If you have experience in business or have studied a business-related degree, this master's course improves you career prospects in the management of international organisations. You combine study of how businesses operate in different parts of the world with techniques and skills designed to maximise your effectiveness in an international environment.
The course focuses on managing international organisations in a rapidly changing, global, business environment. It is for those who have previously studied a business-related subject and/or have business work experience.
We equip you with the necessary skills to work at a managerial level in an international organisation and to work effectively in more than one country. You have the opportunity to develop cultural intelligence and work in multicultural teams. This course has a diverse mix of cultures with students from China, Russia, Indian subcontinent, Africa, SE Asia and the EU.
Your studies involve a mixture of knowledge-based learning such as understanding the dynamics of business in different parts of the world and skills-based learning including work experience. Both are underpinned by rigorous application of current academic theory.
• knowledge and understanding of how businesses work in different regions of the world
• practical techniques to support international management, such as country evaluation, methods of international market entry, market development planning and strategic analysis
• international management skills including multicultural group work, making decisions in different cultural environments and leadership skills for international management
• knowledge of the role of the internet and e-commerce as tools for international managers
• an understanding of the management of global alliances, supply chains, exporting and the development of international trade and investment policies
The work experience part of the course includes • business simulations • an international consultancy project • visits to companies and organisations • guest speakers. These opportunities give you the chance to develop your practical skills in a real world setting.
Previous consultancy clients have included • the BBC Worldwide • Marshall Aerospace • Sheffield Forgemasters Ltd • British Telecom • Stanley Hand Tools.
Your dissertation, which is a major project, is usually on an issue of strategic importance geared to your interest. It can be based on a live issue identified by an international company.
We are one of just nine UK business schools to secure EPAS accreditation for masters-level courses, which means you can be confident that this degree is of a high standard compared to other courses around the world. Our International Business Management MSc is accredited by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Its EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) award recognises the academic rigour, employability, internationalisation and research that underpins the course. The continuous improvement that EPAS requires means that you will benefit from international partnerships, and more opportunities to work study and aboard.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
2017 entry requirements
You normally need one of the following
• a good bachelors degree from an approved degree awarding body, university or college, in a business-related field
• professional qualification(s) by examination, recognised as being the equivalent of a bachelors degree in a business-related field with additional evidence to justify the equivalence of the qualification
• a specified diploma in a business-related field that, on satisfactory completion, allows you to follow a course of study for a masters degree
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Work experience route
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in all skills.
Non work experience route
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in all skills.
If your English language skill is currently below the required level we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.
If you do not meet these criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. This is a pre-masters course that gives you the opportunity to improve your English language skills and business knowledge. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of the masters degrees offered by Business and Finance.
September start – typically 12 months
January start – typically 15 months but you can complete it in 12 months
Work experience route
September start – typically 18-24 months
Typical modules may include
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Principles of international business
Contemporary international management practices
International strategic management
Global supply chain management
International financial management
International consultancy project
You select one optional choice module from the following • global marketing • managing international alliances • export management • global human resource management • foreign language (choice of Spanish, French, German, Italian)
You will also study:
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Graduates from this course have an impressive record of securing employment with well-known multinationals and international SMEs.
Companies include • Phoenix Precision technology, Taiwan • IQPC, Singapore • UBIFrance • Sika Ltd, China • Sheffield Forgemasters International, UK • ARGOS logistics, Shanghai • Nissan, UK • Brunei Shell petroleum, Brunei • Pryas Consulting, India • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Netherlands.
Successful graduates work in business areas such as • business development • marketing • human resource management • project management • consultancy • trade
Some students return home to apply their expertise in family firms, A small number of the highest academic achievers may continue their education through PhD study.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 for the course
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the course without work experience placement, or £7,820 with work experience placement
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,800 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 without work experience placement or £14,750 with work experience placement
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.
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