The MSc European and International Business Management is unique in the UK. You’ll live and study in three different European countries, giving you a truly international perspective on management.
It is delivered in partnership with two other centres of excellence:
- Deusto Business School at the Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
- Audencia Business School, Nantes, France
The programme is taught in three languages: Spanish, French and English. You will spend the first term in Spain or France, the second in France or Spain, and the third at the School of Management in Bradford. You spend the final 12 weeks of the course on a work placement or writing a report.
The MSc European and International Business Management includes some language tuition, but you must be competent in at least two of the three languages and have the ability to become proficient in the third.
Studying the programme significantly widens your career opportunities and earning potential. You’ll have operational experience in three major business cultures, with the transferable skills to adapt to others and demonstrate your ability to thrive in a multilingual business environment. It also demonstrates your mobility, adaptability and flexibility, both physical and intellectual – attributes that are highly prized by leading global employers.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The MSc in European and International Business Management is a joint award of the three Institutions (Universidad de Deusto, Audencia, and University of Bradford). The Master's awarded is officially recognised by the Ministerio de Educación in Spain.
The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Applicants will normally have a good degree awarded by an approved UK or overseas university, in accounting and finance, economics, management (with a significant component of economics and/or accounting and finance) or a quantitative science such as mathematics, physics or engineering.
Fluent knowledge of at least two of the three working languages of the joint programme (Spanish, French, English). Candidates must show a native speaker level (C2 according to CEFRL) or be fluent (C1) in at least two of the languages, and have acquired some passive knowledge in the third (A2). Some flexibility may be shown in the third language if there is a clear commitment by the student to improving his/her language skills in this language prior to starting the Master.
English language requirements
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
- IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
- IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
- Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
- PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
What you will study
The MSc European and International Business Management (EIBM) is an interuniversity postgraduate programme providing general business and management education to build on students’ previous educational backgrounds.
It covers all the main areas of Business Administration (Finance, Marketing & Logistics, Strategy, General Management, Socio-economic Context, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility) with a very specific focus on European, international and multicultural organizations.
- Managerial Leadership
- Corporate Finance
- Management Consulting
- Corporate Marketing
- Global Supply Chain Management
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- European Business Management
- Management of Change (MSc)
- International Marketing
- Business Simulation
- Project Management
- International Financial Management
- International Master’s Summer School
Learning and assessment
You have a choice of routes:
- Stage 1 - Bilbao > Stage 2 - Nantes > Stage 3 - Bradford
- Stage 1 - Nantes > Stage 2 - Bilbao > Stage 3 - Bradford
Taught modules focus on the foundations of business and management, and European management, with a range of electives
You also undertake a work placement, most often in a country whose language is not your first, and then write a report on the work placement, supervised by academics in Nantes or Bilbao.
Considerable emphasis is placed on teaching and learning in small groups, and on encouraging students to work together on projects such as group oral presentations and written reports.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law, you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
Our graduates are in high demand amongst multinational organisations and international consultancy firms. There are also opportunities to establish or accelerate a career as a country or product manager or develop an international perspective for your own business.
The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and pathway taken. In terms of looking at career progression, it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s continued ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, alumni continue to operate in a variety of sectors and three years after graduation on average 25% of them are in senior management roles and 20% in junior management positions.
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