Master in International Management
Welcome to the MIM programme!
Globalisation is no longer just a buzzword. The modern business world is going global and so must its professionals. Today, companies increasingly need specialised international expertise and managers with the skills to act in a multicultural, global setting.
ISCTE Business School is one of the leading business schools in Portugal and offers you an opportunity to master the skills of international management in a multicultural environment.
The programme is taught in English and is open to internationally oriented students with a Bachelor's degree in the area of Management or with relevant experience in international business. This highly competitive academic programme prepares students to act in global business enterprises and internationally-connected organisations.
Applications for the 12th edition 2013/2014 are now open!
We are looking forward to meeting you.
Why Choose the MIM at IBS
Some of the strengths of the IBS Master's in International Management are:
- An after-work schedule to cater for students' professional commitments;
- An intensive and compact programme, lasting one year (plus final project/dissertation);
- A multicultural study environment with fellow students and a faculty of many different nationalities;
- Due credit is given both to:
1) Professional interests, through modules aiming at the acquisition of "how to" competences in international settings;
2) More research-oriented interests, through modules and seminars aimed at the acquisition of capabilities for conducting investigation in the area of international management.
- "Wide band" programme designed to respond to a vast array of interests and specialities;
- Experienced international teaching staff; more than 60% of our staff come from abroad;
- Possibility of getting a double master degree from some partner universities.
- Students have the possibility of learning the Portuguese language during the Master's. This opens opportunities in some of the more dynamic markets nowadays (Brazil, Angola and others). Portuguese is the language spoken by around 300 million people on all continents. We include one basic Portuguese language Course in the tuition fees.
- Lisbon offers an exceptional historical heritage and a large variety of cultural and leisure time activities. And, ISCTE Business School is situated close to the heart of Lisbon.
- Financial advantage over other academic centres in Europe and United States. As the cost of living is below that of other capitals, students will find the time spent in Lisbon free from money concerns.
Study Abroad – Exchange Programmes
There are several possibilities to study abroad.
Students may spend a period abroad and get full credit recognition for the courses attended.
Master's students in particular may participate in exchange programmes LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme) / Erasmus and other international schemes.
IBS has an extensive network of well known partner universities all over the world from which to choose from. For more information please check the International Exchange Programmes in Management (IEPM) website here.
- Exchange Programme at the Indian Institute of Managment Bangalore: read more about a MIM student's experience in India!
Furthermore, it is possible to get a second Master's degree from universities which have a specific agreement in place with the Master in International Management / ISCTE Business School.
Study abroad - Double Degrees
In addition to the exchange programmes, it is possible to get a second Master's degree from universities which have a specific agreement in place with the Master in International Management / ISCTE Business School.
After spending the 1st year at IBS within the MIM programme, students may spend one semester at one of our partner universities, attending the appropriate Master's programme and, at the same time, working on their dissertation project. These courses are fully recognized within the MIM at IBS.
After completing the taught part of both programmes in this way, students present a final dissertation/project complying with the requirements of both universities, earning two master degrees.
Partner universities or business schools granting a double degree in conjunction with IBS:
- Pforzheim, Germany (AACSB accredited) http://www.hs-pforzheim.de/mba/
- Poitiers, France (AACSB accredited) http://www.escem.fr/en/
- Clermont-Ferrand, France (AACSB accredited) http://www.esc-clermont.fr/
- Ljubljana, Slovenia (AACSB, EQUIS accredited) http://www.ef.uni-lj.si/en
- Moscow, Russia (AMBA, EPAS accredited) http://www.mirbis.ru/en/
- Bordeaux, France (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA accredited) http://www.bem.edu/en
- Double degree experience at ESCEM Poitiers in France: Read more about a MIM student's experience at Poitiers, France!
Testimonials & Experiences
|Students' testimonials||Social events||Courses & experiences|
10th edition MIM 2011/2012
Dominic de Menezes,
23 years old, Portuguese
Academic background: Accounting
"The MIM programme was the best next step I could have chosen for furthering my studies and widening my horizons. Professionals and academics share their knowledge and experience in challenging and interactive classes. I truly believe that this Master will be a springboard for my professional career. The programme has given me more than just a rich and prestigious education. It brought me into a network of great people from all over the world and most importantly made me recognize how important human capital is in life and business."
9th edition MIM 2010/2011
29 years old, Turkish
Academic background: Economics
"It was a great experience for me to attend MIM program in the sense that it provided me with the solid business background and analytical skills essential to help me achieve my goals career wise. With this master programme, students are prepared for international careers by developing adaptation and leadership skills via multicultural teaching, practical case studies and team work, all in a multinational and friendly environment."
8th edition MIM 2009/2010
39 years old, Portuguese
Academic background: Management
"With this Master I boosted my personal life and professional career. It gave me a rich insight of today's world and expertise in business, as well as entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to be a change maker when faced with challenges. While working in the Insurance field at Caixa Geral de Depósitos, I had the opportunity to get a better and promising job position in quality management. The MIM was for me an investment with a high return rate and a fantastic teamwork experience!"
Each year the Master in International Management invites all current and former students to participate in a Christmas dinner. It has already become a traditional meeting opportunity for MIM alumni to get back in touch with colleagues from their MIM edition and to get to know other people who attended this Master programme.
Vasile (Moldovan), Dinis (Portuguese), Xuemin (Chinese), Stefanie (Portuguese)
and Sara (Portuguese) at MIM Christmas dinner, December 2012.
Real case scenarios – excellent opportunities to expand business skills with a hands-on approach
Throughout the studies of the Master in International Management students are equipped with both theoretical and practical knowledge that can be easily transferred to real professional life situations. From the long list of courses, two in particular are designed for learning real case scenarios: International Consulting and International Project, offered in the 2nd semester.
This 5 day-course is comprised of three introduction sessions and two full-days seminar sessions in which the MIM students work together with guest students from the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, Germany. Students are divided into groups and are challenged to solve a real consulting case, competing with each other as in a tender, and are requested to present solutions for a specific company. It offers the chance to experience the many aspects of the consultancy business, as the simulated learning settings reflect real problems of the professional world. Furthermore, the course gives experience of cultural differences and gives practical suggestions how to overcome cultural barriers.
The course is lectured by Prof. Juergen Janovsky from University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, Germany, a specialist for Consulting, and Carla Pedro, a CISCO staff-member with many years of international consulting experience, including EU projects and international sustainability implementation projects. They form an excellent team, lecturing this course in the MIM for since 2003 and are well aware of students’ needs. Beside the very dynamic and interactive learning methods, students appreciate the comprehensive feedback given by this teaching team and report that they could easily transfer many of the topics taught learned to their professional life.
It might be necessary to take one or two days from work for this seminar, or it might take place during the weekend, since it is a very intensive and practical course and takes place during the day. The exact workload and dates are defined every year.
This course runs for 1,5 months and gives students the opportunity to develop a project for a company’s specific needs. In the beginning, students choose, according to their interest, between research questions from different companies involved and will then work in teams, having regular contact to each company’s representative. Companies involved in past academic years were Malaysian Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Ensul Meci and &Samhoud, among others, challenging students to work on business scenarios of different countries like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Canada, India, China and Indonesia. Since all companies are working internationally and do not necessarily have their headquarters in Portugal, most sessions usually involve videoconferences. ISCTE-IUL provides specific equipment and meeting rooms for this purpose.
The course is lectured by António Vieira da Silva (Portugal), a very experienced manager who has worked as a CEO in four companies in different business sectors, working now as a management consultant in Europe and South East Asia, and Reinier Starink (Netherlands), who lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, recently as a project manager at &Samhoud. He founded the company Breakthrough Performance, worked in diverse fields such as a Talent & Diversity manager for Shell, and teaches in several universities in Asia and Europe.
Visit of the President of Asian University Thailand
Nearly every year, MIM receives Prof. Viphandh Roengpithya, President of Asian University, Thailand.
In 2009, Prof. Roengpithya gave two lectures to the Master students and concluded his visit with an open conference on the topic Buddhism & Management.
At the beginning of the academic year, MIM dedicates one day to help integrate its recently admitted students and get them to know each other better, by organising a teambuilding event outside ISCTE-IUL premises.
Each student taking this programme has the opportunity to participate in an International Seminar taking place at one of our partner universities and which constitutes a further option to expand their knowledge of specific Management topics, to gain further intercultural experience and to broaden their professional and personal network.