International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)Duration: 12 months (full-time), 24 months plus one term (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
About the Course
The International MBA (IMBA) is one of Liverpool Hope Business Schools most prestigious postgraduate degrees. It seeks to develop the management and leadership capabilities of its students and equip them with the skills and knowledge to adapt to the ever-changing and fast paced global business market.
This programme will appeal to students from across the world who are looking to earn a highly relevant postgraduate qualification which acknowledges and engages with the cultural differences that are present in complex and dynamic business environments. You will be exposed to new ways of approaching problems and issues faced by the modern business and learn how to apply management theories practically and successfully to solve them.
The IMBA has also been designed to assist professionals to capitalise on their previous experience and develop their capabilities to help take their career prospects to the next level. Student learning will be enhanced through our common core of Business Strategy. This seeks to challenge students to think about Business on a number of levels, develop their understanding of what it takes to direct organisations across the Business sectors and become more effective and efficient in the rapidly changing and complex global economy.
Successful IMBA graduates may go on to become managers, consultants, senior executives and directors in a range of organisations all over the world or go onto further study by progressing to a PhD
This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit the International section of our website.
The IMBA programme is comprised of three 60-credit modules Business Strategy, International Business Administration and the Dissertation or Consultancy Project adding up to 180 credits. You will be assessed for each component. Assessment methods may include coursework, essay, business reports, presentations and examinations.
During the programme you will study:
Business Strategy (60 Credits)
This common core module will examine the global business environment, company capabilities, alignment with the customers, cultural nuances, and competitive positioning. It will explore strategic choices with a focus on the Company, The Competition, The Customers and The Context in which the Business operates. This will typically include; Business Strategy, Corporate Strategies, International Strategies, Reputational Strategies, Strategies for Growth, Financial and Technological Issues. It will also evaluate strategic options, and analyse the strategic development process by exploring strategies in action, using live and case study examples.
Through this common core, students will consider the business as a whole and develop a critical understanding of organisational theories underpinned by an awareness of the current issues faced in business and management. Using a critical understanding of markets and competitive business forces, students will work to analyse organisational behaviour and develop strategies, which not only identify consequences for stakeholders but also meet their needs
International Business Administration (60 Credits)
This 60-credit module provides students with a holistic view of Global Business from 4 key business perspectives:
International Finance: Students will gain a critical understanding of the complex world of financial management in an increasingly global market context. Business Finance and its importance in decision-making processes will be considered from a strategic perspective.
Global Economics: Students will be introduced to the major issues facing today’s global economy, and critically explore the process, trends and patterns of global economic development and understand the different types of inequality and causes of persistent poverty.
International Business Sustainability and Ethics: Students will be given the opportunity to explore the ethical dilemmas that confront those leading and managing contemporary organisations and examine ethical business issues, the role and expectations of the corporation in society, the environment and sustainable business models, as well as challenges and emerging issues.
International Marketing: Students will focus on the development of critical knowledge and competency in the identification, analysis and solution of problems encountered in international marketing and the development of international marketing strategies. You will examine the world trading environment, international cultural issues, global marketing strategies, technological and data-driven advancements, and sustainable marketing strategies.
Research Dissertation/Consultancy Project (60 Credits)
Students will be instructed on how to develop a critical voice and Master’s competence in research methods, which will assist students undertaking a dissertation and consultancy project. It also seeks to encourage students to examine the effectiveness of academic research methods as aids to study and self-development, as a resource for the advancement of knowledge and understanding generally, and as a means for investigating and resolving practical problems.
Students will also be required to secure the appropriate ethical approval from the University for their dissertation/project.
During the final phase of the IMBA, students use the skills and knowledge they have developed in the first two semesters, to complete either a Consultancy Project or a Research Project. Students will draw on their own work experience and supporting evidence from specific research articles, to critique, analyse and ultimately influence their project.
Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree a relevant discipline (other Professional qualifications may be considered). This programme is aimed at graduates committed to a career in leadership and/or management.
In addition, students are normally expected to demonstrate at least two years relevant work experience in advance of coming onto the programme. In certain circumstances the University also permits previous study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account.
International Entry Requirements
For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.
For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.
Teaching and Research
Liverpool Hope Business School is led by well-respected academics with internationally recognised research profiles in the fields of international business management, global marketing, accounting and international finance, business ethics, social enterprise, and marketing.
Over the years, the school has developed links throughout the world including the Christ University (Bangalore, India), Stella Maris College (Chennai, India) and Université Catholique de Lille (France). Tutors in the Business School bring several years of industrial and commercial management experience into the classroom, thus delivering an innovative and practice-informed teaching experience.
The programme includes pertinent topics to the business world such as
- Business Strategy
- International Finance
- Global Economics
- International Business Sustainability and Ethics
- International Marketing
- Research Dissertation/Consultancy Project
All taught classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park.
The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library with extended opening hours, free computer and wi-fi access, access to the on campus gym and sports centre and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2021/22 are £10,500
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
International Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for International students for 2021/22 are £12,400
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.
The International MBA opens up a vast array of career opportunities, as you will develop a broad-ranging knowledge and skills base that can be applied to virtually any organizational setting, across business sectors both in the UK and overseas.
Graduates from this programme may go on to become managers, executive managers, consultants, senior executives or start up their own business. You may also opt for further study by progressing to a PhD.