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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Overview

Want to take on new and emerging markets all over the world? At Manchester Met, we’ll help you master vital skills in international business strategy.

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. You’ll choose two option units from a range of business specialisms such as international brand strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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

You’ll look behind the scenes at global organisations during regular business visits, and see first-hand how they operate day-to-day. 

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. 
  • 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.
  • Live client briefs – refine your skills by working on projects with real clients. You’ll gain important experience for the working world.
  • Valuable insights – see how businesses are structured through visits to global organisations such as Manchester United, LandRover Jaguar and BBC MediaCityUK.
  • 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 professional development weeks, employer cafés and masterclasses. 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. 

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

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.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“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…” 
 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

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.

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 or internship project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation. 

Core Units

  • The Political Economy of International Business
  • Theories of International Business
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Business and Emerging Markets
  • Global Management
  • Masters-level Learning
  • Dissertation

Option Units

Choose two from a list including:

  • Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship
  • Global Strategic Innovation
  • Project Management Framework 
  • Project Management Systems 
  • International Brand Strategy 
  • Strategy for Digital
  • Business Analytics 
  • Language
  • Internship Project

Option units are subject to student numbers and timetabling. 

You may choose to apply for the MSc International Business Management + Internship Year option, which will take place in year 2. 

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 industry contacts and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find internships. 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. 

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:

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Placement options

Postgraduate internship programme

You will be offered the chance to undertake a 36-48 week internship supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements. The Placement Office will help with your CV, advise on interview techniques and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. An additional placement fee will apply (usually £1850).

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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Fees

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: £16,500 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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 £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

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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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

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