International Business Management MSc

MSc International Business students in a lecture
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,350 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
Course start September
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Course outline

This MSc in International Business Management will enable you to develop a thorough knowledge of the key concepts of human resource management, finance, marketing, business strategy and supply chain management in the context of international business.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a residential course in a European City, as part of the option module International Consultancy in Action, involving visits to foreign national and multi-national companies in the service and manufacturing sectors.

This course prepares you for more challenging management and leadership roles, which is key to your achieving your future career ambitions.

Course content

With rapid and ongoing technological advancement has come both unprecedented opportunities and challenges; global trade has become increasingly accessible and important but has also intensified competition.  In the face of this, it is vital to understand how to navigate these new and changing frontiers. 

Your MSc. International Business Management will enable you to gain a good understanding of key management fundamentals, from an international perspective, incorporating strategy, finance, and the management of people.  In addition, you will learn how to improve your decision-making with research methods, in preparation for your dissertation project, which allows you to further explore and refine your knowledge of an international business-related topic in more depth. 

Modules - Semester one

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
    Learn contemporary developments in human resource management / human resource development practice and organisational management including change management within complex global settings. 
  • Scanning the Global Digital Environment
    Understand approaches for evaluating an organisation’s global digital marketplace to help develop a digital marketing strategy, contextualising digital growth and challenges alongside alignment with traditional spheres.
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
    Understand financial reporting, analysis and the international regulatory framework and the future direction of financial reporting.  This includes studying income and asset value measurement systems and preparation of consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows. 
  • International Business Management
    Through contemporary problem practice-based case scenarios, you will evaluate global dynamics and relationships between TRIAD and emerging economies and analyse the key factors impacting the future patterns of global economic growth.

Modules - Semester two

  • International Strategic Management
    You will engage with, apply, analyse and evaluate a range of strategic tools, models and concepts on contemporary international/global competition in various industries and the challenges multi-national enterprises face when doing business globally.
  • International Supply Chain Management
    Provides a comprehensive analysis of more recent, and emerging, concepts and developments in international supply chains and the role of e-commerce, the supplier, producer and customer, ethics and culture in the process.
  • Human Resource Management in a Global Context
    Engage with environmental analysis and contemporary decision imperatives for HR management in a global context including models and competing debates to international people management and development. You will learn about international assignments, different employment practices and factors affecting strategic development.
  • Research Methods
    You will identify and justify an appropriate research topic of relevance to International Business Management and produce a research proposal which reflects a critical awareness of a range of research philosophies, strategies, methods and evaluating their relevance to your proposed topic. 

Modules - Semester three

  • Masters Dissertation in International Business Management
    Through independent learning and reference to an assigned supervisor, this module facilitates the exploration and critical review of a substantial individual research enquiry within the field of International Business Management.
  • Option module

Entry requirements

A UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Evidence of satisfactory English language skills is required for international candidates where English is not their first language, such as IELTS – overall score 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) or equivalent.


A wide variety of assessment vehicles are used to test your learning throughout the course. Methods include:

  • presentations
  • team projects
  • individual reports
  • debates
  • examinations.

Assessment varies between modules but the overall strategy is to have a balanced set of assessments across a variety of methods that will include:

  • examinations
  • assignments
  • group and/or individual presentation
  • open analysis cases
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • dissertations

Assessments are written to ensure they test each of the module learning outcomes and reinforce a ‘problem and practice based learning’ approach.

Graduate destinations

This course is suitable if you are a graduate planning a career in large-scale international organisations, or aiming for high-profile positions in government, universities and both the public and the private sectors. Many of our students go on to register for PhDs.

Meet the experts

The teaching and supervision team are a mix of academics, researchers, and practitioner staff with extensive experience across a range of business and related fields.  We are all very keen to make sure that you develop as people during your time here, in addition to gaining a range of transferable skills and competencies necessary nowadays to operate effectively in a highly competitive international business environment, through a variety of stimulating activities.  


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