MSc in International Business


Program Description


We’re here to help you prepare for a flourishing career in international business.

Throughout this Masters in International Business, you’ll develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills within the context of trading across national boundaries. By the end of the course, you’ll have an expansive knowledge of how organisations operate across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. You’ll also become an expert in engaging with stakeholders from different cultures and working effectively in a multi-location team.

Our international business Masters course will increase your awareness of new trading blocs and their impact on businesses and managers.

The course covers core business subjects, such as accounting, finance and strategy, in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. It also emphasises ethical and environmental issues, which are increasingly important within the global business environment.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 You’ll have the opportunity to work on a real-life consultancy-style project within a business

#2 As part of the course our innovative Flying Start Leadership Programme boosts your personal development and gives you new career skills

#3 You’re taught by expert academic staff who have extensive business and consultancy experience

Course objectives

The course provides you with the key skills and experience you’ll need to forge your career in an international arena. You’ll:

  • explore the relevance of international trade in today’s business environment
  • understand the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
  • develop different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
  • investigate the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation, and their impact on consumers
  • cultivate management skills in report writing, networking, critical thinking and group working skills
  • focus on personal and professional development to enhance your learning throughout the academic year

Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond textbooks and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

Making the Most of Masters

We know that increasing your employability to a range of international businesses and organisations is a key driver in taking a Masters degree. Making the Most of Masters programme lets you kick-start your career by undertaking a work based project for your dissertation. The project will be solution focused and address real research needs within an organisation. Go to the Making the Most of Masters website to see more details.

Preparation for International students coming to study in the UK

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

MSc International Business Research-Based Learning Prize

A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the MSc in International Business dissertation or consultancy project and is awarded to the student whose dissertation or consultancy project receives the highest mark. The prize may be shared if more than one student achieves the highest mark.

Course details

A research-based prize is open to all students undertaking the dissertation or consultancy project and is awarded to the student who submits the best piece of work. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation/consultancy project achieves the highest mark.


Teaching is carried out through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, presentations and case study exercises.

When you successfully complete the taught element of the course you'll be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. You can then continue for the award of the MSc by completing either a 10,000-word dissertation or undertaking a consultancy project.


You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, including written assignments and presentations.

Course director

Ms Jenoah Joseph

+44 (0)1786 467380

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £7,900
  • Overseas: £15,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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