Project - MSc International Management

International experience

MSc International Management has international elements embedded throughout the programme, so you will graduate with applied, international leadership experience. As well as attending the European Immersion and completing the Leadership in Action module, you will also have the opportunity to expand your international experience further by applying to take modules at one of our global partner universities or to choose to take the Global Immersion elective along with other students in the Business School.

Due to Covid-19 some aspects of the international experience have moved online for the current cohort.

Leadership in Action*

The Leadership in Action module runs throughout the year and allows you to gain international consulting experience.

The focus of the module is on developing your leadership potential, through managing a real design thinking consulting project from inception to completion in a global context. Drawing on the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme, you will apply problem solving techniques to a complex and challenging business problem, and apply your learning by developing a product or service.

As part of the module you will travel abroad for a week, test your business model in a different cultural and socioeconomic environment and deliver a solution to the client. You will be coached and mentored throughout the project by faculty and will complete the module by writing an individual reflective piece around your learning. In previous years, students have travelled to Brazil and India. 

This fully immersive module will form the backbone of the programme and will give you an understanding of how to perform effectively as individuals, within a team and within an organisation. The module will raise global awareness through experiencing first-hand how socioeconomic and cultural differences can affect the way that business is conducted in another country.

*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions

European Immersion*

The European Immersion will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamics of business in another country. The two-day trip will consist of a number of visits to technology and innovation companies, and a networking event. In previous years, students travelled to Lisbon for their European Immersion.

*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Global Immersion*

The optional one-week Global Immersion will give you the opportunity to experience first-hand the social and cultural dynamics of business in another country. The trip will consist of a number of visits to different companies across a range of industry sectors, as well as social and cultural activities. Offering excellent networking opportunities, you will travel with students from other programmes across the Business School. Previously, students have travelled to Dubai/Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong/Shenzhen and New York for their Global Immersions.

Please note that students will be required to pay additional costs.

*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Global MiM Network*

We are pleased to be part of the Global MiM Network, an international exchange programme for Master’s in Management students, between four leading business schools.

This gives you the opportunity to study at another business school for up to one term as part of the MSc International Management programme, providing an enhanced, authentic global study experience.

The other business schools in the Global MiM Network are:

  • ESMT Berlin (Germany)

  • Singapore Management University (SMU)

  • Smith School of Business at Queen’s University (Canada)

  • IE Business School

If you participate in the Global MiM Network, you will take core modules at Imperial College Business School, before travelling overseas to complete additional courses at one or more of the other schools in the alliance. You will be supported in making your study decisions via a pathway programme, aligned across the curricula and individual expertise of each participating school.

During the exchange, you will also access additional benefits from the exchange school such as support from careers services, and attending on-campus recruitment events. You will gain greater cultural understanding of the country which you are studying in and become part of a much larger alumni network.

Upon graduation, you will receive a degree from Imperial as well as certificates reflecting the courses taken at other partner institutions.

There will be no additional tuition fees required to participate in the programme. Students will be required to submit an application to join the programme.

Find out more about the Global MiM Network

*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Study Abroad*

You will also have the chance to expand your international experience further by applying to take modules at one of our global partner universities. Each university has its own specialism allowing you to tailor your CV to your specific career aspirations.

Our global partner universities are:

  • Aalto University School of Business

  • ESC Rennes School of Business

  • ESCP Europe
  • ESSEC Business School (France & Singapore)
  • HEC Business School (Paris)
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

  • NHH Norwegian School of Economics

  • NUS Business School, National University of Singapore (NUS)

  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM)

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

  • Universidad ESAN (ESAN)

Read about our student’s experience at HEC in a student blog

*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions

Languages (online)

As part of our commitment to diversity, you are expected to enrich your experience and gain new cultural insights by studying a language such as Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian or Arabic, using a technology-driven approach. You will have access to language classes on campus and premium access to an innovative app.

Student reflections on international experience

I had never travelled to India* before the Leadership in Action trip, and I learned so much through the experience. Not only did I experience the challenges and opportunities associated with working in India, I also gained a deeper appreciation for the wonderful hospitality, amazing food, and rich culture that sets the subcontinent apart as a cultural treasure. Getting to experience all that alongside many of my new friends from the programme made the trip all the more memorable.
MSc International Management 2019-20
Austin Allaire, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School
The most rewarding part of the program would have to be the international trip we took to Brazil/India. Coming to the tail end of our programme, I think that was definitely a highlight for me and an opportunity I wouldn’t have gotten in another programme at the Business School.
Jodie Koh
MSc International Management 2019-20
Jodie Koh, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School
Never in my life have I experienced something as challenging and fun at the same time as our Leadership in Action trip to São Paulo. Solving the problem of a small Brazilian firm in just five days with unexpected hurdles like a strong language barrier or a partial flooding of the city (surprised we learned that this is nothing unusual there) was stressful and demanding. At the same time, I highly enjoyed exploring the city of São Paulo and immersing into the Brazilian cuisine and culture (I just say Caipirinhas).
MSc International Management 2019-20
Stephan Zeman, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School

*The MSc International Management class of 2019-20 class travelled to Brazil and India. The countries students travel to will change for the September 2021 intake.