Online MSc International Management

Start date
March, June, October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
How does it feel to study 100% online?

Currency fluctuations, political volatility and global markets.

Learn the skills needed to tackle this and more with our AMBA-accredited 100% Online MSc International Management, taught through Birmingham Business School.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

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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 60th in the world for MSc Management (QS 2020), this masters pairs the latest research and theory with an innovative online learning platform. The Online MSc International Management 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

Did you know?

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).

What’s more, the Online MSc International Management was the first 100% online masters programme of its kind to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This type of credential is usually only reserved for MBAs.

Find out more about our Online MSc International Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Online MSc International Management worth it?

The programme has been designed to provide real value for anyone looking to accelerate a business career – anywhere in the world.

It helps students to build on the business management knowledge they’ve already picked up academically and professionally, providing the tools to apply strategic, internationally focused business thinking in meaningful, impactful ways.

By joining, you’ll also benefit from the university’s impressive business links and have the chance to establish a valuable international business network of employers and other professionals.

What support will I have while studying the Online MSc International Management?

You will learn from leading academics and industry figures, have access to community boards and instant messaging services, regular live discussions and support from a dedicated Student Services Coordinator – all to help guide you through your student journey.

There is also access to 24/7 technical support, should you have any issues in accessing the virtual learning environment.

Find out more about your support team.

Where can I study an Online MSc International Management?

The fully online nature of this management masters programme means you needn’t ever visit Birmingham to study. Providing you have an internet connection and a suitable computer, you can complete the course from nearly anywhere in the world. That said, as a University of Birmingham student, you will have full access to the campus, should you ever find yourself nearby.

Find out more about technology requirements for online students.

Why study international management online?

Studying a masters in management online allows you to further your career without having to take a break from working. If you’re already in a business role, you’ll have the chance to apply what you learn to real-life working situations almost immediately, adding to the value of this international business degree.

Studying this way also allows you to obtain your qualification from a highly respected university without needing to relocate or travel.

Find out more about the online student experience.

What is AMBA accreditation?

AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation is awarded to the best business programmes globally and denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. 

It provides a clear indication of the quality of education on our courses and reaffirms our place within an elite group of business schools globally that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

“In its review, AMBA applied a similar level of care, rigor and scrutiny which it normally uses for assessing the accreditation of MBAs. It concluded that the programme is effective in delivering a wholly-online experience that combines both quality with flexibility, to enhance a students' ability to perform at the highest level in in global business”
Andrew Parker, Director of Online Content, University of Birmingham


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The international business manager has a very exciting goal - to be able to perceive where the opportunities are happening and how, in a state of international business flux, they can actually manage these forces to the strengths of their company.

Mr James Blackmore-Wright, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Online MSc Programme Director, University of Birmingham

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The Online MSc International Management is a 180 credit full masters programe. 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

To fulifil the requirements of the masters degree, 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.


The full cost of this programme is £14,130* GBP. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,085 GBP every 8 weeks.

*Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

For more information and to speak to a Recruitment Coordinator, fill out our form.


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 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.

Further information on how to apply online can be found here.

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 eligible for the Online MSc International Management, you will need to posess (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 IELTS certificates 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.

International Requirements

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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.

“What an exciting arena for an international business manager [to] exercise their skills and their knowledge in. The opportunities are there. They are moving targets in a way. It needs the right mindset; it needs the right knowledge and skill to… bring them together”
James Blackmore-Wright, Director of the Online MSc, University of Birmingham

Learning for future leaders

Online MSc International 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, Austrailia

Module structure

In every module, 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 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.

Find out more about your career outlook

“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
  • 2nd most targeted University by the UK’s top employers (High Fliers Research 2020)
  • 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 60th in the world (QS 2020)
“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, Austrailia

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