MSc International Business Online

Start date
March, June, October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

Currency fluctuations, political volatility, global markets; learn the skills needed to tackle this and more with our AMBA-accredited 100% Online MSc International Business.

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Designed to prepare graduates, career changers and working professionals for the challenges of management in today’s competitive global business environment, this programme equips students with the practical skills to stand out to employers. Students learn the core principles of global business which can be applied in real-time, enabling them to become more versatile and successful in their work.

With content delivered by triple-accredited, Birmingham Business School, the programme pairs the latest research and theory with an innovative online learning platform. The Online MSc International Business provides students with both specialist knowledge and the flexibility to suit a career-driven lifestyle.

“This is not a campus-based course that we’ve just put online; we’ve built this from the ground up, taking on board the current online environment and latest technology that we have available.” Ian Myatt, Director of Educational Enterprise, the University of Birmingham.

Studying the Online MSc International Business provides students with the ability to apply the latest business knowledge and theory to their roles immediately:

  • Analyse, address and overcome complex problems in global business
  • Develop critical managerial skills and master practical applications
  • Learn the people management skills necessary for effective leadership
  • Challenge critical thinking on global business issues
  • Gain international perspectives of organisations and management theory

Why study this course?

  • Birmingham Business School holds a rare ‘gold standard’ triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • The Online MSc International Business was the first 100% online masters programme of its kind to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • The University of Birmingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in 2016 by both The Times and The Sunday Times.
  • Originally established in 1902, Birmingham Business School is the UK’s oldest business school, bringing more than 100 years of innovative teaching and research.
  • The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Birmingham is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.
  • Rated ‘Gold Standard’ (2017) by the Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • ‘Finalist’, Global Teaching Excellence Award (2017), Higher Education Academy.
  • Ranked 3rd in the United Kingdom for having the most CEOs amongst alumni (2016).
  • The University of Birmingham is amongst the top six in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.

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The Online MSc International Business runs six modules a year, each module lasts approximately eight weeks and is worth 10 credits. Students enrol onto these modules one at a time and in a linear structure to ensure they grasp the fundamentals of business in manageable sections.

In the second year, students continue with a further six compulsory modules, allowing them to focus on the core principles of business, but also build specialist knowledge tailored to their career in areas such as marketing, economics and entrepreneurship.

Benefit from a syllabus based on the latest insights and issues in global business on a course which has been carefully designed for the 21st century career professional:

Year one core modules:

Year two core modules:

Year three dissertation (60 credits).

The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage employers to support time for study or financial assistance.


Fees and funding: For instant access to pricing information, please click here and fill out our form.


Scholarships may be available. Please see our postgraduate funding database for further information on the opportunities which may be available to you. It is your responsibility to find and secure a scholarship (if you wish to follow this route).

International students can occaisionally gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or via your home government. It’s good to do your research to find opportunities which you could be eligible for.

Postgraduate loans for masters students

The UK government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate degrees. Students are now able to receive up to £10,906 for taught masters degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online. Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process can be found here.

We can confirm that EU students who are already studying at the University of Birmingham or who intend to start their studies in 2018 or 2019 will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time (may be subject to annual increases for inflation) for the duration of their course. The Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan will also be available to eligible EU students for the duration of their course. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.

How To Apply

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button and create an account. You will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for. Submit your application and supporting documentation online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found here.

Alternatively, you can fill out a request for information or call a member of our Admissions Team (+44 (0)800 032 7101), who would be happy to help guide you through the application process.

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When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be accepted onto the Online MSc International Business, you must possess:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate dimploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

International Requirements


Online MSc International Business course details

Studying Birmingham Business School’s Online MSc International Business takes 2.5 years to complete. It is a 180-credit course (which includes a 60-credit dissertation). For full pricing information, please fill out our form or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

The Online MSc International Business has been specifically designed for those who are relatively new to the principles of business. The online format meets the needs of early career professionals who are balancing advancing careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.

Online MSc International Business students have access to a cutting-edge digital platform throughout their studies. We have moved beyond the traditional classroom structure, taking full advantage of digital media with modules that draw on interactivity, active student participation and social connectivity to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, the University of Birmingham’s online students engage with the curriculum directly using:

  • Video lectures: accessing content at any time and from any device
  • Interactive assignments: actively participating in learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies: gain skills you can apply to your organisation immediately
  • Peer interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

“The world is getting busier and our students are getting busier. Business Higher Education needs to respect people’s real lives. Some people have difficulty assimilating information in a standardized way. Online, a student can pause content and learn at their own pace. Business education is — and should be — much more personalized.” (Dr Michael Shulver, Director of Online Content, Online MSc International Business and Online MBA, University of Birmingham)

In every module, there are four live lecture sessions, (known as connect sessions). These lectures are interactive sessions that run on Saturdays for 2 hours and 15 minutes (with a break halfway through). In each session, students have the opportunity to dissect the week’s learnings, present their work and discuss case study exercises.

Online MSc International Business students benefit from the same expert teaching as campus students:

  • You’ll be taught by our internationally respected course leaders.
  • Communicating and networking with fellow students in forums and via instant chat will be a regular feature to enhance your learning experience.
  • Undertaking assignments (reports, essays, presentations, quizzes, group work), with deadlines structured at reasonable intervals to help guide you through your student journey.

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Between 2014 and 2024, senior level and managerial positions within professional business occupations are estimated to increase by approximately 15%¹. Gain the global business understanding you need to compete for these positions by studying an Online MSc International Business.

Career opportunities

As 2016’s University of the Year for Graduate employment², we understand the value of career development and from the outset we support all students as they strive to meet and exceed their career goals.

To help students remain competitive in the job market, from the very start of your course you would have access to bespoke advice from our employment consultants. They offer one-to-one coaching on Skype or other communication tools and can work with you to clarify your aspirations, supporting you in your future career. You could even develop an employment strategy to help open doors to a wide range of potential employers (both domestically and globally).

We understand how important it is to focus on your professional future during your time with us. We aim to enable and inspire students to maximise their potential, grow intellectually and gain the skills, understanding and attributes that are highly sought after by employers, giving you excellent future prospects in a competitive employment market.

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our course content with a practical approach and contemporary subject matter. It is this experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available. During your studies, you should expect to:

  • Further your ability to overcome complex problems in global business
  • Develop critical managerial skills and master practical applications
  • Enhance the people management skills necessary for more effective leadership
  • Challenge critical thinking on business issues within a global society
  • Understand business management and its’ application in professional life

Learn more about how we can help you to achieve professional success

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¹ WILSON, R. et. al (2008) UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Working Futures 2007–2017, Evidence Report 2.

² WALKER, D. (2015) Birmingham announced as University of the Year for Graduate Employment [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 22.12.16]