International Management MA - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This course is particularly aimed at graduates in business or management who do not have the work experience needed to undertake an MBA. It will equip students with the skills to operate in an international environment, manage across time zones, cultures and languages. These skills are in great demand by employers who need world-class managers who can operate successfully in global markets.

Students will develop an understanding of business in a global context, including practical knowledge and understanding of the way that business is undertaken in different countries and by different cultures. Students are drawn from a wide range of cultures and nationalities which add a richness to this programme which is not experienced in many other places. Sunderland’s culturally diverse learning community will further enhance the international student experience.

Core modules include ‘International Business Environment’, ‘Global Corporate Strategy’, ‘Cross Cultural Management’, and ‘International Trade’. The Masters dissertation will focus on a topic that is individually negotiated with a tutor. This could be based on personal interests and as well as career aspirations.

The University will ensure that the student’s learning is rooted in a real-world context by inviting guest speakers to share their practical business experience together with arranging an external organisational visit.  

By the end of the course students will have an edge in applying for roles in international business that can provide a rapid return on their investment in higher education.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Developing Skills for Business Leadership (15 Credits)
  • International Trade (15 Credits)
  • Global Integrated Marketing Communications (15 Credits)
  • International Business Environment (15 Credits)
  • Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
  • International HRM (15 Credits)
  • Cross Cultural Management (15 Credits)
  • Applied Research Methods for Business and Management (15 Credits)
  • Dissertation (45 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module from the following list:

  • Managing Diversity (15 Credits)
  • Project Management (15 Credits)
  • Innovation and Growth (15 Credits)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
  • Service Operations Management (15 Credits)
  • Consumer Research (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

The Faculty of Business and Law use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include workshops, seminars, simulations, project work, experiential learning, open learning and case study activities.

Compared to an undergraduate course, students will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include assignments, reports, presentations, reports, and peer- and self-assessment. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently the University developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services

The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, students will benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help students make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision

When it comes to IT provision students can choose from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If there are any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team who will be happy to offer advice and support.

Learning environment

The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.


The Reg Vardy Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.


The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

The Masters qualification will open opportunities in business and management within a global context. The course is an investment which can lead to roles with higher salaries and greater potential to be a leader of change.

Almost all sectors of the economy require management professionals. For example, there are opportunities in:

  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Media and telecommunications
  • Healthcare
  • Public sector

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751


Support for your learning

From the start of the course, students will be put in contact with a Personal Tutor, who will be available to meet individual students at agreed times throughout your course. The Personal Tutor is a useful point of contact for any queries about the course. They are also able to direct the students towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

All students at Sunderland Business School have access to Student Academic Advisors. They provide workshops on study skills and follow up with one-to-one support and guidance as necessary.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting individual aspirations for personal development, students will be invited to complete questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for students to keep the University up-to-date with student opinions and developmental improvements for the course.

During the course, and particularly towards the end of it, the University will encourage each student to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps students explore career opportunities and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities that are available. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow students to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support and guidance.

Apply for this course

To apply for this course use the relevant link below.

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  • For further information on future postgraduate events, please contact the Student Helpline on +44 (0)191 515 3000.

Contact Sunderland

Course Leader:
Linda Barkas

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the Universty of Sunderland:

Tel: 0191 515 3000


Programme Starts  
Monday 16th October 2017 Apply now
Monday 27th February 2017 Apply now

The details

Course Name International Management
Classification MA
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 1 year
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 27 February 2017
16 October 2017
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree

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