MSc International Business Management

MSc International Business Management

Study MSc International Business Management at AFG College with University of Aberdeen in Qatar.

MSc International Business Management

If you want to travel and enjoy international trade, working with different cultures or business management from SME to corporate multi-national, this programme is for you.

It is suitable for recent graduates and early stage professionals from any background to help boost a career in business and management in today’s globalised commercial world.

The world’s economy is increasingly global. As a result, demand continues to grow for individuals who understand the global context of business. By specialising in international business, you are putting yourself in a more powerful, marketable position because a broad knowledge of the practice of business around the world is highly relevant, becoming increasingly valuable to employers.

This programme also offers a direct pathway to a fast track MBA. All you need to do is complete 3 further modules and complete a professional diary after 2 years of work experience.

Students studying MSc International Business Management can fast track to the MBA (IBM Graduate Pathway) upon successful completion of the IBM programme.

At a glance

On Campus Learning
1 Year/2 Years
Full Time/Part Time
September or January

What You'll Study

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Depending on start date, courses may vary or change.

Negotiation and Cross-Cultural Management (QB 5045)

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

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Marketing Management (QB 5003)

The course will apply theoretical and practical content to explore the key concepts of marketing management to provide students with an understanding of planning, coordinating and controlling marketing activities. It aims to take students understanding beyond what has been labelled as a transaction-based approach to a relationship-based approach. As such the aim is to provide students with an understanding of the role of marketing in establishing, developing and maintaining relationships for mutual gain. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, simulations and directed private study.

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Internationalisation (QB 5004)

International Business is a wide-ranging subject that includes economic, political, cultural and technological facets. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the complexities of international business management by examining how the global environment and our understanding of these affect management within an international context.

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Managing Human Resources (QB 5501)

This module explores the key concepts underpinning the management of human resources and their practical application in organisations today.

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Issues in International Management (QB 5502)

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of Issues in International Management as viewed from a number of diverse perspectives eg Coaching; Oil & Gas; Entrepreneurship; Technology; Accountancy & Finance.

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Research Practice (QB 5503)

This course introduces students to what is involved in undertaking business research in practice. Within lectures, tutorials and workshops students will develop an understanding of: Information retrieval and critical analysis; Philosophical issues in the construction of knowledge; Accessing and gathering quantitative and qualitative data; Data analysis; Student/Supervisor expectations.

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The Leadership Challenge (QB 5504)

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through workshops, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

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Accounting and Finance for Managers (QB 5510)

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

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New Venture Creation (QB 5901)

The aim of this course is to equip students with an understanding of key aspects of new venture creation, including business planning, pitching new ideas to investors and managing growth. This is a capstone course, by bringing together a range of different concepts.

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Digital Marketing (QB 5902)

The course provides both a strategic orientation and tactical orientation.

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Critical Studies Paper (QB 5903)

This course aims to allow students to bring together their knowledge, learning and understanding gathered from across the modules studied. Students are required to choose an appropriate topic, and place it in the context of an appropriate body of literature and identify key concepts, ideas and definitions pertaining to the topic and its development. Students will select appropriate methodology to support the paper and organize empirical and theoretical material observing relevant academic conventions. The work will present a logical and cogent argument in support of conclusions drawn from material consulted.

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Operations and Project Management (QB 5008)

The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.

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Managing Change (QB 5507)

The concepts of change and innovation have never been more topical, especially given the commercial context of fierce business competition, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers.  Increasingly, long-term commercial success is based on an ability to manage change, to act creatively and to promote innovation; These processes interconnect and overlap and often present major challenges to modern organizations; We address these issues through providing detailed case illustrations ranging from the workplace to the wider business market. Learning is encouraged through interaction, reading, investigation, video and case analysis, and critical discussion.

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Performance Improvement in International Business


Business Economics (QB 54E1, QB 54E2, QB 57E3*)

This course focuses on the economics of business allowing students to understand the economics that underlie a whole host of business issues. The course will cover the functioning of markets, consumer behaviour, pricing, production and costing problems, monopoly and the business implications of inflation, economic growth and economic policy.

*QB 54E1 - Master of Business Administration (September Start) Stream 1
*QB 54E2 - Master of Business Administration (September Start) Stream 2
*QB 57E3 - Master of Business Administration (January Start)


Learning Methods

Group Projects
Individual Projects

Assessment Methods

With no exams, all assessment is done through a portfolio of work. This portfolio not only becomes our way of assessing and appraising you, it also provides tangible proof to prospective employers to help them gauge your business knowledge – and gives you a powerful recruitment tool to help secure a better future beyond the programme.

Why Study MSc International Business Management?

This Masters programme is open to graduates from any discipline, and provides a broad-based training in international business theory and practice.  You’ll gain a good understanding of economic fluctuations and an understanding of how to interpret and use financial data.

The programme is designed to:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of global practices across the spectrum of business fields in preparation for your career in global management. 
  • Help you to develop practical business skills in fields ranging from finance and marketing to management and accounting.  
  • Give you a good understanding of economic fluctuations and interpreting financial data

You will:

  • Develop a well-rounded skillset with the tools to succeed.
  • Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility.
  • Develop a truly international perspective understanding how globalisation impacts the business community, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Learn essential communication and professional skills.

- Our business degree programmes in both Aberdeen and Qatar are EQUIS accredited.

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. 

The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

  • Your first degree was studied in English


  • IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
  • PTE Academic: OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
  • Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency: OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169


  • The tuition fee is 105,000 QR per programme.
  • Tuition fees are fixed at the point of entry so there is no annual increase for returning students.
  • Flexible payment methods are available.