MSc in International Management

University of Strathclyde Business School

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

MSc in International Management

University of Strathclyde Business School

Why this course?

The MSc in International Management will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required by international managers and leaders to operate globally.

The course provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the practices and processes of international management.

You’ll develop your understanding of the national and global contexts in which international managers operate.

You’ll also gain an appreciation of how those contexts have an impact on managerial expectations and preferences in different cultural environments.

The programme is practical in its orientation with an emphasis on the skills of working, managing and leading in various organisational settings.

You’ll study

Semester 1

You’ll begin with an introduction to the Professional Management Practice programme. Running throughout the first two semesters, this class offers a combination of workshops and learning exercises. You’ll have the opportunity to identify and develop the soft skills needed as a future international manager or leader.

You’ll also attend an Integrated Skills Workshop which focuses on your personal approach to learning and managing yourself.

Core classes

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Managing People in Organisations

Semester 2

Core classes

  • Marketing Management
  • Global Business Environment
  • Finance and Financial Management

You’ll also take part in group exercises (eg arranging a professional, cultural or careers-focused event) to address a managerial or leadership development need identified during the outward bound activity.

Elective classes

You’ll choose two elective classes from a shared pool of international and general management topics available on programmes offered by Strathclyde Business School. Elective modules vary from year to year, but may include:

  • Brand Management and Strategy
  • Foundations of Risk
  • New Venture Creation
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Games of Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Management of International Relationships
  • Change Agency
  • Developing Skills for Effective Management Consulting
  • Improving Management Decision Making
  • Exploring Resourceful Strategy Practice
  • Social Media: Strategy & Management
  • Managing in Europe (taught at Toulouse Business School, France)

Semester 3

Core classes

  • Business Strategy
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Consultancy in Practice

You’re required to complete a practically-oriented project. This gives you an opportunity to explore, at length, some aspects of theory or methods, or knowledge or skills introduced on the taught element of the programme. The project is supported by a class in project methodology.

Study abroad

This course includes a number of elective classes for you to choose from. If you're interested in studying abroad, the Managing in Europe elective class provides the opportunity to do this with classes taught at Toulouse Business School, France.

Major projects

You're required to complete a project in the final semester of the course. You can arrange to do this in conjunction with an organisation.


Strathclyde Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. It has around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Semester 1

  • Professional Management Practice
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Managing People in Organisations

Semester 2

  • Marketing Management
  • Global Business Environment
  • Finance and Financial Management

Semester 3

  • Project Methodology
  • Business Strategy
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Consultancy in Practice
  • The MIM Project
  • Electives

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group learning exercises

You’ll have the opportunity to identify and develop the 'soft skills' needed as a future international manager or leader.

The course provides:

  • lifelong learning skills: to recognise developmental needs as international managers and leaders, and identifying opportunities to tackle these
  • research, analysis and problem-solving skills: to develop skills in the use of library and internet-based resources; to identify, analyse and critically evaluate the strategic choices and options facing international managers
  • application skills: to apply models, tools and techniques of international management to different company, country and sectoral contexts; to integrate the knowledge from a range of international management subjects
  • communication skills: to develop report writing skills; to structure and present complex data and ideas; to make effective presentations and to acquire skills in argument and debate
  • team-working skills: to appreciate the benefits and challenges of working within teams; to apply theory to practice in operating within multicultural teams; to experience problem-solving within multicultural teams; to improve time management and workload planning capacities

Collaborative learning

The course is designed to be a collaborative learning experience, a partnership between academic staff and students. It enables you to build upon your collective understanding in interrogating the global issues impacting organisations.

Guest lectures

This course has a wide and varied range of industry speakers on an ad-hoc basis.


The course is assessed through written assignments, group and individual projects, exams and presentations.

Entry requirements

Good first degree in business or management, or a non-business degree plus some work experience in international trade or business, or equivalent.

For applicants whose first language is not English please read the advice from our Recruitment & International Office.

Applications from those who can demonstrate that their work experience merits direct entry to the programme will also be considered.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations.

You must be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing. Pre-Masters Preparation Course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

  • Scotland/EU

2015/16 - £12,000

  • Rest of UK

2015/16 - £12,000

  • International

2015/16 - £14,000

How can I fund my course?

MIM full-time scholarships offered by the department of Strategy and Organisation include:

  • one scholarship of £6,000 – Female Leader of the Future
  • one scholarship of £6,000 – European Visionary Scholarship (for those who are prepared to test new ideas, to go beyond the status quo and make a difference to industry and society)
  • two scholarships of £6,000 – International Leader of the Future Scholarships

£2,000 partial scholarships for Strathclyde graduates may also be available for eligible candidates.


Where are they now?

Many of our graduates are in further work or study.*

Job titles include:

  • Analyst
  • Associate Consultant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Management Consultant
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Regional Manager
  • Strategy Development Manager

Employers include:

  • Accenture
  • Daniel Swarovski Corporation AG
  • Danone
  • Liebherr International AG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Scottish Youth Business Trust

Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12)*.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 8, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 months
Full time
14,000 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 months
Price 14,000 GBP
International fee 2015/16