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On our MSc International Management course you will develop an understanding of a range of global businesses and their operations. As well as the cultural differences of international management. 

We focus on teaching you the skills you will need to work in international organisations. You will:

  • study the various business functions, such as marketing, finance and strategy
  • consider global environmental factors (economic, political and social) in which international organisations operate
  • learn about a range of international organisations
  • develop your general management skills and intercultural management skills. 

You will gain practical experience by working on a live consultancy project. This can be for a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. You can also take part in field trips to study organisations in other countries.

Our graduates go on to successful international careers with a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations, around the world.

Learning and teaching

Most of the teaching on this course takes the form of interactive workshops and lectures from staff and visiting speakers. 

You will strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills with:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • role-play exercises.
  • These are linked with selected case studies and assessments.

Structured group assignments allow you to develop your skills in working as part of a team.

Our teaching staff are academic researchers and/or from an industry background. They have in-depth practical experience of business and management issues.

You will also learn from visiting speakers from:

  • business
  • industries
  • consultancies
  • research bodies.

A voluntary International Business in Practice study trip module is included. 

Learning and assessment

We have designed a highly flexible course for a wide range of interests in a variety of different subject areas/roles/sectors. This course is suitable for individuals:

  • from a variety of educational backgrounds
  • who may have no previous work experience
  • who want to further their knowledge and understanding of business and management to support their career aspirations.

You will study compulsory modules, and choose to complete a dissertation or client based research project.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. This gives you a comprehensive and diverse learning experience.

Our student cohorts are international. So you will benefit from working with staff and peers with varied experiences and perspectives. 


We use a range of assessment methods, including:

  • examinations
  • assignments 
  • individual or group reports
  • group presentations.

These methods also help you to develop the analytical and presentation skills that employers within different organisations look for.

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.

We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China. If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.


There are two research clusters in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice which relate to this subject:

Career prospects

On graduation from the MSc in International Management you will be able to pursue a range of different careers. Previous students have gained managerial positions in global organisations (commercial and not-for-profit), some have joined management consultancies and some are studying for a PhD and pursuing academic careers.

Examples of companies which have employed students from this course include:

  • ​PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Oxfam
  • Google
  • Sainsbury's
  • Nestlé
  • Unilever.

Visit the International Management - MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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