- 2–5 years
Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)
MSc International Business Administration
2018 Entry requirements
- Teaching and Learning
- Fees and funding
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
International businesses have a growing need for senior personnel with high quality management skills and specialist regional knowledge. As the regions of Asia and of Africa take roles as leading and emerging economies in the world, this MSc International Business Administration responds to this need. Students will study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decisions in business.
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc International Business Administration section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
This programme is made up of eight modules. You will study two core modules and six elective modules. At least two of the elective modules will be from the International Business modules and at least two from the Regional Focus modules as detailed below:
- International Business Strategy
- Managing the Transnational Corporation
International Business modules
- Banking Strategy
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Finance in the Global Market
- Financial Reporting (International Financial Reporting Standards – IFRS)
- Introduction to Valuation
- Management Accounting
- Management Information in Business
- Risk Management: Principles & Applications
Regional Focus modules
You will study either of the pairs of modules below, each pair focuses on a different region:
- The Economy of China
- Management in China
- The Economy of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Research Methods
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc International Business Administration section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of eight modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
For more information about studying with us, please visit the Frequently asked questions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Fees and funding
Pay as you Learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Click here to learn more.
Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
- European Union
- British Council
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Educational and other charitable trusts
As a graduate of this programme, you will be well prepared for a senior position in modern corporations, banks, financial services companies, business consultancies, regulatory authorities and international organisations.
Find out more by visiting the Careers section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
A Student's Perspective
Doing the MSc was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can already see the benefits on a daily basis at work.
How to Apply
To make an application, please complete our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
Find out more
- By phone:
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- By email:
Got a question?
If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.
CeFiMS distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.