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Dr Peter Hill
Dr Peter Hill

Senior Lecturer - Strategic Management
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Take your management ambitions to global heights with our postgraduate course that's tailored to graduates with or without a first degree in business and includes an award from the Chartered Management Institute.

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Why study International Business Management?

Through this International Business Management master’s degree, you will develop your understanding of how business works internationally and could work for you. Underpinned by a focus on responsible business practices, the course will support you in furthering your management career and empower you to consider new opportunities at home and abroad.

This course is a natural pathway for business and management graduates, and is also open to all who have completed an undergraduate degree.

You will be guided by an experienced academic team through current thinking on business disciplines that range from corporate governance to sustainability, marketing to resource management and business law to economics.

UK and EU students also have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in the Mediterranean city of Marseilles. On completing the master's degree, you will also gain an accredited award from the Chartered Management Institute (subject to accreditation for EMD partnership programme).

Why St Mary's?

The course aims to develop your practical commercial knowledge and ethical values, giving you an edge in international business and management. It is also enhanced by:

  • A study abroad option that enables UK and EU students to spend a semester studying with our partnering business school, EMD Marseilles, France
  • An optional industry placement where you can demonstrate your management skills and construct a compelling career profile for your CV
  • Guest lectures, research seminars, workshops and fieldwork visits that capitalise on our strong industry links
  • A dedicated team of research-active academics and visiting professors with a range of commercial and management expertise
  • Fantastic networking opportunities with our internationally diverse community of students and academics

Key facts

  • Chartered Management Institute dual-accreditation means on successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from CMI, alongside your master’s degree (subject to CMI moderation)
  • Option of spending the second semester in Southern France (available to UK and EU students only)
  • Opportunity for you to undertake an industry placement
  • Flexibility in the programme allows you to consider specialising in academic research or management consultancy
  • Delivered by the School of Management and Social Sciences
  • The best of both worlds: taught on our campus, based near the Thames in the green and safe London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, but only a half hour journey from central London

Course content

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

If your first degree is in a non-business subject you will study six core modules (including Fundamental Principles of Business) as well as two optional modules.

MSc International Business Management professional bodies and accreditations


  • Applied Research Skills Core
  • Consultancy Project/Research Project Core
  • Fundamental Principles of Business Core
  • International Finance and Accounting Core
  • International Strategic Management Core
  • Responsible Management and Leadership in a Global Economy Core
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Economics and International Finance Optional
  • Intercultural Management Optional
  • International Business Law Optional
  • International Human Resource Management Optional
  • International Marketing Optional
  • Islamic Finance Optional
  • Personal and Professional Development (Industry Placement) Optional
  • Sustainability in a Globalised Environment Optional
  • Geopolitics Optional (Marseilles only)
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

A master's degree in International Business Management will provide you with an excellent academic qualification to embark on or progress your career in management.

You will be able to demonstrate the positive contribution that your knowledge, understanding, passion and skills will bring to an international organisation or a business aspiring to become global.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you will also be in a position to critically consider setting up your own business.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme is taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and study groups. Mirroring the business environment, teamwork is a vital component of the course and you will be expected to work closely with your fellow students.

As a postgraduate student, you will also conduct a great deal of independent work and research that is supported by our experienced academic team.

We will provide you with key tools such as our online portal, SIMMSpace and provide you access to our extensive online resources and business databases.

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


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,660
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,320
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

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 contact

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