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Course content

Make the move into the fast paced world of international commerce with a masters degree designed to give you cutting-edge knowledge of global management issues. In today's globalised economy, the ability to think and work across boundaries and borders is imperative.

  • Acquire valuable research and critical thinking skills to prepare for flexible strategy development and decision making under ncreasing complexity
  • Work with renowned researchers in the fields of international business and management, multinational strategy, corporate social responsibility, inclusive value chains, technology transfer, international entrepreneurship and sustainable development. This includes company visits and networking with practitioners, enabling you to apply your skills anywhere in the world.  
  • Apply for an international exchange, spending the second semester at an international partner institution to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability in the global job market. There are a limited number of exchange places available, and you can apply for a place once you are registered on the course. Click on this link for details of the  exchange variant of the course .  

Special features

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an organised company visit to illustrate real-life applications of international business and management concepts covered on the course. 

There is also an opportunity to apply to spend an exchange semester at one of Alliance Manchester Business School's partner institutions abroad.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, individual essay, course work and presentations. Problem-solving exercises are prepared and evaluated in groups.

A dissertation of between 12,000 and 25,000 words is also undertaken.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below. 

There may also be an opportunity to study during the second semester in an Exchange Institution - details can be found here .

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. 

If you would like to collect primary data (conduct interviews with companies or distribute a survey), you will need to study the 'Advanced Research Methods and Data Collection in International and Comparative Business' elective unit.

Examples of recent accounting and finance dissertation project topics include:

  • A systematic review of international joint venture studies in East and South East Asia
  • A comparison of Generation-Y's value perceptions on luxury goods between China and the UK
  • The reshoring trend of US manufacturing: exploring the key motivations and the role Exchange partners: of the financial crisis

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The range of career opportunities available is wide, and recent graduates have gained employment in management consultancy, international banking, in the commodities markets and with multinational companies and universities.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.


Visit the International Business and Management (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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