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MSc Managing Global Business

with optional work experience route

Re-focus your career on the ever expanding global marketplace on this postgraduate course designed for graduates with a non-business degree. You combine study of global business and international management with activities designed to develop your practical skills, including business simulations and an international consultancy project.

Course description

We designed this course for students with a non-business degree who wish to develop the knowledge and skills needed to begin or re-focus a career in international business and management.

Globalising markets are reshaping the way organisations are configured and the way that they conduct international business.

Global competitiveness has become a major concern for organisations that increasingly need new knowledge and more specialised skills.

You develop your knowledge of global business and the main areas involved in business management. This includes understanding the global business environment and the company responses to this. You also examine the impact of risk on global companies.

You develop your understanding of the operational and strategic issues facing global businesses and the international management skills needed to evaluate global market opportunities. To help you to develop your practical skills in a real world setting, we offer work related activities that may include • business simulations • an international consultancy project • visits to companies and organisations • guest speakers.

Your dissertation, which is a major project, is usually on an issue of strategic importance geared to your interest. It is your chance to demonstrate your research and project management skills to employers.

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

Normally one of the following

• a good honours degree from an approved degree awarding body, university or college, in a non-business area

• professional qualification(s) by examination, recognised as being the equivalent of an honours degree and additional evidence to justify the equivalence of the qualification

• a specified diploma that 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 the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. This is a pre-masters course that provides the opportunity to improve your English language skills and business knowledge. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business and finance masters degrees.

Course structure


September start – typically one year. September starters will also be offered a student-sourced six month work placement option, which will extend the course to 18 months.

January start – typically 15 months but you can complete it in 12 months

Typical modules may include


Principles of international business
You critically evaluate the impact of globalisation upon global businesses and gain an understanding of the increasing influence of the global business environment on global firms. This module sets the context for much of the rest of the course.

Contemporary international management practice
You develop the international management competencies you need to function in the multicultural environment of international business organisations. This module provides a practical underpinning for all other modules – and a significant opportunity for personal development.

Global marketing
This module aims to improve your strategic marketing decision making skills in a global context. You learn how to develop innovative marketing solutions for implementation throughout the diverse global markets. This is vital to global organisations that continuously need to build sustainable competitive advantage. A key element is the use of specific global organisation situations to identify not only good practice but also the possibility of using more creative solutions.

Global human resource management
This module introduces you to human resource management and the challenges of managing people in a global context. The emphasis is on researching aspects of the global environment as it impacts on the management of people.

Global business strategy
This module explains the recent major trends in the globalisation of industries and markets and evaluates the key drivers. It distinguishes between different forms of multinational enterprise, organisational structures, global mission, objectives and strategy and assesses their strengths and weaknesses. You critically evaluate the major competitive strategies adopted by global enterprises and integrate the various business functions within the formulation and operation of global strategic plans.

Governing global risk
The module will encourage the students to examine the nature and forms of business risk in the global context and also of the methods of governance used to minimise, control or otherwise address these risks.

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.

You can also choose an elective foreign language from French, German, Spanish or Italian.

Assessment Course work including
  • project work
  • written papers
  • presentations
  • time constrained assignments


You can find management careers in small international companies or multinational organisations such as PwC, Siemens and Vodafone. There are also opportunities for working as an international business consultant.

Successful graduates can work in business areas such as • business development • marketing • human resource management • project management – in an international context.


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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

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

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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