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MSc International Business Management

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.

Course description

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.

You gain
• 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.

Professional recognition

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course structure

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

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma

Core modules
• principles of international business • contemporary international management practices • international strategic management • global supply chain management • international financial management • international consultancy project • international entrepreneurship

Principles of international business
The key aims of this module are to introduce you to the fundamental elements of international business, especially in the context of multinational enterprises and foreign direct investment (FDI). It also aims to encourage you to critically evaluate the role of globalisation as well as the every-increasing impact of global business environment on international trade. This will set a context to which many of the other modules may be related

Contemporary international management practices
You develop the international business management competencies and employability skills you need to function in the multicultural environment of international business organisations. You develop an understanding of cross-cultural management theory as well as the interpersonal competencies required for managing and working with people in cross-cultural organisations. This module provides a practical underpinning for all other modules – and a significant opportunity for personal development

International strategic management
With the advent of globalisation, companies are now developing into global enterprises and seeking to develop strategies which will give them global competitive advantage. This module will provide you with an understanding of the development of International enterprises and the strategies available to such firms to manage and control their operations against the background of a dynamic global business environment.

Global supply chain management
You gain an overview of world trade and trading patterns. In this context, you study a range of global supply chains, and explore the current concerns of managing complex relationships such as building relationships with suppliers, developing transport plans, issues in management of supply chains and the ethical dimension.

International financial management
This module explores the complexity of financial management, in a global context. You are encouraged to develop the critical, theoretical and practical skills to understand the problems of managing finance in global multi-national organisations. The module addresses the problems of financial management and the financial solutions available to minimise risk and maximise shareholder wealth in such organisations.

International consultancy project
This module introduces you to the consultancy process, theories and approaches to consultancy. You gain work experience from working for a sponsoring firm on a focused, live international market research and development problem requiring consultancy assistance. It also improves your cross-cultural communication skills and teamwork.

International entrepreneurship
This module encourages you to explore the nature of enterprise and innovation; the successes and the failures. You consider some of the practical aspects of bringing ideas and innovations into the international business arena and introduce key theoretical approaches to international entrepreneurship.


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:

Research methods
This module is designed to provide postgraduate students of international business and with a useful and practical introduction to research methods, which allows you to develop the necessary research and academic study skills and also select the appropriate method required to undertake your Masters dissertation.

This module enables you to develop a deeper insight in a chosen area of study within the field of international business. You demonstrate critical thinking, originality and independence of enquiry to produce a comprehensive piece of original research within an appropriate area.

Assessment You complete a range of assignments during and at the end of each semester.


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

International student

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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