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International Business Management MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Previous degree


Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time)

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Thrive in the global market with our International Business Management MA.

Enhance your management strategy with our International Business Management MA. You’ll cover topics like:

  • ethical leadership
  • international trade
  • international strategy
  • people management
  • digital businesses
  • marketing
  • sustainability.

You can also specialise in:

  • management consultancy
  • academic research.

Our International Business Management master’s suits all graduates with or without a first-class business degree.

Hands-on learning

You can attend guest lectures, seminars, workshops, and field trips to increase your skills and contacts.

Specialist teaching and support

You will learn from research-active academics experienced in:

  • corporate governance
  • sustainability
  • marketing
  • resource management
  • business law
  • economics.

Our lecturers are also committed to your personal and professional growth. Our student, Paolo, tells us “the availability of all staff […] made me feel very supported”.

Dual accreditation

Successful completion of our International Business Management master’s will lead you to a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) (subject to passing the required CMI mapped modules and CMI moderation).

Please note that you will not qualify for this award if you study this course as a PGCert or PGDip.

Work placements: build professional experience

You can undertake an industry placement to enhance your management skills and employability.

A diverse community

You’ll learn with an international community, providing diverse perspectives and an unrivalled network.

Dr Antonia Alafouzo

Course Lead - MSc International Business Management

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Course content


If you have a previous degree in business you will take five core modules and select two optional modules.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have at least a second class honours degree from a UK or overseas university (or equivalent).


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

You may have read business or management before as part of your undergraduate degree, but this is not required and we recognise that many students will come to study the programme from a humanities, sciences, sports or technology background.

Mature students with relevant managerial experience but with limited educational qualifications will be considered and all applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

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Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Assessment will take the form of individual and group work that may include essays, reports, time-constrained coursework, oral presentations and consultancy projects. 

Each module is assessed separately and will have a maximum of two pieces of assessment. All assessments count towards your master's award

Career opportunities

With our International Business Management MA, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as leadership, communication, and creative problem-solving.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of International Business Management MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:


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