online resources and through sharing experiences of a tutor and students.

Students will have access to these materials and additional resources on Moodle. A range of resources is also available at the library.

Find out more about WOLA3100

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will enable students to write a high quality Business Report on a management and/ or business related issue which both supports their immediate career objectives and satisfies the examination requirements first time.

The module will typically include:

• Business Reports

• The Literature Review

• Electronic Literature Searching and On-Line Sources

• Using Literature Effectively

• Research Design

• Introduction to Research Methods: Including observational research, surveys, experiments and qualitative research

• Writing a Business Report

• Communicating Findings to Different Audiences

Find out more about BUSN9164

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

 Your progress on this course is assessed through a variety of means, including:

  • written examinations
  • essays
  • presentations
  • reports
  • projects
  • computer based quizzes

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £11100
  • EU full-time £15400
  • International full-time £20500

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs

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Funding

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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The Complete University Guide

In The Complete University Guide 2021, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 10 for research intensity. This is a measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Please see the University League Tables 2021 for more information.

Complete University Guide Research Intensity

Independent rankings

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.

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups 

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history. 

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

 Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others. 

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

Careers

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

This specialist programme prepares students for a variety of competitive and exciting roles in multinational enterprises, international organisations, governmental bodies or consultancies.

Students who studied similar courses at Kent Business School have gone on to work in a variety of companies including:

  • Deloitte
  • Fujitsu
  • Pace Capital
  • City Sprint
  • J.P Morgan & Chase
  • B.P

Many of our students also stay local and find job opportunities regionally in small and medium firms or even set-up their own businesses as well-equipped entrepreneurs.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

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.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Studying this MSc will also allow you develop a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership alongside your degree. 

CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

The recent accreditation by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) is evidence of the quality and relevance to practice of our MSc International Business and Management programme. The IOE&IT is a professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone in the domain of international trade.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, bought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities

The multi-award-winning Sibson Building is Kent Business School's home on our Canterbury campus. This vibrant, state-of-the-art structure includes lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated MBA, PhD and IT suites as well as social and breakout areas to fully enhance your learning experience.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you secure access to the information you need.

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.

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.  

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