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Course content

We designed this course for students with a non-business degree who wish to develop the knowledge and skills needed to begin or re-focus a career in international business and management.

Globalising markets are reshaping the way organisations are configured and the way that they conduct international business.

Global competitiveness has become a major concern for organisations that increasingly need new knowledge and more specialised skills.

You develop your knowledge of global business and the main areas involved in business management. This includes understanding the global business environment and the company responses to this. You also examine the impact of risk on global companies.

You develop your understanding of the operational and strategic issues facing global businesses and the international management skills needed to evaluate global market opportunities. To help you to develop your practical skills in a real world setting, we offer work related activities that may include • business simulations • an international consultancy project • visits to companies and organisations • guest speakers.

Your dissertation, which is a major project, is usually on an issue of strategic importance geared to your interest. It is your chance to demonstrate your research and project management skills to employers.

Course structure

September start – typically 12 months. September starters will also be offered a student-sourced six month work placement option, which will extend the course to 18 months.

January start – typically 15 months but you can complete it in 12 months


  • Principles of international business
  • Contemporary international management practice
  • Global marketing
  • Global human resource management
  • Global business strategy
  • Governing global risk
  • International consultancy project

You can also choose an elective foreign language from French, German, Spanish or Italian.


Course work including:

  • project work
  • written papers
  • presentations
  • time constrained assignments


You can find management careers in small international companies or multinational organisations such as PwC, Siemens and Vodafone. There are also opportunities for working as an international business consultant.

Successful graduates can work in business areas such as • business development • marketing • human resource management • project management – in an international context.

Visit the Managing Global Business MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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