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International Business Management (MSc)

Course Description

Designed to further develop the understanding of the business knowledge you gained during your first degree, this programme will enhance your skills in the key areas of business by placing them in an international business context. Studying areas such as international strategy and the international environment, you will gain an understanding of theoretical and conceptual management through a globally-focused core syllabus.

The Specialist Stream unit enables you to focus on a particular professional area of your choice such as Marketing, Logistics management, Project management, HR, Finance, Digital business or Strategy.
You will also have the opportunity to take a year-long internship with a local employer as part of this course.

This course is taught at the Business School by an international team of research-active specialists. You will also visit local companies and be invited to attend guest lectures. Through our internship programme you will have the opportunity to gain a short-term placement in a business to put your learning into real practice.

Units of Study

You will study the following units:
International Environment
This unit will seek to develop a critical awareness of the international economic and political factors which define the global economy and influence international business practices. The unit will take an historic and contemporary perspective of the global economy and investigate its building blocks – governments, markets and institutions and explore international trade policy and financial systems. The key issues with respect to doing business in both developed and emerging markets will be considered as well as the sustainable aspects of economic development.

International Strategy and Management
This unit aims to provide you with the in depth knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing internationalisation strategies and operations as well as the skills entailed in the management of international business activities. The unit will provide a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of sustainable international strategies such as foreign direct investment and collaborative ventures in developed and emerging markets.

Investigating Business Practice
In this unit you will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience. This is an investigative unit that enables you to synthesise theoretical knowledge with practical application and supports the development of professional and employability skills.

Research Methods
Develops critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.

You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.

Specialist Stream Unit*
Behavioural Economics & Financial Decision Making
Corporate Finance and Strategy
Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
Project Management Concepts and Practice
Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy
Strategic Information Systems & Technology
International and Comparative HRM
Key Debates in International Relations
*You can select from a range of specialist stream units that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

This programme aims to equip aspiring management professionals to enter their chosen management field. Students who have successfully completed the MSc IBM have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Asda, British Gas and Total.

Special Features

You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus in central Manchester.
Extensive use of the University's online virtual learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.
Opportunity to visit local companies and opportunities to attend guest lectures.
The chance to work on a live project with a local company
A range of final project (dissertation) options including a Consultancy Project and an Enterprise dissertation. The Enterprise dissertation is an innovative means of preparing a business plan for a potential business.
Strong provision for employability through our Careers Hub
Excellent language and academic writing support
The chance to undertake a short placement with a UK business

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

(Student Profile)

Rushana Khusainova

689.jpg “The MSc International Business Management programme was definitely the right programme for me. It helped me to develop my knowledge of international business theory and practice and to broaden the way I think about business.

My knowledge and experience of the business world and environment increased significantly throughout the programme. The teaching staff at the Business School were very supportive and gave me all of the essential help and advice I needed.

Completing a master’s degree enhances your career perspectives and gives you a competitive advantage in the job market – particularly in the present global crisis.

The environment on the programme was great as we had plenty of international students and when discussing business case studies everybody was bringing up examples from their countries, which made the course especially interesting.

It was an unforgettable experience. I would certainly recommend the programme as the best way to develop your business skills and knowledge and the Business School as an extremely professional place to study.”


Entry Requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in a business-related subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant management experience or degree equivalent professional qualifications. International students please see View Website. The student cohort is drawn from a wide range of nationalities – for example, the UK, North and South America, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain and China.

Course Fees

Please refer to our website for the latest fee information.

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