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MSc International Business and Management

Course Overview

This MSc Management and International Business course provides the opportunity to combine the theory and practice of management with the completion of an in-depth dissertation on international business. You’ll become adept at strategic tactical business decisions, understanding cultural differences, and managing and motivating staff on an international scale.

The study will examine strategic and tactical business decisions throughout international business, while appreciating the complexity and dynamics of management. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within a diverse cultural background.

Throughout the programme students, as part of their personal development, will be engaged in a comprehensive programme of Business Management Skills Development which will offer students ample opportunities to improve their transferable skills, in addition, to the development of their management research skills.

This MSc course is perfectly balanced to blend management with international business, ensuring you learn important skills from both disciplines. The dissertation will also help you develop your attributes in research, organisation and time management - three skills that are desirable to every employer.

The course will provide you with the skills employers really value, so it is the perfect option if you want to change career direction or move up the corporate ladder.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc International Business and Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time


    12-18 months

    Tuition fees



    September & January

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2) or An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2) or a pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University.

For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree. For the 18-month version, a third-class honours or ordinary degree.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Progression route

Further academic study of MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

This course aims to help you gain a management position, rise to a higher position of responsibility within an organisation, start your own business venture and potentially open up more opportunities to develop your career.


Stage one

  • Managerial Finance (15 credits)
  • Marketing Management (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • People in Organisations (15 credits)
  • Enhancing Business & Management Skills (Personal Development) (0 credits)
  • Extended Postgraduate Induction (18 month route only) (0 credits)


Stage two

  • Research Practice (15 credits)
  • International Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • International Operations Management Strategies (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 credits)
  • Enhancing Business & Management Skills (Research Skills) (0 credits)


Stage three

  • Cross Cultural Management (15 credits)
  • Managing for the Future (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Enhancing Business & Management Skills (Research Skills) (0 credits)


Assessment methods

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of the learning process for students and to enhance and confirm their knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided to students through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback.

Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment within the modules will take various forms including: coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessment, examinations and the Dissertation. The student must be able to defend the dissertation through a viva, drawing on the skills developed in the Programme.


Reasons for choosing this course

The MSc Programme is based on the philosophy that management education should initially provide a thorough grounding in the disciplines related to the functional aspects of management and their interaction with the contextual forces which impact upon organisations.

This knowledge and understanding is then further developed to provide integrative strategic themes through the pathway specialisms‟ and Management core modules. The impact of globalisation of business in all disciplines is a coherent theme throughout the course.

The course encourages students to develop the skills and competences of future managers. To do this, students should be capable of making management decisions at both a strategic and at a tactical level, emphasising the complexity and dynamics of business and management and taking cognisance of the integrative nature of the various factors which impinge upon management decisions.

The programme incorporates frameworks for reviewing, reflecting, analysing and critiquing existing individual and organisational practices. It also provides new knowledge and skills, enabling enhanced and more appropriate practices to be developed. The outcome of this process will be a critical appreciation, in order to make justified decisions; apply those decisions in a variety of contexts; communicating the decisions and make integrative links between disciplines and across organisations in a context of change.

The aims of the programmes are to:

  • provide an intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant learning experience where learners can develop and demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts of business and management and their utility in improving business and management practice
  • provide learners with the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of business and management relevant to their backgrounds, interests and career aspirations through a choice of a specialist pathway
  • facilitate the development and demonstration of learners‟ intellectual skills of information processing, analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal, creativity and innovation and the ability to manage and make decisions in situations of ambiguity and uncertainty
  • enable learners to develop business and management competences and research skills to enhance employability and support career advancement
  • deepen understanding and broaden an awareness of cultural issues through working within international student groups
  • produce future managers who are able to improve the quality of management decision-making, leadership and business practice across a range of organisations and in a variety of contexts


Main learning outcomes

On successful completion of the programme the student should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of advanced theories, concepts and methods in relation to the functional aspects of business and management within their contextual environments and their application to management practice
  • Examine and evaluate strategic and tactical business decisions in a variety of contexts and within their specialist discipline, whilst appreciating the complexity and dynamics of business and management
  • Choose and apply relevant theories, conceptual models and techniques to the solution of business and management problems
  • Exhibit the development and achievement of skills in relation to communication, organisation and working with others from diverse cultures and backgrounds in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a range of academic and intellectual skills relevant to postgraduate level study including, information gathering, critical analysis, synthesis, problem solving, creativity, innovation and evaluation to aid business decision making
  • Conduct advanced research and enquiry to further their understanding of their chosen specialism and to inform business decision making