International Business MSc

Dubai Campus

Start date
September 2024
1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual fee for 2024 entry
AED 143,297 (full-time). Can be paid in instalments.
AED 71,649 (part-time)

Scholarships are available 

MSc International Business at the University of Birmingham Dubai

The world of international business is constantly changing. This Masters degree programme will put you at the cutting edge of industry, providing the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the modern global market.

This programme is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

You need to be at the cutting edge of industry to be able to respond to changes in the international business world. The global pandemic has transformed traditional business models and accelerated the use of technology. This Masters degree programme will arm you with the flexible skills required to succeed in the modern global market.

Why study this course?

The MSc International Business at the University of Birmingham Dubai is a globally respected degree, taught in one of the few triple-crown accredited business schools in the world. Dubai is a vibrant international business hub, and we are uniquely positioned to welcome experts from industry to provide real-life case studies for a solid grounding in the diverse elements of business with an international perspective.  

  • Dubai and the wider UAE region is a dynamic hub for international business, meaning you are in the right place to study the operation of top global corporations
  • Our links with industry can provide excellent career opportunities and Dubai is the ideal place to launch your career as here, the graduate employment market is less crowded
  • You will gain a rigorous academic experience backed up by industry – we have links with leading regional employers such as Grant Thornton and Arup and invite industry experts in as guest lecturers to take the theory out of the textbook
  • You will be part of a friendly, supportive community with state-of-the-art facilities and enjoy a close working relationship with your lecturers, who you will get to know personally

Discover more about the visa application process.

You cannot underestimate the importance of having lived and studied abroad, especially as multinational and mid-sized companies are looking for people who are able to work internationally and understand and adapt to different cultures and environments. My advice would be to study hard, make some good friends and try to enjoy and appreciate every moment of your experience at the University of Birmingham.

Marcelo Oliveira Altoé, MSc International Business Alumni



Fees for 2024 entry

  • AED 143,297 full time, which can be paid in instalments.
  • AED 71,649 part time.

The fees above are the annual fees.

We have a number of scholarships available. Find out more.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

International Requirements

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band)
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

The University of Birmingham Dubai offers access to a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus where you will be part of a supportive community who you will get to know personally. 

You will have the same teaching as offered on our Edgbaston campus, meaning you will receive an education from a top 100, globally respected research-intensive Russell Group university. The flexible programme will allow you to tailor your studies to suit your personal circumstances such as intensive weekend studies and evening classes so you can study while you work. You will also benefit from small class sizes and personalised one-to-one sessions with your tutor.

Course delivery

The MSc International Business programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, class discussions, group work, case-study analysis and presentations. Assessments will take the form of individual essays, group assessments, end of term examinations and a dissertation. 

We offer a combination of evening and weekend classes which are designed to accommodate working professionals and those who choose to study full-time.

Our draft timetable below for full-time students is designed to deliver teaching on two weekday evenings from 18:00-21:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 09:00-17:00. Each module is block taught over 2 weeks. Part-time students will study during these hours as per the number of modules they choose to study.

Please note that the example timetable below is to be used as a guide and is subject to change. Our term dates are also available online. For further information, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Saneesh Edacherian at

Example timetable for the MSc International Business programme (PDF)

The MSc International Business at the University of Birmingham Dubai is a broad-based programme that gives you a helicopter view of how business works, providing transferable skills that open up a wide range of business careers such as business analysis and development, banking, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing. 

We will support you every step of the way, with dedicated careers support staff ensuring you have the right skills to succeed in the job market, with access to workshops and events covering CV writing, interview preparation and regular careers fairs. 

Graduates from the MSc International Business degree have gone onto work for a range of multinational organisations from a variety of sectors, most notably:

  • EY
  • PwC
  • Accenture
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • DBS Bank
  • Unilever
  • Amazon
  • Deloitte UK