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MSc International Business Management

Course Description

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


At Surrey Business School, we offer a diverse range of business and management programmes that are fuelled by a common approach: encouraging you to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout your programme.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/international-business-management


The process of internationalisation, together with the continuous technology improvements of the last three decades, has brought unprecedented flows of goods, services, labour and capital across national boundaries. World trade has become increasingly important, foreign direct investment is growing and the competitive pressures on many industries and firms have intensified.

There are big challenges for companies that operate internationally, as they become engaged in modes of business that are different from those to which they are accustomed domestically. Therefore, it is important to develop a better understanding of how these multinational firms are managed and controlled.

This programme will enable you to understand how firms become and remain international in scope. You will learn to apply management theories and techniques that are important in an increasingly multinational business environment. New research findings, case studies and comparative perspectives on the management of internationally operating firms will help you to understand these issues in more detail, and that the local adaptation of business and management concepts developed elsewhere is crucial.

Programme structure

The programme involves seven compulsory modules, one optional module and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

- Research Methods
- International Business Management
- Management of Human Resources
- Marketing
- Accounting and Finance for Business
- International Trade
- Strategy

Optional modules:

- E-Business
- Innovation Management
- International Business Investigation
- International Human Resource Management

Example module content

- Accounting and Finance for Business

This module introduces you to a range of finance systems and processes. The topics covered include profit and loss account, balance sheet, cash flow statement, financial analysis, and trend and ratio analysis.

- International Business Management

This module gives an overview of key topics in the areas of international business and international management. It pays special attention to issues such as globalisation, FDI theory and patterns, the role and importance of the multinational company (MNC), managing human resources within the MNC, and comparative studies of cultural and institutional influences on the management of MNCs.

- International Trade

This module considers issues of international trade from the theory and policy perspective. In particular, the module considers how these issues affect the behaviour of firms and the relationship between theory, practice and policy.

- Management of Human Resources

This module provides a firm basic grounding in the ‘people management’ aspects of managerial roles. It draws on literature and theory from the fields of psychology, sociology, economics and political science. It provides a sound conceptual framework for the management of human resources within the organisation.

- Marketing

This module provides a comprehensive framework for understanding marketing at both strategic and operational levels within various contexts.

- Strategy

This module provides a holistic understanding of the most relevant theoretical approaches to strategy formulation, implementation and control, either in the context of a single-business or a multi-business organisation.

- Research Methods

Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare you to execute your research study for your dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.

- E-Business

This module identifies contextual influences and industry developments in e-business, as well as mapping various business models and analysing how the electronic platform can transform businesses.

- International Human Resource Management

This module provides an understanding of the management of human resources (HR) in an international context, examining the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organisations and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc International Business Management 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 usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. However, every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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