International Business Management, MBA or MSc

International Business Management, MBA or MSc

Introduction

The International Business Management MSc enables you to build commercial awareness and gain a deep understanding of the challenges and trends facing global business leaders today. This world’s economy is increasingly global and demand continues to grow for the leaders of the future who clearly understand the international context of business.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MBA or MSc
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

This programmes helps graduates and professionals from any background to develop a global career in business and management. By specialising in international business, you place yourself in a more marketable position because a broad knowledge of business practice around the world is highly relevant, becoming increasingly valuable to employers.

Many of our academics come from the commercial world as well as academia, and we are constantly engaging with industry, so you’ll develop the knowledge and real-world skills you need to compete. This programme helps you connect with a deeper, more focused set of business skills, with a strong view of how international organisations work. By providing you with an in-depth understanding of global practices across a broad spectrum of business fields, this programme will prepare you for a career in management.

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

Available Programmes of Study

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme:

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information can be found here.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

Combining academic rigour with real-life activities designed to develop practical skills, topics cover a range of business fields, from finance and marketing to management and accounting. You will be challenged to explore these fields within an international context to understand how globalisation impacts the business community, locally, nationally and internationally. There are no exams, all assessment is done through a portfolio of work, which also provides tangible proof to prospective employers to help them gauge your business knowledge – and to help you secure a better future.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

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 International Business Management?

This 'conversion' 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. 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
• Learn essential communication and professional skills

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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).

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

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:

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 - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Careers

Following on from this programme, there’s a wide range of potential career opportunities in management roles across a variety of sectors and types of businesses and organisations. Graduates have been hired by multinational corporations in the UK and beyond, government and public institutions, and also international relief and environmental organisations.

Industry Links

Because many of our academics come from the commercial world as well as Academia, and because we are constantly engaging with the industry, we are able to give you the focused knowledge and real world skills you’ll need to compete.

The Aberdeen Executive Education Partnership is a network which gives participants the opportunity to continually update and embrace their current business strategies and be challenged by new research and innovative ways of viewing issues.

Accreditation

Our International Business Management MSc is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Students who complete degree programmes that are CMI accredited will graduate with a professional qualification and be a member of the CMI.

This degree holds accreditation from

Practical and Academic Management Globally

Today's global business climate offers excellent career opportunities for postgraduates
with cross-cultural skills and a sound knowledge of international management

What our Alumni Say

Carina Hoddo Steinbakk

Carina Hoddo Steinbakk

Carina Hoddo Steinbakk

Job Details
Field Engineer
Graduated 2016

My experiences from Aberdeen have been invaluable in both getting and doing my job at Schlumberger in Australia. I leap at new challenges and have the tools to handle them.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Jing Cai

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

  • 24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen.
  • Membership of the University Library, learning materials including access to core text books.
  • The Business School is home to the biggest societies on campus including the Economics and Business Society, InternNetwork, Aberdeen University Consulting Group, the Trading and Investment Club, AIESEC, and the Fintech and Blockchain Club.
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Business societies

Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society

Support

24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen, as well as access to international networking and continuing professional development.

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Contact Details

Address
Business School
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX