A Post-Graduate Diploma in International Management is awarded for the completion of 60 ECTS. Students who go on to successfully defend their dissertation/project will be awarded the title of Master in International Management.
The Master in International Management follows the timetable:
1st academic year (taught part of the programme)
- Classes from September to July
2nd academic year
- Research Project Seminar (may be attended remotely)
Project / Dissertation: starting in September
1st Academic Year Courses (Taught part of the programme) ECTS International Management, Ethics and Social Responsibility 3 Communication Skills 3 Negotiation Skills 3 International Business 3 Global Operations and Logistics 3 Intercultural Management 3 International Global Marketing 3 E-Business 3 Finance for International Business 3 Entrepreneurship and Networks 3 International Consulting 3 International Strategy 3 Global Business and Management 6 International Human Resource Management 3 Two Electives 6 International Project 6 Research Methods in International Management 3
2nd Academic Year ECTS Research Project Seminar 6 Project / Dissertation 54
The dissertation provides students with a challenging opportunity to integrate the concepts, tools and analytical frameworks acquired during the programme within a theoretical or practical piece of work, depending on the personal or professional objectives of each student.
ISCTE Business School has a long tradition of involvement with the business world, offering a wide set of opportunities to interact with challenging real business issues in which students can develop their dissertations. Additionally, the faculty includes members that possess extensive professional experience in senior management positions within international contexts members as well as those with proven track records in international research.
During the first academic year students may choose up to 6 ECTS of elective courses, allowing them to further specialise and explore topics of personal interest.
Each year MIM guarantees the offer of two courses that function within a compatible timetable for working students. Courses offered by the MIM programme include: International Corporate Governance and Governance of International Organizations. Other elective courses may be chosen from the overall offer of the Business School.
Business and Intercultural Communication (Optional)
Among several options when choosing electives, the MIM Students have the opportunity to participate in a study trip*.
This elective is lectured abroad and aims to provide the students an international experience of learning and cultural acquaintance of a different country and region of the world. The grading system is based on the academic performance and on the cultural experience of the participant. This course takes place, normally, during the two-week Easter break.
In the last past 2 years, the study trip took place in India.
*Please note that the participants are required to contribute for part of the costs.
Preparatory courses may be organised for students that do not have an academic background in Management (or related area) or sufficient professional experience.
Portuguese Language (optional)
Students may take advantage of their time in Portugal to participate in some of the Portuguese Language Courses offered by International Relations Office with a student discount. Not only will learning Portuguese help with everyday life in Lisbon, but knowledge of the Portuguese language will also open up new international opportunities: listed as an official language in ten countries, including some of the most interesting sites of business development. It is also listed as the sixth most spoken language in the world - this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Taking place off-campus, the MIM teambuilding day is organised each year to help students get to know each other and develop their communication and interpersonal skills.
Midweek abroad (optional)
Each year, a Midweek Seminar Programme* is offered at one of our partner universities. Students will be able to benefit from experiencing a completely different learning environment that offers another opportunity to increase their intercultural competencies.
On a programme that lasts 3-4 days MIM students will be able to participate in specialised seminars and workshops as well as company visits along with students from our partner universities.
Past mid-week trips have taken MIM students to Pforzheim University (Germany), Barcelona (Spain) and Poznan (Poland).
("*NOTE: some expenses may be subsidised; however, a contribution will be required from each participant.").
Academic Year 2017/2018
Here you find a general overview for the academic year:
Note: Exams take place during the courses period as the modules finish
|Courses and Final Project Preparation||September - October
|Final Project||30 September 2018|
Classes are usually scheduled three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm and semi-regularly on Saturday mornings (9:30 am to 12:30 pm).
There may be cases where classes do not follow this pattern – many courses are taught by visiting professor who may come and deliver a course over consecutive days in one week. Some electives and other non-compulsory activities may also be offered at different times.
We would like to draw your attention to these particular course:
International Consulting (IC) is an intensive, practical seminar that takes place during the day. Exact and dates will be defined during the academic year. As IC is a compulsory subject, it may be necessary that students take up to 2 days from work for this seminar.
Taught part of the programme (provisional schedule):
1st academic year:
February to July
2nd academic year:
September to June
Candidates should note: MIM runs throughout the year and each curricular unit is delivered consecutively, with some taking place over a week and a half and others over two months. Due to its structure evaluations follow at the end of each unit and therefore, unlike more traditionally structured masters’ courses, MIM does not have a designated exam period during the first year.
Assessments are based on a mixture of individual tasks and practical group assignments that aim to create a stimulating learning environment whilst increase the bonds between students and possibilities for networking.
The international backgrounds of the faculty and their varied research interests provide students with a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with world-class faculty. The MIM has maintained the strong involvement of a distinguished visiting faculty aimed at providing a deeper connection with intercultural and geographical diversity.
For more information on the Master of International Management faculty, please follow this link.
In the scope of this programme, ISCTE Business School provides a Welcome Day to its students, which consists in a Welcome Session with the Dean of the School, all of the Directors of masters, and a presentation from ISCTE Junior Consulting, ending with a guided visit to ISCTE’s facilities.
The best and most memorable programmes are distinguished from the first moment. ISCTE Business School organizes the first day of classes for team building activities that since the beginning of his academic life, the true freshmen create team spirit and friendship.
These activities will allow the student to:
- Get to know your colleagues in a relaxed and friendly environment enabling contact and networking;
- Discover IBS reality, the environment, infrastructures and support services;
- Start the process successfully of changing a high school student to an undergraduate student mind-set;
- Realize the new challenges that expecting a student of Masters and their professional opportunities and contact with the testimonials from alumni.
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 are attending and who have attended this Master programme.
Courses & experiences
Real case scenarios – excellent opportunities to expand business skills with a hands-on approach.
MIM 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 introductory sessions and two full-day seminar sessions in which the MIM students work together with guest students from Pforzheim University, Germany. Students are divided into groups and are challenged to solve a real consulting case that simulates the competition for a tender, finally being required to present solutions for the case given. It offers the chance to experience the many aspects of consultancy practice, as the simulated learning settings reflect many real problems found in the professional world.
The course is lectured by Prof. Jürgen Janovsky, a specialist in Consulting, and Carla Pedro, a CISCO staff-member with many years of international consulting experience, including participation in projects running within the EU as well as those with a focus on international sustainability implementation. They form an excellent team and their experience means that they are well aware of the students’ needs.
This is an intensive and practical course and takes place during the day which means that working students may have to take a day from work or attend over a whole weekend. The exact dates are to be defined each year.
This course runs over 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, working in teams whilst having regular contact with each company’s representative to solve their problem. Companies involved in past academic years included Malaysian Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Ensul Meci and & Samhoud, among others, challenging students to work on business scenarios from 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, many sessions will take place and contact with the company with be via videoconference.
The course is lectured by António Vieira da Silva (Portugal), a very experienced manager who has worked in the past as a CEO in four companies in different business sectors, working now as a management consultant in Europe and South East Asia.
- 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 off campus.
Tuition Fees for International Students* 2017/2018
|1st Year||€ 7.000|
|2nd Year (dissertation/project)||€ 2.800|
Tuition Fees for National Students / E.U. Citizens 2017/2018
|1st Year||€ 7.000|
|2nd Year (dissertation/project)||€ 1.600
During the first year the tuition fee can be paid either in one lump sum or spread over nine instalments.
For the 1st Year:
|1st installment||€ 1200
|2nd installment||€ 725||until 15 October 2017
|3rd installment||€ 725||until 15 November 2017|
|4th installment||€ 725||until 15 December 2017|
|5th installment||€ 725||until 15 January 2018|
|6th installment||€ 725||until 15 February 2018
|7th installment||€ 725||until 15 March 2018
|8th installment||€ 725||until 15 April 2018|
|9th installment||€ 725||until 15 May 2018|
The remaining instalments should be paid by the end of the second semester in order for the student to continue to the second year.
In some cases, ISCTE Business School may request full payment of the tuition fee for the first academic year to ensure enrolment.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Portugal is relatively low, below are some examples (please note these are just rough guides):
|Price of renting a room in central Lisbon (per month)||€200-€350|
|Average expenditure on food (meals at home/university canteen food)||€250-€300|
|Bills (varies on the month)||€50 - 90|
|Transport- Monthly Pass within Lisbon Zone 1||€44,35|
Students may enjoy a full meal (including, soup, bread, main dish, drink and dessert) in one of the many school canteens (prices ranges for the above from €2.40 - €4.20). A full meal in a low priced restaurant in Lisbon averages around €7 upwards and you can drink an espresso coffee in some places for 50 cents!
This tuition includes:
- Free access to all IBS facilities and general services
*The international student status is applied to students who:
- Are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union;
- Have foreign nationality different from that of a Member State and are legally resident in Portugal for less than two years, uninterrupted, on August 31 of the year in which they wish to join the ISCTE and children residing with them legally **;
- The nationality is not an African Portuguese speaking country, PALOP (As Deliberation of the Board of Management of ISCTE-IUL).
** For residence time score effects in Portugal, does not fall time with a residence permit for study.
The application of international students to the masters of ISCTE-IUL is done online through the same portal as national students acess.
European Union (EU) and EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) citizens have the right to move to another EU Member State to live, study and work, but should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Control (SEF) after arriving in Portugal. Evidence will have to be provided of enrolment at ISCTE, as well as proof of health insurance coverage and sufficient financial resources.
Nationals of non-EU or non-EEA countries must apply for a study visa, which is a special permit granted to foreign students coming to Portugal. This visa must be obtained from the consular section of the Portuguese embassy or consulate in the country of residence. Should you have any doubts, please check with your local Portuguese embassy or consulate. The study visa may be granted on a multiple entry basis and is valid for one year.
The Portuguese Public Health System covers students from the EU holding a valid document issued by the health authority of the country of origin.
If you have private health insurance, ask your insurance company if it can provide extra medical coverage for your stay abroad. Be sure that your current health insurance policy is valid until the end of the programme. If you are not an EU citizen, check what documents you need to receive assistance in Portugal on your current health care plan. You must be sure you have appropriate medical coverage for the duration of your studies in Portugal.
ISCTE Business School gives the students the opportunity to apply to scholarships in order to help finance the tuitions.
You can also consult the credit options of the following financial institutions:
The MSc in International Management has an employment rate of 67% up to 3 months after completion of Programme. The sectors most represented in the recruit of masters graduates are the Industry & Energy, Consulting & Audit, Health & Pharmaceutical Services and Trade & Industry. These ranges of sectors, some of the major recruiters are Johnson & Johnson, EDP and Fidelidade – Caixa Geral de Depósitos.
Some of the companies that hire masters students of IBS:
Getting a job
Students from European Union member states don't need, in most cases, a work permit and have better chances finding work, especially with Portuguese language skills.
Students from outside the European Union holding a study visa, may do complementary work while pursuing the studies for which the visa was granted. A work contract might be requested. For further information, please check the site of the Portuguese Service for foreigners and border affairs SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras).