Our MBA International focuses on practical application and hands-on experience with industry practitioners so that you can develop the skills you need to compete in today's competitive job market. Whether you aspire to lead a multinational corporation or launch your own entrepreneurial venture, this course will give you the edge you need to succeed.

Claire P Street
Course Director

Key dates

Start date: 18 September 2023

Academic Calendar: Trimesters

View key dates for this Academic Calendar for 2023/24 including when teaching starts and finishes and when you break for holidays. 

Welcome and induction

Click here to view this course’s Welcome Schedule in UniTimetables.

Please note: This course has an extended Welcome Week, with some activities scheduled for the week commencing 25 September as well as the week commencing 18 September. So when looking up your Welcome Schedule in UniTimetables it is important you take note of the week number.

  • Activities marked as taking place in week 8 are for the week commencing 18 September
  • Activities marked as taking place in week 9 are for the week commencing 25 September.

This means that the very first activity on this Course’s Welcome Schedule is the MSc International Business Course Welcome (for MSC International Business Students only) at 12:00 on Monday 18 September in Pg09 (Powell Lecture Theatre). The Welcome & Orientating event for Late Arrivals takes place the following Monday, i.e. 25 September.

For help with using UniTimetables, please see our user guide.

And don’t forget to attend our other welcome events including your Freshers’ Fayre – see here for full details.


We are delighted that you have chosen our Business School for your postgraduate studies in Business and Management. We aim to help you achieve your academic and professional goals for this course. We look forward to working with you throughout the year. We pride ourselves on being a compassionate, supportive Christ Church Business School community. As your course Director, I will personally welcome you on your first day, and your lecturers will provide you with all the information you need regarding your course content. In addition, we believe in creating long-lasting connections and offer numerous opportunities for you to connect with other students.

Find out more about joining our community:



We care about developing your employability skills from day one. All Christ Church courses align with our Future 360 Framework for Developing Enterprising, Professional Graduates (2019-2024). To enhance your employability, the Careers and Enterprise Hub provides a wide range of services and activities supporting this framework, including:

1:1 careers guidance appointments

Online resources, i.e. AI and other tools to support your career development and job success

Advice on writing CVs, personal statements and cover letters

Regular online and on-campus workshops and events, including job fairs

Courses leading to Microsoft accreditation etc.

Bursaries to assist with travel and other expenses related to gaining work experience

Volunteering and part-time job opportunities with Unitemps

and much more…

Support & Wellbeing

Importantly, we care about you, your wellbeing, and your success. We ensure we have time for you and provide many resources to support you with your finances, mental health and study skills. We will be with you every step of the way! Find out more about our support services here:



Academic English for speakers of other languages

If English isn't your first language, our Student Learning Development team offers workshops on improving your presentation, referencing, critical thinking, and writing skills. They can also provide guidance on using academic English and grammar through one-to-one sessions.

You can also join free English Language classes taught by students studying English Language teaching qualifications.

You can stay up to date with what's happening in our Faculty with the Faculty Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/cccu_fsess/

Getting started

Having a strong interest in global affairs is crucial. To achieve this, you should regularly tune in to credible news sources, such as mainstream news broadcasts, and read reputable newspapers and magazines. Staying informed about current events and significant international business matters is highly recommended. It's also helpful to begin by reading the first few chapters of key texts to pique your interest. A recommended reading list, which includes affordable introductory e-books on topics like marketing, globalisation, leadership, and entrepreneurship, can help you get started on your journey of studying these subjects in an international context.

Your tutors will use various blended learning techniques and technologies to support your learning. To become more familiar with the use of these technologies, please see our software and online services.

Referencing systems used in CCCU Literature references during your programme should be made according to the Harvard system. For help and support, please make yourself familiar with Cite Them Right.

Before your welcome session from the Course Team – please create a “mindmap” – a visual diagram of your interests and goals and bring it with you to your virtual induction. You can use old fashioned paper or any software (e.g. Powerpoint/Word/Genially etc.).

Our campus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we care for it. It has wonderfully maintained open spaces and gardens to stroll in and meet with friends. It is situated in the heart of the city, and everything you need for a convenient student life is within very close walking distance.

On MBA International, you will have the opportunity to study and work directly with members of the Kent community and contribute to the development of this dynamic and enterprising region. Moreover, there are many international projects and partnerships that you could get engaged with.

On the social side, the Student Union has a huge range of clubs, societies, and a student-run bar called The Lounge Bar – all of which have unique social calendars of their own and offer endless opportunities to make lifelong friends and discover new hobbies. And you can always create your own society and cultivate your own community!

Find out more about our community: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/student-life/join-our-community

And the Student Union: https://ccsu.co.uk/

Course timetable

Teaching timetables for the forthcoming Semester/Trimester are now available in UniTimetables. For tips on looking up the timetable for your course, please see our UniTimetables user guide and videos.

Pre-course reading

To get you started:

Keeping up with current events and staying informed about global news is very good practice. This habit can aid your academic studies and enhance your performance during job interviews. A simple way to start is by dedicating five minutes each day to reading BBC Business News. Then, once you enrol in a Business School, you can take advantage of the free subscription to the Financial Times and make the most of it.

Understanding how you think and learn: https://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-assets/75358_book_item_75358.pdf Just as people demonstrate different personalities in social situations, various theories suggest that we have preferences in how we approach new information and experiences. Read this chapter and reflect on yourself as an individual learner – what do you do well, and what do you find more challenging?

Living and Studying in the UK https://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-assets/71286_book_item_71286.pdf Are you an international student worried about your English, or saying and doing the 'right’ thing in situations which are strange to you? Mike Courtney & Xiangping Du provide information on the areas that might concern you, from communication issues to food and even climate!

“A very short introduction” series – if you are new to business, marketing and management.

All are available to purchase as e-books via VitalSource - https://www.vitalsource.com

Allen, R.C., 2011. Global economic history: a very short introduction (Vol. 282). Oxford University Press.

Grint, K., 2010. Leadership: A very short introduction (Vol. 237). Oxford University Press.

Hendry, J., 2013. Management: A very short introduction (Vol. 368). Oxford University Press.

Steger, M.B., 2017. Globalization: A very short introduction(Vol. 86). Oxford University Press.

Westhead, P. and Wright, M., 2013. Entrepreneurship: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press.

Selected module Textbooks: (please see module blackboards for core-text details – this is just a selection for your reference)

  • Global Economics and International Finance:

Hill, C.W.L. (2017) International Business: competing in the global marketplace. McGraw-Hill Education. (eds.2014 is available on BB in pdf)

Valdez, S. and Molyneux, P. (2015) An Introduction to Global Financial Markets. 6th ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Entrepreneurship

Bessant, J. and Tidd, J (2015) Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley.

Blundel, R., Lockett, N. and Wang, C., (2017) . Exploring entrepreneurship. Sage

Hisrich, R. (2015) International Entrepreneurship: Starting, Developing and Managing a Global Venture. California: Sage Publications Inc.

  • Intercultural Leadership, Employability and Personal Development

Bratton, J. ed. (2020). Organizational leadership. SAGE Publications Limited.

Roe, K. (2020). Leadership: Practice and perspectives. Oxford University Press.

  • Strategy and Globalisation

Clegg, Stewart & Schweitzer, Jochen & Pitelis, Christos & Whittle, Andrea. (2019). Strategy: Theory and Practice.3rd Edition, Sage Publishing.

Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K., Angwin, D. and Regner, P. (2017) Exploring Strategy. 11th Edition, Pearson.

  • International Business Communication and Marketing

Cateora, P.R., Meyer, R.B.M.F., Gilly, M.C. and Graham, J.L. (2020) International marketing. McGraw-Hill Education

Hill, C.W.L. (2019) International Business: competing in the global marketplace. McGraw-Hill.

  • International Human Resource Management

Brewster, C., Houldsworth, E., Sparrow, P. and Vernon, G., 2016. International human resource management. Kogan Page Publishers.

Rees, G. and Smith, P. eds., 2017. Strategic human resource management: An international perspective. Sage.

  • Market Research/Research Methods

Bell, E., Bryman, A. and Harley, B. (2018). Business research methods. Oxford university press.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2015) Research methods for Business Students. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall. (E-book version available for the previous version)

For all modules:

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International student success programme

International students: don't miss out! Make sure you register for our international student success programme which provides practical advice on preparing to live and study in the UK.