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Do you work for an international business? Would you like to improve your employment or promotion prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Business Management programme can equip you with the broad range of decision making, critical thinking and people management skills required to become a well-rounded and globally aware business executive.

Southampton Solent University’s international business management master's programme focuses on genuine industry insight and practical workplace skills. Our expert teaching team maintain strong links with industry professionals, giving students access to guest lectures, live assessment briefs and work placements.

The course itself covers three main themes: personal management development, applied contemporary international management theory, and management research. Individual units are designed to prepare students for the everyday challenges of decision-making and leadership roles. 

Students benefit from our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and are able to hold a student membership throughout their studies. Graduates will be in a good position to pursue further study and achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status. 

What does this course lead to?

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere.

Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

  • HR Manager 
  • Financial Consultant 
  • Purchasing Coordinator 
  • Project Developer 
  • Account Manager.

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those working in international business who wish to progress their career and improve employment prospects, whether it’s within their own organisation or looking for a new challenge.

What you will study

The course covers three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development 
  • This unit will support you in articulating your individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership 
  • A unit to provide skills leadership support for the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary International Management Theory

  • International Management in Context 
  • This unit will provide you with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager in the international arena.
  • Organisational Development 
  • This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • International Business Issues and Practice 
  • This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by international organisations, preparing you for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in your career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods 
  • This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project, but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • International Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project 
  • Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report with an international focus.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Your future

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere. You will have gained experience and knowledge through live briefs, case studies and guest speakers. The course is also recognised by the Chartered Management Institute, giving you a great opportunity to be part of a professional membership.

Where appropriate, you’ll have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This could involve case studies and live briefs (working on a real project with an industry client).


Full-time students have the opportunity to complete a work placement. This may form the basis of their final research project.

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





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