MSc International Business and Management (Management)

Alliance Manchester Business School - The University of Manchester

Program Description

MSc International Business and Management (Management)

Alliance Manchester Business School - The University of Manchester

Make the move into the fast-paced world of international commerce with a masters degree designed to give you cutting-edge knowledge of global management issues. In today's globalised economy, the ability to think and work across boundaries and borders is imperative.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on economics, finance, organisational theory, marketing and human resource management, you examine areas of international business and management in depth, including economic, financial, technological, marketing and managerial issues facing multinational enterprises. This allows you to apply your skills anywhere in the world.

You also receive a thorough grounding in social science research issues and methods, including techniques of quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation. The course includes a Masters thesis (research dissertation) on an international business-related topic.

In addition, there is a possibility in the course to spend a semester at an international partner institution to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability in the global job market. As there are a limited number of exchange places available, the scheme is competitive and you can apply for a place once you are registered for the course.

Special features

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an organised company visit to illustrate real-life applications of international business and management concepts covered in the course.

There is also an opportunity to apply to spend an exchange semester at one of Alliance Manchester Business School's partner institutions abroad.

Course units details

Semester One:

Compulsory course units:

  • Comparative Business and Management
  • Fundamentals of International Business and Management
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis in International and Comparative Business
  • Theories in International Business

Semester Two:

One compulsory course unit:

International Business Strategy

Electives SET A (functional) - choose one elective unit from (A1 - A3)

A1) Marketing Issues in International Business

A2) Managing Across Cultures

A3) Multinational Business Finance

Electives SET B (current themes) - choose two additional elective units (either one from SET A plus one from SET B or SET C; or two elective units from SET B and/or SET C)

B1) Institutions and Firms' Internationalisation Strategies

B2) Institutions and Knowledge Management in MNEs

B3) International Business and Emerging Markets

B4) International Trade: Theory, Policy and Practice

B5) Multinationals and Technology Transfer in Economic Development

B6) Responsible Business in a Global Environment

Electives SET C (skills-based)

C1) International Business Negotiations

C2) International Entrepreneurship (blended learning course)

Semester Three:


There may also be an opportunity to study for one semester in an Exchange Institution - details can be found here.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies and includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, coursework and presentations. Problem-solving exercises are prepared and evaluated in groups.

A dissertation of between 12,000 and 25,000 words is also undertaken.

Entry requirements:

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 17, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
12 months
Full time
12,500 GBP
UK/EU students (per annum): £12,000 / International students (per annum): £21,000
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
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MSc International Business & Management experience: Lisa Higuchi, USA

MSc International Business & Management experience: Vaibhav Garg, India