International Business Management MSc

International Business Management, MSc


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

For recent graduates and early stage professionals from any background to help boost a career in business and management in today’s globalized commercial world.


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Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
January / September
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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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 helps you connect with a deeper, more focused set of business skills, with an international orientation for an overview of how global organisations work. It is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of global practices across the spectrum of business fields in preparation for a career in global management.

Combining academic rigour with real life examples and 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 globalization impacts the business community, locally, nationally and internationally.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September and January. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Accounting and Finance for Managers (BU5026)

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.

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038)

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.

Marketing Management (BU5039)

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.

Issues in International Management (BU5057)

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

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Managing Human Resources (BU5577)

Managing human resources well is important for survival and prosperity of organizations and economies, and has implications for individual attitudes and well-being. Managers are expected to contribute to the delivery of the human resource strategy, supported by expert advice and guidance. This module explores the key concepts underpinning the management of human resources and their practical application in organisations today. We will focus on four important themes within HRM:

· Recruitment and selection

· Equality and diversity

· Flexible employment and work-life balance

· Talent management

You will be encouraged to share your views and experiences through class discussion and debate.

Internationalisation (BU5579)

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.

Research Practice (BU5583)

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.

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584)

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, 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.

Semester 3


On completion of the MSc Business Management compulsory courses, students will be permitted to undertake a further 60 credits for the award of an MBA. Importantly, in addition to the completion of the courses the students must have completed 3 years relevant work experience. This requirement will be necessary to complete the Professional Diary.

Compulsory Courses

New Venture Creation (BU5940)

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.

Critical Studies Paper (BU5914)

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.

Optional Courses

On completion of the MSc Business Management students will be permitted to undertake a further 2 courses for the award of an MBA.

Managing Consultancy and Change (BU5046)

The consulting industry is a global business which employs 3 million people and generates revenues of $300 billion a year. The Financial Times reported that the consulting industry “…needs to recruit 300,000 – 500,000 people a year.” To fill the vacancies created by turnover. This course seeks to give its students an opportunity of access or progression within this global industry.

While traditional courses in this area rely on traditional, valuable, teaching methods this course takes the approach that learning has many components. It emphasises experience and interaction as well as traditional teaching. This combination better supporting the courses outcomes.

Consultancy and Innovation (BU5051)

Innovation is at the forefront of much of the current economic and political debate to improve the competitiveness of economies and firms. This course will focus on the role of new product development in enabling firms to generate competitive advantage, and the types of problems faced by firms in their innovation management. In particular this course blends the perspectives of marketing, design and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. It provides students with an appreciation for the realities of industrial practice and introduces sets of product development methods that can be put into immediate practice on development projects.

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.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

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


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?

  • Excellence with relevance.
  • A 'conversion' masters programme for students without an undergraduate degree in business/management - open to graduates from any discipline.
  • In a single year, create a major job-search advantage by kick starting a new direction in your professional life.
  • Broad-based business training in international business theory and practice.
  • The material, perspective, student body and Academic staff are truly international.
  • The programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, further enriching your learning experience, helping develop your cross-cultural skills and your future business network.
  • Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that business recruiters expect.
  • Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility.
  • Enhance your Master's credentials with a direct pathway to a fast track MBA - after 3 years work experience, during which you keep a Professional Reflective Diary, all it would take is 3 one week blocks of learning.

You can expect to gain many valuable transferable skills, such as;

    • An understanding of how global organizations operate.
    • Strong communication skills (oral and written).
    • Analytical and critical thinking.
    • Decision making.
    • Presentation and report writing skills.
    • Numeracy and an understanding of how to interpret and use financial data.
    • Self-motivation, initiative and effective time management.
    • Project and resource management.
    • A close understanding of economic fluctuations and other external changes affecting business.

Armed with real-world knowledge and the confidence that brings, you’ll be able to credibly take on a wider range of business management roles.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £7,400
International Students Tuition fee for main award £16,100
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. 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.


View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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

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).

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

  • Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

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


  • 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.
  • Access to international networking and continuing professional development.
  • Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Access to all campus facilities.
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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.


The range of career opportunities and management roles is wide, across a variety of sectors and types of organisation. International Business Management graduates are typically hired by multinational corporations, businesses involved in foreign trade (import/export), government and public institutions, international relief and environmental organizations.

Whether you would like to develop your career in the private or public sector, a multinational or SME, this programme enables you to build commercial awareness and gain a deep understanding of the challenges and trends facing global business leaders today. Whether you want to move into a specific function (like Marketing or HR), or your goal is general management, this MSc is the degree to help you make those moves.and contribute quickly and effectively to your chosen employer.

To help link up what you learn on the programme with your career path beyond it, you will be supported by a comprehensive range of career services focused on providing you with the tools and additional skills you need to advance and transform your career potential.

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.

Our Experts

Programme Leader

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.


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