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MSc International Business Management

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

September 2018

Subject area

Business and Law





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Course summary

Our MSc in International Business Management prepares you for a huge variety of business roles in a global context, whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship, global innovation, corporate strategy, consultancy or multinational management. Our staff and students are drawn from all over the world with widely varied expertise, making this MSc a truly international programme.

The course looks toward future trends in business, from the changing role of business in society to the impact that rapidly evolving technology has on business in a global context. We train you to be mobile across different markets in high-tech, knowledge-intensive industries; remain flexible in the face of technological change; and maintain an international outlook as the world evolves.

You’ll learn about the way businesses can adapt to new challenges, from the importance of sustainability in the face of climate change, to the rise of robotics and the Internet of Things.

Based in University Square Stratford, close to the commercial and financial centres of the City of London and Canary Wharf, you will benefit from fantastic facilities in a purpose-built learning environment.

The course is designed to resonate with people from a variety of backgrounds, so you won’t need to have specific academic or work experience. Throughout the degree, you will develop crucial analytical, research and communication skills as you work on projects with your fellow students and undertake your own original research. Our personal tutoring scheme also gives you access to bespoke academic advice and exciting industry opportunities.

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Learn from industry experts

We teach content that genuinely addresses the needs of international businesses today. Our lecturers are established experts who combine empirical research experience with first-hand knowledge of industry leaders’ practice.

Benefit from our London location

London’s global financial centre, Canary Wharf, is just around the corner and East London as a whole is a prime location for new international businesses. We’re connected to the Excel Exhibition Centre, Asian investors at the Royal Albert Dock, new entrepreneurs at the Millennium Mills and exciting developments at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A truly global approach

We have faculty members with experience from countries all over the globe. You will find few teaching teams as diverse as ours. We are passionate about international business and take an interactive, coaching approach toward your career development.

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How you'll learn

As a postgraduate student you will be expected to conduct independent work and research, supported by our experienced international business academics. We will provide you with the tools and methods, including an online portal, to access business databases, real industry cases and other study sources.

Alongside private study, you will have plenty of contact with our team of lecturers, learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and guest speakers. The international business world thinks in project terms, and so do we.

Our staff’s research feeds organically into their teaching. For example, Dr André Slowak has published on environmental policy in China and continues to work with colleagues on sustainability innovation in the UK, Germany, India and China. Dr Qingan (Angus) Huang has been interviewed by the Financial Times for his latest strategy research and our team members present at leading conferences – such as the Academy of Management – across the globe, whether in China or the United Arab Emirates.

How does this benefit you? Great careers are built on real-world projects and a wide portfolio of relevant experience. Nothing is more important than having a coach who is an expert in international business and also genuinely interested in your student journey. We run a personal tutoring scheme and compile business case studies fed from industry. We also provide a number of business development support services to you via the UEL Knowledge Dock. Employability is more than a buzzword – we directly provide you with networking opportunities that connect to the modules you’re actually studying, and tangibly prepare you for your next career steps.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


We will consider the Level 7 BTEC Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership acceptable. 

Please note that this qualification would not be considered if have failed and had to resit, more than one of the modules. 

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Big business is big news and by studying this course with us you will learn the facts behind the headlines.

As a master’s student, you will hone your ability to critically analyse concepts and issues in international business by studying the latest thinking and research as you examine real-world business practice through case studies of global companies.

For the bulk of the course you will study core modules to deepen your knowledge of managing resources, innovation, supply chains, strategy, leadership, change management, marketing and research. 

You can choose to do a dissertation or you can study an additional module and produce a management report based on independent research. Or you could produce the business plan for your new venture.. 

Throughout your time with us you’ll learn how to collect and analyse information and data from a wide range of sources in order to enhance your understanding and insight of the topics you study.

What you'll study

  • Managing resources in the international business environment (core)
  • Managing innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable international supply chains (core)
  • Strategy, leadership and change management in international businesses (core)
  • International marketing and business research (core)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (core)

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through a mixture of different methods, allowing you to develop multiple study skills and demonstrate your abilities in a variety of ways. Seminars and interactive case studies characterise this course. Each module is assessed separately – typically, there are two pieces of assessment for each taught module, so that you will have four assessments to complete in each term. One will be an examination, one a group project, and others coursework. All students have to complete a dissertation. All assessments count towards your Masters award.

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Your future career

This course equips you with the knowledge to pursue an international career in business. Relevant occupations include trainee/junior managers in multinational corporations, entrepreneurship, running a small business or becoming a consultant to SMEs or NGOs. It is this variety of future professions and an appetite for developing businesses in challenging contexts, which sets our remarkable graduates apart from the crowd.

By graduating with our MSc International Business Management degree, you will have demonstrated to potential employers your intelligence, ambition and desire to enter the world of big business, trade or consultancy. And, whether you intend to work for yourself or for someone else, the course’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation will give you a competitive edge.

By the time you graduate, you will have developed skills in research, strategic analysis, international marketing and communication. You will be particularly appealing to employers with international operations and exporting SMEs, as this qualification has been designed explicitly to enhance your understanding of global business issues, disruptive change by technology and novel socioeconomic trends.

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