MSc International Business Management

Working with businesses on an international scale takes skill and strategy. We’ll help you develop the expertise to succeed in the world of global enterprise.

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Take on new and emerging markets in an international context. On this course, we'll help you to develop vital skills in international business management.

As well as ethical and global management, you’ll also refine your expertise by exploring the political economy and how it can affect global trade.

You can tailor the course to concentrate on areas that you find most interesting by selecting option units from a wide range of business specialisms.

We’ll also help you understand working practices from different territories and build the skills you need to effectively manage people from different cultures and backgrounds. 

Going beyond the theory

Guest lectures, delivered by leaders from a variety of sectors, will give you a well-rounded view of different career paths in international business.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take an optional 36-48 week internship which will give you a unique insight into how international organisations work. This could be a real boost to your career, allowing you to add relevant, professional experience to your CV.

Features and Benefits

  • Taught by experts – you’ll learn from academics with experience working for global businesses. They also carry out cutting-edge research in their fields which feeds into your learning. 
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations and innovative start-ups, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities. Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network. 
  • Unique insights – learn from guest lecturers who have experience working on an international scale. You’ll get an insider’s view of some of the world’s most ambitious global businesses.
  • Customisable degree - specialise in the areas of international business that you’re most interested in to help shape your future career. 
  • Optional internship – gain extensive professional experience during an optional 36-48 week internship with an international business.
  • Boost your employability – explore a wide range of management roles all over the world. The skills you develop on this course are relevant across international markets.
“Students on my course were internationally diverse, giving a wide range of perspectives on a single subject.” Amy Melamed, MSc International Business Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Being overseas for the first time, I felt that studying international business would give me an insight in to how things work in different cultures. Choosing to study at Manchester Met is one of the best decisions I ever made."

Austin Rettig, MSc International Business Management.

Career Prospects

We want you to be able to explore opportunities across the world with confidence. We’ll help you demonstrate your expertise to future employers in a wide range of business sectors. 

You’ll be well placed to go for managerial positions in international operations, such as:

During your studies, you’ll be able to take advantage of our regular schedule of employability events such as employer cafes and jobs fairs. This is your opportunity to network with employers and enhance your professional CV.

Previous graduates have found management roles in global companies such as Ernst & Young, BNY Mellon, and Vantage. You’ll also have the option to enter the world of consultancy, or apply your newly acquired skills to create your own business.

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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. 

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“We get that real world understanding from our partnerships with global businesses such as AJ Bell with UEFA, with Manchester City Football Club, with the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation…” 
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Course details

This course will give you the skills and understanding to manage business operations in an interconnected, globalised economy. You will gain an understanding of how economic, political, regulatory, social and cultural influences impact business management for multinational organisations and/or in a global marketplace.

The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.

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Core Units

Development Finance

International capital flows are a key aspect to the financing of development. This unit explores fundamentals of international finance and key issues in development finance, such as international aid, microfinance and sovereign debt, and the opportunities and challenges they present to development initiatives.

Critical and Contextual thinking for International Business

This unit explores the importance of the research process in particular to sourcing literature, academic writing and critical review of the literature in the context of international business. 

Theories of International Business

This unit provides a critical overview of the major theoretical approaches in the international business domain. The unit examines both the differences and the scope for complementarities between alternative means of thinking about international business activities of firms. The unit aims to provide a detailed examination of the major explanations of concepts, covering theoretical, empirical and methodology issues. This unit provides a platform for students to apply the knowledge acquired in the Critical and Conceptual Thinking for International Business unit. 

Global Corporate Power in the International Economy

This unit examines the corporate political activities of firms within the global context.  Using analytical frameworks derived from the fields of international political economy and international business, the unit examines how and why firms interact with international institutions, national governments and civil society on a range of contemporary issues.

International Business and Emerging Markets

This unit examines theoretical aspects of growth and development in order to address how markets ‘emerge’. The unit will consider the economic development and business environment of selected markets. There will be a consideration of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in these markets and an analysis of policy options available in order to achieve sustainable growth.

International Strategic Management

This unit will focus on the application of international business strategy and management theories to the international activities of firms within the global context.  The unit provides an introduction to key concepts in international business strategy, and explores the connection between international management, multinational strategy, corporate social responsibility, global value chains, strategic alliances, networks, and sustainable development.

Research Methods

This unit provides an understanding of the main methodologies used in international business research.  It also provides an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses associated with different research techniques, and the production, meaning and use of data. This unit will build on the learning from the Critical and Contextual thinking for IB unit, leading to the development of a research plan and proposal (research problem and methodology) for the dissertation research project.

Dissertation - International Business Management

The Dissertation Unit provides the student with an opportunity to apply their learning from the programme to plan and execute an individual supervised research project. This will involve choosing a topic from the related literature, developing a research question, planning and designing research process and reporting the research findings.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

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.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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