Master of Arts in International Business

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Develop your career in international business in a wide range of organisations with Master of Arts International Business at LSBF Singapore. The programme is awarded by University of Greenwich, which has been ranked in top 8 percent globally. Our MA international Business together with the MBA International Business is the most popular master’s programme in the Business Faculty.

Master of Arts International Business

Key Facts

  • Duration: 12 months (full-time), 18 months (part-time)
  • Intake date: Start in January, May or September
  • Delivery Mode:
    • On campus 
  • Fees: SGD $18,203.00 (local students) / SGD $20,185.19 (international students) (both part-time and full-time) (Prices inclusive of GST)

  • Ranked 86th for the Impact Rankings in 2023*
  • The University of Greenwich has been ranked Top 6.4 Globally by ‘Centre for World University Rankings'**




The programme is designed to fulfil the needs of practitioners and employers in a fast-changing economic environment, and the educational aims of the programme are:

  • provide students who would not normally have an undergraduate business education with the knowledge and skills needed to operate in global business environment;
  • facilitate the advanced study of international business organisations, their management and their external context;
  • enable students to analyse, critique and apply knowledge and understanding of complex international business issues;
  • enable students to master new, apply and distinguish the most relevant research methodologies, techniques and tools in the ways sought by employers;
  • facilitate the enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality;
  • prepare students for a career in international business in a wide range of organisational functions and in different types of organisations


Summary of Skills Development for Students within the Programme

The graduates should:

  • understand and have experience of global issues;
  • develop critical analytical skills in assessing the global environment for business;
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to a range of audiences;
  • make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations and operate effectively in a variety of team roles and take leadership roles where appropriate;
  • take responsibility for continuing to develop their own knowledge and skills.
  • identify new international business opportunities and analyse international markets and industries;
  • contribute to transforming organisations through leadership, intellectual rigour and professional ethical values;
  • be self-directed and able to act autonomously in planning and implementing projects professionally;
  • have well-developed interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and to interact with groups and individuals at all levels

The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • understand organisations competing internationally, their external context and of how they are managed
  • understand international business strategy, innovation, the internationalisation process and the complexities of global competition
  • understand research approaches, methodologies and scholarship skills and their application both academically and in a business/organisational context
  • understand advanced conceptions of leadership and of approaches and methods of problem-solving, developed through collaboration in communities of practice, continued professional development and the process of reflective practice


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop the following skills:

Intellectual skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • develop a critical awareness of the complexity of international management and critically analyse and evaluate complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge
  • understand the theoretical/philosophical/methodological underpinnings and principles of academic research
  • being able to analyse, synthesize and solve complex unstructured business problems
  • collaborate with peers to clarify professional values, key practical and theoretical concerns


Subject practical skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • acquire and apply research, methodological & scholarship skills in both an academic and business environment
  • communicate effectively in an international business environment
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively analyse business environments and organisational capabilities.
  • develop strategic operations, marketing, and international scenarios and plans that reflect current corporate strategy


Transferable Skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • effective management of complex – and sometimes conflicting – information, theories, methodologies and data
  • communication skills
  • leadership, negotiating and influencing skills
  • use reflective skills to critically assess the nature, efficiency and effectiveness of current knowledge for practice


Graduate Attributes

“The University of Greenwich has always aimed to provide an environment that allows students to maximise their potential. In meeting the challenges of today’s tough and changing world our consultation with staff and students resulted in defining distinctive characteristics for the Greenwich Graduate. These explicit behaviours, values, skills and dispositions that we expect our students to develop will best prepare them for their future careers and help us to reshape student learning and assessment activities.”

Scholarship and Autonomy: Achieved through the adoption of the Greenwich Graduate attributes, which have been incorporated into the Programme and Course Benchmark statements.

Creativity and Enterprise: Achieved through the delivery of PPD courses, development of PDPs, work related learning and teaching, and the integration of innovative information technologies to all courses. The introduction of Work-Related Learning module specifically focuses upon enhancing employability. The Level 7 course Consultancy Project enables students to obtain an insight into the live environment and challenges in real business.

Cross-cultural and International Awareness: Achieved through the mix of diverse cultures and origins of both students and teaching team and the international nature of the subject material. The appreciation of sustainability is achieved by introducing the new Level 6 course Sustainable Business.

