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International Business Management - MSc

Course Description

This programme combines advanced business management modules with a global focus, and benefits from Surrey Business School’s emphasis on enterprise and innovation.

We pride ourselves on our ethos of practical learning: we will encourage you to be entrepreneurial and innovative, with opportunities to engage with real-world business problems throughout your studies.


World trade has become increasingly important: continuous improvements in technology have brought unprecedented flows of resources and capital across national boundaries; foreign direct investment is growing; and the competitive pressures on many industries and firms have intensified.

The MSc International Business Management programme will enable you to understand how firms become, and remain, international in scope in the face of such challenges.

You will learn to apply management theories and techniques pertinent to managing and controlling a multinational business environment with an increasing focus on the management of responsibility and ethics for businesses operating in a global context.

New research findings, case studies and comparative perspectives on the management of internationally operating firms will deepen your appreciation of why, and how, the local adaptation of business and management concepts developed elsewhere is crucial/


This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Research Methods
-International Business
-Management of Human Resources
-Accounting and Finance for Business
-International Trade
-Innovation Management
-International Business Investigation
-International Human Resource Management


This Masters program features the latest thinking and developments in international strategy, as well as emerging issues in international business such as the rise of emerging market multinationals and global innovation.

It also includes modules that develop essential skills and knowledge for understanding and analyzing international business.


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Globalization and its external drivers
-Marketing strategies for global firms
-Human resource management strategies for global firms
-Principals for accounting and finance
-International trade and key policy parameters

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Understand business and finance related materials on globalization
-Develop ability and skills to collect qualitative and quantitative data
-Develop dynamic and multiple perspective in understanding business strategies, and their consequences on stakeholders

Professional practical skills
-Collect and organize information
-Communicate and present confidently
-Display team-work sills including collaboration and negotiation

Key / transferable skills
-Learn by self-reflection and self-testing of theoretical knowledge and understanding against practical situations and empirical data
-Communicate effectively with peers and academics


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the International Business Management - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Louise Tharnthong

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?
I studied for my Bachelor’s at the University of Surrey so knew what the University had to offer. The course was exactly what I was looking for; the core modules provided a well-rounded curriculum and the choice of elective modules allowed me to tailor the course to my specific requirements. Aside from the course itself, the University has a great mix of students from across the globe; it was fantastic to meet and share experiences with people from different backgrounds and cultures and adds a lot to your learning experience.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?
It’s hard to pick one memory however, if I had to pick one I would say the fantastic friends I made from across the globe.
Additionally the course itself and what I learnt. I especially enjoyed the International Trade and Economics module as well as my fantastic and supportive mentor who I still keep in touch with today.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey (or your course) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
Surrey has the top employment record in the country; the cultural diversity of the university is excellent especially when studying an internationally focused degree. It’s an excellent course for anyone who wants to pursue a career in general management, work for a multi-national or work in an international role. I would highly recommend this University and this course.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?
- Have confidence in yourself
- Take opportunities
- Don’t stop developing yourself; learning new skills or improving on current ones
- A director once told me “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got”; it’s very true.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a UK 2.2) or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university. If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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