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International MBA

Course Overview

BPP University’s International MBA is a Master’s degree for individuals looking to expand their career options.

This pioneering programme seeks to educate you in the essential areas of business which will help you to develop your career. Enabling students to acquire as wide a range of 21st-century workplace skills as possible, the programme builds on competencies and character qualities in addition to the development of particular skills.

This programme is available to individuals with a minimum of two years’ experience that may have been gained during undergraduate studies.

Key information

    Course name

    International MBA

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    International MBA

    Awarding body

    BPP University

    Professional recognition

    Yes – Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - classroom, blended, live cases and business simulation


    1 year; 18 months with Employability Skills & Academic Practice (ESAP) module

    Tuition fees

    £12,500 (£16,000 with the ESAP module)


    September, January and May

    Work placement


    Course location

    London City

Academic entry requirements

(a) A minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree from a UK or recognised overseas university or an equivalent international qualification; or

(b) An acceptable professional qualification equivalent such as the CMI, ILM, CIM at level 6 or above; and

(c) A minimum of 2 years of work experience (which may have been gained concurrently with studies)

Following the review of applications, candidates may be required to:

(a) Attend a face-to-face interview; or

(b) Take part in a telephone interview; or

(c) Submit a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 580 or above; or

(d) Submit a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) of 500 for Verbal and 500 for Quantitative. The median GRE score for each section ranges from 550-625 per section, with the median total around 1200.

English entry requirements

• Evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career; or

• IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.5 in any subcomponent. If you obtain a score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in any of the subcomponents you will have to attend In-Sessional Academic Study Skills Support classes alongside the programme during the first term of studies at no additional cost; or

• Evidence of an equivalent result in a recognised appropriate English language qualification.

Assessment methods

Assessment will comprise of a mixture of group coursework, individual assignments and an exam.

Progression route

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme, PhD programme or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Strategic General Management position in private and public sectors.


Semester 1:

  • Boot Camp (Certificate)
  • Organisational Context - 15 credits
  • Human Resources Management - 15 credits
  • Finance - 15 credits
  • Business Operations - 15 credits


Semester 2:

  • Entrepreneurship - 15 credits
  • Successful Innovation and Change - 15 credits
  • Global Marketing and Sales - 15 credits
  • Global Policy and Strategy - 15 credits


Semester 3:

  • Employability Skills & Academic Practice or Business Project - 60 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

The degree is designed to provide you with integrated academic and professional training and to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant for pursuing a management career.

This programme is: 

  • A practitioner driven, rich learning experience, preparing you for the real world of business
  • A truly international programme - bringing together real life examples from international cultures, markets and industries
  • Programme informed by and developed in conjunction with a number of industries
  • The opportunity to work on “competitive live business simulations”
  • Faculty with experience from both Fortune 500 global organisations as well as smaller entrepreneurial players, who bring the workplace into the classroom
  • BPP University’s educational approach where professionals teach professionals
  • Earn a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) level 7 Certificate at the same time as your MBA.


How the programme is taught

There is a strong emphasis on group work and experiential learning (learning by doing). The development of these skills begins in week one, during the ‘Boot Camp’ which is focused on recognising and utilising individual contributions in building group processes.

It continues through lectures, tutorial support, assignments, live business simulations and the completion of the optional Employability Skills & Academic Practice (ESAP) module or the Business Project.


Study programme

The programme is delivered in a distinctive and innovative way that enhances your current knowledge and skill set to develop business capabilities that will last you a professional lifetime. The programme adopts a building block approach and focuses on five key pillars for developing your skill base from day one:

1. Boot Camp: A week-long training boot camp, with compulsory attendance, is designed to bring all students together on an equal footing at the start of the programme. The knowledge acquired in the Boot Camp Week will be further developed in the first module – Organisational Context

2. Two Module Blocks: The International MBA focuses on just two taught modules at a time allowing you to immerse yourself in the content of those modules and to have more time for recommended reading and group work

3. Live Business Simulation(s). The introduction of Business Simulation “games” into specific modules of the programme helps your experiential learning (learning by doing). These competitive simulations will see teams of students work within a competitive setting, in which you will apply your skills in key areas such as strategy development and decision making using a wide set of variables. Importantly, business simulations can take place in your own time allowing you to forge strong relationships and networks throughout the programme, learning from peers and gaining international business contacts

4. Assessment Strategy. Individual and group assignments, examinations, business games, reflective statements, coursework presentations and peer assessments will be used to develop and assess academic, professional and practical skill development

5. Contextual Capability Building. BPP University is the University for the Professions where practitioner experience complements teaching skills and educational qualifications. Our faculty brings with them a wealth of business experience from diverse industries and global markets. Many come with backgrounds gained from within large multinational Fortune 500 organisations, others with experience in entrepreneurial pursuits and not-for-profit sectors. They all share a passion for facilitating practical capability building that is contemporary and relevant to real business situations.


Specialist awards

The Employability Skills and Academic Practice (ESAP) module provides students with key capabilities to help them secure up to three interviews for work placement in the UK.

Your programme materials will include revision packs as well as opportunities for formative feedback throughout the programme to help you realise your full potential.


Additional qualifications

On successful completions of BPP University's International MBA you will also be eligible to receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Certificate.