Online MSc International Business

This Online Masters of Science (MSc) International Business provides students in the early stages of their professional lives with the critical business skills and international perspective to achieve their long-term career goals. Using our advanced online learning platform, it also provides the flexibility to suit today’s modern lifestyle and places students at the centre of a highly interactive, multicultural virtual classroom.

Our online MSc in International Business is offered by our world-class Birmingham Business School, an institution with triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System.

Recently named University of the Year in both The Times and The Sunday Times, the University of Birmingham is leading the way in online learning with a unique global perspective. Master concepts, develop skills and apply informed ways of thinking with an MSc in International Business in the years before you are eligible to enrol for an MBA.

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With an Online MSc International Business from Birmingham Business School, you can build a foundation in business fundamentals with a strong global perspective exclusively through the use of the leading online technology. Our flexible learning platform presents a modern solution for recent graduate students, connecting you with module leaders who are at the top of their fields as you prepare for your career.

Modules consist of expert-led video content, readings to support content and case studies that put principles and practices into a real-life context. Students are also given direct, personal support through the assignment of an individual tutor to help guide learning as it is applied in a global paradigm.

The highly interactive environment is overseen by internationally respected, expert academics in globalisation, accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations. Our membership in the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s premier research universities, also enables students to surround themselves with world-class scholarly research and a global network of links in the business sector.

Get ahead of the competition in the years before you are eligible to enrol for an MBA by mastering the sustainable concepts and skills needed for your future career path with Birmingham Business School, where we put business in context, people at the heart of business and business at the heart of society.

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Why study this course

  • Learn to analyse and overcome complex problems in global business
  • Develop critical managerial skills and master practical applications
  • Enhance the people management skills necessary for more effective leadership
  • Master skills in a highly interactive online learning environment
  • Engage and interact with a global body of your peers
  • Challenge critical thinking on business issues within global society
  • Understand business management and its application in professional life
  • Gain international perspectives of organisations and management theory

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The Birmingham Business School Online MSc in International Business is a 30-month, 180-credit course that has 12 taught modules and a research-based dissertation. Year one focuses on the first six compulsory core modules, these are:

During year two students continue with a further six compulsory core modules, which are:

When the taught modules have been completed, a dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.

Fees and funding

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Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of the UK’s Chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement, the government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate Masters degrees as part of the 2015 Spending Review.

The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.  Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016.  For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

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Entry requirements

In order to be accepted onto this programme, you must possess:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • Personal statement

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply with the exception of Graduate Diploma students who must have IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

How to apply

Clicking on the Apply Now button will direct you to an application form specifically designed for the course you wish to apply. Applying is a very straight-forward. Simply create an account and submit your application and supporting documentation online.

Further information about applying online can be found on the How to Apply pages.

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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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The University of Birmingham’s virtual learning platform presents Online MSc students with a superior environment for their online 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 with faculty and peers around the world to provide a more dynamic, global 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: Access content any time and from any device
  • InteractiveAssignments: Actively participate in learning exercises
  • Real-Life Case Studies: Gain skills you can apply immediately
  • Social Interaction: Connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital Resources: Rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

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At the University of Birmingham, we understand how important it is to focus on your professional future during your time with us.

Between 2007 and 2017, managerial positions within professional business occupations are estimated to increase by more than 15%.* Gain the global business understanding you need to compete for positions like these with an Online MSc International Business from Birmingham Business School. It’s a bold step towards becoming a highly qualified candidate here in the UK and with companies hiring abroad.

As a postgraduate student at Birmingham Business School you will have access to our specialist careers service, Careers in Business team. This service is only available to postgraduates and provides support with job applications and interviews, job hunting and skills development.
Services include:

  • Individual appointments on Skype to review your CV or application form, discuss your career plans and provide general advice about job seeking.
  • Online resources to help with CVs/resumes, applications, covering letters, global job seeking, social media such as LinkedIn and more.

Support to establish your career

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 support all of our students as they strive to meet and exceed their career goals. Students can access our careers service any time after they enrol to study at Birmingham Business School and on completion of the MSc in International Business.

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*UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Working Futures 2007–2017, Evidence Report 2. R Wilson, K Homenidou, L Gambin, ISBN 978-1-906597-04-7. UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 2008.