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The Pre-Masters followed by the MSc International Business is specially designed for international students.

This programme of study is right for you if:

  • You have completed a full first degree or a final year top up degree but did not gain a 2:2 degree classification
  • You have studied up to HND level and have relevant, recent professional work experience, for example, three years working within a finance function.
  • You have a first degree in a non-business subject and want to gain business knowledge combined with study and English language skills.

There are two entry points: 

  • October start if you have an honours degree classification of 3:0 (or higher) and/or you have an IELTS level under 6.5 and/or you completed your first degree in a language other than English and/or your first degree is not in a business-related subject.
  • January start date if you have an honours degree classification of 2:2 (or higher) in a relevant first degree completed in English.


The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course which covers the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills for you to be successful in business studies at postgraduate level. If you have a third class honours degree you need to successfully complete the Pre-Masters before moving on to the MSc programme, as outlined below. The Pre-masters provides a minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students. The Pre-Masters includes:

  • Personal language development with a focus on business English
  • Academic skills for study at Masters level: for example, you learn to participate confidently in seminars, workshops and group discussions as well as upgrade your oral presentation, academic reading and writing skills
  • Exploration of a range of case studies to develop and improve your knowledge of international business
  • Weekly individual tutorial guidance on your progress and your personal development strategies

Assessment is included within the main elements and, at the end of 10 weeks, you need to complete the assessed tasks successfully to move on to the MSc programme. If you are not successful at your first attempt, you can improve and resubmit each assessment task one further time.

MSc International Business Studies

The MSc prepares you to work as a business manager in an international environment. It gives you experience of a wide range of modules covering many aspects of international business. These include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Global Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing and Global Marketing
  • International Business
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management

You finish your course by completing a Dissertation.


This programme focuses on developing your managerial and general business knowledge and skills required to operate successfully and excel in an international business environment. You will develop the cultural awareness to enable you to make an impact in an international commercial environment. After completing the course, you will have a strong grounding in international business and will be well placed to pursue careers relating to international business within a range of organisations or business environments.



  • Accounting and Finance

Principles underlying financial accounting and management accounting and investment.

  • Global Economics

Managerial economics with a focus on markets and companies, international macroeconomics issues and global sustainability.

  • Management

Organisational behaviour including personal and inter-personal skills involved in management issues.

  • Marketing

Management of key elements of marketing strategies including critical assessment of marketing scenarios.


  • Global Marketing

Practices of international marketing with a focus on multinational companies.  

  • International Business

Exploration of economic, financial, psychological, sociological, logistical and management issues at an international scale.

  • Research Methods

Approaches, methods and data collection for research in international business including market research strategies.

  • Strategic Management

Concepts of strategic management in multi-national corporations and smaller businesses. 

  • Dissertation

During the final 3 months of your programme, you work individually with a personal tutor to carry out and report on your own original research. You can, in agreement with your tutor, focus on any aspect of international business.



Assessment is included within the main elements and, after 10 weeks, you will need to complete the assessed tasks successfully (minimum 50%) to move on to the MSc programme.

MSc International Business

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to support the workplace environment. With this in mind, we place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity.

There will be group work both assessed and non-assessed and individual assignments based on real life scenarios and current affairs. You will have 10 weeks of course work per module and a final assignment for each module.


Pre-Masters and MSc International Business (15 months: October 2019 – December 2020): £16700

MSc International Business (12 months: January 2020- December 2020): £13600

(If you are a ‘home’ or EU student the cost for 12 months is £8160.)

There is an alumni discount of 15% for students applying for a postgraduate course (excluding PGCE). To receive the alumni discount, you must register on the Alumni Community website. 

Pre-Sessional English (summer 2019)

  • 10 week programme (from IELTS 5.5): £3000*
  • 5 week programme (from IELTS 6.0): £1500*

*This fee includes all tuition and assessment as well as a complementary programme of evening and weekend activities. Please note that charges (approximately £10 per event) for optional off-campus activities will apply.


The scholarship is a reduction in tuition fees of £1,500.

In order to apply you must have applied and received an offer for one of the above programmes and be fully self-funding and be from outside the EU.

If you fulfill these conditions you should complete the application form and write an essay (details of the essay are given on the application form). Send this to the International Office by email  or post to University of Chichester, International Office, College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE.

Visit the International Business MSc page on the University of Chichester website for more details!