Designed for graduates who want to make the transition into business, this course focuses on all aspects of international business.
You will study subjects in managerial economics; managing people and businesses; financial strategy and creative problem solving and will analyse the changing international business environment in real depth.
You will be able to tailor your course with a variety of modules enabling you to focus on your career aspirations. In addition, you will be provided with a rigorous grounding in research methods and will undertake a dissertation allowing you to utilise the knowledge and understanding you have gained and use this as a springboard to your career.
Unique to the Business School, this course takes advantage of the University's international operations and is also taught at the Business Schools in China and Malaysia. This provides you with the opportunity to spend the entire second-semester completing core and optional modules at either campus while experiencing life in China or Malaysia.
You will be taught by staff with international reputations for excellence in research, particularly on emerging markets, and guest lecturers who are successful entrepreneurs and have international experience in doing business in challenging cultural environments. The combination of various approaches, such as lectures, case studies, group work and internships will greatly enhance your learning experience.
"I'm from a small town in Sicily, so the idea of interacting with people across the globe and making the world my workplace has always thrilled me. This course was exactly the experience I was looking for. Exchange programmes are rare in masters courses, so this is definitely something exclusive, giving direct exposure to a different economic and social environment."
Vincenzo Grifo, MSc International Business
Academic English preperation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
Specialist business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £2,000 course deposit. For more details, please contact us.
- This course includes the opportunity to spend a semester at the University's China or Malaysia campuses
- Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
- 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching informed by the latest developments
- An inspiring research portfolio worth £799m
- 91.1% of MSc graduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work, self-employment or further study within six months of graduation
- More than 19,000 Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts
Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three-hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit 12-15,000-word dissertation over the summer and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
You will be assessed through a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.
- Business Economics
- International Accounting
- International Business Environment
- Managing Organisations
- Essentials of International Marketing
- International Business Strategy
- Research Methods for Management Studies
- Behavioural Economics and Decision Making
- Human Resource Management
- Launching and Entrepreneurial Business
- Managing for Sustainability
- Tourism and Sustainability
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers
Postgraduate careers team
Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.
As soon as you have accepted your offer of a place at the Business School, we can begin working with you to support your career planning needs. You can take part in pre-course careers discussions and take advantage of remote and online support through Career Leader, an online assessment tool which helps you to measure your business interests and motivations before starting your course. Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate.
Employability and average starting salary
91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2.1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, excluding business and/or management
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated November 1, 2018