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MSc Management and International Relations

1 years 2 years Lincoln Business School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated


  • A chance to participate in a simulation exercise, climbing Mount Everest
  • Optional study trip to the Escape Rooms in Manchester


The MSc Management and International Relations degree at Lincoln is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in international organisations.

This programme combines the theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills, aiming to educate students to become effective members of private, governmental, and non-profit organisations. Examples of potential employers include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations, civil service, charities, and businesses.

You will have the opportunity to develop team working skills by participating in a simulation exercise, climbing Mount Everest. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive and intuitive real-life escape game as part of an optional study trip to Escape Rooms in Manchester. Costs of which are covered by the School.

How You Study

Students can study a range of topics and can develop a critical understanding of how to manage human, financial and other resources in the context of international relations and politics. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge of how to work in multi-cultural teams and how organisations are funded and managed. In addition, the programme is designed to ensure that students will have an astute understanding of the role of states and international organisations in the construction and maintenance of global mechanisms for decision-making and influence.

Core modules:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Globalisation
  • International Human Rights
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Strategy Making
  • The Developing World
  • Understanding International Business

Students will be able to choose one optional module to complement the compulsory modules. Optional modules will run as far as at least 10 students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of modules to some students. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Optional modules:

  • Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development
  • Disaster Management
  • Gender, Power and Business
  • Group Consultancy Project
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • The Multinational Enterprise in Context

Students then progress to undertake the final dissertation stage. The dissertation is designed to encourage innovation and diverse pathways to the final assessed product. In this respect, the dissertation is an extended project that can accommodate a range of independent work.

Contact hours and Independent Study

Each module typically consists of two or three weekly teaching hours over a teaching term of 12 weeks. You will normally study four modules per semester and therefore 8-12 hours per week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

If you are planning to study the degree on a part time basis, you will be studying two modules per term with 4-6 hours of contact time on a weekly basis.

How You Are Assessed

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module.

Written assignments involve the examination and development of arguments based on research of academic literature and real-life situations. Students are often required to apply theory to practical topics to make recommendations for diverse audiences from businesses to policy-makers. Writing and research skills are essential for careers in both business and international organisations.

Practical exercises include simulations, group tasks, and presentations where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make persuasive arguments in person. Feedback is given by both other students as well as academic staff. Strong oral communication skills are often identified by employers as one of the most important qualities they seek in graduates.

Assessments include both individual and group work. While more emphasis is placed on individual assignments and essays, group tasks form an important element of the assessment strategy. Ability to work in teams and groups is important for many careers and employers regularly highlight the importance of team working skills.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Tarzem Shoker

+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Community Organisation, Sustainability and Development (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.

Disaster Management (Option)

The module follows a coherent and holistic approach to disaster management in its reconciliation of the key processes of preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. It draws upon experience from major disasters around the world – both historical and contemporary.

Dissertation (Core)

The dissertation provides an opportunity for students with a range of experience and interests to apply and develop their existing skills and knowledge to an independent study project, which affords an opportunity for both the expression of original thought and creativity; together with the application of analytical skills and critical reasoning. Our approach to dissertation is to facilitate innovative approaches and diverse pathways to the final assessed piece of work; in effect the dissertation is an extended research project.

Finance and accounting (Core)

This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.

Gender, Power and Business (Option)

This module will explore the way in which gender intersects with the world of business, marketing and event and festival spaces. Concepts of masculine and feminine identity can be critically explored in relation to organisational management, consumers and consumption. This module will draw upon research frameworks from the social sciences in order to understand the way in which supposed gender differences manifest themselves in and around the workplace.

Globalisation (Core)

This module aims to examine the background to globalisation and its relationship to the emerging trends towards regional governance and integration. The module seeks to draw out the implications of these trends for the nation state and its various corporate and policy actors.

The current globalisation trend has far-reaching consequences. Its origins are economic and lie in the gradual movement towards economic interdependence and integration of markets which has been taking place during the second half of the twentieth century.

Globalisation also reflects the decline of US hegemony and the collapse of Soviet power. Globalisation poses a major legitimisation challenge to the nation-state and nation-state based political economies. This has been evident in a tendency in recent years for national governments to seek to ‘depoliticise’ social and economic policy decisions by reference to ‘global forces’. More pro-actively the challenge to the nation-state has given a new impetus to the development of regional political economies notably the EU.

Group Consultancy Project (Option)

This module aims to further enhance managerial competence and capability by providing the opportunity for students to develop the skills to become competent management consultants. Such competency is highly valued as it can help facilitate internal and external organisational consultancy interventions that add value at both an operational and strategic level.

Humanitarian Logistics (Option)

This module is designed to introduce the key concepts and challenges in humanitarian logistics, while tying into larger concepts of non-profit management, disaster preparedness and response, as well as agile and transient supply chains.

Students are expected to address management issues far beyond the realm of humanitarian responses. The approach taken to this module is interactive, with a focus on case studies and insights from practitioners, as well as academics.

International Human Rights (Core)

The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a critical understanding of international human rights, and the way in which the concept of such rights is used to promote respect for certain standards and to protect the rights of individuals. The module will involve considering the role of international organisations (such as the United Nations); regional mechanisms (such as the European Convention on Human Rights); and the enforcement of international standards at the global, regional and domestic levels.

Research Methods and Design (Core)

This module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their dissertation and other assignments. It is designed to introduce students to the core principles of the research methods they are likely to encounter in their research, the basics of research design and the organisation of independent study.

Strategy Making (Core)

Strategy is the heart of every organisation. This module explores how strategy is conceived, how it affects the organisation and how the organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively. The module aims to support students in developing their strategic thinking skills through a review of diverse theories, models and practical exercises.

The Developing World (Core)

This module addresses key contemporary issues in the politics, society and economy of the developing world, although prior critical points of discussion are what development is, and where and what ‘the developing world’ is. There has been an extensive fragmentation of what used to be termed ‘The Third World’ or ‘Global South’. Further, in the post-Cold War era, many so-called developing economies have outstripped growth rates in the supposed ‘developed’ world, whose productive capacity has declined markedly. Deep inequalities remain in the global economy, however, giving rise to major challenges such as mass migration and food security.

The Multinational Enterprise in Context (Option)

Students explore the historical development of foreign direct investment activity. This gives them an opportunity to understand the main advantages to be gained from firms engaging further in international business activities as well as understand the workings of a global enterprise in a dynamic world economy.

Understanding International Business (Core)

Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.

Special Features

  • The Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.
  • The School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).
  • You will also have the chance to build your skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.


The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

The building provides high quality spaces for teaching and group learning and is the perfect setting for successful Business School students to learn and develop.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is designed to prepare students for careers in international organisations by combining theory of international relations and development studies with core management and organisational skills.

Many international organisations expect graduates to have at least two years of work or internship experience before they qualify for their junior professional programmes. At Lincoln, students have the opportunity to volunteer for community and other organisations in order to build towards a career in international organisations.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. Transport and entry costs relating to the trip to Manchester Escape Rooms are covered by the School. Students will however be expected to cover the costs of their meals.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2017/18 Entry* 2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,600 £7,600
(including Alumni Scholarship** reduction)
£5,320 £5,700
International £13,000 £15,300
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£11,000 £13,300
Part-time Home/EU £42 per credit point £42 per credit point
Part-time International £72 per credit point £85 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.