This course is for
Graduates who want to work in multinational companies or manage in an international context.
Gain an advanced understanding of the international business environment. Develop a deep understanding of the national and cultural contexts in which firms operate. You’ll graduate prepared for the challenges of global management.
Our MSc covers a variety of business functions and is interdisciplinary. We combine management studies with an understanding of the international economic environment. You’ll learn to appreciate and keep up with the complex and changing nature of today’s globalised marketplace.
Tier 4 visa scheme
Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.
We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.
- Personalise your study to suit your interests. Our MSc is flexible and lets you select five units of your choice
- Learn with academics who have expertise spanning the globe. You'll gain valuable insight from our diverse, leading teaching staff
- Share your knowledge and experiences with students from all over the world. Our 2015 class included 24 different nationalities
- Receive contemporary insights from industry experts. You'll hear from guest speakers from industry and policy thanks to our excellent links
- Develop the skills to prepare you for a variety of careers. Our 2015 graduates went on to work in sales, marketing, consulting, finance, management and more
- Get valuable experience with the opportunity to do a practice-based dissertation. You'll work with a partner company on a real business problem
Content and structure
Semester one: taught units
You will take these units:
- The global environment of business (spans both semesters)
- Cross-cultural management
- Analysing international management
You will select two of these units:
- Business ethics
- Fundamentals of accounting and financial management
- Entrepreneurship and innovation
- Environmental management
- Operations management
- International relations theories
- Global marketing
Semester two: taught units
You will take this unit:
- International business strategy
You will select three of these units:
- Understanding employment law
- Principles of corporate social responsibility
- Strategies for sustainability
- Design in management
- Risk and risk management
- Entrepreneurship and innovation
- Financial management for international business
- Project management
- Supply management
- Global governance and accountability
- Economic governance and industrial policy
- Contemporary and emerging issues for organisations
You will finish the course by choosing one of these two options:
- The Dissertation Track: You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.
- The Practice Track: You will work with one of our partner organisations to solve a real business challenge. In teams, you will apply what you have learned and present your work to the company.
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of international management. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.
We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.
All units are taught on campus.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:
- project work
Methods of assessment
Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.
As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.
Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for such trips.
This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Achieve your career goals
Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.
Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a PhD.
100% of 2016 International Management students employed six months after graduation*
*Employment data based on those looking for work and for whom data is held (75% of 2016 class).
Destinations of 2016 graduates
- 24% Graduate Management Programme
- 24% Supply Chain/Operations/Procurement
- 19% Banking/Finance
- 14% Commercial/Sales
- 12% Marketing
- 5% Consulting
- 2% HR
- Cap Gemini
- Estee Lauder
- National Grid
- Pernod Ricard
2:1 or above (or international equivalent) in business/management is usually expected. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
Type of degree
You should have at least a 2:1 in business or management. We may consider a social science if your degree has enough business or management content.
If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability.
European and international students
Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.
If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.
You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking must be at least 6.5.
These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.
We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE and CAE.
If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.
If you are already studying in the UK
If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:
- the UK
- a country where English is the official first language
You may be exempt from our English language requirements.
If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 5.5 you may qualify for a combined offer.
- Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
- Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
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Last updated March 6, 2018