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Successful management of international businesses relies upon having a strong understanding of international trade, different cultures, appropriate business strategy and how to respond to market changes. If you want to work in this dynamic global sector, our International Business Management postgraduate course will arm you with this key knowledge and further valuable attributes to help you excel in your international business career.

This exciting course has been developed in partnership with industry experts and is supported by the Business Graduates Association, ensuring your learning is focused on the most up-to-date industry trends at the same time as developing your research skills and competence for critical thinking and data analysis. You will explore topics including business analytics, international and digital marketing, international human resource management and international leadership.

Your learning will incorporate live projects in partnership with industry, as well as access to cutting-edge facilities including our Financial Trading Suite, our Digital Creative Studio and our Enterprise Hive for supporting budding entrepreneurs.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – ‘Learn by doing’ through live project work designed with industry as well as access to our practical training facilities
  • NO EXAMS - If you are not keen on exams, this course is for you. Unlike many degrees in this field, you will have no written exams during or at the end of the course and will be assessed through practical assessments and coursework only
  • EXPERT TUITION - Interact and engage with business experts who will mentor you to ensure you develop the skills and knowledge to succeed
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our business courses have the opportunity to study in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. Our Digital Creative Studio also enables you to learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

International and Digital Marketing

This module will provide you with in-depth understanding of international marketing and how to make the best use of the range of digital marketing tools across the globe. You will be introduced to contemporary marketing techniques and practices. Case studies and live projects will be used to build on and contextualise the theoretical frameworks behind successful international marketing.

International Human Resource Management

Attracting and retaining talent is fundamental to business strategy and success. This module will introduce you to the complexities of managing a global workforce in a dynamic economic, political and demographic landscape and will consider the changing nature of the global workforce in partnership with digital technologies.

Finance, Analytics and Strategy

This module aims to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for making effective financial, data analysis and market-driven business decisions. You will learn how to handle a range of financial and other business data, applying industry-standard tools and developing skills for reporting of data at a strategic level.

International Leadership and Culture

Strong leadership is vital to any business success. This module will introduce you to leadership in a range of cultural contexts and develop your personal leadership skills. Learning about contemporary leadership approaches will provide you with the tools to adapt to a diverse and fast-paced environment as you progress with your career and build your own leadership strategy. A range of industry case studies will underpin your learning and application of effective leadership.

Applied Masters Project

This module extends and develops your knowledge and ability in focusing upon, and preparing for, industry research. It introduces you to the disciplines of research techniques and data analysis as well as the design and execution of a research project. The project can take various forms including a traditional dissertation, generating a new enterprise start-up plan, developing a business or marketing campaign, or proposing new processes/systems/products/target markets. The aim is to develop your skills and expertise in the essential research tools you will need for both successful postgraduate study and as a self-employed entrepreneur or manager of the future.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements


  • MSc International Business Management – A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • There are no subject pre-requisites for this programme.


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
  • To apply, you must have five years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

International students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Please note: As an International Student, when choosing optional placement, a visa extension may be required.


If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form:

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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Providing accessible and inclusive teaching and learning, our course will allow you to focus on understanding individual topic areas, while providing flexibility for you to plan your study around your work commitments.

The course will be delivered through a range of methods which include attending lectures, seminar debates, business workshops, and interacting with guest speakers and business leaders/entrepreneurs from industry. You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research to ensure an interactive and personalised learning experience.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage the development of a full portfolio of business and management skills and competencies. These include case studies, presentations, online debates, assessed seminars, executive reports and business plans.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled or pre-settled status enrolling on an MA/MSc course at University College Birmingham, your fee for the academic year 2024/25 will be £9,350. The fee for the PGDip course is £6,350.

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on one of our postgraduate programmes (e.g. MSc, MA) in 2024/25, your fee for this academic year will be £15,000 per year.

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Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

One of the most important benefits of studying International Business Management is that you will be able to take a look at international borders, commerce, global economies, and how to deal with different cultures. Understanding the international business environment is today’s essential for an interconnected society and career.

Simon Chatterton Deputy Head of University College Birmingham Business School

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

International operations manager

Average Salary: £46,950

Business development manager (Postgraduate)

Average Salary: £37,500

International account manager

Average Salary: £39,400

Global account manager

Average Salary: £63,918

Digital marketing manager

Average Salary: £50,683


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