Teaching and learning methods

The University of Greenwich has always aimed to provide innovative teaching and learning approaches:

  • lectures, tutorials, self-managed exercises, workshops, seminars, discussions, reflective practice, guided reading & research, group activities, case studies
  • guided reading & research, group work and case study analysis, drawing from practice via VLE, maintenance of a learning blogs, logs and reflective writing
  • tutor-guided computer mediated discussion within and between learning sets and regular supervision by named tutor
  • Assessment methods: individual/groups coursework, practical, reflective and methodology-based assignments, professional/research presentations, reflective logs, learning blogs and reflective reports, individual research project
  • formative assessments will also be included with regular feedback, as well as self- and peer-assessment

Compulsory modules Credits Hours Lessons Teaching contact hrs
Financial Management Accounting (Term1) 15 3 12 36
Global Strategy Analytics and Practice (Term 1) 15 3 12 36
International Economics and Innovation (Term 2) 15 3 12 36
Managing Across Cultures (Term 1) 15 3 12 36
International Marketing (Term 2) 15 3 12 36
Foundation of Scholarship and Research (Term 1) 15 3 12 36
International Entrepreneurship (Term 2) 30 3 24 72
Global Business and Sustainability (Term 1) 30 3 24 72
International Business Project (across the academic year) 30 3 2 6
Total Contact hours Full (Time & Part Time) 366

Progression Path Programmes Undergraduate Business Master Of Arts International Business


a. Minimum Academic Entry Requirement:

Students who have successfully completed either of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University with minimum 2 classifications
  • Students, who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields (usually professional qualification), will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval


b. Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:

  • Applicants who have not studied prior qualifications in English require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in an accepted English language test.


c. Minimum Age:

  • 21 years or above


If you don’t meet the entry requirements, please refer to the below pathway section and find out how to progress towards the MA International Business


This is a module designed for non-specialists. The module aims to introduce students to the main accounting and finance concepts and paradigms. By introducing you to these concepts they will then be able to critically evaluate company's performance using publicly available information. You will also be able to identify systems and resources within organisations, which are essential in achieving strategic goals. The aim of the module is two-fold. The first is to provide students with knowledge and tools used to understand the company performance through external and publicly available information. The second is to show student how to use internally accessible data to drive the company towards its goals.

To provide students with the analytical tools needed for the evaluation and comprehension of the extent to which firms achieve strategic success in comparison with their strategic objectives. To help managers and potential managers add value to their organisations through the acquisition of management competencies. To provide participants with knowledge of the tools of strategy formulation. To provide participants with the analytical skills required in order to choose strategic directions from a range of options. To provide participants with the opportunity to think critically and argue cogently about strategy implementation. To provide students with the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon organisational structures and cultures and their degree of strategic fit.

The module aims at analysing how entrepreneurial initiatives at micro level, innovation networks at “meso” level and innovation/technological policies and institutions at macro level interact among each other in shaping the competitiveness (and the development trajectory) of an economy in the context of the global economy. The module aims at offering a comparative analysis of different country-specific innovation systems in order to explain how institutional and cultural differences at country level play a role in defining the business environment in which innovation and technological change at firm level take place.

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of leading, managing, and developing people across national cultures. The course content is analysed at the individual, group, and organizational levels of organisations and examines the main theoretical frameworks and models that address motivation, communication, negotiation, leadership, multicultural teamwork and diversity in cross-cultural contexts. At the same time, students are encouraged to engage in weekly reflection and reading empirical research to develop competences and practical skills for effectively leading, managing, and developing people across cultures and borders.

In a world economy that is moving away from distinct national economic units and toward one huge global market it is crucial to develop an understanding for the essentials of international marketing such as international environmental analysis, country selection and entry strategies. The module will provide a framework for students to understand competitive advantage and international consumers, brands and marketing mixes in this context.

The module aims to provide students with a skill set that will support them through the process of studying for a master’s degree as well as in professional life after University. It will also equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of research design and practical application of relevant business research methods.

The module aims to examine how international business operations can have an influence on the international entrepreneurship firm. The module will highlight how entrepreneurs can conduct business in foreign markets.

  • Provide an appreciation of key factors on which international business decisions are based
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of similarities and differences in the international business environment
  • Distinguish the imperatives underpinning international trade and foreign direct investment
  • Provide an understanding of the principles of the internationalisation process and draw implications for business management

The module will enable students to:

  • Complete a substantial piece of written work (about 10,000 words, ± 10%), professionally structured, argued and verified on the basis of relevant theories and evidence.
  • Study independently and take responsibility for going through the successive steps of the research process, with a view to meet a deadline.
  • Apply theoretical perspectives to a real-world economic, business or policy question.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the economics and/or business literature in the area chosen, with awareness of the state of the art.
  • Identify and use appropriate data and evidence.
  • Follow a logical flow of thoughts to draw conclusions (and possibly, recommendations) from evidence.

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