Online MSc International Management

Start date
February, June, October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
£15,730 full programme/£1,210 per module

Currency fluctuations, political volatility and global markets. Learn the skills needed to tackle this and more with our 100% Online MSc International Management.

Accelerate your career to management

Designed to prepare graduates, career-changers and working professionals for the challenges of management in today’s competitive global business environment, this International Management degree equips students with the practical skills to stand out to employers. 

With content delivered through the triple-accredited Birmingham Business School and currently ranked 71st in the world for MSc Management (QS Business Masters Rankings 2023), this MSc International Management programme pairs the latest research and theory with an innovative online learning platform. The Online MSc International Management programme provides students with both specialist knowledge and the flexibility to suit a career-driven lifestyle.

Learn alongside work

Gain the ability to apply the latest business knowledge and theory to your role 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

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Want to know more?

Why study an Online MSc International Management? Where will you be studying? What kind of support will you receive? Find out the answers to these questions by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The Online MSc International Management is a 180 credit full masters programme. As a student on the programme, you would study six 10 credit modules in year one, followed by six 10 credit modules in year two. Each module lasts approximately eight weeks. 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.

Year one core modules

Year two core modules

Year three core modules

To fulifil the requirements of the online MSc, students then have the opportunity to complete a dissertation at the end of year two. This is a research project which can be tailored to a specific area of interest, or to your own business environment. The dissertation is equal to 60 credits of study.

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The full cost of this programme is £15,730* GBP. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,210 GBP per module.


International students can occasionally 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 £12,167 (for 2023/4 entry) for taught masters degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online.

How To Apply

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button and create an account. You will be directed to an application specifically designed for the Online MSc International Management. Submit your application and supporting documentation online. Your supporting documents include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé: Demonstrate your academic and work experience, in addition ot any other skills that may support your application. This will help our recruitment team ensure that you have the right experience for the programme.
  • Statement of purpose: Draw attention to your skills, experience and goals, and to explain why you wish to apply for this programme. This should be no longer than one page of text.
  • Two references: Send details of your references either as a letter of recommendation or a recorded transcript by email or by post to our recruitment team. These must be signed, on letterheaded paper, or supplied with your referee’s business card.
  • Transcripts: To verify your education, we ask you to submit your previous academic transcripts, either in notarized form or sent directly from your previous institution.
  • Evidence of language (if applicable): If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate which meets the entry criteria – as detailed in our standard entry requirements section.

If you would like any feedback or advice about your application, our recruitment team would be happy to help. You can fill out a request for information or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Online MSc International Management, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. Select your country from the drop down below for details on equivalent qualification levels.

Standard English language requirements also apply. If English is not your first language, you must also have an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept an Academic IELTS certificate with a grade of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any band. Other forms of English language certificates are accepted. Please discuss this with a recruitment coordinator.

If you meet the entry criteria and also possess more than three years of professional experience at a management level, you may be eligible for the Online MBA. Contact us to find out more.

International Requirements

What is it like to study for an international management degree online?

Distance learning involves a whole lot more than just putting campus programmes online. The 100% Online MSc International Management has been purpose-built from the ground up to harness the full power of the technologies available, involving everything from cloud-powered collaboration to interactive live lectures. The format is ideally suited to early career professionals who are balancing advancing careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.

Learning for future leaders

Online masters in management 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 University of Birmingham was one of the few leading global universities that offered this course online. I can confirm that the teaching quality is exceptional as I expected, and I would encourage anybody to study here for that reason”
Sophia Withers, AI entrepreneur and Online MSc graduate, Australia

Module structure

In every module of the MSc international management programme, there are four live lecture sessions, (known as connect sessions). These lectures are interactive sessions that run on Saturdays for two 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.

  • Be taught by our internationally respected course leaders.
  • Communicate and network with fellow students in forums and via instant chat.
  • Undertake 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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Business management career opportunities

Benefit from expert support

To help compete in the global job market, all students will 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). 

Build your future

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.

Become more employable

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our online MSc 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.

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“The Online MSc is a truly online programme in every sense - particularly in a world where we can increasingly undertake tasks both online and on the move. This will prepare you for the kind of work that you will most likely undertake in the future, maybe even more so than spending time in lecture halls.” 
Kyle Buffrey, General Manager, Impex Food and Beverage and Online MSc graduate

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

Why choose the University of Birmingham for your international management degree?

  • Bespoke in-house careers advice from professionally qualified consultants at Birmingham Business School
  • 3rd most targeted university by the top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2023)
  • Birmingham Business School thrives on strong industry links with its global partners and takes pride in the services they offer to business
  • MSc Management is currently ranked 71st in the world (QS Business Masters Rankings 2023)
“My friends who have been enrolled in previous years spoke highly of the teaching and thoroughly enjoyed their time, which positively reinforced the University of Birmingham’s reputation for me.”
Sophia Withers, AI entrepreneur and Online MSc graduate, Australia

To find out more about our Online MSc International Management, please download our brochure.