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International Business Management

Designed to further develop the understanding of the business knowledge you gained during your first degree, this programme will enhance your skills in the key areas of business by placing them in an international business context. Studying areas such as international strategy and the international environment, you will gain an understanding of theoretical and conceptual management through a globally-focused core syllabus.

The part-time delivery also means it would be suitable for working professionals who wish to progress their career by combining their full-time job with academic study. 

The Specialist Stream unit enables you to focus on a particular professional area of your choice such as Marketing, Logistics Management, Project Management, HR, Finance, Digital Business or Strategy.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Industry visits to real companies
  • Short term internships with local employers
  • Live business projects for real clients
  • A live consultancy project for your final dissertation

This course is taught at the Business School by an international team of research-active specialists and your learning is informed by our research activities from our Centre for International Business and Innovation.

Aimed at those who have studied a business related degree at undergraduate level or equivalent, this course is suitable for both UK, EU and international students wishing to progress their academic knowledge of management and apply this understanding to an international business context.

Entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a business-related subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant management experience or degree equivalent professional qualifications.

If your first language is not English and your first degree was not taught in English, you must have an English language score of IETLS 6.5, or equivalent such as TOEFL IBT 90. If your IETLS score is 5.5 we may offer you a place on the provison that you successfully complete an approved English language course at the University.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Year 1

Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation. 

You will study the following units:

International Environment - This unit will seek to develop a critical awareness of the international economic and political factors which define the global economy and influence international business practices.  The unit considers both historic and contemporary perspective of the global economy and investigate its building blocks – governments, markets and institutions, exploring international trade policy and financial systems. The key issues with respect to doing business in both developed and emerging markets will be considered as well as the sustainable aspects of economic development.

International Strategy and Management - This unit aims to provide you with the in depth knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing internationalisation strategies and operations as well as the skills entailed in the management of international business activities. The unit will provide a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of sustainable international strategies such as foreign direct investment and collaborative ventures in developed and emerging markets.

Specialist Stream Unit*

You can select from a range of specialist stream units that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area.

  • Behavioural Economics & Financial Decision Making
  • Corporate Finance and Strategy
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
  • Project Management Concepts and Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Information Systems & Technology
  • International and Comparative HRM
  • Key Debates in Contemporary International Relations

*Please note the list of specialist stream units are indicative and may be subject to change depending on when you begin the course.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

Year 2

Investigating Business Practice - This is your opportunity to gain real consultancy skills with a live business client. You will be matched with a business partner and in groups, you will have to investigate a business issue for your client. This will involve setting clear objectives and goals, scoping out the project, assigning roles and responsibilities before undertaking live research and synthesising your theoretical knowledge in order to apply it to the client’s issue. You will then develop a proposal, considering factors concerning the client’s issue, before drawing up and presenting a set of recommendations that the client can realistically, apply to their business.  This unit provides you with real-life expertise in managing a client-consultant relationship, enhancing your CV and developing your employability skills by allowing you to experience the realities of managing teams, projects and expectations. 

Research Methods - This unit develops your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

Dissertation - To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.

This unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.

You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:

  • Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.
  • Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Library based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examinations.

The core units are assessed by 3 assignments (2,500-3,550 words) one examination, a business report, a presentation and a research brief (2,500 words) in total.

Your dissertation will normally take the form of an empirical piece of research or an enterprise project based around a business start-up.  Other assessments will depend on the chosen specialist stream.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 8,460 (Whole course) Home/EU
MSc Part-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International
PgDip Part-time £ 5,640 (Whole course) Home/EU
PgDip Part-time £ 9,600 (Whole course) International
PgCert Part-time £ 2,820 (Whole course) Home/EU
PgCert Part-time £ 4,800 (Whole course) International

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