MSc in International Business

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in International Business

University of Stirling

This course is designed to help you prepare for a successful career in international management — in either a broad general management role, or as a specialist in international marketing or international human resources.

The course will help you to understand how international business is conducted, with a focus on developing the managerial skills you’ll need in an interconnected world. You will learn how to develop your problem-solving and critical thinking skills within the context of trading across national boundaries.

By the end of this course you’ll understand how organisations operate across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. In addition, you’ll develop skills to help you engage with stakeholders from different cultures and work effectively in a multi-location team.

  • International Business
  • International Business with Human Resource Management
  • International Business with Marketing

Degree pathways

The MSc International Business offers a choice of pathways, all of which provide a route to an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma. The pathways are:

  • International Business — covers core business subjects such as accountancy, finance and strategic management
  • International Business with Human Resource Management — for students who wish to blend general business skills with people management
  • International Business with Marketing — helps you develop marketing expertise that will support your future career in a global business context

When you register you’ll be applying for the MSc in International Business. You can select a specialist pathway at the end of the first semester.

International Business
What is International Business?

International Business is the specialisation of core business subjects, adding theoretical and practical dimensions relevant to operating in an increasingly globalised economy. Foundation content, from accountancy and finance to strategic management, is explored in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives. Students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation.

An MSc International Business from Stirling is designed to develop deep understanding of different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries and create awareness of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on businesses and managers. Postgraduate education in International Business equips graduates to work in roles that require an understanding of how businesses are financed and taxed in different jurisdictions as well as other legislative issues that must be taken into account. A strong emphasis on ethical and environmental issues of relevance to commercial operators with international interests is a major strength of this course.

International Business with Human Resource Management

The International Business with Human Resource Management pathway is ideally suited to individuals who wish to blend their interests in general business strategy with the management of people.

International Business with Marketing

The International Business with Marketing pathway enables students to develop marketing expertise that will enable them to thrive in a global business context.

Course objectives

Main Objectives

The course is designed to help you develop a deep understanding of the different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries. It will also help develop 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 will also help you develop your analytical and problem-solving skills from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives.

Through the course you’ll learn about:

  • The relevance of international trade in today’s business environment
  • The challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
  • Different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
  • The ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation, and its impact on consumers

What makes us different?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant work experience in a relevant area.

International students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you.

Other learning activities to prepare you for study in the UK

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of these qualifications :

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Scholarships & funding

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our university degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

Other scholarships and funding

You may qualify for University of Stirling funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.

Structure and content

Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.

This programme is exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at Stirling.

Participate in the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:

  • Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead
  • Understand what is expected of you in your course
  • Get to know the teaching and support staff
  • Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning
  • Work as part of a successful team

Activities range from practical skills – like effective public speaking – to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. It’s also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends.

Structure, teaching, assessment and awards

This is a one-year full-time course of two semesters followed by a dissertation. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits and case study exercises. You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, including written assignments and presentations.

Following success in your examinations at the end of the second semester, you will be awarded a Diploma in your chosen pathway. If you successfully complete a dissertation project, you’ll be awarded an MSc.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching involves lectures, seminars, workshop-based sessions and presentations. You are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of MSc in International Business by completing a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic agreed with the Course Director. This must be submitted by the end of August.


Why study at Stirling?

Our global reputation: research rating

The University of Stirling Management School was ranked among the Top 25 in the UK for business and management in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Industry engagement

You’ll have the chance to enhance your career prospects by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects that will help prepare you for your next step on the career ladder.

Expert teaching

In the last published Research Assessment Exercise, most of the research (85%) produced by our academics was rated as being of international significance. This reflects the high quality of lectures who teach at the university.

Flexible course structure

The flexible design of the degree programme means you focus on the core management modules or specialise in marketing or human resources.

Networking opportunities

Many of our postgraduate students come from overseas. Studying at Stirling offers an excellent opportunity to establish your own global network of contacts at the outset of your career.

Expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility

The course emphasises ethical and environmental issues, which are increasingly important within the global business environment.

Professional development for long-term success

Our Flying Start Leadership programme helps you develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new competencies in a supportive environment.

MSc International Business Dissertation Prize

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

Career opportunities

The University of Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability. Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated employability manager. From the very beginning of the course, your career is our focus.

MSc International Business graduates have forged successful careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors around the world. Employers include the World Wildlife Fund, Lufthansa, RBS, Proctor & Gamble, Ernst & Young, EBSCO Publishing and Accenture.

Our masters graduates have skills and knowledge that sought after by organisations with global operations. Whichever pathway you select, you’ll feel equipped to take on demanding leadership roles in general business areas or in the specialist areas of marketing and human resources.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas £14,600
  • Home/EU £7,750

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
7,750 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Home/EU: £7,750 - Overseas: £14,600