International Business MSc

Across the globe, organisations are seeking dynamic managers with the skills to work away from their domestic country. This MSc in International Business is open to graduates from any discipline, and will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of relevant and current international issues, giving you the opportunity to take your career anywhere in the world. The programme is designed to enhance your career prospects by building your knowledge in key areas of international business. You will have the opportunity to draw on the talents of globally respected scholars and teachers whose expertise, combined with the breadth of the syllabus, will prepare you for your new international career.

Marcelo Oliveira AltoƩ

MSc International Business Alumni

“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.”

This course will provide students with an understanding of the intellectual issues and policy challenges arising in the field of international business and management. Specifically, these concern:

  • Globalisation and regionalisation
  • International business environment and institutions, including international accounting conventions and financial markets
  • International business strategy and marketing, including the stages and process of company internationalisation and market entry
  • International management across cultures and systems
  • The structure and governance of multinational corporations
  • The operational problems of international business, including HRM, logistical and marketing issues
  • The special business conditions in Europe, Asia and in emerging economies situations


Please note that all modules offered on the International Business MSc course are compulsory.

  • Issues in Management (10 credits)
  • Global Shift (10 credits)
  • International Marketing (10 credits)
  • International Finance and Accounting (10 credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (10 credits)
  • International Operations and Procurement  (10 credits)
  • International Business Strategy (10 credits)
  • Managing the Brand (10 credits)
  • Research Methods in International Business (10 credits)
  • Knowledge and Innovation Systems (10 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Innovation  (10 credits)

Students will also undertake a Dissertation project worth 60 credits.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 104,520 AED for 2018/19 entry.
Part-time fee will be 52,260 AED per year.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2018 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. 

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

How to apply

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

This programme will be 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.

Contact hours

Modules will be taught in blocks of 30 hours.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is one of the UK’s top university’s for securing a graduate-level job.

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. 

Your career progression

Students graduating from the University of Birmingham are highly skilled, employable graduates. The University of Birmingham is within the top 5 of institutions within the UK for home student graduate employability.

Marcelo Oliveira Altoé"When I look back on my time at the university, I fondly recall interesting lectures, a variety of sporting activities, international and local road trips, all the new friendships I made and the overall intercultural diversity of the university."

Marcelo Oliveira Altoé, MSc International Business

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Graduates may find themselves taking a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change. Major directions include jobs in business analysis and development, banking, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing. 

Graduates from MSc International Business 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